Anna Smith (tennis)
Anna Smith (born 14 August 1988) is a professional British tennis player, who specialises in doubles. Smith has won one WTA Tour doubles title, five International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles and 28 ITF doubles titles. Smith is the current British No. 9 in doubles.
Anna Smith playing at the 2016 French Open
|Country (sports)||Great Britain|
|Born||14 August 1988|
Redhill, Surrey, England
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 262 (9 August 2010)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 28 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 46 (21 May 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 207 (20 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2016)|
|French Open||2R (2016, 2017)|
|US Open||1R (2015, 2017)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Wimbledon||3R (2010, 2016)|
|Last updated on: 20 May 2019.|
Early and personal lifeEdit
Smith first competed as a junior in February 2003 and her last junior tournament was in June 2006 in the qualifying draw for the Wimbledon juniors. She had limited success as a singles player; she reached only one final (in April 2006 at the Sutton ITF Junior Tournament where she was beaten by Naomi Broady) and did not reach the quarterfinals in any other tournament she played.
She had significantly more success as a junior doubles competitor, winning three titles at the Donnybrook Junior International, the Wrexham ITF Tournament and the Nottingham ITF. She also reached two more finals, four semifinals and one quarterfinal.
Over the three years of her junior career she reached a career-high combined ranking of world no. 665 and accumulated win-loss records of 8–13 in singles and 24–10 in doubles.
Smith played her first professional match in July 2004, courtesy of a wild card into the qualifying draw of the $10,000 ITF tournament in Felixstowe, United Kingdom. Following two wins, she lost in the final round of qualifying to Lena Keothavong, the younger sister of top-100 player Anne Keothavong. Smith then lost in the qualifying stages of the $10,000 ITF tournament in Manchester before going to Bolton and winning two matches to qualify for the $10,000 ITF tournament held there. In her first main draw match of her career, she lost to a fellow Brit Elizabeth Thomas. She finished 2004 without a world ranking.
In April 2005, Smith lost in the final round of qualifying for the $10,000 ITF in Porto Santo, Portugal, but was given a chance in the main draw as a lucky loser. She played well in this tournament before having to withdraw in the quarterfinals. August brought two more quarterfinal losses for Smith, the first in the $10,000 Wrexham ITF tournament and the second in the $10,000 Nottingham ITF tournament. The Wrexham event also saw her claim her first professional title as she won the doubles in partnership with Rebecca Llewellyn. Smith's final tournament of the year was the $10,000 ITF event in Sunderland, where she also reached the quarterfinals. She finished 2005 ranked world no. 660.
April and May 2006 saw good form from Smith; in April she reached the first ITF semifinal of her career in Bath and the following month she reached the quarterfinals in Bournemouth. In August, she reached the first singles final of her career in Ilkley, not dropping a single set en route. She was beaten in the title match by Anna Fitzpatrick. Smith managed to reach the quarterfinals as a qualifier in her very next tournament (ITF $10,000 Wrexham). In September, she won her first professional singles title at the $10,000 ITF event in Nottingham beating fellow Brit, Georgie Stoop, in the final. The rest of the year saw limited success for Smith in singles, though she did win a doubles title in the Redbridge with Anna Hawkins. She finished the season with a ranking of world no. 516.
In March 2007 Smith reached the third singles final of her career at a $10,000 ITF event in Hamilton, where she lost to Japan's Erika Sema. She got no more notable results until August that year when she hit another good patch, reaching the semifinal of the $10,000 ITF event in London before losing to Martina Babáková. Smith and Babáková also won the doubles in London. In her next tournament, a $10,000 event in Nottingham, Smith reached the final which she lost to Pauline Wong. She then immediately followed this up by qualifying for and reaching the quarterfinals of the $25,000 event, also held in Nottingham. The rest of the year was spent on the ITF tour but she lost before the quarterfinals in every tournament. Her end-of-year ranking was world no. 449.
2008 started disappointingly for Smith as she only managed to reach one ITF quarterfinal before entering the qualifying event for Wimbledon where she won one match (against Julie Coin of France) before losing in the second round. Later that year she won the second ITF title of her career, this time at the $10,000 event in London. She beat Rebecca Marino in the final. She then reached the semifinals in Limoges, France – another $10,000 event. In October, she reached the quarterfinals of a $50,000 home event in Barnstaple before losing to Lina Stančiūtė. Her year-end ranking was world no. 373.
