Storm Sanders

Storm Sanders (born 11 August 1994 in Rockingham) is an Australian tennis player.

Storm Sanders
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Country (sports) Australia
Born (1994-08-11) 11 August 1994 (age 26)
Rockingham, Australia
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
PlaysLeft-handed
(two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 401,489
Singles
Career record137–125 (52.3%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 202 (10 February 2014)
Current rankingNo. 276 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2014, 2015, 2016)
French OpenQ1 (2014)
US OpenQ1 (2013)
Doubles
Career record146–104 (58.4%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 63 (9 October 2017)
Current rankingNo. 75 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2016)
French Open1R (2020)
Wimbledon2R (2017)
US Open1R (2020)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2018)
Last updated on: 7 August 2020.

Sanders has won one singles title and twelve doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 10 February 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 202. On 9 October 2017, she peaked at No. 63 in the doubles rankings.

Sanders debuted on the ITF junior circuit in December 2007,[1] and on the senior circuit in November 2008.[2] She won her first professional tournament in February 2013.

Professional careerEdit

2013Edit

Sanders began her year ranked 674 in the world. Her first tournament was the Apia International Sydney, where she received a wildcard into qualifying. She stunned Eugenie Bouchard in the first round in two tiebreak sets, but lost in the second round against Misaki Doi. Sanders then received a wildcard into qualifying at the Australian Open where she lost in the first round against Yuliya Beygelzimer. In February, after failing to qualify for the McDonald's Burnie International, Sanders celebrated a breakthrough victory, winning the $25,000 Launceston Tennis International tournament.[3][4] She won through both, the qualifying and main draws, without dropping a set. She also achieved the rare feat of defeating the top seeds in both the qualifying draw (Mari Tanaka) and the main draw (Olivia Rogowska) en route to victory. Sanders reached the top 500 in the WTA rankings for the first time after the tournament win. A month later, she reached the final of the $25,000 event in Ipswich, Queensland, losing to Jelena Pandžić in three sets.[5]

In July, together with her British partner Naomi Broady, Sanders won the $50,000 Gold River Women's Challenger, defeating Robin Anderson and Lauren Embree in straight sets.[6]

In US Open qualifying, Sanders lost in the first round to Uzbekistan's Nigina Abduraimova.[7]

2014Edit

Sanders began the season at the Brisbane International, after receiving a wild card into qualifying. She opened with a three set win over Irina-Camelia Begu.[8] Although taking the opening set, Sanders lost against third seed Hsieh Su-wei in three sets in the second round.

The following week, Sanders was awarded a wild card to the main draw of the Hobart International. A first-round win over Peng Shuai[9] saw her match up with second seed Kirsten Flipkens in the second round. Pushing the top-20 ranked Belgian to the brink, Sanders lost in a tough three set match, lasting over two and a half hours.[10] Despite the close loss, it was announced that Sanders had been given a wildcard into the singles main draw of the Australian Open,[11] having been given wild cards for the doubles draw the previous two years. She played Camila Giorgi in round one, losing on her Grand Slam singles debut in three sets.[12] She also lost in the first round of women's and mixed doubles.

2015Edit

Given a wild card for the Hobart International,[13] Sanders lost in round one to Camila Giorgi in three sets. She was then given a wild card for the Australian Open, but lost at the first stage again, this time to world No. 46 Klára Koukalová in straight sets.[14]

2016Edit

In July, she qualified for the Jiangxi International - the first time Sanders has come through qualifying at a WTA-level event.[15]

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Elite Trophy (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–3)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2017 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom International Grass   Monique Adamczak   Jocelyn Rae
  Laura Robson
6–4, 4–6, [10–4]
Loss 1–1 Sep 2017 Japan Women's Open, Japan International Hard   Monique Adamczak   Shuko Aoyama
  Yang Zhaoxuan
0–6, 6–2, [5–10]
Loss 1–2 Sep 2017 Guangzhou Open, China International Hard   Monique Adamczak   Elise Mertens
  Demi Schuurs
2–6, 3–6
Win 2–2 Feb 2020 Hua Hin Championships, Thailand International Hard   Arina Rodionova   Barbara Haas
  Ellen Perez
6–3, 6–3
Loss 2–3 Sep 2020 İstanbul Cup, Turkey International Clay   Ellen Perez   Alexa Guarachi
  Desirae Krawczyk
1–6, 3–6

