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WTA Rising Stars Preview: Ana Konjuh

Jun 27, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
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She is a former junior world 1 and two-time junior Grand Slam champion in Melbourne and Flushing Meadows. She underwent elbow surgery at the beginning of the 2014 season and bounced back by making the third round at Wimbledon. She also appeared in her first WTA semi-final in Istanbul that year.

As a 17-year-old, Ana Konjuh won her maiden WTA title on the grass courts of Nottingham in 2015. She was ranked no. 87 at the time and won the title with an impressive comeback against Monica Niculescu 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. She also posted wins against Kristina Mladenovic and Belinda Bencic, who were both playing the 2015 season in exceptional form.

Konjuh was the youngest WTA titlist in 2015. She was also the youngest player ranked inside the Top 200.

Now 19, Konjuh has risen to a career-high no. 28. She has one runner-up appearance to date coming in Auckland at the beginning of the season and a recent semi-final surge in s’Hertogenbosch. So far in 2017, Konjuh has scored wins over Kristina Mladenovic, Samantha Stosur, Elena Vesnina and Victoria Azarenka.

At this year’s Roland Garros, Konjuh was the youngest player, man or woman, to be seeded – no. 29.

The Croatian’s hard-hitting game suits the upcoming grass swing, especially Wimbledon where she will have the opportunity to pick up points and jump higher in the rankings.

The teenager is among the top 20 best servers in the WTA – 105 aces through 26 matches and holding 70% of her service games to date.

The hot conditions during the North American hard court swing will give any opponent a difficult time in handling a serve like that. Konjuh is one to keep eyes on this summer in Toronto – her first time at Rogers Cup!