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Mihaela Buzărnescu (born 4 May 1988) is a professional tennis player from Romania. She has a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 20, achieved on 6 August 2018. Her best doubles ranking of No. 24, she achieved on 22 October 2018.

Mihaela Buzărnescu
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Buzărnescu at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceBucharest
Born (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988 (age 31)
Bucharest
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2004
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachArtemon Apostu-Efremov, Mihai Buzărnescu (her father)
Prize money$1,491,035
Singles
Career record404–212 (65.58%)
Career titles1 WTA, 22 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 20 (6 August 2018)
Current rankingNo. 30 (15 April 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2018, 2019)
French Open4R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2018)
US Open1R (2017)
Doubles
Career record307–157
Career titles1 WTA, 34 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 24 (22 October 2018)
Current rankingNo. 24 (22 October 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2018)
French OpenQF (2018)
WimbledonQF (2018)
Last updated on: 17 December 2018.

Buzărnescu has a Ph.D. in sports science from the National University of Physical Education and Sport .[1]

Contents

Career highlightsEdit

Junior successEdit

Buzărnescu played her first professional match in 2004.[2] She then won the junior doubles title at the 2006 US Open with Ioana Raluca Olaru. Seeded No. 2, they defeated the top-seeded pair of Sharon Fichman and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.[3]

Injuries and hiatusEdit

Shoulder and knee injuries (the latter prompting two surgeries) forced her off the pro tour for years, long enough that she went back to school,[4] graduating a doctorate at the National University of Physical Education and Sport in December 2016.

2017–2018: Entry into top 100 and first WTA titlesEdit

In October 2017, Buzărnescu got to the semifinals of the Linz Open.

In 2018, she reached the finals in Hobart and Prague. At the Internationaux de Strasbourg, she surrendered a lead in the singles semifinals against Dominika Cibulková, eventually losing the match in three sets.[5] She showed more consistency in the doubles, winning the tournament and her first WTA title with compatriot Raluca Olaru in straight sets against Nadiia Kichenok and Anastasia Rodionova.[6]

Buzărnescu then played her first French Open, which was also the first Grand Slam tournament she was seeded. She defeated Vania King in the first round for her first Grand Slam win. Afterwards she also won versus Rebecca Peterson. Against No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the third round, Buzărnescu won the match in straight sets. This was her biggest career victory and one of the tournament's bigger upsets. She faced No. 13 seed Madison Keys in the fourth round where she lost in two sets.

In the grass-court season, Buzărnescu reached the quarterfinal of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham, losing to Naomi Osaka. She also played in the doubles tournament with British partner Heather Watson losing in the final. At the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, she once again defeated No. 2 seed Elina Svitolina before losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals. Buzărnescu then played for a third consecutive week in Eastbourne. She reached the last 16 before losing to Jelena Ostapenko. However, she reached the doubles final with partner Irina Begu.

In August Buzărnescu captured her first WTA singles title winning in San Jose with a 6–1, 6–0 victory over Maria Sakkari in the final. Later in August she played Elina Svitolina once more in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal but unfortunately suffered a serious ankle injury deep in the third set and was forced to retire. This injury kept her out of the game for two months including the US Open but she did reach her best ever ranking of number 20 in the world. Buzārnescu ended the year ranked 24.

2019 SeasonEdit

Buzarnescu began 2019 as the second seed at the Hobart International tournament where she had been runner up the year before. However, she was defeated by Belinda Bencic in the first round. Her bad luck for first round draws continued when she was paired against Venus Williams in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open. Buzarnescu was the 25th seed but former world number 1 Venus Williams won in three sets.

She represented Romania in the World Group round 1 match in the Fed Cup again the Czech Republic held in Ostrava in February. She lost her opening singles match 6-1, 6-4 to Karolina Pliskova

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2006 US Open Hard   Raluca Olaru   Sharon Fichman
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
7–5, 6–2

WTA career finalsEdit

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

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (1–0)
International (0–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2018 Hobart International, Australia International Hard   Elise Mertens 1–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 0–2 May 2018 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay   Petra Kvitová 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Win 1–2 Jul 2018 Bank of the West Classic, United States Premier Hard   Maria Sakkari 6–1, 6–0

Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 2018 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay   Lidziya Marozava   Nicole Melichar
  Květa Peschke
4–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 May 2018 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France International Clay   Raluca Olaru   Nadiia Kichenok
  Anastasia Rodionova
7–5, 7–5
Loss 1–2 June 2018 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom International Grass   Heather Watson   Alicja Rosolska
  Abigail Spears
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 1–3 June 2018 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Premier Grass   Irina-Camelia Begu   Gabriela Dabrowski
  Xu Yifan
3–6, 5–7

