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Abigail Michal Spears (born July 12, 1981)[1] is a professional tennis player from the United States.

Abigail Spears
Spears 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Spears at the 2009 US Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceColorado Springs, Colorado
Born (1981-07-12) July 12, 1981 (age 38)
San Diego, California
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned proOctober 2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachLarry Willens
Prize money$2,877,665
Singles
Career record285–262
Career titles8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 66 (June 6, 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2005)
French Open1R (2005)
Wimbledon1R (2005)
US Open1R (2004, 2005)
Doubles
Career record541–399
Career titles21 WTA, 21 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 10 (March 2, 2015)
Current rankingNo. 31 (May 13, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2014)
French Open3R (2004)
WimbledonSF (2015, 2016, 2018)
US OpenQF (2008)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2017)
French OpenQF (2018)
WimbledonQF (2018)
US OpenF (2013, 2014)
Last updated on: May 14, 2019.

BiographyEdit

2000–2011Edit

Spears turned professional in 2000.[2] She reached the third round at the 2005 Australian Open,[3] and the first round at the 2005 French Open, 2005 Wimbledon tournament (where she also reached the third round in the doubles tournament with Lisa McShea) and the 2005 US Open.[4][5] She reached the third round at the 2008 Wimbledon doubles tournament with Raquel Kops-Jones, and the duo bettered that result by reaching the quarterfinals at the 2008 US Open.

Spears also qualified in singles for the US Open twice.[6] She achieved a singles ranking of world No. 66 on June 6, 2005. Her highest doubles ranking was world No. 11 on June 24, 2013. Spears has not won a WTA singles title, but as of the end of December 2018, she has won 21 WTA doubles titles.[2] She participated in the US Open doubles draw eleven times between 1998 and 2010.[6]

2012Edit

Spears and compatriot Raquel Kops-Jones were one of the most successful doubles team of the 2012 season, winning four titles at Carlsbad, Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka. The pair also reached two other finals and also the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

2017: Grand Slam breakthroughEdit

2017 was expected to be Spears' farewell year on tour.[7] At the Australian Open, she partnered with Juan Sebastián Cabal to win the mixed-doubles tournament. In the final, they defeated the second seeded team of Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig 6–2, 6–4. The American-Colombian duo recovered from a 1–4 deficit in the second set to reel off five straight games to clinch the title. It was a revenge match for Spears, having lost to Mirza the last time Spears made it to a Grand Slam final, losing 9–11 in the super tiebreak to Mirza and Bruno Soares at the 2014 US Open. Spears has continued to play on tour and has not retired.

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Mixed Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2013 US Open Hard   Santiago González   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Max Mirnyi
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Runner-up 2014 US Open Hard   Santiago González   Sania Mirza
  Bruno Soares
1–6, 6–2, [9–11]
Winner 2017 Australian Open Hard   Juan Sebastián Cabal   Sania Mirza
  Ivan Dodig
6–2, 6–4

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finalsEdit

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2012 Doha Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Liezel Huber
  Lisa Raymond
3–6, 1–6
Winner 2012 Tokyo Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Květa Peschke
6–1, 6–4
Winner 2014 Cincinnati Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Tímea Babos
  Kristina Mladenovic
6–1, 2–0 ret.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. November 7, 2004 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard   Martina Suchá 5–7, 6–3, 2–6

