Sacha Jones hits a forehand during the ASB Classic
|Country (sports)|| Australia (2012–2014)
New Zealand (2005–2012)
|Residence||Auckland, New Zealand|
8 November 1990 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|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)|
|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 was 150, which she reached on 8 October 2012. Her highest ITF Junior ranking was 11 in the world. She attained the Number 1 ranking in New Zealand in 2009 and competed in the ASB Classic, New Zealand's only WTA event on seven occasions.
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.
In 2014, Jones retired from professional tennis citing a succession of injuries including three stress fractures in her ribs. 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. Praised for openly discussing topics such as depression and body image, Jones talks openly about her own experiences with such subjects.
She resides in Auckland, New Zealand with her fiancé, Adrian Hughes.
Professional tennis career
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ITF Circuit singles finals: 15 (10–5)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||17 November 2008||Manila, Philippines||Hard||Ayu Fani Damayanti||6–7(5–7), 2–6|
|Winner||2.||15 June 2009||Brownsville, United States||Hard||Ester Goldfeld||6–3, 2–6, 6–0|
|Winner||3.||21 September 2009||Darwin, Australia||Hard||Bojana Bobusic||6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||5 October 2009||Mount Gambier, Australia||Hard||Alicia Molik||4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||5.||12 October 2009||Port Pirie, Australia||Hard||Alicia Molik||3–6, 6–1, 7–5|
|Winner||6.||2 November 2009||Rock Hill, United States||Hard||Ani Mijačika||6–0, 6–4|
|Runner-up||7.||15 November 2009||Phoenix, United States||Hard||Varvara Lepchenko||0–6, 0–6|
|Winner||8.||20 September 2010||Alice Springs, Australia||Hard||Ana Clara Duarte||5–7, 6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||9.||14 November 2010||Esperance, Australia||Hard||Çağla Büyükakçay||6–2, 6–3|
|Runner-up||10.||28 November 2010||Traralgon, Australia||Hard||Julia Glushko||6–2, 5–7, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||11.||20 November 2011||Traralgon, Australia||Hard||Casey Dellacqua||5–7, 6–7(6–8)|
|Winner||12.||23 June 2012||Kristinehamn, Sweden||Clay||Magda Linette||6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||13.||2 September 2012||Cairns, Australia||Hard||Zhang Ling||6–0, 6–2|
|Runner-up||14.||9 September 2012||Rockhampton, Australia||Hard||Olivia Rogowska||6–0, 3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||15.||23 September 2012||Port Pirie, Australia||Hard||Olivia Rogowska||6–2, 7–5|
ITF Circuit doubles finals: 4 (2–2)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||15 June 2009||Brownsville, United States||Hard||Ashley Weinhold|| Ester Goldfeld
|Runner-up||2.||28 August 2009||Qianshan, China||Hard||Alison Bai|| Liang Chen
|Runner–up||3.||1 April 2012||Bundaberg, Australia||Hard||Sally Peers|| Shuko Aoyama
|Winner||4.||22 September 2012||Port Pirie, Australia||Hard||Sally Peers|| Stephanie Bengson
- Harvey, Luke (24 September 2012). "Jones in Port Pirie win". ITF Pro Circuit. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- Sacha Jones at the International Tennis Federation
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