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Anna Blinkova
Анна Блинкова
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Blinkova at the 2018 French Open
Full name Anna Vladimirovna Blinkova
Country  Russia
Born 10 September 1998 (1998-09-10) (age 23)
Moscow
Height 1.79 m
Turned pro 2015
Prize money US$ 1,634,360
Singles
Career record 182–121 (60.07%)
Career titles 1 WTA 125K
Highest ranking No. 54 (3 February 2020)
Current ranking No. 78 (17 May 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2017, 2020)
French Open 3R (2019)
Wimbledon 2R (2018, 2021)
US Open 1R (2017, 2018, 2019)
Doubles
Career record 101–64 (61.21%)
Career titles 1 WTA, 1 WTA 125K
Highest ranking No. 45 (14 September 2020)
Current ranking No. 56 (17 May 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2021)
French Open 1R (2018, 2020, 2021)
Wimbledon 3R (2019)
US Open SF (2020)
Team Competitions
Fed Cup 2–1 (66.67%)
Last updated on: 20 May 2021.

Anna Vladimirovna Blinkova (Russian: Анна Владимировна Блинкова; IPA: [ˈanːə blʲɪnˈkovə]; born 10 September 1998) is a Russian tennis player.

She has won one doubles title on the WTA Tour, one singles and doubles title each on tournaments of the WTA 125K series as well as three singles and ten doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. In February 2020, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 54. On 14 September 2020, she peaked at No. 45 in the doubles rankings.

Blinkova was runner-up at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships in girls' singles and was ranked the No. 3 junior tennis player in the world in August 2015.

She won her first main-draw match in a WTA Tour tournament at the Kremlin Cup in October 2016, and her first Grand Slam appearance was at the 2017 Australian Open, where she won her first-round match against Monica Niculescu. At the 2019 US Open, she took defending champion and top seed Naomi Osaka to three sets.

Personal life and background

Anna Blinkova was born on 10 September 1998 in Moscow to mother Elena and father Vladimir. During childhood, she played both tennis and chess to a high level. She prefers playing on hardcourts. Her favourite shot is forehand. She speaks Russian, Slovak, French and English.

Junior career

Blinkova is former junior world No. 3 player. She was runner-up at the 2015 Wimbledon in girl's singles, where she lost to compatriot Sofya Zhuk.

Professional career

2015–17: First steps

2017 Roland Garros Qualifying Tournament - 29 (cropped)
Blinkova at the 2017 French Open qualifications

Blinkova made her debut at the ITF Women's Circuit at the $10K event in Kantaoui in February 2015. There she won her first ITF doubles title. In January 2016, she won her first ITF singles title at the $10K Stuttgart. In April 2016, she turned pro and made her WTA Tour debut at the Morocco Open, where she was defeated in the first round. In October 2016, she won her first match on the WTA Tour, defeating Anastasija Sevastova in the first round of Kremlin Cup. In January 2017, she made Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open through qualifying, but then lost to Karolína Plíšková in the first round of the main draw. At the 2017 Wimbledon and US Open, she also reached main draw, but then lost to Elena Vesnina in the first round of both competition. During the 2017 season, she won two $100K events on the ITF Circuit in doubles event, in Ilkley and St. Petersburg.

2018–19: Top-100 debut

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Blinkova at the 2019 Wimbledon

In February 2018, she reached the third round of the Premier 5 Qatar Open, defeating Elena Vesnina and Kristina Mladenovic, before she lost to world No. 7, Caroline Garcia. In May, she won her first WTA doubles title at the Morocco Open, partnering with Raluca Olaru. Blinkova entered top 100 for the first time in both singles and doubles in 2018.

