Astra Sharma

Astra Sharma (born 11 September 1995) is a professional Australian tennis player.

Astra Sharma
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Sharma at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports)Australia Australia
ResidencePerth, Western Australia
Born (1995-09-11) 11 September 1995 (age 24)
Singapore, Singapore[1]
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
PlaysRight-handed
(two-handed backhand)
CoachDavid Taylor
Prize moneyUS$ 543,498
Singles
Career record125–69 (64.4%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 85 (24 June 2019)
Current rankingNo. 126 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
French Open1R (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2019)
US Open1R (2019)
Doubles
Career record56–44 (56.0%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 108 (2 March 2020)
Current rankingNo. 109 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2018, 2019, 2020)
French Open1R (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2019)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2019)
Last updated on: 26 June 2020.

Sharma has career-high WTA rankings in singles of 85 and in doubles of 115, achieved in June and July 2019, respectively. Sharma so far has won one doubles title on the WTA Tour, as well as six singles titles and four doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.

In December 2017, Sharma won the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff alongside Belinda Woolcock, receiving a main-draw wild card into the 2018 Australian Open women's doubles.

The highlight of her career came in the 2019 Australian Open, when she and fellow Australian John-Patrick Smith reached the final of the mixed-doubles competition after receiving a wild card to enter.

Personal lifeEdit

Sharma's father is Indian, while her mother is Chinese. She was born and raised in Singapore, before her parents emigrated to Perth, Western Australia.[2] She attended Applecross Senior High School.[citation needed] As a junior, she did some of her training at Bullcreek Tennis Club, located near Willeton.

CareerEdit

2011–2014: Career Beginnings and first ITF TitleEdit

Sharma made her ITF debut in October 2011, after qualifying in Kargoorlie. In 2012, Sharma played just 4 tournaments, without a win. In March 2013, Sharma reached the quarter final in doubles of the ITF Sydney 2. IN 2014, Sharma competed in qualifying in 3 ITF tournaments across USA, making the main draw in just one, where she lost in the first round.

In 2015, Sharma played just three tournaments on the 2015 ITF Women's Circuit; reaching the quarterfinal of better in all three. She won her first title in July 2015 at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Sharma ended 2015 with a singles rank of 787.

2016–2018: ITF CircuitEdit

In 2016, Sharma competed on the European 2016 ITF Women's Circuit. She experienced little singles success but partnering Frances Altick, won two doubles titles in July.

In 2017, Sharma commenced the year in June, qualifying and making the main draw in Sumter, USA. Across July and August 2017, Sharma won her second and third ITF titles in Târgu Jiu and Graz. Sharma ended 2017 with a singles rank of 440.

In 2018, Sharma competed mostly on the 2018 ITF Women's Circuit across North America. In March, Sharma reached the final of ITF Orlando. In June and July, Sharma won her 4th and 5th singles ITF titles in Baton Rouge and Gatineau, Canada. In October, she returned to Australia and reached the quarterfinal in three consecrative tournaments. Sharma ended 2018 with a singles rank of 225.

2019: First WTA FinalEdit

In January 2019, Sharma qualified for the Australian Open and won her first-round match over fellow Australian Priscilla Hon, before losing in the second round.[3] In mixed doubles, she and John-Patrick Smith made it through to the final after they defeated the second seed team of Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar in the semifinals, but lost to the third seeds, Barbora Krejčíková and Rajeev Ram.[4] In March, Sharma won the singles and double at Irapuato, Mexico W25. In April, Sharma reached her first WTA career final, losing to Amanda Anisimova at 2019 Copa Colsanitas. In May, Sharma qualified for and reached the second round of 2019 Internationaux de Strasbourg, but lost in the first round of the 2019 French Open. Sharma competing in qualifying events across the European grass and lost in the first round of Wimbledon. In August Sharma travelled to North America and qualified for Cincinnati. Sharma lost in the first round of US Open. Sharma ended 2019 with a singles rank of 108 and double rank of 136.

2020Edit

Sharma commenced 2020, losing in the singles and doubles first rounds of both 2020 Hobart International and 2020 Australian Open. For the 2020 Australian Open – Mixed Doubles, she partnered with JP Smith again where they reached the semi-finals.

