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Danka Kovini?
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Country (sports) Montenegro
ResidenceHerceg Novi, Montenegro
Born (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 27)[1]
Cetinje, Republic of Montenegro, FR Yugoslavia
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachNemanja Plav?i?
Prize moneyUS$ 2,621,250
Career record344-270 (56.0%)
Career titles0 WTA, 13 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 46 (22 February 2016)
Current rankingNo. 83 (18 July 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2022)
French Open3R (2022)
Wimbledon1R (2015, 2016, 2017)
US Open2R (2015, 2020)
Career record131-123 (51.6%)
Career titles1 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 67 (20 June 2016)
Current rankingNo. 198 (18 July 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2016, 2017, 2021)
French Open1R (2016, 2020, 2021)
Wimbledon1R (2016)
US Open2R (2016, 2021)
Team competitions
Fed Cup21-7 (75.0%)
Last updated on: 21 July 2022.

Danka Kovini? (Montenegrin: ?; born 18 November 1994) is a Montenegrin professional tennis player.

On 22 February 2016, she reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 46, and on 20 June 2016, she peaked at No. 67 in the WTA doubles rankings.


2010-2013: Historic WTA debut and quarterfinal

Kovini? started playing as a professional in 2010. Her first WTA Tour tournament in singles was the 2013 Budapest Grand Prix, where she became the first Montenegrin to reach the quarterfinals of a WTA event.[2]

2015: First Grand Slam wins, first WTA singles final and doubles title

Her first Grand Slam match wins in singles came at the 2015 French Open and the 2015 US Open, and she reached her first WTA Tour singles final at the Tianjin Open, in October 2015.

Her first match in doubles on the WTA Tour was at Bogotá, in April 2014. She won her first WTA Tour doubles title with Stephanie Vogt, in July 2015 at Bad Gastein.

2016: Top 50 debut

Kovini? started the season at the Auckland Open. She lost in the first round to third seed Caroline Wozniacki.[3] In doubles, she and Barbora Strýcová reached the final in which they lost to Elise Mertens and An-Sophie Mestach.[4] At the Hobart International, Kovini? was defeated in the first round by Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell.[5] At the Australian Open, Kovini? made it to the second round and lost to 14th seed and two-time champion, Victoria Azarenka.[6]

Seeded third at the Rio Open, Kovini? advanced to the quarterfinals where she was defeated by wildcard Sorana Cîrstea.[7] Seeded seventh at the Abierto Mexicano, she lost in the second round to Christina McHale.[8] Seeded seventh at the Monterrey Open, she was defeated in the first round by qualifier Nicole Gibbs.[9] At the Indian Wells Open, Kovini? faced eighth seed Petra Kvitová in the second round. She pushed Kvitová to three sets but ended up losing the match.[10] At the Miami Open, Kovini? was defeated in the second round by 24th seed Johanna Konta.[11]

2020: Return to major tournaments

At the Australian Open, Kovini? lost in the first round to 16th seed Elise Mertens.[12]

At the Mexican Open, she was defeated in the first round by Kateryna Bondarenko.[13] At the Monterrey Open, she lost in the first round to top seed and eventual champion Elina Svitolina.[14]

In August, Kovini? played at the Cincinnati Open where she was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Vera Zvonareva. At the US Open, she made it to the second round and lost to 24th seed Magda Linette.[15]

2021: WTA 500 final

Kovinic at the 2021 French Open.

In January, she started her Australian tour at the Gippsland Trophy with a win against Tamara Zidan?ek, before losing to Je?ena Ostapenko in the next round. After that, she played at the Australian Open where she lost in the first round against top seed and world No. 1, Ashleigh Barty. Her next tournament was the Phillip Island Trophy where she played against 13th seed Marie Bouzková and retired during the second set after winning the first.

In March, Danka made the round of 16 at the Abierto Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico where she was defeated in straight sets by Lauren Davis. During the tournament, she suffered a back injury and had to pull out of Monterrey Open and Miami Open.

In April, Kovinic made it into the quarterfinals of the Charleston Open by beating third seeded Petra Kvitová in straight sets in the round of 16. It was her third victory over a player who was ranked inside top 10. In the next round, she defeated 11th seed Yulia Putintseva to reach her first WTA 500 semifinal. After that, she beat 12th seeded Ons Jabeur in straight sets, to book a place in her third career final which she lost to Veronika Kudermetova.

After that, she entered the MUSC Health Open in Charleston where she reached her second consecutive WTA semifinal by beating Viktoriya Tomova in straight sets, seventh seeded Lauren Davis in the round of 16, and Shelby Rogers in the quarterfinals. She then lost to the top seed Ons Jabeur.

2022: Historic Grand Slam third round

In January, she started her Australian tour at the Melbourne Summer Set with a straight-sets win in qualifying against Alexandra Osborne, before withdrawing due to injury in the next round. At Adelaide, she lost in the first round to Maddison Inglis, in three sets.

