Naiktha Bains (born 17 December 1997) is an Australian-British tennis player.[1][2]

Naiktha Bains
Naiktha Bains 2, Aegon Surbiton Trophy, London, UK - Diliff.JPG
Bains at Surbiton, 2015
Country (sports) Australia (–March 2019)
 Great Britain (April 2019–)
Born (1997-12-17) 17 December 1997 (age 22)
Leeds, United Kingdom
Prize money$176,160
Singles
Career record130–133
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 222 (24 June 2019)
Current rankingNo. 240 (26 August 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ3 (2019)
WimbledonQ1 (2019)
US OpenQ1 (2019)
Doubles
Career record119–81
Career titles13 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 134 (24 September 2018)
Current rankingNo. 173 (20 May 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Last updated on: 4 October 2019.

Bains has won two singles and twelve doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 24 June 2019, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 222. On 24 September 2018, she peaked at No. 134 in the doubles rankings.

Bains emigrated with her Indian-born father Gurnake[3] from Britain to Brisbane aged eight[4] and holds dual British-Australian citizenship.[1]

CareerEdit

2014Edit

Bains commenced the year with a ranking of 1041. She was awarded a wildcard into qualifying at the Hobart International, where she made it through the first two rounds, defeating Maria Elena Camerin[5] and Teliana Pereira,[6] before losing to eventual tournament champion Garbiñe Muguruza in the final qualifying round.

At Australian Open qualifying, Bains lost to Andrea Hlaváčková in straight sets, but together with Olivia Tjandramulia, she was awarded a wildcard into the main doubles draw where she faced the 14th seeded team of Julia Görges and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, also losing in straight sets.

In March, Bains was awarded a wildcard into qualifying at the Sony Open in Miami, for just her third appearance at WTA Tour-level.[7] She lost in round one to Virginie Razzano. Her next match was in September in Vegas, before playing four more ITF tournaments across Australia to end the year. She ended the year with a ranking of 713.

2015Edit

Her season began with a wildcard into the qualifying rounds of the Brisbane International, Hobart International and Australian Open. She lost in round one in all three events. The rest of the year, Bains competed on the ITF circuit, with limited success. She ended the year with a ranking of 630.

2016Edit

Bains commenced the season with a wildcard into the qualifying rounds of the Brisbane International, Hobart International and Australian Open. She lost in the first round in all three events. Through February and March, Bains competed on the ITF circuit across Australia, before heading to Croatia and Spain where she made three consecutive quarterfinals. From June to October, she competed on the ITF circuit across Europe, Asia and Australia. Her best result was the quarterfinal of Bendigo International. Bains finished 2016 with a ranking of world No. 452.

2017Edit

She started the new season with a wildcard into the qualifying rounds of the Brisbane International where she lost in round one to Anastasia Rodionova.

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournsments (1–1)
$15,000 tournaments (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 2017 ITF Hammamet, Tunisia $15,000 Clay   Natalija Kostić 6–4, 6–2
Win 2–0 Mar 2019 ITF Mildura, Australia W25 Grass   Kaylah McPhee 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
Loss 2–1 Dec 2019 ITF Solapur, India W25 Hard   Ankita Raina 3–6, 3–6
Loss 2–2 Dec 2019 ITF Pune, India W25 Hard   Emma Raducanu 6–3, 1–6, 4–6

