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Margarita Melikovna Gasparyan (Russian: Маргари́та Ме́ликовна Гаспаря́н; born 1 September 1994) is a Russian tennis player.

Margarita Gasparyan
2015 US Open Tennis - Qualies - Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) (1) def. Marina Melnikova (RUS) (20795016510-2).jpg
Gasparyan at the 2015 US Open
Full nameMargarita Melikovna Gasparyan
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceMoscow
Born (1994-09-01) 1 September 1994 (age 24)
Moscow
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachCarlos Martinez
Prize money$1,229,892
Singles
Career record197–110
Career titles2 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 41 (15 February 2016)
Current rankingNo. 61 (24 June 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2016)
French Open1R (2015, 2016, 2019)
Wimbledon2R (2019)
US Open1R (2018)
Doubles
Career record112–56
Career titles4 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 25 (6 June 2016)
Current rankingNo. 86 (17 June 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2016)
French OpenSF (2016)
Wimbledon2R (2015)
US Open2R (2015, 2018)
Team competitions
Fed CupF (2013), 1–4 (20.0%)
Last updated on: 24 June 2019.

Gasparyan has won two singles and four doubles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as nine singles and eight doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 15 February 2016, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 41, while on 6 June 2016 she reached her best doubles ranking of No. 25. One of very few women to use a one-handed backhand, hers is perhaps second in quality only to Carla Suárez Navarro amongst current players.

In 2015, she won both her first singles and doubles titles during the same week, a feat she achieved at the Baku Cup. She was formerly coached by Elena Makarova,[1] and is currently coached by Carlos Martinez.[2]

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CareerEdit

Born to an Armenian father, Melik, and a Russian mother, Lyudmyla, Gasparyan began playing tennis at age five. Her father was for a time weightlifter, her mother a biathlonist. Margarita's home club is CSKA Moscow.[3]

2010–14: Early careerEdit

Gasparyan started her pro career at the $10,000 tournament in St. Petersburg in mid-March 2010, losing in the first qualification round. Her first successful appearance was in another $10,000 tournament in Minsk, reaching the quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles, respectively. Her first final was in Tyumen in doubles with Natela Dzalamidze in the very end of 2011, losing 0–6, 2–6 to Darya Kustova and Olga Savchuk.

In 2012, Gasparyan won four singles ITF titles, all under the category 25K. All of her singles titles came from Russia. She was awarded a wild card into the Kremlin Cup but lost to Lucie Šafářová in three sets.

At the end of the 2013 season, Gasparyan was called by captain, Shamil Tarpischev, to be part of the Russian team for the Fed Cup Final against Italy, on November 2 and 3. Afterwards, she won her fifth ITF title in Minsk.

The 2014 WTA Tour was for Gasparyan more productive especially by season's end in singles, while in doubles she improved as she won two major ITF tournaments out of four, one being a top-levelled tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Gasparyan qualified for the Tashkent Open, but lost in the first round. She debuted at a Grand Slam tournament when she was in the qualifying draw at the US Open. At the end of the season, Gasparyan saw good results in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, winning one tournament.

2015: First WTA titles, Grand Slam main draw debutEdit

Gasparyan won three ITF singles tournaments and one ITF doubles tournament, former being a top-level one. She achieved her first loss in an ITF final, also a $100,000 tournament, in Trnava, Slovakia, where she lost to Danka Kovinić, 5–7, 3–6. She then decided to play on the WTA Tour.

In May, Gasparyan made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at French Open, where she lost in two sets to Ana Konjuh as a qualifier. On June 29, she made her second Grand Slam main-draw entry as a qualifier at Wimbledon, where she faced No. 1 seed, Serena Williams, in the first round. She broke Williams' serve early in the first set, but lost the match after yielding 11 of the final 13 games of the match.

At the İstanbul Cup, Gasparyan was drawn to face eighth seed Tsvetana Pironkova after getting past the qualifying rounds. Despite winning the first set 6–0 and having two match points, she lost the match 6–0, 6–7, 6–7. Gasparyan won her first WTA title in Baku, defeating Patricia Maria Țig in the final. She became the first one-handed backhand player to win in the 2015 WTA season.[4] As a result, her singles ranking rose to a career-high No. 71. Gasparyan, also with her win in the doubles event alongside title defender Alexandra Panova, climbed to No. 84 in the doubles rankings. At the Connecticut Open, she fell in the first round of qualifying to Christina McHale. She also fell in the qualifying rounds at the US Open, losing to American wildcard Jessica Pegula in straight sets.

