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Coached by Christopher Kas ... Mother, Hannelore, has a PhD; father, Wolfgang, is a doctor (was European junior shotputting champion); older sister, Sunna, also played tennis (played pro but injured her shoulder and stopped) ... Started playing at age 3 because sister played; was introduced to the sport by her family ... Favorite surface is hard but likes all courts ... Inspired by Steffi Graf (had same clothes and racquet when she was young) ... Best tennis memory is first Premier-level title at Paris [Indoors] in 2013 (same city where her father became European junior shotputting champion) ... Often stayed in tents in the early stages of her career ... Favorite tournaments are Stuttgart and Bastad ... Goal is to keep improving and to be the best she can be.
Winner (4): 2017 - Prague; 2014 - Bastad; 2013 - Paris [Indoors]; 2012 - Hobart.
Finalist (3): 2015 - Bastad, Luxembourg; 2013 - Hobart.
Winner (3): 2019 - Stuttgart (w/Friedsam); 2015 - Luxembourg (w/Siegemund); 2013 - Stuttgart (w/Lisicki).
Finalist (1): 2014 - Seoul (w/Minella).
German Fed Cup Team, 2013; German Olympic Team, 2012.
Career in Review
2018 - Posted seventh Top 100 season (finishing No.81); SF twice at Budapest (l. to Cibulkova) and Tashkent (l. to Gasparyan); QF two times at Lugano (l. to Mertens), Nottingham (l. to Vekic); reached 2r four times (incl. Austraian Open); fell 1r 12 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying three times.
2017- Tallied fifth Top 50 finish of career in 2017 (2012-15), becoming one of the biggest rankings movers on tour finishing at No.48, 135 spots higher than 2016’s year-end rank of No.183 – first year-end finish outside Top 100 since 2010 (No.208)… Stands as the German No.4, behind Goerges, Kerber and Maria, of seven women in the year-end Top 100 (also Witthoeft, Siegemund and Petkovic)… Became one of five qualifiers to win a title this season (also Mertens, Barty, Vondrousova and Diyas) after hoisting the trophy at Prague – her first title in nearly three years…Reached R16 at a Grand Slam for the first time in her career at 2017 Australian Open – advanced through three rounds of qualifying and fell to eventual R-Up V.Williams.
2016 - QF at Hobart (l. to Cornet); reached 2r four times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r eight times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying twice.
2015 - Fourth straight Top 50 season (finishing No.44); runner-up twice at Bastad (l. to Larsson in final) and Luxembourg (l. to Doi in final); QF three times at Antwerp, Stanford and Seoul; reached 3r twice (incl. US Open) and 2r six times (incl. Australian Open and Hobart - l. to Brengle 67(6) 75 76(2); held 1mp at 5-4 second set); fell 1r 13 times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying three times; also won one WTA doubles title.
2014 - Another Top 50 season (finishing No.43); won one WTA title at Bastad (d. Scheepers in final); SF at Luxembourg (l. to Zahlavova Strycova); QF at Nürnberg (l. to Svitolina); reached 3r twice (Australian Open and Roland Garros) and 2r nine times (incl. other two majors); fell 1r 10 times (incl. Stuttgart - l. to Jankovic 26 76(8) 63; held 4mp in second set tie-break - 3mp at 6-3, 1mp at 7-6) and in qualifying four times.
2013 - Another Top 40 season (finishing No.34); went 12-3 in first four events, reaching SF at Auckland (l. to Wickmayer), finishing runner-up at Hobart (l. to Vesnina in final), falling 1r at Australian Open (l. to Pervak) and winning second WTA title at Paris [Indoors] (d. Errani in final); best results in other 19 events were one 4r finish, three 3r finishes and seven 2r finishes (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); fell 1r eight times (incl. Roland Garros and Luxembourg - l. to Voegele 16 64 76(3); held mp at 5-4 third set); also won one WTA doubles title.
2012 - First Top 40 season (finishing No.39); won one WTA title at Hobart (d. Wickmayer in final); SF twice at Bastad (l. to Hercog) and Québec City (l. to Flipkens); QF three times at Paris [Indoors], Copenhagen (l. to Kerber 62 06 75; held 2mp at 5-4 third set) and Stuttgart; reached 3r twice (incl. Australian Open) and 2r nine times (incl. Montréal - l. to A.Radwanska 46 63 76(5); held mp at 6-5 third set); fell 1r eight times (incl. other three majors, Olympics) and in qualifying once; made Top 50 debut on January 16 (rose from No.64 to No.44).
2011 - First Top 100 season (finishing No.67); SF at Copenhagen (l. to Wozniacki); reached 2r twice (Roland Garros, US Open); fell 1r three times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying twice; won three singles titles on ITF Circuit; made Top 100 debut on August 15 (rose from No.101 to No.100).
2010 - Played first WTA main draw at Luxembourg, falling 1r (as qualifier); fell in qualifying five times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2009 - Fell in WTA qualifying once.
2008 - Played first WTA qualifying at Stuttgart.
2007 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.