Liudmila Samsonova

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Liudmila Samsonova
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Country (sports) Russia (2014; 2018–)
 Italy (2014–18)
Born (1998-11-11) 11 November 1998 (age 21)
Olenegorsk, Russia
Turned pro2013
(double-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 319,464
Career record168–101 (62.5%)
Career titles4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 114 (3 February 2020)
Current rankingNo. 117 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2020)
French Open1R (2019, 2020)
WimbledonQ3 (2019)
US Open1R (2020)
Career record28–28 (50.0%)
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 666 (7 August 2017)
Last updated on: 23 April 2020.

Liudmila Dmitriyevna Samsonova (Russian: Людмила Дмитриевна Самсонова; born 11 November 1998) is a Russian tennis player. She competed for Italy from 2014 to 2018.

She has career-high WTA rankings of 114 in singles, achieved on 3 February 2020, and of 666 in doubles, achieved on 7 August 2017.

Samsonova has won four singles and two doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. She won her biggest ITF title at the 2018 L'Open 35 de Saint-Malo.


Samsonova has won seven singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 3 February 2020, she reached her best singles ranking of World No. 114.[1]

Juniors: World No.65[edit]

Samsonova reached her highest ITF Junior Ranking on 18 July 2016, peaking at the 65th spot on the rankings.[2] Her biggest achievements were winning consecutive ITF Junior Circuit Grade 2 tournaments in 2016, defeating notable players such as Kaja Juvan and Marta Kostyuk.[3]

2013 - 2016: Professional Debut, first ITF titles[edit]

In 2013, Samsonova made her professional debut at consecutive ITF Women's Circuit 10k tournaments in Umag, but lost both her singles matches.

2014 saw Samsonova winning her first ITF title at a 10k event in Rome, beating three seeded players to clinch the victory despite being unranked. Her triumph allowed her debut on the WTA rankings at the 960th spot.

The upcoming two years saw the Russian struggle on the ITF Tour, amassing a 11-12 win-loss record which caused her ranking to stagnate outside the Top 1000. Nonetheless, she managed to return to the Top 1000 towards the end of 2016 after reaching the final of an ITF 10k event in Solarino.

2017 - 2018: Breakthrough on the ITF Tour[edit]

Samsonova's first real breakthrough came when she was leaving her teenage years. Reaching three ITF 15k finals in Hammamet, Pula and Mâcon in 2017 respectively, the Russian almost halved her ranking and ended the year ranked 552nd.[4]

2018 was another decent year for Samsonova, having reached a total of four finals. Overriding her personal best results, the Russian won her first ITF 25k title at the Open Castilla y León, stunning third seed Başak Eraydın in the final with the loss of just two games.[5]

Samsonova caused a huge shock at the L'Open 35 de Saint-Malo, an ITF 60k event, coming through three rounds of qualifying to lift the biggest title of her career and breaking the Top 200 for the first time in her career.[6][7] A 40-21 win-loss record helped Samsonova end the year inside the Top 200 for the first time in her career.

2019: WTA and Grand Slam main draw debut[edit]

Samsonova started the year with her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open, but was defeated in the second qualifying round by Karolína Muchová. Choosing to compete in higher-level WTA tournaments with her ranking, the Russian fell in the qualifying rounds of Premier tournaments in St. Petersburg, Doha[8] and Dubai.

After a five-match losing streak to start the clay season, Samsonova stunned several higher-ranked players, including 10th seed Marie Bouzková, to qualify for the main draw at the French Open on her first attempt.[9] Despite losing in the first round to 23rd seed Donna Vekić, Samsonova reached a new career high ranking after the tournament.[10][11]

Reaching her second WTA main draw at the rain-plagued Nottingham Open, Samsonova continued her good run of form before falling to former Top-15 player Yanina Wickmayer in the final round of qualifying at the Wimbledon Championships on her debut.

Samsonova received her first direct entry into a WTA main draw at the Ladies Open Lausanne, but lost to lucky-loser Han Xinyun in the second round. In the following week, despite losing to Amandine Hesse in the final qualifying round of the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, she received an entry into the main draw by virtue of an emptied lucky-loser spot. There, she stunned fourth seed and 56th-ranked Tamara Zidanšek in straight sets,[12] before hitting 41 winners to beat Lausanne champion Fiona Ferro in the quarterfinals to make her first WTA semifinal. However, she ran out of steam as she was defeated by eventual champion Jil Teichmann in straight sets.[13]

Choosing not to defend her title in Saint-Malo, Samsonova's ranking dipped from 131 to 163 in September but qualifying for the main draw at the Tashkent Open allowed her to improve her ranking. Going into the Internationaux Féminins de la Vienne, an ITF 80k event, unseeded and looming, Samsonova strolled into the final without losing a set but lost to rising star Nina Stojanović in straight sets.[14] Her good run continued at the WTA 125k event, Open de Limoges, and reached the quarterfinals by beating Top-100 players Camila Giorgi and Alizé Cornet.[15][16]

She ended the year with a 32-27 win-loss record with an impressive nine Top-100 wins, partly due to competing in more WTA tournaments and facing tougher draws in the process.

