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Karin Knapp

Karin Knapp
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Knapp at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceLuttach
Born (1987-06-28) June 28, 1987 (age 33)
Bruneck
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2002
Retired13 May 2018 (last match January 2017)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,955,447
Singles
Career record365-252 (59.2%)
Career titles2 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 33 (24 August 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2009, 2014)
French Open3R (2007, 2008, 2016)
Wimbledon4R (2013)
US Open3R (2013)
Doubles
Career record83-84 (49.7%)
Career titles6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 49 (28 September 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2014, 2015, 2017)
French Open3R (2014, 2015)
Wimbledon3R (2015)
US Open3R (2015)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (2013)

Karin Knapp (born 28 June 1987) is a retired Italian tennis player.

In her career, Knapp won two singles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as six singles titles and six doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 24 August 2015, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 33. On 28 September 2015, she peaked at No. 49 in the doubles rankings.

As a member of the Italy Fed Cup team, Knapp was part of the winning squad in 2013 and has a win/loss record of 3-3.

Personal life

Knapp was born on June 28, 1987, in the northern Italian province of South Tyrol. Her father, Alois, is a fabric manufacturer and her mother, Marianne, is a retired school teacher. She has two brothers, Stefan and Michael. Knapp was introduced to tennis at age 7 by her parents. She speaks German, Italian, and English. Her favorite things are good pasta, fish, and meat, the movie Gladiator, pop music, skiing, watching TV, and traveling. She admires Kim Clijsters.

Career

2007

At the 2007 French Open, her first Grand Slam tournament, she reached the third round in the singles event, beating 22nd-seeded Alona Bondarenko. In the third round, she lost to 14th-seeded Patty Schnyder.

At the 2007 US Open, she defeated Chan Yung-jan to reach the second round where she lost to American wild card Ahsha Rolle. Her biggest ITF final came in 2007 in Biella, where she was beaten by Agnieszka Radwa?ska.

2008

Knapp reached her first WTA Tour final in 2008 in Antwerp. She lost there to world No. 1 and home favorite Justine Henin. At the 2008 French Open, she lost in the third round to top-seeded Maria Sharapova.

2012

Knapp started her 2012 season off at the Brisbane International. She was defeated in the second round of qualifying by Vera Dushevina.[1] At the Moorilla Hobart International, Knapp lost in the first round of qualifying to Irina Falconi. In Melbourne at the Australian Open, Knapp was defeated in the second round of qualifying to Kurumi Nara.

2013

Knapp began the year at the Brisbane International. She lost in the second round of qualifying to Australian wildcard Bojana Bobusic. At the Apia International Sydney, Knapp was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Alexa Glatch. After qualifying for the Australian Open, Knapp lost in the first round to fellow qualifier Maria João Koehler.[2]

After the Australian Open, Knapp traveled to Paris to play at the Open GDF Suez. She was defeated in the first round of qualifying to Garbiñe Muguruza. In Bogotá at the Copa Colsanitas, Knapp made it to the semifinals defeating Eva Birnerová, Lourdes Domínguez Lino, and Lara Arruabarrena Vecino. She lost in her semifinal match to top seed and eventual champion Jelena Jankovi?.[3] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Knapp was defeated in her quarterfinal match by Sílvia Soler Espinosa.[4]

Knapp began her clay-court season at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. Despite qualifying for the main draw, she lost in the second round to third seed Alizé Cornet.[5] At the Portugal Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Shahar Pe'er. Seeded second in Trnava at the Empire Slovak Open, Knapp reached the final where she lost to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová.[6] Knapp played her final tournament before the French Open at the Italian Open. She was defeated in the first round by Christina McHale.[7] At the French Open, Knapp lost in the first round to seventeenth seed Sloane Stephens.[8] After the French Open, Knapp competed at the first edition of the Nürnberger Versicherungscup. She was defeated in the second round by eighth seed Annika Beck.[9]

