Nirupama Sanjeev

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Nirupama Sanjeev
Country (sports)  India
Residence Bay Area, San Francisco, United States
Born (1976-12-08) 8 December 1976 (age 40)
Coimbatore, India
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1992
Retired 2010
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$182,057
Official website www.nirustennis.com
Singles
Career record W–L / 180–155
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 147 (12 May 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1998)
French Open Q2 (2001)
Wimbledon Q3 (2001)
US Open Q3 (1999)
Doubles
Career titles 0 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest ranking No. 115 (23 July 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1998, 2001)
French Open 1R (2001)
Wimbledon 2R (2001)
US Open Q1 (1997, 2001)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2000)
Nirupama Sanjeev
Medal record
Representing  India
Tennis
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Bangkok Mixed Doubles

Nirupama Sanjeev (née: Vaidyanathan; born 8 December 1976) is a retired Indian professional tennis player. In 1998 Australian Open, she became the first Indian woman in the modern era to feature and win a round at a main draw Grand Slam, beating Italy's Gloria Pizzichini. She has also won the Bronze Medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games in Mixed Doubles, partnering Mahesh Bhupathi.

Early life and tennis career[edit]

Nirupama was born in the Southern Indian town of Coimbatore. She started playing tennis at the age of 5 and was influenced very much by her brother. Her father K.S. Vaidyanathan was a cricketer who had played for Tamil Nadu in Ranji Cricket tournament coached her at the start of her career. Her first tennis tournament foray was the National Under 12 tournament, where she reached the semi-final and went on to win her 1st National title in Under 14 age group at the age of 13. One year later in 1991, she won the National Women's title at age 14. She won the National Women's title in 1992–1996.

In 1996, she moved to Luxembourg and she turned professional at the age of 18. Nirupama shifted her base to Sarasota, Florida in 1997 where she trained with David O Meara who was the former coach of Leander Paes for two years. In 1998 Australian Open, she became the first Indian woman in the modern era to feature and win a round at a main draw Grand Slam, beating Italy's Gloria Pizzichini. She has also won the Bronze Medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games in Mixed Doubles, partnering Mahesh Bhupathi.

She retired during the later 2000s. She made a comeback in 2010 when she represented India to play in the Commonwealth Games 2010 and in Asian games in Guangzhou as a 33-year-old.

Post Retirement[edit]

For the past five years, Nirupama has been on the expert commentary team along with Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj for ESPN-STAR sports. Nirupama also runs a tennis coaching camp in the Bay Area, California. She is launched her autobiography "The Moonballer" in October 2013.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

On 23 May 2002, she married Sanjeev Balakrishnan, a software engineer from Bay Area, California; the brother of the Indian sprinter Rajeev Balakrishnan.

Career statistics[edit]

Singles finals: 4 (2–2)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 15 July 1996 Bilbao, Spain Clay Spain Laura Pena 6–1, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 2 September 1996 Spoleto, Italy Clay France Catherine Mothes-Jobkel 5–7, 2–6
Winner 1. 17 November 1996 Bad Gögging, Germany Carpet (i) Romania Raluca Sandu 6–4, 6–1
Winner 2. 17 April 2000 New Delhi, India Carpet India Sai Jayalakshmy Jayaram 6–3, 6–2

Doubles (10–6)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 21 August 1995 Wezel, Belgium Clay Czech Republic Olga Hostáková Czech Republic Ivana Havrlíková
Czech Republic Monika Kratochvílová
2–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 15 April 1996 Gelos, France Clay Zimbabwe Cara Black France Amélie Mauresmo
France Isabelle Taesch
7-6 (4) 6-3
Winner 2. 28 October 1996 Poitiers, France Hard (i) Belarus Olga Barabanschikova Netherlands Anique Snijders
France Noëlle van Lottum
6-2 6-3
Winner 3. 17 November 1996 Bad Gögging, Germany Carpet (i) Austria Barbara Schwartz Netherlands Kirstin Freye
Germany Silke Meier
6-4 6-1
Winner 4. 30 June 1997 Vaihingen[disambiguation needed], Germany Clay Netherlands Seda Noorlander Argentina Maria-Fernanda Landa
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6-3 6-1
Runner-up 2. 3 August 1998 Lexington, United States Hard China Jing-Qian Yi Australia Amanda Grahame
Australia Bryanne Stewart
4-6, 6-1, 3-6
Runner-up 3. 4 October 1999 Albuquerque, United States Hard Austria Marion Maruska United States Debbie Graham
Japan Nana Smith
4-6, 5-7
Runner-up 4. 13 December 1998 New Delhi, India Hard Italy Tathiana Garbin Japan Rika Hiraki
United Kingdom Lorna Woodroffe
2-5 ret.
Winner 5. 17 April 2000 New Delhi, India Carpet India Sai Jayalakshmy Jayaram India Rushmi Chakravarthi
India Radhika Tulpule
6-4, 6-2
Winner 6. 17 July 2000 Mahwah, United States Hard Australia Evie Dominikovic Australia Lisa McShea
Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina
6-4 6-4
Runner-up 5. 2 October 2000 Albuquerque, United States Hard Australia Lisa McShea United States Brie Rippner
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 6. 23 October 2000 Dallas, United States Hard Japan Nana Smith United States Brie Rippner
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
3-6, 6-3, 3-6
Winner 7. 30 October 2000 Hayward, United States Hard Japan Nana Smith Republic of Ireland Kelly Liggan
Venezuela Milagros Sequera
4-2 4-2
Winner 8. 6 November 2000 Pittsburgh, United States Hard (i) Japan Nana Smith Netherlands Seda Noorlander
Germany Kirstin Freye
5-7 6-4 6-0
Winner 9. 22 April 2001 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hard India Manisha Malhotra New Zealand Leanne Baker
New Zealand Shelley Stephens
6–3, 7–5
Winner 10. 29 April 2001 Sarasota, United States Clay United States Melissa Middleton Chinese Taipei Janet Lee
United States Samantha Reeves
6-4 6-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jahagirdar, Archana (16 March 1998). "Nirupama Vaidyanathan – Interview". Outlook. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nirupama Vaidyanathan". www.sports-reference.com. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Serena ends Sania Mirza's dream". BBC. 21 January 2005. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Paes, Nirupama win first round matches". The Hindu. 14 January 2000. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Keerthivasan, K (9 May 2002). "Basking in the aura of success". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Indian eves falter". The Hindu. 13 April 2001. Retrieved 21 January 2010.