Smith's 2009 season did not begin well. She won only one match out of her first eleven before going on to take the $10,000 ITF title in Felixstowe in July, beating Heather Watson in the semifinals and Tímea Babos in the final. In her next tournament, a $10,000 ITF in Frinton, she again came up against Watson in the semifinals but was defeated in straight sets. After this she reached only one more quarterfinal for the rest of the year in Koksijde where she lost to Sofia Shapatava. By the end of 2009 her singles ranking had fallen to world no. 441.
In February, Smith was selected for the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I matches in Estonia. Playing doubles with Katie Boulter, they won both of their dead pool rubbers against Estonia and Portugal. With Great Britain in the play offs, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson won their singles matches against Hungary, Great Britain progressed to the World Group II Play-offs, and the doubles match was not played.
Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit
WTA career finalsEdit
Doubles: 6 (1 title, 5 runners-up)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||20 July 2014||Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Jocelyn Rae|| Andreja Klepač
María Teresa Torró Flor
|Runner-up||2.||14 June 2015||Aegon Nottingham Open, Nottingham, Great Britain||Grass||Jocelyn Rae|| Raquel Kops-Jones
|6–3, 3–6, [9–11]|
|Runner-up||3.||16 September 2016||Japan Women's Open, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Jocelyn Rae|| Shuko Aoyama
|Winner||1.||27 May 2017||Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Nuremberg, Germany||Clay||Nicole Melichar|| Kirsten Flipkens
|3–6, 6–3, [11–9]|
|Runner-up||4.||20 October 2017||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Nicole Melichar|| Tímea Babos
|2–6, 6–3, [3–10]|
|Runner-up||5.||29 April 2018||Istanbul Open, Istanbul, Turkey||Clay||Xenia Knoll|| Liang Chen
WTA 125 Series FinalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||20 November 2016||Open de Limoges, Limoges, France||Hard (i)||Renata Voráčová|| Elise Mertens
ITF circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 10 (5–5)Edit
|Outcome||No||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1 August 2006||Ilkley, Great Britain||Grass||Anna Fitzpatrick||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1.||19 September 2006||Nottingham, Great Britain||Hard||Georgie Gent||6–1, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||6 March 2007||Hamilton, New Zealand||Hard||Erika Sema||3–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||3.||18 September 2007||Nottingham, Great Britain||Hard||Pauline Wong||5–7, 2–6|
|Winner||2.||12 August 2008||Cumberland, Great Britain||Hard||Rebecca Marino||6–3, 3–6, 7–5|
|Winner||3.||7 July 2009||Felixstowe, Great Britain||Grass||Tímea Babos||7–5, 3–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||4.||24 March 2010||Jersey, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson||2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||5.||29 April 2013||Edinburgh, Great Britain||Clay||Laetitia Sarrazin||5–7, 7–6, 2–6|
|Winner||4.||10 November 2013||Loughborough, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Klaartje Liebens||6–3, 7–5|
|Winner||5.||17 March 2014||Heraklion, Greece||Hard||Xenia Knoll||6–1, 6–3|
Doubles: 43 (28–15)Edit
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||3 August 2005||Wrexham, Great Britain||Hard||Rebecca Llewellyn|| Rushmi Chakravarthi
|Runner-up||1.||6 April 2006||Bath, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Melissa Berry|| Lindsay Cox
|Winner||2.||8 November 2006||Redbridge, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Anna Hawkins|| Holly Richards
|Runner-up||2.||7 May 2007||Antalya, Turkey||Hard||Roxane Vaisemberg|| Korina Perkovic
|Winner||3.||23 August 2007||Cumberland, Great Britain||Hard||Martina Babáková|| Anna Hawkins
|Winner||4.||16 January 2008||Sunderland, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Martina Babáková
|6–1, 3–6, [10–3]|
|Runner-up||3.||5 February 2008||Sutton, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Andrea Hlaváčková
|Winner||5.||12 February 2008||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Neda Kozić
|Winner||6.||23 September 2008||Shrewsbury, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Sarah Borwell
|Runner-up||4.||20 April 2009||Bari, Italy||Clay||Johanna Larsson|| Irina Buryachok
|7–5, 2–6, [5–10]|
|Runner-up||5.||10 August 2009||Koksijde, Belgium||Clay||Johanna Larsson|| Shannon Golds
