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Arantxa Rus

Arantxa Rus
Country  Netherlands
Residence Monster, Netherlands
Born (1990-12-13) 13 December 1990
Delft, The Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2008
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $890,863
Career record 227–153
Career titles 0 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest ranking No. 61 (13 August 2012)
Current ranking No. 154 (14 April 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2011)
French Open 4R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2012)
US Open 2R (2011)
Career record 60–57
Career titles 0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 127 (7 April 2014)
Current ranking No. 127 (14 April 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 1R (2013)
US Open 1R (2012)
Last updated on: 19 April 2014.

Arantxa Rus (Dutch pronunciation: )(born 13 December 1990, in Delft, South Holland, Netherlands) is a Dutch tennis player. In 2008 she won the Australian Open for juniors, defeating Jessica Moore from Australia. With this win she went from the 35th to 2nd place on the junior ranking, ultimately becoming the world junior No.1 player.

Rus' biggest successes to date are a second round shocker over World No. 2 Kim Clijsters at the 2011 French Open, saving two match points in the second set, reaching the 4th round at the 2012 French Open, and defeating World No. 5 Samantha Stosur in the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.


  • Career 1
    • 2005 1.1
    • 2006 1.2
    • 2007 1.3
    • 2008 1.4
    • 2009 1.5
    • 2010 1.6
    • 2011 1.7
    • 2012 1.8
    • 2013 1.9
  • Grand Slam Finals 2
    • Girls' Singles: 1 (1–0) 2.1
  • Singles: 15 (10–5) 3
    • Doubles: 9 (5–4) 3.1
  • Single performance statistics 4
  • Doubles performance statistics 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7



At age 14 Arantxa Rus played her first ITF Pro tournament at Alkmaar. She lost in the second round to Julie Coin.


She played 2 more ITF tournaments at Heerhugowaard and Vlaardingen, reaching the semi finals at the latter.


Rus continued playing ITF tournaments and winning her first at Vlaardingen and second at Alphen aan de Rijn. In San Luis Potosí she reached the finals, but lost in 3 sets.

In 's-Hertogenbosch she was granted a wildcard to play her first WTA main draw, she lost to Alona Bondarenko 1–6, 1–6 in the first round.

Her end of season ranking was 465.


At the junior level she wins the Australian Open and reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros and quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

In April she won an ITF tournament in Bari beating 4 seeded players along the way, including Lucie Hradecká and Alberta Brianti

Rus was given another wildcard to play 's-Hertogenbosch, where she was defeated in the first round by Mariya Koryttseva 4–6, 4–6.

In September she played qualifications in Guangzhou winning both matches and reaching the main draw. In the first round she beat Yanina Wickmayer 6–7, 6–2, 6–4. This was her first main draw win on the WTA tour. Rus reached the quarterfinal after beating Gisela Dulko 6–4, 6–4.[1] In the quarterfinal she lost to Camille Pin 3–6, 3–6.[2]

After coming through the qualifications, she reached the second round in Tashkent losing to no. 1 seed Shuai Peng 6–1, 7–5.

In Opole she won another ITF tournament, her second in 2008, and fourth overall. With this win she ended the year ranked 188.


Rus playing in the 2009 US Open

Rus failed at Hobart and 2009 Australian Open qualifying. Then she played some qualifying matches on few tournaments, but with no success. On the clay season she found her game and in Marbella she passed through the qualifying rounds, won in the first round, but lost to 3rd seed Kaia Kanepi 7–5, 6–2. A bigger result came at the 2nd Grand Slam of the season 2009 Roland Garros, where she came as world No. 142. She passed through the qualifying rounds, won her 1st round match against Olivia Sanchez 6–1, 6–1 but lost in 2nd round to Yaroslava Shvedova 6–0, 6–2. Then she played a few more tournaments but without much success. Then in the end of the season she won 10 of 11 matches. First at ITF Poitiers she passed through the qualifying rounds, won matches against 3rd seed Alexandra Dulgheru and Séverine Beltrame before losing in the quarterfinals to Pauline Parmentier. Then she played at ITF Nantes where she won the title without dropping any set through the tournament. She came through with the victory against Renata Voráčová in the final 6–3, 6–2. She ended the year with a Win/Lost of 37–24.


