Kateryna Bondarenko

Kateryna Volodymyrivna Bondarenko (Ukrainian: Катерина Володимирівна Бондаренко; born 8 August 1986) is a tennis player from Ukraine. She was the doubles champion in 2008 at the Australian Open, partnering her sister Alona Bondarenko. Kateryna is the younger sister of professional tennis players Valeria and Alona.

Kateryna Bondarenko
Катерина Бондаренко
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Country (sports) Ukraine
ResidenceKiev, Ukraine
Born (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 34)
Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2000
Retired2012–2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachAlona Bondarenko
Prize moneyUS$4,110,706
Singles
Career record449–345 (56.5%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 29 (12 October 2009)
Current rankingNo. 284 (23 November 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2009, 2016, 2018)
French Open3R (2009)
Wimbledon3R (2011)
US OpenQF (2009)
Doubles
Career record226–237 (48.8%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 9 (20 October 2008)
Current rankingNo. 117 (23 November 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2008)
French OpenSF (2008)
Wimbledon2R (2007)
US Open3R (2008)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesSF (2008)
Team competitions
Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup23–11 (67.6%)
Last updated on: 23 November 2020.

She plays right-handed and turned pro in 2000.[1] Her career-high rankings in singles and doubles are world No. 29 and No. 9, respectively.

Her best Grand Slam performance in singles was reaching the quarterfinals at the 2009 US Open.

Over her career, Bondarenko has defeated top ten players Elena Dementieva, Sara Errani, Ana Ivanovic, Garbiñe Muguruza, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwańska, Roberta Vinci, and Venus Williams.

BiographyEdit

Bondarenko was born on 8 August 1986 in Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR (nowadays Ukraine) to father, Vladimir, and mother, Natalia. She was introduced to tennis at age four by her parents. She has two sisters, Valeria and Alona, both used to play on the WTA Tour. Her favourite surface is hardcourt.[2][3] In September 2011, Bondarenko married Denis Volodko. Their first child, Karin, was born in 2013. Bondarenko gave birth to her second child in 2019.

Tennis careerEdit

2008: First WTA titleEdit

Bondarenko began season at the Hobart International where she lost in the first round to world No. 144, Anna Lapushchenkova. At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to world No. 69, Aravane Rezaï, 6–7, 2–6.[4] However, on 24 January 2008, paired with her sister Alona, she won the doubles tournament at the Australian Open without seeding, defeating in the final the No. 12-seeded pair Victoria Azarenka/Shahar Pe'er, in three sets.[5]

After that, she played for Ukraine in the tie against Belgium in the 2008 Fed Cup World Group II. She lost her first match to Yanina Wickmayer and won her last match defeating Tamaryn Hendler. Ukraine defeated Belgium 3–2.[6] At the Open Gaz de France, she upset fifth seed and defending champion Nadia Petrova in the first round, in three sets,[7] and she defeated qualifier and compatriot Yuliana Fedak, 6–0, 6–3.[8] In the quarterfinals, she lost to fourth seed Elena Dementieva in straight sets.[9] In doubles, she partnered with her sister Alona, and they won the tournament defeating Czech pair Vladimíra Uhlířová/Eva Hrdinová in the final, 6–1, 6–4.[10] Bondarenko then played at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, where she beat qualifier and compatriot Tatiana Perebiynis and young Russian Alisa Kleybanova. During the match, she suffered a left hip strain. In doubles, partnering up with her sister Alona, they lost in the semifinals to second seeds Květa Peschke/Ai Sugiyama, 1–6, 1–6. Kateryna's injury prevented her from playing at the Qatar Open.

Bondarenko returned at the Pacific Life Open. Seeded No. 30 and getting a first-round bye, she was upset in the second round by world No. 216, Jie Zheng, 6–2, 6–4.[11] At the Sony Ericsson Open, she defeated Pauline Parmentier, 6–1, 6–3, in the second round, she lost to tenth seed Elena Dementieva, 0–6, 4–6. Playing for Ukraine again at the 2008 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs, Ukraine faced Italy. Bondarenko played one rubber, but she lost to Sara Errani. In the end, Italy defeated Ukraine 3–2.

