Christina McHale
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Christina McHale
Christina McHale
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceEnglewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Born (1992-05-11) May 11, 1992 (age 27)[1]
Teaneck, New Jersey[1]
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Turned proApril 2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJorge Todero
Prize money$3,980,051
Career record336-284 (54.2%)
Career titles1 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 24 (20 August 2012)
Current rankingNo. 90 (30 September 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2012)
French Open3R (2012)
Wimbledon3R (2012)
US Open3R (2011, 2013)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2012)
Career record85-103 (45.2%)
Career titles2 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 35 (9 January 2017)
Current rankingNo. 164 (29 July 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
French Open2R (2012)
Wimbledon3R (2011, 2016, 2018)
US Open3R (2018)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenSF (2018)
Team competitions
Fed Cup5-5
Last updated on: 29 July 2019.

Christina McHale (born May 11, 1992)[1] is an American tennis player. Her highest-ever WTA rankings are No. 24 in singles and No. 35 in doubles.

Known for an aggressive baseline game,[3] McHale has been recognized by The New York Times for her "booming" groundstrokes and fast footwork.[4] She has reached the third round of all four Grand Slam tournaments, and has represented the United States in Fed Cup and Olympic competitions. In September 2016, McHale won her first WTA title at the Japan Women's Open.

Early life

Christina is the daughter of John and Margarita McHale. Her father John is an Irish American, while her mother Margarita was born in Cuba. She resided at 56 Locust Avenue in Dumont, New Jersey until she was three years old. Her family lived in Hong Kong from the time she was three until she was eight, and she speaks a degree of Mandarin Chinese, along with fluent Spanish. In 2000, the McHale family returned to the United States and bought a home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In June 2006, she graduated from Upper School of the Englewood Cliffs Public Schools as the eighth-grade valedictorian.[5]

For her freshman year of high school, she attended the Academy of Law and Public Safety within Dwight Morrow High School. At the age of 15, she left home to train at the USTA Training Center headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. She was homeschooled through Kaplan Online High School since age 15. Her sister Lauren played collegiate tennis at UNC-Chapel Hill and is married to ATP Tour player Ryan Harrison.


McHale began professional training at the USTA Training Center in Carson, California.[6]


McHale was granted a wild card into the main draw of the Australian Open, where she lost a three-set match in the first round to Jessica Moore. She also joined the US Fed Cup team and competed against France.[7] She received a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open, where she won her first career Grand Slam match by defeating Polona Hercog in straight sets. However, she lost to Maria Sharapova in the second round.[8]


In Boca Raton, Florida, McHale beat Asia Muhammad in qualifying. Soon afterwards, she earned a qualifying victory over Beatrice Capra for the French Open. She lost in the first round to Varvara Lepchenko.[9]

At the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, McHale defeated Nadia Petrova in the first round and Ayumi Morita in the second. She then lost in the third round to the eventual winner and former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters.[10]


In June, she gained her first ITF singles title, winning a $50k event in Italy.[11]

At Wimbledon, McHale won her second Grand Slam match by defeating 28th seed Ekaterina Makarova in three sets.[12] She lost in the second round to Tamira Paszek of Austria.[13] In the second round of the Western & Southern Open, McHale beat then-world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.[14]

In the first round of the US Open, she earned a three-set victory over Aleksandra Wozniak. She went on to beat eighth seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets.[15] McHale exited after a third-round loss to 25th seeded Maria Kirilenko.[16]


McHale at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships

McHale kicked off her season at the ASB Classic in Auckland, where she reached the second round before losing to third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.[17] Ranked 42 at the Australian Open, she upset 24th seed Lucie ?afá?ová in the first round.[18] She won her second-round match against Marina Erakovic.[19] McHale lost her third-round match to 13th seed Jelena Jankovi?.[20]

