Minella at the 2013 French Open
|Full name||Mandy Minella|
22 November 1985 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 8 ITF|
|Highest ranking||66 (17 September 2012)|
|Current ranking||106 (9 December 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2012, 2013)|
|French Open||1R (2012, 2013)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||3R (2010, 2012)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||47 (29 April 2013)|
|Current ranking||63 (9 December 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2013)|
|French Open||2R (2012)|
|US Open||1R (2012, 2013)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||1R (2013)|
|Last updated on: 9 December 2013.|
Mandy Minella (born 22 November 1985 in Esch-sur-Alzette) is a Luxembourgish professional tennis player. Her highest singles ranking to date is world number 66 on 17 September 2012, and world number 47 in doubles on 29 April 2013. Minella has not won a WTA singles title, but has won two doubles titles on the WTA circuit, as well as eight singles and five doubles titles on the ITF tour.
Minella currently resides in Paris and in her city of birth, Esch-sur-Alzette, in Luxembourg. Her parents are Mario and Anna Minella, and she is coached by Norbert Palmier.
Early career (2000–2005)
In 2000, Minella debuted for the Luxembourg Fed Cup team, partnering Celine Francois in the doubles matches against Ukraine and Great Britain, losing both times. After again participating in Fed Cup in 2001 (where she won her first rubber), she began competing in Satellites in the same year. In 2002, she received a qualifying wildcard into the WTA Tier III SEAT Open Luxembourg, losing the first round. She reached her first Satellite tour singles final in 2003, losing to Liana-Gabriela Balaci.
She lost again in Satellite finals in 2004 (in both singles and doubles at the same tournament in Napoli), before winning her first singles title in Zadar later that year. A year later she won her second title, in Gardone Val Trompia.
ITF tennis (2006–2010)
In 2006 she won an ITF tournament in Caserta, as well as finishing runner-up in another. In 2009, three years later, she won her fourth ITF tournament, in Belgium. In 2010, Minella had some success on the ITF Women's Circuit. She won two $25,000 events, one in Florida and one in Germany, and finished runner-up in an ITF event in California.
In the qualifying draw for the 2010 US Open, Minella won all three matches and lost just one set. In her first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam, she beat world number 47 Polona Hercog to advance to the second round. She continued her good performance by defeating world number 34 and Wimbledon semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova. In the third round, however, she lost to world number four Venus Williams.
In 2012, Minella played her first Australian Open main draw. She was given direct entry, being ranked world number 110. She lost to American qualifier Jamie Hampton in the first round. She then went on to reach the final of a $100,000 ITF tournament in Cali. Despite defeating number one seed and world number 56 Marina Erakovic along the way, she lost the final to second seed Alexandra Dulgheru. She fared better in doubles, winning the title with Karin Knapp. Minella broke into the top 100 singles rankings for the first time in her career as a result. She then played at the 2012 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, losing in the first round. She reached the final in doubles; her first WTA final of any kind. At the 2012 Monterrey Open, she faced Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson and won in three sets. She followed this up with a win over Kazakhstani wildcard Yaroslava Shvedova in a tight three-setter. Minella lost to second seed Sara Errani in her first WTA quarterfinal. At the Nürnberger Gastein tournament, Minella defeated Johanna Larsson in the quarterfinals to reach her first WTA semifinal (against Wickmayer). Minella reached the third round of Wimbledon 2012 doubles, alongside partner Govortsova, losing to Llagostera Vives and Martinez Sánchez.
In 2013, Minella started her season at the 2013 Shenzhen Open, where she faced first seed Li Na but lost in straight sets. She then played the 2013 Moorilla Hobart International where she qualified for the main draw but lost to Monica Niculescu in the first round. In the doubles event she partnered Tímea Babos and went on to reach the final after the pair saved multiple match points in their first round match. They eventually lost to Garbiñe Muguruza and María Teresa Torró Flor in the final. Minella then continued her disappointing run of first round losses where she lost to Valeria Savinykh in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open. She partnered Megan Moulton-Levy in the doubles event and also saved multiple match points in their first round match, eventually going on to win. The pair then lost, however, in the second round. Minella then played the 2013 Open GDF Suez but suffered a first round loss in qualifying and another first round loss in doubles. She then went to play in the 2013 Copa Colsanitas where she had more positive results, reaching the quarterfinals in singles, beating Tatjana Malek and Tímea Babos before losing to Teliana Pereira. In the doubles event Minella partnered again with Babos and went on to win the title; her first at WTA tour level. The pair did not drop a set all week.
Minella went on to play the 2013 Abierto Mexicano Telcel but lost to Silvia Soler Espinosa in the first round. She then lost out to Olga Govortsova at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open in a tight three-setter. At the 2013 Sony Open Tennis Minella lost in qualifying to junior player Kateřina Siniaková. In the doubles event she played with Babos once more, with the pair putting up a fight against the first seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the second round, but it wasn't enough to advance. Minella then suffered another first round loss at the 2013 Family Circle Cup to Italian Camila Giorgi. At the 2013 BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Minella defeated Vesna Dolonc in the first round before falling to the first seed Petra Kvitová. Minella then went on to play the 2013 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, where she defeated Estrella Cabeza Candela in the first round, fourth seed Kaia Kanepi in the second, and Silvia Soler Espinosa in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals she lost to Lourdes Domínguez Lino; but won the doubles event with Tímea Babos.
