Sofya Zhuk

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 girls' singles title.[1]

Sofya Zhuk
Софья Жук
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Full nameSofya Andreyevna Zhuk
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceMiami, Florida, United States
Born (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 21)
Moscow, Russia
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Prize moneyUS$ 398,717
Singles
Career record123–66 (65.1%)
Career titles6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 116 (17 December 2018)
Current rankingNo. 436 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2018, 2019)
French Open1R (2019)
WimbledonQ3 (2018)
US Open1R (2017)
Doubles
Career record3–4 (42.9%)
Career titles0
Last updated on: 5 April 2020.

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 number ones 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 girl to win the Junior Wimbledon title, following the 2002 final when Vera Dushevina defeated compatriot Maria Sharapova.

She made her WTA Tour 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.

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Tournament! 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A Q2 Q2 A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
French Open A Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A Q3 Q1 NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open 1R Q3 A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0 / 2 0–2 0%

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

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

ITF Circuit 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)
$15,000 tournaments (3–2)
$10,000 tournaments (3–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (4–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2014 ITF Shymkent, Kazakhstan 10,000 Clay   Margarita Lazareva 6–2, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Feb 2016 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard   Julia Wachaczyk 6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Win 2–1 Feb 2016 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard   Julia Terziyska 6–2, 6–1
Loss 2–2 Apr 2016 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard   Mariam Bolkvadze 3–6, 5–7
Win 3–2 Aug 2016 ITF Cali, Colombia 10,000 Clay   Harmony Tan 6–2, 6–4
Win 4–2 Oct 2016 ITF Tampico, Mexico 50,000 Hard   Varvara Flink 6–4, 6–3
Loss 4–3 Apr 2017 ITF Irapuato, Mexico 25,000 Hard   Deniz Khazaniuk w/o
Win 5–3 May 2017 ITF Naples, United States 25,000 Clay   Taylor Townsend 6–4, 7–6 (7–3)
Win 6–3 Jul 2017 ITF Bursa, Turkey 60,000 Clay   İpek Soylu 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Girls' singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2015 Wimbledon Grass   Anna Blinkova 7–5, 6–4

AwardsEdit

2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Tennis_Stories/85088/2015-wimbledon-girls-junior-champion-sofya-zhuk-to-take-a-break-from-tennis/
  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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