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Noppawan "Nok" Lertcheewakarn (Thai: นพวรรณ เลิศชีวกานต์; born 18 November 1991) is a Thai professional tennis player. At Wimbledon 2009, she won the junior singles title. Lertcheewakarn has a highest rank on the WTA singles tour of 149 and doubles tour of 97.[1]

Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
นพวรรณ เลิศชีวกานต์
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn US Open 2011.jpg
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn at the 2011 US Open
Country (sports) Thailand
ResidenceBangkok, Thailand
Born (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 27)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Turned pro18 June 2009
PlaysRight handed (two hands both sides)
Prize moneyUS$293,576
Singles
Career record242–189
Career titles0 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 149 (26 September 2011)
Current rankingNo. 354 (2 July 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2011)
French OpenQ1 (2011, 2012)
Wimbledon1R (2010)
US Open1R (2011)
Doubles
Career record141–112
Career titles0 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 97 (15 August 2011)
Current rankingNo. 472 (2 July 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open
French Open
Wimbledon1R (2011)
US Open
Last updated on: 2 July 2017.

As of July 2018, Lertcheewakarn having played her last match in August 2017, is in training to be a police officer. She has yet to officially retire, still dreams of coming back to the sport.[2]

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Playing styleEdit

Lertcheewakarn is a counterpuncher with her two-handed backhand and forehand. She is intelligent on court and has a good strategy. Her game is lacking powerful strokes, but based on precise groundstrokes. Her main weakness is considered to be her serve, lacking of power, consistency and stability.

Lertcheewakarn has inspiration by Tamarine Tanasugarn, Monica Seles, Marion Bartoli, and Williams sisters.

Lertcheewakarn is currently coached by Chuck Kriese.[3]

Junior careerEdit

In 2008, Lertcheewakarn was world No. 1 in ITF junior circuit, became the first Thai player to ever hold that position. In the same year, Lertcheewakarn won the ITF Girls World Champion.[4]

Lertcheewakarn has reached 2 Grand Slam Girls' Singles finals, 2008 Wimbledon losing to Laura Robson and 2009 Wimbledon beating Kristina Mladenovic. She also reached 4 Grand Slam Girls' Doubles finals, won 2008 US Open with Sandra Roma, 2009 French Open with Elena Bogdan, 2009 Wimbledon with Sally Peers, but lost 2009 US Open partnering Elena Bogdan.[5]

Professional careerEdit

2006–2009Edit

Lertcheewakarn started playing her first ITF Circuit events in August 2006.[6]

Lertcheewakarn made her WTA Tour main draw debut in 2007 as a qualifier, defeating world No. 97 Melinda Czink of Hungary in straight sets in the final qualifying round, before losing to Aiko Nakamura in three sets in the first round.

In May 2008, Lertcheewakarn won her first pro title in singles at $25,000 Balikpapan, defeating the top seed Isha Lakhani of India in straight sets.

In 2009, Lertcheewakarn received a main draw wildcard to Pattaya Women's Open, lost early in a first round match against Shahar Pe'er, which lasted nearly 52 minutes with a score, 6–1, 6–0.

2010Edit

She received a wild card to PTT Pattaya Open, but lost in the first round to Chanelle Scheepers, 7–6(9), 4–6, 4–6 in a two-hour-and-forty-minute match in which Lertcheewakarn had a 4–1 lead in the second set. She then received a wildcard to the Malaysian Open where she beat Ksenia Pervak in the first round in straight sets, making this her first WTA main draw win ever. At the US$50,000 Aegon Trophy in Nottingham, she advanced into the quarterfinal round before losing to Elena Baltacha in two straights sets. Lertcheewakarn received a wildcard entry to the Wimbledon Championships, where she was defeated by Andrea Hlaváčková in the first round 6–3 6–2. Lertcheewakarn ended the year inside top 200 in singles and doubles[7][7]

2011Edit

Lertcheewakarn qualified in Auckland but lost to Heather Watson in the first round, 6–1, 6–1. In 2011 Malaysian Open, Lertcheewakarn defeated Alberta Brianti, 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, she lost to a qualifier, Anne Kremer, in the second round. In double, Lertcheewakarn reached WTA double final partnering Jessica Moore, they lost to Dinara Safina and Galina Voskoboeva, 7–5, 2–6, 10–5. She lost in the first round of 2011 Baku Cup to Ksenia Pervak 3–6, 6–1, 7–5, having led 5–3 in the third set. At the 2011 US Open Lertcheewakarn qualified for her second Grand Slam main draw, defeating Zuzana Kučová, Ashley Weinhold and Kristýna Plíšková in three tough matches. In the first round, in just her second Grand Slam tournament she lost to Anastasiya Yakimova 0–6 6–4 3–6. Lertcheewakarn won 2011 Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge beat Bojana Jovanovski, Regina Kulikova, Simona Halep and Kristina Mladenovic en route. She also qualified in 2011 HP Open but lost to Samantha Stosur 6–3, 3–6, 7–5, she was two points away to score the victory. In 2011, Lertcheewakarn broke into top 100 in doubles and top 150 in singles.

