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Melanie South

Melanie South
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Full nameMelanie Jayne South
Country (sports) United Kingdom
ResidenceNew Malden, London
Born (1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 33)
Kingston, London
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2004
Retired2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$464,831
Singles
Career record301-257
Career titles6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 99 (2 February 2009)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2009)
French Open1R (2009)
Wimbledon2R (2006)
US OpenQ3 (2008)
Doubles
Career record236-156
Career titles24 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 120 (9 March 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (2008, 2009)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (2007)
Team competitions
Fed Cup2-2

Melanie Jayne South (born 3 May 1986) is a former English tennis player who announced her retirement from professional tennis on 2 December 2013 in order to focus on a coaching career.[1][2]

South won six singles and 24 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 2 February 2009, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 99. On 9 March 2009, she peaked at No. 120 in the doubles rankings.

Her greatest success in a Grand Slam tournament came in the first round of the 2006 Wimbledon Championships when she came back from one set down to beat the world No. 14 Francesca Schiavone in a match witnessed by Martina Navratilova. At the time, South was ranked at 305 in the world and had reached the main-draw courtesy of a wildcard. Not since the third round of the 1998 tournament, when Samantha Smith beat the world No. 7 Conchita Martínez, had a British woman beaten an opponent of a similar ranking at Wimbledon.[3] She lost in the second round to Shenay Perry, the world No. 62.[4] Outside of Wimbledon, South reached the first round of the 2009 Australian Open without needing to qualify or receiving a wildcard. This was the first time in her career that her ranking was high enough to grant her access to a Grand Slam main draw without a wildcard. She lost to world No. 17 Marion Bartoli in round one.[5]

Personal life

Melanie's mother is called Sheila and her father, John, used to play professional football for Fulham (1964-66) and Brentford (1966-67).[6] John is now a tennis coach at New Malden tennis club and Sheila was a short tennis coach. She has two brothers, Andrew and Stephen, who both used to play tennis recreationally. She began playing tennis herself at the age of six.[7]

She attended Nonsuch High School in Cheam, South London where she gained seven GCSEs (one A* grade, four As and two Bs) and two A grades in A-level Psychology and PE as well as a grade C in A-level General Studies.[8] She is currently furthering her education by taking an Open University course in Understanding Health which she hopes will lead onto another course in psychology.[6]

Playing style

South's style of gameplay centred around her powerful serve and her aggressive ground strokes. She regularly served aces and got many more free points from other serves which could not be returned, which made her a difficult player to break when she played at her best. However, because her serve was so high-risk, at times she served a large number of double faults and when a couple of these come in the same game it puts her at a sizeable disadvantage.[9] In her first round match at Wimbledon 2008 against Alona Bondarenko she served a total of ten aces, seven double faults and won 68% of the points behind her first serve. She also hit 45 winners and 48 unforced errors during this match, a statistic which demonstrates her aggressive, high-risk attitude to tennis.[10] Renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri saw South play during her first round match against his charge, Michelle Larcher de Brito, at the 2008 French Open and commented: "She can serve well and has good ground strokes. She moves well for a big girl but you can see that lateral movement is a problem for her. Whenever she's pushed out wide she can struggle."[11]

Career review

Junior (1999-2004)

South debuted on the ITF junior circuit in June 1999. She saw very little in the way of singles success until July 2002 when she reached her first tournament quarterfinal at The Scottish Junior Championships. Six months later she won the 17th Salik Open (her only singles title at junior level) and then reached the semifinals of her next tournament before losing to Anna Chakvetadze. Following this, she reached the quarterfinals of her next two tournaments. She competed in the Wimbledon girls' tournament only twice and lost in the first round each time. In singles, her career-high ranking was world No. 266 and her win-loss record was 15-8.[12]

As a junior doubles player she won one title, the Scottish Junior International Championships as well as losing in the final of two others (the Västerås International Junior Championships and the LTA Junior International Tournament Wrexham). In 2004, she reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon girls' doubles partnering Katie O'Brien. Her career win-loss record in doubles was 7-7 and her highest ranking was world No. 335.[12]