At the 2019 French Open, she reached third round after the major win over Caroline Garcia, but then lost to Madison Keys. In August, she reached her first WTA Tour quarterfinal in singles at the Bronx Open, where she lost to Wang Qiang. She followed this with title in New Haven at the WTA Challenger. Nearly after that, she reached semifinal of the Guangzhou Open, but then lost to Sofia Kenin. In October, she reached another semifinal at the Luxembourg Open, but lost to later champion Jeļena Ostapenko. During the year, she done even better in doubles. In February, she won the Hua Hin Championships, alongside Wang Yafan. After that, she reached semifinal of the Hungarian Open. In April, she reached another semifinal at the Premier-level Stuttgart Open. She then won $60K, $80K and $100K events, respectivelly, on the ITF Circuit. In September, she won the WTA Challenger New Haven.

2020: US Open doubles semifinal, first top-ten win

Blinkova continued to made better results in doubles than singles. Despite not producing good results in singles during the season, Blinkova started year with her first career top 10 win, defeating Belinda Bencic in the first round of the Shenzhen Open. In singles, her best result of the year came at the Italian Open, where she reached the third round, but then lost to world No. 4, Karolína Plíšková. In doubles, her first significant result came in March at the Indian Wells Challenger, where she reached the semifinal. Then, six month absence of the WTA Tour happened due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. When tennis came back in August, she first played at the Top Seed Open, where she reached the semifinal. She followed this with quarterfinal of the Cincinnati Open, alongside Veronika Kudermetova. Things then went even better at the US Open, where Blinkova and Kudermetova reached the semifinal. They lost to eventual champions Laura Siegemund/Vera Zvonareva.

Performance timelines

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; (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.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup /Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win/loss records.

Singles

Current after the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 5 2–5 29%
French Open A Q3 Q2 3R 1R 1R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Wimbledon A 1R 2R Q3 NH 2R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
US Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 0–4 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 1–3 2–3 1–3 1–3 0 / 15 6–15 29%
National representation
Billie Jean King Cup A PO A A 0 / 0 0–1 0%
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open A A 3R A Q1 A 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Indian Wells Open A A A Q2 Not Held 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Miami Open A A A Q1 NH 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Italian Open A A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Cincinnati Open A A Q1 A Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
China Open A A A 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Career statistics
Tournaments 2 7 13 14 8 11 Career total: 55
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Hard Win–Loss 1–0 2–5 4–10 11–13 3–5 1–7 0 / 40 22–40 35%
Clay Win–Loss 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 3–3 0–2 0 / 10 6–10 38%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–2 0 / 5 3–5 38%
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 2–8 6–13 13–14 6–7 3–11 0 / 55 31–55 36%
Win (%) 50% 20% 32% 48% 46% 21% Career total: 36%
Year-end ranking 206 136 98 59 60 $1,611,710

Doubles

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
French Open 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Wimbledon 1R 3R A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
US Open A 1R SF 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Win–Loss 0–2 2–2 3–3 0–2 0 / 9 5–9 36%

Notes

WTA career finals

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier M & Premier 5 / WTA 1000 (0–0)
Premier / WTA 500 (0–0)
International / WTA 250 (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 May 2018 Morocco Open International Clay Romania Raluca Olaru Spain Georgina García Pérez
Hungary Fanny Stollár
6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Feb 2019 Thailand Open International Hard People's Republic of China Wang Yafan Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
Romania Monica Niculescu
6–2, 1–6, [10–12]
Loss 1–2 Feb 2021 Phillip Island Trophy, Australia WTA 250 Hard Russia Anastasia Potapova India Ankita Raina
Russia Kamilla Rakhimova
6–2, 4–6, [7–10]

WTA 125K series finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2019 New Haven Challenger, United States Hard United States Usue Maitane Arconada 6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2019 New Haven Challenger, United States Hard Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova United States Usue Maitane Arconada
United States Jamie Loeb
6–2, 4–6, [10–4]

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (3–1)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2016 ITF Stuttgart, Germany 10,000 Hard (i) Greece Valentini Grammatikopoulou 7–6(4), 2–6, 6–2
Win 2–0 Aug 2016 ITF Westende, Belgium 25,000 Hard Greece Valentini Grammatikopoulou 7–5, 6–2
Loss 2–1 Sep 2016 ITF Almaty, Kazakhstan 25,000 Clay Russia Viktoria Kamenskaya 6–1, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 2–2 Feb 2017 ITF Grenoble, France 25,000 Hard Czech Republic Markéta Vondroušová 5–7, 4–6
Win 3–2 Mar 2018 Open de Seine-et-Marne, France 60,000 Hard (i) Czech Republic Karolína Muchová w/o
Loss 3–3 May 2019 Trnava Open, Slovakia 100,000 Clay United States Bernarda Pera 5–7, 5–7

