Melanie South

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Melanie South
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Full name Melanie Jayne South
Country United Kingdom Great Britain
Residence New Malden, London
Born (1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 28)
Kingston, London
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2004
Retired 2013
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $464,880
Singles
Career record 301–257
Career titles 6 ITF
Highest ranking 99 (2 February 2009)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2009)
French Open 1R (2009)
Wimbledon 2R (2006)
US Open Q3 (2008)
Doubles
Career record 236–156
Career titles 24 ITF
Highest ranking 120 (9 March 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 2R (2008, 2009)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (2007)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 2–2

Melanie Jayne South (born 3 May 1986 in Kingston upon Thames) is a former English tennis player who announced her retirement from competitive tennis on 2 December 2013 in order to focus on a coaching career.[1][2]

South won six singles and 24 doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 2 February 2009, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 99. On 9 March 2009, she peaked at world number 120 in the doubles rankings.

Her greatest success in a Grand Slam came in the first round of the 2006 Wimbledon Championships when she came back from one set down to beat the world number 14, Francesca Schiavone, in a match witnessed by Martina Navratilova. At the time, South was ranked at 305 in the world and had reached the main draw courtesy of a wild card. Not since the third round of the 1998 tournament, when Samantha Smith beat the world number 7 Conchita Martínez, had a British woman beaten an opponent of a similar ranking at Wimbledon.[3] She lost in the second round to Shenay Perry, the world number 62.[4] Outside of Wimbledon, South reached the first round of the 2009 Australian Open without needing to qualify or receiving a wild card. This was the first time in her career that her ranking was high enough to grant her access to a Grand Slam main draw without a wild card. She lost to world number 17, Marion Bartoli, in round one.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Melanie South's mother is called Sheila and her father, John, used to play professional football for Fulham (1964–66) and Brentford (1966–67).[6] John is now a tennis coach at New Malden tennis club and Sheila was a short tennis coach. She has two brothers, Andrew and Stephen, who both used to play tennis recreationally. She began playing tennis herself at the age of 6 years old.[7]

South enjoys shopping, spending time with her friends, seeing films at the cinema, swimming and listening to music. Before a match she likes to listen to either Christina Aguilera or her brother Stephen's band, the Kicking Pills.[7]

She attended Nonsuch High School in Cheam, South London where she gained 7 GCSEs (one A* grade, four As and two Bs) and two A grades in A-level Psychology and PE as well as a grade C in A-level General Studies.[8] She is currently furthering her education by taking an Open University course in Understanding Health which she hopes will lead onto another course in psychology.[6]

Playing style[edit]

South's style of gameplay centred around her powerful serve and her aggressive ground strokes. She regularly served aces and got many more free points from other serves which could not be returned, which made her a difficult player to break when she played at her best. However, because her serve was so high-risk, at times she served a large number of double faults and when a couple of these come in the same game it puts her at a sizeable disadvantage.[9] In her first round match at Wimbledon 2008 against Alona Bondarenko she served a total of ten aces, seven double faults and won 68% of the points behind her first serve. She also hit 45 winners and 48 unforced errors during this match, a statistic which demonstrates her aggressive, high-risk attitude to tennis.[10] Renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri saw South play during her first round match against his charge, Michelle Larcher de Brito, at the 2008 French Open and commented: "She can serve well and has good ground strokes. She moves well for a big girl but you can see that lateral movement is a problem for her. Whenever she's pushed out wide she can struggle."[11]

Career review[edit]

Junior (1999–2004)[edit]

South debuted on the ITF junior circuit in June 1999. She saw very little in the way of singles success until July 2002 when she reached her first tournament quarterfinal at The Scottish Junior Championships. Six months later she won the 17th Salik Open (her only singles title at junior level) and then reached the semifinals of her next tournament before losing to Anna Chakvetadze. Following this she reached the quarterfinals of her next two tournaments. She competed in the Wimbledon girls' tournament only twice and lost in the first round each time. In singles, her career-high ranking was world number 266 and her win–loss record was 15–8.[12]

As a junior doubles player she won one title (the Scottish Junior International Championships) as well as losing in the final of two others (the Västerås International Junior Championships and the LTA Junior International Tournament Wrexham). In 2004 she reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon girls' doubles partnering Katie O'Brien. Her career win-loss record in doubles was 7–7 and her highest ranking was world number 335.[12]

