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 the 2005 French Open , upsetting seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams en route. The same year, she twice tested positive for nandrolone and was therefore issued a two-year suspension. She returned to professional competition in January 2008.
* 1.1 2003-2004: Early career
* 1.2 2005: Breakthrough and first
French Open quarterfinal
* 1.3 2006-2007: Doping scandal and 2 year suspension
* 1.4 2008
* 1.5 2009: Representing
* 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 Fed Cup participation
* 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
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
Aegon Classic tournament in Birmingham where she
reached the quarterfinals winning five matches in a row, upsetting
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 French Open , she lost to Olga Govortsova in the final round of qualifying. After barely missing out on qualifying for the Aegon Classic , Karatantcheva fell to Arina Rodionova in the first round of qualifying of Wimbledon . She took a two-week break following Wimbledon.
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
Karatantcheva headed to
She opened her grass court season at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. She entered the qualifying draw and defeated local girl Francesca Stephenson , but fell to Thailand's Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in the final round. However, she was offered a place in the main draw as a lucky loser due to the withdrawal of another player. She faced another Thai player, Tamarine Tanasugarn , defeating her in straight sets. Her run was ended in the second round by 8th seed Ekaterina Makarova . She then lost in the final round of qualifying at Wimbledon . Despite the loss, her ranking climbed due to her improved result from 2011.
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
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 Ana Konjuh of Croatia. She returned to the ITF circuit at the $50,000 Powiat Poznański Open in Sobota, advancing to the final having only dropped a set, but suffered a disappointing three-set loss there after winning the first set. It was her first final since April 2012. Karatantcheva next entered US Open qualifying but was beaten in the first round by Melanie Oudin .
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
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
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 French Open and Wimbledon , in late August 2017 she entered the one for the US Open , where she convincingly defeated seeded Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus in the first round, but then lost in a dramatic three-setter match (that was decided by a tiebreak) against American Claire Liu . In September 2017, Karatantcheva won the title at the Red Rock Pro Open in Las Vegas , defeating compatriot Elitsa Kostova in the final by a score of 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
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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