Ankita Ravinderkrishan Raina (born 11 January 1993[1]) is an Indian professional tennis player and the current Indian No. 1 in both women’s singles and doubles.

Ankita Raina
અંકિતા રૈના
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Full nameAnkita Ravinderkrishan Raina
Country (sports) India
Born (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 27)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Height1.63 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned proMay 2009
PlaysRight (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$297,219
Singles
Career record250–210
Career titles9 ITF
Highest ranking164 (11 February 2019)
Current ranking184 (5 November 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2019)
French OpenQ1 (2018, 2019)
WimbledonQ2 (2018, 2019)
US OpenQ2 (2019)
Other tournaments
Doubles
Career record180–161
Career titles1 WTA 125K, 15 ITF
Highest ranking131 (5 November 2019)
Current ranking170 (25 November 2019)
Team competitions
Fed Cup18–14
Last updated on: 24 November 2019.

Raina has won one WTA Challenger in doubles along with nine singles and fifteen doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. In April 2018, she entered the top 200 singles rankings for the first time, becoming only the fifth player representing India to achieve this feat.[2][3] Raina has also won gold medals in the women's singles and mixed-doubles events at the 2016 South Asian Games, and won a bronze medal in singles at the 2018 Asian Games.

Playing for India at the Fed Cup, Raina has a win-loss record of 18–14.[4] She has notable wins over Zhu Lin (CHN) and Yulia Putintseva (KAZ), both at the 2018 Fed Cup.

Personal lifeEdit

Raina was born in the western Indian state of Gujarat, to a Kashmiri Pandit family. Her family hails from the town of Tral in Pulwama district, Kashmir. Raina is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati, and English. Raina had briefly studied at Brihan Maharashtra.

At the national events, Raina has represented her home state Gujarat. Her idols growing up were Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Sania Mirza.

Raina trains at the Hemant Bendrey Tennis Academy at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana in Pune, and is coached by Hemant Bendrey.[5]

CareerEdit

 
Raina playing in the qualifying competition of the 2018 French Open – her first Grand Slam tournament.

Raina started playing tennis at the age of five. Following a promising junior career, Raina made her first professional appearance in 2009, at a small ITF tournament in Mumbai. In 2010, she continued to participate in local ITF events with limited success. Raina's 2011 season saw her advance to three ITF circuit finals in doubles, winning one with countrywoman Aishwarya Agrawal. In 2012, she won her first professional singles title in New Delhi and won three more in doubles. This was followed by a few years of mediocre results on the ITF Women's Circuit.

Raina won two matches at the 2017 Mumbai Open, advancing to the biggest quarterfinal of her career. This would turn out to be her breakthrough tournament. In April 2018, she reached a ranking of world No. 181 after winning a $25K ITF title, becoming the fifth Indian national to crack to the top-200 ladies singles rankings, following Nirupama Sanjeev, Sania Mirza, Shikha Uberoi, and Sunitha Rao.[6]

In August 2018, Ankita won the bronze medal in the Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia in singles event. Raina and Sania Mirza are the only players representing India to have won a singles medal at the Asian Games.[7]

At the 2019 Kunming Open, Raina got her first top-100 win, defeating Samantha Stosur, former US Open champion and top 10 player, scoring the biggest win of her career. In October 2019, Raina entered the top 150 doubles rankings for the first time, after reaching the finals of the 2019 Suzhou Ladies Open with partner Rosalie van der Hoek.

Sponsorship and equipmentEdit

In her junior years, Raina was helped by Dishman Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals to participate in overseas junior tournaments. Since then, she has also been supported by Bharat Forge and Lakshya. Most recently, Raina has signed sponsorship deals with the Sports Authority of Gujarat, and Yonex, and is officially employed with ONGC.[8] Hence, Raina uses Yonex racquets and clothing.