2001–2003[edit]

Her first professional match (and only match that year) came in October 2001; a match which she lost in straight sets to Natalia Egorova from Russia.[13]

In 2002, in only her second match at adult level, she received a wild card into the qualifying draw at Wimbledon and lost to Adriana Barna. South spent the rest of 2002 playing in ITF tournaments in Great Britain, not getting past the second round in any of them. She finished 2002 with her world ranking at number 931.[13]

During 2003, she played a total of 10 matches (again all ITF) and won four of them. She again failed to progress further than the second round of any of these tournaments and at the end of the 2003 season she had a world ranking of number 851.[13]

2004[edit]

2004 began well for South; in her first four tournaments of the year, she managed to reach the quarterfinals, second round, quarterfinal and semifinal respectively before going on to win her fifth tournament of the year. In her sixth tournament she lost in the first round before reaching the final of the next, losing to Elke Clijsters (sister of former world number 1 Kim Clijsters) in three sets. Later that month she reached the semifinals of the $10,000 event in Antalya, Turkey. In June she played her first match on the WTA tour, when she received a wild card into the tier III DFS Classic in Birmingham. She lost in the first round of the qualifying tournament to Maria Kirilenko. She immediately received another wild card into the qualifying draw of Wimbledon, but lost in straight sets to Bethanie Mattek in the first round. After Wimbledon, she played three more ITF tournaments and reached the quarterfinals of two of them. At the end of 2004 her world ranking was number 453.[13]

2005[edit]

In January 2005 she played the $10,000 ITF event in Tipton where she reached the quarterfinals, losing to Katie O'Brien. In April she won the second ITF tournament of her career, beating top-seed Anne Keothavong in the final. Between winning this and losing in the first round of qualifying for Wimbledon for the third year running she reached the final of one more ITF tournament and the semifinal stage of another. After Wimbledon she played nine more ITF events, reaching the semifinal stage in two of them. Her ranking was world number 449 at the end of 2005.[13]

2006[edit]

In the first half of 2006 she won the third ITF tournament of her career in Hull and reached the semifinals of another ITF, this one in Tenerife, as a qualifier before losing to Andrea Hlaváčková. In the run-up to Wimbledon 2006, South played two WTA tournaments courtesy of wild cards. She lost in the first round of the DFS Classic in Birmingham (tier III) to fellow wild card Sarah Borwell in three sets, and also lost in the first round of qualifying for the tier II tournament in Eastbourne. In June, South played for the first time in the Wimbledon main draw as a wild card and reached the second round by beating number 11 seed Francesca Schiavone in the first round. She lost to Shenay Perry in the second round. South's win over world number 14 Schiavone was a career-first top-20 victory, and the best win in terms of ranking for a British player since Sam Smith beat number 7 Conchita Martínez at Wimbledon in 1998.[3] After Wimbledon, South won another ITF tournament, reached three semifinals and two more quarterfinals. She participated in the qualifying tournament for the US Open in September but did not progress further than the first round. Her year-end ranking was world number 176.[13]

2007[edit]

2007 started slowly for South, with a loss in the first round of qualifying for the tier IV tournament in Auckland, New Zealand to Sara Errani (a later top-40 player) and a loss in the first round of the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open to Timea Bacsinszky (a future top-50 player). South reached the quarterfinals of another ITF tournament in May before losing to Casey Dellacqua. In June she lost in the first round of qualifying for the French Open, reached the quarterfinals of another ITF (Surbiton), lost in the second round of the qualifying tournament for the DFS Classic and reached the second round of the tier II tournament in Eastbourne, beating Alicia Molik in the first round before losing to Marion Bartoli in the second. Immediately after this came another appearance in the main draw of Wimbledon where she played Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama but lost. The rest of South's 2007 season saw her reach three more ITF semifinals and four ITF quarterfinals. She failed to qualify for the US Open for the second year in a row. Her year-end world ranking fell to number 214 in 2007.[13]

2008[edit]