She began her clay-court season at the German Open where she beat world No. 45, Tamira Paszek, 6–4, 6–3.[12] but lost in the second round to 7th seed and eventual finalist Dementieva 1–6, 2–6.[13] At the Italian Open, Bondarenko defeated world No. 53, Tathiana Garbin. Then she lost to sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze, 6–3, 6–7, 0–6.[14] Playing at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, she lost in the first round to world No. 93, Petra Kvitová.[15] At the French Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round to 13th seed and eventual finalist Dinara Safina, 1–6, 3–6.[16][17][18] However, in doubles, she and Alona reached the semifinals where they lost to Casey Dellacqua/Francesca Schiavone, 2–6, 1–6.[19]

Bondarenko began her grass-court season at the DFS Classic in Birmingham. Seeded 12th, she defeated world No. 92 Anne Keothavong 6–3, 6–2 in the first and qualifier Samantha Stosur 6–3, 6–2 in the second round.[20] In the third round, she beat lucky loser Melinda Czink, in three sets.[21] In her second quarterfinal of the year she beat world No. 52, Petra Cetkovská, 7–6, 6–2 to reach her first WTA semifinal[22] where she defeated world No. 64, Marina Erakovic, 6–3, 6–2 to reach her first WTA singles final.[citation needed] In the final, Bondarenko defeated world No. 85, Yanina Wickmayer to win her first and only WTA singles title.[23][24] The week after, she played at the Ordina Open where she lost in the first round to qualifier and eventual champion Tamarine Tanasugarn, 3–6, 3–6.[25] At the Wimbledon Championships, Bondarenko defeated qualifier Rika Fujiwara, 1–6, 6–4, 6–3.[26] In the second round, she lost to fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2–6, 3–6.[27]

Bondarenko began her US Open Series at the Bank of the West Classic. She beat world No. 72, Ashley Harkleroad, 7–5, 6–2, but lost in the second round to world No. 32, Dominika Cibulková, 2–6, 3–6.[28] At the East West Bank Classic, she lost in the first round to world No. 122, Meng Yuan, in three sets.[29] Seeded seventh at the Nordic Light Open, she lost in the first round to world No. 77, Camille Pin, 4–6, 6–7.[30] Bondarenko represented Ukraine at the Beijing Olympics. She lost in the first round to fifth seed and eventual gold medalist Elena Dementieva, 1–6, 4–6. This was the fourth time that year that Bondarenko has lost to Dementieva. In doubles, she and Alona reached the semifinals where they lost to second seeds Serena Williams/Venus Williams, in three sets.[31] In the bronze medal match, they lost to Chinese pair Yan Zi/Zheng Jie 2–6, 2–6,[32] and ended in fourth place. Bondarenko lost in the first round at the US Open to fourth seed and eventual champion Serena Williams, 1–6, 4–6.[33] In doubles, she and Alona lost in the third round to tenth seeds and eventual finalists Lisa Raymond/Samantha Stosur.[34]

Bondarenko qualified for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix defeating Lucie Hradecká in the final round of qualifying, 6–2, 6–2. She beat world No. 15, Flavia Pennetta,[35] in the second round, she lost to sixth seed Venus Williams, 4–6, 2–6.[36] At the Kremlin Cup, Bondarenko lost in the first round of qualifying to Aravane Rezaï, 0–6, 6–3, 1–6. At the Zurich Open, she lost in the final round of qualifying to Monica Niculescu, 1–6, 1–6. Playing her final tournament of the year, the Generali Ladies Linz, she lost in the first round to fifth seed Nadia Petrova, 6–3, 3–6, 1–6.[37]

Bondarenko ended the year ranked No. 63 in singles and No. 10 in doubles.

2009: US Open quarterfinalEdit

Bondarenko began her season at the Brisbane International. She lost in the first round to second seed and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka 0–6, 2–6.[38] Next, she played at the Hobart International. She lost in the first round to world No. 57, Magdaléna Rybáriková.[39] In doubles, Bondarenko partnered with her sister Alona. They reached the final which they lost to Gisela Dulko/Flavia Pennetta, 2–6, 6–7.[40] At the Australian Open, Bondarenko upset ninth seed Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round, 7–6, 4–6, 6–1.[41] In the second round, she beat world No. 90, Lourdes Domínguez Lino, 7–5, 7–5. In the third round, she lost to 22nd seed Zheng Jie, 2–6, 2–6.

