|Full name||Mandy Minella|
22 November 1985 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 9 ITF|
|Highest ranking||66 (17 September 2012)|
|Current ranking||170 (30 May 2015)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2014)|
|French Open||1R (2012, 2013, 2014)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||3R (2010, 2012)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 6 ITF|
|Highest ranking||47 (29 April 2013)|
|Current ranking||81 (30 May 2015)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2013, 2015)|
|French Open||2R (2012)|
|US Open||1R (2012, 2013)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||1R (2013)|
|Last updated on: 30 May 2015.|
Minella has won two doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as nine singles and five doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 17 September 2012, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 66. On 29 April 2013, she peaked at world number 47 in the doubles rankings.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Tennis career
- 3 Playing style
- 4 Personal
- 5 WTA finals
- 6 ITF finals (15–12)
- 7 Head-to-head vs. top 20
- 8 Grand Slam performance timeline
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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 on the ITF Women's Circuit 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 ITF tour singles final in 2003, losing to Liana-Gabriela Balaci in three sets.
She lost again in ITF 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 being a finalist a week later (both matches versus Alisa Kleybanova). In 2009, three years later, she won her fourth ITF tournament, in Tessenderlo, Belgium. In 2010, Minella had more success on the ITF Women's Circuit, winning two $25,000 events, in Lutz, Florida and in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany, and finishing runner-up at one in Laguna Niguel, 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. As a result of her perforances, Minella broke into the top-100 singles rankings for the first time. 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 Martínez 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 again partnered Babos, going on to win the title; her first on the WTA tour. 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 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 Marrakech Grand Prix, where she defeated Estrella Cabeza Candela in the first round, fourth seed Kaia Kanepi in the second, and 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 tournament 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 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 started the year at the 2014 Brisbane International where she lost to Heather Watson in the first round of qualifying, but reached the semifinals in the doubles event partnering Chanelle Scheepers. Then, at the 2014 Apia International Sydney, Minella suffered a second successive qualifying loss at the first qualifying stage, this time at the hands of Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko.
Minella scored her first win of the season at the 2014 Australian Open where she defeated German qualifier Carina Witthöft in straight sets, scoring her first win at a Grand Slam outside of the US Open, but her run was not to go further as she fell in the second round to 29th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets.
Minella then was forced to withdraw from events in Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Acapulco, as well as the Fed Cup due to an edema in her right arm, in which she had experienced pain whilst playing in Australia. She made her comeback at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open, losing to Allie Kiick in the first round of qualifying. She lost again at the first qualifying stage a fortnight later in Miami.
Minella had to take a couple of weeks off again due to the edema in her right arm and hoped to be back in Marrakech for the 2014 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, but sat out a further week before playing at the $25,000 Wiesbaden Tennis Open in Germany, losing in the first round of singles, but making the final in doubles with Julia Glushko. The pair lost in straight sets to Viktorija Golubic and Diāna Marcinkēviča.
Minella encountered further first round loses at Cagnes-sur-Mer, Prague, the French Open and Marseille. She then won the $25,000 in Essen defeating Richèl Hogenkamp in the final, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3. Although the success on clay did not translate to success on grass as she encountered another first round loss in qualifying at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships to Shelby Rogers. Minella then went on to have success in the ITF tour reaching the semifinals of the $25,000 in Stuttgart, reaching the quarterfinals at the 2014 Lorraine Open 88 and the semifinals at the 2014 Open GDF Suez de Biarritz.
After having success on the ITF circuit, the success did not translate towards the WTA tour, suffering first round losses at the 2014 İstanbul Cup and the Jiangxi International Women's Tennis Open. Minella then went to play the 2014 US Open suffering a first round lose to Kateryna Kozlova in the first qualifying round. She had scheduled to play doubles at the US Open with Camila Giorgi but later withdrew.
Minella started her Asian tour at the 2014 Tashkent Open where she was defending semifinal points but she failed to do so, losing in the first round to Donna Vekić 5–7, 0–6. The next stop in her Asian tour was at Seoul where she qualified for the main draw, defeating Choi Ji-hee, Hong Seung-yeon and Hsu Chieh-yu all in straight sets. In the main draw, she drew Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, but unfortunately lost 6–2, 4–6, 4–6. In the doubles event she partnered German Mona Barthel, the pair surprised the first seeds Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan defeating them in straight sets. The pair continued their good form in the quarterfinals, making easy work of Elena Bogdan and Hiroko Kuwata, winning 6–0, 6–2. In the semifinals they overcame another Taiwanese pair Chan Chin-wei and Hsu Chieh-yu, coming back and winning 4–6, 6–4, [10–6]. The pair lost to Lara Arruabarrena and Irina-Camelia Begu in the final.
