Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
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Noppawan Lertcheewakarn

Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn US Open 2011.jpg
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn at the 2011 US Open
Country (sports) Thailand
ResidenceBangkok, Thailand
Born (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 31)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro18 June 2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money$293,951
Career record242-191 (55.9%)
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 149 (26 September 2011)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2011)
French OpenQ1 (2011, 2012)
Wimbledon1R (2010)
US Open1R (2011)
Career record141-112 (55.7%)
Career titles8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 97 (15 August 2011)
Grand Slam doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2011)

Noppawan "Nok" Lertcheewakarn (Thai: ; born 18 November 1991) is a former professional Thai tennis player. At 2009 Wimbledon Championships, she won the junior singles title. She reached career-high WTA rankings of 149 in singles and 97 in doubles.[1]

As of July 2018, Lertcheewakarn having played her last match in August 2017, is in training to be a police officer. She has yet to officially retire.[2]

Playing style

Lertcheewakarn is a counterpuncher with her two-handed backhand and forehand. Her game is lacking powerful strokes, but based on precise groundstrokes and good strategy. Her main weakness is considered to be her serve, lacking of power, consistency and stability.

She has had inspiration by Tamarine Tanasugarn, Monica Seles, Marion Bartoli, and Williams sisters. Lertcheewakarn has been coached by Chuck Kriese.[3]

Junior career

In 2008, Lertcheewakarn was world No. 1 in ITF Junior Circuit, became the first Thai player to ever hold that position. In the same year, Lertcheewakarn won the girls' ITF World Champions.[4]

She has reached two Grand Slam girls' singles finals: 2008 Wimbledon losing to Laura Robson, and 2009 Wimbledon beating Kristina Mladenovic. She also reached four Grand Slam girls' doubles finals, won 2008 US Open with Sandra Roma, 2009 French Open with Elena Bogdan, 2009 Wimbledon with Sally Peers, but lost the 2009 US Open, partnering Elena Bogdan.[5]

Professional career


Lertcheewakarn started playing her first ITF Circuit events in August 2006.[6] She made her WTA Tour main-draw debut in 2007 as a qualifier, defeating world No. 97, Melinda Czink of Hungary, in straight sets in the final qualifying round, before losing to Aiko Nakamura in three sets in the first round.[]

In May 2008, Lertcheewakarn won her first pro title in singles at $25k Balikpapan, defeating the top seed Isha Lakhani of India, in straight sets. In 2009, Lertcheewakarn received a main-draw wildcard into the Pattaya Open; she lost her first-round match against Shahar Pe'er, which lasted 52 minutes, 1-6, 0-6.[]


She received a wildcard to Pattaya Open, but lost in the first round to Chanelle Scheepers, in a two-hour-and-forty-minute three-set match in which Lertcheewakarn had a 4-1 lead in the second set. She then received a wildcard to the Malaysian Open where she beat Ksenia Pervak in the first round in straight sets, making this her first WTA main-draw win ever. At the $50k Nottingham Trophy, she advanced into the quarterfinals, before losing to Elena Baltacha in two straight sets. Lertcheewakarn received a wildcard entry to the Wimbledon Championships where she was defeated by Andrea Hlavá?ková in the first round. She ended the year inside top 200 in singles and doubles.[7]


Lertcheewakarn qualified for the Auckland Open but lost to Heather Watson in the first round, 1-6, 1-6. At the Malaysian Open, she defeated Alberta Brianti, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, and lost to a qualifier Anne Kremer in the second round. In doubles, Lertcheewakarn reached a WTA tournament final, partnering Jessica Moore, they lost to Dinara Safina and Galina Voskoboeva in a close match. She lost in the first round of the Baku Cup to Ksenia Pervak, having led 5-3 in the third set.[]

