Amanda Carreras

Amanda Carreras (born 16 May 1990 in Gibraltar) is a British tennis player.

Amanda Carreras
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Country (sports) United Kingdom
 Gibraltar
Born (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 30)
Gibraltar, Spain
Turned pro2008
PlaysRight-handed
(two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 129,797
Singles
Career record401–246 (62.0%)
Career titles11 ITF
Highest rankingWTA No. 236 (24 April 2017) ITF No. 25
Current rankingWTA No. 338 (14 September 2020) ITF No. 70
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQ1 (2013, 2015)
Doubles
Career record134–90 (59.8%)
Career titles15 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 279 (24 April 2017)
Current rankingNo. 1019 (09 March 2020)

Carreras has won 11 singles and 15 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 24 April 2017, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 236, and peaked at No. 279 in the doubles rankings.

Due to Carreras winning her first two singles and doubles titles back-to-back, the ITF website wrote a "Spotlight On…" article on Carreras in May 2009.[1]

On 24 July 2012, Carreras carried the Olympic flame in the torch relay in Ealing, London. Nicola Bosio (another Gibraltarian athlete) passed on the flame to Amanda who was described as one of Gibraltar's finest sportswomen.[2]

The three additional gold medals she won at her home Island Games in 2019 pushed her total up to 9 medals, 8 of them gold and made her the most decorated athlete in the history of the games. As well as this she holds a 12-0 record in singles and has won half of all her single matches without the loss of a single game, twice in 2011 and in all four of her matches in 2019.

With a total of 401 singles match wins Carreras is ranked fourth all time amongst female British tennis players and second amongst active players for most single wins. As well as 353 of those wins being on clay she has won more matches on the surface out of any British player male or female. With this impressive feat it is surprising she has never been nominated to play in a Fed Cup tie, especially given the GB is 0-3 in Fed Cup ties since Carreras professional debut back in 2008 and has a win loss total of 4-9 on clay.

In addition Carreras competed in the 2010 Commonwealth games held in Delhi where she reached the round of 16 in singles after winning her opening round match 6-0 6-0 against Tiriata Keeba of Kiribati, but then lost to eventual fourth placer and 6th seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia 6-2 6-4. Thus far 2010 has been the only time tennis has ever been included in the games' program.

She has twice beaten Garbiñe Muguruza on the ITF circuit, including back in May 2009 to win her first title in Ankara, Turkey with a score of 7-5 7-5. Muguruza would later go on to become world No. 1 in 2017 and capture 2 Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

CareerEdit

Junior career (2004–2008)Edit

Carreras only competed in a total of nine tournaments over the course of her junior career, reaching the quarterfinals in only one of them. As a doubles competitor she reached two semifinals and two quarterfinals. By July 2008, when she played in her last junior tournament, she had accumulated win-loss records of 8–9 in singles and 8–8 in doubles. Her career-high combined junior ranking was world No. 548 (achieved on 18 July 2005).[3]

2006–2007Edit

Carreras first competed on senior events in February 2006, but during the rest of the year she failed to pass the second round in any of her tournaments. She ended 2006 without a world ranking.[4]

She continued competing on the ITF Women's Circuit in 2007 and reached her first ever quarterfinal as a qualifier in July at a $10,000 clay court event in Tampere, Finland. In her very next tournament (also a $10,000 clay court event) she again managed to qualify and this time she reached her very first ITF semifinal. She ended the 2007 season with a ranking of world No. 873.[4]

2008Edit

In March 2008, Carreras reached another ITF quarterfinal, this time in Antalya. In May, she reached her first ever ITF final in a $10,000 event in Tortosa where she was beaten by Beatriz García Vidagany. She reached the final in her very next tournament where she lost to Elitsa Kostova in three sets. In August she reached another semifinal and in September and October she reached three more quarterfinals. In November she again fell just short of winning a tournament when she lost in the final of a $10,000 event in El Menzah, Tunisia. Her ranking at the end of 2008 had risen almost 300 places to world No. 591.[4]

