Katie Swan

Katie Swan (born 24 March 1999 in Bristol[1]) is a British tennis player.

Katie Swan
Katie Swan 3, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Katie Swan at Wimbledon
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born (1999-03-24) 24 March 1999 (age 21)
Bristol, England
Turned pro2016
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$407,689
Singles
Career record131–83 (61.2%)
Career titles7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 163 (22 October 2018)
Current rankingNo. 268 (23 November 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (2019)
French OpenQ3 (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US OpenQ3 (2018)
Doubles
Career record38–30 (55.9%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 293 (26 February 2018)
Current rankingNo. 500 (23 November 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2017, 2018)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2017)
Last updated on: 23 November 2020.

Early and personal lifeEdit

Swan was born in Bristol, to parents Nicki and Richard. Whilst on holiday in Portugal when she was seven, she took tennis lessons. Her teacher had once played for Portugal and told her parents that she showed real talent and could represent her country in the future.[2] On the family's return to Abbots Leigh, Bristol, Swan had regular tennis lessons with Rob Hawkins, junior programme manager and head coach at the David Lloyd club. Hawkins coached Swan until she was 11, watching her develop into a promising player on the international circuit.[3]

Swan was head girl at Bristol prep The Downs School and a keen hockey player, representing Avon and her school when they qualified for the Under-13 national finals. She briefly attended the independent Bristol Grammar School until the family moved to Wichita, Kansas, United States, in 2013 due to her father's job in the oil industry.[3] Swan was one of the very few junior players on the competitive circuit who continued in school, Wichita Collegiate School,[4] though from August 2015 she took online classes.[5]

Since 2013, Swan has been based in Wichita.[4][6]

Junior careerEdit

In 2007, Rob Hawkins brought Swan to the attention of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) when she was eight and as a result, she began to receive LTA support and funding.[3]

In 2009, Swan won her first international tournament in Croatia, the prestigious Smrikve Bowl event for 10-year-olds,[7] and went on to win an Under 10s international title.[3]

In 2014, Swan was a member of the four-strong GB squad, coached by Judy Murray, that triumphed in the Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy, an annual Under-18s competition against the USA.[8][9]

On 30 January 2015, Swan defeated Dalma Gálfi after facing three match points to reach her first junior Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, where she lost 1–6, 4–6 to Tereza Mihalikova.[6][10]

Senior careerEdit

2015Edit

In March, just before her 16th birthday, Swan achieved her first victories on the senior tour,[11] coming through the qualifying draw to win a $10k tournament in Sharm El Sheikh. She beat seventh seed Julia Terziyska 6–2, 6–2 in the final, having already dispatched two seeds in earlier rounds.

Judy Murray, captain of Fed Cup team, already had Swan in her plans, to represent Great Britain in 2016.[12]

 
Swan celebrating her win over Kristína Kučová

In June, Swan competed at the Wimbledon qualifying tournament, after being granted a wildcard entry, beating ninth seed and 118th ranked Kristína Kučová in the first round in straight sets.[13]

2016Edit

Swan was called up for her Great Britain Fed Cup debut in the Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 tie against South Africa. Swan became the youngest British player in Fed Cup history at the age of 16 years and 316 days, beating the record of Anne Keothavong by 270 days. [14] Swan beat Ilze Hattingh 6–3, 6–0 in the opening match of the tie. Great Britain went on to beat South Africa 3–0.[15] During the grass-court season (July) Swan received a wildcard into the main draw at The Championships, Wimbledon where she played Tímea Babos (WTA 35 CH25), Swan lost 2–6, 3–6.[16]

2017Edit

Following problems in late 2016/early 2017 from recurring injuries,[17] Swan returned at the Soho Square Egypt Women's Future in Sharm El Sheikh, winning the $15k tournament by beating the Pemra Özgen 6–3, 6–1 in the final. Followed in March with another tournament win, again at Sharm El Sheikh against German player Julia Wachaczyk, 6–4, 7–5 in the final, putting Swan into the top ten United Kingdom female players. In October, Swan won her first $25k tournament, after fellow Briton Katie Boulter retired in the first set of the final.[18]

2018Edit

 
Swan in 2018

At the start of the year, it was announced that Swan had joined Andy Murray's 77 Sports Management with a statement from him saying, “Katie is a player I’ve been watching for a while. She’s got great potential and has already had some good results. I’m hoping we can offer support to her in areas on and off the court and complement the team she has in place already.”[19] She subsequently added former Heather Watson coach Diego Veronelli to share responsibilities with existing coach Julien Picot.[20]

