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Petra Martić (Croatian pronunciation: [pêtra mâːrtitɕ];[1][2] born 19 January 1991) is a professional tennis player from Croatia. She has won one singles title on the WTA Tour - the 2019 Istanbul Cup, and reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 French Open. She has also won one WTA 125K series singles and one doubles tournament, as well as four singles and five doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. In July 2019 she reached her career-high ranking of world No. 20.

Petra Martić
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Martić at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) Croatia
Residence Freeport, Bahamas
Born (1991-01-19) January 19, 1991 (age 28)
Split, Republic of Croatia
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned proJuly 2008
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachSandra Zaniewska
Prize money$3,884,600
Singles
Career record323–224 (59.0%)
Career titles1 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 20 (15 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 20 (15 July 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2018)
French OpenQF (2019)
Wimbledon4R (2017, 2019)
US Open2R (2009, 2011)
Doubles
Career record118–107
Career titles1 WTA 125K, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 53 (17 March 2014)
Current rankingNo. 121 (10 June 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2012, 2014)
French Open2R (2012)
Wimbledon3R (2012, 2013)
US Open1R (2012)
Team competitions
Fed Cup8–9
Last updated on: 10 June 2019.

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Petra Martić was born in Split, Croatia to Nenad (father) and Sandra (mother). She grew up in the village of Duće, 30 km from Split, and moved to Split at the age of 10. Her father died in a car accident when Petra was five, and her uncle Mladen was killed during the Croatian War of Independence. Petra is quoted saying that her mother is a hero to her for managing to go through all this and raising Petra by herself, and that this motivates her to excel in tennis and bring joy to her family.[3]

Tennis careerEdit

2006–2009: Early careerEdit

 
French Open, 2009

The best result in her junior career was the quarterfinals in 2006 US Open. In 2007, she played her first WTA Tour main draw at Miami (falling in first round as a wild card). In 2008 Martić won the ITF Zagreb Open, defeating Yvonne Meusburger, and then made it to the quarterfinals of the WTA event Slovenia Open, losing to Julia Görges.

She qualified for the 2009 French Open and lost in the second round to 21-year-old Canadian world No. 24 Aleksandra Wozniak. She then made it to another Portorož Open quarterfinal, losing to defending champion and fifth seed Sara Errani. In September 2009, at the age of 18 years and 8 months, Martić entered top 100 for the first time (year-end ranking was No. 82).

2010: First top-20 victoryEdit

Martić began the season by falling in the qualifying stages of the ASB Classic (lost to Chanelle Scheepers) and the Medibank International Sydney (lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm). She lost in the first round of the Australian Open, falling to Sabine Lisicki 1–6, 4–6.

In February, she beat third seed and world No. 15 Yanina Wickmayer in the first round of the Open GdF Suez, winning 6–4, 3–6, 7–5. Martić broke twice and dropped serve once. She lost in the next round to Ágnes Szávay 2–6, 4–6. Martić qualified for the BNP Paribas Open, where she lost in the second round to Jelena Janković 3–6, 6–7. She also scored another big win at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami as she defeated world No. 21 Aravane Rezaï 7–5, 5–7, 6–4 in the second round. She then lost to Yanina Wickmayer 3–6, 3–6.

She lost in the first round of her next three tournaments, Andalucia Tennis Experience (lost to Estrella Cabeza Candela 6–1, 6–7, 2–6), Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem (to Alizé Cornet 6–7, 4–6) and Estoril Open (to Kimiko Date-Krumm 7–6, 5–7, 6–7).

She was forced to retire in her first-round match of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open whilst 4–6, 2–1 down. Her next tournament was the Warsaw Open where she lost in three sets to Gréta Arn in the first round.

Martić was drawn against world No. 5 Elena Dementieva in the first round of the French open where she was beaten 6–1, 6–1. She next participated in the ITF tournament in Marseilles where she reached the quarterfinals, losing to Johanna Larsson 2–6, 6–2, 4–6.

Martić only played one grass tournament in the 2010 season, Wimbledon. There she beat British No. 1 Elena Baltacha 2–6, 7–5, 6–3 in the first round. She was due to play against Marion Bartoli in the second round; however, she was forced to retire before the match.

At the hard-court tournaments, she lost in the first round of Banka Koper Slovenia Open to Katarina Srebotnik and in the first round of İstanbul Cup to Vera Dushevina. Martić was drawn against the top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the first edition of the E-Boks Danish Open where she lost 3–6, 2–6.

2011: First top-50 finishEdit

Martić successfully qualified for the Australian Open, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round. Martić also made it to the semifinals of Bogota (lost to Dominguez Lino) and Copenhagen (lost to Hradecka) and beat Vesnina and Vickmayer to reach the third round of Cincinnati. She finished the year in top 50 for the first time in her career.

2012: First WTA finalEdit

Martić started the 2012 season losing in the first rounds of several tournaments including the Australian Open, Doha, and Dubai.

She reached her first WTA final at the Malaysian Open where she upset the No. 3 seed Peng Shuai and the No. 2 seed Jelena Janković. However, she had to retire in the final against Hsieh Su-wei.

