Mandy Minella

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Mandy Minella
Minella RG13 (3) (9384966366).jpg
Minella at the 2013 French Open
Full name Mandy Minella
Country  Luxembourg
Born (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 28)
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Prize money $888,410
Singles
Career record 308–258
Career titles 0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking 66 (17 September 2012)
Current ranking 136 (23 June 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014)
French Open 1R (2012, 2013, 2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2012, 2013)
US Open 3R (2010, 2012)
Doubles
Career record 96–113
Career titles 2 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking 47 (29 April 2013)
Current ranking 107 (23 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 2R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2012)
US Open 1R (2012, 2013)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open 1R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 14–34
Last updated on: 24 June 2014.

Mandy Minella (born 22 November 1985) 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 tour, as well as nine singles and five doubles titles on the ITF circuit.

Early life[edit]

Minella was born in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, to parents Mario and Anna Minella[1] and started playing tennis aged 5.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

Early career (2000–2005)[edit]

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.[2] She reached her first ITF tour singles final in 2003, losing to Liana-Gabriela Balaci in three sets.[2]

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.[2]

ITF tennis (2006–2010)[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2]

2010[edit]

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.

2012[edit]

Minella at the 2012 US Open

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.

2013[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

In 2013, Minella won three matches 6–0, 6–0; against Kamilla Farhad, Julia Boserup and Allie Kiick.

2014[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Minella scored her first win of the season at the 2014 Australian Open where she defeated German qualifier Carina Witthöft in straight sets,[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] She made her comeback at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open, losing to Allie Kiick in the first round of qualifying.[12] She lost again at the first qualifying stage a fortnight later in Miami.[13]

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,[14] but sat out a further week before playing at the $25,000 Wiesbaden Tennis Open in Germany, losing in the first round of singles,[15] 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 went on to play the $25,000 in Stuttgart reaching the semifinals and the 2014 Lorraine Open 88 reaching the quarterfinals. She is currently in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Open GDF Suez de Biarritz and faces off against former doubles partner Tímea Babos.

Personal[edit]

Minella was coached by Norbert Palmier from May 2008 until some time before March 2011,[16] and is currently coached by Tim Sommer.[1]

WTA finals[edit]

Doubles (2–3)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 18 February 2012 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay Switzerland Stefanie Vögele Czech Republic Eva Birnerová
Russia Alexandra Panova
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 12 January 2013 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard Hungary Tímea Babos Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Spain María Teresa Torró Flor
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 1. 23 February 2013 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay Hungary Tímea Babos Czech Republic Eva Birnerová
Russia Alexandra Panova
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 28 April 2013 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Marrakech, Morocco Clay Hungary Tímea Babos Croatia Petra Martić
France Kristina Mladenovic
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 14 September 2013 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Belarus Olga Govortsova Hungary Tímea Babos
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
3–6, 3–6

ITF finals (14–12)[edit]

Singles (9–8)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (8–6)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 21 July 2003 Ancona, Italy Clay Romania Liana Balaci 6–3, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 29 March 2004 Napoli, Italy Clay Belgium Kirsten Flipkens 7–5, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 17 May 2004 Zadar, Croatia Clay Croatia Matea Mezak 7–5, 5–7, 6–4
Winner 2. 1 August 2005 Gardone Val Trompia, Italy Clay Czech Republic Sandra Záhlavová 6–4, 6–3
Winner 3. 15 May 2006 Caserta, Italy Clay Russia Alisa Kleybanova 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 22 May 2006 Campobasso, Italy Clay Russia Alisa Kleybanova 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 4 August 2008 Monteroni d'Arbia, Italy Clay Italy Nathalie Vierin 1–6, 6–2, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 4. 13 April 2009 Tessenderlo, Belgium Clay (i) France Youlia Fedossova 7–5, 6–3
Winner 5. 18 January 2010 Lutz, United States Clay United States Jamie Hampton 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 8 February 2010 Laguna Niguel, United States Hard France Olivia Sanchez 3–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 28 June 2010 Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany Clay Netherlands Elise Tamaëla 6–4, 6–2
Winner 7. 11 July 2011 Darmstadt, Germany Clay Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Runner-up 6. 3 October 2011 Kōfu, Japan Hard Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen 4–6, 6–1, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 6 February 2012 Cali, Colombia Clay Romania Alexandra Dulgheru 3–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 9 July 2012 Biarritz, France Clay Switzerland Romina Oprandi 5–7, 5–7
Winner 8. 4 November 2013 Captiva Island, United States Hard Canada Gabriela Dabrowski 6–3, 6–3
Winner 9. 9 June 2014 Essen, Germany Clay Netherlands Richèl Hogenkamp 6–2, 4–6, 6–3

Doubles (5–4)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (5–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 14 July 2003 Le Touquet, France Clay France Pauline Parmentier Madagascar Natacha Randriantefy
France Aurélie Védy
2–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 29 March 2004 Napoli, Italy Clay Belgium Elke Clijsters Netherlands Michelle Gerards
Netherlands Marielle Hoogland
6–1, 6–0
Winner 2. 17 May 2004 Zadar, Croatia Clay Italy Lisa Tognetti Slovakia Martina Babáková
Slovakia Michaela Michálková
w/o
Runner-up 2. 1 August 2005 Gardone Val Trompia, Italy Clay Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská Argentina María Belén Corbalán
Italy Sonia Iacovacci
w/o
Runner-up 3. 3 October 2005 Troy, United States Hard Georgia (country) Salome Devidze United States Julie Ditty
Venezuela Milagros Sequera
2–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 28 June 2010 Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany Clay France Irena Pavlovic Poland Magdalena Kiszczyńska
Japan Erika Sema
6–3, 6–4
Winner 4. 27 June 2011 Cuneo, Italy Clay Switzerland Stefanie Vögele Czech Republic Eva Birnerová
Russia Vesna Dolonts
6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. 6 February 2012 Cali, Colombia Clay Italy Karin Knapp Romania Alexandra Cadanțu
Romania Raluca Olaru
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 28 April 2014 Wiesbaden, Germany Clay Israel Julia Glushko Switzerland Viktorija Golubic
Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča
4–6, 3–6

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A Q2 1R 1R 2R 1–3
French Open A A A Q1 Q3 1R 1R 1R 0–3
Wimbledon A A A Q1 Q1 1R 1R Q1 0–2
US Open Q1 A Q1 3R Q3 3R 1R N/A 4–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–4 0–4 1–2 5–11

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R 1–2
French Open 2R 1R A 1–2
Wimbledon 3R 1R Q1 2–2
US Open 1R 1R N/A 0–2
Win–Loss 3–3 1–4 0–1 4–8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mandy Minella at the Women's Tennis Association
  2. ^ a b c d e Mandy Minella at the International Tennis Federation
  3. ^ "Kein dritter Doppel-Titel für Mandy Minella". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 14 September 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Minella chancenlos in Poitiers". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 23 October 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Minella scheidet im Viertelfinale aus". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 1 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mandy Minella gewinnt das ITF-Turnier auf Captiva Island". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 10 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Minella/Scheepers müssen im Halbfinale das Aus hinnehmen". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 3 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Weitere Auftaktniederlage für Minella". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 4 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Australian Open: Minella steht in Runde zwei". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 14 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Minella: "Die Hitze machte uns beiden zu schaffen"". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 16 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Minella gibt ihr Comeback". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 3 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Minella in Indian Wells chancenlos". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 4 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Auftaktniederlage für Minella in Miami". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 17 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Minella muss sich in Geduld üben". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 24 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Minella beim Comeback unterlegen". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 30 April 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  16. ^ 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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