Knapp only played one grass-court tournament in the leadup to Wimbledon. At the Aegon International, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Melanie Oudin. Knapp earned her best Grand Slam result at the Wimbledon Championships. She made it to the fourth round beating Lucie Hradecká, twenty-seventh seed Lucie ?afá?ová, and qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito. She was defeated in her fourth-round match by fifteenth seed and eventual champion Marion Bartoli.[10]

After Wimbledon, Knapp competed at the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo. She lost in the second round to fourth seed Klára Zakopalová. Seeded eighth at the Gastein Ladies, Knapp reached the semifinal round where she was defeated by eventual champion Yvonne Meusburger.[11]

Despite qualifying for the Western & Southern Open, Knapp lost in the first round to ninth seed Angelique Kerber.[12] Knapp played her final tournament before the US Open at the New Haven Open at Yale. She successfully qualified for the main draw; she was defeated in the second round by fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki.[13] Ranked fifty-five at the US Open, Knapp reached the third round after wins over American qualifier Grace Min and twenty-second seed Elena Vesnina. She lost in the third round to tenth seed Roberta Vinci.

In Austria at the Generali Ladies Linz, Knapp upset eighth seed Daniela Hantuchová in her first-round match.[14] In the second round, she was defeated by Stefanie Vögele.[15] Knapp's final tournament of the season was at the BGL Luxembourg Open. She reached the quarterfinals where she lost to third seed Sabine Lisicki.[16]

Knapp ended the year ranked 41.

2014: 1st WTA Title

Knapp began the season at the ASB Classic. Seeded eighth, she was defeated in the first round by Julia Görges.[17] At the Hobart International, Knapp lost in the first round to qualifier Estrella Cabeza Candela.[18] Ranked forty-four at the Australian Open, she beat Paula Ormaechea in the first round.[19] In the second round, she faced third seed Maria Sharapova. Knapp took Sharapova to three sets, but she ended up losing the three hour and 28 minute match.[20]

In Paris at the Open GDF Suez, Knapp lost in the second round to third seed, last year finalist, and eventual finalist Sara Errani.[21] Playing in the Fed Cup tie versus the USA, Knapp won both of her rubbers over Christina McHale and Alison Riske. Italy won the tie 3-1 to advance to the semifinal round.[22] At the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Knapp beat Caroline Garcia in the first round.[23] She was defeated in the second round by fifth seed Jelena Jankovi?.[24] Knapp lost in the second round of qualifying at the Dubai Tennis Championships to Annika Beck.[25] In Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open, Knapp was defeated in round one by American wildcard Taylor Townsend.[26] At the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, Knapp lost in the first round to qualifier Patricia Mayr-Achleitner. Seeded seventh at the Monterrey Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round by eventual finalist Jovana Jak?i?.[27]

Knapp started her clay-court season at the Copa Colsanitas. Seeded third, she lost in the first round to Chanelle Scheepers.[28] In Portugal at the Portugal Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round by Yaroslava Shvedova.[29] At the Mutua Madrid Open, Knapp lost in the first round to Bojana Jovanovski. In Rome at the Italian Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round by eleventh seed Ana Ivanovic.[30] Knapp played her final tournament before the French Open at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup. She advanced to the semifinals after wins over Shahar Pe'er, Polona Hercog, and seventh seed Caroline Garcia. She lost in her semifinal match to second seed and eventual champion Eugenie Bouchard.[31] Ranked forty-nine at the French Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round by Mona Barthel.[32]

After skipping the Aegon Classic and the Topshelf Open, Knapp returned to action at the Wimbledon Championships. She lost in a three-set thriller in the first round to Karolína Plí?ková.[33]

As the top seed at the Reinert Open, a $50,000 ITF tournament in Germany, Knapp was defeated in the first round by qualifier Verónica Cepede Royg. Seeded fourth at the first edition of the BRD Bucharest Open, Knapp lost in the second round to Danka Kovini?. At the ?stanbul Cup, Knapp was defeated in the second round by top seed and eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki.[34]