After falling in the first rounds of Indian Wells and Miami, Martić made the semifinals of the E-Boks Open losing to Caroline Wozniacki, and the quarterfinals of the Budapest Grand Prix losing to Elena Vesnina.

Martić advanced to the fourth round of the French Open. She defeated Michaëlla Krajicek, world No. 8 Marion Bartoli, and Anabel Medina Garrigues. She lost in the fourth round to Angelique Kerber.

At the US Open, Martić drew defending champion Samantha Stosur in the first round, and was defeated 6–1, 6–1.[4] She would, however, bounce back at the Pan Pacific Open, upsetting world No. 5 Petra Kvitová in the second round. It was the first meeting between the two and the second top-ten victory of the year for Martić. [5]

 
Serving at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships

2013-2016: Struggling with injuriesEdit

The next four years of her career were plagued by injuries and poor form. In 2013, Martić made it to the third round of a WTA tournament only twice, at Katowice and Wimbledon. She also won the 2013 ITF Nottingham (def. Karolina Pliskova in the final), but dropped out of the top 100 by the end of the year. In 2014, she scored only one WTA main-draw victory, against Sorana Cirstea in Guangzhou in September. In 2015, Martić mostly played at the ITF and 125K series tournaments, with moderate success. The only notable result was qualifying for the Australian Open (lost to Sharapova). She finished her 2015 season in October, not scoring a single victory at a WTA event main draw and only two top-100 victories during the year. She was ranked 148 at the end of the year.

In February 2016, she made it to the semifinals of a WTA event for the first time in four years at Rio de Janeiro in February (def. No. 1 seed Teliana Pereira, lost to Francesca Schiavone), and did not play from February to May. The last match she played was at Wimbledon in June, where she lost to U. Radwańska in the first round of qualifying. In September, she dropped out of the top 200.

2017-2018: Making a come-backEdit

Suffering from a major back injury (disc protrusion in her lower back), Martić was not sure if she would play competitive tennis again [6].

After a ten-month injury lay-off, she made a come-back at $25,000 event at Santa Margherita di Pula. Ranked No. 659, Martić had to go through qualifying, and in the end, won the tournament (def. von Deichmann in the final). She then went on a 17–3 run leading up to 2017 French Open, where she qualified (despite being down a match point in the third round of qualifying against Maryna Zanevska), and won three rounds in the main draw, losing to Elina Svitolina after being up 5–2 in the third set[7]. Along the way, she defeated Madison Keys and Anastasija Sevastova - her first top-20 victories in five years. At Wimbledon, she again went through qualifying rounds and upset Daria Gavrilova on her way to her second consecutive fourth-round appearance at a Grand Slam (and third overall). After Wimbledon, Martić played only four more tournaments, going 2–4, but finished the year in top 100 for the first time since 2012.

Continuing her success from 2017, Martić made it to the fourth round of the 2018 Australian Open (lost to Elise Mertens 6–7, 5–7), and reached her first quarterfinal at a Premier Mandatory in Indian Wells (def. No. 6 Jelena Ostapenko, lost to Simona Halep in three sets). She made it to the final of Bucharest, her first WTA final after 2012 Kuala Lumpur, (def. Siegemund and Buzarnescu, lost to Sevastova). In September, Martić won the WTA 125K at Chicago (def. Mona Barthel) and finished year at No. 32 for the second year-end top-50 finish of her career.

2019: First WTA trophy and first major quarterfinalEdit

After a slow start to the year (going 3–5 in the first five tournaments of the year), Martić reached the semifinals of Charleston Open in April, defeating Belinda Bencic along the way. Then she followed it with her first WTA trophy at İstanbul Cup, defeating M. Vondrousova in the final, after losing the first set 1–6.[8] Martic then made it to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open, defeating Muguruza and Vekic along the way. In April, she was nominated for the WTA Player of the Month.[9] On the 13th of May, she entered the top 30 for the first time in her career - 7 years, 7 months and 18 days after first entering the top 50.

At the French Open, seeded 31st, she defeated Ons Jabeur and Kristina Mladenovic to reach the third round where she upset second seed Karolína Plíšková. She defeated Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round to reach her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.[10] There, she was defeated by Markéta Vondroušová.

Martić then reached her first-ever grass court semifinal at WTA Birmingham (saved 5 match points against Ostapenko in the quarterfinals, lost to Goerges in SF) and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon, equaling her best result at this tournament. Following Wimbledon, Petra Martić achieved her career-high ranking of world No. 20.