Rus failed at the qualifying rounds of the 2010 Moorilla Hobart International and the 2010 Australian Open. She played few tournaments but her biggest result was in Marbella when she qualified to the 1st round. Then in Estoril she passed 3 qualifying round, won 2 matches in main draw but lost to Sorana Cîrstea 6–4, 6–1. She lost at the US Open qualifying 2nd round to junior 2010 Wimbledon Championships champion Kristýna Plíšková 7–6, 6–7, 2–6. She played at Koddaert Ladies Open. In 1st round she overcame 8th seed Tathiana Garbin 6–3, 6–2 and in the 2nd round, was better than Michaëlla Krajicek 6–1, 6–4. She lost in the quarterfinals to No.2 seed Timea Bacsinszky 6–3, 6–2. Then she played qualifying at the 2010 BGL Luxembourg Open, but she lost in 1st round to No. 5 seed Sorana Cîrstea 6–4, 3–6, 7–6. Later, she played in the Real Tennis Masters Rotterdam final against Michaëlla Krajicek, but lost 6–4, 6–2. She ended the year with a Win/Lost of 33–26.


Roland Garros 2011

Her first tournament was the 2011 Brisbane International, where she played through the qualifying rounds. In the first round, she defeated Isabella Holland 6–2, 6–2. In the second round, she defeated Olivia Rogowska 6–1, 6–7, 6–2, but then lost to Anna Tatishvili 6–2, 6–4. Rus next went through the qualifying rounds at the 2011 Medibank International Sydney. In the first round, she beat 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist Mirjana Lučić 6–4, 6–2, but in the second round, she lost against Bojana Jovanovski 6–2, 5–7, 7–5.

Then Rus went on to the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, where she went through the qualifying rounds, as the no. 18 seed. In the first round, she defeated Julia Cohen 6–3, 6–2. In the second, round she again defeated Isabella Holland 6–2, 6–3, and in the third qualifying round, Rus beat Kurumi Nara 6–4, 6–1. In her first Australian Open main draw appearance, she defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6–1, 3–6, 7–5, but she lost to no. 23 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round 6–1, 6–4.

Then, she played for the Netherlands Fed Cup Team at Group I of the European/African Zone. She won all of her singles matches against Hungary, Romania, and Latvia, helping the Netherlands with three victories. But they lost in the Promotional Play-off against Switzerland 2–1.

She played at ITF Stockholm, where she won the doubles title with Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR), and she lost the singles final from Kristina Mladenovic 6–4, 6–3. She withdrew from WTA Monterrey because of illnes. At BNP Paribas Open she played qualifications, but lost to Jamie Hampton 6–3, 6–7, 2–6. Next was ITF tournament The Bahamas Women's Open. Beating Jill Craybas 6–3, 6–4, Kristina Barrois (GER) 7–5, 6–2 in the first two rounds. In the quarterfinals, she met her doubles partner Anastasiya Yakimova and lost 6–3, 6–3. Then, she played qualifying matches for the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. In the first round, she defeated Japanese Misaki Doi 6–1, 6–2 and Michelle Larcher de Brito 6–4, 6–2 in the second qualifying round. In the main draw, she lost in the first round against Lourdes Domínguez Lino 6–4, 6–7, 6–4.

Next was the 2011 Andalucia Tennis Experience, where she faced Dinara Safina in the first round, losing 6–3, 2–6, 4–6. She also lost in the first round at Fes 6–4, 4–6, 3–6 to Aravane Rezaï. Then she played qualifying matches for the Estoril Open, beating Anne Kremer in the first round 6–0, 6–1, but losing against Sesil Karatancheva 7–5, 4–6, 2–6. She played the first round at the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, losing against Maria Sharapova 6–2, 3–6, 2–6.