Qualifying for the Rogers Cup, Knapp lost in round one to Caroline Garcia.[35] Even though Knapp qualified for the Western & Southern Open, she was defeated in the second round by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.[36] Knapp fell in the final round of qualifying at the Connecticut Open to Peng Shuai. Ranked seventy-one at the US Open, Knapp lost in the first round to Tsvetana Pironkova.[37]

Seeded third at the Tashkent Open, Knapp reached the final after victories over Ça?la Büyükakçay, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Olga Govortsova, and qualifier Lesia Tsurenko. She beat top seed and defending champion Bojana Jovanovski in the final to win her first WTA title.[38] At the Guangzhou International Women's Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round by Monica Puig.[39] Qualifying for the first edition of the Wuhan Open, Knapp lost in the second round to third seed and eventual champion Petra Kvitová.[40] In Austria at the Generali Ladies Linz, Knapp advanced to the semifinals after wins over fifth seed Sabine Lisicki, Magdaléna Rybáriková, and Tsvetana Pironkova. She was defeated in her semifinal match by compatriot Camila Giorgi.[41] Knapp's final tournament of the year was at the BGL Luxembourg Open. She faced Patricia Mayr-Achleitner in her first-round match. Knapp retired leading 3-2 in the first set due to a left thigh injury.[42]

Knapp ended the year ranked 56.

2015

Knapp at the 2015 French Open

Knapp started her 2015 season off at the Shenzhen Open. After winning her first-round match, she was defeated in the second round by eighth seed and eventual finalist Timea Bacsinszky.[43] In Hobart at the Hobart International, Knapp reached the quarterfinals after beating Ajla Tomljanovi? and top seed Casey Dellacqua. She lost in her quarterfinal match to qualifier and eventual finalist Madison Brengle.[44] Ranked fifty at the Australian Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round by third seed Simona Halep.[45]

Competing in Antwerp, Belgium at the Diamond Games, Knapp was defeated in her first-round match by Annika Beck.[46] At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Knapp lost in the first round to Belinda Bencic.[47] In Monterrey at the Monterrey Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round by third seed and eventual finalist Caroline Garcia.[48] At the BNP Paribas Open, Knapp lost in the first round to Yanina Wickmayer.[49] In Miami at the Miami Open, Knapp was defeated in the second round by eighth seed Ekaterina Makarova.[50] Seeded sixth at the Katowice Open, Knapp lost in the first round to Vera Zvonareva.[51]

Knapp began her clay-court season at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. She reached the quarterfinals defeating Ça?la Büyükakçay and sixth seed Roberta Vinci. She was defeated in her quarterfinal match by fourth seed and eventual champion Elina Svitolina.[52] Playing in Rome at the Italian Open, Knapp scored a first-round victory over compatriot Francesca Schiavone.[53] She lost in the second round to fourth seed Petra Kvitová.[54] Seeded sixth at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Knapp reached the final defeating Antonia Lottner, Anna-Lena Friedsam, qualifier Yulia Putintseva, and Lara Arruabarrena. In the final, she beat fourth seed Roberta Vinci to win her 2nd WTA Title.[55] Ranked forty-two at the French Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round by fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki.[56]

Knapp began her grass-court season at the first edition of the Aegon Open Nottingham. Seeded fourth, she lost in the first round to Yanina Wickmayer.[57] In Birmingham at the Aegon Classic, Knapp was defeated in the first round by thirteenth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.[58] At the Wimbledon Championships, Knapp retired in the second set during her first-round match against Magdaléna Rybáriková.

Seeded third at the Gastein Ladies, Knapp made it to the final after victories over Tamira Paszek, Johanna Larsson, Polona Hercog, and top seed Sara Errani. In the final, she lost to second seed Sam Stosur.[59] Seeded second at the Baku Cup, Knapp was defeated in the semifinals by Margarita Gasparyan.[60]

In Toronto at the Rogers Cup, Knapp lost in the first round to Roberta Vinci; this was the worst loss of her career.[61] At the Western & Southern Open, Knapp was defeated in the third round by top seed, defending champion, and eventual champion Serena Williams.[62] Ranked thirty-four at the US Open, Knapp lost in the second round to eleventh seed Angelique Kerber.[63]

Knapp was forced to end the season early due to a knee injury.[64] She ended the year ranked 51.