In May, Swan won her second $25k tournament without dropping a set in the tournament in Monzón, Spain.[21] In June, Swan won two rounds in qualifying at the Nottingham Open, to reach the main draw of a WTA Tour event by right for the first time, earlier appearances having relied on wildcards.[22] After receiving a wildcard for Wimbledon, Swan reached the second round, defeating world No. 36, Irina-Camelia Begu, 6–2, 6–2 in the first round.[23]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 7 (7 titles)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (5–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2015 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard   Julia Terziyska 6–2, 6–2
Win 2–0 Sep 2015 ITF Madrid, Spain 10,000 Hard   Cristina Sánchez Quintanar 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–3
Win 3–0 Feb 2017 ITF Sharm El Sheikh 15,000 Hard   Pemra Özgen 6–3, 6–1
Win 4–0 Mar 2017 ITF Sharm El Sheikh 15,000 Hard   Julia Wachaczyk 6–4, 7–5
Win 5–0 Oct 2017 ITF Óbidos, Portugal 25,000 Carpet   Katie Boulter 5–0r
Win 6–0 May 2018 ITF Monzón, Spain 25,000 Hard   Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov 6–2, 6–3
Win 7–0 Oct 2019 ITF Claremont, United States 25,000 Hard   Thaisa Grana Pedretti 6–1, 6–3

Doubles: 5 (5 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–5)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 2015 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard   Aimee Gibson   Ola Abou Zekry
  Kateryna Sliusar
2–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Oct 2016 Abierto Tampico, Mexico 50,000 Hard   Usue Arconada   Elise Mertens
  Mihaela Buzarnescu
0–6, 2–6
Loss 0–3 Oct 2017 ITF Óbidos, Portugal 25,000 Hard   Berfu Cengiz   Olga Doroshina
  Yana Sizikova
2–6, 2–6
Loss 0–4 Nov 2017 Pro-Series Shrewsbury, UK 25,000 Hard   Maia Lumsden   Freya Christie
  Harriet Dart
6–3, 4–6, [6–10]
Loss 0–5 Jul 2019 Berkeley Challenge, United States 60,000 Hard   Francesca Di Lorenzo   Madison Brengle
  Sachia Vickery
3–6, 5–7

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Girls' Singles: 1 (1 runner–up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2015 Australian Open Hard   Tereza Mihalíková 1–6, 4–6

Fed Cup participationEdit

SinglesEdit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent W/L Result Team Result
2016 Fed Cup[24] Europe/Africa Group I 3–6 February 2016
Eilat, Israel
  Georgia Hard (i) Ekaterine Gorgodze Win 6–3, 6–3 Win 2–1
  South Africa Ilze Hattingh Win 6–3, 6–0 Win 3–0
Promotional Play-off   Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure Loss 3–6, 6–3, 3–6 Loss 2–0

DoublesEdit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Result Team Result
2019 Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I 6-8 February 2019
Bath, Somerset, England
 Slovenia Hard (i) Harriet Dart Dalila Jakupović/Kaja Juvan Win 6–2, 6–2 Win 3-0
 Greece Anna Arkadianou/Despina Papamichail Win 6–1, 6–4 Win 3–0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile: Katie Swan". itftennis.com. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  2. ^ Krol, Charlotte; 2015, video source APTN / Tennis Australia 3:38PM GMT 30 Jan (30 January 2015). "Australian Open 2015: Katie Swan says holiday tennis lessons kick-started her career". Retrieved 16 May 2018.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "Katie Swan: Britain's new tennis Queen". The Daily Telegraph. 30 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b Chadwick, Joana (28 April 2014). "15-year-old Wichitan Katie Swan making strides in international tennis". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  5. ^ Briggs, Simon (26 June 2016). "Katie Swan looks to Bob Wilson as her Wimbledon match of the day looms". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b Newbery, Piers (30 January 2015). "Australian Open: Katie Swan reaches girls' final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Smrikva Bowl Tournament". Smrikva Bowl Tournament. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  8. ^ "The Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy". MCB Tennis. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Aegon Junior Player of the Month – LTA". www3.lta.org.uk. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Britain's Katie Swan overcomes cramp to reach Australian Open girls' final". The Guardian. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Early birthday present for British tennis player". The News Hub. 22 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  12. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (29 January 2015). "Laura Robson lowers her sights as she announces Surprise comeback". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  13. ^ Newbery, Piers. "Wimbledon: Katie Swan shocks world number 118 in qualifying". BBC. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Katie Swan set to be youngest Briton to play Fed Cup at 16 years 316 days". The Guardian. 2 February 2016.
  15. ^ Association, Press (4 February 2016). "Teenager Katie Swan inspires Great Britain to emphatic Fed Cup victory". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  16. ^ Sawer, Patrick (29 June 2016). "Judy Murray calls for rethink over 'revealing' Nike dress at Wimbledon". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  17. ^ Briggs, Simon (4 January 2017). "Katie Swan to team up with Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  18. ^ Furness, Glenys (31 October 2017). "Katie Swan seals first 25K title in Obidos | Britwatch Sports". Britwatch Sports.
  19. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (3 January 2018). "Andy Murray must make up his mind whether to stick or twist | Kevin Mitchell". the Guardian. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  20. ^ Bellshaw, George (5 April 2018). "With Andy Murray in her corner, history-maker Katie Swan is dreaming big". Metro. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  21. ^ Furness, Glenys (15 May 2018). "Katie Swan claims second title of the year in Spain | Britwatch Sports". www.britwatchsports.com. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Nottingham Open: Katie Swan qualifies for WTA main draw for first time". BBC. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  23. ^ Ingle, Sean (2 July 2018). "Katie Swan stuns Irina-Camelia Begu to make Wimbledon second round". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Fed Cup 2016". Fed Cup.

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