Emily Webley-Smith

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Emily Webley-Smith
Emily Webley-Smith 7, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Residence Bristol, England
Born (1984-07-14) 14 July 1984 (age 32)
Bristol, England
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$288,861
Career record 329–369
Career titles 0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 240 (7 November 2011)
Current ranking No. 550 (19 September 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 2R (2004)
Career record 266–254
Career titles 0 WTA, 17 ITF
Highest ranking No. 113 (2 November 2015)
Current ranking No. 165 (19 September 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (2004, 2005, 2007, 2015)
Last updated on: 19 September 2016.

Emily Webley-Smith (born 14 July 1984) is a British professional tennis player.

Webley-Smith has a career high WTA singles ranking of 240, achieved on 7 November 2011. She also has a career high WTA doubles ranking of 113 achieved on 2 November 2015. Webley-Smith has won 3 ITF singles titles and 16 ITF doubles titles.[1] She has also reached the second round of her home Grand Slam, Wimbledon, on one occasion in 2004.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Webley-Smith was born in 1984 in Thornbury, Avon, which is now in South Gloucestershire.[3] Her mother, Jane, is a PE teacher and her father, Mike, an amateur footballer and cricketer. She also has a sister named Hannah.[4] Her first introduction to tennis was playing swingball in her garden and in the cricket grounds where her father was the club captain. She is coached by Jeremy Bates.

Injury problems[edit]

Problems with Webley-Smith's right ankle began in 2002 when she broke it whilst on court competing in the qualifying tournament for the $25,000 ITF event in Cardiff and underwent surgery to repair both the bone and the damaged caused to the ligaments. She was unable to compete on the tour for six months.

In November 2003 she needed a second operation on her ankle to remove cartilage which had come loose; an operation which was successful and enabled Emily to play injury-free tennis for almost two years.

However she had to take yet more time out later in 2005 when she began experiencing sharp pains in the same ankle while warming up for an ITF tournament in Puebla, Mexico. She had treatment on the ankle again and returned, with limited success, to competitive tennis in Spring 2006 before having surgery for a third time to remove fluid from her ankle.

She began recovering well before septicaemia left her unable to walk for five weeks. Webley-Smith said of the time, "My ankle was the size of a football. I remember the doctor trying to take my sock off and I was screaming. I was taking what they call an 'elephant dose' of antibiotics and the strongest painkillers they could give me". She returned full-time to the circuit in August 2006.[5]

In 2009 she also began to have trouble with her wrist after injuring it during an ITF event in Tanjung Selor in Indonesia, just a number of weeks before Wimbledon. It recovered well enough in time for Webley-Smith to compete in the Wimbledon qualifying rounds however she reaggravated the injury later in the year and was unable to compete again until February 2010.[6][7]

In her spare time of late she plays on the touchtennis tour against amateurs and other professional tennis players for fun. Her highest ranking was 2 in 2011.


Junior (1998–2002)[edit]

Webley-Smith played her first junior ITF tournament in February 1998 and her last in July 2002. Over her junior career in singles, she reached a total of four quarterfinals, two semifinals and the final of the Slazenger Appletise Winchester Junior Tournament. She competed at Wimbledon juniors a total of four times; in 1999, 2000 and 2001 she lost in the qualifying stages but in 2002 she reached the second round of the main draw. Her career-high singles ranking was world no. 119 (reached on 29 April 2002) and her win-loss record was 31–31.[8]

In doubles she won three tournaments, was a runner-up in another and also reached one semifinal and seven quarterfinals. Her doubles win-loss record was 22–27 and her career-high ranking was world no. 95 (achieved 30 July 2001).[8]


Webley-Smith played her first match on the ITF tour in October 1999, a match which she lost 0–6 0–6 against Melanie Schnell from Austria. It was her only professional match in 1999.[9]

In 2000 she played a total of six tournaments. She lost in the qualifying rounds of four $10,000 events in Great Britain (Bournemouth, Frinton, Hatfield and Sunderland), lost in the first round of another (in Glasgow) and was also beaten in the first round of the $25,000 event in Felixstowe by countywoman, Jane O'Donoghue, 4–6 3–6.[9]

The 2001 season began well for Webley-Smith as in her very first tournament of the year she qualified and reached the quarterfinals of the $10,000 event in Jersey before being beaten by Anne Keothavong, 3–6 6–7(4). Unfortunately for Emily she was unable to continue this form for the rest of the year, losing in the qualifying stages in every other tournament she entered with the exception of the $10,000 Sunderland ITF where she was defeated again by Keothavong, 3–6 4–6. She also played in the main draw of her final ITF tournament of the year as a lucky loser but was again beaten in round one. She ended the year ranked world no. 712.[9]

