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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
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Anna Smith playing at the 2016 French Open
Country (sports)United Kingdom Great Britain
ResidenceSanderstead, England
Born (1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 (age 30)
Redhill, Surrey, England
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2004
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$404,875
Singles
Career record211–175
Career titles0 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 262 (9 August 2010)
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQ2 (2008)
Doubles
Career record283–203
Career titles1 WTA, 28 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 46 (21 May 2018)
Current rankingNo. 207 (20 May 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2016)
French Open2R (2016, 2017)
Wimbledon2R (2015)
US Open1R (2015, 2017)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (2010, 2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup6–1
Last updated on: 20 May 2019.

Contents

Early and personal lifeEdit

Smith was born in Redhill, Surrey, to Robert and Gunilla Smith and started playing tennis at the age of 10 years. Aside from tennis, her other passions are shopping and football.[1]

CareerEdit

Junior (2003–2006)Edit

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

2004–2007Edit

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

2008Edit

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.[1]

2009Edit

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.[1]

2017Edit

Smith won her first WTA title when she and Nicole Melichar beat Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson in Nuremberg.[3]

2018Edit

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.[4]

CoachingEdit

Smith is coached by Dave Sammel at TeamBath.[5]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit

DoublesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L Win %
Australian Open A A A A A A A A 3R 1R 2–2 50%
French Open A A A A A A A A 2R 2R 2–2 50%
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R A A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–7 13%
US Open A A A A A A A 1R A 0–1 0%
Win–loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–3 1–3 5–12 29%

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 6 (1 title, 5 runners-up)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 20 July 2014 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay   Jocelyn Rae   Andreja Klepač
  María Teresa Torró Flor
1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 14 June 2015 Aegon Nottingham Open, Nottingham, Great Britain Grass   Jocelyn Rae   Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
6–3, 3–6, [9–11]
Runner-up 3. 16 September 2016 Japan Women's Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard   Jocelyn Rae   Shuko Aoyama
  Makoto Ninomiya
3–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 27 May 2017 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Nuremberg, Germany Clay   Nicole Melichar   Kirsten Flipkens
  Johanna Larsson
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Runner-up 4. 20 October 2017 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i)   Nicole Melichar   Tímea Babos
  Andrea Hlaváčková
2–6, 6–3, [3–10]
Runner-up 5. 29 April 2018 Istanbul Open, Istanbul, Turkey Clay   Xenia Knoll   Liang Chen
  Zhang Shuai
4–6, 4–6

WTA 125 Series FinalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 20 November 2016 Open de Limoges, Limoges, France Hard (i)   Renata Voráčová   Elise Mertens
  Mandy Minella
4–6, 4–6

ITF circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 10 (5–5)Edit

Finals by category
$100,000 tournaments (0/0)
$75,000 tournaments (0/0)
$50,000 tournaments (0/0)
$25,000 tournaments (0/1)
$15,000 tournaments (0/0)
$10,000 tournaments (5/4)
Finals by surface
Hard (4/3)
Clay (0/1)
Grass (1/1)
Carpet (0/0)
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

