All these player have one thing in comen: they are striving to reach the top 100!
Since the entry list for Croatia Bol Open 2019 has been published, Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure (24) has improved her position and she is currently a 114th player in the world. This is her tenth year in professional tennis and this should also be the year of her third appearance at our tournament in Bol. She is left-handed and when she has some free time her interests are singing and basketball. Her coach is well known former tennis player Noëlle van Lottum, Danish women born in Holland who played for France in the ’90s.
Ysaline won seven single ITF titles, and nine titles in doubles. She also has only two doubles WTA titles so she is still waiting on her own single WTA victory. She didn’t have much luck at our tournament in Croatia. Last year Alexandra Cadant defeated her in the first round. But at the beginning of May, she beat Slovenian Tamar Zidanšek, last year’s winner of Croatia Bol Open, at the Grand Prix de Sar La Princesse Lalla Meryem so we are looking forward to her performance at Bol. This year she passed the first round of Roland Garros, so we hope that at Brač she will get further than previous years.
Early May Bernarda Pera (24) was a 115th player in the word when Croatia Bol Open entry list was published. And in less than a month she made 10-1 series, 10 wins and one defeat. Kateryna Kozlova stopped her winning streak by defeating her in the first round of French Open (6-2, 7-6). According to the official list today this American of Croatian descent is the 85th player in the world.
She is well known in Croatia. She surprised us all when she beat the 10th world player British Johanna Konta at last year’s Australian Open (6: 4, 7: 5) and it is even more interesting that she entered the main tournament as a “lucky loser”. Mid-May she won hers 9th ITF title in Slovakia. Unfortunately for Croatian audience, a few years ago she replaced Croatian citizenship with the American one. She was 318th ranked players in 2016, and she ended season 2018 as 68th ranked. It is interesting that she was runner-up at Bol Open 2012 and 2013. This is her come-back-year to Croatia Bol Open.
Highest ranking in the career of this Romanian tennis player was 22nd position on 22/08/2016. In 2011, Irina-Camelia Begu (28) took the flattering title of ‘WTA Newcomer of the Year’, and next season, in September 2012, she won her first WTA title at Tashkent Open by defeating Croatian tennis player Donnu Vekić (6 – 4, 6 – 4). Her greatest role model is Martina Hingis and her greatest desire is to come back into top 50. In her spare time, her interests are shopping and computers.
She entered Croatia Bol Open players list as 113 ranked world player and her current position is 116. After her win over Vekić she won additional three WTA titles: Korea Open, Brasil Tennis Cup, and Bucharest Open 2017 in her homeland. She has 11 ITF tournament victories, but she was most successful when paired with Rumanians: 9 WTA and 19 ITF doubles titles. Considering her experience, she will be a dangerous opponent.
Czech Denisa Allertova (26) entered Croatia Bol Opena players list as 109 ranked player, but eventually, her position dropped. The greatest career achievements were in 2016 when she won against best Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanović, former No. 1 tennis player in the world. It turned out that that season was last professional season for Ivanović. Denisa Allertova highest ranking was the 55th position in 2016. She has nine ITF titles, and at Croatia Bol Open she will surely search new points to improve her current rank.
The year 2016 was the year when the world learned that currently second-best worlds player, Karolina Pliskova has a twin sister, Kristyna Pliskova (27) who is ready to attack the top 100. In 2017, she managed to reach the best result of her career, 35th position. This season, he wants to get back in the top 100. Currently, she is 112th worlds player and she has only one single WTA victory. She currently holds the record for the most aces (31) in a match on the WTA Tour, which she set in a second-round match against Monica Puig at the 2016 Australian Open.
Entry list: Croatia Bol Open 2019 Entry List Announced
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