2012: Retirement from tennisEdit

Bondarenko started off her 2012 season by playing doubles at the Hobart International. Partnering with Anastasia Rodionova, they defeated Shuko Aoyama/Irina Falconi in the first round, 6–2, 0–6, [10–6]. In the quarterfinals, they upset top seeds Lucie Hradecká/Anabel Medina Garrigues, 7–6, 3–6, [10–6]. In the semifinals, they lost to third seeds Chuang Chia-jung/Marina Erakovic in the super tie-breaker. Bondarenko next participated at the Australian Open. In the first round, she lost to world No. 66, Vania King.[42]

She played for Ukraine in the Fed Cup tie against Italy. She lost both of her matches to Sara Errani and Francesca Schiavone. Italy defeated Ukraine 3–2.[43] Seeded sixth for qualifying at the Qatar Open, she qualified beating Alizé Lim 6–1, 6–3 and 13th seed Casey Dellacqua, 6–3, 6–1. In the first round, she beat fellow qualifier Vera Dushevina, 7–5, 6–2 before she defeated world No. 23, Flavia Pennetta, 6–4, 6–2.[44] In the third round, Bondarenko lost to world No. 31, Monica Niculescu, 6–7, 4–6.[45] Playing qualifying at Dubai, she was beaten in the second round of qualifying by Aleksandra Wozniak, 6–7, 6–3, 6–1. Seeded second for qualifying at the BNP Paribas Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round of to Paula Ormaechea, 6–7, 4–6. Seeded top in qualifying at the Sony Ericsson Open, Bondarenko defeated Mirjana Lučić in the final round of qualifying, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4.[46] In the first round, she beat fellow qualifier Urszula Radwańska, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4. In the second round, she lost to 20th seed Daniela Hantuchová in a tough match, 7–6, 2–6, 6–7.[47]

Bondarenko began her clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup. In the first round, she defeated world No. 84, Olga Govortsova.[48] In the second round, she lost easily to fourth seed Vera Zvonareva, 1–6, 1–6.[49] At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Bondarenko reached the final round of qualifying where she lost to Anna Chakvetadze 3–6, 6–7. Still entering the draw as a lucky loser, she lost in the first round to qualifier Gréta Arn, 6–7, 3–6.[50] At the Italian Open, she retired in the first round of qualifying, trailing 7–6 to Anastasia Rodionova. At the Brussels Open, she lost in the first round to tenth seed Nadia Petrova.[51] Playing at the French Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round to qualifier Chan Yung-jan, 1–6, 6–7.[52]

She played only one grass-court tournament to prepare for Wimbledon. At the UNICEF Open, she upset second seed Sara Errani in the first round in three sets.[53] In the second round, she lost to world No. 53, Kim Clijsters, 2–6, 1–6.[54] At the Wimbledon Championships, she beat world No. 82, Kimiko Date-Krumm, in the first round.[55] She was eliminated in the second round by 14th seed Ana Ivanovic, 6–3, 7–6.[56] Bondarenko had led their head to head 2–0.

After Wimbledon, Bondarenko played the Swedish Open. In the first round, she defeated qualifier Carina Witthöft, 6–2, 7–6.[57] In the second round, she lost to seventh seed Mona Barthel, 2–6, 5–7.[58] Representing Ukraine at the Summer Olympics, Bondarenko lost in the first round to sixth seed Petra Kvitová in three sets.[59]

Playing qualifying at the Western & Southern Open, she lost in the final round of qualifying to Eleni Daniilidou, 3–6, 6–7. At the New Haven Open, Bondarenko was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Anastasia Rodionova, 7–6, 6–2. At the US Open, the final tournament of her career, she lost in the first round to 30th seed and former world No. 1, Jelena Janković, 1–6, 2–6.[60]

Bondarenko then retired from the WTA Tour due to being pregnant.

2014: Return from pregnancyEdit

She made her return in the qualifying for the Katowice Open, where she lost to Kristína Kučová from Slovakia in two sets.