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 2018 Total
Wins 3 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2018
1.   Jeļena Ostapenko No. 6 Qatar Total Open, Qatar Hard 2nd round 6–1, 6–3
2.   Elina Svitolina No. 4 French Open, France Clay 3rd round 6–3, 7–5
3.   Elina Svitolina No. 5 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom Grass Quarterfinals 6–3, 6–2

ITF finals (56–29)Edit

Singles (22–7)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (7–3)
Clay (14–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 June 2004 Piteşti, Romania Clay   Liana Balaci 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 2. 20 June 2004 Brașov, Romania Clay   Andrea Benítez 6–3, 7–5
Winner 3. 28 May 2006 La Palma, Spain Hard   Nadja Pavić 6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Runner-up 1. 13 May 2007 Rabat, Morocco Clay   Yuliya Kalabina 1–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 8 June 2008 Piteşti, Romania Clay   Pálma Király 6–0, 6–3
Winner 5. 22 June 2008 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Federica Di Sarra 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 28 March 2010 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Valentyna Ivakhnenko 3–6, 0–6
Winner 6. 15 August 2010 Oneşti, Romania Clay   Ionela-Andreea Iova 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 22 August 2010 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Ingrid-Alexandra Radu 5–7, 6–1, 3–6
Winner 7. 29 August 2010 Balş, Romania Clay   Alexandra Cadanţu 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 11 December 2010 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Marta Sirotkina 0–6, 0–6
Winner 8. 21 May 2011 İzmir, Turkey Hard   Naomi Broady 7–5, 6–4
Winner 9. 10 July 2011 Craiova, Romania Clay   Annalisa Bona 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 10. 17 July 2011 Zwevegem, Belgium Clay   Bibiane Schoofs 3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 11. 13 September 2014 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Simona Ionescu 6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 12. 30 March 2015 Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia Hard   Lou Brouleau 6–0, 6–1
Winner 13. 6 April 2015 Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia Hard   Natalija Sipek 6–1, 6–0
Winner 14. 16 August 2015 Westende, Belgium Hard   Océane Dodin 6−1, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 22 November 2015 Zawada, Poland Carpet (i)   Ivana Jorović 2–6, 2–6
Winner 15. 12 December 2015 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Valentyna Ivakhnenko 6–0, 6–3
Winner 16. 18 June 2017 Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary Clay   Danka Kovinić 6–2, 6–1
Winner 17. 24 June 2017 İzmir, Turkey Hard   Eri Hozumi 6–1, 6–0
Winner 18. 9 July 2017 Getxo, Spain Clay   Renata Zarazúa 6–2, 6–2
Winner 19. 16 July 2017 Versmold, Germany Clay   Barbara Haas 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 5 August 2017 Woking, United Kingdom Hard   Jasmine Paolini 4–6, 6–1, 4–6
Winner 20. 17 September 2017 Biarritz, France Clay   Patty Schnyder 6–4, 6–3
Winner 21. 29 October 2017 Poitiers, France Hard (i)   Alison Van Uytvanck 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 11 November 2017 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Zhang Shuai 4–6, 0–6
Winner 22. 19 November 2017 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i)   Tamara Zidanšek 6–0, 6–1