Doubles: 27 (13 titles, 14 runners-up)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournsments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6–11)
Clay (7–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2014 ITF Bendigo, Australia $50,000 Hard   Karolina Wlodarczak   Jessica Moore
  Abbie Myers
4–6, 0–6
Loss 0–2 May 2016 ITF Bol, Croatia $10,000 Clay   Alexandra Morozova   Dasha Ivanova
  Petra Krejsová
1–6, 3–6
Win 1–2 May 2016 ITF Bol, Croatia $10,000 Clay   Dasha Ivanova   Marine Partaud
  Laëtitia Sarrazin
6–2, 4–6, [10–7]
Win 2–2 May 2016 ITF Bol, Croatia $10,000 Clay   Alexandra Morozova   Dasha Ivanova
  Petra Krejsová
6–1, 2–6, [10–7]
Loss 2–3 Sep 2016 ITF Tweed Heads, Australia $25,000 Hard   Abbie Myers   Monique Adamczak
  Olivia Rogowska
6–7(6–8), 6–7(3–7)
Win 3–3 Sep 2016 ITF Brisbane, Australia $25,000 Hard   Abigail Tere-Apisah   Julia Glushko
  Liu Fangzhou
6–7(4–7), 6–2, [10–3]
Win 4–3 May 2017 ITF Hammamet, Tunisia $15,000 Clay   Chiara Grimm   Natalija Kostić
  Jelena Simić
4–6, 6–3, [10–4]
Win 5–3 May 2017 ITF Hammamet, Tunisia $15,000 Clay   Tereza Mihalíková   Francesca Bullani
  Veronica Napolitano
4–6, 6–1, [10–5]
Loss 5–4 Jul 2017 ITF Middelburg, Netherlands $25,000 Clay   Dasha Ivanova   Valentini Grammatikopoulou
  Bibiane Schoofs
7–6(10–8), 5–7, [5–10]
Loss 5–5 Jul 2017 ITF Hua Hin, Thailand $25,000 Hard   Karin Kennel   Luksika Kumkhum
  Ksenia Palkina
3–6, 6–2, [12–14]
Loss 5–6 Aug 2017 ITF Tsukuba, Japan $25,000 Hard   Hsu Chieh-yu   Miharu Imanishi
  Akiko Omae
4–6, 4–6
Win 6–6 Sep 2017 ITF Penrith, Australia $25,000 Hard   Abigail Tere-Apisah   Tammi Patterson
  Olivia Rogowska
6–0, 7–5
Win 7–6 Sep 2017 ITF Brisbane, Australia $25,000 Hard   Abigail Tere-Apisah   Jennifer Elie
  Erika Sema
6–4, 6–1
Loss 7–7 Oct 2017 ITF Toowoomba, Australia $25,000 Hard   Abigail Tere-Apisah   Momoko Kobori
  Ayano Shimizu
5–7, 5–7
Win 8–7 Oct 2017 ITF Cairns, Australia $25,000 Hard   Abigail Tere-Apisah   Astra Sharma
  Belinda Woolcock
4–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Win 9–7 Apr 2018 ITF Pula, Italy $25,000 Clay   Chiara Scholl   Marie Benoît
  Xu Shilin
6–4, 7–5
Win 10–7 Apr 2018 ITF Pula, Italy $25,000 Clay   Rosalie van der Hoek   Victoria Kan
  Maria Zotova
6–2, 6–2
Win 11–7 May 2018 ITF Saint-Gaudens, France $60,000 Clay   Francesca Di Lorenzo   Manon Arcangioli
  Sherazad Reix
6–4, 1–6, [11–9]
Loss 11–8 Jun 2018 ITF Grado, Italy $25,000 Clay   Rika Fujiwara   Giorgia Marchetti
  Alice Matteucci
0–6, 4–6
Loss 11–9 Aug 2018 ITF Nonthaburi, Thailand $25,000 Hard   Barbora Stefkova   Rutuja Bhosale
  Pranjala Yadlapalli
6–2, 0–6, [6–10]
Loss 11–10 Aug 2018 ITF Nonthaburi, Thailand $25,000 Hard   Destanee Aiava   Wang Xinyu
  Wang Xiyu
5–7, 7–5, [4–10]
Loss 11–11 Aug 2018 ITF Tsukuba, Japan $25,000 Hard   Hiroko Kuwata   Akiko Omae
  You Xiaodi
0–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 12–11 Sep 2018 ITF Cairns, Australia $25,000 Hard   Xu Shilin   Erin Routliffe
  Astra Sharma
6–1, 7–6(9–7)
Loss 12–12 Nov 2018 ITF Canberra, Australia $60,000 Hard   Destanee Aiava   Ellen Perez
  Arina Rodionova
7–6(7–5), 3–6, [7–10]
Win 13–12 Oct 2019 ITF Brisbane, Australia W25 Hard   Destanee Aiava   Alison Bai
  Paige Hourigan
6–3, 6–3
Loss 13–13 Oct 2019 ITF Bendigo, Australia W60 Hard   Tereza Mihalíková   Maddison Inglis
  Kaylah McPhee
6–3, 2–6, [2–10]
Loss 13–14 Nov 2019 ITF Playford, Australia W60 Hard   Tereza Mihalíková   Asia Muhammad
  Storm Sanders
3–6, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ornstein, David (17 May 2011). "The one who got away". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Naiktha Bains formally requests to change playing nationality from Australian to GB". 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ Hanlon, Peter (25 January 2012). "Britain loses bright spark to Australia". The Age. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  4. ^ Briggs, Simon (17 May 2011). "Lawn Tennis Association's fingers burned by defection of young talent Naiktha Bains to Australia". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ Rogers, Leigh (3 January 2014). "Australian teen Naiktha Bains a winner on day one of qualifying". Hobart International. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  6. ^ Smith, Adam (5 January 2014). "Giant killer Naiktha Bains eyes the tennis big time at Hobart International". The Sunday Tasmanian. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Bains awarded Miami qualifying wildcard". Tennis Australia. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.

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