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Claire Liu (/l/ LOO;[1][2] Chinese: 刘婧文; pinyin: Liú Jìngwén [ljǒu tɕîŋ wə̌n]; born May 25, 2000) is an American tennis player. In 2017, she was the World No. 1 in the junior rankings after winning the Junior Wimbledon title, and finishing runner-up at the Junior French Open. Liu also won a junior grand slam doubles title at Wimbledon with Usue Arconada in 2016.

Claire Liu
Claire Liu (USA) (9664450811).jpg
Liu at the 2013 US Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceThousand Oaks, California, United States
Born (2000-05-25) May 25, 2000 (age 19)
Thousand Oaks, California, United States
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$422,964
Singles
Career record90–67 (57.3%)
Career titles3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 137 (14 January 2019)
Current rankingNo. 292 (12 August 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open2R (2018)
Doubles
Career record13–15 (46.4%)
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 480 (12 August 2019)
Current rankingNo. 480 (12 August 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open1R (2017)
French Open JuniorQF (2017)
Wimbledon JuniorW (2016)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open1R (2015)
Last updated on: August 14, 2019.
Claire Liu
Simplified Chinese刘婧文
Traditional Chinese劉婧文

On the pro circuit, Liu has won three ITF singles titles, 1 doubles title and reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 137.

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Playing styleEdit

Junior careerEdit

Liu won the Junior Wimbledon doubles tournament in 2016 with fellow American Usue Arconada, defeating Mariam Bolkvadze and Caty McNally in straight sets in the final. The following year after losing in the Junior French Open final to Whitney Osuigwe, she came back to win the Junior Wimbledon singles title against Ann Li, making her the first American girl to win the event since Chanda Rubin in 1992.[3] With this grand slam success, Liu rose to No. 1 in the ITF girls' junior rankings.

Professional careerEdit

Liu won her first professional title on March 22, 2015, at an Orlando clay court tournament on the ITF Women's Circuit.[4] At age 14, Liu was the youngest tennis player to win a professional tournament since Anna Kournikova in 1996.[5]

At the 2015 US Open, Liu was granted a wild card into the qualifying tournament. She beat Verónica Cepede Royg and ninth seed Jana Čepelová in her first two matches before losing to the 26th seed, Alexandra Panova, in the final round. Liu, alongside Taylor Fritz, was also given a wild card for the mixed doubles event; they were defeated in the first round by the fourth seeds and eventual champions, Martina Hingis and Leander Paes.

After securing two ITF tournament wins in 2017, Liu was granted a wild card into the qualifying tournament at the 2017 US Open. Liu defeated all three of her opponents in the qualifying tournament, earning her a spot in the singles main draw of a grand slam for the first time.[6] There she was defeated in the first round, in straight sets by Duan Yingying. In their main draw grand slam doubles debut, Liu and Taylor Johnson lost in the first round in Women's Doubles at the US Open.[7]

At the 2018 Wimbledon Championships, Liu advanced to the main draw of the tournament after winning all of her qualifying matches. Liu lost in the second round to the eventual champion Angelique Kerber.[8] Liu was the only player in the tournament to win a set against Kerber.[9]

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles: 3 (3–0)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000/$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2017 Orlando, United States W10 Clay   Fanny Stollár 6–1, 6–3
Win 2–0 May 2017 Naples, United States W25 Clay   Danielle Collins 6–3, 6–1
Win 3–0 May 2017 Caserta, Italy W25 Clay   Paula Badosa 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 1 (1-0)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Aug 2019 ITF Daytona Beach, United States W60 Hard   Vania King   Hayley Carter
  Jamie Loeb
4-6, 6-2, [10-5]

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Girls' SinglesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2017 French Open Clay   Whitney Osuigwe 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 3–6
Winner 2017 Wimbledon Grass   Ann Li 6–2, 5–7, 6–2

Girls' DoublesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2016 Wimbledon Grass   Usue Maitane Arconada   Mariam Bolkvadze
  Caty McNally
6–2, 6–3

Career StatisticsEdit

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (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.
Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
French Open A A A Q2 Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A A A 2R Q1 0 / 1 1–1 50%
US Open Q3 A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–1 2–2 0 / 3 2–3 0-0 40%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ United States Tennis Association (USTA) (2017-07-15). "2017 Wimbledon: Girls' Champion Claire Liu Interview". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  2. ^ Wimbledon (2017-07-15). "Claire Liu wins Wimbledon 2017 girls' singles title". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  3. ^ "Claire Liu Ends Drought for American Women in Wimbledon Junior Singles". New York Times. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  4. ^ 2015 ITF Pro Circuit Tournament in Orlando, Florida. International Tennis Federation. Accessed on 27 August 2017.
  5. ^ Kumar, Aishwarya. Wimbledon junior champ Claire Liu is having a ball after shaking slump. ESPN: August 2, 2017. Accessed on August 27, 2017.
  6. ^ US Open 2017: Women's Qualifying Singles Draw. Archived 2017-08-30 at the Wayback Machine US Open. Accessed on August 27, 2017.
  7. ^ US Open 2017: Women's Doubles Draw. Archived 2017-09-10 at the Wayback Machine US Open. Accessed on August 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Kerber weathers Liu scare to move on at Wimbledon". 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  9. ^ Roenigk, Alyssa (15 July 2018). "Lost amid the Serena Williams fairy-tale story ... the Angelique Kerber fairy-tale story". ESPN. Retrieved 15 July 2018.

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