Anastasija Sevastova

Anastasija Sevastova (born April 1990) is a professional tennis player from Latvia. She reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 11 in October 2018, after reaching her first Premier Mandatory final at the China Open. She has won four singles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as 13 singles and four doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.

Anastasija Sevastova
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Sevastova at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) Latvia
ResidenceLiepāja, Latvia
Born (1990-04-13) 13 April 1990 (age 30)
Liepāja, Latvia
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2006
RetiredMay 2013–2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachRonnie Schmidt
Prize money$7,535,114
Singles
Career record418–242 (63.3%)
Career titles4 WTA, 13 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 11 (15 October 2018)
Current rankingNo. 48 (28 September 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2011, 2019)
French Open4R (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2017, 2019)
US OpenSF (2018)
Doubles
Career record66–76 (46.5%)
Career titles4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 56 (17 December 2018)
Current rankingNo. 164 (28 September 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017, 2018)
French Open2R (2010)
Wimbledon1R (2010, 2011, 2017)
US OpenQF (2018)
Team competitions
Fed Cup24–12 (66.7%)
Last updated on: 1 October 2020.

Somewhat like Kim Clijsters, Sevastova is best known for her success at the US Open, particularly in recent years. In 2016, she defeated the reigning French Open champion and world No. 3, Garbiñe Muguruza, as well as Australian Open semifinalist Johanna Konta, en route to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. In 2018, she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating defending champion and world No. 3, Sloane Stephens, in the quarterfinals, whom she had lost to at that same stage in 2017, before losing to Serena Williams.

CareerEdit

In 2007, she qualified for the İstanbul Cup where she won her first career WTA match beating Anastasiya Yakimova. In the second round, she lost to fifth-seeded Alona Bondarenko.

In August 2009, she qualified for the main draw of the US Open and won her first match in a Grand Slam tournament by defeating Tamarine Tanasugarn.

2010–2013Edit

In March 2010, Sevastova got one of the bigger wins of her early career by defeating world No. 9, Jelena Janković in the first round of the Monterrey Open and then reached the semifinals. Sevastova played at the Estoril Open and in her first match defeated top seed Ágnes Szávay in three sets. In the final of this tournament, her first WTA final, she beat Arantxa Parra Santonja in straight sets and won her first WTA title.

At the 2011 Australian Open, Sevastova upset the 21st seed Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets, before losing in the fourth round to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.

Due to ongoing injuries and illness, Sevastova announced her retirement from the sport in May 2013.[1]

2015: Return to professional tennisEdit

In 2015 January, Sevastova returned to professional tennis, receiving a wildcard into the $10K tournament in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. In the first half of the year, she won four ITF tournaments.

In the Brasil Tennis Cup, Sevastova reached her first WTA semifinal since 2013 in Pattaya. At the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, she upset Karolína Plíšková in the second round and then lost to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets.

2016: First Grand Slam quarterfinalEdit

 
Sevastova, 2016

During the summer, Sevastova reached two finals: in Mallorca and Bucharest, losing to Caroline Garcia and Simona Halep respectively.

At the US Open, Sevastova stunned Garbiñe Muguruza in the second round in straight sets, then followed with wins over Kateryna Bondarenko and Johanna Konta, reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.[2] She was defeated in the quarterfinals by Caroline Wozniacki, but gained with the new ranking of No. 32, eclipsing a new high ranking of No. 36 on 31 January 2011.

2017: Second WTA title; second US Open quarterfinal; top-15 rankingEdit

Sevastova reached the third round of the Australian Open, beating Nao Hibino and Kristína Kučová before losing to Garbiñe Muguruza.

Sevastova reached semifinals at two Premier events- Dubai Tennis Championships and Mutua Madrid Open. In Madrid she had her second top-ten win in 2017, beating world No. 3 Karolína Plíšková in straight sets. Sevastova claimed her first WTA title since 2010, winning Mallorca Open, where she had reached final the previous year.

Following Wimbledon, Sevastova reached No. 17 in the singles rankings, and two quarterfinal appearances at the Bucharest Open and Swedish Open.

Sevastova made it to her second consecutive US Open quarterfinal. She won her first three rounds easily in straight sets and defeated Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, before losing to eventual champion Sloane Stephens.

Sevastova played at Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. She won both her matches in the group stage, against Sloane Stephens and Barbora Strýcová. In semifinal she was defeated by Julia Görges.[3]

2018: Third WTA title; first Grand Slam semifinal; first Mandatory finalEdit

Sevastova started 2018 season in Brisbane, where she lost in semifinals to the qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich.[4] At Australian Open, Sevastova lost in second round to Maria Sharapova.[5]

In Doha, Sevastova was eliminated in the third round by Simona Halep.[6] In Indian Wells, Sevastova defeated Monica Puig and Julia Görges before losing to Venus Williams in fourth round.[7] In Miami, she defeated Alizé Cornet and lost to Victoria Azarenka in third round.[8] Sevastova reached semifinals in Charleston, where she lost to Julia Görges.[9]

Sevastova played for Latvia in the Fed Cup. After she, alongside teammates Jeļena Ostapenko, Diāna Marcinkēviča and Daniela Vismane helped Latvia win all three of its ties in the zonal group round-robin phase, and defeat Serbia in the zonal group playoffs, Latvia advanced to the World Group II playoffs, where they played Russia. Despite Sevastova dropping her first match to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Ostapenko won both of her singles rubbers, and after Sevastova defeated Ekaterina Makarova in the final singles rubber, Latvia advanced to World Group II.[10]

In Madrid, Sevastova lost in second round to Kiki Bertens.[11] In Rome, she reached third round where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki.[12] At French Open she lost in first round to qualifier Mariana Duque-Mariño.