At the US Open, Lertcheewakarn qualified for her second Grand Slam main draw, defeating Zuzana Ku?ová, Ashley Weinhold and Kristýna Plí?ková in three tough matches. In the first round, in just her second Grand Slam tournament, she lost to Anastasiya Yakimova 0-6, 6-4, 3-6. Lertcheewakarn won the Al Habtoor Challenge, beat Bojana Jovanovski, Regina Kulikova, Simona Halep and Kristina Mladenovic en route. She also qualified for HP Open but lost to Samantha Stosur in three sets, she was two points away to score the victory. In 2011, Lertcheewakarn broke into top 100 in doubles and top 150 in singles.[]


She reached the final of the $50k event in Gifu but lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm, in three sets. She qualified for the Birmingham Classic main draw, defeating Sesil Karatantcheva en route. In the first round, she lost to Misaki Doi in three sets. At the Stanford Classic, Lertcheewakarn lost to Nicole Gibbs, 4-6, 4-6.[8]

WTA career finals

Doubles: 1 (runner-up)

Grand Slam tournaments
Premier M & Premier 5
International (0-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 6 March 2011 Malaysian Open Hard Australia Jessica Moore Russia Dinara Safina
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
5-7, 6-2, [5-10]

WTA Challenger finals

Doubles: 1 (runner-up)

Result    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss Nov 2012 Royal Indian Open Hard Israel Julia Glushko Russia Nina Bratchikova
Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
0-6, 6-4, [8-10]

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 14 (5 titles, 9 runner-ups)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (5-9)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jun 2007 ITF Jakarta, Indonesia 10,000 Hard Thailand Nungnadda Wannasuk 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Loss 0-2 Jul 2007 ITF Bangkok, Thailand 10,000 Hard China Lu Jiaxiang 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(5)
Win 1-2 May 2008 ITF Balikpapan, Indonesia 25,000 Hard India Isha Lakhani 6-3, 6-2
Win 2-2 Aug 2008 ITF Chiang Mai, Thailand 10,000 Hard Thailand Nungnadda Wannasuk 6-2, 6-3
Loss 2-3 Mar 2009 ITF Hamilton, New Zealand 10,000 Hard Indonesia Ayu Fani Damayanti 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Loss 2-4 Jul 2010 ITF Saint Joseph, United States 10,000 Hard Venezuela Gabriela Paz 6-1, 6-4
Win 3-4 Sep 2010 ITF Tsukuba, Japan 25,000 Hard Japan Shiho Akita 6-4, 6-1
Loss 3-5 Sep 2010 ITF Cairns, Australia 25,000 Hard Brazil Ana Clara Duarte 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Win 4-5 Dec 2011 Al Habtoor Challenge, UAE 75,000 Hard France Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-4
Loss 4-6 Sep 2012 ITF Phuket, Thailand 25,000 Hard Germany Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-2, 6-4
Loss 4-7 Apr 2012 Kangaroo Cup Gifu, Japan 50,000 Hard Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Loss 4-8 Oct 2013 Bendigo International, Australia 50,000 Hard Australia Casey Dellacqua 4-6, 4-6
Loss 4-9 Mar 2014 ITF Quanzhou, China 50,000 Hard Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas 1-6, 1-6
Win 5-9 May 2016 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard India Prerna Bhambri 6-4, 6-1

