Lesia Tsurenko

Lesia Viktorivna Tsurenko  born 30 May 1989 is a Ukrainian tennis player.

Tsurenko has won four singles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as six singles and eight doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit. On 17 July 2017, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 29. On 28 May 2018, she peaked at No. 115 in the doubles rankings.

In 2013, Tsurenko reached the semifinals of the WTA Premier Brisbane International tournament, after entering the draw as a lucky loser replacing Maria Sharapova; she defeated Jarmila Gajdošová and Daniela Hantuchová before losing in three sets to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Having qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open, she again faced Pavlyuchenkova, the 24th seed. This time Tsurenko won in three sets. She then beat fellow qualifier Daria Gavrilova in the second round, but lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the third. Tsurenko continued her good run of form on the North American hard courts, as she reached the third round at the BNP Paribas Open as a qualifier; she defeated Ayumi Morita and Yaroslava Shvedova before falling to Petra Kvitová. She reached a then career-high ranking of No. 60 in the world.

In 2015, Tsurenko reached the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, again as a qualifier, defeating Annika Beck, Andrea Petkovic, Alizé Cornet and Eugenie Bouchard before retiring against Jelena Janković in the quarterfinals due to an ankle injury she suffered in defeating Bouchard. After again reaching the second round of Wimbledon and losing to Irina-Camelia Begu, Tsurenko won her first WTA singles title in Istanbul, defeating Urszula Radwańska in final. As a result, she reached a career-high ranking of world No. 47. In summer, she qualified for the Rogers Cup in Toronto by beating Nicole Gibbs and Lara Arruabarrena, and then defeated Yanina Wickmayer, Wimbledon finalist Garbiñe Muguruza and Carina Witthöft, before succumbing to Sara Errani in the quarterfinals.

Her good form continued at the Connecticut Open. As a lucky loser, replacing Simona Halep, she defeated fifth seed Karolína Plíšková in straight sets in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, she eventually lost to French Open finalist Lucie Šafářová. Tsurenko found revenge one week later at the US Open, defeating the Czech sixth seed Lucie Šafářová in the first round. However, she lost to Varvara Lepchenko in round two.

2016: First Grand Slam 4th round appearance and second WTA title
After struggle in first half of year in 2016,Tsurenko made her first grand slam fourth round at the US Open after beating Irina-Camelia Begu and Dominika Cibulková en route before losing to defending finalist Roberta Vinci. Two weeks later, Tsurenko won her WTA second singles title in Guangzhou, defeating Jelena Janković in final.

Tsurenko won her WTA third singles title in Acapulco, defeating Kristina Mladenovic in final. After Wimbledon, she reached a career-high ranking of No. 29.

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