SESIL RADOSLAVOVA KARATANTCHEVA (Bulgarian : Сесил Радославова Каратанчева; born 8 August 1989) is a Bulgarian tennis player.
She has won seven singles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 7 November 2005, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 35. On 19 April 2010, she peaked at world No. 154 on the doubles rankings.
Karatantcheva is perhaps best known for reaching the quarterfinals of
* 1.1 2003-2004: Early career
* 1.2 2005: Breakthrough and first
* 2 Personal life
* 3 WTA Tour finals
* 3.1 Doubles: 1 (0–1)
* 4 ITF Circuit finals: 15 (8–7)
* 4.1 Singles: 15 (8–7)
* 5.1 Singles (12–5) * 5.2 Doubles (7–8)
* 6 Grand Slam performance timeline * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
She began playing tennis at the age of 5. In 2001, 12-year-old
Karatantcheva won the Orange Bowl tournament for her age group,
Alisa Kleybanova in the final. Early in her playing days,
she trained for approximately six months at the famous
2003-2004: EARLY CAREER
Karatantcheva played her first professional tournament in September
2003 in Sofia,
2005: BREAKTHROUGH AND FIRST FRENCH OPEN QUARTERFINAL
2005 was Karatantcheva's breakthrough year. She started off the year
at a tournament in
Gold Coast, Australia by qualifying, and then
defeating the tournament's No. 7 seed
Elena Likhovtseva before falling
in the quarterfinals. She then qualified for the
Australian Open ,
before losing to the No. 4 seed Sharapova in the first round. Her most
successful tournament to date was at Roland Garros . Karatantcheva
defeated the No. 19 seed
Shinobu Asagoe in the second round, and then
stunned the world with her victory over the No. 11 seed and former
world number one
In 2005, Karatantcheva also won a European club championship in
At the end of the year, Karatantcheva came up 8th in the Bulgarian
Sportsperson of the Year rankings, earning 676 points. She was also
honoured by the Bulgarian
On December 20, 2005, the French sports newspaper L\'Equipe reported that Karatantcheva had failed a drug test earlier in the year at Roland Garros (after the 1/4 final match against Likhovtseva), and that she had appeared in front of a three-person panel of judges to explain the results. The newspaper claims that Karatantcheva said she was pregnant at the time of the test, which would explain the high levels of nandrolone in her system. Karatantcheva has denied all allegations, saying "I am shocked. I have not appeared before judges of the international federation."
2006-2007: DOPING SCANDAL AND 2 YEAR SUSPENSION
On January 11, 2006, the ITF issued a two-year ban after two positive
drug tests for nandrolone. While Karatantcheva has claimed she was
pregnant at the time of one of the tests, another laboratory carried
out a pregnancy test on her urine sample, and it tested negative. On
July 3, 2006 the
Court of Arbitration for Sport
Karatantcheva did not play any matches in 2006 or 2007 following her drug ban. She mainly trained in Pravets .
Karatantcheva at the 2008 US Open
Karatantcheva's first match after the ban was in a pre-qualification tournament for a wild card into the 25,000 USD ITF tournament in Surprise, Arizona, USA. She won three matches in one day to win the event and thus won a wild card for the qualifying draw in Surprise, Arizona. In the qualifying draw, Sesil beat Susanna Lingman, Maria Kondratieva, and Kristína Kučová , to enter the main draw. In the main draw, Karatantcheva beat the 5th seed Sunitha Rao in three sets in the first round and Robin Stephenson in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Karatantcheva beat Magdaléna Rybáriková in two sets, and in the semifinals she defeated the 2nd seed Viktoriya Kutuzova . In the finals, Sesil played a tough three set match and overcame the 8th seed, American Angela Haynes .
In late January, still unranked, she entered another $25,000 tournament at La Quinta, and again battled through three rounds of qualifying into the main draw, despite a scare in her qualifying match against American player Stacia Fonseca , who took the first set from the Bulgarian before the match swung decisively the other way. Having fended off a spirited challenge from second-seeded Angelika Bachmann in the first round of the main draw, she made light work of subsequent opponents en route to the semifinals, where for the second tournament in succession she was scheduled to play Viktoriya Kutuzova . This time, the match ran to three sets, but Karatantcheva ultimately prevailed in three sets. In the final, Karatantcheva defeated the 3rd seed, Sandra Klösel .
