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Angelique Widjaja (Chinese: 黄依林; pinyin: Huang Yīlín; born 12 December 1984) is a retired Chinese Indonesian tennis player. She won the junior championships at Wimbledon in 2001, defeating Dinara Safina. She reached a peak of No. 55 in the WTA singles rankings in March 2003, and a peak of No. 15 in the doubles rankings in February 2004. She retired from the professional circuit in 2008.

Angelique Widjaja
黄依林
Angelique Widjaja.jpg
Country (sports) Indonesia
ResidenceBandung, Indonesia
Born (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 34)
Bandung, Indonesia
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2008
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$533,037
Singles
Career record118–86
Career titles2 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 55 (31 March 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2003, 2004)
French Open2R (2002)
Wimbledon2R (2002, 2003)
US Open2R (2002)
Doubles
Career record103–69
Career titles2 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 15 (2 February 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2004)
French Open3R (2002)
WimbledonQF (2003, 2004)
US OpenQF (2003)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2004)
French OpenQF (2004)
Wimbledon1R (2004)
US Open1R (2004)

CareerEdit

Widjaja started playing tennis at the age of four. She first began playing at ITF juniors events in 1998 at the age of 13. Her first professional event was an event in Jakarta in April 1999, when she was 14 years old.

She enjoyed considerable success as a junior player. In 2001, she won the singles competition of the junior championships at Wimbledon, defeating Dinara Safina 6–4, 0–6, 7–5. In so doing, she became the first Indonesian to win any title at Wimbledon. In 2002, she won the doubles competition of the Australian Open Junior Championships, partnered by Gisela Dulko. That year, she also won the singles competition of the junior championships at the French Open. She reached a peak junior rank of No. 2. Also, she obtained an invite from "Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association" to play The Hong Kong Ladies Challenge in January 2002.

The first WTA Tour tournament she won was the 2001 Wismilak International in Bali, a Tier III event, which she entered at the age of 16 on a wildcard.[1][2] She was the youngest Indonesian ever to win a WTA singles title. Her WTA singles rank prior to the tournament was No. 579, and as such was the lowest-ranked player ever to win a WTA singles title.

2002 was her most successful year in Grand Slam singles competition, reaching the second round at three consecutive majors. At the French Open, she defeated Jill Craybas in the first round. She was beaten by Evie Dominikovic in the second round. At Wimbledon, she beat 15th seed Anna Smashnova in the first round, before losing to Meilen Tu in round two. At the US Open, she beat Anna Kournikova in the first round, and was eliminated in the next round by Stéphanie Foretz.

Widjaja represented Indonesia at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, collecting a silver medal in the women's doubles with partner Wynne Prakusya, and also the gold medal in the team event.

In November 2002, she won a second WTA tournament, the Tier V event at Pattaya.

She continued to perform well in the WTA tour through 2003. After her third round exit from the Tier I tournament at Indian Wells in 2003, she reached her career's highest rank: No. 55. She remained in the top 100 for the remainder of 2003.

From 2003 to 2004, Widjaja enjoyed considerable success in doubles competition, primarily partnered by María Vento-Kabchi. The pair reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2003, and the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2004. They also won a Tier III WTA Tour event at Bali in 2003, and reached the final of one Tier I event, the 2003 Canada Masters. Following the 2004 Australian Open, Widjaja reached No. 15 in the WTA doubles rankings. This was her peak doubles rank.

Through 2004, Widjaja appeared in the mixed-doubles competition of all four majors. Her best result came at the French Open, where she and partner Lucas Arnold Ker beat Leander Paes and Martina Navratilova to reach the quarterfinals. There, they lost to the French pair Tatiana Golovin and Richard Gasquet.

Widjaja played at the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens. She defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn in the first round of the singles competition, but was beaten by Karolina Šprem in the second round. She also took part in the doubles competition, partnered by Wynne Prakusya, and they were eliminated in the first round.

Through 2005, Widjaja took a hiatus from professional tennis due to various injuries. Following her return in 2006, she did not replicate her previous success, and did not take part in any singles competitions in WTA or ITF events after that year, but did remain active in doubles competition.

In 2007, she was part of the Indonesian women's team that won the silver medal at the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.

In 2008, at the age of 23, Widjaja and partner Liza Andriyani won the doubles competition of an ITF tournament in Jakarta. This would be Widjaja's last tournament, as shortly afterwards she announced that she was quitting the professional tour, saying she was burnt out by the injuries and travel requirements.[3]

During her professional career, Widjaja had recorded wins over several prominent players including Dinara Safina, Jelena Janković, Alicia Molik, Anna Smashnova, Anna Kournikova and Tamarine Tanasugarn. She was mainly coached by Meiske H. Wiguna and Deddy Tedjamukti.

Also, she was part of the Indonesia Fed Cup team in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.