Doubles: 31 (21 titles, 10 runner-ups)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (2–1)
Tier II / Premier (8–5)
Tier III, IV & V / International (11–4)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. January 5, 2003 Auckland Open, New Zealand Hard   Teryn Ashley   Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–2, 2–6, 6–0
Win 2. August 15, 2004 Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, Canada Hard   Bethanie Mattek   Els Callens
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–3, 6–3
Loss 1. February 19, 2005 Cellular South Cup, United States Hard   Laura Granville   Yuka Yoshida
  Miho Saeki
3–6, 4–6
Win 3. July 24, 2005 Western & Southern Women's Open, United States Hard   Laura Granville   Květa Peschke
  María Emilia Salerni
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Win 4. May 10, 2009 Estoril Open, Portugal Clay   Raquel Kops-Jones   Sharon Fichman
  Katalin Marosi
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 2. June 14, 2009 Aegon Classic, Birmingham, Great Britain Grass   Raquel Kops-Jones   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
1–6, 4–6
Win 5. September 27, 2009 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard   Chan Yung-jan   Carly Gullickson
  Nicole Kriz
6–3, 6–4
Loss 3. October 18, 2009 HP Open, Osaka, Japan Hard   Chanelle Scheepers   Lisa Raymond
  Chuang Chia-jung
2–6, 4–6
Loss 4. August 7, 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, San Diego, United States Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Květa Peschke
  Katarina Srebotnik
0–6, 2–6
Win 6. September 18, 2011 Bell Challenge, Quebec City Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Jamie Hampton
  Anna Tatishvili
6–0, 3–6, [10–6]
Loss 5. January 7, 2012 Brisbane International, Australia Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Nuria Llagostera Vives
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
6–7(2–7), 6–7(2–7)
Loss 6. February 19, 2012 Qatar Ladies Open, Doha Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Liezel Huber
  Lisa Raymond
3–6, 1–6
Win 7. July 23, 2012 Mercury Insurance Open, Carlsbad, United States Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Vania King
  Nadia Petrova
6–2, 6–4
Win 8. September 23, 2012 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Akgul Amanmuradova
  Vania King
2–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Win 9. September 29, 2012 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Květa Peschke
6–1, 6–4
Win 10. October 14, 2012 HP Open, Osaka Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Kimiko Date-Krumm
  Heather Watson
6–1, 6–4
Win 11. July 29, 2013 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Julia Görges
  Darija Jurak
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Win 12. August 5, 2013 Southern California Open, Carlsbad, United States Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Chan Hao-ching
  Janette Husárová
6–4, 6–1
Loss 7. September 22, 2013 KDB Korea Open, Seoul Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Chan Chin-wei
  Xu Yifan
5–7, 3–6
Loss 8. February 22, 2014 Dubai Tennis Championships, United Arab Emirates Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Alla Kudryavtseva
  Anastasia Rodionova
2–6, 7–5, [8–10]
Win 13. June 15, 2014 Aegon Classic, Birmingham Grass   Raquel Kops-Jones   Ashleigh Barty
  Casey Dellacqua
7–6(7–1), 6–1
Win 14. August 18, 2014 Cincinnati Masters, United States Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Tímea Babos
  Kristina Mladenovic
6–1, 2–0 ret.
Loss 9. January 16, 2015 Apia International Sydney, Australia Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  Sania Mirza
3–6, 3–6
Win 15. February 28, 2015 Qatar Total Open, Doha Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Hsieh Su-wei
  Sania Mirza
6–4, 6–4
Win 16. June 14, 2015 Aegon Nottingham Open, Great Britain Grass   Raquel Kops-Jones   Jocelyn Rae
  Anna Smith
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Win 17. October 18, 2015 Generali Ladies Linz, Austria Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
6–3, 7–5
Win 18. July 23, 2016 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford Hard   Raquel Atawo   Darija Jurak
  Anastasia Rodionova
6–3, 6–4
Win 19. February 18, 2017 Qatar Total Open, Doha Hard   Katarina Srebotnik   Olga Savchuk
  Yaroslava Shvedova
6–3, 7–6(9–7)
Loss 10. April 30, 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany Clay (i)   Katarina Srebotnik   Raquel Atawo
  Jelena Ostapenko
4–6, 4–6
Win 20. August 6, 2017 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford Hard   CoCo Vandeweghe   Alizé Cornet
  Alicja Rosolska
6–2, 6–3
Win 21. June 17, 2018 Nottingham Open, Great Britain Grass   Alicja Rosolska   Mihaela Buzărnescu
  Heather Watson
6–3, 7–6(7–5)

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 3R 0 / 1 2–1
French Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon 1R 0 / 1 0–1
US Open 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Win-Loss 0–1 2–4 0 / 5 2–5

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R SF QF 2R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 16 15–16
French Open A A A A 1R 2R 3R A A A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 14 9–14
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R A 3R 1R 1R 2R QF 3R 3R SF SF 1R SF 3R 0 / 17 26–17
US Open 1R 1R A 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 20 10–20
Win-Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–4 2–4 2–4 2–3 0–3 0–1 5–2 1–4 0–4 3–4 6–4 4–4 7–4 9–4 6–4 1–4 5–4 5–3 0 / 67 60–67
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A A 1R 1R 2R A A A 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 1R 2R 0 / 14 8–14
Miami A A A A A A A Q2 A A A QF 2R 1R 1R 1R SF 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 0 / 11 8–11
Madrid Not Held 1R 1R 1R 1R QF QF 2R 1R 1R QF 1R 0 / 11 7–11
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I A A QF QF QF QF 1R 1R 1R QF 0 / 8 10–8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Abigail Spears: Profile". University of California, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Abigail Spears: Info". Women's Tennis Association. Archived from the original on December 7, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  3. ^ Dillman, Lisa (January 21, 2005). "Nerves Have Been Her Toughest Opponent". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  4. ^ "Abigail Spears: Stats". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  5. ^ "Wimbledon 2005 Ladies' Doubles Championship" (PDF). Women's Tennis Association. p. 3. Retrieved November 13, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Women's Bios: Abigail Spears". US Open. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  7. ^ "Spears, Cabal win mixed doubles, continue 30s theme in Oz". USA Today. Melbourne. The Associated Press. January 29, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017. Spears was striving to win her first Grand Slam title in her farewell year. She plans to retire at the end of this season after a career in which she was twice runner-up in mixed doubles finals with Mexican Santiago Gonzalez at the U.S. Open in 2013 and 2014.

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