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Jill N. Craybas (born July 4, 1974) is an American former professional tennis player. From the 2000 US Open to the 2011 US Open, Craybas competed in 45 consecutive Grand Slam main draws; her best result coming in the 2005 Wimbledon Championships where she reached the fourth round, which included wins over Marion Bartoli and Serena Williams. By the time she retired in 2013, she was one of the oldest players on the WTA Tour at 39 years of age, as well as the longest serving, having turned pro in 1996.

Jill Craybas
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceHuntington Beach, California
Born (1974-07-04) July 4, 1974 (age 44)
Providence, Rhode Island
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Florida
Prize moneyUS$2,552,154
Singles
Career record432–447
Career titles1 WTA (4 ITF)
Highest rankingNo. 39 (April 17, 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2004)
French Open2R (2001, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Wimbledon4R (2005)
US Open2R (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2008)
Doubles
Career record161–240
Career titles5 WTA (1 ITF)
Highest rankingNo. 41 (June 23, 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2006, 2007, 2011)
French OpenQF (2004)
Wimbledon3R (2007)
US Open2R (2004, 2005, 2006, 2012)
Mixed doubles
Career record9–10
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (2006, 2008)
US OpenSF (2008)
Last updated on: May 27, 2013.

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Early yearsEdit

Craybas was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she played for coach Andy Brandi's Florida Gators women's tennis team in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition from 1993 to 1996. As a senior in 1996, she won the NCAA women's singles tennis championship. She was the 1995–96 recipient of the Honda Sports Award for Tennis, recognizing her as the outstanding collegiate female tennis player of the year.[1]

Craybas graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications in 1996, and has said in interviews that she hopes to enter film or television production when her playing career ends. She was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2008.[2][3]

Craybas credits her achievements to her long-time coach, Raja Chaudhuri. Chaudhuri has worked with her from the start of her tennis career.

Professional careerEdit

Craybas turned professional in 1996. She has won one WTA title at the Tokyo Japan Open. She beat Silvija Talaja in the final after trailing 4–0 in the third set. In the 2006 season, Craybas reached one quarterfinal at Hobart as the eighth seed, losing to unseeded Italian Mara Santangelo in three sets. She has also reached the semifinals of a Tier III event in Memphis, a fourth-round showing at the Tier I event in Key Biscayne, Florida and a further quarterfinal appearance at Stanford in late July.

Craybas is best known for her 2005 defeat of Serena Williams in the 3rd round of Wimbledon. She beat Williams 6–3, 7–6, then lost to Serena's older sister, and eventual champion, Venus Williams 6–0, 6–2.

On March 25, 2006, Craybas once again served up an early round defeat of a top seeded player. This time it was second-seeded Kim Clijsters in the second round of the NASDAQ-100 Open tournament. After having led in both the first and third sets, Clijsters eventually lost by a score of 7–5, 3–6, 7–5. It was Clijsters earliest ever exit from the NASDAQ-100, and Clijsters was the defending champion.

By that time Craybas, then a veteran on the tour, was thought to be playing the best tennis of her life. However, after having a successful start to 2006, she fell short of what was expected of her from her dramatically impressive start, losing to lower-ranked opponents in first rounds or having difficult first round draws against the top players in the world.

She began 2007 by reaching the semifinals of a Tier IV event in Auckland, New Zealand. She beat all of her opponents in straight sets before bowing out to Russian Vera Zvonareva 6–3, 7–5. She next took part in the Tier II event in Sydney, where she lost in the last round of qualifying to Russian Vera Dushevina 6–1, 3–6, 6–1. At the first Grand Slam tournament of the year at the Australian Open, she suffered a first-round loss to the tenth-seeded Nicole Vaidišová 6–4, 5–7, 6–1. Craybas bounced back into winning form at her next tournament in the U.S., at an ITF tournament in Midland, Michigan. As the top-seeded, she beat all of her opponents in straight sets until a hard-fought 2–6, 6–3, 6–3 victory over second-seeded and fellow American Laura Granville. Because of her lower ranking, she suffered in tough draws, not going further than the second round of any tournament since.