In 2013, Raina met Narendra Modi, India's then-future Prime Minister, and was officially recognised under the Shaktidhoot scheme and hence became a part of India's goal of reaching Olympic podiums.

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2018 Taipei Open, Taiwan Carpet   Karman Thandi   Olga Doroshina
  Natela Dzalamidze
6–3, 5–7, [12–12], ret.

ITF circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 19 (9 titles, 10 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000/$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (7–8)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2012 ITF Fujairah, United Arab Emirates $10,000 Hard   Fatma Al-Nabhani 3–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Jun 2012 ITF New Delhi, India $10,000 Hard   Prerna Bhambri 6–4, 6–2
Loss 1–2 Jul 2012 ITF New Delhi, India $10,000 Hard   Miyabi Inoue 2–6, 2–6
Loss 1–3 Mar 2013 ITF Hyderabad, India $10,000 Hard   Bárbara Luz 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)
Loss 1–4 Mar 2013 ITF Hyderabad, India $10,000 Hard   Bárbara Luz 6–2, 3–6, 1–6
Win 2–4 Apr 2013 ITF Chennai, India $10,000 Clay   Natasha Palha 6–3, 6–1
Loss 2–5 Apr 2013 ITF Lucknow, India $10,000 Grass   Emi Mutaguchi 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 1–6
Loss 2–6 Jun 2013 ITF Qarshi, Uzbekistan $25,000 Hard   Sabina Sharipova 3–6, 3–6
Win 3–6 Jun 2013 ITF New Delhi, India $10,000 Hard   Eetee Maheta 6–3, 6–2
Win 4–6 Jul 2013 ITF New Delhi, India $10,000 Hard   Kanika Vaidya 6–4, 6–4
Loss 4–7 May 2014 ITF Balikpapan, Indonesia $25,000 Clay   Zhu Lin 5–7, 6–2, 3–6
Win 5–7 Dec 2014 ITF Pune, India $25,000 Hard   Katy Dunne 6–2, 6–2
Loss 5–8 Apr 2015 ITF Ahmedabad, India $25,000 Hard   Anastasija Sevastova 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 5–9 May 2017 ITF Lu'an, China $60,000 Hard   Zhu Lin 3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Win 6–9 Mar 2018 ITF Gwalior, India $25,000 Hard   Amandine Hesse 6–2, 7–5
Win 7–9 Jul 2018 ITF Nonthaburi, Thailand $25,000 Hard   Risa Ozaki 6–2, 6–3
Win 8–9 Jan 2019 ITF Singapore W25 Hard   Arantxa Rus 6–3, 6–2
Loss 8–10 Apr 2019 ITF Istanbul, Turkey W60 Hard   Vitalia Diatchenko 4–6, 0–6
Win 9–10 Dec 2019 ITF Solapur, India W25 Hard   Naiktha Bains 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 27 (15 titles, 12 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000/$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (11–7)
Clay (3–4)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2011 ITF Kolkata, India $10,000 Clay   Poojashree Venkatesha   Nicole Clerico
  Dalila Jakupovič
3–6, 1–6
Loss 0–2 Apr 2011 ITF Lucknow, India $10,000 Grass   Aishwarya Agrawal   Anja Prislan
  Kyra Shroff
3–6, 3–6
Win 1–2 May 2011 ITF New Delhi, India $10,000 Hard   Aishwarya Agrawal   Fatma Al-Nabhani
  Rushmi Chakravarthi
6–4, 6–3
