Anna Fitzpatrick

Anna Fitzpatrick (born 6 April 1989) is a professional British tennis player.

Anna Fitzpatrick
Country (sports) Great Britain
ResidenceSheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Born (1989-04-06) 6 April 1989 (age 31)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$96,813
Singles
Career record163–154
Career titles0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 318 (16 June 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQ2 (2007)
Doubles
Career record155–125
Career titles0 WTA, 19 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 215 (12 May 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2007, 2008)

Personal lifeEdit

Fitzpatrick attended St Thomas of Canterbury, Sheffield St Mary's Roman Catholic High School, Chesterfield and Woodhouse Grove School, in Apperley Bridge, City of Bradford. She has three older brothers named Chris, Peter and Michael, who are all keen tennis players themselves and who are very supportive of their sister. Growing up, she played her tennis at Beauchief Tennis Club and at Graves Tennis Centre. She enjoys learning languages, scuba-diving, reading and music, especially Rihanna and Beyoncé. She also enjoys reading and watching Harry Potter. Within the tennis world, she admires Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Pat Rafter and Mansour Bahrami.[1][2][3][4]

Playing styleEdit

Anna likes to play aggressively, coming to the net as often as possible. When at the back of the court she is always looking for opportunities to attack and often tries to serve and volley to change the pace of the match. According to Anna, her volley is "what [her] whole game is built on"[5] and her least favourite surface is clay.[2]

CareerEdit

Junior (2003–2007)Edit

Anna's first match on the junior ITF circuit came in July 2003 and her last in June 2007. During her four-year junior tennis career, she did not reach any tournament finals but reached the semi-finals of three tournaments, one of which was the 2007 Wimbledon girls' tournament where she lost to eventual champion, Urszula Radwańska, 6–7(3), 3–6. She also lost in the quarterfinals of a total of five tournaments. Her win-loss record for singles competition was 25–26.[6]

As a junior doubles competitor, Fitzpatrick won one tournament (partnering Jade Curtis) and was a runner-up in another. She was also a semi-finalist four times and lost in the quarterfinals in nine tournaments. One of the tournaments in which Anna became a quarterfinalist was in the 2007 Wimbledon girls' doubles tournament with Jade Curtis. She ended her junior career with a doubles win-loss record of 27–28. Her career-high combined singles and doubles ranking was world No.180 (achieved 9 July 2007).[6]

2004–2006Edit

Anna Fitzpatrick played her first professional match on the adult ITF circuit in September 2004 when she attempted to qualify for the $10,000 event in Manchester. She lost in the second round of qualifying. Her only other tournament during 2004 was the $10,000 ITF in Bolton where she also lost in round two of qualifying. She finished 2004 without a world ranking.[7]

2005 saw Anna play in a total of eleven ITF tournaments. She lost in round two in two tournaments, the first round in three and the qualifying stages a total of six times. Her very first year-end ranking was world No.1102.[7]

In 2006, Fitzpatrick made very little progress on the ITF circuit until August when she won her first ever ITF title in the $10,000 event in Ilkley without losing a set in the entire tournament. She beat fellow British teen, Anna Smith, in the final, 6–4, 6–3. She carried this momentum over into her next tournament (Wrexham $10,000) where she reached the semi-finals and she also made a run into the final of her next tournament, the $10,000 ITF in London. She was beaten by Nadja Roma, 3–6, 3–6, in the final. She finished the season with her ranking at world No.676.[7]

2007Edit

In March 2007, Anna reached the third ITF singles final of her career in Sunderland $10,000 where she lost to Gaëlle Widmer in straight sets, 4–6, 1–6. In April she became a quarterfinalist in the $10,000 event in Bath and one month later she lost in the quarterfinals of a $25,000 event in Antalya as a qualifier. June saw Fitzpatrick make her debut on the WTA tour when she was given a wild card into the qualifying draw of the DFS Classic. She faced American, Lilia Osterloh, in the first round and was unable to capitalise on her one set lead, eventually losing, 7–5, 3–6, 1–6.