At the French Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round of qualifying to Indy de Vroome. She made a quarterfinal at the $10k event in Budapest, Hungary and also at the $25k event in Kristinehamn, where she won the doubles partnering Cornelia Lister from Sweden. She lost to Kateřina Siniaková in three sets in the first round of qualifying for Bad Gastein, and in the second round of qualifying against Yulia Putintseva at Båstad after beating Stephanie Vogt in two sets.

Bondarenko managed to qualify for Baku by beating Jovana Jakšić in straight sets but she lost in the first round to Julia Glushko in three sets. She received a wildcard into the first round of Tashkent where she fell to the top seed and defending champion Bojana Jovanovski in a tight three set match. She won a $25k event in Monterrey by beating Ana Vrljić, 6–1, 7–5. A few weeks later she won a $50k event in Macon by beating Grace Min in the final in two sets. Her last tournament of the year was a $50k event in Captiva Island, where she was beaten by Julia Glushko in three sets.

2015: Back in gameEdit

 
Bondarenko about to serve at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships

Bondarenko began season by playing qualifying at the Australian Open but lost in the second round to 22nd seed Laura Siegemund, 4–6, 2–6.

After the Australian Open, Bondarenko played qualifying at the Diamond Games. She qualified for her first Premier-level tournament since coming back to the WTA Tour by defeating Dinah Pfizenmaier in the final round of qualifying, 6–1, 6–1.[61] In the first round, she lost to sixth seed Dominika Cibulková, 1–6, 2–6.[62] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, she lost in the second round of qualifying to sixth seed Richèl Hogenkamp, 3–6, 3–6. She then played qualifying at the Monterrey Open where she lost in the final round of qualifying to fourth seed Tímea Babos.

Bondarenko began her clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup. Seeded 15th in qualifying, Bondarenko qualified by defeating Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final round of qualifying, 6–3, 7–6. In the first round, she had her first WTA Tour win since she returned from retirement by beating Alison Riske, 6–4, 4–6, 6–1.[63] In the second round, Bondarenko lost to American, seventh seed, and eventual finalist Madison Keys 2–6, 1–6.[64][65][66] Bondarenko qualified for the Porsche Grand Prix by beating Alexa Glatch in the final round of qualifying 0–6, 6–4, 6–4. In the first round, she lost to Lucie Šafářová, 7–6, 6–4. At the Prague Open, but lost in the second round of qualifying to sixth seed Danka Kovinić, 3–6, 4–6. However, in doubles, Bondarenko partnered up with Eva Hrdinová. They reached the final, but they lost to Belinda Bencic/Kateřina Siniaková 2–6, 2–6.[67] At the Madrid Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round of qualifying to 14th seed Marina Erakovic. In the qualifying for the French Open, she lost in the final round to Alexa Glatch, in three sets.[68]

She began her grass-court season by playing qualifying at the first edition of the Aegon Open Nottingham. She lost in the first round of qualifying to compatriot Olga Savchuk, 1–6, 2–6. At the Aegon Classic, Bondarenko qualified by beating 13th seed Yanina Wickmayer in the final round. In the first round of the main draw, she was defeated by Zarina Diyas 7–6, 7–6.[69] Seeded tenth for qualifying at the Wimbledon Championships, Bondarenko was defeated in the second round of qualifying by Elise Mertens, 6–4, 7–6.

In the first round of the BRD Bucharest Open, she lost to Shahar Pe'er.[70] Seeded fourth for qualifying at the İstanbul Cup, Bondarenko qualified by beating Hiroko Kuwata 6–3, 6–2 and Nastassja Burnett 3–6, 6–3, 6–0. In the main draw, Bondarenko upset top seed Venus Williams 6–4, 7–6,[71] and in the second round Mona Barthel, 6–3, 4–6, 6–2.[72] In the quarterfinals, Bondarenko lost in a close match to compatriot and eventual champion Lesia Tsurenko.[73] At the Baku Cup, Bondarenko beat qualifier Valentyna Ivakhnenko in the first round 6–1, 6–2.[74] In the second round, she retired trailing 0–3 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova due to a right lower leg injury.[75]