Gasparyan then lost in the second round of the Tashkent Open to German Anna-Lena Friedsam in straight sets. However, she won her second WTA doubles title of the year there with Alexandra Panova. At the Generali Ladies Linz, Gasparyan upset 6th seed Camila Giorgi in the second round, before losing to Friedsam again. At the Kremlin Cup, Gasparyan upset ninth seed Kristina Mladenovic in the second round but fell to eventual finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals. In her last tournament of the year, Gasparyan reached the quarterfinals of the WTA 125K Open GDF Suez Seine-et-Marne, before retiring in the match against former Grand Slam champion Francesca Schiavone after losing the first set in a tiebreak.

Gasparyan ended the season as world No. 62, her first season ending in the top 100 and winning her first WTA singles title.

2016: Top 50, French Open doubles semifinalEdit

Gasparyan played in Brisbane, but fell in the final qualifying round. However, due to Maria Sharapova's withdrawal, Gasparyan was awarded a lucky loser spot.[5] However, she lost in the first round to compatriot Ekaterina Makarova. In Hobart, Gasparyan lost in the second round to Johanna Larsson.

In the Australian Open, she managed to reach the fourth round, her best to date Grand Slam performance, after upsetting 17th seed, Sara Errani, in the first round. She then fell to world No. 1, Serena Williams, in straight sets.[6]

At the inaugural St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, Gasparyan reached the second round, before losing to fourth seed Ana Ivanovic. In Doha, she caused a big upset by outclassing 10th seed Karolína Plíšková in just 49 minutes. However, she failed to keep up the good momentum as she lost to Andrea Petkovic. At the BNP Paribas Open, Gasparyan defeated Olga Govortsova in the first round but lost to ninth seed Roberta Vinci in the second round despite having two match points.

She debuted for Team Russia at the 2016 Fed Cup against Belarus in the World Group Play-offs.

After Wimbledon, Gasparyan underwent surgery due to an injury, after which she was not able to participate over a specific time period. Among the tournaments she skipped were the Summer Olympics, where she planned to partner with Kuznetsova in doubles.[7]

2017–18: Recovery from injuryEdit

Gasparyan came back to tennis in late 2017, participating in the qualifying rounds of the Kremlin Cup. In 2018, she reached the final of a $25,000 event in Spain, losing to Paula Badosa Gibert. She then entered her first WTA tournament since coming back from injury, the Jiangxi International Open in Nanchang, China, reaching the second round where she eventually lost to Zhang Shuai.

She was granted a protected ranking and entered the main draw of the US Open without having to qualify. She was defeated by world No. 4 Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Aug 2015 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan International Hard   Patricia Maria Țig 6–3, 5–7, 6–0
Win 2–0 Sep 2018 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Anastasia Potapova 6–2, 6–1

Doubles: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (1–0)
International (3–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2014 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Alexandra Panova   Aleksandra Krunić
  Kateřina Siniaková
2–6, 1–6
Win 1–1 Aug 2015 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan International Hard   Alexandra Panova   Vitalia Diatchenko
  Olga Savchuk
6–3, 7–5
Win 2–1 Oct 2015 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Alexandra Panova   Vera Dushevina
  Kateřina Siniaková
6–1, 3–6, [10–3]
Win 3–1 Apr 2016 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay   Andrea Hlaváčková   María Irigoyen
  Paula Kania
6–4, 6–2
Win 4–1 Feb 2019 St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, Russia Premier Hard (i)   Ekaterina Makarova   Anna Kalinskaya
  Viktória Kužmová
7–5, 7–5