Doubles: 10 (10 titles)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6–0)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Feb 2015 ITF Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia 10,000 Hard France Tessah Andrianjafitrimo Spain Arabela Fernández Rabener
Netherlands Eva Wacanno
6–4, 6–0
Win 2–0 Jan 2016 ITF Stuttgart, Germany 10,000 Hard (i) Russia Maria Marfutina Germany Laura Schaeder
Germany Anna Zaja
0–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Win 3–0 Dec 2016 Ankara Cup, Turkey 50,000 Hard (i) Belarus Lidziya Marozava Uzbekistan Sabina Sharipova
Russia Ekaterina Yashina
4–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Win 4–0 Jun 2017 Ilkley Trophy, England 100,000 Grass Russia Alla Kudryavtseva Poland Paula Kania
Belgium Maryna Zanevska
6–1, 6–4
Win 5–0 Sep 2017 Neva Cup St. Petersburg, Russia 100,000 Hard (i) Russia Veronika Kudermetova Switzerland Belinda Bencic
Slovakia Michaela Hončová
6–3, 6–1
Win 6–0 Mar 2018 Zhuhai Open, China 60,000 Hard Netherlands Lesley Kerkhove Japan Nao Hibino
Montenegro Danka Kovinić
7–5, 6–4
Win 7–0 Oct 2018 Internationaux de Poitiers, France 80,000 Hard Russia Alexandra Panova Switzerland Viktorija Golubic
Netherlands Arantxa Rus
6–1, 6–1
Win 8–0 May 2019 Wiesbaden Open, Germany 60,000 Clay Belgium Yanina Wickmayer Australia Jaimee Fourlis
Liechtenstein Kathinka von Deichmann
6–3, 4–6, [10–3]
Win 9–0 May 2019 Open de Cagnes-sur-Mer, France 80,000 Clay Switzerland Xenia Knoll Brazil Beatriz Haddad Maia
Brazil Luisa Stefani
4–6, 6–2, [14–12]
Win 10–0 May 2019 Trnava Open, Slovakia 100,000 Clay Switzerland Xenia Knoll Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
Sweden Cornelia Lister
7–5, 7–5

Junior Grand Slam finals

Girls' singles: 1 (runner–up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2015 Wimbledon Grass Russia Sofya Zhuk 5–7, 4–6

Fed Cup participation

Singles (0–1)

Edition Round Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Result
2017 Fed Cup WG II 11 February 2017 Moscow, Russia Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Hard (i) Chang Kai-chen L 3–6, 5–7

Doubles (2–0)

Edition Round Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Result
2017 Fed Cup WG II 12 February 2017 Moscow, Russia Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Hard (i) Anna Kalinskaya Chan Chin-wei
Hsu Ching-wen
W 6–3, 7–5
2020 Fed Cup QR 8 February 2020 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Romania Romania Hard (i) Anna Kalinskaya Jaqueline Cristian
Elena-Gabriela Ruse
W 6–3, 6–2

WTA Tour career earnings

During the years, Blinkova is climbing more and more on the money ranking list. As of the January 2021, she is ranked as 315th player with most career-earned money.[citation needed]

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
2016 0 0 0 31,013 309
2017 0 0 0 207,988 141
2018 0 0 0 334,191 113
2019 0 0 0 530,080 80
2020 0 0 0 373,335 57
2021 0 0 0 90,410 85
Career!0 0 0 1,588,285 306

Note: as of 22 February 2021

Wins over top-10 players

Season 2020 Total
Wins 1 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score AB
2020
1. Switzerland Belinda Bencic No. 8 Shenzhen Open, China Hard 1R 3–6, 6–3, 6–3 No. 58
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