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08 Aug 1986

The younger sister of professional tennis players Valeria and Alona, Kateryna Bondarenko won the junior singles title at 2004 Wimbledon (d. Ivanovic in the final). She captured her first and only Grand Slam title of any kind in 2008, winning the Australian Open doubles event partnering her sister Alona. After it, she clinched further two doubles titles with Alona, at 2008 Paris [Indoors] and 2009 Prague.

Coached by parents, Vladimir and Natalia, she won her first career WTA singles title on grass at 2008 Birmingham (d. Wickmayer).

At 2009 US Open she became first Ukrainian woman to reach QF at a Grand Slam (since matched by Svitolina at 2015 and 2017 Roland Garros) and achieved her career-high rank of No.29 in October 2009.

Bondarenko was a member of the team that helped secure promotion to World Group for first time in 2010. On September 29, 2011 she married the Kiev businessman Denis Volodko. After the 2012 Us Open, she took time away from tour to give birth to daughter Karin, who arrived in 2013.

Made return to tour in April 2014 (fell in qualifying at Katowice). At the Slams, went on to fall in qualifying at 2014-15 Roland Garros, and 2015 Australian Open and Wimbledon, before winning her way through to main draw at 2015 US Open (d. Putintseva, l. Halep).

Season highlights in 2015 included reaching two quarter-finals in Istanbul, where she upset Venus Williams in the opening main draw match (as qualifier, l. eventual champion Tsurenko) and Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. eventual champion Wickmayer). That year she won her way through qualifying at 10 events and gained a nomination for the WTA Comeback Player Award (media vote; won by Venus Williams).

In 2016, she played all four Slams for the first time since 2012 and reached the third-round at Australian Open and Us Open. She also finished as a runner-up in doubles at 2016 New Haven (w/Chuang) in her tour-level final of any kind since 2011 Hobart.

Bondarenko finished 2017 at No.95, marking her seventh non-consecutive Top 100 finish, as the Ukrainian No.4, behind Svitolina, Tsurenko and Kozlova. That year, she won her second career WTA title at Tashkent (d. No.52 Babos) and posted one win over a Top 10 opponent in 2017 (No.7 Muguruza at Dubai via ret.).

Bondarenko began the 2018 campaign reaching the third-round at the Australian Open (l. Rybarikova), where she posted her 20th career victory over a Top 20 opponent in the second-round beating No.18 Pavlyuchenkova. Then, she advanced to her first WTA $125k singles final at the Oracle Challenger Series in Indian Wells (l. Errani).



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