Romina Oprandi

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Romina Oprandi
Romina Oprandi, Wimbledon 2013 - Diliff.jpg
Full name Romina Sarina Oprandi
Country  Italy
(2005–2012)
  Switzerland
(from 2012)
Residence Bern, Switzerland
Born (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 28)
Jegenstorf, Switzerland
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 2005
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $ 742,381
Singles
Career record 292–136
Career titles 0 WTA, 22 ITF
Highest ranking No. 32 (10 June 2013)
Current ranking No. 189 (26 May 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 1R (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Wimbledon 2R (2010, 2012)
US Open 2R (2011, 2012)
Doubles
Career record 94–63
Career titles 1 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest ranking No. 112 (28 May 2007)
Current ranking No. 172 (24 June 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2007)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
US Open 2R (2012)
Last updated on: 26 May 2014.

Romina Sarina Oprandi (born 29 March 1986 in Jegenstorf, Switzerland) is a professional tennis player. She has dual Swiss-Italian citizenship and represented Italy from her professional debut in 2005 until January 2012, when she joined the Swiss tennis federation.[1] Her highest singles ranking was no. 32, achieved on 10 June 2013.

She has won 22 ITF singles titles and 10 ITF doubles titles. She has one WTA title in doubles.

Biography and playing style[edit]

Romina was born to parents Roberto and Romy in Jegenstorf. She is currently coached by her brother, Romeo Oprandi. Her favourite surface is clay.[2]

Oprandi is a strong baseliner. She particularly enjoys playing drop shots.[2]

Tennis career[edit]

2005–2006[edit]

Oprandi first came to prominence in the top tier of women's tennis when she reached the quarterfinals of a WTA Tier I event in Rome as a qualifier, barely missing out on a place in the semifinals with a loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova, 4–6, 7–5, 6–7. She then made appearances at the 2006 Wimbledon and the US Open, losing in the first round of each to difficult opponents: Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova once again. After the end of her US Open campaign, Romina went on to win another ITF singles title at Denain, which was her best result for the rest of the 2006 season, struggling with injury problems and losing matches early in tournaments.

2007[edit]

The beginning of 2007 saw Oprandi lose in the first round of the Tier IV event at Auckland to a lower-ranked player, Laura Granville, 3–6, 4–6. However, she then went on to another Tier IV event, this time in Hobart, and won a convincing match against a former top-20 player. Elena Likhovtseva, before losing to rising Indian star Sania Mirza in the second round. Her Australian Open hopes quickly came to a close after a tough first-round draw, pitting her against the 16th seed from Israel, Shahar Pe'er. She lost, 1–6, 3–6.

She then played in a Tier IV event in Pattaya City, Thailand, where she reached the round of 16. She lost to fourth-seeded Chinese player Peng Shuai in three sets. Romina then played in the Tier II event in Doha, where she lost to Sania Mirza in the first round, 6–4, 3–6. She then played Indian Wells and Miami, reaching the second round in Indian Wells, before losing to second-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, and in the first round of Miami to American Meilen Tu.

At the start of the clay season, she played in Amelia Island, where she beat Victoria Azarenka in the first round, before losing to 12th-seeded Samantha Stosur in the second round, 6–7(6), 2–6. She then lost in the first round of Charleston to Greek Eleni Daniilidou in three sets. She was then forced to retire in a match against Italian Karin Knapp in Budapest, Hungary in the first round in the third set. As a wildcard in Rome, she lost to lucky loser Yuliana Fedak in three sets in the first round. Oprandi then played in Istanbul, Turkey, where she defeated Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round, before losing to the seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets, 1–6, 0–6.

At Roland Garros, she once again lost to Meilen Tu in the first round in straight sets. She then played in Barcelona, where she was forced to retire against top seed Francesca Schiavone in the first round, after losing the first set, 2–6. Romina then did not play for the rest of the 2007 season and the first half of the 2008 season due to a right forearm injury.