In February, McHale played in the Fed Cup tie against Belarus. She won both of her matches over Anastasiya Yakimova and Darya Kustova. In the end, the USA defeated Belarus 5-0.[21] At the Open GDF Suez, McHale reached the second round, where she lost to Yanina Wickmayer.[22] Playing in Qatar at the Qatar Total Open, McHale reached the quarterfinals beating Chanelle Scheepers, 12th seed Peng Shuai, and Shahar Pe'er. She was defeated in the quarterfinals by fourth seed Agnieszka Radwa?ska.[23] Seeded 32 at the BNP Paribas Open, McHale got a bye to the second round. She defeated Elena Vesnina in the second round.[24] In the third round, she stunned 3rd seed Petra Kvitová.[25] McHale's run came to an end when she lost a three-set match to 18th seed Angelique Kerber.[26] McHale wrapped up March by playing at the Sony Ericsson Open. She reached the second round before losing to Petra Cetkovská.[27]

McHale started the clay-court season in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup. Seeded 11, she lost in the first round to Aleksandra Wozniak.[28] She was then selected for the Fed Cup World Group Tie in Kharkiv, Ukraine. McHale won both of her rubbers over Lesia Tsurenko and Elina Svitolina.[29][30] The USA went on to defeat Ukraine 5-0.[31] In the French Open, McHale defeated Kiki Bertens and fellow American Lauren Davis in the first two rounds before falling to defending champion Li Na in the third round.[32]

McHale advanced to the third round for the fourth consecutive Grand Slam event in the Wimbledon Championships. She advanced over Johanna Konta and Mathilde Johansson but was defeated by eighth seeded Angelique Kerber in the third round.

McHale then participated at the Olympic tennis tournament in London where she was defeated in the first round by Ana Ivanovic. In New York at the US Open, McHale was defeated in the first round by Kiki Bertens. She then competed in the China Open in Beijing, but was defeated in the first round by Ana Ivanovic once again.[33]


McHale at the 2013 French Open

McHale started her 2013 season at the ASB Classic. Seeded 7, she lost in the opening round to Pauline Parmentier.[34] At the Apia International Sydney, she was defeated in the first round by fourth seed Li Na.[35] McHale's slump continued into the Australian Open. Ranked 35, McHale fell in the first round to Yulia Putintseva.[36]

She then recorded her first win of the year (and first since August 2012) in Paris at the Open GdF Suez, before losing to Marion Bartoli in the second round.[37]

Her next tournament was the Qatar Total Open in Doha, where she achieved back-to-back victories for the first time in 2013, before falling to Victoria Azarenka in the third round. At the WTA Premier Mandatory BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, she reached the second round before losing to Maria Kirilenko.

McHale started her European clay swing at the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid Spain. She progressed through the qualifying event before falling to Maria Sharapova in the second round. In Rome, McHale defeated Karin Knapp in the first round, before losing to seventh seed Sara Errani in the second. It was the third time in as many meetings in which a match against Errani was decided in the third set.[37]

Her French Open campaign ended in a first-round defeat, whilst Wimbledon saw an improvement, where she reached the second round and was defeated by the 15th seed and eventual champion, Marion Bartoli.

At the US Open, McHale reached the third round, where she faced Serbian Ana Ivanovic. After winning the first set, she served for the match at 5-4 up in the second set, but was broken, and ultimately lost the match in three sets. Despite the loss, she earned praise for her fighting performance against the former world No. 1.[38]


McHale reached her first WTA final in Acapulco in 2014, where she was runner-up to Dominika Cibulkova.

By 2016, she had also achieved the feat of reaching the third round in every Grand Slam tournament.[39] At Wimbledon, she pushed eventual champion Serena Williams to three sets, winning the first and briefly holding the lead in the third. In September, she won her first WTA title at the Japan Women's Open, defeating Kate?ina Siniaková in three sets, and stated after the match: "I don't even want to put my trophy down--I just want to hold it all the time."[40][41]

Playing style

An aggressive baseliner, McHale is noted for her powerful forehand groundstrokes, as well as for her speed around the court.[3][4] During her second-round match at Wimbledon in 2016, Eurosport commended McHale for displaying "superb court coverage".[42]The New York Times has noted McHale's "booming" groundstrokes as one of her primary strengths.[4]

