Childhood photos of Mona Barthel


It’s been almost three months since I last updated the WTA Childhood Photos series. Now I’d like to show you how the emerging tennis star Mona Barthel looked from the days she was a baby to the period of her first tennis trophies.

Mona, now 22, started playing tennis at the age of three because her older sister Sunna played, but even though her sister did reach the professional level, a shoulder injury stopped her career.

Fortunately, Mona’s progress is on the right track. After making a Top 100 debut in 2010, in January 2011 Mona won her first WTA title in Hobart and and reached a career-high ranking of No.31 on April 30th that year. 

This season the German opened with Auckland semifinals, and after the runner-up position in Hobart and first-round exit at the Australian Open, Mona is now in France where today she upset Roberta Vinci 4-6 6-1 6-3 to set up a clash with third seed Marion Bartoli in the Open GDF SUEZ quarterfinals.

Moreover, Mona currently works unique fashion, often wearing the clothes of Florida-based designer Denise Cronwall. Here you can see her 2013 Australian Open dress.

Do check out our Childhood Photos series to see how many other WTA stars looked when they were kids. (photos via Fan Mona Barthel)


  1. Marija, I actually put a “plus” sign before the full stop, but it strangely disappeared (some quirk in the software, perhaps, which removed it for reasons known only to itself?).
    But, coming to think about it, perhaps there is, er, a “message” in this lone full stop as well – you know, like: “here it ends, for this is the ultimate”…

  2. Tulp, I don’t know why the plus would be removed.

    So I nailed it with this article for you? You were the one who projected Barthel to be No.1, right?

  3. Neither do I, Marija, that’s the only thing I could come up with, for I still vividly remember the look of my “minimalistic” comment while pressing the “submit” button. Oh, well…
    As for the article: yes, you nailed it, girl, head on, and with a sledgehammer! And, yes, I’m the one who projected Mona to be the No.1 – and I still stand by my projection (though it may not happen in, er, 2013 :). Be as it may, the girl is a blessing for women’s tennis – and in more ways than one.


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