Doubles (34–22)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (7–7)
Clay (26–15)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 6 June 2004 Constanţa, Romania Clay   Gabriela Niculescu   Bianca Bonifate
  Diana Gae
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 13 June 2004 Piteşti, Romania Clay   Gabriela Niculescu   Andrea Benítez
  Estefania Craciún
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 9 April 2005 Mumbai, India Hard   Sanaa Bhambri   Chan Chin-wei
  Julia Efremova
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 7 July 2006 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Magda Mihalache   Erica Krauth
  Aurélie Védy
6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 25 August 2006 Moscow, Russia Clay   Evgeniya Rodina   Maria Kondratieva
  Ekaterina Makarova
6–4, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 13 April 2007 Split, Croatia Clay   Antonia Xenia Tout   Olga Brózda
  Natalia Kołat
2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 20 April 2007 Hvar, Croatia Clay   Magdalena Kiszczyńska   Émilie Bacquet
  Karolina Jovanović
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 27 April 2007 Bol, Croatia Clay   Nadja Roma   Iveta Gerlová
  Lucie Kriegsmannová
3–6, 5–7
Winner 4. 11 May 2007 Rabat, Morocco Clay   Melanie Klaffner   Silvia Disderi
  Samia Medjahdi
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 3 August 2007 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Monica Niculescu   Sorana Cîrstea
  Ágnes Szatmári
w/o
Runner-up 7. 18 August 2007 Penza, Russia Clay   Veronika Kapshay   Sophie Lefèvre
  Ágnes Szatmári
1–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 12 September 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Magdalena Kiszczyńska   Joana Cortez
  Teliana Pereira
6–4, 6–7(2–7), [10–4]
Winner 6. 30 September 2007 Batumi, Georgia Hard   Vojislava Lukić   Vasilisa Davydova
  Marina Shamayko
6–2, 6–4
Winner 7. 8 June 2008 Piteşti, Romania Clay   Laura-Ioana Andrei   Simona Matei
  Valentina Sulpizio
7–5, 3–6, [10–2]
Winner 8. 22 June 2008 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Laura-Ioana Andrei   Benedetta Davato
  Valentina Sulpizio
6–4, 4–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 8. 5 July 2008 Toruń, Poland Clay   Anastasia Pivovarova   Olga Brózda
  Magdalena Kiszczyńska
6–4, 4–6, [2–10]
Winner 9. 25 July 2008 Kharkiv, Ukraine Clay   Oksana Kalashnikova   Kristina Antoniychuk
  Lesia Tsurenko
6–1, 6–4
Winner 10. 12 June 2009 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Elora Dabija   Laura-Ioana Andrei
  Ioana Gaspar
1–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Winner 11. 10 October 2009 Belek, Turkey Clay   Kateřina Vaňková   Magali de Lattre
  Fatima El Allami
6–1, 6–1
Winner 12. 15 November 2009 Le Havre, France Clay   Marina Melnikova   Amandine Hesse
  Alizé Lim
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 13. 22 November 2009 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Laura Thorpe   Fatma Al-Nabhani
  Galina Fokina
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 9. 28 March 2010 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Alenka Hubacek   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Anna Gerasimou
w/o
Winner 14. 4 April 2010 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Dalia Zafirova   Veronika Chvojková
  Martina Kubičíková
7–6(7–1), 7–5
Winner 15. 30 April 2010 Vic, Spain Clay   Cristina Stancu   Olga Brózda
  Barbara Sobaszkiewicz
7–5, 3–6, [10–7]
Winner 16. 13 August 2010 Oneşti, Romania Clay   Laura-Ioana Andrei   Camelia Hristea
  Biljana Pavlova
7–6(9–7), 6–2
Winner 17. 20 August 2010 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Laura-Ioana Andrei   Diana Enache
  Camelia Hristea
6–1, 6–3
Winner 18. 18 September 2010 Podgorica, Montenegro Clay   Irina-Camelia Begu   Valeria Solovieva
  Maryna Zanevska
5–7, 7–5, [12–10]
Runner-up 10. 16 October 2010 Kharkiv, Ukraine Clay   Marina Shamayko   Anna Piven
  Anastasiya Vasylyeva
4–6, 4–6
Winner 19. 7 May 2011 Wiesbaden, Germany Clay   Karolina Wlodarczak   Dejana Raickovic
  Ghislaine van Baal
6–7(4–7), 6–3, [10–6]
Runner-up 11. 21 May 2011 İzmir, Turkey Hard   Tereza Mrdeža   Naomi Broady
  Lisa Whybourn
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [7–10]
Winner 20. 3 June 2011 Florence, Italy Clay   Zuzana Zlochová   Nicole Clerico
  Valentina Sulpizio
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 8 July 2011 Craiova, Romania Clay   Elena Bogdan   Diana Enache
  Daniëlle Harmsen
6–4, 6–7(5–7), [6–10]
Winner 21. 22 July 2011 Samsun, Turkey Hard   Tadeja Majerič   Çağla Büyükakçay
  Pemra Özgen
6–1, 6–4
Winner 22. 10 September 2011 Saransk, Russia Clay   Teodora Mirčić   Eva Hrdinová
  Veronika Kapshay
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 16 September 2011 Zagreb, Croatia Clay   Maria Abramović   Maria João Koehler
  Katalin Marosi
0–6, 3–6
Winner 23. 1 October 2011 Telavi, Georgia Clay   Elena Bogdan   Ekaterine Gorgodze
  Anastasia Grymalska
1–6, 6–1, [10–3]
Runner-up 14. 19 February 2012 Surprise, United States Hard   Valeria Solovieva   Maria Sanchez
  Yasmin Schnack
4–6, 3–6
Winner 24. 9 July 2012 Zwevegem, Belgium Clay   Nicola Geuer   Kim Kilsdonk
  Nicolette van Uitert
7–6(7–5), 1–6, [10–4]
Winner 25. 13 September 2012 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay   Timea Bacsinszky   Teliana Pereira
  Aleksandrina Naydenova
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 15. 30 March 2015 Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia Hard   Olena Kyrpot   Inês Murta
  Melanie Stokke
1–6, 5–7
Winner 26. 30 March 2015 Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia Hard   Olena Kyrpot   Jennifer Claffey
  Kathinka von Deichmann
6–4, 6–2
Winner 27. 20 April 2015 Pula, Italy Clay   Irina Maria Bara   Corinna Dentoni
  Claudia Giovine
6–3, 2–6, [10–4]
Winner 28. 26 October 2015 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i)   Justyna Jegiołka   Sharon Fichman
  Maria Sanchez
7–6(8–6), 4–6, [10–7]
Winner 29. 16 November 2015 Zawada, Poland Carpet (i)   Justyna Jegiołka   Kim Grajdek
  Ekaterina Yashina
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 16. 3 September 2016 Mamaia, Romania Clay   Irina Maria Bara   Vivien Juhászová
  Kateřina Kramperová
6–7(3–7), 6–2, [7–10]
Runner-up 17. 16 September 2016 Bucha, Ukraine Clay   Alexandra Perper   Valentyna Ivakhnenko
  Anastasiya Komardina
3–6, 1–6
Winner 30. 23 October 2016 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i)   Elena Bogdan   Bianca Andreescu
  Charlotte Robillard-Millette
6–4, 6–7(4–7), [10–6]
Winner 31. 29 October 2016 Tampico, Mexico Hard   Elise Mertens   Usue Maitane Arconada
  Katie Swan
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 13 November 2016 Waco, United States Hard   Renata Zarazúa   Michaëlla Krajicek
  Taylor Townsend
w/o
Winner 32. 13 May 2017 Dunakeszi, Hungary Clay   Irina Maria Bara   Daiana Negreanu
  Oana Georgeta Simion
1–6, 6–1, [10–3]
Runner-up 19. 29 July 2017 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Alona Fomina   Anastasia Potapova
  Dayana Yastremska
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 20. 6 August 2017 Woking, United Kingdom Hard   Justyna Jegiołka   Laura-Ioana Andrei
  Petra Krejsová
6–4, 2–6, [9–11]
Winner 33. 17 September 2017 Biarritz, France Clay   Irina Maria Bara   Cristina Bucșa
  Isabelle Wallace
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 21. 24 September 2017 Saint Malo, France Clay   Irina Maria Bara   Diāna Marcinkēviča
  Daniela Seguel
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 22. 28 October 2017 Poitiers, France Hard (i)   Nicola Geuer   Belinda Bencic
  Yanina Wickmayer
6–7(7–9), 3–6
Winner 34. 15 December 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Alena Fomina   Lesley Kerkhove
  Lidziya Marozava
6–4, 6–3