South started her 2008 season by attempting to qualify for the tier IV tournament in Auckland. She reached the final round of qualifying before falling to compatriot, Elena Baltacha. She then went on to lose to Thai veteran, Tamarine Tanasugarn, in the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open. Following this she reached the semifinals in the $75,000 ITF in Midland, before being demolished by Ashley Harkleroad. March was a good month for South; she reached the final round of qualifying for the Bangalore Open before becoming a quarterfinalist in the $25,000 ITF in Kalgoorlie, winning the title in another $25,000 ITF in Sorrento and then reaching the quarterfinals in the $50,000 ITF in Patras. Her next noteworthy results came in late April and early May when she reached the semifinals in two back-to-back $50,000 events in Japan. She was beaten in the first round of qualifying for the French Open by fellow Brit, Katie O'Brien. Her grass court season began with her best result to date in a WTA tournament by reaching the quarterfinals of the DFS Classic, a tier III event. She defeated fellow British wild card, Anna Fitzpatrick, in round one[14] before beating number 4 seed, Sybille Bammer, in the second round.[15] In the third round she came up against 17th seed, Aiko Nakamura, and won in three sets.[6] Unseeded Yanina Wickmayer beat South in the quarterfinals. Following this, she received another wild card into the International Women's Open where she lost in the first round to Alisa Kleybanova. She entered the main draw of the Wimbledon Championships courtesy of another wild card and gave number 28 seed, Alona Bondarenko, a battle in round one. South was eventually defeated in three sets.

After Wimbledon, South attempted to qualify for the tier II tournament in Los Angeles but fell in the final round of qualifying. However number 2 seed, Serena Williams, withdrew from the tournament before her first round match resulting in South getting into the main draw as a lucky loser. As Serena was the number 2 seed, South received her bye into the second round where she capitalised on this good opportunity by beating Petra Kvitová to reach round three. Yuan Meng from China beat South in the third round. She followed this up by qualifying for the Rogers Cup where number 10 seed, Marion Bartoli, beat her in round one. In August she reached the final round of qualifying for the US Open where she was beaten by China's Zhang Shuai. In October and November, South reached four consecutive $25,000 ITF tournaments in Traralgon, Mount Gambier, Port Pirie and Pune. She lost to Jarmila Gajdošová, Natalie Grandin, beat Yurika Sema and then lost to Lu Jingjing respectively. She finished the year with a run to the quarterfinals of the $75,000 ITF in Toyota, giving her a year-end ranking of world number 116.[13]

2009[edit]

In early January, South attempted to qualify for the Brisbane International, a WTA International event. A disappointing performance saw her lose to Ekaterina Bychkova. She followed this up by entering the qualifying draw for the Medibank International Sydney, a Premier event held in Sydney, Australia. South defeated Akgul Amanmuradova, Kristina Barrois and Meng Yuan to qualify for the tournament. South qualified for the main draw of the 2009 Australian Open when Maria Sharapova withdrew because of injury.[16] Because Anne Keothavong had already qualified for the main draw, it was the first time since Jo Durie and Clare Wood in the 1993 US Open, that two British women had gained direct entry into a Grand Slam.[17] South made it the second round at Brisbane after Marion Bartoli retired due to a left calf strain at 1–1 in the first set. She was defeated in the second round by number 2 seed, Caroline Wozniacki, in straight sets.[18] In the first round of the Australian Open, South fell to Bartoli in straight sets. South broke into the top 100 for the first time on 2 February 2009, achieving a career-high ranking of 99. This marked the first time in nearly 16 years that two British women had been inside the top 100, following Durie and Monique Javer in March 1993.

South spent the week following the Australian Open in Estonia playing in the 2009 Fed Cup alongside compatriots Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha and doubles specialist Sarah Borwell. Great Britain was drawn into the same group as Hungary, Netherlands and Luxembourg. Against Hungary, South and Borwell teamed up to face Katalin Marosi and Ágnes Szávay, and defeated them in straight sets, thus contributing to Britain's 3–0 victory over Hungary.[19] She was not required to participate when Britain defeated the Netherlands, 3–0, but played in both the doubles and singles in the third and final tie against Luxembourg. She beat Fabienne Thill, and followed this victory up with another in doubles, beating Mandy Minella and Thill with partner Sarah Borwell. This gave Britain a 9–0 record in their group, making them the group A winner and giving them the opportunity to play another group winner for a chance to participate in the World Group II play-offs. However, Britain lost 2–1 to Poland in the playoffs. Following this, South gained direct entry into the International tournament, the Cellular South Cup on the merit of her own ranking but was beaten by the third seed, Lucie Šafářová, in round one.