Doubles: 18 (8 titles, 10 runner-ups)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6-9)
Clay (1-1)
Grass (1-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 26 September 2006 ITF Jakarta, Indonesia Hard Thailand Varatchaya Wongteanchai Indonesia Lavinia Tananta
Indonesia Ayu Fani Damayanti
6-2, 6-4
Winner 2. 19 November 2006 ITF Manila, Philippines Hard Thailand Varatchaya Wongteanchai Chinese Taipei Kao Shao-yuan
Thailand Thassha Vitayaviroj
3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2)
Runner-up 1. 17 June 2007 ITF Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal Hard Thailand Varanya Vijuksanaboon Italy Elisa Balsamo
Italy Valentina Sulpizio
6-1, 6-0
Runner-up 2. 27 July 2007 ITF Bangkok, Thailand Hard Thailand Napaporn Tongsalee Thailand Sophia Mulsap
Thailand Varatchaya Wongteanchai
4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Winner 3. 24 April 2009 ITF Bol, Croatia Clay Czech Republic Martina Borecká Slovakia Michaela Pochabová
Slovakia Patricia Veresová
6-3, 6-3
Runner-up 3. 15 May 2010 ITF Tanjung Selor, Indonesia Hard Indonesia Jessy Rompies China Liu Wanting
Hong Kong Zhang Ling
7-6(5), 6-3
Runner-up 4. 26 July 2010 ITF St. Joseph, United States Hard Venezuela Gabriela Paz United States Maria Sanchez
United States Ellen Tsay
6-4, 4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 5. 11 September 2010 ITF Cairns, Australia Hard Australia Tyra Calderwood Australia Tammi Patterson
Australia Olivia Rogowska
6-3, 7-6(3)
Runner-up 6. 25 April 2011 Kangaroo Cup, Japan Hard Japan Erika Sema Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
6-2, 6-3
Runner-up 7. 7 August 2011 Vancouver Open, Canada Hard United States Jamie Hampton Czech Republic Kristýna Plí?ková
Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková
5-7, 6-2, [10-2]
Winner 4. 26 March 2012 ITF Phuket, Thailand Hard China Zheng Saisai China Sun Shengnan
China Han Xinyun
6-3, 6-3
Winner 5. 18 March 2013 ITF Ipswich, Australia Hard Thailand Varatchaya Wongteanchai Australia Viktorija Rajicic
Australia Storm Sanders
4-6, 6-1, [10-8]
Runner-up 8. 19 August 2013 Neva Cup St. Petersburg, Russia Clay Poland Justyna Jegio?ka Russia Victoria Kan
Ukraine Ganna Poznikhirenko
2-6, 0-6
Winner 6. 12 October 2013 ITF Margaret River, Australia Hard Australia Arina Rodionova Australia Monique Adamczak
Australia Tammi Patterson
6-2, 3-6, [10-8]
Runner-up 9. 5 May 2014 ITF Incheon, South Korea Hard Turkey Melis Sezer South Korea Han Na-lae
South Korea Yoo Mi
1-6, 1-6
Winner 7. 20 April 2015 ITF Shenzhen, China Hard China Lu Jiajing South Korea Han Na-lae
South Korea Jang Su-jeong
6-4, 7-5
Runner-up 10. 24 October 2015 ITF Brisbane, Australia Hard Thailand Varatchaya Wongteanchai United States Lauren Embree
United States Asia Muhammad
2-6, 6-4, [9-11]
Winner 8. 10 March 2017 ITF Mildura, Australia Grass China Lu Jiajing France Tessah Andrianjafitrimo
France Shérazad Reix
6-4, 1-6, [10-8]

Grand Slam tournament performance timelines

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.


Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W-L
Australian Open A A Q2 Q1 A Q1 A A A 0-0
French Open A A Q1 Q1 A A A A A 0-0
Wimbledon Q1 1R Q2 Q1 A A A A A 0-1
US Open A A 1R Q1 A Q1 A A A 0-1
Win-loss 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2


Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 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 A A A 1R A A A A A 0-1
US Open A A A A A A A A A 0-0
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1


  1. ^ Women's Tennis Association. "Noppawan Lertcheewakarn Bio". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (5 July 2018). "An Exclusive Club at Wimbledon: Champions as Juniors and Adults". New York Times. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Chuck Kriese
  4. ^ "Juniors - News Article". ITF Tennis. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Juniors - Player Activity". ITF Tennis. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "WTA | Players | Activity | Noppawan Lertcheewakarn". Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "WTA | Players | Activity | Noppawan Lertcheewakarn". 13 August 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Success for younger Radwanska in Stanford". 11 July 2012.

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