Petra Martić (Croatian pronunciation: [pêtra mâːrtitɕ]; born 19 January 1991) is a professional tennis player from Croatia. Having made her international debut in 2008, she reached a career high singles ranking of No. 14 in January 2020. Martic 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 Circuit.
Martić at the 2019 French Open
|Born||19 January 1991|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Turned pro||July 2008|
|Career record||352–241 (59.4%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (13 January 2020)|
|Current ranking||No. 16 (14 September 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2018)|
|French Open||QF (2019)|
|Wimbledon||4R (2017, 2019)|
|US Open||4R (2019, 2020)|
|Career record||121–109 (52.6%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 53 (17 March 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 282 (10 August 2020)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2012, 2014, 2019)|
|French Open||2R (2010, 2012, 2019)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2012, 2013, 2019)|
|US Open||3R (2010)|
|Last updated on: 19 September 2020.|
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 to Russian Alina Jidkova. 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.
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. Martić qualified for the BNP Paribas Open, where she lost in the second round to Jelena Janković. She also scored another big win at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami as she defeated world No. 21 Aravane Rezaï in the second round in three sets. She then lost to Yanina Wickmayer.
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).
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 in three sets.
Martić only played one grass tournament in the 2010 season, Wimbledon. There, she beat British No. 1, Elena Baltacha 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.
2011: First top-50 finishEdit
Martić 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 comebackEdit
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 $25k 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 title, first major quarterfinal, top 20 debutEdit
After a slow start to the year (going 3–5 in the first five tournaments of the year), Martić reached the semifinals of WTA Charleston in April, defeating Belinda Bencic along the way. Then she followed it with her first WTA trophy at İstanbul Cup, defeating Marketa 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 - seven years, seven 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 five match points against Ostapenko in the quarterfinals, lost to Görges in semifinal) and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon, equaling her best result at this tournament. Following Wimbledon, she broke into the top 20 for the first time.
Martić didn't find much success during the beginning of the summer hard-court season, losing her opening round matches in Toronto and Cincinnati, but rebounded at the US Open by reaching the third round there for the first time. She then upset world No. 11, Anastasija Sevastova (who was carrying a streak of three straight US Open quarterfinal appearances), to reach the second week of a major for the third consecutive time. She lost to Serena Williams in the fourth round in straight sets. Martić carried her momentum to the start of the Asian hard-court swing. In Zhengzhou, she reached her first Premier-level final, after beating Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals and former top-10 player Kristina Mladenovic in the semifinals to face Plíšková for the first time since upsetting her at the French Open. However, Martić was unable to repeat that result, as she was defeated by the world No. 2 in straight sets.
2020: Two WTA Tour semifinalsEdit
Martic had another slow start to the year losing in the second round of 2020 ASB Classic and the Australian Open (which ended her streak of reaching the second week of majors), as well as being upset in the opening round of Hua Hin. Then she made an impressive run into the semifinals of Dubai Championships without dropping a set before falling to Elena Rybakina in two tie-break sets. However, she was upset by Barbora Strýcová in the first round of the Qatar Open. After the assumption of the WTA Tour in August, Martic reached her second semifinal of the year in Palermo before falling to Anett Kontaveit in straight sets. She then participated in the Prague Open where she beat Varvara Gracheva in straight sets before being upset in straight sets by Kristýna Plíšková.
Martić employs an aggressive all-court game that exemplifies her variety. Her groundstrokes are powerful, and is able to hit both her forehand and her backhand flat, and with topspin. She is also proficient at hitting her backhand with slice, and can incorporate the drop shot effectively into points. Her serve is powerful, and has been recorded at 120 mph (194 km/h), and is also reliable, allowing her to hit many aces throughout a match, whilst minimising double faults. Her return of serve is also a major weapon, ranking consistently within the top 100 of the WTA for return games won. She is a strong volleyer, due to her doubles experience, and is as comfortable at the net as she is at the baseline. She is capable of extending rallies, acting more like a counterpuncher, to draw unforced errors out of highly aggressive players. Martić possesses a remarkably unique game, containing an almost complete repertoire of shots.
Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.