2001-2003

Her first professional match (and only match that year) came in October 2001; a match which she lost in straight sets to Natalia Egorova from Russia.[13]

In 2002, in only her second match at adult level, she received a wild card into the qualifying draw at Wimbledon and lost to Adriana Barna. South spent the rest of 2002 playing in ITF tournaments in Great Britain, not getting past the second round in any of them. She finished 2002 with her world ranking at No. 931.[13]

During 2003, she played a total of ten matches (again all ITF) and won four of them. She again failed to progress further than the second round of any of these tournaments and at the end of the 2003 season she had a ranking of No. 851.[13]

2004

2004 began well for South; in her first four tournaments of the year, she managed to reach the quarterfinals, second round, quarterfinal and semifinal respectively before going on to win her fifth tournament of the year. In her sixth tournament she lost in the first round before reaching the final of the next, losing to Elke Clijsters (sister of former world No. 1, Kim Clijsters) in three sets. Later that month she reached the semifinals of the $10k event in Antalya, Turkey. In June she played her first match on the WTA Tour, when she received a wildcard into the Tier III DFS Classic in Birmingham. She lost in the first round of the qualifying tournament to Maria Kirilenko. She immediately received another wildcard into the qualifying draw of Wimbledon, but lost in straight sets to Bethanie Mattek in the first round. After Wimbledon, she played three more ITF tournaments and reached the quarterfinals of two of them. At the end of 2004 her ranking was No. 453.[13]

2005

In January 2005 she played the $10k event in Tipton where she reached the quarterfinals, losing to Katie O'Brien. In April she won the second ITF title of her career, beating top-seed Anne Keothavong in the final. Between winning this and losing in the first round of qualifying for Wimbledon for the third year running she reached the final of one more ITF tournament and the semifinal stage of another. After Wimbledon she played nine more ITF events, reaching the semifinal stage in two of them. Her ranking was world No. 449 at the end of 2005.[13]

2006

In the first half of 2006 she won the third ITF tournament of her career in Hull and reached the semifinals of another ITF, this one in Tenerife, as a qualifier before losing to Andrea Hlavá?ková. In the run-up to Wimbledon 2006, South played two WTA tournaments courtesy of wildcards. She lost in the first round of the DFS Classic in Birmingham (Tier III) to fellow wild card Sarah Borwell in three sets, and also lost in the first round of qualifying for the Tier-II tournament in Eastbourne. In June, South played for the first time in the Wimbledon main draw as a wild card and reached the second round by beating No. 11 seed Francesca Schiavone in the first round. She lost to Shenay Perry in the second round. South's win over world No. 14 Schiavone was a career-first top-20 victory, and the best win in terms of ranking for a British player since Sam Smith beat No. 7 Conchita Martínez at Wimbledon in 1998.[3] After Wimbledon, South won another ITF tournament, reached three semifinals and two more quarterfinals. She participated in the qualifying tournament for the US Open in September but did not progress further than the first round. Her year-end ranking was world No. 176.[13]

2007

2007 started slowly for South, with a loss in the first round of qualifying for the Tier-IV tournament in Auckland, New Zealand to Sara Errani (a later top-40 player) and a loss in the first round of the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open to Timea Bacsinszky (a future top-50 player). South reached the quarterfinals of another ITF tournament in May before losing to Casey Dellacqua. In June she lost in the first round of qualifying for the French Open, reached the quarterfinals of another ITF (Surbiton), lost in the second round of the qualifying tournament for the DFS Classic and reached the second round of the Tier-II tournament in Eastbourne, beating Alicia Molik in the first round before losing to Marion Bartoli in the second. Immediately after this came another appearance in the main draw of Wimbledon where she played Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama but lost. The rest of South's 2007 season saw her reach three more ITF semifinals and four quarterfinals. She failed to qualify for the US Open for the second year in a row. Her year-end ranking fell to No. 214.[13]