She then briefly returned to the ITF tour to participate in the $50,000 event in Clearwater where she was the number 3 seed but was beaten in round one by Japanese Aiko Nakamura. Her next tournament was the first Premier mandatory tournament of the WTA calendar, the BNP Paribas Open, where she competed in qualifying but was defeated by Varvara Lepchenko, in round one. She then immediately went to her next Premier mandatory tournament of the calendar, the Sony Ericsson Open, where she also lost in the qualifying stages.

Her next breakthrough came at the $50,000 ITF event in Nottingham where she reached the quarter finals before falling to Stefanie Vögele in three sets. She followed this up with a victory on the WTA Tour at the 2009 Aegon Classic over fellow Brit Katie O'Brien before falling to 1st seed Zheng Jie. She then lost in qualifying at Eastbourne and in the first round of Wimbledon to Vera Dushevina and Mathilde Johansson respectively. She had little success on the ITF circuit until a Glasgow $25,000 event where she reached the final as the second seed. In the final she fell to Johanna Larsson of Sweden in three sets.

She ended the year with a singles record of 20–21 and a year-end ranking of 160.

In doubles, South captured two titles in Helsinki and Glasgow partnering Emma Laine for both titles. She also achieved a first round win over Alona Bondarenko and Kateryna Bondarenko at Wimbledon, alongside fellow Briton Jocelyn Rae. She ended the year with a doubles record of 12–5.

ITF finals[edit]

Singles (6–6)[edit]

Finals by category
$100,000 tournaments (0/0)
$75,000 tournaments (0/0)
$50,000 tournaments (0/0)
$25,000 tournaments (3/4)
$10,000 tournaments (3/2)
Finals by surface
Hard (6/4)
Clay (0/2)
Grass (0/0)
Carpet (0/0)
Result Date Category Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 3 March 2004 ITF $10,000 Mumbai, India Hard China Yanchong, ChenChen Yanchong 6–4, 6–4
Runner–up 1 May 2004 ITF $10,000 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay Belgium Clijsters, ElkeElke Clijsters 6–3, 1–6, 2–6
Winner 10 April 2005 ITF $10,000 Bath, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Keothavong, AnneAnne Keothavong 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner–up 8 May 2005 ITF $10,000 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay Russia Kozhokhina, EkaterinaEkaterina Kozhokhina 4–6, 3–6
Winner 29 January 2006 ITF $10,000 Hull, United Kingdom Hard France Pavlovic, IrenaIrena Pavlovic 6–4, 6–1
Winner 30 July 2006 ITF $25,000 Chengdu, China Hard China Jingjing, LuLu Jingjing 7–5, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 23 March 2008 ITF $25,000 Sorrento, Italy Hard Australia Wheeler, ChristinaChristina Wheeler 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 6–4
Runner–up 12 October 2008 ITF $25,000 Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Gajdošová, JarmilaJarmila Gajdošová 3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Runner–up 19 October 2008 ITF $25,000 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard South Africa Grandin, NatalieNatalie Grandin 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Winner 26 October 2008 ITF $25,000 Port Pirie, Australia Hard Japan Sema, YurikaYurika Sema 6–3, 6–4
Runner–up 15 November 2008 ITF $25,000 Pune, India Hard China Jingjing, LuLu Jingjing 3–6, 2–6
Runner–up 25 October 2009 ITF $25,000 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard Sweden Larsson, JohannaJohanna Larsson 1–6, 6–1, 3–6

Doubles (24–21)[edit]