At the Australian Open, she won in the first round against Jang Su-jeong, before she defeated reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu in three sets to reach the third round, her best result at a Grand Slam.[16] In the next round, she was defeated by the former world No. 1, Simona Halep. With this result, she became the first player from Montenegro to reach the third round of a Grand Slam championship.[17]

In Indian Wells, Danka beat Jil Teichmann in the first round, while in the second round she had a surprising top-10 win over seventh seed Karolína Plí?ková, before losing to Ludmilla Samsonova in the third round.

At Roland Garros, she avenged her loss in Indian Wells and beat 25th seed Ludmilla Samsonova in the first round. She managed to beat Anna Karolína Schmiedlová in straight sets, before losing to top seed and world No. 1, Iga Swiatek, in the third round.

Danka was supposed to play at Wimbledon against Sonay Kartal in the first round, but was forced to withdraw at the very last moment, due to low back problems.[18]

Performance timelines

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.
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, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win-loss records.[19]


Current through the 2022 WTA Poland Open.


Tournament 2015 2016 2017 ... 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L
Australian Open A 2R 2R A 2R 1R 0 / 4 3-4
French Open A 1R A 1R 1R A 0 / 3 0-3
Wimbledon A 1R A NH A 0 / 1 0-1
US Open 1R 2R A A 2R 0 / 3 2-3
Win-loss 0-1 2-4 1-1 0-0 2-3 0-1 0 / 11 5-11

WTA career finals

Singles: 3 (3 runner-ups)

Grand Slam
WTA 1000
WTA 500 (0-1)
WTA 250 (0-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (0-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Oct 2015 Tianjin Open, China International[c] Hard Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska 1-6, 2-6
Loss 0-2 Apr 2016 ?stanbul Cup, Turkey International Clay Turkey Ça?la Büyükakçay 6-3, 2-6, 3-6
Loss 0-3 Apr 2021 Charleston Open, United States WTA 500 Clay (green) Russia Veronika Kudermetova 4-6, 2-6

Doubles: 5 (1 title, 4 runner-ups)

Grand Slam
WTA 1000
WTA 500
WTA 250 (1-4)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-2)
Clay (1-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Jul 2015 Gastein Ladies, Austria International Clay Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt Spain Lara Arruabarrena
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
4-6, 6-4, [10-3]
Loss 1-1 Jan 2016 Auckland Open, New Zealand International Hard Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová Belgium Elise Mertens
Belgium An-Sophie Mestach
6-2, 3-6, [5-10]
Loss 1-2 Apr 2016 ?stanbul Cup, Turkey International Clay Switzerland Xenia Knoll Romania Andreea Mitu
Turkey ?pek Soylu
Loss 1-3 Jul 2018 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay Belgium Maryna Zanevska Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
Romania Andreea Mitu
3-6, 4-6
Loss 1-4 Sep 2018 Guangzhou Open, China International Hard Belarus Vera Lapko Australia Monique Adamczak
Australia Jessica Moore
6-4, 5-7, [4-10]

WTA Challenger finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss Jul 2019 Bastad Open, Sweden Clay Japan Misaki Doi 4-6, 4-6

Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Mar 2019 Bastad Open, Sweden Clay Chile Alexa Guarachi Japan Misaki Doi
Russia Natalia Vikhlyantseva
5-7, 7-6(7-4), [7-10]
Loss 0-2 Nov 2019 Taipei Open, Taiwan Carpet (i) Slovenia Dalila Jakupovi? Chinese Taipei Lee Ya-hsuan
Chinese Taipei Wu Fang-hsien
6-4, 4-6, [7-10]

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 21 (13 titles, 8 runner-ups)

