Vania King (born February 3, 1989) is a retired American tennis player. A former top-10 doubles player, King won both the Wimbledon and US Open women's doubles titles in 2010 with partner Yaroslava Shvedova, with whom she also reached the final of the 2011 US Open. She has won a total of 15 WTA doubles titles and reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world. She also was a runner-up in the mixed-doubles final at the French Open in 2009, with Marcelo Melo.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Boynton Beach, Florida|
|Born||February 3, 1989|
Monterey Park, California
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Turned pro||July 2006|
|Retired||April 6, 2021|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||269–250 (51.8%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 50 (November 6, 2006)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2012)|
|French Open||3R (2011)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2006, 2009)|
|US Open||3R (2009, 2011)|
|Career record||324–203 (61.5%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (June 6, 2011)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2012, 2016, 2018)|
|French Open||SF (2011)|
|US Open||W (2010)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||SF (2010, 2011)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2018)|
|French Open||F (2009)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2007, 2014)|
|US Open||QF (2006)|
|Fed Cup||5–7 (41.7%)|
In singles, King has been ranked as high as No. 50 in the world. Her biggest accomplishments included a WTA title at the 2006 Bangkok Open and two runner-up finishes at the 2013 Guangzhou International and 2016 Jianxi International. She also progressed as far as the third round in Grand Slam tournaments, doing so on four occasions (the 2009 US Open, the 2011 French Open, the 2011 US Open, and the 2012 Australian Open).
King announced her retirement on April 6, 2021.
King's parents moved to the United States from Taiwan in 1982. She is the youngest of four children. Her brother Phillip was a two-time All-American at Duke University and two-time US junior champion. Vania is a graduate of Long Beach Poly High School in California.
In 2006, King won her only WTA Tour singles title at the Bangkok Open, a Tier-III tournament. She defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn in the final. In November, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 50.
King lost in the second round of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships to No. 15, Flavia Pennetta. She played in the ladies' doubles with Anna-Lena Grönefeld, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champions Venus and Serena Williams.
King began the year ranked no. 80 in the world at the Brisbane International. She reached the second round of the singles tournament, losing to Andrea Petkovic. In doubles, she partnered with Anna-Lena Grönefeld and lost in the first round to Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin. King and Grönefeld fared better at the Sydney International, where they were seeded fourth. They lost in the semifinals to Garbin and Nadia Petrova. In the singles tournament, King failed to qualify, losing in the first round of the qualifying tournament to top seed Ágnes Szávay, who went on to defeat Jelena Janković in the first round of the tournament.
At the Australian Open, King lost in the second round to Roberta Vinci. In doubles, she partnered with Grönefeld again and entered the tournament seeded 14th. They lost in the second round to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka.
King's next bigger tournament was the Memphis Cup in mid-February. She entered the singles draw seeded seventh and lost in the second round to Sofia Arvidsson. In the doubles tournament, she and partner Michaëlla Krajicek were seeded third and won the title without dropping a set, defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy in the final.
King then traveled to the Monterrey Open. In doubles, she reunited with Grönefeld and reached the final as the top seed, falling to second-seeded pair Benešová/Záhlavová. In singles, she lost in the quarterfinals to second seed Daniela Hantuchová. At the Indian Wells Open, King lost in the second round to No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki. She did not enter the doubles tournament. She fared better in the Miami Open later that month. King partnered with Julie Coin and reached the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament, before losing to third seeds Petrova and Samantha Stosur, who went on to become the runners-up.
Her next Premier event was the Charleston Open, where she reunited with Krajicek and reached the final, before falling to top seeds Huber and Petrova. In singles, she lost to Petrova in the second round. At the Madrid Masters, King paired with Chuang Chia-jung for the first time for the doubles tournament. They defeated fourth seeds Huber and Anabel Medina Garrigues, before falling in the quarterfinals to Pe'er and Francesca Schiavone. In singles, King lost in the first round to Karolina Šprem. She then entered the Strasbourg International. In the doubles tournament, she partnered with Alizé Cornet and won the title after an injury to Lucie Hradecká forced top seeds Hradecká/Chuang to retire in the second round. King/Cornet defeated second seeds Rodionova/Kudryavtseva in the final for her tenth tour doubles title. In singles, King defeated second seed Elena Vesnina in the first round and reached the semifinals, falling there to Kristina Barrois.
