Petra Martić (Croatian pronunciation: [pêtra mâːrtitɕ]; 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.
Martić at the 2019 French Open
|Born||January 19, 1991|
Split, Republic of Croatia
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Turned pro||July 2008|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||323–224 (59.0%)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 4 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 20 (15 July 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 20 (15 July 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2018)|
|French Open||QF (2019)|
|Wimbledon||4R (2017, 2019)|
|US Open||2R (2009, 2011)|
|Career titles||1 WTA 125K, 5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 53 (17 March 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 121 (10 June 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2012, 2014)|
|French Open||2R (2012)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||1R (2012)|
|Last updated on: 10 June 2019.|
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.
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2006–2009: Early careerEdit
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.
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.
At the US Open, Martić drew defending champion Samantha Stosur in the first round, and was defeated 6–1, 6–1. 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. 
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 .
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. 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. 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. 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. 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)|
|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)|
|Loss||0–1||Feb 2012||Open GDF Suez, Paris, France||Premier||Hard (i)||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Liezel Huber
|Loss||0–2||Jun 2012||Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria||International||Clay||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Jill Craybas
|7–6(7–4), 4–6, [9–11]|
|Loss||0–3||Apr 2013||Morocco Open, Marrakesh||International||Clay||Kristina Mladenovic|| Tímea Babos
|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
|Win||1–0||Sep 2018||Chicago, United States||Hard||Mona Barthel||6–4, 6–1|
Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||1–0||May 2016||Bol, Croatia||Clay||Xenia Knoll|| Raluca Olaru
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runner–ups)Edit
|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
|Winner||1.||10 May 2009||Zagreb, Croatia||Clay||Ajla Tomljanović|| Ksenia Milevskaya
|6–3, 6–7(4–7), [10–5]|
|Runner-up||1.||18 September 2009||Sofia, Bulgaria||Clay||Polona Hercog|| Timea Bacsinszky
|Runner-up||2.||3 October 2010||Athens, Greece||Hard||Eleni Daniilidou|| Vitalia Diatchenko
|Winner||2.||17 December 2010||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Julia Görges|| Sania Mirza
|Winner||3.||8 May 2011||Cagnes-sur-Mer, France||Clay||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Darija Jurak
|1–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||4.||19 October 2014||Tampico, Mexico||Hard||Maria Sanchez|| Valeria Savinykh
|3–6, 6–3, [10–2]|
|Winner||5.||8 February 2015||Burnie, Australia||Hard||Irina Falconi|| Han Xinyun
Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit
Top 10 winsEdit
|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|
|3.||Jeļena Ostapenko||No. 6||BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells||Hard||3R||6–3, 6–3||No. 51|
|4.||Karolína Plíšková||No. 2||French Open, Paris||Clay||3R||6–3, 6–3||No. 31|
Record against top 20 playersEdit
Mmatch record against certain players who have been ranked in the top 20, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface.
- Carla Suárez Navarro 1–0
- Karolina Plíšková 4-1
- Maria Sharapova 0-2
- Jelena Janković 1-1
- Marion Bartoli 1–1
- Madison Keys 1-0
- Kimiko Date 0-2
- Venus Williams 0-1
- Nadia Petrova 0–1
- Angelique Kerber 2–1
- Yanina Wickmayer 2–1
- Anastasija Sevastova 1–0
- Jelena Ostapenko 1-0
- Petra Kvitova 1–1
- Garbiñe Muguruza 1–1
- Ana Ivanovic 0-1
- Kristina Mladenovic 3–1
- Sloane Stephens 0–3
- Caroline Wozniacki 0–6
- Caroline Garcia 0-3
- Coco Vandeweghe 1-0
- Daria Kasatkina 2–0
- Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-0
- Simona Halep 1–2
- Agnieszka Radwanska 0–4
- Daniela Hantuchova 1–1
- Johanna Konta 1–2
- Andrea Petkovic 3–1
- Elina Svitolina 1–3
- Lucie Šafářová 2–3
- Timea Bacsinszky 1–0
- Jelena Dokic 1–1
- Sabine Lisicki 0–3
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