2008

South started her 2008 season by attempting to qualify for the Tier-IV tournament in Auckland. She reached the final round of qualifying before falling to compatriot, Elena Baltacha. She then went on to lose to Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn in the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open. Following this, she reached the semifinals in the $75k ITF in Midland, before being demolished by Ashley Harkleroad. In March, she reached the final round of qualifying for the Bangalore Open before becoming a quarterfinalist in the $25k event in Kalgoorlie, winning the title in another $25k in Sorrento and then reaching the quarterfinals in the $50k0 event in Patras. Her next noteworthy results came in late April and early May when she reached the semifinals in two back-to-back $50k events in Japan. She was beaten in the first round of qualifying for the French Open by fellow Brit, Katie O'Brien. Her grass-court season began with her best result to date in a WTA tournament by reaching the quarterfinals of the DFS Classic, a Tier-III event. She defeated fellow British wildcard Anna Fitzpatrick in round one[14] before beating No. 4 seed Sybille Bammer in the second.[15] In the third round she came up against 17th seed Aiko Nakamura and won in three sets.[6] Unseeded Yanina Wickmayer beat South in the quarterfinals. Following this, she received another wildcard into the International Women's Open where she lost in the first round to Alisa Kleybanova. She entered the main draw of the Wimbledon Championships courtesy of another wild card and gave No. 28 seed Alona Bondarenko a battle in round one. South was eventually defeated in three sets.

After Wimbledon, South attempted to qualify for the Tier-II tournament in Los Angeles but fell in the final round of qualifying. However, No. 2 seed Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament before her first round match resulting in South getting into the main draw as a lucky loser. As Serena was the No. 2 seed, South received her bye into the second round where she capitalised on this good opportunity by beating Petra Kvitová. Yuan Meng from China beat South in the third round. She followed this up by qualifying for the Rogers Cup where No. 10 seed Marion Bartoli beat her in round one. In August she reached the final round of qualifying for the US Open where she was beaten by China's Zhang Shuai. In October and November, South reached four consecutive $25k tournaments in Traralgon, Mount Gambier, Port Pirie and Pune. She lost to Jarmila Gajdo?ová, Natalie Grandin, beat Yurika Sema and then lost to Lu Jingjing respectively. She finished the year with a run to the quarterfinals of the $75k tournament in Toyota, giving her a year-end ranking of world No. 116.[13]

2009

In early January, South attempted to qualify for the Brisbane International, a WTA International event. A disappointing performance saw her lose to Ekaterina Bychkova. She followed this up by entering the qualifying draw for the Medibank International Sydney, a Premier event held in Sydney, Australia. South defeated Akgul Amanmuradova, Kristina Barrois and Yuan Meng to qualify for the tournament. South qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open when Maria Sharapova withdrew because of injury.[16] Because Anne Keothavong had already qualified for the main draw, it was the first time since Jo Durie and Clare Wood in the 1993 US Open, that two British women had gained direct entry into a Grand Slam.[17] South made it to the second round at Brisbane after Marion Bartoli retired due to a left calf strain at 1-1 in the first set. She was defeated in the second round by No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.[18] In the first round of the Australian Open, South fell to Bartoli in straight sets. South broke into the top 100 for the first time on 2 February 2009, achieving a career-high ranking of 99. This marked the first time in nearly 16 years that two British women had been inside the top 100, following Durie and Monique Javer in March 1993.

South spent the following week in Estonia playing in the 2009 Fed Cup alongside compatriots Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha and doubles specialist Sarah Borwell. Great Britain was drawn into the same group as Hungary, Netherlands and Luxembourg. Against Hungary, South and Borwell teamed up to face Katalin Marosi and Ágnes Szávay, and defeated them in straight sets, thus contributing to Britain's 3-0 victory over Hungary.[19] She was not required to participate when Britain defeated the Netherlands, 3-0, but played in both the doubles and singles in the third and final tie against Luxembourg. She beat Fabienne Thill, and followed this victory up with another in doubles, beating Mandy Minella and Thill with partner Sarah Borwell. This gave Britain a 9-0 record in their group, making them the group A winner and giving them the opportunity to play another group winner for a chance to participate in the World Group II Play-offs. However, Britain lost 2-1 to Poland in the playoffs. Following this, South gained direct entry into the International tournament, the Cellular South Cup on the merit of her own ranking but was beaten by the third seed Lucie ?afá?ová in round one.