Win 2–2 May 2012 ITF New Delhi, India $10,000 Hard   Rushmi Chakravarthi   Liu Yuxuan
  Zhao Qianqian
6–1, 6–4
Win 3–2 May 2012 ITF New Delhi, India $10,000 Hard   Rushmi Chakravarthi   Sri Peddy Reddy
  Prarthana Thombare
6–3, 6–2
Win 4–2 Jun 2012 ITF New Delhi, India $10,000 Hard   Aishwarya Agrawal   Ester Masuri
  Naomi Totka
6–1, 6–4
Loss 4–3 Apr 2013 ITF Chennai, India $10,000 Clay   Rushmi Chakravarthi   Natasha Palha
  Prarthana Thombare
7–5, 3–6, [6–10]
Loss 4–4 Jul 2013 ITF New Delhi, India $10,000 Hard   Shweta Rana   Sharmada Balu
  Sowjanya Bavisetti
2–6, 4–6
Win 5–4 Jan 2014 ITF Aurangabad, India $10,000 Clay   Prarthana Thombare   Shweta Rana
  Rishika Sunkara
6–3, 6–3
Loss 5–5 May 2014 ITF Tianjin, China $25,000 Hard   Fatma Al-Nabhani   Liu Chang
  Ran Tian
1–6, 5–7
Win 6–5 Nov 2014 ITF Mumbai, India $25,000 Hard   Lu Jiajing   Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–4, 1–6, [11–9]
Win 7–5 Dec 2014 ITF Lucknow, India $15,000 Grass   Emily Webley-Smith   Rushmi Chakravarthi
  Nidhi Chilumula
6–2, 6–4
Loss 7–6 Aug 2015 ITF Westende, Belgium $25,000 Hard   Alyona Sotnikova   Indy de Vroome
  Lesley Kerkhove
6–7(4–7), 4–6
Loss 7–7 Jun 2016 ITF Fergana, Uzbekistan $25,000 Hard   Prerna Bhambri   Polina Monova
  Yana Sizikova
6–7(0–7), 2–6
Win 8–7 Sep 2016 ITF Zhuhai, China $50,000 Hard   Emily Webley-Smith   Guo Hanyu
  Jiang Xinyu
6–4, 6–4
Win 9–7 Apr 2017 ITF Pula, Italy $25,000 Clay   Eva Wacanno   Irene Burillo Escorihuela
  Yvonne Cavallé Reimers
6–4, 6–4
Win 10–7 May 2017 ITF Hua Hin, Thailand $25,000 Hard   Emily Webley-Smith   Nudnida Luangnam
  Zhang Yukun
6–2, 6–0
Win 11–7 Aug 2017 ITF Koksijde, Belgium $25,000 Clay   Bibiane Schoofs   Marie Benoît
  Magali Kempen
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Loss 11–8 Aug 2017 ITF Leipzig, Germany $25,000 Clay   Tereza Mrdeža   Valentyna Ivakhnenko
  Lidziya Marozava
2–6, 1–6
Win 12–8 Aug 2017 ITF Artvin, Turkey $60,000 Hard   Gabriela Cé   Elitsa Kostova
  Yana Sizikova
6–2, 6–3
Win 13–8 May 2018 ITF Lu'an, China $60,000 Hard   Harriet Dart   Liu Fangzhou
  Xun Fangying
6–3, 6–3
Win 14–8 Nov 2018 ITF Pune, India $25,000 Hard   Karman Thandi   Aleksandrina Naydenova
  Tamara Zidanšek
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [11–9]
Loss 14–9 Jul 2019 ITF Versmold, Germany W60 Clay   Bibiane Schoofs   Amina Anshba
  Anastasia Dețiuc
6–0, 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 14–10 Aug 2019 ITF Woking, United Kingdom W25 Hard   Naiktha Bains   Sarah Beth Grey
  Eden Silva
2–6, 5–7
Loss 14–11 Oct 2019 ITF Suzhou, China W100 Hard   Rosalie van der Hoek   Jiang Xinyu
  Tang Qianhui
6–3, 3–6, [5–10]
Loss 14–12 Nov 2019 ITF Liuzhou, China W60 Hard   Rosalie van der Hoek   Jiang Xinyu
  Tang Qianhui
4–6, 4–6
Win 15–12 Dec 2019 ITF Solapur, India W25 Hard   Ulrikke Eikeri   Berfu Cengiz
  Despina Papamichail
5–7, 6–4, [10–3]

