Amber Liu (tennis)
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Amber Liu Tennis
Amber Liu
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceLa Mesa, California, USA
Born (1984-07-06) July 6, 1984 (age 36)
Santa Monica, California, USA
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeStanford (2002-06)
Prize moneyUS$112,326
Singles
Career record85-98 (46.4%)
Career titles0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 241 (March 3, 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open1R (2001, 2003, 2004)
Doubles
Career record4-12 (25.0%)
Career titles0 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 600 (July 7, 2003)

Amber Christine Liu Chang (born July 6, 1984) is an American former professional tennis player who is also the wife of fellow tennis pro Michael Chang. At Stanford University, she was a two-time NCAA singles champion in 2003 and 2004.[2] Her highest ranking was World No. 241 in singles and No. 600 in doubles.

Career

College

Liu attended Stanford University from 2002 to 2006, where she studied economics, interned in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, and played on the women's tennis team, compiling a 94-23 record in singles and leading the team to become NCAA team champions for three straight years, 2004 to 2006. She was a two-time NCAA singles champion in 2003 and 2004, NCAA doubles finalist in 2005, and four-time All-American. Liu was the fourth Stanford women's player to become a two-time NCAA singles champion, following Patty Fendick, Sandra Birch and Laura Granville. In 2004, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's best female tennis player.[3][4]

2005

Liu injured her shoulder in the summer of 2005, which caused her ranking to drop.

2008

In July, Liu was invited as a wildcard to play women's singles at the Bank of the West Classic held at her alma mater Stanford University. There she played her final match as a professional, losing in the first round to fifth-seeded and World No. 13 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.[5]

Personal life

Her parents are Marvin and Valerie Liu, both Stanford graduates. Her father is a physician and her mother is an attorney.[6] Liu was coached by Emmanuel Udozorh and International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Michael Chang. Chang and Liu married on October 18, 2008, and have two daughters, Lani (born December 9, 2010)[7][8] and Maile (born February 2013).[9]

ITF Circuit finals

Singles 4 (2-2)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 17 June 2002 Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal Hard Colombia Romy Farah 6-2, 6-2
Runner-up 2. 6 July 2003 Los Gatos, United States Hard United States Shenay Perry 0-6, 5-7
Winner 3. 10 July 2006 Caracas, Venezuela Hard Uruguay Estefanía Craciún 6-3, 6-4
Runner-up 4. 31 March 2007 Hyderabad, India Hard Switzerland Stefanie Vögele 7-5, 5-7, 3-6

See also

References

  1. ^ http://news.sina.com/us/singtao/104-103-102-106/2008-11-22/02283443381.html
  2. ^ "2004_spring_champs_records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 885.
  3. ^ "Amber Liu - Women's Tennis". Stanford University Athletics. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Tennis". CWSA. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Bank of the West Classic - Main Draw Results July 15, 2008 Archived September 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Whiting, Sam (July 24, 2005). "The Reluctant Pro / Tennis star Amber Liu stays cool and in school". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Interview with Chang on faith and marriage
  8. ^ Official family statement on birth of daughter.
  9. ^ "Merry Christmas from the Chang Family Foundation!". Chang Family Foundation. December 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014.

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