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Sofya Andreyevna Zhuk (Russian: Софья Андреевна Жук, IPA: [ˈsofʲjə ɐnˈdrʲejɪvnə ˈʐuk]; born 1 December 1999) is a Russian tennis player. She won the 2015 Wimbledon Junior Girls title.[1]

Sofya Zhuk
Софья Жук
Zhuk WMQ18 (10) (42833748734).jpg
Full nameSofya Andreyevna Zhuk
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceMiami, Florida
Born (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 19)
Moscow, Russia
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Prize money$388,447
Singles
Career record123–64
Career titles0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 116 (17 December 2018)
Current rankingNo. 158 (17 June 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2018, 2019)
French Open1R (2019)
WimbledonQ3 (2018)
US Open1R (2017)
Doubles
Career record3–4
Career titles0
Last updated on: 22 June 2019.

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CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Zhuk trained at the Justine Henin Academy in Belgium and her coach was Olivier Jeunehomme.[2][3] 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.[4] Zhuk became only the second Russian to win the Junior Wimbledon Girls title, following the 2002 final when Vera Dushevina defeated compatriot Maria Sharapova.

She made her WTA singles debut at the 2016 Miami Open, where she received a wild card into the main draw. She lost in straight sets to Zhang Shuai in the first round.

2018Edit

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

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2018 Challenger Newport Beach, United States Hard   Danielle Collins 6–2, 4–6, 3–6

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 9 (6 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments (2–0)
$25,000 tournaments (1–1)
$10,000 tournaments (3–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (4–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
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

Girls' singlesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2015 Wimbledon Grass   Anna Blinkova 7–5, 6–4

Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open A Q2 Q2 0–0
French Open A Q1 0–0
Wimbledon A Q3 0–0
US Open 1R Q3 0–1
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1

AwardsEdit

2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Justine Henin tennis academy graduate Sofya Zhuk comes of age to clinch Wimbledon girls' singles title". Dailymail.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Olivier Jeunehomme
  4. ^ "Unseeded Zhuk claims girls' singles title". Wimbledon.
  5. ^ «Русский Кубок». Триумф командного тенниса [The "Russian Cup". Triumph in Team Tennis] (in Russian). Championat.com. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.

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