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runners-up)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2015 Open de Limoges, France Hard   Oksana Kalashnikova   Barbora Krejčíková
  Mandy Minella
6–1, 5–7, [6–10]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 11 (9–2)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents Score
Winner 1. 25 March 2012 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Lyudmyla Kichenok 6–0, ret.
Winner 2. 5 May 2012 Moscow, Russia Hard (i)   Çağla Büyükakçay 6–3, 4–6, 6–1
Winner 3. 20 May 2012 Moscow, Russia Clay   Daria Gavrilova 4–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 4. 21 September 2012 Yoshkar-Ola, Russia Hard   Nadiia Kichenok 7–5, 7–6
Winner 5. 16 November 2013 Minsk, Belarus Hard (i)   Anastasiya Vasylyeva 6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. 2 November 2014 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Elitsa Kostova 6–3, 6–0
Winner 7. 1 February 2015 Andrézieux-Bouthéon, France Hard (i)   Elitsa Kostova 6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 22 February 2015 Moscow, Russia Hard (i)   Karine Sarkisova 6–0, 6–4
Winner 9. 4 April 2015 Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i)   Mathilde Johansson 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 10 May 2015 Trnava, Slovakia Clay   Danka Kovinić 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 27 May 2018 Les Franqueses del Valles, Spain Hard   Paula Badosa Gibert 4–6, 6–3, 2–6

Doubles: 13 (8–5)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 30 December 2011 Tyumen, Russia Hard (i)   Natela Dzalamidze   Darya Kustova
  Olga Savchuk
0–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 28 January 2012 Karst, Germany Carpet (i)   Anna Smolina   Alexandra Artamonova
  Marina Melnikova
6–7, 6–2, [10–8]
Winner 2. 24 March 2012 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Anna Arina Marenko   Valentyna Ivakhnenko
  Kateryna Kozlova
3–6, 7–6, [10–6]
Winner 3. 20 September 2012 Yoshkar-Ola, Russia Hard (i)   Veronika Kapshay   Irina Buryachok
  Valeria Solovyeva
6–4, 2–6, [11–9]
Runner-up 2. 25 January 2013 Andrézieux-Bouthéon, France Hard (i)   Olga Savchuk   Amra Sadiković
  Ana Vrljić
7–5, 5–7, [4–10]
Winner 4. 23 February 2013 Moscow, Russia Hard (i)   Polina Monova   Maryna Zanevska
  Valeria Solovyeva
6–4, 2–6, [10–5]
Winner 5. 7 June 2013 Karshi, Uzbekistan Hard   Polina Pekhova   Veronika Kapshay
  Teodora Mirčić
6–2, 6–1
Runner–up 3. 27 September 2013 Clermont-Ferrand, France Hard (i)   Alyona Sotnikova   Michaëlla Krajicek
  Marta Domachowska
7–5, 4–6, [8–10]
Runner–up 4. 8 February 2014 Grenoble, France Hard (i)   Kateryna Kozlova   Sofia Shapatava
  Anastasiya Vasylyeva
1–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 29 March 2014 Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i)   Lyudmyla Kichenok   Kristina Barrois
  Eleni Daniilidou
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 10 May 2014 Trnava, Slovakia Clay   Evgeniya Rodina   Stephanie Vogt
  Zheng Saisai
4–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 26 July 2014 Astana, Kazakhstan Hard   Vitalia Diatchenko   Michaela Boev
  Anna-Lena Friedsam
6–4, 6–1
Winner 8. 9 May 2015 Trnava, Slovakia Clay   Yuliya Beygelzimer   Aleksandra Krunić
  Petra Martić
6–3, 6–2

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.

SinglesEdit

Only main-draw results on WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Olympic Games and Fed Cup are included in W–L records.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 4R A A 2R 0 / 2 4–2 75%
French Open A A A 1R 1R A A 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R A A 2R 0 / 3 1–3 33%
US Open A A Q1 Q2 A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–3 0–0 0–1 2–3 0 / 9 5–9 33%
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Year-end championships
WTA Finals Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0 0%
WTA Elite Trophy[1] Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0 0%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A 2R A A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Miami A A A A 2R A A 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Madrid A A A A 1R A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Beijing A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Doha[2] A A A A 2R A A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Rome A A A A 1R A A Q1 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Montreal / Toronto A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Cincinnati A A A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Tokyo / Wuhan[3] A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Career statistics
Tournaments played 1 0 1 7 12 0 4 2 25
Titles 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
Finals reached 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
Hard Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 10–4 8–7 0–0 7–3 1–2 2 / 18 25–16 61%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–6 0–0 0–0 0 / 5 0–7 0%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 10–6 8–14 0–0 7–3 1–2 2 / 25 25–25 50%
Year-end ranking 231 318 217 62 115 105 $1,114,446


Notes

  • 2 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Total Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.
  • 3 In 2014, the Toray Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open.

