Sacha Jones

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Sacha Jones
Sacha Jones former professional tennis player.jpg
Sacha Jones early 2016, since retiring from professional tennis.
Country (sports)  Australia (2012–2014)
 New Zealand (2005–2012)
Residence Auckland, New Zealand
Born (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 (age 26)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2008
Retired 2014
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$193,622
Singles
Career record 212–119
Career titles 0 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest ranking No. 150 (8 October 2012)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
French Open Q1 (2011, 2012)
Wimbledon Q2 (2011, 2013)
US Open Q2 (2011)
Doubles
Career record 35–37
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 169 (29 October 2012)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2012)

Sacha Jones (born 8 November 1990) is a retired professional New Zealand tennis player. Her highest WTA singles ranking is 150, which she reached on 8 October 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Jones is a former professional tennis player from New Zealand. Her father is Australian-born and her mother is a New Zealander. She has two older brothers and one older sister.[citation needed]

In 2013 Jones retired from professional tennis. Upon retiring from professional tennis she completed her private pilots license.

In 2016, Jones co-founded a website called RealYou, with her friend Stephanie Hughes, which seeks to encourage young women to grow their inner confidence, and offers personal support for the challenges that teenagers experience.

She resides in Auckland, New Zealand

Professional tennis career[edit]

2003[edit]

Jones became the youngest person, female or male, to win the New Zealand 18&under National Championships at 13 years, 1 month. She defeated Lucy Cole in the final 60 61.

2005[edit]

Sacha Jones began 2005 ranked outside the top 500 juniors in the world and finished inside the top 75 thanks to winning three tournaments in a row, including the Oceania Junior Championships held in Lautoka, Fiji.

2006[edit]

In 2006 Jones competed in all four junior grand slams, she lost in the second round of the junior Australian Open to Dominika Cibulkova, second round of junior Wimbledon to Caroline Wozniacki and the quarterfinals of the US Open to Tamira Paszek. At 16 years old she finished 2006 ranked 11 in the world junior 18&Under ITF rankings.

2008[edit]

As a 17 year old Jones lost in Round One of the 2008 ASB Classic to second seed, Vera Zvonareva. Later in the year Jones teamed up with Justin Gimelstob and Serena Williams to play for the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis team.

2009[edit]

Sacha Jones began 2009 ranked 306 in the world. In June she won her first professional tournament in Texas, U.S.A. In September she embarked on a 24 match winning streak. At a tournament in Darwin, Jones won her second title of the year, recording a win over former top 10 player Alicia Molik who was working on a comeback. Two weeks later she won another title in Mount Gambier, defeating Molik in the final. The next week Jones run continued in Port Pirie, where she again defeated Molik in the final. Jones then traveled to South Carolina, USA where she won another tournament without dropping a set. The following week Jones again raced to another final in Phoenix, but had her run snapped by Varvara Lepchenko. After this run of good form, Jones was ranked at a career high of 167 in the world.

2010[edit]

Jones was set to compete in the ASB Classic but had to withdraw due to an abdominal injury.

She played at the 2010 PTT Pattaya Open but lost in the First Round to Alberta Brianti. She was able to compete only sporadically on tour for the remainder of the year due to stress fractures in her ribs.

2011[edit]

Jones featured in the ASB Classic as a wildcard draw in which she was defeated in two tight sets by third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round. She was the hitting partner for Maria Sharapova during this tournament.

Jones competed in the US Open qualifying draw, losing in the second round in three sets.

2012[edit]

Jones started off at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand as a wildcard where she lost her first-round match to Elena Baltacha in three tight sets.

She qualified for the Moorilla International in Hobart, Australia. She won her first round at the WTA event- beating Kristina Barrois in straight sets. She lost to Shahar Pe'er in round two in an extremely tight two-setter.

At the 2012 Australian Open, Sacha partnered compatriot Bojana Bobusic to enter the Women's Doubles Event where the pair beat Līga Dekmeijere and Maria Kondratieva in the First Round. This was her first ever win at a main draw Grand Slam.

She recorded mixed results for most of 2012 including a three set win over Eugenie Bouchard to secure her spot in the French Open.

At the 2012 Gastein Ladies, Jones won her second WTA main draw match, defeating Yuliya Beygelzimer in round one. She lost to Alizé Cornet in round two.

During the year, Jones secured three $25,000 victories on the ITF Women's Circuit, including one title in Kristenhamm, Sweden and two in Australia.[1]

2013[edit]

Jones made her grand slam singles debut at the 2013 Australian Open; she was beaten in the first round by Kristýna Plíšková. In 2013 she suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and stress fractures in her shin. Jones played a limited schedule.

2014[edit]

Jones lost at the ASB Classic to Sachie Ishizu 7-6 in the third set after holding several match points. Partnering with her best childhood friend in the doubles event at the ASB Classic they beat the top seeds, former world number one, Cara Black and New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in the opening round. She announced that the 2014 ASB Classic was her last tournament Jones retired from professional tennis 2014. Later in 2014 Jones won the New Zealand Women's Open in singles and doubles.

Career statistics[edit]

ITF Circuit singles finals: 15 (10–5)[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. 17 November 2008 Manila, Philippines Hard Indonesia Ayu Fani Damayanti 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Winner 2. 15 June 2009 Brownsville, United States Hard United States Ester Goldfeld 6–3, 2–6, 6–0
Winner 3. 21 September 2009 Darwin, Australia Hard Australia Bojana Bobusic 6–4, 6–1
Winner 4. 5 October 2009 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard Australia Alicia Molik 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 5. 12 October 2009 Port Pirie, Australia Hard Australia Alicia Molik 3–6, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 6. 2 November 2009 Rock Hill, United States Hard Croatia Ani Mijačika 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 15 November 2009 Phoenix, United States Hard United States Varvara Lepchenko 0–6, 0–6
Winner 8. 20 September 2010 Alice Springs, Australia Hard Brazil Ana Clara Duarte 5–7, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 9. 14 November 2010 Esperance, Australia Hard Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 28 November 2010 Traralgon, Australia Hard Israel Julia Glushko 6–2, 5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 11. 20 November 2011 Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Casey Dellacqua 5–7, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 12. 23 June 2012 Kristinehamn, Sweden Clay Poland Magda Linette 6–4, 6–4
Winner 13. 2 September 2012 Cairns, Australia Hard Hong Kong Zhang Ling 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 9 September 2012 Rockhampton, Australia Hard Australia Olivia Rogowska 6–0, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 15. 23 September 2012 Port Pirie, Australia Hard Australia Olivia Rogowska 6–2, 7–5

ITF Circuit doubles finals: 4 (2–2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 15 June 2009 Brownsville, United States Hard United States Ashley Weinhold United States Ester Goldfeld
United States Macall Harkins
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 28 August 2009 Qianshan, China Hard Australia Alison Bai China Liang Chen
China Sun Shengnan
2–6, 4–6
Runner–up 3. 1 April 2012 Bundaberg, Australia Hard Australia Sally Peers Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Junri Namigata
1–6, 5–7
Winner 4. 22 September 2012 Port Pirie, Australia Hard Australia Sally Peers Australia Stephanie Bengson
South Africa Chanel Simmonds
6–4, 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvey, Luke (24 September 2012). "Jones in Port Pirie win". ITF Pro Circuit. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 

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