She then briefly returned to the ITF circuit to participate in the $50k event in Clearwater, Florida where she was the No. 3 seed but was beaten in round one by Japanese Aiko Nakamura. Her next tournament was the first Premier mandatory tournament of the WTA calendar, the BNP Paribas Open where she competed in qualifying but was defeated by Varvara Lepchenko in round one. She then immediately went to her next Premier mandatory tournament of the calendar, the Sony Ericsson Open, where she also lost in the qualifying stages.

Her next breakthrough came at the $50k event in Nottingham where she reached the quarterfinals before falling to Stefanie Vögele in three sets. She followed this up with a victory on the WTA Tour at the Aegon Classic over fellow Brit Katie O'Brien before falling to first seed Zheng Jie. She then lost in qualifying at Eastbourne and in the first round of Wimbledon to Vera Dushevina and Mathilde Johansson respectively. She had little success on the ITF circuit until a Glasgow $25k event where she reached the final as the second seed. In the final she fell to Johanna Larsson of Sweden in three sets.

She ended the year with a singles record of 20-21 and a year-end ranking of 160.

In doubles, South captured two titles in Helsinki and Glasgow partnering Emma Laine for both titles. She also achieved a first round win over Alona Bondarenko and Kateryna Bondarenko at Wimbledon, alongside fellow Briton Jocelyn Rae. She ended the year with a doubles record of 12-5.

ITF finals)

Singles (6-6)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6-4)
Clay (0-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 3 March 2004 Mumbai, India Hard China Chen Yanchong 6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 2. 1 May 2004 Bournemouth, Great Britain Clay Belgium Elke Clijsters 6-3, 1-6, 2-6
Winner 3. 10 April 2005 Bath, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Anne Keothavong 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Runner-up 4. 8 May 2005 Edinburgh, Great Britain Clay Russia Ekaterina Kozhokina 4-6, 3-6
Winner 5. 29 January 2006 Hull, Great Britain Hard France Irena Pavlovic 6-4, 6-1
Winner 6. 30 July 2006 Chengdu, China Hard China Lu Jingjing 7-5, 7-6(7-5)
Winner 7. 23 March 2008 Sorrento, Italy Hard Australia Christina Wheeler 7-5, 6-7(6-8), 6-4
Runner-up 8. 12 October 2008 Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Jarmila Gajdo?ová 3-6, 6-3, 1-6
Runner-up 9. 19 October 2008 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard South Africa Natalie Grandin 6-7(2-7), 4-6
Winner 10. 26 October 2008 Port Pirie, Australia Hard Japan Yurika Sema 6-3, 6-4
Runner-up 11. 15 November 2008 Pune, India Hard China Lu Jingjing 3-6, 2-6
Runner-up 12. 25 October 2009 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard Sweden Johanna Larsson 1-6, 6-1, 3-6

