Storm Sanders

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Storm Sanders
Storm Sanders.jpg
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1994-08-11) 11 August 1994 (age 24)
Rockingham, Australia
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (double-handed backhand)
Prize money$285,274
Career record119–120
Career titles1 ITF
Highest ranking202 (10 February 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2014, 2015, 2016)
French OpenQ1 (2014)
US OpenQ1 (2013)
Career record109–77
Career titles1 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest ranking63 (9 October 2017)
Current ranking840 (14 January 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2016)
Wimbledon2R (2017)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2018)
Last updated on: 16 January 2019.

Storm Sanders (born 11 August 1994 in Rockhampton) is an Australian tennis player.

Sanders has won one singles title and eight doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 10 February 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 202. On 9 October 2017, she peaked at No. 63 in the doubles rankings.

Sanders debuted on the ITF junior tour in December 2007,[1] and on the senior tour in November 2008.[2] She won her first professional tournament in February 2013.

Professional career[edit]


Sanders began her year ranked 674 in the world. Her first tournament was the Apia International Sydney, where she received a wildcard into qualifying. She stunned Eugenie Bouchard in the first round in two tiebreak sets, but lost in the second round against Misaki Doi. Sanders then received a wildcard into qualifying at the Australian Open where she lost in the first round against Yuliya Beygelzimer. In February, after failing to qualify for the McDonald's Burnie International, Sanders celebrated a breakthrough victory, winning the $25,000 Launceston Tennis International tournament.[3][4] She won through both, the qualifying and main draws, without dropping a set. She also achieved the rare feat of defeating the top seeds in both the qualifying draw (Mari Tanaka) and the main draw (Olivia Rogowska) en route to victory. Sanders reached the top 500 in the WTA rankings for the first time after the tournament win. A month later, she reached the final of the $25,000 event in Ipswich, Queensland, losing to Jelena Pandžić in three sets.[5]

In July, together with her British partner Naomi Broady, Sanders won the $50,000 Gold River Women's Challenger, defeating Robin Anderson and Lauren Embree in straight sets.[6]

In US Open qualifying, Sanders lost in the first round to Uzbekistan's Nigina Abduraimova.[7]


Sanders began the season at the Brisbane International after receiving a wildcard into qualifying. She opened with a three set win over Irina-Camelia Begu.[8] Although taking the opening set, Sanders lost against third seed Hsieh Su-wei in three sets in the second round.

The following week, Sanders was awarded a wildcard to the main draw of the Hobart International. A first-round win over Peng Shuai[9] saw her match up with second seed Kirsten Flipkens in the second round. Pushing the top-20 ranked Belgian to the brink, Sanders lost in a tough three set match, lasting over two and a half hours.[10] Despite the close loss, it was announced that Sanders had been given a wildcard into the singles main draw of the Australian Open,[11] having been given wildcards for the doubles draw the previous two years. She played Italian Camila Giorgi in round one, losing on her Grand Slam singles debut in three sets.[12] She also lost in the first round of women's and mixed doubles.


Given a wildcard for the Hobart International,[13] Sanders lost in round one to Camila Giorgi in three sets. Sanders was then given a wildcard for the Australian Open, but lost at the first stage again, this time to world No. 46 Klára Koukalová in straight sets.[14]


In July, she qualified for the Jiangxi International. This is the first time Sanders has successfully come through qualifying at a WTA-level event.[15]

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Elite Trophy (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 June 2017 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom Grass Australia Monique Adamczak United Kingdom Jocelyn Rae
United Kingdom Laura Robson
6–4, 4–6, [10–4]
Runner-up 1. 16 September 2017 Japan Women's Open, Tokyo Hard Australia Monique Adamczak Japan Shuko Aoyama
China Yang Zhaoxuan
0–6, 6–2, [5–10]
Runner-up 2. 23 September 2017 Guangzhou Open, China Hard Australia Monique Adamczak Belgium Elise Mertens
Netherlands Demi Schuurs
2–6, 3–6

ITF finals (9–9)[edit]

