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Currently coached by Diego Veronelli, formerly with Philippe Dehaes, Kamau Murray and 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 ever Gold Medal winner by winning the 2016 Olympic Tennis event in Rio de Janeiro as well as winning 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.
Winner (2): 2016 - Olympics; 2014 - Strasbourg.
Finalist (2): 2017 - Luxembourg; 2016 - Sydney.
Puerto Rican Fed Cup Team, 2008-10, 2012, 2014, 2016-17, 2019; Puerto Rican Olympic team, 2016.
Career in Review
2019 - Season highlights in 2019 include reaching SF at Charleston (d. No.10 Sabalenka, l. eventual champion Keys) and making QF appearances at Strasbourg (l. Sabalenka) and Luxembourg (l. eventual R-Up Goerges).
2018 - Sixth consecutive Top 100 season (finishing No.53); SF at New Haven (ret. w/left abdominal injury vs. Suárez Navarro); QF three times at Monterrey (l. to Babos), Québec City (l. to Kenin) and Wuhan (l. to Q.Wang); reached 4r once, 2r six times (incl. Australian Open and US Open); fell 1r three times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying four times.
2017 - Fifth consecutive Top 100 season (finishing No.58); runner-up at Luxembourg (l. to Witthoeft); SF at Doha (l. to Wozniacki); QF at Acapulco (l. to McHale); reached 3r twice, 2r seven times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros); fell 1r nine times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying twice.
2016 - First Top 40 season (finished ranked No.32); made history by winning Puerto Rico’s first ever Gold medal at the Rio Olympics (d. Kerber in F); named Best Female Athlete of the 2016 Rio Olympics by Association of National Olympics Committees (ANOC); reached first Premier-level final at Sydney (l. to Kuznetsova); SF three times at Nottingham (l. to Ka.Pliskova), Eastbourne (l. to Cibulkova) and Florianopolis (l. to Begu); QF three times at Prague (l. to Kuznetsova), Tokyo (l. to A.Radwanska) and Tianjin (l. to Kovinic); 3r four times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros; 2r seven times; 1r six times (incl. Wimbledon and US Open); fell in WTA qualifying once.
2015 - Third straight Top 100 season (finishing No.92); SF at Pattaya City (l. to Tomljanovic); QF twice at Acapulco (l. to Karatantcheva 26 76(7) 64; held 3mp in second set - 2mp at 6-5 and 1mp at 7-6 in tie-break) and Bogotá; reached 2r eight times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r 12 times (incl. other three majors and Monterrey - l. to Hantuchova 76(1) 36 75; held 4mp in third set, 1mp at 5-3 and 3mp at 5-4) and in qualifying four times.
2014 - Another Top 100 season (finishing No.60); won one WTA title at Strasbourg (d. Soler-Espinosa in final - was first Puerto Rican ever to win a WTA title); set career-high No.41 afterwards on May 26; QF twice at Monterrey and Guangzhou; reached 2r seven times (incl. Australian Open, US Open and Birmingham - l. to Date-Krumm 26 64 76(7); held 1mp at 7-6 in third set tie-break); fell 1r nine times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying four times.
2013 - First Top 100 season (finishing No.55); QF twice at Oeiras and Guangzhou; reached 4r once (Wimbledon), 3r once (Roland Garros) and 2r four times; fell 1r seven times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying five times (incl. Australian Open); made Top 100 debut on May 6 (after Oeiras; rose from No.102 to No.95) and Top 50 debut on July 8 (after Wimbledon; rose from No.65 to No.49).
2012 - Fell 1r twice and in qualifying six times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open); won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2011 - Played first WTA main draw at Charleston, falling 1r (as qualifier); fell in qualifying once; won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2010 - Played first WTA qualifying at Ponte Vedra Beach; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2009 - Played first event of career at ITF/Bayamon-PUR.