Rebecca Llewellyn
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Rebecca Llewellyn

Rebecca Llewellyn
Country (sports) United Kingdom
 Wales
ResidenceWelwyn, England
Born (1985-10-05) 5 October 1985 (age 34)
Cardiff, Wales
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned proSeptember 2003
RetiredSeptember 2007
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$58,304
Singles
Career record97-108
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 280 (28 August 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon1R (2005)
Doubles
Career record58-45
Career titles7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 309 (23 April 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2005, 2006)

Rebecca Llewellyn (born 5 October 1985) is a retired tennis player from Wales.

In her career, she won one title in singles and seven in doubles on the ITF Women's Circuit. She reached career-high rankings of world No. 280 in singles and No. 309 in doubles. She has not competed professionally since 2007.

Career

Playing style

Rebecca began playing tennis aged seven in school. In 2003, she graduated from Haileybury High School.[1]

She played right-handed and cited her favourite shots as the backhand and the volley. Her preferred playing surfaces were grass and clay.[1]

Junior years (1999-2003)

Llewellyn played her first match on the junior ITF circuit in February 1999 and her last in June 2003 in the Junior Wimbledon Championships. Her best performances in singles came when she reached two semifinals of lower-tier junior events in 2000. She also reached the quarterfinals in one other event. In terms of Grand Slam success, her best singles result came at Wimbledon in 2000 when she won two matches to qualify and then went on to reach the second round. By the end of her junior career, she ended with a singles win-loss record of 11-14 and a career-high ranking of world No. 234 (achieved 25 June 2001).[2]

As a junior doubles player she was a runner-up on one occasion. She was also a doubles semifinalist on another occasion. Rebecca competed in doubles at a Grand Slam only once, at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, where she and compatriot Katie O'Brien were knocked out in round one. She ended her junior career with a win-loss record of 5-7 in doubles and a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 410 (achieved 16 April 2001).[2]

Professional years

Llewellyn took part in the 2005 Wimbledon Championships, but lost 0-6, 1-6 to the fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. In doing so, she became the first player from Wales to compete in singles since Sarah Loosemore in 1992.[3] She also competed in the doubles event at the 2005 and the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, losing in the first round each time.[4][5]

ITF Circuit titles (8)

Singles (1)

No. Date Location Category Surface Opponent Score
1. 23 May 2005 Oxford, England $10,000 Grass South Africa Surina De Beer 0-6, 6-3, 6-3

Doubles (7)

No. Date Location Category Surface Partners Opponents Scores
1. 26 January 2004 Tipton, England $10,000 Hard United Kingdom Melanie South Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
2-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. 7 April 2005 Bath, England $10,000 Hard United Kingdom Anna Hawkins Germany Vanessa Pinto
Italy Verdiana Verardi
3-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. 4 May 2005 Edinburgh, Scotland $10,000 Clay United Kingdom Melanie South Netherlands Leonie Mekel
Netherlands Bibiane Schoofs
6-0, 3-6, 6-3
4. 23 May 2005 Oxford, England $10,000 Grass United Kingdom Anna Hawkins United Kingdom Melissa Berry
United Kingdom Holly Richards
6-1, 6-4
5. 3 August 2005 Wrexham, Wales $10,000 Hard United Kingdom Anna Smith India Rushmi Chakravarthi
New Zealand Paula Marama
6-3, 7-5
6. 2 October 2006 Nantes, France $25,000 Hard United Kingdom Melanie South Germany Sabine Lisicki
France Irena Pavlovic
6-2, 6-0
7. 20 July 2007 Frinton, England $10,000 Grass United Kingdom Elizabeth Thomas United Kingdom Samantha Murray
United States Alexis Prousis
3-6, 7-5, 6-2

ITF runner-ups (4)

Singles (1)

No. Date Location Category Surface Opponent Score
1. 15 February 2005 Portimão, Portugal $10,000 Hard Spain Lucia Jimenez Almendros 6-7(6-8), 4-6

Doubles (3)

No. Date Location Category Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 26 July 2004 Dublin, Ireland $10,000 Carpet South Africa Lizaan du Plessis Republic of Ireland Yvonne Doyle
Republic of Ireland Karen Nugent
4-6, 6-3, 2-6
2. 10 March 2005 Sunderland, England $10,000 Hard South Africa Lizaan du Plessis Austria Verena Amesbauer
Czech Republic Veronika Chvojková
3-6, 4-6
3. 10 July 2007 Felixstowe, England $25,000 Grass United Kingdom Jade Curtis United Kingdom Karen Paterson
United Kingdom Melanie South
3-6, 3-6

References

  1. ^ a b Rebecca Llewellyn at the Women's Tennis Association
  2. ^ a b "Rebecca Llewellyn". www.itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation.
  3. ^ "Llewellyn plans pioneering role". BBC. 21 June 2005. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Llewellyn upbeat despite defeat". BBC. 23 June 2005. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Llewellyn to learn from SW19 loss". BBC. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 2010.

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