Singles (1–2)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 4 February 2013 Launceston, Australia Hard Japan Shuko Aoyama 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 18 March 2013 Ipswich, Australia Hard Croatia Jelena Pandžić 5–7, 6–2, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 28 September 2015 Tweed Heads, Australia Hard Hungary Dalma Gálfi 2–6, 6–3, 1–6

Doubles (8–7)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6–6)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 16 May 2011 Landisville, United States Hard Australia Brooke Rischbieth United States Hsu Chieh-yu
United Kingdom Nicola Slater
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 23 May 2011 Sumter, United States Hard Australia Ebony Panoho Australia Bojana Bobusic
United Kingdom Nicola Slater
6–4, 5–7, [6–10]
Runner-up 3. 5 September 2011 Alice Springs, Australia Hard Australia Brooke Rischbieth Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves
United Kingdom Samantha Murray
6–3, 5–7, [3–10]
Runner-up 4. 21 November 2011 Bendigo, Australia Hard United Kingdom Samantha Murray Australia Stephanie Bengson
Australia Tyra Calderwood
6–2, 1–6, [5–10]
Runner-up 5. 18 March 2013 Ipswich, Australia Hard Australia Viktorija Rajicic Thailand Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
Thailand Varatchaya Wongteanchai
6–4, 1–6, [8–10]
Winner 1. 1 July 2013 Sacramento, United States Hard United Kingdom Naomi Broady United States Robin Anderson
United States Lauren Embree
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 27 January 2014 Burnie, Australia Hard Australia Jarmila Gajdošová Japan Eri Hozumi
Japan Miki Miyamura
6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. 7 July 2014 Sacramento, United States Hard Russia Daria Gavrilova United States Maria Sanchez
United States Zoe Gwen Scandalis
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 22 June 2015 Baton Rouge, United States Hard South Africa Chanel Simmonds United States Samantha Crawford
United States Emily Harman
6–7(4–7), 1–6
Winner 4. 20 July 2015 Granby, Canada Hard Australia Jessica Moore United Kingdom Laura Robson
Canada Erin Routliffe
7–5, 6–2
Winner 5. 5 October 2015 Cairns, Australia Hard Australia Jessica Moore United States Jennifer Elie
United States Asia Muhammad
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 13 June 2016 Ilkley, United Kingdom Grass Belgium An-Sophie Mestach China Yang Zhaoxuan
China Zhang Kailin
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 6. 31 October 2016 Canberra, Australia Hard Australia Jessica Moore Australia Alison Bai
Australia Lizette Cabrera
6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 6 May 2017 Wiesbaden, Germany Clay Germany Vivian Heisen Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča
Switzerland Rebeka Masarova
7–5, 5–7, [10–8]
Winner 8. 10 June 2017 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass Australia Monique Adamczak Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
7–5, 6–4


  1. ^ Storm Sanders at the International Tennis Federation – Junior profile
  2. ^ Storm Sanders at the International Tennis Federation
  3. ^ "Sanders' barn-storming victory". The Examiner. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  4. ^ Trollope, Matt (24 November 2013). "Storm Sanders: back in the game". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  5. ^ Richards, Matt (25 March 2013). "Ebelthite, Pandzic claim Ipswich titles". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Walker Returns after Summer Travels with USTA Collegiate Team". Memphis Tigers. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  7. ^ McGowan, Marc (5 November 2013). "This teenager is taking the tennis world by Storm". Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  8. ^ Malone, Paul; Stannard, Damien (27 December 2013). "Ashley Barty, Storm Sanders, Jarmila Gajdosova win Brisbane qualifying matches". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Australian teenager Storm Sanders scores big upset win in Hobart". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  10. ^ Beniuk, David (8 January 2014). "Storm pushes Hobart seed to brink". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Eight Australians handed final wildcard entries into Australian Open main draw". ABC. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  12. ^ Salvado, John (14 January 2014). "Storm Sanders beaten at Australian Open". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Storm Sanders secures last Hobart wildcard". Daily Mail. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  14. ^ O'Donoghue, Craig (19 January 2015). "Open experience ends for West Aussie". The West Australian. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Aussies in action: Kyrgios seeded second in Atlanta". Tennis Australia. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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