Performance timelinesEdit

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; (P) postponed; (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.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.

SinglesEdit

Current through the suspension of the 2020 WTA Tour.

Tournament 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments[5]
Australian Open 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
French Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 1–3 0–1 0 / 5 1–5 17%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
China Open Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Canadian Open Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Career statistics[6]
Tournaments 10 3 Career total: 13
Titles 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals 1 0 Career total: 1
Overall Win–Loss 7–10 1–3 0 / 13 8–13 38%
Year-end ranking 108 $543,498

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments[5]
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
French Open A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A 2R NH 0 / 1 1–1 50%
US Open A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 0–1 1–3 0–1 0 / 5 1–5 17%

Mixed DoublesEdit

Tournament 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open F SF 0 / 2 7–2 78%
French Open A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 4–1 3–1 0 / 2 7–2 78%

Grand slam finalsEdit

Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2019 Australian Open Hard   John-Patrick Smith   Barbora Krejčíková
  Rajeev Ram
6–7(3–7), 1–6

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2019 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia International Clay   Amanda Anisimova 6–4, 4–6, 1–6

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2019 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia International Clay   Zoe Hives   Hayley Carter
  Ena Shibahara
6–1, 6–2

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 9 (7 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments (4–1)
$15,000 tournaments (2–1)
$10,000 tournaments (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–1)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2015 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard   Ola Abou Zekry 6–3, 2–6, 6–0
Win 2–0 Jul 2017 ITF Târgu Jiu, Romania 15,000 Clay   Belinda Woolcock 1–6, 6–2, 7–5
Win 3–0 Aug 2017 ITF Graz, Austria 15,000 Clay   Vendula Žovincová 2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 3–1 Oct 2017 ITF Toowoomba, Australia 25,000 Hard   Eri Hozumi 5–7, 2–6
Loss 3–2 Mar 2018 ITF Orlando, United States 15,000 Clay   Sophie Chang 3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win 4–2 Jun 2018 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard   Maria Mateas 6–2, 6–1
Win 5–2 Jul 2018 Challenger de Gatineau, Canada 25,000 Hard   Victoria Rodríguez 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 6–2 Sep 2018 ITF Cairns, Australia 25,000 Hard   Destanee Aiava 0–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–1
Win 7–2 Mar 2019 ITF Irapuato, Mexico 25,000 Hard   Verónica Cepede Royg 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–1)
$60,000 tournaments (0–0)
$25,000 tournaments (2–2)
$15,000 tournaments (0–0)
$10,000 tournaments (2–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2016 ITF Amstelveen, Netherlands 10,000 Clay   Frances Altick   Erika Vogelsang
  Mandy Wagemaker
6–4, 6–2
Win 2–0 Jul 2016 ITF Knokke, Belgium 10,000 Clay   Frances Altick   Déborah Kerfs
  Kelly Versteeg
6–4, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Oct 2017 ITF Cairns, Australia 25,000 Hard   Belinda Woolcock   Naiktha Bains
  Abigail Tere-Apisah
6–4, 2–6, [6–10]
Win 3–1 Jun 2018 ITF Sumter, United States 25,000 Hard   Luisa Stefani   Julia Elbaba
  Xu Shilin
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 3–2 Jun 2018 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard   Gabriela Talabă   Hayley Carter
  Ena Shibahara
3–6, 4–6
Win 4–2 Mar 2019 ITF Irapuato, Mexico 25,000 Hard   Paige Hourigan   Verónica Cepede Royg
  Renata Voráčová
6–1, 4–6, [12–10]
Loss 4–3 Apr 2019 Hardee's Pro Classic, United States 80,000 Clay   Destanee Aiava   Usue Maitane Arconada
  Caroline Dolehide
6–7(5–7), 4–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tennis Australia. "Astra Sharma: "I'm super thrilled at my progress"".
  2. ^ "Australian Open: Singapore-born Astra Sharma through to mixed doubles final". The Straits Times. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  3. ^ "SHARMA, HIVES, BIRRELL OPEN WITH AO VICTORIES". Tennis Australia. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  4. ^ "'Who's got my beers?': Australian doubles delight". The Age. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Grand Slam performances - Singles & Doubles".
  6. ^ "Player & Career overview".

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