Zhuk at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships
|Full name||Sofya Andreyevna Zhuk|
|Born||1 December 1999|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 6 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 116 (17 December 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 158 (17 June 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (2018, 2019)|
|French Open||1R (2019)|
|US Open||1R (2017)|
|Last updated on: 22 June 2019.|
Zhuk trained at the Justine Henin Academy in Belgium and her coach was Olivier Jeunehomme. Her best win to date on the professional tour has been at a $60,000 tournament in Turkey, where she beat home favourite Ipek Soylu in the final.
When she won her first tournament at Shymkent, she became only the 17th 14 year old in ITF history to win an open tournament at that age, joining a group which includes former world No. 1s Justine Henin and Dinara Safina.
In 2015, Zhuk competed as an unseeded 15-year-old at Wimbledon, where she won the junior girls' title against fellow Russian and No. 12 ranked junior Anna Blinkova in straight sets, 7–5, 6–4. Zhuk did not drop a set in the whole Wimbledon tournament. Zhuk became only the second Russian to win the Junior Wimbledon Girls title, following the 2002 final when Vera Dushevina defeated compatriot Maria Sharapova.
Zhuk reached the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open, losing to Magdalena Frech of Poland, before heading to Newport Beach in California for their inaugural WTA 125K series tournament. She reached her first 125K final in this event where, after taking the first set, she eventually fell to American Danielle Collins, six years her senior, in three sets.
Collins was her nemesis again when they played at Indian Wells, after both had defeated seeded players. Zhuk recorded her very first WTA Tour win when she defeated Alizé Cornet in the first round, and followed that by beating 18th seed Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round. Zhuk's second to last service game in that match took well over 20 minutes, with 12 deuces and 30 points. Rybarikova saved eleven match points during the game, before finally winning on only her second break point. Zhuk promptly broke back, and then served out to win 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Collins, though having beaten 15th seed Madison Keys in the second round, always had the advantage in their third round clash, winning 6-4, 6-4. Zhuk nevertheless reached her career-high ranking of 123 after this defeat. She then went to the Premier Mandatory tournament in Miami, where she lost in the first round of qualifying.
In the European Grand Slam tournaments, she lost in the first qualifying round of the French Open to Valentini Grammatikopoulou, and in the final qualifying round for Wimbledon to Vitalia Diatchenko, having had her revenge on Grammatikopoulou in the first round.
WTA 125K series finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Jan 2018||Challenger Newport Beach, United States||Hard||Danielle Collins||6–2, 4–6, 3–6|
Singles: 9 (6 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit
|Winner||1.||11 October 2014||Shymkent, Kazakhstan||Clay||Margarita Lazareva||6–2, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||7 February 2016||Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Julia Wachaczyk||6–4, 4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||2.||14 February 2016||Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Julia Terziyska||6–2, 6–1|
|Runner-up||2.||3 April 2016||Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Mariam Bolkvadze||3–6, 5–7|
|Winner||3.||27 August 2016||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Harmony Tan||6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||4.||30 October 2016||Tampico, Mexico||Hard||Varvara Flink||6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||16 April 2017||Irapuato, Mexico||Hard||Deniz Khazaniuk||w/o|
|Winner||5.||21 May 2017||Naples, United States||Clay||Taylor Townsend||6–4, 7–6 (7–3)|
|Winner||6.||17 July 2017||Bursa, Turkey||Clay||İpek Soylu||4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)|
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
|Winner||2015||Wimbledon||Grass||Anna Blinkova||7–5, 6–4|
Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit
- "Justine Henin tennis academy graduate Sofya Zhuk comes of age to clinch Wimbledon girls' singles title". Dailymail.
- Olivier Jeunehomme
- "Unseeded Zhuk claims girls' singles title". Wimbledon.
- «Русский Кубок». Триумф командного тенниса [The "Russian Cup". Triumph in Team Tennis] (in Russian). Championat.com. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.