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Karin Knapp (born 28 June 1987) is a retired Italian tennis player.

Karin Knapp
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Knapp at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceLuttach
Born (1987-06-28) 28 June 1987 (age 31)
Bruneck
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2002
RetiredMay 2018 (last match January 2017)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,955,447
Singles
Career record365–252 (59.16%)
Career titles2 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 33 (24 August 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2009, 2014)
French Open3R (2007, 2008, 2016)
Wimbledon4R (2013)
US Open3R (2013)
Doubles
Career record83–84 (49.7%)
Career titles6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 49 (28 September 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2014, 2015, 2017)
French Open3R (2014, 2015)
Wimbledon3R (2015)
US Open1R (2007, 2008, 2013, 2014)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (2013), record 3–3

In her career, Knapp won two singles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as six singles and six doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 24 August 2015, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 33. On 28 September 2015, she peaked at world No. 49 in the doubles rankings.

As a member of the Italy Fed Cup team, Knapp was part of the winning squad in 2013 and has a win-loss record of 3–3.

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CareerEdit

 
Karin Knapp, 2007

At the 2007 French Open, her first Grand Slam tournament, she reached the third round in the singles event, beating 22nd-seeded Alona Bondarenko. In the third round, she lost to 14th-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.

At the 2007 US Open, she defeated Chan Yung-jan to reach the second round where she lost to American wildcard Ahsha Rolle. Knapp reached her first WTA Tour final in 2008 in Antwerp. She lost there to world No. 1 and home favourite Justine Henin.

At the 2008 French Open, she lost in the third round to top-seeded Maria Sharapova.

Her biggest ITF Women's Circuit final came in 2007 in Biella, where she was beaten by Agnieszka Radwańska.

At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, Knapp reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time, but was defeated by Marion Bartoli, the eventual champion. She was on the winning Fed Cup team, winning her doubles match with partner Flavia Pennetta in the finals.

One of Knapp's biggest professional matches came at the 2014 Australian Open, where she lost in a tough second-round encounter with Maria Sharapova. Despite the loss, Knapp was praised for her determination and fighting spirit against the four-time Grand Slam champion.

Knapp won her first WTA title at the 2014 Tashkent Open, defeating Bojana Jovanovski in the final.

Personal lifeEdit

Like Andreas Seppi, Knapp comes from the northern Italian province of South Tyrol. She maintains her residence in the Tyrolean village of Luttach and speaks Italian, German and English. Her father, Alois, is a fabric manufacturer and her mother a retired school teacher. She has two brothers and she lives in Rome.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)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 (2–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 17 February 2008 Proximus Diamond Games, Belgium Hard (i)   Justine Henin 3–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 13 September 2014 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Hard   Bojana Jovanovski 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 2. 23 May 2015 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Germany Clay   Roberta Vinci 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–1
Runner–up 2. 26 July 2015 Gastein Ladies, Austria Clay   Samantha Stosur 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 2–6

Doubles: 3 (3 runner-ups)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 (0–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 22 July 2007 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Palermo, Italy Clay   Alice Canepa   Mariya Koryttseva
  Darya Kustova
4–6, 1–6
Runner–up 2. 13 July 2014 BRD Bucharest Open, Bucharest, Romania Clay   Çağla Büyükakçay   Elena Bogdan
  Alexandra Cadanțu
4–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Runner–up 3. 12 April 2015 Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland Hard (i)   Gioia Barbieri   Ysaline Bonaventure
  Demi Schuurs
5-7, 6-4, [6–10]

ITF career finalsEdit

Singles: 19 (6–13)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 6 October 2003 Bari, Italy Clay   Bettina Pirker 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 14 June 2005 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Clay   Danica Krstajić 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 1 May 2006 Catania, Italy Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 1. 25 July 2006 Monteroni D'Arbia, Italy Clay   Edina Gallovits-Hall 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 31 July 2006 Martina Franca, Italy Clay   Margalita Chakhnashvili 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 13 March 2007 Orange, USA Hard   Naomi Cavaday 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 3 April 2007 Dinan, France Clay (i)   Maša Zec Peškirič 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 9 April 2007 Civitavecchia, Italy Clay   Darya Kustova 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 9 July 2007 Biella, Italy Clay   Agnieszka Radwańska 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 11 October 2010 Settimo San Pietro, Italy Clay   Anastasia Grymalska 4–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 2. 18 October 2010 Seville, Spain Clay   Andrea Gámiz 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 16 November 2010 Mallorca, Spain Clay   Diana Enache 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 7 June 2011 Campobasso, Italy Clay   Alizé Lim 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 14 June 2011 Padova, Italy Clay   Kristina Mladenovic 3–6, 6–4, 6–0
Winner 4. 20 June 2011 Rome, Italy Clay   Laura Thorpe 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 12. 27 August 2012 Bagnatica, Italy Clay   Maria-Elena Camerin 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 5. 4 September 2012 Mestre, Italy Clay   Estrella Cabeza Candela 6–1, 3–6, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 12 May 2013 Trnava, Slovakia Clay   Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 6–2, 6–4
Winner 6. 4 June 2016 Brescia, Italy Clay   Jesika Malečková 6–1, 6–2

Doubles 7 (6–1)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 27 September 2004 Benevento, Italy Hard   Giulia Gabba   Martina Babáková
  Sandra Záhlavová
6–2, 0–1 ret.
Winner 2. 4 July 2006 Cuneo, Italy Clay   Sara Errani   Giulia Gatto-Monticone
  Darya Kustova
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 3. 14 September 2010 Mestre, Italy Clay   Claudia Giovine   Eva Birnerová
  Andreja Klepač
6–7(6–8), 7–5, [13–11]
Winner 4. 1 February 2011 Rabat, Morocco Clay   Eva Hrdinová   Iveta Gerlová
  Lucie Kriegsmannová
6–4, 6–1
Winner 5. 11 April 2011 Pomezia, Italy Clay   Diana Enache   Conny Perrin
  Marina Shamayko
7–6(7–3), 6–2
Winner 6. 6 February 2012 Cali, Colombia Clay   Mandy Minella   Alexandra Cadanțu
  Raluca Olaru
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 6 August 2012 Monteroni D'Arbia, Italy Clay   Alice Balducci   Federica Di Sarra
  Anastasia Grymalska
6–4, 5–7, [10–7]

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open A Q1 1R 2R A A Q2 1R 2R 1R A 1R 2–6
French Open A 3R 3R A A A Q1 1R 1R 1R 3R A 6–6
Wimbledon A 1R A Q2 A A 1R 4R 1R 1R 1R A 3–6
US Open Q3 2R 1R A A 1R Q1 3R 1R 2R 1R A 4–7
Win–Loss 0–0 3–3 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 5–4 1–4 1–4 2–3 0–1 15–25

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 2R A 2R 3–5
French Open 1R 3R 3R 1R A 4–4
Wimbledon 1R 3R A A 2–2
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R A A 2–5
Win–Loss 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 3–4 7–4 0–1 1–1 11–16

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