Doubles (24-21)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (18-17)
Clay (2-2)
Grass (2-1)
Carpet (2-1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1 February 2004 Tipton, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Runner-up 2. 23 January 2005 Tipton, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Katie O'Brien South Africa Surina De Beer
United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn
4-6, 2-6
Runner-up 3. 30 January 2005 Hull, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Katie O'Brien Russia Irena Bulykina
Russia Vasilisa Davydova
6-4, 3-6, [5-10]
Winner 4. 3 April 2005 Bath, Great Britain Hard South Africa Surina De Beer Russia Ekaterina Kozhokina
Australia Trudi Musgrave
6-2, 7-5
Winner 5. 1 May 2005 Bournemouth, Great Britain Clay United Kingdom Claire Peterzan United Kingdom Anna Hawkins
United Kingdom Holly Richards
5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Winner 6. 8 May 2005 Edinburgh, Great Britain Clay United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn Netherlands Leonie Mekel
Netherlands Bibiane Schoofs
6-0, 3-6, 6-3
Runner-up 7. 5 February 2006 Jersey, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Katie O'Brien Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
Croatia Matea Mezak
3-6, 1-6
Winner 8. 1 October 2006 Nottingham, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Karen Paterson United Kingdom Katie O'Brien
Estonia Margit Rüütel
6-2, 2-6, 7-6(7-1)
Winner 9. 8 October 2006 Nantes, France Hard United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn Germany Sabine Lisicki
France Irena Pavlovic
6-2, 6-0
Runner-up 10. 16 February 2007 Stockholm, Sweden Hard Romania Sorana Cîrstea Montenegro Danica Krstaji?
Russia Olga Panova
2-6, 6-0, 2-6
Runner-up 11. 17 March 2007 Gran Canaria, Spain Hard United Kingdom Claire Curran Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania M?d?lina Gojnea
6-4, 6-7(5-7), 4-6
Runner-up 12. 30 March 2007 La Palma, Spain Hard Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
3-6, 2-6
Winner 13. 8 June 2007 Surbiton, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Karen Paterson United Kingdom Elena Baltacha
United Kingdom Naomi Cavaday
6-1, 6-4
Winner 14. 14 July 2007 Felixstowe, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Karen Paterson United Kingdom Jade Curtis
United Kingdom Rebecca Llewellyn
6-3, 6-3
Winner 15. 28 July 2007 A Coruña, Spain Hard New Zealand Marina Erakovic Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
Germany Justine Ozga
6-1, 4-6, [10-4]
Runner-up 16. 7 October 2007 Nantes, France Hard Belgium Caroline Maes Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Sweden Johanna Larsson
6-4, 5-7, [7-10]
Winner 17. 21 March 2008 Sorrento, Italy Hard Australia Monique Adamczak Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
Chinese Taipei Hwang I-hsuan
6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 18. 4 May 2008 Gifu, Japan Carpet Netherlands Nicole Thijssen Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
Japan Kurumi Nara
1-6, 7-6(10-8), [7-10]
Winner 19. 11 May 2008 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet Netherlands Nicole Thijssen Japan Maya Kato
Australia Julia Moriarty
4-6, 6-3, [14-12]
Runner-up 20. 9 August 2008 Monterrey, Mexico Hard Australia Monique Adamczak Croatia Jelena Pand?i?
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
6-4, 4-6, [8-10]
Winner 21. 29 November 2008 Toyota, Japan Carpet Finland Emma Laine Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
China Han Xinyun
6-1, 7-5
Winner 22. 3 October 2009 Helsinki, Finland Hard Finland Emma Laine United Kingdom Anna Smith
Sweden Johanna Larsson
6-3, 6-3
Winner 23. 25 October 2009 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard Finland Emma Laine Italy Evelyn Mayr
Italy Julia Mayr
6-3, 6-2
Runner-up 24. 22 March 2010 Jersey, United Kingdom Hard Australia Jarmila Gajdo?ová Estonia Maret Ani
United Kingdom Anna Smith
7-5, 6-4
Runner-up 25. 26 May 2010 Gifu, Japan Clay Russia Ksenia Lykina Japan Erika Sema
Japan Tomoko Yonemura
3-6, 6-2, 2-6
Winner 26. 14 August 2010 Tallinn, Estonia Hard Finland Emma Laine China Lu Jingjing
China Sun Shengnan
6-3, 6-4
Runner-up 27. 26 October 2010 Port Pirie, Australia Clay Japan Remi Tezuka Australia Bojana Bobusic
Australia Alenka Hubacek
3-6, 2-6
Winner 28. 28 November 2010 Traralgon, Australia Hard Hungary Tímea Babos Australia Jarmila Gajdo?ová
Australia Jade Hopper
6-3, 6-2
Winner 29. 3 December 2010 Bendigo, Australia Hard Hungary Tímea Babos Australia Jarmila Gajdo?ová
Australia Jade Hopper
6-3, 6-2
Winner 30. 4 February 2011 Sutton, Great Britain Hard Finland Emma Laine Poland Marta Domachowska
Croatia Darija Jurak
6-3, 5-7, [10-8]
Runner-up 31. 5 March 2011 Hammond, United States Hard Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugi?-Salki? United States Christina Fusano
United States Julie Ditty
3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 32. 16 July 2011 Woking, Great Britain Hard Finland Emma Laine France Julie Coin
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
1-6, 6-3, 4-6
Runner-up 33. 24 July 2011 Wrexham, Great Britain Hard Slovakia Lenka Wienerová United Kingdom Anna Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Jade Windley
2-6, 6-4, 4-6
Winner 34. 4 February 2012 Burnie, Australia Hard Russia Arina Rodionova Australia Stephanie Bengson
Australia Tyra Calderwood
6-2, 6-2
Winner 35. 17 February 2012 Sydney, Australia Hard Russia Arina Rodionova China Duan Yingying
China Han Xinyun
3-6, 6-3, [10-8]
Runner-up 36. 19 March 2012 Bath, Great Britain Hard (i) France Julie Coin Germany Tatjana Maria
Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt
3-6, 6-3, 3-10
Runner-up 37. 14 May 2012 Kurume, Japan Grass Russia Ksenia Lykina China Han Xinyun
China Sun Shengnan
1-6, 0-6
Winner 38. 14 January 2013 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard (i) United Kingdom Tara Moore United Kingdom Anna Smith
United Kingdom Francesca Stephenson
7-6(7-5), 6-3
Runner-up 39. 23 January 2013 Preston, Great Britain Hard (i) United Kingdom Tara Moore United Kingdom Samantha Murray
United Kingdom Jade Windley
3-6, 6-3, [5-10]
Winner 40. 4 February 2013 Rancho Mirage, United States Hard United Kingdom Tara Moore United States Jan Abaza
United States Louisa Chirico
4-6, 6-2, [12-10]
Runner-up 41. 22 April 2013 Phuket, Thailand Hard (i) United Kingdom Tara Moore Thailand Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
Thailand Peangtarn Plipuech
3-6, 7-5, [9-11]
Runner-up 42. 22 July 2013 Wrexham, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Anna Smith Japan Kanae Hisami
Japan Mari Tanaka
3-6, 6-7(2-7)
Winner 43. 29 July 2013 Nottingham, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Anna Smith United Kingdom Daneika Borthwick
United Kingdom Anna Fitzpatrick
6-4, 6-2
Runner-up 44. 26 August 2013 Antalya, Turkey Hard Finland Emma Laine Argentina Andrea Benítez
Brazil Carla Forte
6-4, 3-6, [8-10]
Winner 45. 2 September 2013 Antalya, Turkey Hard Finland Emma Laine Thailand Patcharin Cheapchandej
Thailand Tanaporn Thongsing
6-4, 6-3