2008[edit]

Oprandi returned to tennis in August 2008 at an ITF event in Monteroni D'Arabia, Italy, where, as a wildcard, she lost to qualifier Katalin Marosi of Hungary in three sets. She then played in another ITF event in Versmold, Germany, where she qualified for the main draw, defeating Serbian lucky loser Zorica Petrov in straight sets in the first round, before losing to top-seeded Indonesian Romana Tedjakusuma in a tight match, 6–7(1), 5–7.

Romina then played another ITF tournament in Germany, in Wahlstedt. She won the title, after defeating all her opponents in relatively simple straight-set matches, including a 6–3, 6–0 win against compatriot Giulia Gatto Monticone in the final. She then played in an ITF event in the Netherlands, where she qualified for the main draw, but lost in the first round against sixth-seeded Dutch player Chayenne Ewijk in straight sets.

Oprandi reached the final in her next tournament in Mestre, Italy in September. She had notable straight-set wins over Maria Elena Camerin in the first round and Lucie Hradecká in the quarterfinals before being forced to retire in the final against Russian Ekaterina Ivanova whilst trailing 3–6, 0–3. Oprandi then reached the semifinals of another event in Italy, in Lecce, where she gave a walkover to second-seeded Mervana Jugić-Salkić, missing out on an opportunity to reach her second straight final. In her next event, an ITF tournament in Ortisei, Italy, she reached the quarterfinals with notable straight-set wins over top-seeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Czech qualifier Andrea Hlaváčková, before losing to Italian wildcard Mara Santangelo, who was also making her return from injury.

In her last two events of 2008, she reached the second round of an ITF event in Ismaning, Germany before losing to Ukrainian Oxana Lyubtsova in straight sets. She then lost in the first round of another ITF event in San Diego, California, in straight sets.

2009[edit]

Oprandi's first event of 2009 was an ITF event in Belfort, France, where she qualified for the main draw and reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to second-seeded Russian Vesna Manasieva in straight sets, 2–6, 6–7(6). She then played in her first WTA tour event in over 18 months in Bogotá, Colombia where she narrowly lost to fifth-seeded Czech Klára Zakopalová in the first round, 6–3, 6–7(7), 6–7(5). Teaming up with Colombian Catalina Castaño, she reached the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament in Bogotá, losing to the second-seeded team of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta. She then went back to the ITF circuit in Germany, where she reached the second round in Biberach, losing to Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, but reached the final in Buchen, before losing to German Korina Perkovic in straight sets, 3–6, 6–7(0). She did, however, win the doubles title at Buchen as one half of the top-seeded team at the event, partnering Sandra Martinovic. They won all three of their doubles matches in tie-breaks.

Oprandi in-action at the US Open in August 2010

2012[edit]

On 12 August 2012, Oprandi defeated Anna Chakvetadze 5–7, 6–3, 6–3 to win the 2012 EmblemHealth Open singles title held in Bronx, New York.

2013[edit]

Oprandi reached two WTA singles semi-finals in 2013, in Oeiras and Brussels, but then suffered a shoulder injury which kept her out of action for eight months.

2014[edit]

In April, Oprandi reached her first WTA final at the third time of asking by beating no 1 seed Daniela Hantuchová in the semi-finals at the Marrakech Grand Prix. She lost 3-6 6-3 3-6 to María Teresa Torró Flor in the final; however, the same day, she won her first WTA doubles title at the same tournament, partnering with Garbiñe Muguruza to defeat Katarzyna Piter and Maryna Zanevska 4-6, 6-2, [11-9] in the final.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 27 April 2014 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Marrakesh, Morocco Clay Spain María Teresa Torró Flor 3–6, 6–3, 3–6

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 27 April 2014 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Marrakesh, Morocco Clay Spain Garbiñe Muguruza Poland Katarzyna Piter
Ukraine Maryna Zanevska
4–6, 6–2, [11–9]

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

This table is current through the 2013 Wimbledon Championships

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 3R 2R 3–4
French Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 0–4
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2–5
US Open 1R 1R 2R 2R 2–4
Win–Loss 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–4 4–4 1–3 7–17

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline[edit]

This table is current through the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 0–3
French Open 1R 1R 1R 0–3
Wimbledon 2R 1–1
US Open 1R 1R 2R 1–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–3 2–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swiss Tennis". Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Romina Oprandi at the Women's Tennis Association

External links[edit]