At the French Open, she lost in the first round to Mattek-Sands. She entered the mixed-doubles tournament with Christopher Kas, reaching the semifinals, before falling to Shvedova and Julian Knowle. In women's doubles with Krajicek, she reached the second round losing to fourth-seeded Petrova and Stosur.
At Wimbledon, King won the ladies' doubles title in straight sets with Yaroslava Shvedova. They defeated Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in the final. At the US Open, King and Shvedova won their second Grand Slam doubles title, defeating the second-seeded pair Huber/Petrova in a rain-delayed final. At the Stanford Classic, Vania lost to Sorana Cîrstea.
King and Shvedova made the finals of the US Open, losing to Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.
King made it to the finals of five other WTA tournaments in the course of the year, one in Monterrey with Grönefeld and in Rome, Cincinnati, Osaka, and Moscow with Shvedova. She and Shvedova won the events in Cincinnati in August and Moscow in October.
In doubles, she reached the final in Stanford with Jarmila Gajdošová and in Carlsbad with Nadia Petrova, but lost to Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson in Stanford and to Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in Carlsbad.
In singles action, King lost in the Guangzhou final to Zhang Shuai. King lost in the second round of the French Open and in the first round of the other three Slans. In doubles that year, her best finish was a finals loss in Guangzhou.
In doubles, King made the second round at the Australian Open partnering Galina Voskoboeva. They lost to the Czech/Dutch pair of Hradecká and Krajicek.
She partnered with Barbora Strýcová in Florianópolis, and they made it to the semifinals before being defeated by Medina Garrigues and Shvedova. She was eliminated in the first round in Indian Wells, and the second round in Miami, but made it to the final in Bogotá, partnering Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa.
She had some success in the late summer, making the quarterfinals in Washington, partnering Taylor Townsend, and the third round at the US Open, partnering Lisa Raymond.
In singles, she made the semifinals in Shenzhen, but had to concede a walkover. She made a first-round exit at the Australian Open at the hands of Carla Suárez Navarro. At the Pattaya Open, she was defeated by Elena Vesnina in the first round. A series of first-round defeats followed in Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, and Indian Wells.
She made the second round in Miami and Charleston, but it was not until April in Bogotá that she found some form and made it to the semifinals. She went down in the first round in both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but she did make the quarterfinals in Washington D.C.
At the US Open, she defeated Francesca Schiavone in the first round, but lost to eventual champion Serena Williams in the second round.
King missed the first three Slams of 2015 due to injury. She lost in the first round of singles and the second round of doubles there in Flushing. The highlight of her year came on hardcourts in Waco, where King and Nicole Gibbs won in November, defeating Julia Glushko and Rebecca Peterson.
In 2017, King reunited with the doubles partner with whom she had had the most success, Yaroslava Shvedova. They made it to the semifinals in Sydney, where they lost to Sania Mirza and Barbora Strýcová.
At the Australian Open, King and Shvedova advanced to the third round, where they lost to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Andrea Petkovic. They were stopped in the second round of Indian Wells by the Japanese-Chinese pair of Shuko Aoyama and Zhaoxuan Yang. In Miami, they went on to the quarterfinals, where they again lost to Mirza and Strýcová.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Indian Wells Open||A||3R||2R||2R||1R||2R||1R||3R||1R||1R||A||2R||1R||A||8–11|
|Madrid Open||Not Held||Q1||Q1||2R||1R||A||Q1||A||A||A||A||1–2|
|Cincinnati Open||Not Held||Not Tier I||A||1R||1R||1R||2R||A||A||A||A||Q1||1–4|
|Pan Pacific/Wuhan Open||Not Tier I||Q1||A||3R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||2–2|
