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Melinda Czink (born 22 October 1982) is a former professional tennis player from Hungary. On 21 September 2009, Czink reached her career-high singles ranking of world no. 37.

Melinda Czink
Melinda Czink 2007 Australian Open R1.jpg
Country (sports) Hungary
ResidenceBudapest, Hungary/Delray Beach, Florida, United States of America
Born (1982-10-22) 22 October 1982 (age 36)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro2000
Retired2014
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,484,658
Singles
Career record422–311
Career titles1 WTA, 20 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 37 (21 September 2009)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2004, 2009)
French Open3R (2009)
Wimbledon3R (2011)
US Open3R (2003)
Doubles
Career record125–146
Career titles0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 78 (10 May 2010)
Last updated on: March 18, 2014.

Czink reached two WTA Tour singles finals. In 2005, she lost to Ana Ivanovic in Canberra. In 2009, she defeated Lucie Šafářová in Quebec City for her first WTA Tour title. On the ITF Tour, she won 20 singles titles.

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Tennis careerEdit

2000–2008Edit

She played her first tournament at Budapest as a wild-card in 2000. She first entered the top 100 in 2003. She won several single and double ITF titles.

2009Edit

She reached the top 50 and won her first title at Quebec.[1][2] As fifth seed, she defeated Aleksandra Wozniak in the semifinal, 6–3, 6–3,[1] and Lucie Šafářová in the final, 4–6, 6–3, 7–5.[1] She also reached one semifinal and four quarterfinals during the season. At the end of the year, she played at the Tournament of Champions in Bali where, she lost to Aravane Rezaï, 3–6, 5–7, and to Sabine Lisicki, 6–2, 6–7(1), 4–6, in the round-robin stage.

2010Edit

She started the year at Brisbane International in Australia as seventh seed. She defeated Lucie Hradecká in the first round, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the second, 6–3, 2–6, 6–1. In the quarterfinals, she lost to Justine Henin, 2–6, 6–3, 6–7(5). She reached the doubles final with Arantxa Parra Santonja, where they lost to Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká, 6–2, 6–7(3), 4–10. Next, she played the Moorilla Hobart International, where she lost to Gisela Dulko in the first round, 4–6, 2–6. In the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to Stefanie Vögele, 5–7, 7–6(5), 7–9.

2011Edit

Czink missed the Australian Open. She won two ITF events in Dothan and Indian Harbour Beach before returning to Grand Slam play with a protected rank at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. As the lowest-ranked player in the tournament at world no. 262, she drew 10th-seed Samantha Stosur in the first round. She recorded the biggest win of her career by upsetting the Australian, 6–3, 6–4. She then beat Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus, 7–5, 6–3. In the third round for the first time, Czink lost to the 20th-seed Peng Shuai, 2–6, 6–7(5).

2012Edit

Czink began the 2012 season at the Brisbane International, but lost in the first round to qualifier Vania King in straight sets, 3–6, 4–6. Following this loss, she continued her hard-court season at the Apia International Sydney. In the main draw, she was defeated by Chanelle Scheepers, 4–6, 2–6 in the first round. At the Australian Open, Czink lost in her second qualifying match.

Czink's next tournament was the 2012 Abierto Mexicano Telcel. In the first round, she defeated Canadian Stéphanie Dubois in straight sets, before falling to Estrella Cabeza Candela in the second round. She then qualified for the Sony Ericsson Open. In the first round, she crushed Italy's Alberta Brianti, 6–1, 6–2, but her run was cut short by 2011 French Open champion Li Na. She continued her U.S season by qualifying for the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina.

Czink's next tournament was the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. She qualified without dropping a set, but was ousted by third seed Petra Cetkovská in the first round of the main draw.

Czink then headed to her home tournament at the Budapest Grand Prix. She faced fellow qualifier Mervana Jugić-Salkić in the first round of the main draw. She defeated Jugić-Salkić, 6–7(3), 6–0, 6–3, but fell in the second round to top seed Sara Errani, 4–6, 6–1, 1–6.

At the French Open, Melinda crushed British Anne Keothavong, 6–1, 6–2, in the first round, but was defeated by 22nd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, in the following round.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0) Premier Mandatory / Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II (0–0) Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V (0–1) International (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 January 2005 Canberra, Australia Hard   Ana Ivanovic 5–7, 1–6
Winner 1. 20 September 2009 Quebec City, Canada Carpet   Lucie Šafářová 4–6, 6–3, 7–5

Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0) Premier Mandatory / Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II (0–0) Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V (0–0) International (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 9 January 2010 Brisbane, Australia Hard   Arantxa Parra Santonja   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [4–10]