Minella then continued to lose in qualifying rounds in Beijing and Linz, but continued her success with Barthel in the doubles competition in Wuhan, Beijing and Linz winning a round in each. Minella's year ended in her home tournament in Luxembourg where she faced Barthel in the first round but lost in straight sets. Minella stated that her edema in the right arm obtained in January had still been hurting her, finishing the year in October.
In 2015, Minella went to Melbourne in mid-December to prepare early for the season. Her season started in Auckland where she had won two matches in qualifying over Barbora Krejčíková and Sharon Fichman, before falling at the last hurdle to Anna Tatishvili. She also had no luck in the doubles event, losing in the first round with Mona Barthel. Minella then headed to the 2015 Australian Open, but unfortunately lost in the first qualifying round to Paula Ormaechea, 3–6, 3–6. She fared better in the doubles event with Barthel, winning their first round against Oksana Kalashnikova and Kurumi Nara, 6–3, 7–5 but went down to the top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the second round. Minella then went on to reach the quarterfinals at the 2015 McDonald's Burnie International, falling to eventual champion Daria Gavrilova. In her next tournaments Minella suffered early losses in qualifying of WTA events and in main draws of ITF events.
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Minella's game is both very aggressive and laid back while on court. Her strongest shot in her game is her forehand, and she is also known for tending to have a consistent first serve. Minella is a very challenging player to read, as she mixes up points a lot with slices and high balls deep into the court. Seven time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1 Venus Williams stated that she was a very "difficult player to read" in an interview after defeating her at the 2010 US Open. Despite being a very good doubles player, with 2 WTA and 5 ITF titles, she is also good at net play and volleys.
On 17 October 2014, Minella married her coach and boyfriend Tim Sommer in her home town of Esch-sur-Alzette.
|Runner-up||1.||18 February 2012||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Stefanie Vögele|| Eva Birnerová
|Runner-up||2.||12 January 2013||Hobart, Australia||Hard||Tímea Babos|| Garbiñe Muguruza
María Teresa Torró Flor
|Winner||1.||23 February 2013||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Tímea Babos|| Eva Birnerová
|Winner||2.||28 April 2013||Marrakech, Morocco||Clay||Tímea Babos|| Petra Martić
|Runner-up||3.||14 September 2013||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Olga Govortsova|| Tímea Babos
|Runner-up||4.||21 September 2014||Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Mona Barthel|| Lara Arruabarrena
ITF finals (15–12)
|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|
|Winner||9.||9 June 2014||Essen, Germany||Clay||Richèl Hogenkamp||6–2, 4–6, 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
|Runner-up||4.||28 April 2014||Wiesbaden, Germany||Clay||Julia Glushko|| Viktorija Golubic
|Winner||6.||10 April 2015||Medellín, Colombia||Clay||Lourdes Domínguez Lino|| Mariana Duque
|7–5, 4–6, [10–5]|
Head-to-head vs. top 20
Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface
Players who have been ranked in the World Top 10 are in italic
- Victoria Azarenka (0–1)
- Elena Bovina (0–1)
- Alizé Cornet (0–1)
- Eleni Daniilidou (0–2)
- Kimiko Date-Krumm (2–0)
- Sara Errani (0–3)
- Kirsten Flipkens (0–1)
- Julia Görges (0–3)
- Anna-Lena Grönefeld (0–1)
- Kaia Kanepi (1–1)
- Alisa Kleybanova (1–1)
- Petra Kvitová (0–2)
- Li Na (0–2)
- Sabine Lisicki (1–0)
- Anabel Medina Garrigues (0–1)
- Garbiñe Muguruza (1–0)
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (0–1)
- Karolína Plíšková (2–2)
- Virginie Razzano (1–1)
- Aravane Rezaï (1–1)
- Lucie Šafářová (0–2)
- Sloane Stephens (0–1)
- Barbora Strýcová (0–1)
- Carla Suárez Navarro (1–1)
- Tamarine Tanasugarn (1–1)
- Roberta Vinci (0–1)
- Serena Williams (0–1)
- Venus Williams (0–1)
- Caroline Wozniacki (0–1)
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
- Mandy Minella at the Women's Tennis Association
- Mandy Minella at the International Tennis Federation
- "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.
- "Minella/Scheepers müssen im Halbfinale das Aus hinnehmen". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 3 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Weitere Auftaktniederlage für Minella". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 4 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Australian Open: Minella steht in Runde zwei". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 14 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "Minella: "Die Hitze machte uns beiden zu schaffen"". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 16 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "Minella gibt ihr Comeback". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 3 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- "Minella in Indian Wells chancenlos". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 4 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Auftaktniederlage für Minella in Miami". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 17 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Minella muss sich in Geduld üben". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 24 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "Minella beim Comeback unterlegen". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 30 April 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- Michel, Charles (1 March 2011). "Norbert Palmier: "C'est son choix, je le respecte..."". Le Quotidien (in French). Retrieved 19 January 2014.
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