|China Open||Not Held||Not Tier 1||2R||A||A||1R||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||1–2|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||2R||1R||1R||2R||1R||QF||1R||2R||A||QF||3R||QF||1R||1R||A||0 / 13||14–13|
|French Open||A||1R||1R||1R||3R||2R||SF||QF||3R||1R||A||1R||A||3R||A||A||A||0 / 11||14–11|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||1R||3R||QF||W||2R||1R||3R||1R||A||2R||A||3R||A||NH||A||1 / 11||17–10|
|US Open||1R||2R||3R||1R||3R||W||F||3R||2R||3R||2R||3R||A||1R||SF||A||A||1 / 14||28–13|
|Win–Loss||0–1||1–3||3–4||2–4||7–4||14–2||10–4||8–4||5–4||3–4||1–1||6–4||2–1||7–4||4–2||0–1||0–0||2 / 49||73–47|
|WTA Tour Championships||Did not qualify||SF||SF||Did not qualify||NH||DNQ||0 / 2||0–2|
|Indian Wells Open||A||A||QF||1R||1R||A||QF||2R||1R||1R||A||QF||2R||QF||A||NH||A||0 / 10||10–10|
|Miami Open||A||A||2R||1R||1R||QF||1R||SF||1R||2R||A||QF||QF||2R||A||NH||1R||0 / 12||12–12|
|Madrid Open||Not Held||2R||QF||SF||1R||A||QF||A||SF||A||A||A||NH||A||0 / 6||11–6|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||F||2R||A||1R||A||1R||A||QF||A||A||A||0 / 5||7–5|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||A||0 / 4||2–4|
|Cincinnati Open||Not Tier I||A||2R||W||A||2R||A||A||QF||A||1R||A||A||A||1 / 5||8–4|
|Pan Pacific/Wuhan Open||A||A||F||W||1R||1R||SF||1R||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||NH||1 / 8||11–6|
|China Open||Not Tier I||1R||SF||SF||2R||2R||A||A||2R||A||A||1R||NH||0 / 7||7–7|
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Win||2010||Wimbledon||Grass||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Elena Vesnina
|Win||2010||US Open||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Liezel Huber
|2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Loss||2011||US Open (2)||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Liezel Huber
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)|
Mixed doubles: 1 (runner-up)Edit
|Loss||2009||French Open||Clay||Marcelo Melo|| Bob Bryan
|7–5, 6–7(5–7), [7–10]|
Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finalsEdit
Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||2007||Pan Pacific Open||Hard||Rennae Stubbs|| Lisa Raymond
|6–7(6–8), 6–3, 5–7|
|Win||2008||Pan Pacific Open||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Lisa Raymond
|Loss||2011||Italian Open||Clay||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Peng Shuai
|Win||2011||Cincinnati Open||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Natalie Grandin
|6–4, 3–6, [11–9]|
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)Edit
|Win||1–0||Oct 2006||Bangkok Open, Thailand||Tier III||Hard||Tamarine Tanasugarn||2–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||1–1||Sep 2013||Guangzhou Open, China||International||Hard||Zhang Shuai||6–7(1), 1–6|
|Loss||1–2||Aug 2016||Jiangxi Open, China||International||Hard||Duan Yingying||6–1, 4–6, 2–6|
Doubles: 33 (15 titles, 18 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2006||Guangzhou Open, China||Tier III||Hard||Jelena Kostanić Tošić|| Li Ting
|4–6, 6–2, 5–7|
|Win||1–1||Oct 2006||Japan Open||Tier III||Hard||Jelena Kostanić Tošić|| Chan Yung-jan
|7–6(2), 5–7, 6–2|
|Win||2–1||Oct 2006||Bangkok Open, Thailand||Tier III||Hard||Jelena Kostanić Tošić|| Mariana Díaz Oliva
|7–5, 2–6, 7–5|
|Loss||2–2||Feb 2007||Pan Pacific Open, Japan||Tier I||Hard||Rennae Stubbs|| Lisa Raymond
|6–7(6), 6–3, 5–7|
|Win||3–2||May 2007||Morocco Open||Tier IV||Clay||Sania Mirza|| Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
|Win||4–2||Sep 2007||Sunfeast Open, India||Tier III||Hard||Alla Kudryavtseva|| Alberta Brianti
|Loss||4–3||Oct 2007||Guangzhou Open, China||Tier III||Hard||Sun Tiantian|| Peng Shuai
|Loss||4–4||Oct 2007||Japan Open||Tier III||Hard||Chuang Chia-jung|| Sun Tiantian
|6–1, 2–6 [6–10]|
|Loss||4–5||Feb 2008||Pattaya Open, Thailand||Tier IV||Hard||Hsieh Su-wei|| Chan Yung-jan
|Win||5–5||Sep 2008||Pan Pacific Open, Japan||Tier I||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Lisa Raymond
|Win||6–5||Nov 2008||Tournoi de Québec, Canada||Tier III||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Jill Craybas
|Win||7–5||Jan 2009||Brisbane International, Australia||International||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Klaudia Jans