Karatantcheva attracted criticism from the Bulgarian tennis federation for competing at La Quinta in preference to participating in Bulgaria's Federation Cup tie scheduled the same week. She was accused of breach of contract and threatened with a fine, but the Bulgarian teenager stood by her decision, which she had taken on the grounds that it was proving extremely difficult for her to gain entry even to low-level tournaments following the loss of all her ranking points and any right to protected ranking status after her ban, so she needed to work at re-establishing herself at least in the mid-hundreds of the WTA rankings as a matter of priority before tending to national team commitments.
In February, the Bulgarian was awarded a wildcard into the $75,000 Midland event, but her winning streak came to an abrupt end as she was defeated in the first round by qualifier Valérie Tétreault of Canada, who had raced through the three qualifying rounds for the loss of just nine games, five of them against former top 50 star Mirjana Lučić . Karatantcheva then attempted to qualify for the WTA Tier III event in Memphis but lost in the first round of qualifying to Hana Šromová of the Czech Republic.
In early March, she qualified for the $50,000
In April, she reached the quarterfinals of the $25,000 event at
Civitavecchia, losing to
Betina Jozami of
In May, she played her first WTA main draw match since her suspension in Fes, Morocco against Elena Baltacha which she won in straight sets. In June, Sesil reached the quarterfinals of the $75,000 ITF tournament in Marseille. She was in the qualies of Wimbledon but managed to reach only the second match which she lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková from Slovakia.
2009: REPRESENTING KAZAKHSTAN
On 10 January 2009, it was announced that Karatantcheva would take
Kazakh citizenship and compete for the
In tournament play in January she reached the second round (as a
qualifier) at the Brisbane International defeating top 50 player Iveta
Benešová along the way and then backed it up by playing (and
winning) her first main draw grand slam match (again as a qualifier)
at the Australian Open. She then lost in the second round to China's
2010: FIRST WTA SEMIFINAL
At the PTT Pattaya Open Karatantcheva reached her first WTA
semifinal, before losing to
Tamarine Tanasugarn . Karatantcheva
qualified for the
Karatantcheva failed to qualify in Brisbane , Melbourne , Pattaya ,
and Monterrey . She reached the final of a $25,000 event in Clearwater
, losing to
Ajla Tomljanović . At the
She returned at the WTA Palermo , where she qualified for the main
draw. She drew 2nd seed
Roberta Vinci in the first round. Although
Karatantcheva played well she was beaten in straight sets. She then
competed in two $100,000 events – in
She then failed to qualify for the US Open , marking the first year since 2009 that she had not competed in the main draw of a Major. Her poor form continued, losing in the 1st or 2nd rounds of four more ITF tournaments.
She began to improve her game by advancing to the semifinals of a
$50,000 event in
Karatantcheva began the year ranked World No. 139. She failed to qualify in Brisbane and at the Australian Open. She then competed in the $100,000 ITF tournament in Cali . Unseeded, she advanced to the semifinals before losing to Mandy Minella . She then played at the Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas and Monterrey Open . Although she qualified for both, she lost in the first round to Catalina Castaño and Yaroslava Shvedova , respectively. Sesil then qualified for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel . Although she put up a fight, Sesil was defeated by 6th seed Johanna Larsson in three sets, in the first round. Karatantcheva committed 18 double faults during the match – almost an all-time high in WTA history. Karatantcheva then competed at the BNP Paribas Open and the Sony Ericsson Open , losing in the first round of qualifying for both tournaments. Despite the losses, she rebounded and reached the final of a $50,000 event, losing to Arantxa Rus .
Karatantcheva headed to
She opened her grass court season at the
Karatantcheva then played at the Bank of the West Classic . She fell in the first round of qualifying. She then qualified for the Premier-level Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad. She was points away from winning, but was finally beaten by Melinda Czink in the first round. She then competed at the second annual Citi Open in Washington, D.C. She lost to American Sloane Stephens in the first round. She then continued her hard-court season at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. As the 18th seed in qualifying, she won three matches for a place in the main draw. In the first round she dismantled Sorana Cîrstea , without losing a single game, in only 43 minutes. Karatantcheva lost to 16th seed Lucie Šafářová in the second round in straight sets. Her ranking climbed to No. 92, her highest ranking since 2005. Karatantcheva then played at the Western however, she was more successful with qualifying wins over world No. 95 Anabel Medina Garrigues and Alexandra Panova , the latter match lasting over three hours. Her run was ended in the first round by Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens .
