In a draw that featured Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, Lauren Davis emerged as the champion at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, one of the major tune-ups for the 2017 Australian Open. Here’s a little more on this first-time tour titlist.
The Lauren Davis File
Residence: Boca Raton, FL
Current Rank: 46
Career-High Rank: 43 (July 2014)
Best US Open Finish: 2R (2015-16)
- Davis reached the first two finals of her career in 2016, falling in the title match in Washington, D.C., and Quebec City. She broke through last week in Auckland by defeating No. 5 seed Kiki Bertens, No. 4 seed and world No. 20 Barbora Strycova, rising star Jelena Ostapenko and, in the final, 2016 US Open quarterfinalist Ana Konjuh.
- Davis’ best career showing in a Grand Slam event is the third round, achieved at the Australian Open in 2014 and 2016 and at Wimbledon in 2014.
- Davis has drawn comparisons to former Top 10 player Amanda Coetzer both for her terrific double-handed backhand, her size – at 5-foot-2, she is among the shortest players on tour – and her relentless, grinding style of play.
- Davis grew up in Gates Mills, Ohio, just outside Cleveland. She returned there in 2014 to make her U.S. Fed Cup debut against Italy. Team USA lost, 3-1, but Davis teamed with Madison Keys to win the doubles point for the U.S.
- Davis has finished in the Top 100 each of the last five years (2012-16) and in 2017 will be looking for her first year-end Top 50 ranking. She climbed to No. 3 in the world junior rankings in 2010, when she won the Orange Bowl and the Eddie Herr International Championships and reached the Easter Bowl final.
They Said It!
"It's definitely an incredible feeling to win my first WTA title at my favorite tournament. It's definitely surreal. I had two finals last year, and it was definitely discouraging and frustrating. But I guess third time's the charm!" – Davis, following her win in Auckland