Zhuk at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships
|Full name||Sofya Andreyevna Zhuk|
|Born||1 December 1999|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Career record||123-66 (65.1%)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 6 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 116 (17 December 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 297 (4 November 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (2018, 2019)|
|French Open||1R (2019)|
|US Open||1R (2017)|
|Career record||3-4 (42.9%)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 0 ITF|
|Last updated on: 4 November 2019.|
Zhuk trained at the Justine Henin Academy in Belgium and her coach was Olivier Jeunehomme. Her best win to date on the professional tour has been at a $60,000 tournament in Turkey, where she beat home favourite Ipek Soylu in the final.
When she won her first tournament at Shymkent, she became only the 17th 14 year old in ITF history to win an open tournament at that age, joining a group which includes former world number ones Justine Henin and Dinara Safina.
In 2015, Zhuk competed as an unseeded 15-year-old at Wimbledon, where she won the junior girls' title against fellow Russian and No. 12 ranked junior Anna Blinkova in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. Zhuk did not drop a set in the whole Wimbledon tournament. Zhuk became only the second Russian girl to win the Junior Wimbledon title, following the 2002 final when Vera Dushevina defeated compatriot Maria Sharapova.
Zhuk reached the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open, losing to Magdalena Frech of Poland, before heading to Newport Beach in California for their inaugural WTA 125K series tournament. She reached her first 125K final in this event where, after taking the first set, she eventually fell to American Danielle Collins, six years her senior, in three sets.
Collins was her nemesis again when they played at Indian Wells, after both had defeated seeded players. Zhuk recorded her very first WTA Tour win when she defeated Alizé Cornet in the first round, and followed that by beating 18th seed Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round. Zhuk's second to last service game in that match took well over 20 minutes, with 12 deuces and 30 points. Rybarikova saved eleven match points during the game, before finally winning on only her second break point. Zhuk promptly broke back, and then served out to win 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Collins, though having beaten 15th seed Madison Keys in the second round, always had the advantage in their third round clash, winning 6-4, 6-4. Zhuk nevertheless reached her career-high ranking of 123 after this defeat. She then went to the Premier Mandatory tournament in Miami, where she lost in the first round of qualifying.
In the European Grand Slam tournaments, she lost in the first qualifying round of the French Open to Valentini Grammatikopoulou, and in the final qualifying round for Wimbledon to Vitalia Diatchenko, having had her revenge on Grammatikopoulou in the first round.
|Loss||0-1||Jan 2018||WTA Newport Beach, United States||125K||Hard||Danielle Collins||6-2, 4-6, 3-6|
|Win||1-0||Oct 2014||ITF Shymkent, Kazakhstan||10,000||Clay||Margarita Lazareva||6-2, 6-4|
|Loss||1-1||Feb 2016||ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt||10,000||Hard||Julia Wachaczyk||6-4, 4-6, 3-6|
|Win||2-1||Feb 2016||ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt||10,000||Hard||Julia Terziyska||6-2, 6-1|
|Loss||2-2||Apr 2016||ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt||10,000||Hard||Mariam Bolkvadze||3-6, 5-7|
|Win||3-2||Aug 2016||ITF Cali, Colombia||10,000||Clay||Harmony Tan||6-2, 6-4|
|Win||4-2||Oct 2016||ITF Tampico, Mexico||50,000||Hard||Varvara Flink||6-4, 6-3|
|Loss||4-3||Apr 2017||ITF Irapuato, Mexico||25,000||Hard||Deniz Khazaniuk||w/o|
|Win||5-3||May 2017||ITF Naples, United States||25,000||Clay||Taylor Townsend||6-4, 7-6 (7-3)|
|Win||6-3||Jul 2017||ITF Bursa, Turkey||60,000||Clay||?pek Soylu||4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7-5)|
|Australian Open||A||Q2||Q2||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|French Open||A||Q1||1R||0 / 1||0-1||0%|
|Wimbledon||A||Q3||Q1||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|US Open||1R||Q3||A||0 / 1||0-1||0%|
|Win-Loss||0-1||0-0||0-1||0 / 2||0-2||0%|