Karatantcheva proceeded to compete in Osprey , but lost to Gioia
Barbieri in the first round. At the Family Circle Cup , she played
qualifying and overcame
Sanaz Marand before bowing out to Alla
Kudryavtseva . She next played at the Dothan Pro
Following Wimbledon, Karatantcheva entered the inaugural Bucharest
Open , winning three qualifying matches before losing to Silvia Soler
Espinosa in the first round. She then played qualifying at the
İstanbul Cup but was beaten in the first round by
Karatantcheva returned to action at the Coupe Banque Nationale as a direct entrant in the main draw. She began with a win over Sanaz Marand in the first round and squared off against 3rd seeded Kristina Mladenovic in the second, edging the Frenchwoman in a match that lasted over two-and-a-half hours. Karatantcheva subsequently moved on to the quarterfinals but was defeated there by Mirjana Lučić-Baroni , who would go on to win the tournament.
In October Karatantcheva announced, that she had decided to play for
her home country
2015: REPRESENTING BULGARIA ONCE AGAIN
Karatancheva's first tournament of the year was the ASB Classic ,
where she has started from qualifications, losing in the third round
of the qualifying competition to
Urszula Radwańska after previously
defeating two opponents. Karatancheva failed to qualify to the
Australian Open, after losing in the second qualifying round to
Alexandra Panova . In February Karatantcheva participated at the
Abierto Mexicano Telcel , where she started from qualifications. She
was defeated in straight sets in the third qualifying round by Lucie
Hradecká , but nonetheless reached the main tournament as a lucky
loser . Karatantcheva then eliminated
Marie Bouzková , Kiki Bertens
Monica Puig to secure herself a place in the semifinals for the
second time in her career. She subsequently lost to 5th seed Timea
Bacsinszky in two sets. Next she played at Monterrey Open , where she
lost in the first round of qualifications. Despite the setback,
Karatantcheva was nonetheless able to stay on course towards improving
her ranking by qualifying for the main phase of the BNP Paribas Open
shortly after that. In the first round, she managed a two-set victory
over compatriot and friend
Tsvetana Pironkova . This was the first
time since 2000 that two Bulgarian women had met in the main draw of a
WTA tournament. Karatantcheva then suffered a defeat in straight sets
to CoCo Vandeweghe. Next, Karatantcheva qualified for the main draw
of Miami Open , where she reached the second round, defeating Lauren
Davis then ranked number 61, in the first round in straight sets, and
losing to 21st seed
Garbiñe Muguruza . Her ranking improved to 109.
Next, at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, she qualified for the
main draw, beating
Arantxa Rus and
Louisa Chirico along the way, and
lost in the first round to 9th seed Samantha Stosur. At the French
Open , Karatantcheva was seeded 3rd in the qualifying draw and she
qualified for the main draw. In the first round she defeated former
world No. 1, Jelena Janković, in straight sets, which allowed her to
return to the top 100 in the WTA rankings. Then she lost in the
second round to
Karatantcheva's season began with a disappointment at Brisbane , losing in the first round of the qualifying draw. She played at Sydney , starting once again from the qualifications, defeating Yaroslava Shvedova (after taking a 4:1 lead in the first set and her opponent retiring) in the first round, but then succumbing in straight sets to Magdaléna Rybáriková. At the qualifying competition for the Australian Open Karatantcheva was seeded fourth. However, she was unable to pass the first hurdle, being defeated 2-6, 0-6 by Jessica Pegula . Karatantcheva did not manage to reach the main draw of the 2016 French Open, losing to Ukrainian Maryna Zanevska in three sets after taking the first one in the second round of qualifying , for which she was not among the seeds. Her downturn in fortunes continued in the qualifying competition for Wimbledon , where she suffered elimination in the first round at the hands of Frenchwoman Shérazad Reix in a hard-fought match that was decided in three sets. At the qualifying competition for the US Open Karatantcheva posted a win in three sets against Slovak Rebecca Šramková in the first round, but was then defeated by Belgian Elise Mertens in another three-setter match.
Karatantcheva did not get past the first hurdle at the qualifying
tournament for the
Australian Open , being on the receiving end of a
3-6, 2-6 defeat by Russian
Anna Blinkova . After not participating in
the qualifying competitions for the
She is the daughter of former rower and member of parliament as part
Bulgarian Business Bloc
She has three sisters, one of whom, Gabriel Karatantcheva, is also a tennis player.
WTA TOUR FINALS
DOUBLES: 1 (0–1)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
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