Vania King, born on February 3, 1989 in Monterey Park, California, is an American professional tennis player. Born to Taiwanese parents who moved to the US in the early 80’s, King started to play the game at the age of 4 with the help of her father. After successful juniors career where she ranked at no. 14 in the American U18s and reached no. 11 in the world junior rankings, King turned pro in 2006.
Her first season as a pro was highlighted by her first Tour singles title in Bangkok after her defeat of Tamarine Tanasugarn. She also reached the semifinals in Bangalore and the third round at Indian Wells, as well as the second round in her Wimbledon debut and at her second US Open.
King entered the top 100 when she reached the 90th spot in April. With no plans to stop her rise on the ranks, she jumped to no. 80 and finally landed at the 54th spot in October before entering the top 50 on November.
A year later, King highlighted the season with back-to-back quarterfinals in Bangkok. However, she had to withdraw from the QF match with Chinese player Zi Yan due to a lower back injury. Another disappointment came when she injured her left thumb which necessitated her withdrawal from her match in Prague.
2008 did not start well for the Taiwanese-American player either. The start of the season was marked by her failure to qualify at the Hobart qualifying and her defeat in the first round at Pattaya City. In March, she had to withdraw from her match in Bangalore because she was suffering from the flu. Fortunately, she managed to recover just in time to compete in Istanbul, where she reached the second round, and in Roland Garros. She also reached the second round in LA as well as the QF in Cincinnati before finally bowing to no. 5 seed Amelie Mauresmo.
King currently has one career title in singles and four career titles in doubles.
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