Minella then continued her season playing an ITF in France where she lost to Cabeza Candela in the quarterfinals. She played the 2013 French Open, suffering first round losses in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Minella then had a string of first round losses including at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships to the world number one, Serena Williams. At the US Open she lost to Sloane Stephens in a tight match where she lost in a final set tiebreak, having been up a break in the third set.
Due to not being able to defend her third round points from the 2012 US Open, Minella's rank dropped to 132. Her next tournament would be the 2013 Tashkent Open, where she reached the semifinals in singles and was runner-up, partnering Olga Govortsova, in doubles.
Minella then suffered early losses in multiple tournaments including losses to Estrella Cabeza Candela, Casey Dellacqua, Belinda Bencic and Caroline Wozniacki. She then went on to play at the 2013 Internationaux Féminins de la Vienne where she defeated Donna Vekić in the first round, only to lose to eventual tournament champion Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second.
Minella's last two tournaments were to be in North America where she played the 2013 Tevlin Women's Challenger defeating Élisabeth Fournier and Julia Boserup easily before falling to eventual champion Victoria Duval in the quarterfinals. She then went to her last tournament of the year at the 2013 South Seas Island Resort Women's Pro Classic, defeating Chieh-Yu Hsu, Allie Will, Boserup and Allie Kiick to reach the final where she played Gabriela Dabrowski, defeating her in straight sets.
In 2014, Minella is set to play Brisbane, Sydney, the Australian Open in January.
|Runner-up||1.||18 February 2012||Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Stefanie Vögele|| Eva Birnerová
|Runner-up||2.||12 January 2013||Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia||Hard||Tímea Babos|| Garbiñe Muguruza
María Teresa Torró Flor
|Winner||1.||23 February 2013||Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Tímea Babos|| Eva Birnerová
|Winner||2.||28 April 2013||Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Marrakech, Morocco||Clay||Tímea Babos|| Petra Martić
|Runner-up||3.||14 September 2013||Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Olga Govortsova|| Tímea Babos
ITF finals (13–11)
|Runner-up||1.||21 July 2003||Ancona, Italy||Clay||Liana Balaci||6–3, 3–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||29 March 2004||Napoli, Italy||Clay||Kirsten Flipkens||7–5, 3–6, 1–6|
|Winner||1.||17 May 2004||Zadar, Croatia||Clay||Matea Mezak||7–5, 5–7, 6–4|
|Winner||2.||1 August 2005||Gardone Val Trompia, Italy||Clay||Sandra Záhlavová||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||15 May 2006||Caserta, Italy||Clay||Alisa Kleybanova||6–2, 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||22 May 2006||Campobasso, Italy||Clay||Alisa Kleybanova||6–2, 3–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||4.||4 August 2008||Monteroni d'Arbia, Italy||Clay||Nathalie Vierin||1–6, 6–2, 6–7(5–7)|
|Winner||4.||13 April 2009||Tessenderlo, Belgium||Clay (i)||Youlia Fedossova||7–5, 6–3|
|Winner||5.||18 January 2010||Lutz, United States||Clay||Jamie Hampton||6–2, 4–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||5.||8 February 2010||Laguna Niguel, United States||Hard||Olivia Sanchez||3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||6.||28 June 2010||Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany||Clay||Elise Tamaëla||6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||11 July 2011||Darmstadt, Germany||Clay||Karolína Plíšková||7–6(7–5), 6–2|
|Runner-up||6.||3 October 2011||Kōfu, Japan||Hard||Chang Kai-chen||4–6, 6–1, 4–6|
|Runner-up||7.||6 February 2012||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Alexandra Dulgheru||3–6, 6–1, 3–6|
|Runner-up||8.||9 July 2012||Biarritz, France||Clay||Romina Oprandi||5–7, 5–7|
|Winner||8.||4 November 2013||Captiva Island, United States||Hard||Gabriela Dabrowski||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||14 July 2003||Le Touquet, France||Clay||Pauline Parmentier|| Natacha Randriantefy
|Winner||1.||29 March 2004||Napoli, Italy||Clay||Elke Clijsters|| Michelle Gerards
|Winner||2.||17 May 2004||Zadar, Croatia||Clay||Lisa Tognetti|| Martina Babáková
|Runner-up||2.||1 August 2005||Gardone Val Trompia, Italy||Clay||Petra Cetkovská|| María Belén Corbalán
|Runner-up||3.||3 October 2005||Troy, United States||Hard||Salome Devidze|| Julie Ditty
|Winner||3.||28 June 2010||Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany||Clay||Irena Pavlovic|| Magdalena Kiszczyńska
|Winner||4.||27 June 2011||Cuneo, Italy||Clay||Stefanie Vögele|| Eva Birnerová
|Winner||5.||6 February 2012||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Karin Knapp|| Alexandra Cadanțu
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
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- "Mandy Minella ITF Tennis Profile". Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "Kein dritter Doppel-Titel für Mandy Minella". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 14 September 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
- "Minella chancenlos in Poitiers". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 23 October 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- "Minella scheidet im Viertelfinale aus". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 1 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- "Mandy Minella gewinnt das ITF-Turnier auf Captiva Island". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 10 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
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