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Personal

Currently coached by Juan 'Nacho' Todero
Parents are Jose and Astrid; older brother is Ricky (works in the aeronautical industry as an engineer)
Introduced to tennis by her mother; first tennis memory is playing in a clinic at a country club
Favorite surface is hardcourt
Speaks fluent Spanish and English
Best tennis memories are becoming Puerto Rico's first Gold Medal winner by winning the 2016 Olympic Tennis event in Rio de Janeiro as well as winning her first WTA title at Strasbourg in 2014 and winning the inaugural WTA Rising Stars Invitational in Singapore at the end of the year
Enjoys going to the beach, relaxing at home, spending time with family and her dogs (Rio and Luna), reading and creative writing
Has made numerous visits home to Puerto Rico to aid and support her fellow islanders with the help of the #YoNoMeQuito foundation, which provides motivation and monetary resources to individuals who are determined to seize new opportunities for advancement and bettering their lives

Career Highlights

SINGLES
Winner (2): 2016 - Olympics; 2014 - Strasbourg.
Finalist (2): 2017 - Luxembourg; 2016 - Sydney.

ADDITIONAL
Puerto Rican Fed Cup Team, 2008-10, 2012, 2014, 2016-17, 2019; Puerto Rican Olympic team, 2016.

Career in Review

Season highlight in 2018 was SF showing at New Haven (ret. vs. Suárez Navarro w/left abdominal injury). Also made QF runs at Monterrey (l. eventual R-Up Babos), Québec City (l. Kenin) and Wuhan (l. Q.Wang)

Posted R16 showing at 2018 Miami (l. Collins). Scored fourth Top-5 win of career over No.2 Wozniacki in 2r; other wins came against No.5 Errani (2013 Wimbledon), and No.4 Muguruza and No.2 Kerber (both at 2016 Rio Olympics)

In 2017 finished R-Up at 2017 Luxembourg (l. Witthoeft) - first final since winning the 2016 Rio Olympics. Also posted SF run at Doha (l. eventual R-Up Wozniacki) and made QF at Acapulco (l. McHale)

Finished 2016 season with QF run at International-level Tianjin (l. Kovinic); reached at least QF on eight occasions during the year - also Sydney (R-Up; l. Kuznetsova in first final at WTA 500 level), Prague (QF, l. Kuznetsova), Nottingham (SF, l. Ka.Pliskova), Eastbourne (SF, as qualifier, l. Cibulkova), Florianopolis (SF, l. Begu), Rio Olympics (WON, d. Kerber in F) and Tokyo [PPO] (QF, l. A.Radwanska)

Made Top-30 debut the week of September 26, 2016 after QF run at Tokyo [PPO], posting career-high ranking of No.27

Created history at Rio Olympics in 2016, winning Puerto Rico's first Gold medal. Posted two Top-5 wins en route, over No.4 Muguruza (R16) and No.2 Kerber (F)
Best results in Grand Slam play in 2016 were 3r efforts at Australian Open (saved 5MP during 2r win vs. Kr.Pliskova, in addition to the Czech serving a WTA-record 31 aces in the match - beating Lisicki's 27 vs. Bencic at 2015 Birmingham) and Roland Garros (l. Keys)

Owns 2-2 record in singles finals, having won 2014 Strasbourg (d. Soler-Espinosa in F) and 2016 Olympics (d. Kerber in F), and finished as R-Up at 2016 Sydney (as qualifier, l. Kuznetsova) and 2017 Luxembourg (l. Wittheoft)

First player representing Puerto Rico to win a WTA singles title; Brandi and Fernández, both born in Puerto Rico, won titles while playing under USA flag

In her fourth career tour-level main draw appearance (2013 Brisbane), defeated Rogowska in opening match, becoming the first player from Puerto Rico to win a main draw match since 2006 Charleston (Kristina Brandi)

Won inaugural Rising Stars Invitational as part of WTA Finals in Singapore in 2014 (d. S.Zheng in F)

Advanced to the final of two junior Grand Slams: 2011 Australian Open and 2011 Roland Garros

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Singles Career High Ranking
Highest Singles
27
Sep 26, 2016
Doubles Career High Ranking
Highest Doubles
210
May 25, 2015