Webley-Smith had a varied year in 2002, with limited success on the ITF tour but also her first appearance in a Grand Slam at Wimbledon where she lost in the first round of qualifying to Nina Dübbers, 1–6 2–6. She only reached one ITF quarterfinal in 2002, at the $10,000 London event in August. In October, Emily broke her ankle during a qualifying match for a $25,000 ITF event in Cardiff and did not compete again that season. Nevertheless, her year-end world ranking rose to world no. 673.[9]


Webley-Smith played her first professional match since breaking her ankle in 2002, in April at the qualifying event for the $10,000 ITF tournament in Bournemouth where she lost in the second round. In May she reached two consecutive quarterfinals of $10,000 events in Spain: Monzón and Almeira. In June, for the first time in her career she was given a wild card into the DFS Classic qualifying draw, a tier III tournament in Birmingham where she was beaten by Bethanie Mattek in straight sets, 3–6 4–6. She then received another wild card into Wimbledon qualifying and again lost her first round match, 2–6 1–6, to Sada Noorlander. Two more consecutive quarterfinal appearances in ITF tournaments immediately followed this, Waco ($10k) and Vancouver ($25k), and one more in August in a $10,000 event in London. She ended the year with a singles ranking of world no. 469.[9]


2004 started slowly for Webley-Smith; she won only two of her first ten matches on the ITF circuit. However, in March she reached the quarterfinals of the $10,000 tournament in Patras before losing to Ekaterina Dzehalevich, 2–6 0–6. In this same tournament, she reached the doubles final partnering compatriot, Chantal Coombs, and lost to Martina Müller and Vladimíra Uhlířová, 6–7(7) 3–6. Two months later in May, she reached two more ITF quarterfinals consecutively in Mérida and Surbiton. In June she was given wildcards into the qualifying draws for the DFS Classic (tier III) and the Hastings Direct International Championships (tier II), where she lost in the first and second rounds of qualifying respectively.

This was immediately followed by another wildcard, this one into the main draw of Wimbledon. In her first ever main draw Grand Slam appearance she managed to survive rain delays and defeat Frenchwoman Séverine Beltrame in straight sets, 7–6(2) 6–4, to reach the second round[2] where she faced the no. 31 seed, Amy Frazier. The final result did not go Webley-Smith's way though as she was defeated with a final score of 2–6 6–3 6–8.[10] Webley-Smith spent the rest of the year on the ITF tour but did not progress past the second round in any tournament she played. Her year-end ranking for 2004 was world no. 272.[9]


Webley-Smith began the 2005 season well on home ground by reaching the semifinals of the $10,000 ITF tournament in Tipton where she had to retire during her semifinal match against fellow Briton, Katie O'Brien. She continued competing on the ITF circuit for the first half of the year and reached the quarterfinal stages in two more $10,000 tournaments, in Tampico and Ho Chi Minh City. In June she was given a wild card into the qualifying draw for the tier III WTA tournament, the DFS Classic where she lost in the first round of the qualifying event. This was followed by a wild card into the qualifying draw of Wimbledon where she was also beaten in the first round, by Meilen Tu, 5–7 3–6. She reached only one more ITF semifinal that year, in the $25,000 event in Lagos where she lost, 2–6 4–6, to Anne Keothavong. Her year-end ranking for 2005 was world no. 385.[9]


Webley-Smith spent much of the 2006 season out of action due to suffering from septicaemia as a result of her long-term ankle problems which began in 2002. She was forced to retire in only her second match of the year in February and was unable to compete again until August when she reached the semifinals of a $10,000 ITF tournament in London and the quarterfinals a $10,000 tournament in Istanbul. She was beaten by compatriot Naomi Cavaday in either the first or second round in three out of four consecutive $25,000 tournaments in September, October and November that year. As a result of her injury problems, Webley-Smith's final ranking of the year fell to world no. 713.[9]


Webley-Smith spent the first three months of 2007 competing in $10,000 ITF tournaments. In April she was a semifinalist in a $10,000 tournament in Obregón in Mexico and in May she reached two $10,000 quarterfinals in Mazatlán and Irapuato, both also in Mexico. She was awarded a wild card into the qualifying draw of Wimbledon where she lost in the first round, 2–6 3–6, to Jenifer Widjaja. She reached only one more quarterfinal that year; in Wrexham ($10,000). Her year-end ranking was world no. 595.[9]