Singles performance timelineEdit

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.

Only WTA Tour main draw (incl. Grand Slams), Olympics and Fed Cup results are considered.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q2 A A A A Q2 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
French Open A Q2 A A A A A 4R 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Wimbledon A Q2 A A A A Q2 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
US Open Q3 Q1 A A Q1 A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 5–3 0–1 0 / 5 5–5 56%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Miami Open A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Madrid Open A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
China Open A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar opens[2] A A A A A A A 3R 1R 0 / 2 2–2 67%
Italian Open A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canadian Open A A A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Cincinnati Open A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Tokyo / Wuhan Opens A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Career statistics
Tournaments played 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 22 25
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 36–21 0 / 25 39–24 62%
Win %  –   –   –   –   –   –  50% 63% 62%
Year-end ranking 155 248 N/A 891 260 377 72 24 $1,408,051

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Newman, Paul. "Mihaela Buzarnescu stuns world No 4 Elina Svitolina to continue remarkable rise". The Independent. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Mihaela Buzarnescu, Ph.D., Claims Biggest Upset of the French Open". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1 June 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. ^ "ITF: 2006 junior doubles results" (PDF). Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Mihaela Buzarnescu, Ph.D., Claims Biggest Upset of the French Open". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1 June 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Cibulkova comes back from the brink to make Strasbourg final over Buzarnescu". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  6. ^ Lupu, Victor (26 May 2018). "Tennis: The pair Mihaela Buzarnescu/Raluca Olaru wins the doubles event in Strasbourg". The Romania Journal. Retrieved 5 August 2018.

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