DoublesEdit

Only main-draw results on WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Olympic Games and Fed Cup are included in W–L records.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
French Open A A A A A SF A A 0 / 1 4–1 80%
Wimbledon A A A A 2R 1R A A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
US Open A A A A 2R A A 2R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 5–3 0–0 1–1 0 / 6 8–6 57%
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held A NH 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Year-end championships
Tour Championships Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Elite Trophy1 Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0 0%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Miami A A A A A SF A A 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Madrid A A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Beijing A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Doha A A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Rome A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Montreal / Toronto A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Tokyo / Wuhan A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Tournaments played 1 1 1 3 7 9 0 3 25
Titles 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3
Finals reached 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 4
Hard Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 5–2 8–4 6–5 0–0 4–3 2 / 19 23–17 58%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 9–2 0–0 0–0 1 / 4 9–4 69%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–2 5–3 9–5 15–8 0–0 4–3 3 / 25 33–23 59%
Year-end ranking 747 280 243 99 75 41 218 25

1before 2015 known as WTA Tournament of Champions

Team competition: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result W–L Date Team competition Surface Partner/Team Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2013 Fed Cup, Italy Clay   Alexandra Panova
  Alisa Kleybanova
  Irina Khromacheva
  Sara Errani
  Roberta Vinci
  Flavia Pennetta
  Karin Knapp
0–4

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score MGR
2018
1.   Kiki Bertens No. 10 Upper Austria Ladies Linz Hard (i) 2nd Round 7–5, 2–6, 7–6(7–3) No. 137
2019
2.   Elina Svitolina No. 7 Birmingham Classic Grass 1st Round 6–3, 3–6, 6–4 No. 62

Fed Cup participationEdit

This table is current through the 2019 Fed Cup[8]

Legend
World Group
World Group Play-off
World Group II
World Group II Play-off
Europe/Africa Group

Singles (0–2)Edit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent W/L Result Team result
2016 Fed Cup WG PO 16 April 2016
Moscow, Russia
  Belarus Clay (i) Victoria Azarenka Loss 2–6, 3–6 Loss 2–3
17 April 2016
Moscow, Russia
Aliaksandra Sasnovich Loss 6–4, 1–6, 5–7

Doubles (1–2)Edit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Result Team result
2013 Fed Cup WG F 3 November 2013
Cagliari, Italy
  Italy Clay Irina Khromacheva Karin Knapp / Flavia Pennetta Loss 6–4, 2–6, [4–10] Loss 0–4
2019 Fed Cup E/A I 6 February 2019
Zielona Góra, Poland
  Poland Hard (i) Daria Kasatkina Alicja Rosolska / Iga Świątek Loss 0–6, 6–3, 3–6 Win 2–1
7 February 2019
Zielona Góra, Poland
  Denmark Anastasia Potapova Karen Barritza / Maria Jespersen Win 6–2, 6–2 Win 3–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Маргарита Гаспарян: Мне очень комфортно работать с Еленой Макаровой" [Margarita Gasparyan: I really like the comfortable training with Elena Makarova] (in Russian). GoTennis.ru. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Карлос Мартинес: Нужно развеять убеждение, что Гаспарян больше не заиграет" (in Russian). GoTennis.ru. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  3. ^ Aleksandr Kharlamov (4 August 2015). "«Она как «Феррари». Кто такая Маргарита Гаспарян" ["She is Like a 'Ferrari'". Who is Margarita Gasparyan] (in Russian). sports.ru. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Margarita Gasparyan: Baku Champion". WTA. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Halep & Sharapova Out Of Brisbane". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  6. ^ Clarey, Christopher (24 January 2016). "Sharapova Looks to End 17-Match Losing Streak Against Serena Williams". New York Times. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Мыскина: хотели, чтобы на Играх сыграл дуэт Кузнецова/Гаспарян, но у Риты травма" [Myskina: we wanted Kuznetsova and Gasparyan to play doubles at the Olympics, but Rita has been injured]. www.championat.com (in Russian). 14 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  8. ^ Margarita Gasparyan at the Fed Cup  

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