2009Edit

Carreras began her 2009 season on clay courts and reached another $10,000 ITF semifinal in March. She followed this up by reaching the quarterfinals of her following tournament which was also a $10,000 event. Carreras continued competing on the ITF circuit without any notable result until May, when she reached the semifinals of a $10,000 ITF tournament in Badalona, Spain. She then headed to Antalya where she won both the singles and doubles in two consecutive events, giving her the first four ITF titles of her career and prompting the official ITF website to feature her in their "Spotlight On…" article for May.[1] This momentum then carried her to another semifinal in her next tournament, when Nataša Zorić from Serbia ended her winning streak of 13 singles matches. Despite this promising first part of the year, Carreras did not pass the second round in any of her remaining tournaments in 2009 with the exception of one quarterfinal showing in late October and one runner-up position in another $10,000 clay-court event in late November. By the end of 2009, her singles ranking was world No. 423.[4]

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 23 (11 titles, 12 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (10–9)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 May 2008 ITF Tortosa, Spain 10,000 Clay   Beatriz García Vidagany 2–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Jun 2008 ITF Alcobaça, Portugal 10,000 Hard   Elitsa Kostova 6–3, 2–6, 2–6
Loss 0–3 Nov 2008 ITF El Menzah, Tunisia 10,000 Hard   Federica Grazioso 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Win 1–3 May 2009 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Clay   Garbiñe Muguruza 7–5, 7–5
Win 2–3 May 2009 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Clay   Sandra Roma 7–6(9–7), 6–7(2–7), 6–4
Loss 2–4 Nov 2009 ITF La Vall d'Uixó, Spain 10,000 Clay   Laura Thorpe 2–6, 2–6
Win 3–4 Nov 2010 ITF La Marsa, Tunisia 10,000 Clay   Erika Zanchetta 7–6(7–4), 6–0
Win 4–4 May 2012 ITF Getxo, Spain 10,000 Clay   Yvonne Cavallé Reimers 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Loss 4–5 Sep 2012 ITF Madrid, Spain 10,000 Clay (i)   Tatiana Búa 3–6, 5–7
Loss 4–6 Oct 2012 ITF Buenos Aires, Argentina 25,000 Clay   Teliana Pereira 1–6, 2–6
Win 5–6 Nov 2014 ITF Vinaròs, Spain 10,000 Clay   Diana Šumová 6–4, 6–1
Loss 5–7 Nov 2014 ITF Castellón, Spain 10,000 Clay   Olga Sáez Larra 6–3, 1–6, 2–6
Win 6–7 Feb 2015 ITF Palma Nova, Spain 10,000 Clay   Olga Sáez Larra 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Win 7–7 Feb 2015 ITF Palma Nova, Spain 10,000 Clay   Cristina Bucșa 7–5, 6–0
Loss 7–8 Apr 2015 ITF Cairo, Egypt 15,000 Clay   Katarzyna Kawa 5–7, 1–6
Win 8–8 Sep 2015 ITF Pula, Italy 10,000 Clay   Jessica Pieri 6–4, 6–3
Win 9–8 Nov 2015 ITF Benicarló, Spain 10,000 Clay   Diana Šumová 6–3, 6–2
Loss 9–9 May 2016 ITF Chiasso, Switzerland 25,000 Clay   Isabella Shinikova 3–6, 6–7(1–7)
Loss 9–10 Nov 2016 ITF Oslo, Norway 10,000 Hard (i)   Jacqueline Cabaj Awad 3–6, 3–6
Loss 9–11 Nov 2016 ITF Benicarló, Spain 10,000 Clay   Jessika Ponchet 0–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win 10–11 Nov 2018 ITF Solarino, Italy 15,000 Carpet   Catalina Pella 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
Win 11–11 Mar 2019 ITF Le Havre, France 15,000 Clay (i)   Emeline Dartron 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Loss 11–12 Apr 2019 ITF Tabarka, Tunisia 15,000 Clay   Rosa Vicens Mas 4–6, 2–6

