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Kayla Day (born September 28, 1999) is an American professional tennis player. In 2016, she won the Junior US Open and the USTA Girls' 18s national championship.[1][2]

Kayla Day
Kayla Day Wimbledon 2016.jpg
Kayla Day at Wimbledon, 2016
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceLake Nona, Orlando, Florida
Born (1999-09-28) September 28, 1999 (age 19)
Santa Barbara, California
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
PlaysLeft (double-handed backhand)
Prize money$382,604
Singles
Career record87-75
Career titles1 ITF
Highest ranking122 (June 19, 2017)
Current ranking367 (April 29, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2017)
French OpenQ2 (2017)
WimbledonQ1 (2017)
US Open2R (2016)
Doubles
Career record12-13
Career titles1 ITF
Highest ranking133 (January 29, 2018)
Current ranking597 (April 29, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open Junior2R (2016)
Wimbledon Junior2R (2015, 2016)
US Open JuniorF (2016)
Last updated on: May 4, 2019.

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Personal lifeEdit

Day started playing tennis when she was seven years old.[3] Her mother is from the Czech Republic.[4]

Junior careerEdit

Day has been No. 1 in the girls' 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s US national rankings.[3] In 2016, she climbed to No. 1 in the ITF junior rankings by winning the Junior US Open, reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon, and reaching the final at the Orange Bowl the previous year.[5] She also won the 2016 USTA Girls' 18s National Championships to earn a wild card into the main draw of the US Open.

Professional careerEdit

2016Edit

Day made her WTA debut at the 2016 Connecticut Open in New Haven after reaching the main draw as a lucky loser, having defeated Naomi Broady and Kirsten Flipkens along the way. The following week, she played in her first career Grand Slam at the US Open and won her first match against compatriot Madison Brengle.

Shortly after turning 17, Day won her first career title at a $50,000 tournament in Macon. The following week, she reached the semifinal at Scottsdale to enter the top 200 for the first time. With her combined performance at these two events, Day won the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge to earn a spot in the main draw at the first Grand Slam event of 2017.

2017Edit

Day picked up her first WTA wins of the season — and first wins of her career at a Premier Mandatory event — at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, including a victory over 2017 Australian Open semifinalist Mirjana Lučić-Baroni to reach the third round of the tournament.

ITF finalsEdit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 May 2016 Naples, United States Clay   Valeria Solovyeva 4–6, 0–6
Winner 2. 30 October 2016 Macon, United States Hard   Danielle Collins 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 26 February 2017 Rancho Santa Fe, United States Hard   Bianca Andreescu 4–6, 1–6

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

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 5 February 2017 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Caroline Dolehide   Ashley Weinhold
  Caitlin Whoriskey
6–7(1–7), 3–6
Winner 2. 25 February 2017 Rancho Santa Fe, United States Hard   Caroline Dolehide   Anhelina Kalinina
  Chiara Scholl
6–3, 1–6, [10–7]

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Girls' singles: 1 titleEdit

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2016 US Open Hard   Viktória Kužmová 6–3, 6–2

Girls' doubles: 1 runner-upEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2016 US Open Hard   Caroline Dolehide   Jada Hart
  Ena Shibahara
6–4, 2–6, [11–13]

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

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.
Tournament 2016 2017 2018 W–L Win %
Australian Open A 1R Q3 0–1 0%
French Open A Q2 0–0 0%
Wimbledon A Q1 0–0 0%
US Open 2R 1R 1–2 33%
Career statistics
Titles/Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0
Year-end ranking 195 154 $233,245

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Michael Mmoh, Kayla Day earn US Open Wild-card Entries". Tennis Magazine. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ "The Latest: American Kayla Day Wins US Open Junior Title". New York Times. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Kayla Day cruises into Junior singles' semi-final". Wimbledon. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Meet Kayla Day, American Teenager with Plenty to Smile About". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Day captures Junior Crown at US Open". WTA. Retrieved 13 September 2016.

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