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Career W-L
Australian Open A A A A A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 A A A 0-1
French Open A A A A A Q1 Q1 1R A A A A 0-1
Wimbledon Q1 A Q1 Q1 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q2 Q1 Q1 1-5
US Open A A A A Q1 Q1 Q3 Q2 A A A A 0-0
Year-end ranking 931 851 453 449 176 212 116 160 292 299 328 608 N/A

Doubles

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Career W-L
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A 0-0
French Open A A A A A A A A A 0-0
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2-9
US Open A A A A A A A A A 0-0

Mixed doubles

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Career W-L
Australian Open A A A A A A 0-0
French Open A A A A A A 0-0
Wimbledon QF 1R 1R A 2R 3R 6-5
US Open A A A A A A 0-0

Fed Cup

Europe/Africa Group I
Date Venue Surface Round Opponent Final match score Match Opponents Rubber score
30-31 January 2008 Budapest Carpet (i) RR   Switzerland 1-2 Doubles (with Elena Baltacha) Gagliardi/Schnyder 3-6, 3-6 (L)
 Hungary 1-2 Doubles (with Elena Baltacha) Arn/Szávay 2-6, 2-6 (L)
4-6 February 2009 Tallinn Hard (i) RR  Hungary 3-0 Doubles (with Sarah Borwell) Marosi/Szávay 6-4, 6-3 (W)
 Luxembourg 3-0 Singles Fabienne Thill 6-0, 6-2 (W)
Doubles (with Sarah Borwell) Minella/Thill w/o (W)

References

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