Nevertheless, she earned a wild card into the qualifying event for Wimbledon one week later by winning two matches in the LTA wild card play-offs. She managed to beat Junri Namigata, a player ranked 278 places above her, in the first round of the qualifying tournament with a score of 7–5, 6–0. The No.8 seed in the qualifying tournament, Mathilde Johansson, proved too much for Fitzpatrick in round two and Anna lost, 1–6, 2–6.[1] In July, Anna reached the semi-finals of a $10,000 event in Calgary (where she won the doubles tournament to give her the first doubles title of her career) and in September she reached the semi-finals of another $10,000 ITF, this one in Nottingham. She did not pass the second round in any other ITF tournaments that season and finished the year with a ranking of world No.383.[7]

2008Edit

In April 2008, Fitzpatrick reached her first ITF quarterfinal of the year in Toluca, a $10,000 tournament. Just two weeks later she reached her second of the year, this one in Irapuato $25,000. In June, the first of four consecutive wild cards allowed her direct entry into the main draw of the $50,000 ITF event in Surbiton where she lost to Georgie Stoop in round one. Her second wild card of June entered her into the main draw of the DFS Classic, a tier III tournament. She was beaten by Melanie South, 4–6, 4–6, in round one. Wild card number three allowed her access into the qualifying draw of the International Women's Open where world No.62, Ekaterina Makarova, beat her in straight sets, 6–7(4), 3–6. Her fourth of four consecutive wild cards gave her entry into the qualifying draw of Wimbledon where she was beaten by Yuliana Fedak from Ukraine. In early August, Anna injured her foot while playing in an ITF in Portugal. The injury turned out to be a stress fracture in her left foot and it put her out of action for the rest of the season and as a result, she ended the season ranked world No.424.[7]

2009Edit

Fitzpatrick returned to the ITF circuit in March 2009. In her very first tournament since injuring her foot, Anna partnered Stefania Boffa to win the title at the $10,000 ITF in Bath. She and Boffa again joined forced in Anna's next tournament, the $25,000 ITF in Jersey, where they reached the semi-finals. She made her first real impact in singles in July when she reached a $10,000 ITF quarterfinal before immediately going on to reach the final of another $10,000 ITF. She beat the fourth, fifth and sixth seeds before losing to Heather Watson, 6–4, 4–6, 2–6, in the final. In August, Anna played her final tournament of 2009 (a $10,000 ITF in London) where she was beaten by compatriot, Jocelyn Rae, in the semi-finals. During this tournament, her foot injury worsened once again and forced her out until March/April 2010. As a result of this, Anna's year-end singles ranking for 2009 was world No.761.[7]

ITF circuit finalsEdit

Singles (3–4)Edit

Finals by category
$100,000 tournaments (0/0)
$75,000 tournaments (0/0)
$50,000 tournaments (0/0)
$25,000 tournaments (0/0)
$15,000 tournaments (0/0)
$10,000 tournaments (3/4)
Finals by surface
Hard (2/3)
Clay (0/0)
Grass (1/1)
Carpet (0/0)
Result Date Category Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1 August 2006 ITF $10,000 Ilkley, United Kingdom Grass   Anna Smith 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 22 August 2006 ITF $10,000 Cumberland, United Kingdom Hard   Nadja Roma 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14 March 2007 ITF $10,000 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Gaëlle Widmer 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 14 July 2009 ITF $10,000 Frinton, United Kingdom Grass   Heather Watson 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 3 November 2010 ITF $10,000 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Samantha Murray 6–2, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 10 November 2010 ITF $10,000 Loughborough, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Lara Michel 2–6, 2–6
Winner 19 January 2011 ITF $10,000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jade Windley 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 7–5