The 2008 tour started slowly for Webley-Smith as she began the season with four consecutive losses. However, in July she reached the quarterfinals of a $10,000 ITF tournament in Atlanta and then immediately went on to reach two consecutive $10,000 ITF finals in Evansville, Indiana and Saint Joseph, Missouri. In late September and early October she reached two more $25,000 ITF quarterfinals and just a few weeks later she reached two consecutive ITF semifinals: in Port Pirie ($25,000) where she was beaten by Melanie South, 1–6 4–6, and in Muzaffarnagar ($10,000) where she lost to Sanaa Bhambri, 0–6 0–6. She reached the quarterfinals of the $50,000 ITF event in Kolkata in November and finished the season ranked world no. 475.[9]


In February 2009, Webley-Smith returned to the ITF circuit and in March she won the first ITF singles title of her career in Spain by beating Elena Chalova in the final, 6–0 7–6(5). She then headed to Indonesia for a series of three tournaments but in the third of these she injured her wrist and was forced to retire in round one. Returning to the tour in mid-June, Webley-Smith was given a wild card into the qualifying tournament for the Aegon International where she lost 0–6 6–7(6) to María José Martínez Sánchez. A second consecutive wild card allowed her entry into qualifying for her home Grand Slam, Wimbledon, where she lost in the first round to Gréta Arn. In August she reached two ITF finals, winning the first to give her the second ITF title of her career and losing the other. Webley-Smith spent the rest of the season competing in Australia and reached two $25,000 quarterfinals before reinjuring her wrist in November. Her year-end season ranking was world no. 332.[9]


In the spring, Webley-Smith made her first $50,000 ITF singles final in Gifu Japan, where she finished runner up to Sachie Ishizu.[11]

ITF finals (19–25)[edit]

Singles (3–6)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (3–6)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 22 July 2008 Evansville, United States Hard United States Megan Moulton-Levy 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 29 July 2008 St Joseph, United States Hard United States Amanda McDowell 1–6, 0–6
Winner 1. 10 March 2009 Las Palmas, Spain Hard Russia Elena Chalova 6–0, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 2. 3 August 2009 New Delhi, India Hard Uzbekistan Alexandra Kolesnichenko 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 10 August 2009 New Delhi, India Hard India Poojashree Venkatesha 6–7(8–10), 2–6
Runner-up 4. 26 April 2011 Gifu, Japan Hard Japan Sachie Ishizu 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1 December 2013 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard Belarus Iryna Shymanovich 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 24 February 2014 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard Netherlands Demi Schuurs 4–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 24 March 2014 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard Russia Eugeniya Pashkova 7–6(9–7), 0–6, 6–4

