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

Katie Swan
Katie Swan 3, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)Great Britain
Born (1999-03-24) 24 March 1999 (age 20)
Bristol, England
Turned pro2016
Prize money$263,623
Singles
Career record98–58
Career titles0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 163 (22 October 2018)
Current rankingNo. 169 (8 April 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (2019)
French OpenQ3 (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US OpenQ3 (2018)
Doubles
Career record28–23
Highest rankingNo. 293 (26 February 2018)
Current rankingNo. 616 (8 April 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2017, 2018)
Australian Open Junior2R (2015)
French Open JuniorQF (2015)
US Open JuniorQF (2014, 2016)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2017)
Last updated on: 11 April 2019.

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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 ITF tournament in Sharm El Sheikh. She beat 7th seed Julia Terziyska 6–2, 6–2 in the final, having already dispatched two seeds in earlier rounds.

Judy Murray, captain of Great Britain 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 wild card entry, beating 9th 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 grass season (July) Swan received a wildcard into women's 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 $15,000 tournament by beating the Turkish player 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 ITF 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 ITF 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 finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (6–0)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)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 22 March 2015 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Julia Terziyska 6–2, 6–2
Winner 2. 27 September 2015 Madrid, Spain Hard   Cristina Sánchez Quintanar 6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–3
Winner 3. 27 February 2017 Sharm El Sheikh Hard   Pemra Özgen 6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 12 March 2017 Sharm El Sheikh Hard   Julia Wachaczyk 6–4, 7–5
Winner 5. 28 October 2017 Óbidos, Portugal Carpet   Katie Boulter 5–0r
Winner 6. 12 May 2018 Monzón, Spain Hard   Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 4 (0–4)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–4)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 21 March 2015 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Aimee Gibson   Ola Abou Zekry
  Kateryna Sliusar
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 29 October 2016 Tampico, Mexico Hard   Usue Arconada   Elise Mertens
  Mihaela Buzarnescu
0–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 21 October 2017 Óbidos, Portugal Hard   Berfu Cengiz   Olga Doroshina
  Yana Sizikova
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 10 November 2017 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom Hard   Maia Lumsden   Freya Christie
  Harriet Dart
6–3, 4–6, [6–10]

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Girls' SinglesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 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.
  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.
  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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