WTA career finals

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Winner -- Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Premier (0-0)
International (1-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Mar 2014 Mexican Open, Mexico International Hard Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 6-7(3-7), 6-4, 4-6
Win 1-1 Sep 2016 Japan Women's Open, Japan International Hard Czech Republic Kate?ina Siniaková 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Premier (0-0)
International (2-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Jan 2016 Hobart International, Australia International Hard China Han Xinyun Australia Kimberly Birrell
Australia Jarmila Wolfe
6-3, 6-0
Win 2-0 Oct 2016 Tianjin Open, China International Hard China Peng Shuai China Xu Yifan
Poland Magda Linette
7-6(10-8), 6-0
Loss 2-1 Sep 2019 Japan Women's Open, Japan International Hard Russia Valeria Savinykh Japan Misaki Doi
Japan Nao Hibino
6-3, 4-6, [4-10]

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1-1)
Clay (2-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Oct 2007 ITF Itu, Brazil 10,000 Clay Argentina Mailen Auroux 5-7, 2-6
Loss 0-2 Oct 2009 ITF Troy, United States 50,000 Hard United States Alison Riske 4-6, 6-2, 5-7
Win 1-2 Jun 2011 ITF Rome, Italy 50,000 Clay Russia Ekaterina Lopes 6-2, 6-4
Win 2-2 Jan 2016 ITF Lahaina, United States 50,000 Hard United States Raveena Kingsley 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Win 3-2 May 2019 ITF Cagnes-sur-Mer, France 80.000 Clay Switzerland Stefanie Vögele 7-6(7-4), 6-2

Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runner-ups)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1-2)
Clay (2-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 May 2007 ITF Houston, United States 10,000 Hard United States Kimberly Couts Bosnia and Herzegovina Helena Be?ovi?
Norway Nina Munch-Søgaard
6-7(2-7), 5-7
Win 1-1 Oct 2007 ITF Serra Negra, Brazil 10,000 Clay United States Allie Will Argentina Mailen Auroux
Argentina Tatiana Búa
7-5, 6-3
Win 2-1 Jun 2008 ITF Wichita, United States 10,000 Hard United States Sloane Stephens Slovakia Dominika Die?ková
Brazil Ana Clara Duarte
6-3, 6-2
Loss 2-2 Jun 2009 ITF Szczecin, Poland 25,000 Clay United States Asia Muhammad Czech Republic Michaela Pa?tiková
Slovakia Lenka Tvarosková
1-6, 0-6
Win 3-2 May 2010 ITF Rome, Italy 50,000 Clay Australia Olivia Rogowska Russia Iryna Brémond
Netherlands Arantxa Rus
6-4, 6-1
Loss 3-3 Oct 2013 ITF Poitiers, France 75,000 Hard (i) Romania Monica Niculescu Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
6-7(5-7), 2-6

Performance timelines

(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 and Olympic Games are included in win-loss records.

This table is current through the 2019 China Open.


Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W-L
Australian Open A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 0-6
French Open A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A 1R A 2-6
Wimbledon A A 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R A 8-8
US Open 1R 1R 1R A 1R 2R 1R A 1R 3R 2R 4-9
Win-Loss 0-1 0-1 2-2 2-3 1-4 1-4 0-4 3-3 0-3 4-3 1-1 14-29

Wins over top-10 players

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Belarus Victoria Azarenka No. 9 Charleston Open, United States Clay 2R 2-6, 2-2 ret.
2. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 1 Cincinnati Open, United States Hard 2R 6-4, 7-5
3. France Marion Bartoli No. 9 US Open, United States Hard 2R 7-6(7-2), 6-2
4. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová No. 3 Indian Wells Open, United States Hard 3R 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 7 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Grass 1R 6-1, 6-7(7-9), 6-4
6. Spain Garbiñe Muguruza No. 4 Indian Wells Open, United States Hard 2R 7-5, 6-1


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