2012Edit

Lertcheewakarn reached the final in $50,000 Gifu but lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm in three sets. She qualified for Birmingham main draw, defeating Sesil Karatantcheva 7–6 (13–11), 6–4 en route. In the first round, she lost to Misaki Doi in three sets. In Stanford Classic Lertcheewakarn lost to Nicole Gibbs 6–4, 6–4 .[8]

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1. 6 March 2011 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard   Jessica Moore   Dinara Safina
  Galina Voskoboeva
7–5, 2–6, [10–5]

ITF finals (11–20)Edit

Singles (5–9)Edit

Legend
WTA 125s tournaments
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Titles by surface
Hard (5–9)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 17 June 2007 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard   Nungnadda Wannasuk 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 28 July 2007 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Lu Jiaxiang 6–2, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 1. 4 May 2008 Balikpapan, Indonesia Hard   Isha Lakhani 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2. 3 August 2008 Chiang Mai, Thailand Hard   Nungnadda Wannasuk 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 22 March 2009 Hamilton, New Zealand Hard   Ayu Fani Damayanti 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 27 July 2010 Saint Joseph, United States Hard   Gabriela Paz 6–1, 6–4
Winner 3. 5 September 2010 Tsukuba, Japan Hard   Shiho Akita 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 12 September 2010 Cairns, Australia Hard   Ana Clara Duarte 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 4. 3 December 2011 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Kristina Mladenovic 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 19 September 2012 Phuket, Thailand Hard   Dinah Pfizenmaier 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 30 April 2012 Gifu, Japan Hard   Kimiko Date-Krumm 6–1, 5–7, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 21 October 2013 Bendigo, Australia Hard   Casey Dellacqua 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 7 March 2014 Quanzhou, China Hard   Zarina Diyas 1–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 8 May 2016 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Prerna Bhambri 6–4, 6–1

Doubles (8–11)Edit

Legend
WTA 125s tournaments
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6–10)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 26 September 2006 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard   Varatchaya Wongteanchai   Lavinia Tananta
  Ayu Fani Damayanti
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 19 November 2006 Manila, Philippines Hard   Varatchaya Wongteanchai   Kao Shao-yuan
  Thassha Vitayaviroj
3–6, 6–3, 7–6(2)
Runner-up 1. 17 June 2007 Montemor-O-Novo, Portugal Hard   Varanya Vijuksanaboon   Elisa Balsamo
  Valentina Sulpizio
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 27 July 2007 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Napaporn Tongsalee   Sophia Mulsup
  Varatchaya Wongteanchai
4–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 3. 24 April 2009 Bol, Croatia Clay   Martina Borecká   Michaela Pochabová
  Patricia Veresová
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 15 May 2010 Tanjung Selor, Indonesia Hard   Jessy Rompies   Liu Wanting
  Zhang Ling
7–6(5), 6–3
Runner-up 4. 26 July 2010 St. Joseph, United States Hard   Gabriela Paz   Maria Sanchez
  Ellen Tsay
6-4 4-6 4-6
Runner-up 5. 11 September 2010 Cairns, Australia Hard   Tyra Calderwood   Tammi Patterson
  Olivia Rogowska
6–3, 7–6(3)
Runner-up 6. 25 April 2011 Gifu, Japan Hard   Erika Sema   Chan Yung-jan
  Chan Hao-ching
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 7 August 2011 Vancouver, Canada Hard   Jamie Hampton   Kristýna Plíšková
  Karolína Plíšková
5–7, 6–2, [10–2]
Winner 4. 26 March 2012 Phuket, Thailand Hard   Zheng Saisai   Sun Shengnan
  Han Xinyun
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 11 November 2012 Pune, India Hard   Julia Glushko   Nina Bratchikova
  Oksana Kalashnikova
0–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Winner 5. 18 March 2013 Ipswich, Australia Hard   Varatchaya Wongteanchai   Viktorija Rajicic
  Storm Sanders
4-6 6-1 10-8
Runner-up 9. 19 August 2013 Saint Petersburg, Russia Clay   Justyna Jegiołka   Victoria Kan
  Ganna Poznikhirenko
2–6, 0–6
Winner 6. 12 October 2013 Margaret River, Australia Hard   Arina Rodionova   Monique Adamczak
  Tammi Patterson
6–2, 3–6, [10–8]
Runner-up 10. 5 May 2014 Incheon, South Korea Hard   Melis Sezer   Han Na-lae
  Yoo Mi
1–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 20 April 2015 Shenzhen, China Hard   Lu Jiajing   Han Na-lae
  Jang Su-jeong
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 11. 24 October 2015 Brisbane, Australia Hard   Varatchaya Wongteanchai   Lauren Embree
  Asia Muhammad
2–6, 6–4, [9–11]
Winner 8. 10 March 2017 Mildura, Australia Grass   Lu Jiajing   Tessah Andrianjafitrimo
  Shérazad Reix
6–4, 1–6, [10–8]

Performance timelineEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open A A Q2 Q1 A Q1 A A A 0–0
French Open A A Q1 Q1 A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon Q1 1R Q2 Q1 A A A A A 0–1
US Open A A 1R Q1 A Q1 A A 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A 0–0
French Open A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon A A A 1R A A A A A 0–1
US Open A A A A A A A A 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Women's Tennis Association. "Noppawan Lertcheewakarn Bio". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  2. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (5 July 2018). "An Exclusive Club at Wimbledon: Champions as Juniors and Adults". New York Times. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ Chuck Kriese
  4. ^ "Juniors – News Article". ITF Tennis. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Juniors – Player Activity". ITF Tennis. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  6. ^ "WTA | Players | Activity | Noppawan Lertcheewakarn". Sonyericssonwtatour.com. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  7. ^ a b "WTA | Players | Activity | Noppawan Lertcheewakarn". Wtatennis.com. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Success for younger Radwanska in Stanford". 11 July 2012.

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