|3–6, 7–5, [10–5]|
|Win||8–5||Sep 2009||Tournoi de Québec,
|International||Hard||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Sofia Arvidsson
|Win||9–5||Feb 2010||National Indoors, U.S.||International||Hard||Michaëlla Krajicek|| Bethanie Mattek-Sands
|Loss||9–6||Mar 2010||Monterrey Open, Mexico||International||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Iveta Benešová
|6–3, 4–6, [8–10]|
|Loss||9–7||Apr 2010||Charleston Open, U.S.||Premier||Clay||Michaëlla Krajicek|| Liezel Huber
|Win||10–7||May 2010||Internationaux de Strasbourg,
|International||Clay||Alizé Cornet|| Alla Kudryavtseva
|3–6, 6–4, [10–7]|
|Loss||10–8||Jun 2010||Rosmalen Open, Netherlands||International||Grass||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Alla Kudryavtseva
|6–3, 3–6, [6–10]|
|Win||11–8||Jul 2010||Wimbledon, UK||Grand Slam||Grass||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Elena Vesnina
|Win||12–8||Sep 2010||US Open||Grand Slam||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Liezel Huber
|2–6, 6–4, 7–6(4)|
|Loss||12–9||Mar 2011||Monterrey Open, Mexico||International||Hard||Anna-Lena Grönefeld|| Iveta Benešová
|7–6(8), 2–6, [6–10]|
|Loss||12–10||May 2011||Italian Open||Premier 5||Clay||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Peng Shuai
|Win||13–10||Aug 2011||Cincinnati Masters, U.S.||Premier 5||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Natalie Grandin
|6–4, 3–6, [11–9]|
|Loss||13–11||Sep 2011||US Open||Grand Slam||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Liezel Huber
|6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(3)|
|Loss||13–12||Oct 2011||Japan Open||International||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Kimiko Date-Krumm
|5–7, 6–3, [9–11]|
|Win||14–12||Oct 2011||Kremlin Cup, Russia||Premier||Hard (i)||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Anastasia Rodionova
|Loss||14–13||Jul 2012||Silicon Valley Classic, U.S.||Premier||Hard||Jarmila Gajdošová|| Marina Erakovic
|Loss||14–14||Jul 2012||Southern California Open, U.S.||Premier||Hard||Nadia Petrova|| Raquel Kops-Jones
|Loss||14–15||Sep 2012||Korea Open, South Korea||International||Hard||Akgul Amanmuradova|| Raquel Kops-Jones
|6–2, 2–6, [8–10]|
|Loss||14–16||Sep 2013||Guangzhou Open, China||International||Hard||Galina Voskoboeva|| Hsieh Su-wei
|3–6, 6–4, [10–12]|
|Loss||14–17||Apr 2014||Copa Colsanitas, Colombia||International||Clay||Chanelle Scheepers|| Lara Arruabarrena
|Win||15–17||Jan 2016||Shenzhen Open, China||International||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Xu Yifan
|Loss||15–18||Jun 2016||Birmingham Classic, UK||Premier||Grass||Alla Kudryavtseva|| Karolína Plíšková
WTA 125K series finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Mar 2018||Indian Wells Challenger, United States||Hard||Jennifer Brady|| Taylor Townsend
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (runner–ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2005||ITF Tucson, United States||75,000||Hard||Yuliana Fedak||5–7, 0–6|
|Loss||0–2||Feb 2016||ITF Rancho Santa Fe, United States||25,000||Hard||Zhang Shuai||6–1, 5–7, 4-6|
Doubles: 8 (7 titles, 1 runner–up)Edit
|Win||1–0||Jun 2004||ITF Fort Worth, United States||10,000||Hard||Anne Mall|| Neha Uberoi
|2–6, 6–3, 7-5(5)|
|Loss||1–1||Jul 2004||ITF Evansville, United States||10,000||Hard||Heidi El Tabakh|| Kelly Schmandt
|Win||2–1||Aug 2009||ITF Bronx, United States||100,000+H||Hard||Anna-Lena Groenefeld|| Julie Coin
|Win||3–1||May 2013||ITF Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France||100,000||Clay||Arantxa Rus|| Catalina Castano
|4–6, 7–5, [10-8]|
|Win||4–1||Nov 2015||ITF Waco, United States||50,000||Hard||Nicole Gibbs|| Julia Glushko
|Win||5–1||Feb 2018||Burnie International, Australia||60,000||Hard||Laura Robson|| Momoko Kobori
|Win||6–1||Aug 2019||ITF Landisville, United States||60,000||Hard||Claire Liu|| Hayley Carter
|4–6, 6-2, [10–5]|
|Win||7–1||Mar 2021||ITF Newport Beach, United States||25,000||Hard||Maegan Manasse|| Emina Bektas
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||2005||US Open||Hard||Alexa Glatch|| Nikola Frankova
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