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles: 28 (20–8)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. June 12, 2000 Hoorn, Netherlands Clay   Anousjka van Exel 5–7 6–7
Winner 1. February 4, 2001 Istanbul, Turkey Hard   Magdalena Zděnovcová 5–7 6–1 6–2
Runner-up 2. April 22, 2001 Belgrade, Serbia Clay   Ana Timotić 3–6 7–5 5–7
Winner 2. September 30, 2001 Raleigh, United States Clay   Allison Baker 6–3 6–2
Winner 3. October 7, 2001 Aventura, United States Clay   Neyssa Etienne 6–4 6–3
Winner 4. January 27, 2002 Miami, United States Hard   Lindsay Lee-Waters 7–5 6–2
Winner 5. February 3, 2002 Saltillo, Mexico Hard   Petra Russegger 6–1 3–6 6–4
Winner 6. February 10, 2002 Monterrey, Mexico Hard   Yuliana Fedak 6–3 3–6 6–1
Winner 7. February 17, 2002 Matamoros, Mexico Hard   Melisa Arevalo 6–2 6–3
Runner-up 3. March 29, 2002 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Clay   María Sánchez Lorenzo 5–7 5–7
Winner 8. May 12, 2002 Sea Island, United States Clay   Ashley Harkleroad 6–1 5–7 6–3
Runner-up 4. November 25, 2002 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro 4–6 2–6
Winner 9. May 18, 2003 Bromma, Sweden Clay   Ivana Abramović 6–1 6–2
Winner 10. June 22, 2003 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Clay   Stefanie Haidner 6–3 6–3
Winner 11. July 20, 2003 Modena, Italy Clay   Sun Tiantian 6–3 6–3
Runner-up 5. July 27, 2003 Innsbruck, Austria Clay   Vera Dushevina 6–7 2–6
Runner-up 6. November 16, 2003 Mexico City, Mexico Hard   Kira Nagy 2–6 3–6
Winner 12. November 23, 2003 Puebla, Mexico Hard   Carla Tiene 6–3 6–2
Winner 13. February 1, 2004 Waikoloa, United States Hard   María Emilia Salerni 7–6 6–2
Winner 14. November 28, 2004 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Hard   Mariana Díaz Oliva 6–0 5–7 6–3
Runner-up 7. June 28, 2005 Fano, Italy Clay   Kaia Kanepi 6–3 1–6 5–7
Runner-up 8. November 29, 2005 Palm Beach Gardens, United States Clay   Bethanie Mattek 6–4 4–6 4–6
Winner 15. January 28, 2007 Waikoloa, United States Hard   Edina Gallovits 6–2 6–3
Winner 16. August 5, 2007 Washington, D.C., United States Hard   Olga Savchuk 7–5 7–5
Winner 17. September 30, 2007 Ashland, United States Hard   Varvara Lepchenko 6–1 2–6 6–4
Winner 18. October 12, 2008 Pittsburgh, United States Hard   Varvara Lepchenko 6–2 3–6 6–1
Winner 19. April 18, 2011 Dothan, United States Clay   Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 6–2, 6–3
Winner 20. May 2, 2011 Indian Harbour Beach, United States Clay   Alison Riske 4–6, 6–1, 6–4

Doubles Finals: 16 (10-6)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome NO Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 16 September 2001 Greenville, United States Hard   Salome Devidze   Gaelle Adda
  Lindsay Lee-Waters
6–1, 6–4
Winner 2. 30 September 2001 Raleigh, United States Clay   Allison Baker   Tracey O'Connor
  Leanne Baker
6–4, 1–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 21 January 2002 Miami, United States Clay   Neyssa Etienne   Stephanie Mabry
  Karin Miller
4–6, 7–6(5), 2–6
Runner-up 2. 12 May 2003 Bromma, Sweden Clay   Zsófia Gubacsi   Gisela Dulko
  María Emilia Salerni
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 21 July 2003 Innsbruck, Austria Clay   Mara Santangelo   Kira Nagy
  Maria Wolfbrandt
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 3. 1 December 2003 Palm Beach Gardens, United States Clay   Erica Krauth   Alina Jidkova
  Tatiana Panova
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 15 November 2005 Tucson, United States Hard   Maria Fernanda Alves   Victoria Azarenka
  Tatiana Poutchek
6–4, 6–7, 1–6
Winner 4. 17 July 2007 Boston, United States Hard   Natalie Grandin   Līga Dekmeijere
  İpek Şenoğlu
6–1, 6–3
Winner 5. 20 July 2007 Lexington, United States Hard   Lindsay Lee-Waters   Casey Dellacqua
  Natalie Grandin
6–2, 7–6(10–8)
Winner 6. 17 September 2007 Albuquerque, United States Hard   Angela Haynes   Līga Dekmeijere
  Varvara Lepchenko
7–5, 6–4
Winner 7. 3 March 2008 Las Vegas, United States Hard   Renata Voráčová   Chan Chin-wei
  Tetiana Luzhanska
6–3, 6–2
Winner 8. 11 May 2008 Zagreb, Croatia Clay   Sunitha Rao   Stéphanie Foretz
  Jelena Kostanić Tošić
6–4, 6–2
Winner 9. 6 October 2008 Pittsburgh, United States Hard   Lindsay Lee-Waters   Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 9 February 2009 Midland, United States Hard   Lindsay Lee-Waters   Yi Chen
  Rika Fujiwara
5–7, 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 6. 21 September 2009 Albuquerque, United States Hard   Lindsay Lee-Waters   Mashona Washington
  Riza Zalameda
3–6, 2–6
Winner 10. 10 February 2013 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Mirjana Lučić-Baroni   Maria Fernanda Alves
  Samantha Murray
5–7, 6–4, [10–7]

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Australian Open 1R 2R A 1R 1R LQ 2R 1R A LQ 1R 2–7
French Open LQ 1R A 2R 1R LQ 3R 1R A 2R 1R 4–7
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 2R 1R LQ 1R 1R 3R 2R A 4–8
US Open 3R 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ 2R A LQ 1R A 3–5
Win–Loss 2–2 1–4 0–1 2–4 0–3 0–0 4–4 0–3 2–1 2–3 0–2 13–26

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Australian Open 1R A A A A A 2R A A 2R 2–3
French Open A A 1R A A 1R 1R A A A 0–3
Wimbledon A A 1R A LQ 1R 1R 1R A A 0–4
US Open A A 1R A A 1R A A 1R A 0–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–3 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c WTA (20 September 2009). "Görges verpasst das Finale". kicker.de (in German). Olympia-Verlag GmbH. Archived from the original on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  2. ^ WTA (20 September 2009). "Turnierdiagramm 2009 Quebec, Kanada". kicker.de. Olympia-Verlag GmbH. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

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