Lepchenko at the 2013 Australian Open
|Full name||Varvara Petrovna Lepchenko|
23x15px Uzbekistan (2001–2006) |
23x15px United States (2007–present)
|Residence||Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States|
May 21, 1986|
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||Script error: No such module "convert".|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||419–296 (58.6%)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 11 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 19 (1 October 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 31 (23 March 2015)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2015)|
|French Open||4R (2012)|
|US Open||3R (2012, 2014)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 40 (17 June 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 185 (23 March 2015)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2013)|
|French Open||QF (2013)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||2R (2013)|
|Last updated on: March 23, 2015.|
Varvara Petrovna Lepchenko (Варвара Петровна Лепченко; born May 21, 1986 in Tashkent) is an Uzbek-American professional tennis player. As of January 19, 2015, she is ranked No. 30 in the world, and No. 3 in the United States. Lepchenko has won eleven ITF singles titles during her career.
- 1 Early life and junior career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 WTA career finals
- 5 ITF Circuit Finals
- 6 Singles performance timeline
- 7 Doubles performance timeline
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life and junior career
In 2006, she reached the second round of the US Open, and later that year she reached her career high of no. 84 on October 2, 2006. She has won eleven ITF titles in her career, all in the United States. Her most recent title came in 2011, in Kansas City, Missouri. In the 2009 MPS Group Championships, as a lucky loser, she upset the 4th seed Patty Schnyder in the first round. She also reached the final of an ITF tournament in Cuneo this year.
Lepchenko reached the second rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon in 2010. She lost to Dominika Cibulkova and Alona Bondarenko respectively. In 2011, Lepchenko recorded the biggest win of her career by defeating 18th seed Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the French Open.
Varvara started the year failing to qualify at Auckland and Sydney. She lost in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open to 20th seed Daniela Hantuchová 6–4, 3–6, 2–6. At the Qatar Total Open, Lepchenko advanced to the 3rd round where she lost to World Number 6 Agnieszka Radwańska 7–5, 6–1, after holding set points in the first set. Her next tournament was the Memphis International where she made the quarterfinals and lost to Italian Alberta Brianti 7–5, 6–3. After qualifying for the main draw at the Mutua Madrid Open she beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in three sets 6–4, 6–7, 6–3 in the first round. She then defeated Shahar Pe'er 7–6, 6–4 and Anabel Medina 6–1, 6–7, 6–3. Lepchenko's run was ended by Agnieszka Radwańska 6–4, 6–4. After the tournament she rose to a career high number 59.
French Open breakthrough: Varvara started her 2012 French Open with a 6–2, 6–7, 6–4 win over the also unseeded Ksenia Pervak. In round 2 she upset 19 seed and former world number one Jelena Janković 7–6, 4–6, 6–4. In round 3 she defeated 14th seed 2010 French Open champion and defending finalist Francesca Schiavone 3–6, 6–3, 8–6. In round 4, she lost to 4th seed and 2011 Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová, 6–2, 6–1, however it was a breakthrough tournament for Lepchenko as she had never advanced further than the 2nd round of a Grand Slam tournament previously.
Her next tournament was the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, where in the first round she defeated Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6–2 6–3. In the second round she defeated 31 seed and former top twenty player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7–6 6–4. Lepchenko's next match was against defending champion Petra Kvitová, where she lost in straight sets, 6–1, 6–0. Varvara Lepchenko advanced to the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open after defeating Nicole Gibbs ( 6–3, 6–1 ). She lost in the quarterfinals to Nadia Petrova, 4–6 6–2 6–7(5).
Varvara began 2013 by playing the Brisbane International where she lost in the opening round to Serena Williams, who went on to win the tournament without dropping a set. In the 2013 Australian Open Vavara defeated Slovenian Polona Hercog in the first round and lost to Elena Vesnina from Russia in the second. However she reached the semifinal of the women's doubles competition with Chinese partner Saisai Zheng. At the French Open she won the first and second rounds in straight sets to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni and Elina Svitolina. Lepchenko lost in a tough three set match to world number 8 Angelique Kerber in the third round.
In September 2007, it was revealed that Lepchenko had become a U.S. citizen and that she would represent the United States in WTA and ITF tournaments. Lepchenko and her family, whose Russian–Ukrainian heritage allegedly made them a target of persecution in their homeland, were granted political asylum by the United States. They had lived in the U.S. for more than five years when Lepchenko began representing the United States. Lepchenko represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lepchenko currently resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania and trains with the USTA in New York City.