|Runner-up||6.||22 September 2009||Shrewsbury, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Kristina Barrois
|6–3, 4–6, [7–10]|
|Runner-up||7.||29 September 2009||Helsinki, Finland||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Emma Laine
|Winner||7.||7 October 2009||Barnstaple, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Johanna Larsson|| Kelly Anderson
|Winner||8.||13 January 2010||Glasgow, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Victoria Larrière|| Nicole Clerico
|Runner-up||8.||2 February 2010||Sutton, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Naomi Cavaday|| Eirini Georgatou
|5–7, 6–2, [8–10]|
|Winner||9.||25 March 2010||Jersey, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Maret Ani|| Jarmila Gajdošová
|Winner||10.||6 July 2010||Valladolid, Spain||Hard||Melanie Klaffner|| Year Campos-Molina
|6–3, 2–6, [10–7]|
|Winner||11.||27 July 2010||Vigo, Spain||Hard||Anaïs Laurendon|| Sofia Kvatsabaia
|Winner||12.||1 November 2010||Nantes, France||Hard (i)||Anne Keothavong|| Mervana Jugić-Salkić
|5–7, 6–1, [10–6]|
|Runner-up||9.||14 January 2013||Glasgow, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Francesca Stephenson|| Tara Moore
|Runner-up||10.||29 April 2013||Edinburgh, Great Britain||Clay||Francesca Stephenson|| Anett Kontaveit
|Runner-up||11.||22 July 2013||Wrexham, Great Britain||Hard||Melanie South|| Kanae Hisami
|Winner||13.||29 July 2013||Nottingham, Great Britain||Hard||Melanie South|| Daneika Borthwick
|Winner||14.||9 November 2013||Loughborough, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Francesca Palmigiano
|6–0, 4–6, [10–3]|
|Winner||15.||15 November 2013||Manchester, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Eva Wacanno
|Runner-up||12.||7 December 2013||Pune, India||Hard||Jocelyn Rae|| Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
|Winner||16.||13 December 2013||Navi Mumbai, India||Hard||Jocelyn Rae|| Oksana Kalashnikova
|Winner||17.||19 January 2014||Glasgow, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Martina Borecká
|4–6, 6–2, [10–4]|
|Winner||18.||26 January 2014||Sunderland, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Ágnes Bukta
|Winner||19.||23 February 2014||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Naomi Broady
|Runner-up||13.||28 February 2014||Beinasco, Italy||Clay (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Nicole Clerico
|1–6, 7–5, [11–13]|
|Winner||20.||31 March 2014||Edgbaston, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Magda Linette
|3–6, 7–5, [10–4]|
|Winner||21.||8 June 2014||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Jocelyn Rae|| Sharon Fichman
|7–6(7–5), 4–6, [10–5]|
|Winner||22.||26 July 2014||Lexington, United States||Hard||Jocelyn Rae|| Shuko Aoyama
|Winner||23.||1 February 2015||Sunderland, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Justyna Jegiołka
|Winner||24.||4 April 2015||Croissy-Beaubourg, France||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Julie Coin
|Runner-up||14.||4 May 2015||Cagnes-sur-Mer, France||Clay||Jocelyn Rae|| Johanna Konta
|6–1 4–6 [5–10]|
|Runner-up||15.||5 June 2015||Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||Jocelyn Rae|| Shelby Rogers
|Winner||25.||2 April 2016||Croissy-Beaubourg, France||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Lenka Kunčíková
|Winner||26.||3 September 2016||Guiyang, China||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Wei Zhanlan
|6–4, 3–6, [10–5]|
|Winner||27.||11 November 2016||Bratislava, Slovakia||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Quirine Lemoine
|Winner||28.||4 February 2017||Glasgow, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
Fed Cup participation: 5 (4–1)Edit
Doubles: 5 (4–1)Edit
|2015 Fed Cup||Europe/Africa Zone Group I||4 February 2015||Budapest, Hungary||Liechtenstein||Hard (i)||Jocelyn Rae|| Kathinka von Deichmann
|5 February 2015||Turkey||Jocelyn Rae|| Başak Eraydın
|6 February 2015||Ukraine||Jocelyn Rae|| Kateryna Kozlova
|2016 Fed Cup||Europe/Africa Zone Group I||4 February 2016||Eilat, Israel||South Africa||Hard||Jocelyn Rae|| Madrie Le Roux
|5 February 2016||Georgia||Jocelyn Rae|| Oksana Kalashnikova
- "SMITH, Anna (GBR)". ITF.
- "SMITH, Anna (GBR)". ITF Juniors.
- "Anna Smith teams up with Nicole Melichar to claim first WTA title". LTA. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- "Fed Cup: Great Britain beat Hungary to reach World Group II play-off". BBC Sport. 10 February 2018.
- "Anna Smith". www.teambath.com. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2017.