Sevastova started grass-court season in Mallorca as the defending champion. She lost in the final to Tatjana Maria.[13] In Eastbourne, Sevastova lost in third round to Daria Kasatkina.[14] At Wimbledon, she lost in the first round to Camila Giorgi.

Returning to the clay in July, Sevastova made the final of the Bucharest Open defeating Croatian Petra Martić in straight sets to win her third WTA title.

At the US Open, Sevastova defeated Donna Vekić, Claire Liu, Ekaterina Makarova and seventh seed Elina Svitolina to reach her third consecutive quarterfinal at the tournament. In the quarterfinals, she defeated defending champion Sloane Stephens in straight sets to reach her first major semifinal, where she lost to 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in straight sets.[15]

In October, Sevastova reached the final in Beijing, defeating Donna Vekić, Dominika Cibulková and Naomi Osaka. She lost to Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets but after the tournament, she made her career highest ranking (No. 12).[16] At Kremlin Cup, Sevastova reached semifinals where she lost to qualifier Ons Jabeur.[17]

2019: Second week of Australian Open and Roland Garros; first title at homeEdit

Sevastova started her year off at Brisbane with a quarterfinal loss to world No. 3 Osaka in three sets. She then went to the Australian Open and made her first second week at the event since 2011. She beat Barthel, Andreescu and Wang to lose to Osaka (who would go on to win the event and become world No. 1) again in three sets.

Sevastova had a slump, partly due to injuries and resulted in early losses in Doha, Dubai, Indian Well and Miami. She made the quarterfinals at Stuttgart to start her clay-court season with wins over Ostapenko and Siegemund. She had another three-set tussle with a top-5 player with Kvitova, eventually losing 4–6 in the third. She would go onto to make third round of Madrid and have an early loss in Rome to Bertens and Bencic respectively.

Sevastova would go into Roland Garros in questionable form but she would make the second week of the event for the first time. She played an amazing match against Mertens in the third round saving five match points with winners. She won the match 9–7 in the third. She would come into the fourth round and lose to the eventual finalist Markéta Vondroušová, 2–6, 0–6.

Sevastova began her grass-court season at Mallorca having reached the final the last three years in a row. She would make the semifinal and lose to the eventual champion Kenin in three sets. Wimbledon would turn out to be a disappointment as she made the second round and led 6–4, 3–0 against Collins. A match, if she won, would have secured her a top-ten entry. However, she would go onto lose in three sets.

After Wimbledon, Sevastova would bounce back and claim what she called her most cherished title. She won the inaugural event in Latvia, the Baltic Open in Jūrmala. She struggled through the event, getting taken to three sets in the second round against Dalila Jakupović and in the final against Katarzyna Kawa. However, she did take home the title, winning 3–6, 7–5, 6–4.

Playing styleEdit

Sevastova is a tactical, all-round player who uses varied shots to win points. She possesses consistent and accurate groundstrokes, with both wings capable of producing winners. She has an accurate serve that can reach 110 mph (177 km/h). She also moves around the court well, and has good footwork. She may approach the net to finish points, and some of her best shots are her drop shots and slices. She states that her backhand is her favourite shot. Possibly her biggest asset is her variety and resilience on court.

EndorsementsEdit

She is sponsored by Yonex for her racquets and clothing. She uses the Yonex Ezone DR 98 racquet.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments[18]
Australian Open A Q1 1R 4R A Q1 RT A 2R 3R 2R 4R 1R 0 / 7 10–7 59%
French Open A 1R 1R 1R A Retired A 2R 3R 1R 4R A 0 / 7 6–7 46%
Wimbledon Q1 1R 1R 1R A Retired A 1R 2R 1R 2R NH 0 / 7 2–7 22%
US Open A 2R 2R 1R Q3 Retired Q1 QF QF SF 3R 2R 0 / 8 18–8 69%
Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 1–4 3–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–4 9–4 6–4 8–3 1–2 0 / 27 32–27 54%
Career statistics[19]
Titles 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 Career total: 4
Finals 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 0 Career total: 8
Year-end ranking 194 83 45 94 181 110 35 16 12 27 $7,408,404

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ WTA Fans: Anastasija Sevastova retires at age of 23
  2. ^ "Unseeded Sevastova into quarters after second upset". USOpen.org. Retrieved 2016-09-04.
  3. ^ "Goerges glorious in Zhuhai semifinal defeat of Sevastova". 4 November 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Cinderella Sasnovich continues run, reaches Brisbane final". 5 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Sharapova rolls past Sevastova at the Australian Open". 18 January 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Halep surpasses Sevastova, heads into last eight in Doha". 15 February 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Venus edges Sevastova, back into Indian Wells quarterfinals". 14 March 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Azarenka outlasts Sevastova to make Miami fourth round". 24 March 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Goerges goes through to Charleston final over Sevastova". 8 April 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Fed Cup - Ostapenko and Sevastova guide Latvia into World Group II". 22 April 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Wozniacki keeps No.1 bid alive with comeback in Madrid". 7 May 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Wozniacki subdues Sevastova in Rome nightcap". 17 May 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Maria stuns Sevastova for first singles title in Mallorca". 24 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Barty outplays Hsieh to make Eastbourne quarterfinals". 27 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  15. ^ "'I'm on the climb, still': Stunning Serena sweeps past Sevastova into 9th US Open final". 7 September 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Wozniacki holds off Sevastova to win second China Open". WTA Tennis. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  17. ^ "'I gave everything': Jabeur blasts into first final in Moscow". WTA Tennis. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Grand Slam performances - Singles & Doubles".
  19. ^ "Player & Career overview".

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Sinta Ozoliņa
Latvian Rising Sportspersonality of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Artjoms Rudņevs
Preceded by
Jeļena Ostapenko
Latvian Sportswoman of the Year
2018-2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent