On the courts where she reached her first WTA final 12 months ago, Katerina Siniakova went one step better this time around, capturing her second career title with a straight-sets win over top seed and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Here’s more on the rising youngster who will enter the North American hard-court swing full of confidence after defeating the top three seeds on her way to the championship in Bastad, Sweden.
The Katerina Siniakova File
Residence: Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Current Rank: 39
Career-High Rank: 36 (April 2017)
Best US Open Finish: 2R (2016)
- Siniakova defeated Swedish wild card Rebecca Peterson, Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus, second-seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova and No. 3 seed Caroline Garcia of France to reach the final in Bastad, where she defeated Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-4.
- The 21-year-old's win was her second career WTA title, following her victory in Shenzhen, China, earlier this year. Last year, Siniakova reached her first two finals, in Tokyo and Bastad.
- Siniakova’s win over the two-time US Open finalist Wozniacki was her third career victory over a Top 10 opponent. She toppled current world No. 2 Simona Halep and No. 7 Johanna Konta in the round of 16 and semifinals, respectively, en route to her maiden title in Shenzhen in January.
- Siniakova is on course for her highest year-end finish. She broke into the Top 100 in 2014, finishing the season at No. 74. She ended 2015 at No. 108 but rebounded with her first-ever Top 50 finish last year, at No. 49. She currently sits at No. 39, three spots below her career-high.
- As a junior, Siniakova experienced success in both singles and doubles play. In 2013, she captured the girls’ doubles title with Barbora Krejcikova at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Earlier in 2013, Siniakova was Australian Open girls’ singles runner-up.
They Said It!
"It’s really amazing for me. Last year was really good, and so I’m so happy that I came back because I couldn’t imagine a better week.” – Siniakova, following her title at the Ericsson Open, according to WTATennis.com.