Finals by category
$100,000 tournaments (0/1)
$75,000 tournaments (1/0)
$50,000 tournaments (1/3)
$25,000 tournaments (15/13)
$10,000 tournaments (7/4)
Finals by surface
Hard (18/17)
Clay (2/2)
Grass (2/1)
Carpet (2/1)
Result Date Category Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent Score
Winner 1 February 2004 ITF $10,000 Tipton, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner–up 23 January 2005 ITF $10,000 Tipton, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Katie O'Brien South Africa Surina de Beer
United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn
4–6, 2–6
Runner–up 30 January 2005 ITF $10,000 Hull, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Katie O'Brien Russia Irena Bulykina
Russia Vasilisa Davydova
6–4, 3–6, [5–10]
Winner 3 April 2005 ITF $10,000 Bath, United Kingdom Hard South Africa Surina de Beer Russia Ekaterina Kozhokhina
Australia Trudi Musgrave
6–2, 7–5
Winner 1 May 2005 ITF $10,000 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Claire Peterzan United Kingdom Anna Hawkins
United Kingdom Holly Richards
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 8 May 2005 ITF $10,000 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn Netherlands Leonie Mekel
Netherlands Bibiane Schoofs
6–0, 3–6, 6–3
Runner–up 5 February 2006 ITF $25,000 Jersey, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Katie O'Brien Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Croatia Matea Mezak
3–6 1–6
Winner 1 October 2006 ITF $25,000 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Karen Paterson United Kingdom Katie O'Brien
Estonia Margit Rüütel
6–2, 2–6, 7–6(7–1)
Winner 8 October 2006 ITF $25,000 Nantes, France Hard United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn Germany Sabine Lisicki
France Irena Pavlovic
6–2, 6–0
Runner–up 16 February 2007 ITF $25,000 Stockholm, Sweden Hard Romania Sorana Cîrstea Montenegro Danica Krstajić
Russia Olga Panova
2–6, 6–0, 2–6
Runner–up 17 March 2007 ITF $25,000 Gran Canaria, Spain Hard United Kingdom Claire Curran Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Mădălina Gojnea
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner–up 30 March 2007 ITF $25,000 La Palma, Spain Hard Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
3–6, 2–6
Winner 8 June 2007 ITF $25,000 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Karen Paterson United Kingdom Elena Baltacha
United Kingdom Naomi Cavaday
6–1, 6–4
Winner 14 July 2007 ITF $25,000 Felixstowe, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Karen Paterson United Kingdom Jade Curtis
United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn
6–3, 6–3
Winner 28 July 2007 ITF $25,000 La Coruña, Spain Hard New Zealand Marina Erakovic Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Germany Justine Ozga
6–1, 4–6, [10–4]
Runner–up 7 October 2007 ITF $25,000 Nantes, France Hard Belgium Caroline Maes Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Sweden Johanna Larsson
6–4, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 21 March 2008 ITF $25,000 Sorrento, Italy Hard Australia Monique Adamczak Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
Chinese Taipei Hwang I-hsuan
6–2, 6–4
Runner–up 4 May 2008 ITF $50,000 Gifu, Japan Carpet Netherlands Nicole Thijssen Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
Japan Kurumi Nara
1–6, 7–6(10–8), [7–10]
Winner 11 May 2008 ITF $50,000 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet Netherlands Nicole Thijssen Japan Maya Kato
Australia Julia Moriarty
4–6, 6–3, [14–12]
Runner–up 9 August 2008 ITF $100,000 Monterrey, Mexico Hard Australia Monique Adamczak Croatia Jelena Pandžić
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
6–4, 4–6, [8–10]
Winner 29 November 2008 ITF $75,000 Toyota, Japan Carpet Finland Emma Laine Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
China Han Xinyun
6–1, 7–5
Winner 3 October 2009 ITF $25,000 Helsinki, Finland Hard Finland Emma Laine United Kingdom Anna Smith
Sweden Johanna Larsson
6–3, 6–3
Winner 25 October 2009 ITF $25,000 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard Finland Emma Laine Italy Evelyn Mayr
Italy Julia Mayr
6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 22 March 2010 ITF $25,000 Jersey, United Kingdom Hard Australia Jarmila Gajdošová Estonia Maret Ani
United Kingdom Anna Smith
7–5, 6–4
Runner–up 26 May 2010 ITF $50,000 Gifu, Japan Clay Russia Ksenia Lykina Japan Erika Sema
Japan Tomoko Yonemura
3–6, 6–2, 2–6
Winner 14 August 2010 ITF $25,000 Tallinn, Estonia Hard Finland Emma Laine China Lu Jingjing
China Sun Shengnan
6–3, 6–4
Runner–up 26 October 2010 ITF $25,000 Port Pirie, Australia Clay Japan Remi Tezuka Australia Bojana Bobusic
Australia Alenka Hubacek
3–6, 2–6
Winner 28 November 2010 ITF $25,000 Traralgon, Australia Hard Hungary Tímea Babos Australia Jarmila Gajdošová
Australia Jade Hopper
6–3, 6–2
Winner 3 December 2010 ITF $25,000 Bendigo, Australia Hard Hungary Tímea Babos Australia Jarmila Gajdošová
Australia Jade Hopper
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4 February 2011 ITF $25,000 Sutton, United Kingdom Hard Finland Emma Laine Poland Marta Domachowska
Croatia Darija Jurak
6–3, 5–7, [10–8]
Runner-up 5 March 2011 ITF $25,000 Hammond, United States Hard Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić United States Christina Fusano
United States Julie Ditty
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16 July 2011 ITF $25,000 Woking, United Kingdom Hard Finland Emma Laine France Julie Coin
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
1–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 24 July 2011 ITF $25,000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard Slovakia Lenka Wienerová United Kingdom Anna Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Jade Windley
2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 4 February 2012 ITF $25,000 Burnie, Australia Hard Russia Arina Rodionova Australia Stephanie Bengson
Australia Tyra Calderwood
6–2, 6–2
Winner 17 February 2012 ITF $25,000 Sydney, Australia Hard Russia Arina Rodionova China Duan Yingying
China Han Xinyun
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Runner-up 19 March 2012 ITF $25,000 Bath, United Kingdom Hard (i) France Julie Coin Germany Tatjana Maria
Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt
3–6, 6–3, 3–10
Runner-up 14 May 2012 ITF $50,000 Kurume, Japan Grass Russia Ksenia Lykina China Han Xinyun
China Sun Shengnan
1–6, 0–6
Winner 14 January 2013 ITF $10,000 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Tara Moore United Kingdom Anna Smith
United Kingdom Francesca Stephenson
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Runner-up 23 January 2013 ITF $10,000 Preston, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Tara Moore United Kingdom Samantha Murray
United Kingdom Jade Windley
3–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Winner 4 February 2013 ITF $25,000 Rancho Mirage, United States Hard United Kingdom Tara Moore United States Jan Abaza
United States Louisa Chirico
4–6, 6–2, [12–10]
Runner-up 22 April 2013 ITF $25,000 Phuket, Thailand Hard (i) United Kingdom Tara Moore Thailand Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
Thailand Peangtarn Plipuech
3–6, 7–5, [9–11]
Runner-up 22 July 2013 ITF $25,000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Anna Smith Japan Kanae Hisami
Japan Mari Tanaka
3–6, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 29 July 2013 ITF $10,000 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Anna Smith United Kingdom Daneika Borthwick
United Kingdom Anna Fitzpatrick
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 26 August 2013 ITF $10,000 Antalya, Turkey Hard Finland Emma Laine Argentina Andrea Benítez
Brazil Carla Forte
6–4, 3–6, [8–10]
Winner 2 September 2013 ITF $10,000 Antalya, Turkey Hard Finland Emma Laine Thailand Patcharin Cheapchandej
Thailand Tanaporn Thongsing
6–4, 6–3