Finals by category
$100,000 tournaments (0/0)
$75,000 tournaments (2/1)
$50,000 tournaments (3/0)
$25,000 tournaments (8/9)
$15,000 tournaments (0/0)
$10,000 tournaments (9/3)
Finals by surface
Hard (20/9)
Clay (0/4)
Grass (1/0)
Carpet (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 3 August 2005 Wrexham, Great Britain Hard   Rebecca Llewellyn   Rushmi Chakravarthi
  Paula Marama
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 6 April 2006 Bath, Great Britain Hard (i)   Melissa Berry   Lindsay Cox
  Anna Hawkins
3–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 8 November 2006 Redbridge, Great Britain Hard (i)   Anna Hawkins   Holly Richards
  Elizabeth Thomas
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 7 May 2007 Antalya, Turkey Hard   Roxane Vaisemberg   Korina Perkovic
  İpek Şenoğlu
6–7(1–7), 4–6
Winner 3. 23 August 2007 Cumberland, Great Britain Hard   Martina Babáková   Anna Hawkins
  Karen Paterson
6–2, 6–3
Winner 4. 16 January 2008 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i)   Johanna Larsson   Martina Babáková
  Iveta Gerlová
6–1, 3–6, [10–3]
Runner-up 3. 5 February 2008 Sutton, Great Britain Hard (i)   Johanna Larsson   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
3–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 12 February 2008 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Johanna Larsson   Neda Kozić
  Ivana Lisjak
6–0, 7–5
Winner 6. 23 September 2008 Shrewsbury, Great Britain Hard (i)   Johanna Larsson   Sarah Borwell
  Courtney Nagle
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Runner-up 4. 20 April 2009 Bari, Italy Clay   Johanna Larsson   Irina Buryachok
  Renata Voráčová
7–5, 2–6, [5–10]
Runner-up 5. 10 August 2009 Koksijde, Belgium Clay   Johanna Larsson   Shannon Golds
  Nicole Kriz
6–7(3–7), 2–6
Runner-up 6. 22 September 2009 Shrewsbury, Great Britain Hard (i)   Johanna Larsson   Kristina Barrois
  Yvonne Meusburger
6–3, 4–6, [7–10]
Runner-up 7. 29 September 2009 Helsinki, Finland Hard (i)   Johanna Larsson   Emma Laine
  Melanie South
3–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 7 October 2009 Barnstaple, Great Britain Hard (i)   Johanna Larsson   Kelly Anderson
  Emma Laine
7–5, 6–4
Winner 8. 13 January 2010 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard (i)   Victoria Larrière   Nicole Clerico
  Liana-Gabriela Ungur
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 2 February 2010 Sutton, Great Britain Hard (i)   Naomi Cavaday   Eirini Georgatou
  Valeria Savinykh
5–7, 6–2, [8–10]
Winner 9. 25 March 2010 Jersey, Great Britain Hard (i)   Maret Ani   Jarmila Gajdošová
  Melanie South
7–5, 6–4
Winner 10. 6 July 2010 Valladolid, Spain Hard   Melanie Klaffner   Year Campos-Molina
  Leticia Costas-Moreira
6–3, 2–6, [10–7]
Winner 11. 27 July 2010 Vigo, Spain Hard   Anaïs Laurendon   Sofia Kvatsabaia
  Justine Ozga
6–3, 6–1
Winner 12. 1 November 2010 Nantes, France Hard (i)   Anne Keothavong   Mervana Jugić-Salkić
  Darija Jurak
5–7, 6–1, [10–6]
Runner-up 9. 14 January 2013 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard (i)   Francesca Stephenson   Tara Moore
  Melanie South
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 29 April 2013 Edinburgh, Great Britain Clay   Francesca Stephenson   Anett Kontaveit
  Jessica Ren
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 22 July 2013 Wrexham, Great Britain Hard   Melanie South   Kanae Hisami
  Mari Tanaka
3–6, 6–7
Winner 13. 29 July 2013 Nottingham, Great Britain Hard   Melanie South   Daneika Borthwick
  Anna Fitzpatrick
6–4, 6–2
Winner 14. 9 November 2013 Loughborough, Great Britain Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Francesca Palmigiano
  Camilla Rosatello
6–0, 4–6, [10–3]
Winner 15. 15 November 2013 Manchester, Great Britain Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Eva Wacanno
  Julia Wachaczyk
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 7 December 2013 Pune, India Hard   Jocelyn Rae   Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
  Peangtarn Plipuech
5–7, 5–7
Winner 16. 13 December 2013 Navi Mumbai, India Hard   Jocelyn Rae   Oksana Kalashnikova
  Diāna Marcinkēviča
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 17. 19 January 2014 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Martina Borecká
  Tereza Malíková
4–6, 6–2, [10–4]
Winner 18. 26 January 2014 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Ágnes Bukta
  Viktoriya Tomova
6–1, 6–1
Winner 19. 23 February 2014 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Naomi Broady
  Renata Voráčová
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Runner-up 13. 28 February 2014 Beinasco, Italy Clay (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Nicole Clerico
  Giulia Gatto-Monticone
1–6, 7–5, [11–13]
Winner 20. 31 March 2014 Edgbaston, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Magda Linette
  Amra Sadiković
3–6, 7–5, [10–4]
Winner 21. 8 June 2014 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass   Jocelyn Rae   Sharon Fichman
  Maria Sanchez
7–6(7–5), 4–6, [10–5]
Winner 22. 26 July 2014 Lexington, United States Hard   Jocelyn Rae   Shuko Aoyama
  Keri Wong
6–4 6–4
Winner 23. 1 February 2015 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Justyna Jegiołka
  Cornelia Lister
6–3, 6–1
Winner 24. 4 April 2015 Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Julie Coin
  Mathilde Johansson
7–6(5) 7–6(2)
Runner-up 14. 4 May 2015 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay   Jocelyn Rae   Johanna Konta
  Laura Thorpe
6–1 4–6 [5–10]
Runner-up 15. 5 June 2015 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass   Jocelyn Rae   Shelby Rogers
  Coco Vandeweghe
5–7 6–7(1)
Winner 25. 2 April 2016 Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Lenka Kunčíková
  Karolína Stuchlá
6–4, 6–1
Winner 26. 3 September 2016 Guiyang, China Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Wei Zhanlan
  Zhao Qianqian
6–4, 3–6, [10–5]
Winner 27. 11 November 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Quirine Lemoine
  Eva Wacanno
6–3, 6–2
Winner 28. 4 February 2017 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Laura-Ioana Andrei
  Petra Krejsová
6–3, 6–2

Fed Cup participation: 5 (4–1)Edit

Great Britain Fed Cup team

Doubles: 5 (4–1)Edit

Edition Round Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Score
2015 Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I 4 February 2015   Budapest, Hungary   Liechtenstein Hard (i)   Jocelyn Rae   Kathinka von Deichmann
  Stephanie Vogt
W 6–1, 6–2
5 February 2015   Turkey   Jocelyn Rae   Başak Eraydın
  Pemra Özgen
W 6–2, 6–1
6 February 2015   Ukraine   Jocelyn Rae   Kateryna Kozlova
  Olga Savchuk
W 6–2, 6–1
2016 Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I 4 February 2016   Eilat, Israel   South Africa Hard   Jocelyn Rae   Madrie Le Roux
  Michelle Sammons
W 6–3, 6–2
5 February 2016   Georgia   Jocelyn Rae   Oksana Kalashnikova
  Sofia Shapatava
L 2–6, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "SMITH, Anna (GBR)". ITF.
  2. ^ a b c "SMITH, Anna (GBR)". ITF Juniors.
  3. ^ "Anna Smith teams up with Nicole Melichar to claim first WTA title". LTA. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Fed Cup: Great Britain beat Hungary to reach World Group II play-off". BBC Sport. 10 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Anna Smith". www.teambath.com. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2017.

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