WTA career finalsEdit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (6)
Tier IV & V (1)

Singles (2 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 30 September 2001 Bali, Indonesia Hard   Joannette Kruger 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–4)
Winner 2. 10 November 2002 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Cho Yoon-jeong 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 29 April 2002 Bol, Croatia Clay   Tathiana Garbin   Elena Bovina
  Henrieta Nagyová
7–5, 3–6, 6–4
Runner–up 1. 10 February 2003 Doha, Qatar Hard   María Vento-Kabchi   Wynne Prakusya
  Janet Lee
1–6, 3–6
Runner–up 2. 19 May 2003 Madrid, Spain Clay   Rita Grande   Liezel Huber
  Jill Craybas
4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Runner–up 3. 11 August 2003 Toronto, Canada Hard   María Vento-Kabchi   Martina Navratilova
  Svetlana Kuznetsova
6–3, 1–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 8 September 2003 Bali, Indonesia Hard   María Vento-Kabchi   Nicole Pratt
  Émilie Loit
7–5, 6–2
Runner–up 4. 3 November 2003 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Wynne Prakusya   Sun Tiantian
  Li Ting
4–6, 3–6

ITF finalsEdit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (1–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Location Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 12 August 2001 Nonthaburi, Thailand Hard   Hsieh Su-wei 6–7(4–7), 2–6
Winner 2. 7 April 2002 Dubai, UAE Hard   Shinobu Asagoe 7–6(7–4), 6–2

Doubles (6–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 5 November 2000 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard   Liza Andriyani   Kim Jin-hee
  Chae Kyung-yee
2–4, 5–3, 4–2, 0–4, 4–0
Winner 2. 12 November 2000 Bandung, Indonesia Hard   Liza Andriyani   Rushmi Chakravarthi
  Sai Jayalakshmy Jayaram
4–1, 4–2, 4–0
Winner 3. 12 March 2001 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard   Dea Sumantri   Kim Jin-hee
  Chae Kyung-yee
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 13 August 2001 Nonthaburi, Thailand Hard   Romana Tedjakusuma   Kim Jin-hee
  Chae Kyung-yee
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Runner–up 1. 1 April 2002 Dubai, UAE Hard   Bahia Mouhtassine   Seda Noorlander
  Kirstin Freye
2–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 7 November 2006 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard   Romana Tedjakusuma   Kim Hea-mi
  Keiko Taguchi
w/o
Runner–up 2. 12 November 2007 Pune, India Clay   Wynne Prakusya   Zhang Ling
  Varatchaya Wongteanchai
6–1, 5–7, [5–10]
Winner 6. 4 August 2008 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard   Liza Andriyani   Kim Jin-hee
  Chen Yi
6–3, 6–1

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Girls' singles (2–0)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2001 Wimbledon Grass   Dinara Safina 6–4, 0–6, 7–5
Winner 2002 French Open Clay   Ashley Harkleroad 3–6, 6–1, 6–4

Girls' doubles (1–0)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2002 Australian Open Hard   Gisela Dulko   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Matea Mezak
6–2, 5–7, 6–4

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Career W/L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A LQ 1R 1R A A 0–2
French Open A A A 2R 1R LQ A A 1–2
Wimbledon A A A 2R 2R 1R A A 2–3
US Open A A A 2R 1R 1R A A 1–3
Grand Slam W/L 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 1–4 0–3 0–0 0–0 4–10
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 1–1
Career statistics
Tournaments won1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Overall W/L1 2–2 10–6 16–7 27–14 18–25 18–13 0–0 27–18 118–852
Win % 50% 62% 70% 66% 42% 58% N/A 60% 58%
Year-end ranking Unknown 709 148 69 95 135 N/A 228 N/A
  • 1 Includes ITF tournaments.
  • 2 The sum of wins/losses by year records from the WTA website does not add up to the career record presented on the same website.

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Career W/L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R QF A A A A 3–2
French Open A A A 3R 2R 1R A A A A 3–3
Wimbledon A A A 1R QF QF A A A A 6–3
US Open A A A 1R QF 1R A A A A 3–3
Grand Slam W/L 2–3 7–4 6–4 15–11
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 1R Not Held A 0–1
Career statistics
Tournaments won1 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 8
Overall W/L1 1–2 10–3 10–4 13–12 36–23 9–12 0–0 17–11 3–2 4–0 105–69 2
Win % 33% 70% 71% 52% 61% 43% N/A 61% 60% 100% 60%
Year-end ranking 607 290 82 18 73 102 N/A
  • 1 Includes ITF tournaments.
  • 2 The sum of wins/losses by year records from the WTA website does not add up to the career record presented on the same website.

Mixed-doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2004 Career W-L
Australian Open 2R 1–1
French Open QF 2–1
Wimbledon 1R 0–1
US Open 2R 0–1
Win-Loss 3–4 3–4

AwardsEdit

  • Achievement Award 2001 – the Asian Tennis Federation
  • The Best Women Athlete of Indonesia 2001 – RCTI

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Widjaja victorious in Bali". BBC Sport. 30 September 2001.
  2. ^ Kamesh Srinivasan (8 October 2001). "Indian stars introspect after Indonesian's triumph". The Hindu.
  3. ^ Emond, Bruce (23 September 2008). "Angelique Widjaja". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2010.

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