Current after the 2020 Prague Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||Q1||1R||2R||1R||1R||1R||1R||Q1||A||4R||3R||2R||0 / 9||7–9||44%|
|French Open||A||A||2R||1R||Q1||4R||1R||1R||1R||Q2||4R||2R||QF||0 / 9||12–9||57%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||2R||2R||1R||3R||1R||Q1||Q1||4R||1R||4R||NH||0 / 8||10–8||56%|
|US Open||A||Q1||2R||1R||2R||1R||A||Q1||Q3||A||1R||1R||4R||4R||0 / 8||8–8||50%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||2–2||1–4||3–3||3–4||2–3||0–3||0–2||0–0||6–3||4–4||12–4||4–2||0 / 34||37–34||52%|
|WTA Elite Trophy||Did not qualify||RR||NH||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Indian Wells Open||A||A||1R||2R||Q2||1R||1R||Q1||A||A||A||QF||1R||NH||0 / 6||5–6||45%|
|Miami Open||1R||A||Q1||3R||2R||1R||1R||Q1||A||A||A||3R||2R||NH||0 / 7||6–7||46%|
|Madrid Open||Not Held||A||Q1||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||2R||QF[a]||NH||0 / 3||3–3||50%|
|China Open||Not Tier I||A||A||Q1||Q1||Q1||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||NH||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai / Qatar Open||NT1||A||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 4||0–4||0%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||Q1||A||A||A||A||2R||A||2R||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||2R||A||1R||Q1||A||A||A||A||1R||NH||0 / 3||1–3||25%|
|Cincinnati Open||Not Tier I||A||A||3R||A||1R||A||A||A||Q2||2R||1R||A||0 / 4||3–4||43%|
|Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open||A||A||A||A||A||3R||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||NH||0 / 2||5–2||71%|
|Tournaments||1||1||7||14||14||18||12||8||8||2||4||17||18||7||Career total: 131|
|Titles||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||Career total: 1|
|Finals||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||Career total: 4|
|Hard Win–Loss||0–1||2–1||3–4||4–8||11–9||13–13||1–6||1–5||0–4||0–1||0–2||18–10||14–12||5–5||0 / 81||72–81||47%|
|Clay Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||3–3||0–5||4–3||5–4||4–5||0–2||0–4||3–1||3–1||7–5||15–3||4–2||1 / 40||48–38||56%|
|Grass Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–0||1–1||0–1||2–1||0–1||0–0||0–0||3–1||1–2||6–2||0–0||0 / 10||14–9||61%|
|Overall Win–Loss||0–1||2–1||6–7||5–13||16–13||18–18||7–12||1–8||0–8||3–2||6–4||26–17||35–17||9–7||1 / 131||134–128||51%|
|Win (%)||0%||67%||46%||28%||55%||50%||37%||11%||0%||60%||60%||60%||67%||56%||Career total: 51%|
- 1 WTA Tournament of Champions was held from 2009 to 2014, when WTA Elite Trophy replaced it.
- 2 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar 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 Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open.
- Martic's walkover victory in the second round does not officially count as a win.
|Australian Open||1R||1R||3R||1R||3R||1R||A||A||A||3R||A||0 / 7||6–7||46%|
|French Open||2R||1R||2R||1R||A||1R||A||A||1R||2R||0 / 7||3–7||30%|
|Wimbledon||2R||A||3R||3R||A||1R||A||A||2R||3R||NH||0 / 6||8–6||57%|
|US Open||3R||1R||1R||1R||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||0 / 6||2–6||25%|
|Win–Loss||4–4||0–3||5–4||2–4||2–1||0–3||0–0||0–1||1–3||5–3||0–0||0 / 26||19–26||42%|
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit
|Winner – Legend|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)|
|Loss||0–1||Mar 2012||Malaysian Open, Malaysia||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|
|Loss||1–3||Sep 2019||Zhengzhou Open, China||Premier||Hard||Karolína Plíšková||3–6, 2–6|
Doubles: 4 (4 runner–ups)Edit
|Winner – Legend|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)|
|Loss||0–1||Feb 2012||Open GDF Suez, France||Premier||Hard (i)||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Liezel Huber
|Loss||0–2||Jun 2012||Gastein Ladies, Austria||International||Clay||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Jill Craybas
|7–6(7–4), 4–6, [9–11]|
|Loss||0–3||Apr 2013||Morocco Open, Morocco||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 125K series finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||1–0||Sep 2018||Oracle Challenger – Chicago, United States||Hard||Mona Barthel||6–4, 6–1|
Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||1–0||May 2016||Bol Ladies Open, 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||Zagreb Ladies Open, 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||Aegon Trophy, Great Britain||75,000||Grass||Karolína Plíšková||6–3, 6–3|
|Loss||3–2||Nov 2014||South Seas Island Resort Pro Classic, 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||Wiesbaden Tennis Open, Germany||25,000||Clay||Kathinka von Deichmann||4–6, 6–4, 6–7(7–9)|
Doubles: 8 (5 titles, 3 runner–ups)Edit
|Win||1–0||May 2009||ITF Zagreb, Croatia||50,000||Clay||Ajla Tomljanović|| Ksenia Milevskaya
|6–3, 6–7(4–7), [10–5]|
|Loss||1–1||Sep 2009||ITF Sofia, Bulgaria||100,000||Clay||Polona Hercog|| Timea Bacsinszky
|Loss||1–2||Oct 2010||ITF Athens, Greece||50,000||Hard||Eleni Daniilidou|| Vitalia Diatchenko
|Win||2–2||Dec 2010||ITF Dubai, UAE||75,000||Hard||Julia Görges|| Sania Mirza
|Win||3–2||May 2011||Open de Cagnes-sur-Mer,
|100,000||Clay||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Darija Jurak
|1–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|Win||4–2||Oct 2014||Abierto Tampico, Mexico||50,000||Hard||Maria Sanchez|| Valeria Savinykh
|3–6, 6–3, [10–2]|
|Win||5–2||Feb 2015||Burnie International, Australia||50,000||Hard||Irina Falconi|| Han Xinyun
|Loss||5–3||May 2015||Empire Slovak Open, Slovakia||100,000||Clay||Aleksandra Krunić|| Yuliya Beygelzimer
Top 10 winsEdit
|1.||Marion Bartoli||No. 8||French Open, France||Clay||2R||6–2, 3–6, 6–3||No. 50|
|2.||Petra Kvitová||No. 5||Pan Pacific Open, Japan||Hard||2R||6–4, 6–4||No. 73|
|3.||Jeļena Ostapenko||No. 6||Indian Wells Open, US||Hard||3R||6–3, 6–3||No. 51|
|4.||Karolína Plíšková||No. 2||French Open, France||Clay||3R||6–3, 6–3||No. 31|
Record against top 20 playersEdit
Match 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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