Samantha Smith (tennis)
Samantha "Sam" Smith (born 27 November 1971) is a British former professional tennis player, who was the British ladies' No. 1 from 1996 to 1999. She now commentates on the game, predominantly for the BBC, ITV, Sky Sports, BT Sport and Eurosport, as well as in Australia on the Australian Open which she has been a part of for 11 years with the Seven Network and as of 2019 the Nine Network.
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom|
|Residence||Loughton, Essex, England|
|Born||27 November 1971|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Career titles||3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 55 (22 February 1999)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1999)|
|French Open||1R (1991, 1999)|
|US Open||2R (1997)|
|Career titles||5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 126 (25 June 1990)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (1998)|
|Wimbledon||1R (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)|
Smith was born in Essex and was educated at Bancroft's School. She took three years out of tennis to attend the University of Exeter where she attained an upper second class Honours degree in history.
Smith competed on the WTA Tour from 1990 to 1992 and from 1995 to 2000. Her highest achievement was in reaching the fourth round at the Wimbledon Championships in 1998, when she beat Anne-Gaëlle Sidot, Mariana Díaz Oliva and former champion Conchita Martínez before losing to eventual runner up Nathalie Tauziat. In so doing she picked up an ankle injury that required her to have two operations and spend four months in plaster; this effectively ended her career. She peaked at No. 55 in the WTA rankings before the injury curtailed her climb up the rankings.
At the Australian Open, she competed in the first round of the women's doubles competition in 1992 (with Ilana Berger), and reached the second round in 1999.
At the French Open at Roland Garros, she competed in the first round in 1991 and 1999.
At Wimbledon, she competed eight times and reached the fourth round in 1998.
At the US Open, she competed in the first round in 1998 and reached the second round in 1997.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics she reached the second round.
She won the ITF tournaments at Nottingham in 1995 (singles and doubles) and Frinton-on-Sea in 2000. She represented Britain in the Fed Cup and European Cup in 1991 and from 1996 to 1999. She was unbeaten in her five singles matches in the 1997 Fed Cup.
|Runner-up||1.||24 April 1989||Sutton, United Kingdom||Clay||Kimiko Date||2–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||2 September 1991||Arzachena, Italy||Hard||Katia Piccolini||2–6, 7–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||3.||4 November 1991||Manchester, United Kingdom||Carpet (i)||Amanda Grunfeld||6–4, 4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||2 October 1995||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Abigail Tordoff||6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||4.||10 February 1996||Sunderland, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Raluca Sandu||6–4, 5–7, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||8 February 1999||Rockford, United States||Hard (i)||Miroslava Vavrinec||6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||23 July 2000||Frinton-on-Sea, United Kingdom||Grass||Helen Crook||6–3, 6–0|
|Winner||1.||13 August 1990||Brasília, Brazil||Clay||Sofie Albinus|| Luciana Tella
|7–6(7–2), 4–6, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||11 February 1991||Key Biscayne, United States||Hard||Penny Barg|| Rene Simpson
Hellas ter Riet
|Winner||3.||25 September 1995||Telford, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Jane Wood|| Kaye Hand
|4–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||2 October 1995||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Jane Wood|| Sofia Finér
|Winner||4.||2 August 1998||Salt Lake City, United States||Hard||Mariaan de Swardt|| Liezel Huber
|Runner-up||2.||25 October 1998||Welwyn, United Kingdom||Carpet (i)||Louise Pleming|| Laurence Courtois
|Winner||5.||21 February 1999||Midland, United States||Hard (i)||Liezel Huber|| Kirstin Freye
|7–6(8–6), 0–6, 7–5|