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.
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn at the 2011 US Open
|Born||18 November 1991|
Chiang Mai, Thailand
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|Turned pro||18 June 2009|
|Plays||Right handed (two hands both sides)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 149 (26 September 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 354 (2 July 2017)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (2011)|
|French Open||Q1 (2011, 2012)|
|US Open||1R (2011)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 8 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 97 (15 August 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 472 (2 July 2017)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|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.
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 is currently coached by Chuck Kriese.
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.
Lertcheewakarn started playing her first ITF Circuit events in August 2006.
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.
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
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.
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 .
WTA career finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|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
|7–5, 2–6, [10–5]|
ITF finals (11–20)Edit
|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|
|Winner||1.||26 September 2006||Jakarta, Indonesia||Hard||Varatchaya Wongteanchai|| Lavinia Tananta
Ayu Fani Damayanti
|Winner||2.||19 November 2006||Manila, Philippines||Hard||Varatchaya Wongteanchai|| Kao Shao-yuan
|3–6, 6–3, 7–6(2)|
|Runner-up||1.||17 June 2007||Montemor-O-Novo, Portugal||Hard||Varanya Vijuksanaboon|| Elisa Balsamo
|Runner-up||2.||27 July 2007||Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Napaporn Tongsalee|| Sophia Mulsup
|4–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||3.||24 April 2009||Bol, Croatia||Clay||Martina Borecká|| Michaela Pochabová
|Runner-up||3.||15 May 2010||Tanjung Selor, Indonesia||Hard||Jessy Rompies|| Liu Wanting
|Runner-up||4.||26 July 2010||St. Joseph, United States||Hard||Gabriela Paz|| Maria Sanchez
|6-4 4-6 4-6|
|Runner-up||5.||11 September 2010||Cairns, Australia||Hard||Tyra Calderwood|| Tammi Patterson
|Runner-up||6.||25 April 2011||Gifu, Japan||Hard||Erika Sema|| Chan Yung-jan
|Runner-up||7.||7 August 2011||Vancouver, Canada||Hard||Jamie Hampton|| Kristýna Plíšková
|5–7, 6–2, [10–2]|
|Winner||4.||26 March 2012||Phuket, Thailand||Hard||Zheng Saisai|| Sun Shengnan
|Runner-up||8.||11 November 2012||Pune, India||Hard||Julia Glushko|| Nina Bratchikova
|0–6, 6–4, [8–10]|
|Winner||5.||18 March 2013||Ipswich, Australia||Hard||Varatchaya Wongteanchai|| Viktorija Rajicic
|4-6 6-1 10-8|
|Runner-up||9.||19 August 2013||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Clay||Justyna Jegiołka|| Victoria Kan
|Winner||6.||12 October 2013||Margaret River, Australia||Hard||Arina Rodionova|| Monique Adamczak
|6–2, 3–6, [10–8]|
|Runner-up||10.||5 May 2014||Incheon, South Korea||Hard||Melis Sezer|| Han Na-lae
|Winner||7.||20 April 2015||Shenzhen, China||Hard||Lu Jiajing|| Han Na-lae
|Runner-up||11.||24 October 2015||Brisbane, Australia||Hard||Varatchaya Wongteanchai|| Lauren Embree
|2–6, 6–4, [9–11]|
|Winner||8.||10 March 2017||Mildura, Australia||Grass||Lu Jiajing|| Tessah Andrianjafitrimo
|6–4, 1–6, [10–8]|
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- Rothenberg, Ben (5 July 2018). "An Exclusive Club at Wimbledon: Champions as Juniors and Adults". New York Times. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
- Chuck Kriese
- "Juniors – News Article". ITF Tennis. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
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- "Success for younger Radwanska in Stanford". 11 July 2012.
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