Sunitha Rao at the 2008 Coleman Vision Tennis Championships in Albuquerque, United States
|Country (sports)|| United States (2000–2007)
|Residence||Bradenton, United States|
October 27, 1985 |
Jersey City, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US$ 238,224|
|Highest ranking||No. 144 (July 7, 2008)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q3 (2003, 2005)|
|French Open||Q2 (2005, 2006)|
|US Open||Q3 (2007)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 8 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 108 (May 19, 2008)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||2R (2008)|
She has won 8 doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 7 July 2008, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 144. On 19 May 2008, she peaked at world number 108 in the doubles rankings. Rao retirement from tennis 2009.
Sunitha was born and raised by parents Manohar and Savithri in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her family spoke Kannada. Her parents are originally from Mangalore in Karnataka, India. Sunitha speaks some Kannada.
Sunitha played at the Hansol Korea Open 2004 where she was beaten by Miho Saeki in the first round. Rao participated at the Internationaux de Strasbourg 2005, but was overpowered by Iveta Benešová in the first round. Then she played at the Sunfeast Open where she beat Neha Uberoi in the first round before falling to Elena Likhovtseva.
Sunitha took part at the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic 2006, where she lost to Angelique Widjaja in the First Round. She also suffered a first round defeat at the 2007 Sunfeast Open to Nicole Pratt. Rao defeated Sandy Gumulya in the First Round of the Sunfeast Open to advance to the second round where she lost to Anne Keothavong. She then lost in the first round of the Bell Challenge to Alina Jidkova.
Sunitha received an entry into the PTT Pattaya Open via a Lucky Loser spot. She beat Junri Namigata before losing to Ekaterina Bychkova. Then, at the Copa Colsanitas, she lost to Edina Gallovits in the first round.
Rao received the best result of her WTA career at the 2008 DFS Classic in Birmingham. She beat Petra Kvitová (who would be the future world no.2 and Wimbledon titlist) in the first round and Naomi Cavaday in the second before falling to Alona Bondarenko in the third round.
She partnered with Sania Mirza, representing India in the women's doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. They got a walk-over in round one, but lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina of Russia in round two.
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||February 24, 2002||Mumbai, India||Hard||Peng Shuai||3–6, 6–7(3-7)|
|Runner-up||2.||November 10, 2002||Mexico City, Mexico||Hard||Olga Vymetálková||6–7(2-7), 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||October 17, 2004||Mackay, Australia||Hard||Evie Dominikovic||5–7, 3–6|
|Runner-up||4.||October 24, 2004||Rockhampton, Australia||Hard||Evie Dominikovic||0–6, 0–2 ret.|
|Runner-up||5.||July 8, 2007||Southlake, United States||Hard||Alexa Glatch||2–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||6.||October 14, 2007||San Francisco, United States||Hard||Ashley Harkleroad||1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||7.||March 22, 2008||Noida, India||Hard||Anastasija Sevastova||2–6, 1–6|
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||January 18, 2004||Tampa, United States||Hard||Milangela Morales|| Alisa Kleybanova
|Runner-up||2.||May 16, 2004||Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Vilmarie Castellvi|| Erica Krauth
|Winner||1.||November 14, 2004||Port Pirie, Australia||Hard||Casey Dellacqua|| Daniella Dominikovic
|4–6, 6–3, 7–6(8-6)|
|Winner||2.||November 13, 2005||Port Pirie, Australia||Hard||Gréta Arn|| Monique Adamczak
|6–4, 3–6, 6–2|
|Winner||3.||November 27, 2005||Mount Gambier, Australia||Hard||Ryoko Fuda|| Gréta Arn
|Winner||4.||May 7, 2006||Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Maria Fernanda Alves
|6–7(6-8), 6–2, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||July 23, 2006||Hammond, United States||Hard||Ryōko Fuda|| Christina Fusano
|6–7(3-7), 6–4, 1–6|
|Runner-up||4.||October 8, 2006||Traralgon, Australia||Hard||Casey Dellacqua|| Christina Horiatopoulos
|Winner||5.||October 15, 2006||Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Casey Dellacqua|| Daniella Dominikovic
|Runner-up||5.||January 20, 2007||Fort Walton Beach, United States||Hard||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Angelika Bachmann
|7–5, 6–7(7-9), 6–7(4-7)|
|Winner||6.||June 2, 2007||Carson, United States||Hard||Kim Grant|| Angela Haynes
|Winner||7.||June 17, 2007||Allentown, United States||Hard||Ryōko Fuda|| Angela Haynes
|6–7(3-7), 6–4, 6–1|
|Runner-up||6.||March 14, 2008||New Delhi, India||Hard||Aurélie Védy|| Ji Chunmei
|6–2, 2–6, [4–10]|
|Winner||8.||May 11, 2008||Zagreb, Croatia||Clay||Melinda Czink|| Stéphanie Foretz
Jelena Kostanić Tošić
|Runner-up||7.||October 5, 2008||Troy, United States||Hard||Angela Haynes|| Raquel Kops-Jones
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