WTA career finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||1.||21 September 2014||Kia Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea||Hard||23x15px Karolína Plíšková||3–6, 7–6(7–5), 2–6|
ITF Circuit Finals
Singles: 22 (11–11)
|Runner-up||1.||29 July 2002||23x15px Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States||Hard||23x15px Vilmarie Castellvi||2–6 0–6|
|Runner-up||2.||24 May 2004||23x15px Houston, Texas, United States||Hard||23x15px Cory-Ann Avants||1–6 4–6|
|Runner-up||3.||7 June 2004||23x15px Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States||Hard||23x15px Diana Ospina||4–6 2–6|
|Runner-up||4.||5 April 2005||23x15px Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, United States||Hard||23x15px Edina Gallovits||3–6 6–4 3–6|
|Winner||1.||12 April 2005||23x15px Jackson, Mississippi, United States||Clay||23x15px Ahsha Rolle||6–3 6–2|
|Runner-up||5.||19 April 2005||23x15px Dothan, Alabama, United States||Clay||23x15px Milagros Sequera||6–2 2–6 4–6|
|Runner-up||6.||10 May 2005||23x15px Charlottesville, Virginia, United States||Clay||23x15px Carly Gullickson||6–4 6–4|
|Winner||2.||7 June 2005||23x15px Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States||Hard||23x15px Lindsay Lee-Waters||7–6 (7–3) 6–4|
|Runner-up||7.||18 April 2006||23x15px Dothan, Alabama, United States||Clay||23x15px Yuliana Fedak||6–4 4–6 2–6|
|Winner||3.||13 June 2006||23x15px Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States||Hard||23x15px Carly Gullickson||6–1 6–4|
|Winner||4.||4 July 2006||23x15px College Park, Maryland, United States||Hard||23x15px Camille Pin||6–3 7–5|
|Winner||5.||10 July 2007||23x15px Boston, United States||Hard||6–2 5–7 5–0 ret.|
|Runner-up||8.||25 September 2007||23x15px Ashland, Kentucky, United States||Hard||23x15px Melinda Czink||1–6 6–2 4–6|
|Runner-up||9.||22 April 2008||23x15px Dothan, Alabama, United States||Clay||23x15px Bethanie Mattek||2–6 6–7 (3–7)|
|Winner||6.||23 September 2008||23x15px Ashland, Kentucky, United States||Hard||23x15px Carly Gullickson||5–7 6–0 6–2|
|Runner-up||10.||7 October 2008||23x15px Pittsburgh, United States||Hard||23x15px Melinda Czink||2–6 6–3 1–6|
|Runner-up||11.||30 June 2009||23x15px Cuneo, Italy||Clay||23x15px Polona Hercog||1–6 2–6|
|Winner||7.||10 November 2009||23x15px Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Hard||23x15px Sacha Jones||6–0 6–0|
|Winner||8.||28 September 2010||23x15px Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Hard||23x15px Sorana Cîrstea||6–2 6–2|
|Winner||9.||2 November 2010||23x15px Grapevine, Texas, United States||Hard||23x15px Jamie Hampton||7–6 (7–1) 6–4|
|Winner||10.||9 November 2010||23x15px Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Hard||23x15px Melanie Oudin||6–3 7–6 (7–5)|
|Winner||11.||4 October 2011||23x15px Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Hard||23x15px Romina Oprandi||6–4 6–1|
|Runner-up||11.||11 October 2011||23x15px Troy, Alabama, United States||Hard||23x15px Romina Oprandi||1–6 2–6|
Doubles: 11 (1–10)
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
- Profile at itftennis.com
- Profile at sonyericssonwtatour.com  Retrieved September 17, 2009
- Junior profile at itftennis.com  Retrieved September 17, 2009
- Results at itftennis.com  Retrieved September 17, 2009
- "Radwańska upsets Hantuchova at Carlsbad". 17 July 2012.
- "Petrova Reaches SFs, Chan Upsets Jankovic". Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- Lepchenko Adjusts Well to Life in the U.S. Retrieved September 19, 2007
- Although Amnesty International is very critical about the Human rights in Uzbekistan it has never reported that a Russian–Ukrainian heritage was a reason for persecution there (Source: Amnesty International Report on Uzbekistan)
- Associated Press (July 31, 2012). "American Lepchenko loses in Olympic tennis". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 5, 2013.