Samantha Smith (tennis)
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom|
|Residence||Loughton, Essex, England|
27 November 1971 |
Epping, Essex, England
|Height||5'9 / 1.75m|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 55 (22 February 1999)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1999)|
|French Open||1R (1991, 1999)|
|US Open||2R (1997)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 126 (25 June 1990)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (1998)|
|Wimbledon||1R (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)|
|Last updated on: 2 June 2016.|
Samantha Smith (born 27 November 1971 in Loughton, Essex, England) is a British former professional tennis player, who was the British ladies No. 1 from 1996 to 1999. She now commentates on the game, predominantly for the BBC, ITV, Sky Sports, BT Sport and Eurosport, as well as Channel Seven in Australia during the Australian Open.
Smith was born in Essex and was educated at Bancroft's School. She took three years out of tennis to attend the University of Exeter where she attained an upper 2nd class Honours degree in history.
Smith competed on the WTA Tour from 1990 to 1992 and from 1995 to 2000. Her highest achievement was in reaching the fourth round at the Wimbledon Championships in 1998, where she beat Anne-Gaëlle Sidot, Mariana Díaz Oliva and former champion Conchita Martínez before losing to eventual runner up Nathalie Tauziat. In so doing she picked up an ankle injury that required her to have two operations and spend four months in plaster; this effectively ended her career. She peaked at number 55 in the WTA rankings before the injury curtailed her climb up the rankings.
At the Australian Open she competed (in the Doubles with Ilana Berger) in the first round in 1992 and reached the second round in 1999.
At the French Open at Roland Garros she competed in the first round in 1991 and 1999.
At Wimbledon she competed in the first round in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, and reached the fourth round in 1998.
At the U.S. Open she competed in the first round in 1998 and reached the second round in 1997.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics she reached the second round.
She won the ITF tournaments at Nottingham in 1995 (singles and doubles) and Frinton-on-Sea in 2000. She represented Great Britain in the Fed Cup and European Cup in 1991 and from 1996 to 1999. She was unbeaten in her five singles matches in the 1997 Fed Cup.