She continued on the ITF circuit, first at Saint-Gaudens. In the first round, Rus beat Claire de Gubernatis 6–1, 6–1, and in the second round Séverine Beltrame 6–3, 6–3. In the quarterfinal, she beat former junior No.1 Elina Svitolina 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, and in the semifinal Rus defeated Valeria Savinykh 7–5, 7–5. She lost to Anastasia Pivovarova in the final 7–6, 6–7, 6–2. Then, she went on to the French Open and defeated Marina Erakovic 2–6, 6–4, 6–4 in the first round. In the second round, she defeated the No. 2 seed Kim Clijsters 3–6, 7–5, 6–1, after saving two match points. She lost to Maria Kirilenko 6–1, 6–1. Than she played at UNICEF Open where she defeated Indy De Vroome and Coco Vandeweghe before she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–2, 6–4. In Wimbledon qualifying first round she was better than Olivia Sanchez before she lost to Lindsay Lee-Waters in second round. Than she played at ITF Cuneo where she defeated Camilla Rosatello, Laura Pous Tió, Petra Martić and Mirjana Lučić but she lost to Anna Tatishvili 6–4, 6–3 in the final. She is playing at ITF Contrexéville where as a 1st seed defeated Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6–3, 6–2 in the first round, Roxane Vaisemberg 6–0, 6–3 in the second, but she lost to Iryna Brémond 6–3, 7–6 in the QF. Than she played ITF Astana 3. She defeated Zarina Diyas 6–7, 6–3, 7–6 in the first round, but in second round against Ekaterina Bychkova she retired in the 3rd set when Bychkova leads 2–0. After that she had tough trainings until the US Open where she defeated Elena Vesnina 6–4, 6–2 but lost to Caroline Wozniacki 6–2, 6–0 in the second round. After that, she played at ITF Nigbo and she lost to Yi-Fan Xu 6–4, 0–6, 6–3 in second round. Then she had three 1st round losses at Seoul (lost to Dulgheru 2–6, 6–0, 7–5), Pan Pacific open (lost to Pavlyuchenkova 6–4, 6–3) and at qualifying 1st round in Linz (lost to Broady 6–0, 6–2). Then she had huge break from tennis and played next tournament at ITF Dubai. She won matches against Erika Sema, Conny Perrin, Akgul Amanmuradova before she lost from Kristina Mladenovic in the semies.


Started year at Brisbane, lost Q 1st round match to Arantxa Parra Santonja 2–6, 7–6, 6–4 and lost to Vania King 5–7, 6–3, 6–1 in the same round at WTA Sydney. In her second Australian Open main draw appearance, she lost to Lesia Tsurenko 7–6, 6–1.

She missed Fed Cup matches due tooth infection, she played in Qatar Q 1st round against Caroline Garcia, but lost 6–4, 6–3. Then, she went on in Dubai, she def. Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the Q 1st round 2–6, 6–1, 6–4, Ons Jabeur 6–3, 2–6, 7–5 in the 2nd before she lost to Simona Halep in final qualifying round 6–2, 6–2.

She went over to the Indian Wells Masters but lost to Elena Baltacha 3–6, 6–4, 6–3 in the first round. After that, she played an ITF tournament in Clearwater. She defeated Tetiana Luzhanska and Sachia Vickery before losing to Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco 6–4, 6–1. She then headed over to the Masters in Miami, she def. Caroline Garcia 2–6, 6–3, 6–1 before she lost to Misaki Doi 7–6, 6–2.

Then on her first clay tournament of the year, The Oaks Club Challenger, she won her first title after ITF Nantes in 2009. She defeated Misaki Doi, (6) Irina Falconi, Florencia Molinero, (5) Edina Gallovits-Hall and in the final, Sesil Karatantcheva with 6–4, 6–1. She played in Charleston and lost in the first round against Anna Tatishvili in 3 sets.

In Brussels she reached the second round after beating China's Zheng Jie 7–5, 3–6, 6–4, but had to retire because of a lower back injury in her 2nd round match against Sofia Arvidsson.

Rus entered the Roland Garros main draw based on her ranking. She reached the second round after Jamie Hampton retired with Rus leading 6–4, 4–3. She then beat Virginie Razzano, who had a shock win over Serena Williams in the first round, in 2 sets. Subsequently, for the first time in her career, she reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam tournament with a victory in 3 sets over 25th seed Julia Görges 7–6, 2–6, 6–2. She lost in the fourth round from 23rd seed Kaia Kanepi in 1–6, 6–4, 0–6. Rus was the first Dutchwoman in 19 years to reach the fourth round in Paris, the last being Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in 1993.

Rus entered Wimbledon and beat Misaki Doi 7–5, 6–3 in the first round. She then shocked the 5th seeded Samantha Stosur 6–2, 0–6, 6–4 in the second round. She lost in the 3rd round to Peng Shuai 6–1, 6–2. It was her best Wimbledon result in her career.


Losing 4–6, 206 to Olga Puchkova in the first round of Wimbledon was her 17-th loss at the WTA level in a row.[3] She ended this streak in Bad Gastein, where she defeated María Teresa Torró Flor and Estrella Cabeza Candela in the first two round. In the quarterfinals she lost to Yvonne Meusburger, who then went on to win the tournament in her homeland.