WTA career finalsEdit

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

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–2)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 2012 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur International Hard   Hsieh Su-wei 6–2, 5–7, 1–4 ret.
Loss 0–2 Jul 2018 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay   Anastasija Sevastova 6–7(4–7), 2–6
Win 1–2 Apr 2019 İstanbul Cup, Turkey International Clay   Markéta Vondroušová 1–6, 6–4, 6–1

Doubles: 4 (4 runner–ups)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (0–3)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2012 Open GDF Suez, Paris, France Premier Hard (i)   Anna-Lena Grönefeld   Liezel Huber
  Lisa Raymond
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Loss 0–2 Jun 2012 Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria International Clay   Anna-Lena Grönefeld   Jill Craybas
  Julia Görges
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [9–11]
Loss 0–3 Apr 2013 Morocco Open, Marrakesh International Clay   Kristina Mladenovic   Tímea Babos
  Mandy Minella
3–6, 1–6
Loss 0–4 Mar 2016 Monterrey Open, Mexico International Hard   Maria Sanchez   Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
6–4, 5–7, [7–10]

WTA 125 series finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2018 Chicago, United States Hard   Mona Barthel 6–4, 6–1

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 May 2016 Bol, Croatia Clay   Xenia Knoll   Raluca Olaru
  İpek Soylu
6–3, 6–2

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2007 ITF Jersey, United Kingdom 25,000 Hard   Sabine Lisicki 3–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2008 ITF Zagreb, Croatia 75,000 Clay   Yvonne Meusburger 6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Win 2–1 Sep 2009 ITF Biella, Italy 100,000 Clay   Sharon Fichman 7–5, 6–4
Win 3–1 Jun 2013 ITF Nottingham, Great Britain 75,000 Grass   Karolína Plíšková 6–3, 6–3
Loss 3–2 Nov 2014 ITF Captiva Island, United States 50,000 Hard   Edina Gallovits-Hall 2–6 2–6
Win 4–2 Apr 2017 ITF Pula, Italy 25,000 Clay   Kathinka von Deichmann 6–4, 7–5
Loss 4–3 May 2017 ITF Wiesbaden, Germany 25,000 Clay   Kathinka von Deichmann 4–6, 6–4, 6–7(7–9)

Doubles: 7 (5–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 10 May 2009 Zagreb, Croatia Clay   Ajla Tomljanović   Ksenia Milevskaya
  Anastasia Pivovarova
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [10–5]
Runner-up 1. 18 September 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Polona Hercog   Timea Bacsinszky
  Tathiana Garbin
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 2. 3 October 2010 Athens, Greece Hard   Eleni Daniilidou   Vitalia Diatchenko
  İpek Şenoğlu
w/o
Winner 2. 17 December 2010 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Julia Görges   Sania Mirza
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Winner 3. 8 May 2011 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay   Anna-Lena Grönefeld   Darija Jurak
  Renata Voráčová
1–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 4. 19 October 2014 Tampico, Mexico Hard   Maria Sanchez   Valeria Savinykh
  Kateryna Bondarenko
3–6, 6–3, [10–2]
Winner 5. 8 February 2015 Burnie, Australia Hard   Irina Falconi   Han Xinyun
  Junri Namigata
6–2, 6–4

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open A Q1 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q1 A 4R 3R 6–8
French Open A 2R 1R Q1 4R 1R 1R 1R Q2 4R 2R QF 12–9
Wimbledon A A 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R Q1 Q1 4R 1R 4R 10–8
US Open Q1 2R 1R 2R 1R A Q1 Q3 A 1R 1R 2–6
Win–Loss 0–0 2–2 1–4 3–3 3–4 2–3 0–3 0–2 0–0 6–3 4–4 9–3 30–31

Source:[11]

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R 1R A A A 3R 6–7
French Open 2R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A A 1R 2R 3–7
Wimbledon 2R A 3R 3R A 1R A A 2R 3R 8–6
US Open 3R 1R 1R 1R A A A 1R 1R 2–6
Win–Loss 4–4 0–3 5–4 2–4 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–1 1–3 5–3 19–26

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score PMR
2012
1.   Marion Bartoli No. 8 French Open, Paris Clay 2R 6–2, 3–6, 6–3 No. 50
2.   Petra Kvitová No. 5 Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo Hard 2R 6–4, 6–4 No. 73
2018
3.   Jeļena Ostapenko No. 6 BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells Hard 3R 6–3, 6–3 No. 51
2019
4.   Karolína Plíšková No. 2 French Open, Paris Clay 3R 6–3, 6–3 No. 31

Record against top 20 playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pètar". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 18 March 2018. Pȅtra
  2. ^ "Mȃrta". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 18 March 2018. Mȃrtić
  3. ^ "Tenisko čudo iz garaže: Mala iz Duća postala senzacija Pariza!".
  4. ^ "Stosur starts US Open defense, routs Martic". Yahoo! Sports.
  5. ^ "P. Martic – P. Kvitova Head to Head Game Statistics, Tennis Tournament Results – Tennis Statistics Wettpoint". wettpoint.com.
  6. ^ "Razmisljala sam hocu li ikada vise igrati tenis".
  7. ^ "Made it back to TOP 40 - Petra Martic".
  8. ^ "Petra Martic Wins Maiden title at Istanbul".
  9. ^ "Vote: April 2019 Player of the Month".
  10. ^ "Martic battles back to make Grand Slam QF debut in Paris".
  11. ^ "Wozniak Books Her Spot in the Third Round at Roland-Garros". News. Tennis Canada. 28 May 2009. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2017.

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