$100,000 tournaments (4-2)
$80,000 tournaments (0-1)
$60,000 tournaments (1-1)
$25,000 tournaments (5-3)
$10,000 tournaments (3-1)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Oct 2010 ITF Dobrich, Bulgaria 10,000 Clay Bulgaria Isabella Shinikova 6-4, 6-3
Loss 1-1 Jun 2011 ITF Nyíregyháza, Hungary 10,000 Clay Czech Republic Simona Dobrá 4-6, 2-6
Win 2-1 Jun 2011 ITF Bal?, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Alice-Andrada Radu 6-0, 6-1
Loss 2-2 Sep 2011 ITF Podgorica, Montenegro 25,000 Clay Argentina Paula Ormaechea 1-6, 1-6
Win 3-2 Apr 2012 ITF Tlemcen, Algeria 10,000 Clay Russia Alexandra Romanova 6-2, 6-2
Win 4-2 Jul 2012 Bella Cup Toru?, Poland 25,000 Clay Poland Paula Kania 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Win 5-2 Jun 2013 ITF Ystad, Sweden 25,000 Clay Austria Melanie Klaffner 6-3, 6-3
Win 6-2 Jun 2013 ITF Kristinehamn, Sweden 25,000 Clay Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmina Tinji? 6-1, 7-5
Win 7-2 May 2014 Open Saint-Gaudens, France 50,000[d] Clay France Pauline Parmentier 6-1, 6-2
Loss 7-3 Mar 2015 ITF Curitiba, Brazil 25,000 Clay Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino 6-4, 2-6, 3-6
Win 8-3 May 2015 Empire Slovak Open, Slovakia 100,000 Clay Russia Margarita Gasparyan 7-5, 6-3
Win 9-3 Jun 2016 Open de Marseille, France 100,000 Clay Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-3
Loss 9-4 Jun 2017 Hódmezövásárhely Open, Hungary 60,000 Clay Romania Mihaela Buz?rnescu 2-6, 1-6
Loss 9-5 Jul 2017 Budapest Ladies Open, Hungary 100,000 Clay Slovakia Jana ?epelová 4-6, 3-6
Loss 9-6 Aug 2017 Vancouver Open, Canada 100,000 Hard Belgium Maryna Zanevska 7-5, 1-6, 3-6
Loss 9-7 Mar 2019 ITF São Paulo, Brazil 25,000 Clay United States Louisa Chirico 0-6, 2-6
Win 10-7 Mar 2019 ITF Campinas, Brazil 25,000 Clay Austria Julia Grabher 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Win 11-7 Jun 2019 ITF Ystad, Sweden 25,000 Clay Netherlands Richèl Hogenkamp 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Loss 11-8 Jul 2019 Open de Biarritz, France 80,000 Clay Bulgaria Viktoriya Tomova 2-6, 7-5, 5-7
Win 12-8 Oct 2019 Székesfehérvár Open, Hungary 100,000 Clay (i) Romania Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Win 13-8 May 2022 Wiesbaden Open, Germany 100,000 Clay Germany Nastasja Schunk 6-3, 7-6(7-0)

Doubles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runner-ups)

$100,000 tournaments (1-0)
$60,000 tournaments (0-3)
$25,000 tournaments (3-4)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2011 Royal Cup Podgorica, Montenegro 25,000 Clay Montenegro Danica Krstaji? Italy Corinna Dentoni
Argentina Florencia Molinero
4-6, 7-5, [5-10]
Loss 0-2 Oct 2011 ITF Lagos, Nigeria 25,000 Carpet (i) Ukraine Elina Svitolina Austria Melanie Klaffner
Romania Ágnes Szatmári
0-6, 7-6, [5-10]
Loss 0-3 Apr 2013 ITF Mamaia, Romania 25,000 Clay Slovenia Tadeja Majeri? Romania Elena Bogdan
Romania Raluca Olaru
6-7(4-7), 3-6
Loss 0-4 Sep 2012 ITF La Marsa, Tunisia 25,000 Clay Brazil Laura Pigossi Hungary Réka Luca Jani
Russia Eugeniya Pashkova
3-6, 6-4, [5-10]
Win 1-4 May 2012 ITF Caserta, Italy 25,000 Clay Czech Republic Renata Vorá?ová Romania Elena Bogdan
Romania Cristina Dinu
6-4, 7-6(7-3)
Win 2-4 Feb 2015 ITF São Paulo, Brazil 25,000 Clay Romania Andreea Mitu Argentina Tatiana Búa
Brazil Paula Cristina Gonçalves
6-2, 7-5
Win 3-4 Jul 2015 ITF Contrexéville, France 100,000 Clay Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova France Irina Ramialison
France Constance Sibille
2-6, 6-3, [10-6]
Loss 3-5 Mar 2018 Zhuhai Open, China 60,000 Hard Japan Nao Hibino Russia Anna Blinkova
Netherlands Lesley Kerkhove
5-7, 4-6
Loss 3-6 Mar 2018 Pingshan Open, China 60,000 Hard China Wang Xinyu Russia Anna Kalinskaya
Slovakia Viktória Ku?mová
4-6, 6-1, [7-10]
Loss 3-7 Jun 2018 Hódmezövásárhely Open, Hungary 60,000 Clay Serbia Nina Stojanovi? Hungary Réka Luca Jani
Argentina Nadia Podoroska
4-6, 4-6
Win 4-7 Mar 2019 ITF Campinas, Brazil 25,000 Clay Brazil Laura Pigossi Brazil Carolina Alves
Brazil Gabriela Cé
6-3, 6-2

Other finals


Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Gold 2015 Games of the Small States of Europe Clay Liechtenstein Kathinka von Deichmann 6-0, 6-1

Head-to-head records

Wins over top-10 players

Season 2016 ... 2020 2021 2022 Total
Wins 1 1 0 1 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Italy Roberta Vinci No. 8 Madrid Open Clay 1R 6-4, 6-2
2. Switzerland Belinda Bencic No. 10 Italian Open Clay 2R 6-3, 6-1
3. Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková No. 8 Indian Wells Open Hard 2R 2-6, 7-5, 6-4


  1. ^ The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Total Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009-2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012-2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The Premier 5 tournaments were reclassified as WTA 1000 tournaments in 2021.
  2. ^ In 2014, the Toray Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open. The Premier 5 tournaments were reclassified as WTA 1000 tournaments in 2021.
  3. ^ The WTA International tournaments were reclassified as WTA 250 tournaments in 2021.
  4. ^ The $50,000 ITF tournaments were reclassified as $60,000 in 2017.


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