Bondarenko started her US Open Series by playing qualifying at the Bank of the West Classic. Seeded second, she qualified by defeating wildcard Caroline Doyle 6–0, 6–0 and sixth seed Petra Martić, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. In the first round, she lost to eighth seed and compatriot Elina Svitolina, 6–4, 4–6, 5–7.[76] Bondarenko qualified for the Western & Southern Open beating 19th seed Lara Arruabarrena 6–1, 6–4 and Jana Čepelová 6–3, 6–0. In the first round, she lost in a tough match to world No. 26, Eugenie Bouchard, 6–7, 6–7.[77] Seeded 6th for qualifying at the US Open, Bondarenko made it through qualifying to qualify for the main draw defeating 18th seed Nao Hibino in the final round of qualifying, 6–1, 6–1. In the first round, she beat world No. 78, Yulia Putintseva, 6–0, 6–3.[78] In the second round, Bondarenko lost with a fight to second seed Simona Halep, 3–6, 4–6.[79] This performance made her re-enter the top 90 in the rankings.

After the US Open, she turned to the Asian swing. At the Japan Open, Bondarenko upset top seed Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round 6–4, 6–4.[80] In the second round, she beat Jarmila Gajdošová 6–1, 3–6, 6–4.[81] In the quarterfinals, she lost to eventual champion Yanina Wickmayer 6–3, 3–6, 4–6.[82] Seeded third for qualifying at the Pan Pacific Open, Bondarenko qualified defeating sixth seed Nao Hibino in the last round of qualifying 6–3, 6–4. In the first round, she lost to sixth seed Suárez Navarro 6–7, 2–6.[83] Seeded 15th for qualifying at the China Open, Bondarenko made it through qualifying by beating fourth seed Heather Watson in the final round of qualifying, 6–3, 6–4. In the first round, Bondarenko defeated Barbora Strýcová 6–3, 6–2.[84] In the second round, she lost to 14th seed Madison Keys 6–3, 1–6, 0–6.[85] Her final tournament of the year was the Tianjin Open. In the first round, Bondarenko lost to eventual finalist Danka Kovinić 4–6, 1–6.[86]

Bondarenko ended the year ranked No. 88.

2016Edit

 
Bondarenko at the 2016 US Open

She started her 2016 year by playing qualifying at the Brisbane International and qualified for the main draw by beating Naomi Osaka in the final round of qualifying 7–6(7), 4–6, 6–4. In the first round, she lost to world No. 40, Madison Brengle, 4–6, 6–4, 4–6.[87] Bondarenko played qualifying at the Hobart International. She lost in the first round of qualifying to Pauline Parmentier 2–6, 2–6. At the Australian Open, she defeated world No. 67, Ajla Tomljanović, in the first round 7–6, 6–3.[88] In the second round, she earned her first win over 23rd seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–1, 7–5 to reach the third round for the first time since 2009.[89] In the third round, Bondarenko lost to 12th seed Belinda Bencic, 6–4, 2–6, 4–6.[90][91]

Playing qualifying at the Dubai Championships, Bondarenko beat Anastasija Sevastova in the first round, 6–3, 6–3. In the second round of qualifying, she lost to Tsvetana Pironkova, 6–2, 6–1. Bondarenko qualified for the Qatar Open defeating María José Martínez Sánchez, 7–6, 3–6, 6–3 and ninth seed Evgeniya Rodina, 6–2, 7–5. In the first round, she defeated world No. 40, Annika Beck, 6–4, 6–4.[92] In the second round, Bondarenko lost to third seed Agnieszka Radwańska, 4–6, 4–6.[93] At the BNP Paribas Open, she qualified for the main draw beating Paula Kania 6–0, 6–4 and 19th seed Lourdes Domínguez Lino, 6–4, 6–0. In the first round, she defeated world No. 46, Alison Van Uytvanck, 6–2, 6–7, 6–2.[94] In the second round, she rallied to upset 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6–2, 6–7, 6–4.[95][96] She beat compatriot and world No. 36, Lesia Tsurenko, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6, to reach the fourth round for the first time at the Indian Wells Masters.[97] In the fourth round, Bondarenko lost to world No. 1, Serena Williams, 2–6, 2–6.[98][99] Nevertheless, this was her best performance at Indian Wells. At the Miami Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round to world No. 36, Daria Kasatkina, 2–6, 6–1, 2–6.[100]