Doubles (19–13)Edit

Finals by category
$100,000 tournaments (0/0)
$75,000 tournaments (0/0)
$50,000 tournaments (0/0)
$25,000 tournaments (5/3)
$15,000 tournaments (0/0)
$10,000 tournaments (14/10)
Finals by surface
Hard (18/10)
Clay (1/1)
Grass (0/2)
Carpet (0/0)
Result Date Category Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Runner-up 2 August 2006 ITF $10,000 Ilkley, United Kingdom Grass   Joanna Craven   Danielle Brown
  Elizabeth Thomas
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 14 May 2007 ITF $25,000 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Ana Veselinović   Korina Perkovic
  İpek Şenoğlu
6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 23 July 2007 ITF $10,000 Calgary, Canada Hard   Ana Veselinović   Soledad Esperón
  Agustina Lepore
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 26 September 2007 ITF $25,000 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard   Ana Veselinović   Emma Laine
  Caroline Maes
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [6–10]
Winner 19 February 2008 ITF $25,000 Clearwater, United States Hard   Ana Veselinović   Chan Chin-wei
  Seiko Okamoto
6–2, 3–6, [10–6]
Winner 26 February 2008 ITF $25,000 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard   Ana Veselinović   Nicole Thijssen
  Pauline Wong
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 29 April 2008 ITF $25,000 Coatzacoalcos, Mexico Hard   Anna Hawkins   María Irigoyen
  Agustina Lepore
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 20 May 2008 ITF $10,000 Landisville, United States Hard   Stefania Boffa   Audra Cohen
  Heidi El Tabakh
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 8 July 2008 ITF $25,000 Valladolid, Spain Hard   Stefania Boffa   Heidi El Tabakh
  Story Tweedie-Yates
2–6, 4–6
Winner 19 March 2009 ITF $10,000 Bath, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Stefania Boffa   Veronika Chvojková
  Kateřina Vaňková
6–1, 6–1
Winner 7 April 2009 ITF $10,000 Antalya, Turkey Hard   Hanne Skak Jensen   Sofia Kvatsabaia
  Avgusta Tsybysheva
7–6(7–3), 2–6,
[10–7]
Runner-up 14 July 2009 ITF $10,000 Frinton, United Kingdom Grass   Emelyn Starr   Jocelyn Rae
  Jade Windley
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 17 March 2010 ITF $10,000 Bath, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jade Curtis   Malou Ejdesgaard
  Katarzyna Piter
3–6, 2–6
Winner 21 June 2010 ITF $10,000 Alcobaça, Portugal Hard   Jade Windley   Mélanie Gloria
  Daniela Múñoz Gallegos
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 28 July 2010 ITF $10,000 Chiswick, United Kingdom Hard   Jade Windley   Jocelyn Rae
  Emelyn Starr
1–6, 4–6
Winner 3 November 2010 ITF $10,000 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Amanda Elliott   Tara Moore
  Francesca Stephenson
6–2, 6–3
Winner 19 January 2011 ITF $10,000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jade Windley   Ulrikke Eikeri
  Nicola George
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 8 February 2011 ITF $10,000 Vale do Lobo, Portugal Hard   Ulrikke Eikeri   Rocio de la Torre Sánchez
  Olga Sáez Larra
W/O
Winner 10 May 2011 ITF $10,000 Heraklion, Greece Hard   Samantha Murray   Amanda Elliott
  Nicole Rottmann
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 17 May 2011 ITF $10,000 Rethymno, Greece Hard   Jade Windley   Alexandra Artamonova
  Diāna Marcinkēviča
2–6, 3–6
Winner 24 July 2011 ITF $25,000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard   Jade Windley   Melanie South
  Lenka Wienerová
6–2, 4–6, [10–3]
Winner 10 September 2011 ITF $10,000 Madrid, Spain Hard   Jade Windley   Rocio de la Torre Sánchez
  Georgina García Pérez
1–6, 6–0, [10–8]
Winner 9 January 2012 ITF $10,000 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Samantha Murray   Alexandra Walker
  Lisa Whybourn
6–2, 6–3
Winner 27 February 2012 ITF $25,000 Wellington, New Zealand Hard   Chanel Simmonds   Han Sung-hee
  Yurina Koshino
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 30 April 2012 ITF $10,000 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard   Jade Windley   Jia Xiang Lu
  Jia-Jing Lu
4–6, 4–6
Winner 5 November 2012 ITF $10,000 Loughborough, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jade Windley   Karen Barbat
  Lara Michel
6–2, 6–2
Winner 12 November 2012 ITF $10,000 Edgbaston, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jade Windley   Martina Kubicikova
  Chantal Škamlová
6–2, 6–3
Winner 4 March 2013 ITF $10,000 Sutton, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jade Windley   Martina Borecka
  Petra Krejsova
4–6, 7–6(9–7), [12–10]
Winner 22 April 2013 ITF $10,000 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Jade Windley   Elyne Boeykens
  Karolina Wlodarczak
6–4, 6–1
Winner 13 May 2013 ITF $10,000 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Ana Veselinović   Başak Eraydın
  Melis Sezer
2–6, 6–4, [10–3]
Runner-up 20 May 2013 ITF $10,000 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Kamila Kerimbayeva   Camilla Rosatello
  Ai Wen Zhu
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 29 July 2013 ITF $10,000 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard   Daneika Borthwick   Anna Smith
  Melanie South
4–6, 2–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Road to Wimbledon part one". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 20 June 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Anna Fitzpatrick diary". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 20 August 2007.
  3. ^ Anna Fitzpatrick on the MCTA website
  4. ^ "Anna Fitzpatrick Q&A". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 8 August 2007.
  5. ^ "Road to Wimbledon part four". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Anna Fitzpatrick". www.itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Activity:FITZPATRICK, Anna (GBR)". www.itftennis.com.

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