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2017 US Open Spotlight: Timea Bacsinzky

September 1, 2016 - Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in action against Varvara Lepchenko of the United States during the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

Switzerland is into the Fed Cup semifinals, with an eye on the country’s second-ever appearance in the final. Propelling the Swiss to victory was Timea Bacsinszky, who won the match of the weekend and claimed the maximum three points in Switzerland’s 4-1 victory over 2016 finalist France.

Here’s a little more on the 27-year-old former French Open semifinalist:

The Timea Bacsinzky File

Age: 27
Height: 5-7
Residence: Lausanne, Switzerland
Current Rank: 16
Career-High Rank: 9 (May 2016)
Best US Open Finish: 3R (2008)

The Baseline

- On a Swiss team replete with stars both former (Martina Hingis) and rising (Belinda Bencic), Bacsinzky stood out on 2017’s first weekend of Fed Cup play. She kicked off the tie against France by topping former Top 20 player Alize Cornet in two sets – despite being stung by a wasp during the match – and with the tie knotted 1-1, outlasted the hottest player on tour, recent St. Petersburg champion Kristina Mladenovic, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5, in an affair that lasted more than three hours. To top it off, Bacsinzky teamed with Hingis to win the doubles point.

- Playing largely under the radar, Bacsinzky has been one of the best players in the world over the past two years. In 2015, she won two titles, in Acapulco and Monterrey, and reached the French Open semifinals and the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Last year, she reached the quarters at Roland Garros and won Rabat for her fourth career WTA title to finish the year at No. 15.

- Bacsinzky was a solid junior who got off to a promising start to her career, finishing in the Top 60 for the first time in 2008 and winning her first tour title in 2009. After similar success in 2010 and 2011, she struggled through three consecutive injury-marred seasons, falling to No. 285 in 2013 before climbing back into the Top 50 in 2014 – setting the stage for her recent ascent.

- She has been a steady presence on the Swiss Fed Cup team throughout her career. She has played in 22 ties since 2004, going 18-15 in singles and 6-5 in doubles. In 2015, she went 5-0, including a singles victory over Agnieszka Radwanska, to deliver the Swiss back into the World Group for the first time since 2004.

- For all her success and her solid ground game, Bacsinzky has never broken through at the US Open. Since her best showing in New York, in 2008, she has failed to make it out of the second round, losing in the round of 64 again in 2016 to American Varvara Lepchenko.

They Said It!

“Who would have thought that we would have wasps in Switzerland in February? It hurt a lot, but maybe it will give me super powers on Sunday.” – Bacsinzky, who followed up her wasp-stung victory over Cornet by winning two more matches on Sunday to clinch a 4-1 Swiss victory over France

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