2020: Continued presence on the WTA Tour[edit]

Starting her year at the Premier-level Brisbane International, Samsonova survived the qualifying rounds which included a straight-sets win over Kristina Mladenovic.[17] Drawing former US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round of the main draw, Samsonova clinched the best win of her career by beating the American in three sets, serving 10 aces in the process and blasting countless winners with her "fearless aggression".[18] Although she was defeated by World No.7 Petra Kvitová in the second round, Samsonova headed to the Australian Open with a new career-high ranking.[19]

Beating Chinese rising star Wang Xiyu in the final qualifying round, Samsonova qualified for the main draw in Melbourne for the first time in her career.[20] Drawing former French Open champion Jeļena Ostapenko in the first round, Samsonova was outpowered and committed 24 unforced errors en route a straight-sets defeat.[21] In the match, Samsonova also set the record of hitting the fastest serve on the women's side throughout the entire tournament in 2020.[22]

Heading back to Russia for the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, the Russian successfully qualified for the main draw but fell to compatriot Anastasia Potapova in the first round.[23] Similar to 2019, Samsonova failed to qualify for the main draw at the Qatar Total Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tour to go on a hiatus for a couple of months.

With the tour resuming at the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Samsonova took part in the qualifying rounds and defeated Marta Kostyuk for the second time this year en route qualifying for the main draw. Defeating Kirsten Flipkens in the first round,[24] and exacting revenge for her two losses to the Belgian in 2019, Samsonova set up an interesting clash with top seed Petra Martic. Despite leading by a set, Samsonova was unable to beat the Croatian, who ultimately reached the semifinals.[25]

Performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.


Current after the 2020 Palermo International.

Tournaments 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q2 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
French Open 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Wimbledon Q3 NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open Q2 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–3 0 / 4 0–4 0%
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open Q2 Q2 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Open A Q2 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Career statistics
Tournaments 5 4 Career total: 9
Overall Win–Loss 4–5 2–4 0 / 9 6–9 40%
Year-end Ranking 139 $319,464

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runner–ups)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000/$15,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2014 ITF Rome, Italy 10,000 Clay Switzerland Tess Sugnaux 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Win 2–0 Nov 2016 ITF Solarino, Italy 10,000 Carpet Netherlands Kelly Versteeg 3–6, 6–0, 6–1
Loss 2–1 Mar 2017 ITF Mâcon, France 15,000 Hard (i) France Mallaurie Noël 5–7, 2–6
Loss 2–2 May 2017 ITF Pula, Italy 15,000 Clay Chile Fernanda Brito 3–6, 3–6
Loss 2–3 Dec 2017 ITF Hammamet, Tunisia 15,000 Clay Russia Daria Lodikova 6–7(8–10), 4–6
Loss 2–4 Mar 2018 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 15,000 Hard Bulgaria Julia Terziyska 7–6(7–4), 0–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 2–5 Jun 2018 ITF Padua, Italy 25,000 Clay France Fiona Ferro 5–7, 3–6
Win 3–5 Aug 2018 ITF El Espinar, Spain 25,000 Hard Turkey Başak Eraydın 6–2, 6–0
Win 4–5 Sep 2018 L'Open de Saint-Malo, France 60,000+H Clay Ukraine Katarina Zavatska 6–0, 6–2
Loss 4–6 Oct 2019 Internationaux de la Vienne, France 80,000 Hard (i) Serbia Nina Stojanovic 2–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 4–7 Oct 2020 ITF Reims, France 25,000 Hard (i) France Océane Dodin 4–6, 2–6

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner–up)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000/$15,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2015 ITF Pula, Italy 10,000 Clay Italy Bianca Turati Belgium India Maggen
Switzerland Tess Sugnaux
6–4, 6–2
Win 2–0 Aug 2016 ITF Tarvisio, Italy 10,000 Clay Italy Chiara Quattrone Italy Angelica Moratelli
Italy Anna-Giulia Remondina
3–6, 6–4, [10–6]
Loss 2–1 Dec 2017 ITF Cordenons, Italy 15,000 Clay (i) Italy Lucia Bronzetti Italy Federica Di Sarra
Italy Michele Alexandra Zmău
2–6, 6–1, [8–10]


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