Rebecca Llewellyn

Rebecca Llewellyn (born 5 October 1985) is a retired tennis player from Wales.

Rebecca Llewellyn
Country (sports) United Kingdom
 Wales
ResidenceWelwyn, England
Born (1985-10-05) 5 October 1985 (age 35)
Cardiff, Wales
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned proSeptember 2003
RetiredSeptember 2007
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$58,304
Singles
Career record97–108
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 280 (28 August 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon1R (2005)
Doubles
Career record58–45
Career titles7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 309 (23 April 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2005, 2006)

In her career, she won one title in singles and seven in doubles on the ITF Women's Circuit. She reached career-high rankings of world No. 280 in singles and No. 309 in doubles. She has not competed professionally since 2007.

CareerEdit

Playing styleEdit

Rebecca began playing tennis aged seven in school. In 2003, she graduated from Haileybury High School.[1]

She played right-handed and cited her favourite shots as the backhand and the volley. Her preferred playing surfaces were grass and clay.[1]

Junior years (1999–2003)Edit

Llewellyn played her first match on the junior ITF circuit in February 1999 and her last in June 2003 in the Junior Wimbledon Championships. Her best performances in singles came when she reached two semifinals of lower-tier junior events in 2000. She also reached the quarterfinals in one other event. In terms of Grand Slam success, her best singles result came at Wimbledon in 2000 when she won two matches to qualify and then went on to reach the second round. By the end of her junior career, she ended with a singles win-loss record of 11–14 and a career-high ranking of world No. 234 (achieved 25 June 2001).[2]

As a junior doubles player she was a runner-up on one occasion. She was also a doubles semifinalist on another occasion. Rebecca competed in doubles at a Grand Slam only once, at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, where she and compatriot Katie O'Brien were knocked out in round one. She ended her junior career with a win-loss record of 5–7 in doubles and a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 410 (achieved 16 April 2001).[2]

Professional yearsEdit

Llewellyn took part in the 2005 Wimbledon Championships, but lost 0–6, 1–6 to the fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. In doing so, she became the first player from Wales to compete in singles since Sarah Loosemore in 1992.[3] She also competed in the doubles event at the 2005 and the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, losing in the first round each time.[4][5]

ITF Circuit titles (8)Edit

Singles (1)Edit

No. Date Location Category Surface Opponent Score
1. 23 May 2005 Oxford, England $10,000 Grass   Surina De Beer 0–6, 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (7)Edit

No. Date Location Category Surface Partners Opponents Scores
1. 26 January 2004 Tipton, England $10,000 Hard   Melanie South   Klaudia Jans
  Alicja Rosolska
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
2. 7 April 2005 Bath, England $10,000 Hard   Anna Hawkins   Vanessa Pinto
  Verdiana Verardi
3–6, 6–1, 6–4
3. 4 May 2005 Edinburgh, Scotland $10,000 Clay   Melanie South   Leonie Mekel
  Bibiane Schoofs
6–0, 3–6, 6–3
4. 23 May 2005 Oxford, England $10,000 Grass   Anna Hawkins   Melissa Berry
  Holly Richards
6–1, 6–4
5. 3 August 2005 Wrexham, Wales $10,000 Hard   Anna Smith   Rushmi Chakravarthi
  Paula Marama
6–3, 7–5
6. 2 October 2006 Nantes, France $25,000 Hard   Melanie South   Sabine Lisicki
  Irena Pavlovic
6–2, 6–0
7. 20 July 2007 Frinton, England $10,000 Grass   Elizabeth Thomas   Samantha Murray
  Alexis Prousis
3–6, 7–5, 6–2

ITF runner-ups (4)Edit

Singles (1)Edit

No. Date Location Category Surface Opponent Score
1. 15 February 2005 Portimão, Portugal $10,000 Hard   Lucia Jimenez Almendros 6–7(6–8), 4–6

Doubles (3)Edit

No. Date Location Category Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 26 July 2004 Dublin, Ireland $10,000 Carpet   Lizaan du Plessis   Yvonne Doyle
  Karen Nugent
4–6, 6–3, 2–6
2. 10 March 2005 Sunderland, England $10,000 Hard   Lizaan du Plessis   Verena Amesbauer
  Veronika Chvojková
3–6, 4–6
3. 10 July 2007 Felixstowe, England $25,000 Grass   Jade Curtis   Karen Paterson
  Melanie South
3–6, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rebecca Llewellyn at the Women's Tennis Association
  2. ^ a b "Rebecca Llewellyn". www.itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation.
  3. ^ "Llewellyn plans pioneering role". BBC. 21 June 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Llewellyn upbeat despite defeat". BBC. 23 June 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Llewellyn to learn from SW19 loss". BBC. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2010.

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