 
Jill Craybas at the 2008 US Open

At the start of 2008, Craybas entered the Pattaya Women's Open in Pattaya, Thailand, where, as the seventh-seed, she played some of the best tennis of her career and beat Olga Savchuk 6–1, 6–1 in the first round, Renata Voráčová 2–6, 6–1, 6–3 in the second round and Andreja Klepač 6–4, 6–4 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals she beat Akgul Amanmuradova 6–4, 6–0 and lost to the top seed Agnieszka Radwańska in a tie-break in the third set, 6–2, 1–6, 7–6. Craybas's ranking improved from World No. 77 to World No. 60 because of these results.

Craybas won the 2008 Istanbul Cup in doubles.

Craybas represented the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the tennis singles event. She became the last qualifier for the event, replacing Tamira Paszek of Austria.[4] The opening came available when fellow American Ashley Harkleroad elected to skip the games after she became pregnant.[5] At the US Open 2013, Craybas announced her retirement from tennis.[6] AS of 2017, she is working with the WTA Tour as a commentator.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. October 6, 2002 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard   Silvija Talaja 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. February 10, 2008 Pattaya Women's Open, Pattaya City, Thailand Hard   Agnieszka Radwańska 2–6, 6–1, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 14 (5 titles, 9 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (5–9)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. May 19, 2003 WTA Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain Clay   Liezel Huber   Rita Grande
  Angelique Widjaja
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 2. August 16, 2004 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open, Cincinnati, United States Hard   Marlene Weingärtner   Emmanuelle Gagliardi
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
7–5, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 1. October 31, 2004 Fortis Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard   Marlene Weingärtner   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
1–6, 7–6(7–1), 3–6
Runner-up 2. September 26, 2005 Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships, Seoul, South Korea Hard   Natalie Grandin   Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. January 9, 2006 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard   Jelena Kostanić   Émilie Loit
  Nicole Pratt
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. June 18, 2006 DFS Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass   Liezel Huber   Jelena Janković
  Li Na
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. October 30, 2006 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard   Alina Jidkova   Carly Gullickson
  Laura Granville
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. September 10, 2007 Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic, Bali, Indonesia Hard   Natalie Grandin   Ji Chunmei
  Sun Shengnan
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. April 28, 2008 ECM Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Michaëlla Krajicek   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
6–1, 3–6, [6–10]
Winner 3. May 19, 2008 Istanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey Clay   Olga Govortsova   Marina Erakovic
  Polona Hercog
6–1, 6–2
Winner 4. October 4, 2008 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard   Marina Eraković   Ayumi Morita
  Aiko Nakamura
4–6, 7–5, [10–6]
Runner-up 8. November 2, 2008 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard   Tamarine Tanasugarn   Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Vania King
6–7(3–7), 4–6
Runner-up 9. July 17, 2010 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Palermo, Italy Clay   Julia Görges   Alberta Brianti
  Sara Errani
4–6, 1–6
Winner 5. June 17, 2012 Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria Clay   Julia Görges   Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Petra Martić
6–7(4–7), 6–4, [11–9]

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. September 25, 2004 China Open, Beijing, China Hard   Justin Gimelstob   Emmanuelle Gagliardi
  Tripp Phillips
1–6, 2–6

Grand Slam Singles TimelineEdit

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 W–L
Australian Open A A A 1R LQ 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R LQ 11–13
French Open A A A LQ A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 5–12
Wimbledon A A A LQ LQ 1R 2R 1R 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R LQ 6–12
US Open 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 10–15
Titles–Finals 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–4 2–4 0–4 4–4 4–4 1–4 1–4 1–4 3–4 1–4 2–4 0–0 32–52

Grand Slam Doubles TimelineEdit

Tournament 1998 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 5–10
French Open QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 4–9
Wimbledon 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3–10
US Open 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 5–11
Titles–Finals 0–1 1–2 4–4 1–4 2–4 3–4 0–4 1–4 0–4 1–3 2–3 2–3 17–40

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collegiate Women Sports Awards, Past Honda Sports Award Winners for Tennis. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  2. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Nine Members Inducted Into University of Florida Athletics Hall of Fame," GatorZone.com (April 11, 2008). Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Olympic Tennis Event – Acceptance lists ITF Tennis, 6 August 2008
  5. ^ Ashley Harkleroad to skip Olympics USA Today, 3 June 2008
  6. ^ admin (2013-09-19). "Jill Craybas Calls Time On Career". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2018-03-14.

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