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Coached by Ronald Smith ... Mother is Diana Golovanova (English teacher) ... Born and raised in Liepaja, Latvia ... Started playing at age 6 (introduced to tennis by grandmother); played for fun until she was 15 ... Aggressive baseliner; favorite surfaces are hard and clay; favorite shot is backhand ... Speaks Latvian, English, Russian and German ... Other sports interests are soccer and jet skiing ... Favorite movie is Lord of the Rings; favorite actor is Tom Hanks ... Favorite artists are Beyoncé, Jay-Z and James Blunt ... Favorite book is Katherine by Anya Seton ... Idols growing up were Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi ... Favorite place to visit is New York; favorite tournaments are Roland Garros and US Open ... Went into retirement in May 2013 but returned in 2015 ("I decided to stop because it was depressing. I had big back problems, some muscular problems, all the time getting fit then injured again - I was not happy, so I decided to stop and see how my body reacted.") ... Studied leisure management in Austria while on break ... Body started feeling better by end of 2014 so decided to give it another shot.
Winner (4): 2019 - Jurmala; 2018 - Bucharest; 2017 - Mallorca; 2010 - Oeiras.
Finalist (4): 2018 - Mallorca, Beijing; 2016 - Mallorca, Bucharest.
Finalist (1): 2017 - Mallorca (w/Jankovic).
Latvian Fed Cup Team, 2005-06, 2008-10, 2018-20.
Career in Review
2019 - Fourth consecutive Top 50 season (finishing No.27); won one WTA title at Jurmala (d. Kawa in final); SF at Mallorca (l. to Kenin); QF at Brisbane (l. to Osaka) and Stuttgart (l. to Kvitova); reached 4r twice (Australian Open and Roland Garros), 3r twice (incl. US Open) and 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r 10 times.
2018 - Second Top 20 season (finishing at No.12), including a career-high singles ranking of No.11 on October 15, 2018; captured third career singles title at Bucharest (d. Martic in final); runner-up at Mallorca (l. to Maria) and Beijing (l. to Wozniacki); advanced to four SFs at Brisbane (l. to Sasnovich), Charleston (l. to Goerges), US Open (l. to S.Williams) and Moscow (l. to Jabeur); QF twice; reached 4r once, 3r four times and 2r twice (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r six times (incl. other two majors) and made RR exit at WTA Elite Trophy (1-1 record.
2017 - First Top 20 season (finishing at No.16), including a career-high singles ranking of No.15 on October 23, 2017; captured second career singles title and first in seven years at Mallorca (d. Goerges); advanced to three SFs at Dubai (l. Wozniacki), Madrid (l. Halep) and WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai (l. Goerges); compiled five QF finishes at Charleston (l. Siegemund), Stuttgart (l. Halep), Bucharest (l. Bogdan), Bastad (l. Siniakova) and US Open (l. eventual champion Stephens) – matched best result at Grand Slam (also 2016 US Open); made three 3r appearances, including Australian Open (l. Muguruza) and Roland Garros (l. Martic) and seven 2r exits (incl. last major); fell in 1r on six occasions.
2016 - Second Top 50 season (finishing No.34); runner-up twice at Mallorca (l. to Garcia in final) and Bucharest (l. to Halep in final); SF at Monterrey (l. to Pavlyuchenkova); QF three times at Kaohsiung, Istanbul and US Open; reached 2r five times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros); fell 1r 10 times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying five times; returned to Top 50 debut on July 18 (after Bucharest; rose from No.66 to No.49).
2015 - Impressive comeback season (starting unranked but finishing No.110); SF at Florianopolis (l. to Pereira); QF at Moscow; fell 1r once and in qualifying twice (incl. US Open); also won four singles titles and three doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2014 - Did not play.
2013 - Played seven events in first three months of season, best result being one QF at Pattaya City; fell 1r once and in qualifying five times (incl. Australian Open); announced retirement in May.
2012 - Injury-marred season (finishing No.181); missed first four months of season w/right elbow injury (withdrew from all events incl. Australian Open); fell 1r once and in qualifying four times (incl. US Open); won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2011 - Third straight Top 100 season (finishing No.94); QF three times at Monterrey, Dallas and Luxembourg; reached 4r once (Australian Open) and 2r three times; fell 1r 11 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying twice; set career-high No.36 on January 31 (after Australian Open); struggled throughout season w/illness (withdrew from nine events) and right foot and left ankle injuries (withdrew from several more events).
2010 - Breakthrough first Top 50 season (finishing No.45); won one WTA title at Oeiras (d. Parra Santonja in final); was first Latvian to win a WTA title in 17 years (since Savchenko at Schenectady in 1993); SF at Monterrey (l. to Pavlyuchenkova); QF four times at Strasbourg, Bucharest, Bad Gastein and Beijing; reached 3r once and 2r three times (incl. US Open); fell 1r six times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying four times; made Top 50 debut on October 11 (after Beijing; rose from No.55 to No.45).
2009 - First Top 100 season (finishing No.83); QF at Guangzhou; reached 2r three times (incl. US Open); fell 1r five times (incl. Roland Garros and Wimbledon) and in qualifying four times (incl. Australian Open); made Top 100 debut on July 13 (after Wimbledon; rose from No.105 to No.99); also won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2008 - Fell in WTA qualifying four times (incl. Wimbledon); won three singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2007 - Played first WTA main draw at Istanbul, reaching 2r (as qualifier); also fell in qualifying once.
2006 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit, winning two singles titles.