Doubles (15–11)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (14–9)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 12 May 2008 Badalona, Spain Clay   Maite Gabarrús-Alonso   Benedetta Davato
  Lisa Sabino
6–2, 2–6, [8–10]
Winner 1. 11 May 2009 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Valentina Sulpizio   An-Sophie Mestach
  Sofie Oyen
4–6, 6–3, [10–4]
Winner 2. 18 May 2009 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Valentina Sulpizio   Julia Klackenberg
  Sandra Roma
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 3 August 2009 Vienna, Austria Clay   Raphaela Zotta   Jana Jandová
  Monika Kochanová
5–7, 7–5, [14–16]
Runner-up 3. 12 October 2009 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Valentine Confalonieri   Çağla Büyükakçay
  Albina Khabibulina
6–2, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 3. 23 November 2009 La Vall d'Uixó, Spain Clay   Lara Arruabarrena   Yera Campos Molina
  Sandra Soler Sola
6–4, 3–6, [11–9]
Winner 4. 3 May 2010 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay   Bianca Botto   María Fernanda Álvarez Terán
  Andreja Klepač
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Winner 5. 1 November 2010 La Marsa, Tunisia Clay   Sheila Solsona Carcasona   Ximena Hermoso
  Ivette López
6–4, 7–5
Winner 6. 22 November 2010 La Vall d'Uixó, Spain Clay   Andrea Gámiz   Lara Arruabarrena
  Benedetta Davato
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Winner 7. 13 June 2011 Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal Hard   Andrea Gámiz   Ximena Hermoso
  Ivette López
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 8 August 2011 Gijón, Spain Hard   Andrea Gámiz   Amy Bowtell
  Lucy Brown
w/o
Runner-up 5. 18 November 2011 Vinaròs, Spain Clay   Carolina Prats Millán   Anastasia Grymalska
  Evgeniya Pashkova
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 28 April 2012 Vic, Spain Clay   Ximena Hermoso   Evgeniya Pashkova
  Isabella Shinikova
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 11 October 2013 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain Clay   Lara Arruabarrena   Tatiana Búa
  Andrea Gámiz
6–4, 2–6, [7–10]
Winner 8. 14 February 2015 Palma Nova, Spain Clay   Alice Savoretti   Irina Maria Bara
  Ágnes Bukta
6–4, 6–1
Winner 9. 24 July 2015 Viserba, Italy Clay   Alice Savoretti   Martina Di Giuseppe
  Giorgia Marchetti
6–3, 3–6, [10–3]
Winner 10. 2 October 2015 La Vall d'Uixó, Spain Clay   Alice Savoretti   María Cañero Pérez
  María Gutiérrez Carrasco
6–1, 6–2
Winner 11. 13 November 2015 Benicarló, Spain Clay   Alice Savoretti   Oleksandra Korashvili
  Ioana Loredana Roșca
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 20 February 2016 Palma Nova, Spain Clay   Alice Savoretti   Valeria Savinykh
  Alyona Sotnikova
6–2, 4–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 9. 26 March 2016 Heraklion, Greece Hard   Alice Savoretti   Aleksandra Pospelova
  Alina Silich
2–6, 2–6
Winner 12. 20 May 2016 Caserta, Italy Clay   Alice Savoretti   Oleksandra Korashvili
  Maria Marfutina
6–7(9–11), 7–6(7–5), [10–6]
Winner 13. 24 June 2016 Nieuwpoort, Belgium Clay   Alice Savoretti   Steffi Distelmans
  Quirine Lemoine
6–2, 6–7(4–7), [10–8]
Runner-up 10. 1 July 2016 Denain, France Clay   Alice Savoretti   Michaela Hončová
  Shérazad Reix
1–6, 3–6
Winner 14. 18 November 2016 Benicarló, Spain Clay   Charlotte Römer   Oleksandra Korashvili
  Isabelle Wallace
5–7, 6–3, [10–7]
Runner-up 11. 14 April 2017 Pelham, United States Clay   Tena Lukas   Emina Bektas
  Sanaz Marand
w/o
Winner 15. 14 April 2019 Tabarka, Tunisia Clay   Angela Fita Boluda   Sarah Lee
  Chelsea Vanhoutte
6–2, 6–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Fishpool, Nick (23 June 2009). "Amanda Carreras – May 2009". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Amanda & Nicola carry Olympic Torch for Gibraltar". GBC. 24 July 2012. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Amanda Carreras". www.itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation.
  4. ^ a b c d Amanda Carreras at the International Tennis Federation (archived)

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