Grand Slam Finals

Girls' Singles: 1 (1–0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2008 Australian Open Hard Jessica Moore 6–3, 6–4

Singles: 15 (10–5)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (8–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 26 August 2007 Vlaardingen, The Netherlands Clay (o) Anne Schaefer 6–7 (5) 6–2 6–2
Winner 2. 10 September 2007 Alphen a/d Rijn, The Netherlands Clay (o) Renee Reinhard 4–6 7–5 7–6 (2)
Runner–up 1. 21 October 2007 San Luis Potosi, Mexico Hard (o) Mariana Duque-Marino 6–3 4–6 3–6
Winner 3. 19 April 2008 Bari, Italy Clay (o) Alberta Brianti 2–6 7–5 6–3
Runner–up 2. 20 July 2008 Zwevegem, Belgium Clay (o) Ksenia Milevskaya 4–6 6–3 6–7(5)
Winner 4. 23 November 2008 Opole, Poland Carpet (i) Ana Vrljic 4–6 7–5 6–3
Winner 5. 8 November 2009 Nantes, France Hard (i) Renata Voracova 6–3 6–2
Runner–up 3. 13 February 2011 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Kristina Mladenovic 3–6 4–6
Runner–up 4. 15 May 2011 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay (o) Anastasia Pivovarova 6–7(4)7–6(3)2–6
Runner–up 5. 3 July 2011 Cuneo, Italy Clay (o) Anna Tatishvili 4–6 3–6
Winner 6. 1 April 2012 Osprey, Florida Clay (o) Sesil Karatantcheva 6–4 6–1
Winner 7. 1 September 2013 Fleurus, Belgium Clay (o) Diana Marcinkevica 6–3 6–2
Winner 8. 8 September 2013 Alphen a/d Rijn, The Netherlands Clay (o) Carina Witthoeft 4–6 6–2 6–2
Winner 9. 6 October 2013 Vallduxo, Spain Clay (o) Alize Lim 6–1 6–1
Winner 10. 13 October 2013 Sant Cugat, Spain Clay (o) Alberta Brianti 6–4 2–6 6–2

Doubles: 9 (5–4)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 27. October 2007 Mexico City, Mexico Hard Nicole Thijssen Ivana Abramović
Maria Abramović
6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 19 November 2008 Opole, Poland Carpet Katarzyna Piter Karolina Kosińska
Aleksandra Rosolska
6–2, 6–7(6), [7–10]
Runner-up 3. 31 May 2010 Rome, Italy Clay Iryna Bremond Christina McHale
Olivia Rogowska
4–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 11. February 2011 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Anastasiya Yakimova Claire Feuerstein
Ksenia Lykina
6–3, 2–6, [10–8]
Winner 5. 12. May 2013 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay Vania King Catalina Castaño
Teliana Pereira
4–6, 7–5, [10–8]
Runner-up 6. 6 October 2013 Vallduxo, Spain Clay Cindy Burger Florencia Molinero
Laura Thorpe
1–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 28 October 2013 Taipei, Taiwan Hard Lesley Kerkhove Chen Yi
Luksika Kumkhum
6–4, 2–6, [14–12]
Runner-up 8. 23 June 2014 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Lesley Kerkhove Viktorija Golubic
Laura Siegemund
3–6, 3–6
Winner 9. 30 August 2014 Fleurus, Belgium Clay Demi Schuurs Hilda Melander
Marina Melnikova
6–4, 6–1

Single performance statistics

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W–L
Australian Open A A Q2 Q1 2R 1R 1R 0 / 3 1–3
French Open A A 2R Q2 3R 4R 1R 0 / 4 6–4
Wimbledon A A Q1 1R Q2 3R 1R 0 / 3 2–3
US Open A A 1R Q2 2R 1R A 0 / 3 1–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 4–3 5–4 0–2 0 / 12 10–12
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A Q2 Q1 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Miami A A 1R 1R 1R Q2 1R 0 / 4 0–4
Madrid Not Held A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Beijing Tier II A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Tier II A A A Premier 0 / 0 0–0
Doha T II A Not Held P Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canada A A A Q2 A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Tokyo A A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Career statistics
Year End Ranking 465 188 107 138 84 68

Doubles performance statistics

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 0–2
French Open 0–0
Wimbledon 1R 0–1
US Open 1R 1R 0–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–5


  1. ^ Arantxa Rus reaches quarterfinals in Guangzhou
  2. ^ Pin defeats Rus in Guangzhou
  3. ^ "Arantxa Rus loses record-tying 17th consecutive match". Retrieved 17 August 2013. 

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