Liu Nannan
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Liu Nannan
Liu Nannan
Country (sports) China
Born (1983-06-19) 19 June 1983 (age 37)
Height1.76 m (5 ft  in)
Turned pro2001
Retired2011
PlaysLeft-handed
Prize moneyUS$91,463
Singles
Career record140 - 64
Career titles0 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking141 (April 25, 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2005)
French OpenQ1 (2005)
US Open1R (2004)
Doubles
Career record45 - 41
Career titles0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking203 (May 2, 2005)
Last updated on: February 16, 2011.

Liu Nannan (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Liú Nánnán; born June 19, 1983) is a former Chinese female tennis player.

Career

Starting in 2001, Nannan has enjoyed considerable success on the ITF circuit, and occasionally qualified for WTA Tour events. Though her success at the WTA level of the game has so far fallen short of the stellar heights achieved by some of her Chinese contemporaries such as Peng Shuai, Li Na, Zheng Jie, Sun Tiantian and Yan Zi, she has come close enough at times for future hope of stronger results to justifiably abide.

In March 2001, she came through qualifying to win a $25,000 tournament at Hangzhou, defeating Akiko Morigami, Zheng Jie and Rika Fujiwara in the last three rounds. In July, she won a $10,000 tournament at Tianjin, defeating Peng Shuai in the semi-final; and later the same month she was the losing finalist to Li Na in the $25,000 tournament at Guangzhou. She ended the year world-ranked 275.

In January 2002, she won back-to-back $10,000 tournaments in the UK, at Hull and Tipton, but suffered mixed results for the remainder of the year, losing in numerous quarter-finals and semi-finals, and finished it world-ranked slighter lower, at 297.

2003 was a relatively poor year for Liu as a singles player until December, when she reached the quarter-final of a $50,000 tournament at Shenzhen with a clean run of five straight sets wins in qualifying and the main draw, only to cede victory to Zheng Jie by default. Not even this run could stop her year-end ranking from falling outside the Top 400, at 401.

2004 was Liu's most successful year to date as a singles player. She began it by winning a $10,000 tournament at Tampa, Florida, the fifth ITF singles title of her career. In June, she was the losing finalist to Li Na at a $25,000 tournament at Wulanhaote, and losing semi-finalist to Li Na at a $50,000 tournament at Beijing. In July, she came through qualifying to reach the semi-final at another $50,000 tournament, at Lexington, KY, with wins over Shikha Uberoi, Rika Fujiwara and Aiko Nakamura. In August, she defeated future star Jarmila Gajdo?ová in the first round of another $50,000 tournament at Louisville, then came through qualifying to the main draw of her first grand-slam tournament, the U.S. Open, only to lose to Paola Suárez. In September, she also qualified for the WTA tournament at Guangzhou, but lost in the first round after a close contest with Kristina Brandi. She ended the year world-ranked 170th, up 231 places year-on-year.

Early in 2005, Liu continued to play some of her best tennis, qualifying for Hobart with wins over Sofia Arvidsson and Maureen Drake (only to lose in the first round to Gisela Dulko) and for the Australian Open with a win over Yuka Yoshida (only to be ousted from the main draw at the first hurdle by Vera Zvonareva). In April, she reached the semi-final of a $75,000 tournament at Dothan, Alabama, losing to Varvara Lepchenko. This brought up her world-ranking to a high point of 145. She was destined to lose her opening match at four of the next five events she entered, the only exception being a $50,000 ITF tournament at Beijing in June, where she reached the semi-final before conceding a walkover to Li Ting. Since losing to Lepchenko once more in the first round of qualifying for Los Angeles, early in August 2005, Liu has not played another singles match. Her world ranking has therefore plummeted to 344th at the time of writing (March 4, 2006).

ITF Circuit finals

$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (5-4)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 5 March 2001 Hangzhou, China Hard Japan Rika Fujiwara 7-6(2), 3-6, 7-5
Runner-up 2. 15 July 2001 Tianjin, China Hard China Peng Shuai 0-1 ret.
Winner 3. 22 July 2001 Tianjin, China Hard China Yao Lan 6-4, 6-3
Runner-up 4. 29 July 2001 Guangzhou, China Hard China Li Na 1-6, 2-6
Winner 5. 27 January 2002 Hull, United Kingdom Hard (i) China Yan Zi 6-1, 6-2
Winner 6. 29 January 2002 Tipton, United Kingdom Hard (i) Russia Ekaterina Sysoeva 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Winner 7. 18 January 2004 Tampa, United States Hard United States Kristen Schlukebir 6-3, 6-1
Runner-up 8. 18 January 2004 Boca Raton, United States Hard United States Kelly McCain 1-6, 6-3, 0-6
Runner-up 9. 6 June 2004 Wulanhaote, China Hard China Li Na 0-6, 0-6

Doubles (2-4)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 15 July 2001 Tianjin, China Clay China Peng Shuai China Ma Enyue
China Xie Yanze
5-7, 7-5, 4-6
Winner 2. 4 June 2001 Shenzhen, China Hard China Peng Shuai China Li Ting
China Lui-Li Shen
6-4, 6-1
Runner-up 3. 27 February 2003 Belfort, France Carpet China Xie Yanze Netherlands Kim Kilsdonk
France Sophie Lefèvre
3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 4. 23 May 2004 Beijing, China Hard China Du Rui Latvia L?ga Dekmeijere
Turkey ?pek ?eno?lu
6-4, 4-6, 6-7(1)
Runner-up 5. 6 June 2004 Wulanhaote, China Hard China Du Rui Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Thailand Napaporn Tongsalee
6-3, 2-6, 3-6
Winner 6. 22 August 2004 Bronx, United States Hard China Li Na United States Jessica Lehnhoff
Australia Christina Wheeler
5-7, 6-3, 6-3

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