Fed Cup participationEdit

SinglesEdit

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Score
2014 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II
R/R 5 February 2014 Astana, Kazakhstan   Pakistan Hard (i)   Sara Mansoor W 6–1, 6–2
6 February 2014   New Zealand   Marina Erakovic L 1–6, 2–6
P/O 7 February 2014   Hong Kong   Zhang Ling L 3–6, 4–6
2015 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II
R/R 15 April 2015 Hyderabad, India   Pakistan Hard   Ushna Suhail W 6–0, 6–1
16 April 2015   Malaysia   Jawairiah Noordin W 6–1, 3–6, 6–4
P/O 17 April 2015   Turkmenistan   Anastasiya Prenko W 6–1, 6–2
2016 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I
R/R 3 February 2016 Hua Hin, Thailand   Thailand Hard   Luksika Kumkhum L 6–7(5–7), 3–6
4 February 2016   Japan   Nao Hibino W 6–3, 6–1
5 February 2016   Uzbekistan   Nigina Abduraimova W 6–1, 6–0
2017 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I
R/R 8 February 2017 Astana, Kazakhstan   Japan Hard (i)   Misaki Doi L 0–6, 3–6
9 February 2017   China   Zhu Lin L 3–6, 6–3, 4–6
10 February 2017   Philippines   Katharina Lehnert L 3–6, 4–6
2018 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I
R/R 7 February 2018 New Delhi, India   China Hard   Zhu Lin W 6–3, 6–2
8 February 2018   Kazakhstan   Yulia Putintseva W 6–3, 1–6, 6–4
9 February 2018   Hong Kong   Zhang Ling W 6–3, 6–2
P/O 10 February 2018   Chinese Taipei   Hsu Chieh-yu W 6–4, 5–7, 6–1
2019 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I
R/R 7 February 2019 Astana, Kazakhstan   Thailand Hard (i)   Peangtarn Plipuech W 6–7(3–7), 6–2, 6–4
8 February 2019   Kazakhstan   Yulia Putintseva L 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
P/O 9 February 2019   South Korea   Jeong Su-nam W 6–3, 6–3

DoublesEdit

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Score
2013 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I
R/R 6 February 2013 Astana, Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan Hard (i)   Rutuja Bhosale   Sesil Karatantcheva
  Galina Voskoboeva
L 3–6, 1–6
8 February 2013   Thailand   Rishika Sunkara   Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
  Varatchaya Wongteanchai
L 1–6, 3–6
2014 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II
P/O 7 February 2014   Hong Kong   Rishika Sunkara   Ng Kwan-yau
  Wu Ho-ching
W 6–2, 6–1
2019 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I
R/R 7 February 2019 Astana, Kazakhstan   Thailand Hard (i)   Karman Thandi   Nudnida Luangnam
  Peangtarn Plipuech
W 6–4, 6–7(6–8), 7–5
P/O 9 February 2019 Astana, Kazakhstan   South Korea Hard (i)   Prarthana Thombare   Jang Su-jeong
  Kim Na-ri
L 4–6, 4–6

Asian GamesEdit

Singles (bronze medal)Edit

Medal Date Tournament Location Opponent Score
  Bronze August 2018 2018 Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia   Zhang Shuai 4–6, 6–7(6–8)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ankita Raina". Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  2. ^ Srinivasan, Kamesh (9 April 2018). "Ankita Raina in top-200". Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Ankita Raina becomes only third Indian woman tennis player to break into top 200 singles rankings". PTI. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Ankita Raina". Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. ^ Ankita Raina - Bio
  6. ^ Srinivasan, Kamesh (9 April 2018). "Ankita Raina in top-200". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Ankita Raina settles for bronze at Asian Games". PTI. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  8. ^ Swamy, Narain (2 September 2015). "Game Changers". Retrieved 15 March 2016.

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