Bondarenko began her clay-court season at the Volvo Car Open. In the first round, she upset 16th seed Misaki Doi, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1.[101] In the second round, Bondarenko lost to qualifier Kristína Kučová, 6–0, 3–6, 3–6.[102] Seeded seventh at the İstanbul Cup, Bondarenko defeated world No. 98, Olga Govortsova, in the first round 5–7, 6–3, 6–4.[103] In the second round, she lost again to qualifier Kristína Kučová, 3–6, 6–1, 5–7.[104] At the Madrid Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round of qualifying to Kateřina Siniaková, 6–4, 2–6, 2–6. Her final tournament before the French Open was the Internationaux de Strasbourg. In the first round, she beat world No. 54, Heather Watson, 6–3, 0–6, 6–1.[105] In the second round, Bondarenko lost to 7th seed Elena Vesnina 4–6, 5–7.[106] At the French Open, Bondarenko upset seventh seed Roberta Vinci in the first round, 6–1, 6–3.[107][108] In the second round, she lost to world No. 39, Annika Beck, 6–4, 3–6, 5–7.[109][110][111]

Bondarenko began her grass-court season by playing qualifying at the Aegon Classic Birmingham. She lost in the final round of qualifying to fifth seed and grass court specialist Tsvetana Pironkova, 7–5, 6–4. At the Aegon International Eastbourne, she qualified beating Carina Witthöft 7–6, 6–2, and Anett Kontaveit, 7–5, 1–6, 6–4. In the first round, she defeated world No. 38, Yulia Putintseva, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4.[112] In the second round, Bondarenko upset sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 2–6, 6–4, 7–5.[113] In the third round, she lost to 12th seed and eventual champion Dominika Cibulková, 6–7, 3–6.[114] At Wimbledon, Bondarenko lost in the first round to 27th seed CoCo Vandeweghe, 2–6, 6–7.[115]

She began the US Open Series by competing at the Bank of the West Classic and lost in the first round to world No. 156, Urszula Radwańska, 4–6, 5–7.[116] Bondarenko qualified for the Rogers Cup beating Xu Yifan 6–0, 6–1 and wildcard Bianca Andreescu, 6–2, 6–1. In the first round, she lost to 14th seed Karolína Plíšková, 6–3, 2–6, 5–7.[117] Bondarenko qualified for the Western & Southern Open defeating wildcard Sofia Kenin, 6–1, 6–2 and wildcard Jamie Loeb, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2. In the first round, she lost to world No. 37, Kristina Mladenovic, 6–7, 3–6.[118] Playing qualifying at the Connecticut Open, Bondarenko defeated wildcard Julia Elbaba in the first round of qualifying, 6–3, 6–2. In the second round of qualifying, she retired trailing 1–3 to Nicole Gibbs. In doubles, she and her partner Chuang Chia-jung reached the final where they lost to second seeds Sania Mirza/Monica Niculescu 5–7, 4–6.[119] At the US Open, Bondarenko defeated Hsieh Su-wei in the first round, 6–0, 7–5.[120] In the second round, she beat world No. 61, Zheng Saisai, in a tough match 5–7, 7–6, 7–5.[121] After the match, a fan jumped onto the court trying to engage Bondarenko, but ends up getting arrested.[122] In the third round, Bondarenko lost to world No. 48, Anastasija Sevastova, 4–6, 1–6.[123]

At the Japan Open, she lost in the first round to world No. 75, Louisa Chirico, 4–6, 5–7.[124] Bondarenko qualified for the Toray Pan Pacific Open defeating 8th seed Aleksandra Krunić in the final round of qualifying 6–0, 6–2. In the first round, she lost to Anastasija Sevastova, 7–6, 6–3.[125] At the Wuhan Open, Bondarenko lost in the second round of qualifying to sixth seed Alizé Cornet, 2–6, 1–6. Her final tournament of the year was the China Open. She lost in the first round of qualifying to Xinyun Han, 6–2, 6–7, 4–6.

Bondarenko ended the year ranked No. 70.