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Career Win-Loss
Australian Open A A A A A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 A A A 0–1
French Open A A A A A Q1 Q1 1R A A A A 0–1
Wimbledon Q1 A Q1 Q1 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q2 Q1 Q1 1–5
US Open A A A A Q1 Q1 Q3 Q2 A A A A 0–0
Year-end ranking 931 851 453 449 176 212 116 160 292 299 328 608 N/A

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Career Win-Loss
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A 0–0
French Open A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2–9
US Open A A A A A A A A A 0–0

Mixed doubles[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Career Win-Loss
Australian Open A A A A A A 0–0
French Open A A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon QF 1R 1R A 2R 3R 6–5
US Open A A A A A A 0–0

Fed Cup[edit]

Europe/Africa Group I
Date Venue Surface Round Opponents Final match score Match Opponent Rubber score
30–31 January 2008 Budapest Carpet (i) RR   Switzerland 1–2 Doubles (with Elena Baltacha) Gagliardi/Schnyder 3–6, 3–6 (L)
 Hungary 1–2 Doubles (with Elena Baltacha) Arn/Szavay 2–6, 2–6 (L)
04–6 February 2009 Tallinn Hard (i) RR  Hungary 3–0 Doubles (with Sarah Borwell) Marosi/Szavay 6–4, 6–3 (W)
 Luxembourg 3–0 Singles Fabienne Thill 6–0, 6–2 (W)
Doubles (with Sarah Borwell) Minella/Thill w/o (W)

References[edit]

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