Doubles (17–19)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (16–16)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 29 March 2004 Patras, Greece Hard United Kingdom Chantal Coombs Germany Martina Müller
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–7(7–9), 3–6
Winner 1. 18 October 2004 Bolton, Great Britain Hard (i) United Kingdom Sarah Borwell United Kingdom Hannah Collin
United Kingdom Anna Hawkins
7–5, 1–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 30 August 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Antonia Xenia Tout Romania Corina-Claudia Corduneanu
Romania Lenore Lăzăroiu
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 23 September 2006 London, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Laura Peterzan United Kingdom Jane O'Donoghue
United Kingdom Karen Paterson
3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 28 August 2006 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Germany Ria Dörnemann Ukraine Irina Khatsko
Ukraine Mariya Malkhasyan
Winner 3. 20 September 2006 Nottingham, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Georgie Gent United Kingdom Naomi Cavaday
United Kingdom Claire Peterzan
3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 14 March 2007 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i) Germany Ria Dörnemann United Kingdom Anna Hawkins
United Kingdom Jane O'Donoghue
4–6, 7–6(7–5), 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1 May 2007 Los Mochis, Spain Hard United Kingdom Danielle Brown Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves
United States Jennifer Elie
3–6, 0–6
Winner 4. 13 August 2008 London, Great Britain Hard United States Megan Moulton-Levy Slovakia Martina Babáková
Georgia (country) Manana Shapakidze
6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 22 December 2008 Delhi, India Hard United States Megan Moulton-Levy Chinese Taipei Hwang I-hsuan
Hong Kong Zhang Ling
3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 7. 28 April 2009 Balikpapan, Indonesia Hard Hong Kong Zhang Ling Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Indonesia Romana Tedjakusuma
3–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 9 August 2009 Delhi, India Hard Uzbekistan Alexandra Kolesnichenko India Ashmitha Easwaramurthi
Slovenia Dalila Jakupovič
6–2, 6–4
Winner 6. 6 October 2009 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard Australia Olivia Rogowska Japan Erika Sema
Japan Yurika Sema
6–1, 5–7, [10–7]
Runner-up 8. 27 July 2010 Almaty, Kazakhstan Hard Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer Uzbekistan Albina Khabibulina
Kyrgyzstan Ksenia Palkina
4–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 7 September 2010 Madrid, Spain Hard United Kingdom Naomi Broady United Kingdom Jennifer Ren
Russia Marta Sirotkina
6–2, 6–3
Winner 8. 12 March 2012 Bath, Great Britain Hard (i) United Kingdom Samantha Murray Slovakia Lenka Juríková
Poland Katarzyna Piter
4–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Runner-up 9. 26 March 2012 Fallanden, Switzerland Hard (i) Switzerland Lara Michel Switzerland Xenia Knoll
Switzerland Amra Sadiković
7–6(9–7), 4–6, [10–12]
Runner-up 10. 21 May 2012 Karuizawa, Japan Grass United Kingdom Samantha Murray Chinese Taipei Hsieh Shu-ying
Japan Kumiko Iijima
6–3, 6–7(6–8), [1–10]
Winner 9. 4 February 2013 Launceston, Australia Hard Russia Ksenia Lykina United States Allie Kiick
Canada Erin Routliffe
7–5 6–3
Runner-up 11. 18 February 2013 Mildura, Australia Grass Australia Bojana Bobusic Russia Ksenia Lykina
Japan Yurika Sema
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 12. 15 July 2013 Granby, Canada Hard France Julie Coin United States Lena Litvak
Canada Carol Zhao
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 5 August 2013 Landisville, United States Hard South Africa Chanel Simmonds Australia Monique Adamczak
Australia Olivia Rogowska
2–6, 3–6
Winner 10. 14 October 2013 Lagos, Nigeria Hard United Kingdom Naomi Broady Oman Fatma Al-Nabhani
Romania Cristina Dinu
3–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 11. 15 November 2013 Mumbai, India Hard United States Anamika Bhargava Chinese Taipei Hsu Ching-wen
United Kingdom Eden Silva
6–4, 7–5
Winner 12. 1 March 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard United Kingdom Eden Silva Czech Republic Nikola Horáková
Japan Akari Inoue
6–7(4–7), 6–4, [10–5]
Runner-up 14. 17 March 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Finland Emma Laine Russia Eugeniya Pashkova
Montenegro Ana Veselinović
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 15. 24 March 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard United Kingdom Laura Deigman Russia Eugeniya Pashkova
India Prarthana Thombare
2–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 7 April 2014 Dakar, Senegal Hard South Africa Chanel Simmonds Switzerland Conny Perrin
Russia Ekaterina Yashina
6–4, 7–5
Winner 14. 12 December 2014 Lucknow, India Grass India Ankita Raina India Rushmi Chakravarthi
India Nidhi Chilumula
6–2, 6–4
Winner 15. 8 February 2015 Midland, United States Hard (i) France Julie Coin United States Jacqueline Cako
United States Sachia Vickery
4–6, 7–6, [11–9]
Runner-up 16. 23 March 2015 Bangkok, Thailand Hard South Africa Chanel Simmonds South Korea Jang Su-jeong
Serbia Vojislava Lukić
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 17. 27 April 2015 Gifu, Japan Hard Belgium An-Sophie Mestach China Wang Yafan
China Xu Yifan
2–6, 3–6
Winner 16. 27 July 2015 Lexington, United States Hard Japan Nao Hibino Thailand Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
Thailand Peangtarn Plipuech
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 03 October 2015 Zhuhai, China Hard Russia Irina Khromacheva China Xu Shilin
China You Xiaodi
6–3, 2–6, [4–10]
Runner-up 19. 24 April 2016 Nanning, China Hard Russia Ksenia Lykina China Liu Chang
Thailand Varatchaya Wongteanchai
1–6, 4–6
Winner 17. 17 September 2016 Zhuhai, China Hard India Ankita Raina China Guo Hanyu
China Jiang Xinyu
6–4, 6–4

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Career Win-Loss
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
French Open A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 2R Q1 A Q1 A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 Q1 1–2
US Open A A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
  • "A" stands for any tournament the player did not participate in.
  • "Q" followed by a number 1-3 denotes which round of the qualifying tournament was reached.
  • The career record is only for the player's main draw participation.


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  3. ^ "Emily Webley-Smith wins Las Palmas tournament". Gazette. Newsquest. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Emily Webley-Smith at the International Tennis Federation
  5. ^ "Tropicana British Tour: Emily back on track". www.sportfocus.com. 
  6. ^ "Emily Webley-Smith to play in Wimbledon qualifiers at Roehampton". www.gazetteseries. 11 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Emily Webley-Smith at www.advantagegbtennis.co.uk
  8. ^ a b Emily Webley-Smith at itftennis.com/juniors
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Activity:WEBLEY-SMITH, Emily (GBR)". www.itftennis.com. 
  10. ^ "Britwatch: Your View". London: www.telegraph.co.uk. 25 June 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Webley-Smith is runner up in Japan". www.lta.org. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. 

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