2016

Knapp at the 2016 French Open

Knapp returned to action in March at the Miami Open. She lost in the first round to Yanina Wickmayer.[65] In Poland at the Katowice Open, Knapp was defeated in the first round by Naomi Broady.[66]

Knapp kicked off her clay-court season at the ?stanbul Cup. She lost in the first round to Hsieh Su-wei.[67] In Spain at the Mutua Madrid Open, Knapp was defeated in the second round by sixth seed and eventual champion Simona Halep.[68] At the Italian Open, Knapp lost in round one to Barbora Strýcová.[69] Knapp had a great run at the French Open. In the first round, she faced fifth seed Victoria Azarenka. She won the match when Azarenka retired during the third set due to a right knee injury.[70] In the second round, she beat Anastasija Sevastova to reach the third round for the first time since 2008. She was defeated in the third round by Yulia Putintseva.[71]

As the top seed at the Internazionali Femminili di Brescia, a $50,000 ITF tournament in Brescia, Knapp won the tournament beating Jesika Male?ková in the final.[72]

Ranked ninety at the Wimbledon Championships, Knapp lost in the first round to Ana Konjuh.[73]

At the Swedish Open, Knapp was defeated in the quarterfinals by Julia Görges.[74] Knapp retired during her second-round match against Rebecca Peterson at the Advantage Cars Prague Open. In August, Knapp represented Italy at the Rio Olympics. She lost in the first round to Lucie ?afá?ová.[75]

Playing in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open, Knapp was defeated in the final round of qualifying by Kurumi Nara. At the US Open, Knapp lost in the first round to Johanna Larsson.[76]

Knapp did not play any more tournaments for the rest of the season. She ended the year ranked 144.

2017

In Melbourne at the Australian Open, Knapp retired during her first-round match versus Hsieh Su-Wei due to injury.[77] This ended up being Knapp's final match of her career. In April, she married her partner and coach Francesco Piccari.[78]

2018

On May 13, 2018, Knapp retired from tennis due to a chronic right knee injury.[79]

WTA career finals

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Tier II / Premier (0-1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (2-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (1-1)
Carpet (0-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 17 February 2008 Proximus Diamond Games, Antwerp, Belgium Hard (i) Belgium Justine Henin 3-6, 3-6
Winner 1. 13 September 2014 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Hard Serbia Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 7-6(7-4)
Winner 2. 23 May 2015 Nuremberg Cup, Germany Clay Italy Roberta Vinci 7-6(7-5), 4-6, 6-1
Runner-up 2. 26 July 2015 Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria Clay Australia Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-7(3-7), 2-6

Doubles: 3 (3 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Tier II / Premier (0-0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0-3)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-2)
Carpet (0-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 22 July 2007 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Alice Canepa Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Belarus Darya Kustova
4-6, 1-6
Runner-up 2. 13 July 2014 BRD Bucharest Open, Romania Clay Turkey Ça?la Büyükakçay Romania Elena Bogdan
Romania Alexandra Cadan?u
4-6, 6-3, [5-10]
Runner-up 3. 12 April 2015 Katowice Open, Poland Hard (i) Italy Gioia Barbieri Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure
Netherlands Demi Schuurs
5-7, 6-4, [6-10]