2017: First WTA singles title since 2008Edit

Bondarenko began the season by playing qualifying at the Brisbane International. She made it to the final round of qualifying where she lost to Asia Muhammad. However, she made it into the main draw as a lucky loser. In the first round, she lost in a thriller to eighth seed Roberta Vinci.[126] Next, Bondarenko played qualifying at the Apia International Sydney. She qualified defeating Naomi Broady in the final round of qualifying.[127] In the first round, she was defeated by fellow qualifier Christina McHale.[128] At the Australian Open, Bondarenko lost in the first round to 21st seed Caroline Garcia.[129]

In February, Bondarenko competed at the Qatar Open. She lost in the second round of qualifying to Christina McHale. At the Dubai Championships, she won her first singles match of the year defeating qualifier Aryna Sabalenka in the first round.[130] In the second round, Bondarenko won when fifth seed Garbiñe Muguruza retired at 4–1 in the opening set due to a left achilles injury.[131] In the third round, she lost to tenth seed and eventual finalist Caroline Wozniacki.[132] Playing at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Bondarenko was defeated in the first round by Julia Görges.[133] At the BNP Paribas Open, she lost in the first round to Wang Qiang.[134] In Miami at the Miami Open, she won her first-round match over wildcard Paula Badosa Gibert.[135] In the second round, she lost a tough three-set match to twenty-sixth seed Mirjana Lučić-Baroni.[136]

Bondarenko began her clay-court season at the Volvo Car Open. She lost in the second round to seventh seed Kiki Bertens.[137] In Germany at the Porsche Grand Prix, Bondarenko was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Anett Kontaveit. At the Morocco Open, Bondarenko lost in the second round to seventh seed Lauren Davis.[138] In Madrid, Bondarenko was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Océane Dodin. At the Italian Open, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Varvara Lepchenko. Playing in her final tournament before the French Open at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, she was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Alexandra Cadanțu.

2020Edit

Bondarenko kicked off her 2020 season at the Shenzhen Open. She reached the quarterfinal round where she lost to Kristýna Plíšková.[139] At the Australian Open, she was defeated in the first round by Australian wildcard Arina Rodionova.[140]

In February, Bondarenko competed at the Thailand Open. She lost in the first round to fifth seed and eventual champion Magda Linette.[141] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, she was defeated in the second round by seventh seed and eventual champion, Heather Watson.[142]

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W-L Win%
Australian Open A Q3 Q1 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R A A Q2 3R 1R 3R A 1R 0 / 9 7–9 44%
French Open A A 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R A Q1 Q3 2R 1R 1R A A 0 / 9 5–9 36%
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R A A Q2 1R 1R 1R A NH 0 / 11 6–11 35%
US Open Q2 Q1 2R 1R QF 2R 2R 1R A A 2R 3R Q2 1R A 1R 0 / 10 10–10 50%
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–4 9–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–4 0–3 2–4 0–0 0–2 0 / 39 28–39 42%

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R W 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A 2R 1R 2R A 1R 10–9
French Open A 2R SF 2R QF 1R 2R A A A 1R 1R 2R A 1R 12–10
Wimbledon 1R 2R A 1R 1R A 1R A A A 1R 2R 1R A NH 2–8
US Open 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 6–11
Win–Loss 1–2 4–4 14–2 1–4 5–4 0–3 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–4 1–4 2–4 0–0 0–2 30–38

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2004 Wimbledon Grass   Ana Ivanovic 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–2

OlympicsEdit

Doubles: 1 (runner–up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing Hard   Alona Bondarenko   Zheng Jie
  Yan Zi
2–6, 2–6

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (2–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2008 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom Tier III Grass   Yanina Wickmayer 7–6(9–7), 3–6, 7–6(7–4)
Win 2–0 Sep 2017 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Timea Babos 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 10 (4 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit

Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (1–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (2–5)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–4)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2008 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard   Alona Bondarenko   Victoria Azarenka
  Shahar Pe'er
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Win 2–0 Feb 2008 Open Gaz de France, France Tier II Hard (i)   Alona Bondarenko   Vladimíra Uhlířová
  Eva Hrdinová
6–1, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Jan 2009 Hobart International, Australia International Hard   Alona Bondarenko   Gisela Dulko
  Flavia Pennetta
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 2–2 Jul 2009 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary International Clay   Alona Bondarenko   Alisa Kleybanova
  Monica Niculescu
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 3–2 Jul 2009 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay   Alona Bondarenko   Iveta Benešová
  Barbora Strýcová
6–1, 6–2
Loss 3–3 Jan 2011 Hobart International, Australia International Hard   Līga Dekmeijere   Sara Errani
  Roberta Vinci
3–6, 5–7
Loss 3–4 May 2015 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay   Eva Hrdinová   Belinda Bencic
  Kateřina Siniaková
2–6, 2–6
Loss 3–5 Aug 2016 Connecticut Open, United States Premier Hard   Chuang Chia-jung   Sania Mirza
  Monica Niculescu
5–7, 4–6
Loss 3–6 Feb 2020 Mexican Open, Mexico International Hard   Sharon Fichman   Desirae Krawczyk
  Giuliana Olmos
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 4–6 Mar 2020 Monterrey Open, Mexico International Hard   Sharon Fichman   Miyu Kato
  Wang Yafan
4–6, 6–3, [10–7]

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 2018 Indian Wells Challenger, United States Hard   Sara Errani 4–6, 2–6

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 8 (5–3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 7 December 2002 ITF Pune, India Hard   İpek Şenoğlu 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 4 August 2003 ITF Gdynia, Poland Clay   Daniela Kix 7–5, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 17 August 2003 ITF Oulu, Finland Clay   Monique Adamczak 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 19 April 2004 ITF Bari, Italy Clay   Alona Bondarenko 6–2, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 16 December 2006 ITF Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Ekaterina Dzehalevich 6–1, 6–3
Winner 3. 21 November 2010 ITF Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i)   Evgeniya Rodina 7–6(3), 6–2
Winner 4. 5 October 2014 ITF Monterrey, Mexico Hard   Ana Vrljić 6–1, 7–5
Winner 5. 26 October 2014 Classic of Macon, United States Hard   Grace Min 6–4, 7–5

Doubles: 10 (3–7)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 27 May 2001 ITF Olecko, Poland Clay   Valeria Bondarenko   Martina Babáková
  Lenka Snajdrova
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 2 September 2001 ITF Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay   Mojca Mileta   Maria Jedlickova
  Lenka Tvarošková
4–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 1 December 2002 ITF Pune, India Hard   Akgul Amanmuradova   Sania Mirza
  Radhika Tulpule
6–3, 7–6(1)
Runner-up 3. 17 August 2003 ITF Oulu, Finland Clay   Irina Kuzmina-Rimša   Nicole Melch
  Yvonne Meusburger
3–6, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 15 November 2005 ITF Deauville, France Clay (i)   Alona Bondarenko   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
  Selima Sfar
3–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 14 March 2006 ITF Orange, United States Hard   Alona Bondarenko   Stéphanie Dubois
  Lilia Osterloh
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 11 December 2006 ITF Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Valeria Bondarenko   Jelena Kostanić Tošić
  Mervana Jugić-Salkić
3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 12 September 2007 ITF Kharkiv, Ukraine Hard   Alona Bondarenko   Mariya Koryttseva
  Darya Kustova
6–7(10), 3–6
Winner 3. 29 June 2014 ITF Kristinehamn, Sweden Clay   Cornelia Lister   Ysaline Bonaventure
  Sandra Zaniewska
w/o
Runner-up 7. 19 October 2014 ITF Tampico, Mexico Hard   Valeria Savinykh   Petra Martić
  Maria Sanchez
6–3, 3–6, [2–10]

Top 10 winsEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2007
1.   Ana Ivanovic No. 5 Stuttgart Open, Germany Hard 2R 6–2, 1–6, 6–3
2009
2.   Agnieszka Radwańska No. 10 Australian Open, Australia Hard 1R 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 6–1
3.   Venus Williams No. 3 Canadian Open, Canada Hard 2R 1–6, 7–5, 6–4
4.   Elena Dementieva No. 4 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Hard 2R 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–1
2010
5.   Li Na No. 9 US Open, United States Hard 1R 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
2012
6.   Sara Errani No. 10 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands Grass 1R 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
2016
7.   Roberta Vinci No. 7 French Open, France Clay 1R 6–1, 6–3
2017
8.   Garbiñe Muguruza No. 7 Dubai Championships, UAE Hard 2R 4–1 ret.

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