ITF career finals

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 19 (6-13)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 6 October 2003 Bari, Italy Clay Austria Bettina Pirker 6-2, 7-5
Runner-up 2. 14 June 2005 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Clay Montenegro Danica Krstaji? 6-2, 7-5
Runner-up 3. 1 May 2006 Catania, Italy Clay Spain María José Martínez Sánchez 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Winner 1. 25 July 2006 Monteroni D'Arbia, Italy Clay Romania Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-2, 6-1
Runner-up 4. 31 July 2006 Martina Franca, Italy Clay Georgia (country) Margalita Chakhnashvili 6-3, 7-5
Runner-up 5. 13 March 2007 Orange, United States Hard United Kingdom Naomi Cavaday 6-1, 6-1
Runner-up 6. 3 April 2007 Dinan, France Clay (i) Slovenia Ma?a Zec Pe?kiri? 6-4, 6-2
Runner-up 7. 9 April 2007 Civitavecchia, Italy Clay Belarus Darya Kustova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 8. 9 July 2007 Biella, Italy Clay Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska 6-3, 6-3
Runner-up 9. 11 October 2010 Settimo San Pietro, Italy Clay Italy Anastasia Grymalska 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Winner 2. 18 October 2010 Seville, Spain Clay Venezuela Andrea Gámiz 6-0, 6-1
Runner-up 10. 16 November 2010 Mallorca, Spain Clay Romania Diana Enache 6-4, 6-2
Winner 3. 7 June 2011 Campobasso, Italy Clay France Alizé Lim 6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 11. 14 June 2011 Padova, Italy Clay France Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
Winner 4. 20 June 2011 Rome, Italy Clay France Laura Thorpe 6-3, 6-0
Runner-up 12. 27 August 2012 Bagnatica, Italy Clay Italy Maria-Elena Camerin 7-6(7-5), 6-4
Winner 5. 4 September 2012 Mestre, Italy Clay Spain Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Loss 5-13 May 2013 ITF Trnava, Slovakia 75,000 Clay Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová 6-2, 6-4
Winner 6. 4 June 2016 Brescia, Italy Clay Czech Republic Jesika Male?ková 6-1, 6-2

Doubles 7 (6-1)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 27 September 2004 Benevento, Italy Hard Italy Giulia Gabba Slovakia Martina Babáková
Czech Republic Sandra Záhlavová
6-2, 0-1 ret.
Winner 2. 4 July 2006 Cuneo, Italy Clay Italy Sara Errani Italy Giulia Gatto-Monticone
Belarus Darya Kustova
6-3, 7-6(7-5)
Winner 3. 14 September 2010 Mestre, Italy Clay Italy Claudia Giovine Czech Republic Eva Birnerová
Slovenia Andreja Klepa?
6-7(6-8), 7-5, [13-11]
Winner 4. 1 February 2011 Rabat, Morocco Clay Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová Czech Republic Iveta Gerlová
Czech Republic Lucie Kriegsmannová
6-4, 6-1
Winner 5. 11 April 2011 Pomezia, Italy Clay Romania Diana Enache Switzerland Conny Perrin
Russia Marina Shamayko
7-6(7-3), 6-2
Winner 6. 6 February 2012 Cali, Colombia Clay Luxembourg Mandy Minella Romania Alexandra Cadan?u
Romania Raluca Olaru
6-4, 6-3
Runner-up 1. 6 August 2012 Monteroni D'Arbia, Italy Clay Italy Alice Balducci Italy Federica Di Sarra
Italy Anastasia Grymalska
6-4, 5-7, [10-7]

Grand Slam performance timelines

Singles

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W-L
Australian Open A Q1 1R 2R A A Q2 1R 2R 1R A 1R 2-6
French Open A 3R 3R A A A Q1 1R 1R 1R 3R A 6-6
Wimbledon A 1R A Q2 A A 1R 4R 1R 1R 1R A 3-6
US Open Q3 2R 1R A A 1R Q1 3R 1R 2R 1R A 4-7
Win-Loss 0-0 3-3 2-3 1-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 5-4 1-4 1-4 2-3 0-1 15-25

Doubles

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W-L
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 2R A 2R 3-5
French Open 1R 3R 3R 1R A 4-4
Wimbledon 1R 3R A A 2-2
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R A A 2-5
Win-Loss 0-2 0-2 0-1 0-1 3-4 7-4 0-1 1-1 11-16

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