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

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

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Feb 2013 Launceston International, Australia 25,000 Hard   Shuko Aoyama 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Mar 2013 ITF Ipswich, Australia 25,000 Hard   Jelena Pandžić 5–7, 6–2, 2–6
Loss 1–2 Sep 2015 ITF Tweed Heads, Australia 15,000 Hard   Dalma Gálfi 2–6, 6–3, 1–6
Win 2–2 Nov 2019 Playford International, Australia 60,000 Hard   Lizette Cabrera 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 20 (12 titles, 8 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (8–7)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 2011 ITF Landisville, United States 10,000 Hard   Brooke Rischbieth   Hsu Chieh-yu
  Nicola Slater
5–7, 3–6
Loss 0–2 May 2011 ITF Sumter, United States 10,000 Hard   Ebony Panoho   Bojana Bobusic
  Nicola Slater
6–4, 5–7, [6–10]
Loss 0–3 Sep 2011 ITF Alice Springs, Australia 25,000 Hard   Brooke Rischbieth   Maria Fernanda Alves
  Samantha Murray
6–3, 5–7, [3–10]
Loss 0–4 Nov 2011 Bendigo International, Australia 25,000 Hard   Samantha Murray   Stephanie Bengson
  Tyra Calderwood
6–2, 1–6, [5–10]
Loss 0–5 Mar 2013 ITF Ipswich, Australia 25,000 Hard   Viktorija Rajicic   Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
  Varatchaya Wongteanchai
6–4, 1–6, [8–10]
Win 1–5 Jul 2013 Gold River Challenger, United States 50,000 Hard   Naomi Broady   Robin Anderson
  Lauren Embree
6–3, 6–4
Win 2–5 Jan 2014 Burnie International, Australia 50,000 Hard   Jarmila Gajdošová   Eri Hozumi
  Miki Miyamura
6–4, 6–4
Win 3–5 Jul 2014 ITF Sacramento, United States 50,000 Hard   Daria Gavrilova   Maria Sanchez
  Zoe Gwen Scandalis
6–2, 6–1
Loss 3–6 Jun 2015 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard   Chanel Simmonds   Samantha Crawford
  Emily Harman
6–7(4–7), 1–6
Win 4–6 Jul 2015 Challenger de Granby, Canada 50,000 Hard   Jessica Moore   Laura Robson
  Erin Routliffe
7–5, 6–2
Win 5–6 Oct 2015 ITF Cairns, Australia 25,000 Hard   Jessica Moore   Jennifer Elie
  Asia Muhammad
6–0, 6–3
Loss 5–7 Jun 2016 Ilkley Trophy, United Kingdom 50,000 Grass   An-Sophie Mestach   Yang Zhaoxuan
  Zhang Kailin
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 6–7 Oct 2016 Canberra International, Australia 50,000 Hard   Jessica Moore   Alison Bai
  Lizette Cabrera
6–3, 6–4
Win 7–7 May 2017 Wiesbaden Open, Germany 25,000 Clay   Vivian Heisen   Diāna Marcinkēviča
  Rebeka Masarova
7–5, 5–7, [10–8]
Win 8–7 Jun 2017 Surbiton Trophy, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass   Monique Adamczak   Chang Kai-chen
  Marina Erakovic
7–5, 6–4
Loss 8–8 Mar 2019 ITF Mildura, Australia 25,000 Grass   Olivia Rogowska   Alana Parnaby
  Alicia Smith
6–4, 3–6, [8–10]
Win 9–8 May 2019 ITF Rome, Italy 25,000 Clay   Arina Rodionova   Gabriela Ce
  Cristina Dinu
6–2, 6–3
Win 10–8 May 2019 Internacional de Solgironès, Spain 60,000 Clay   Arina Rodionova   Dalma Galfi
  Georgina Garcia-Perez
6–4, 6–4
Win 11–8 Nov 2019 Playford International, Australia 60,000 Hard   Asia Muhammad   Naiktha Bains
  Tereza Mihalíková
6–3, 6–4
Win 12–8 Jan 2020 ITF Burnie, Australia (2) 60,000 Hard   Ellen Perez   Desirae Krawczyk
  Asia Muhammad
6–3, 6–2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Storm Sanders". www.itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation.
  2. ^ Storm Sanders at the International Tennis Federation
  3. ^ "Sanders' barn-storming victory". The Examiner. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  4. ^ Trollope, Matt (24 November 2013). "Storm Sanders: back in the game". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  5. ^ Richards, Matt (25 March 2013). "Ebelthite, Pandzic claim Ipswich titles". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Walker Returns after Summer Travels with USTA Collegiate Team". Memphis Tigers. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  7. ^ McGowan, Marc (5 November 2013). "This teenager is taking the tennis world by Storm". acelandtennis.com.au. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  8. ^ Malone, Paul; Stannard, Damien (27 December 2013). "Ashley Barty, Storm Sanders, Jarmila Gajdosova win Brisbane qualifying matches". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Australian teenager Storm Sanders scores big upset win in Hobart". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  10. ^ Beniuk, David (8 January 2014). "Storm pushes Hobart seed to brink". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Eight Australians handed final wildcard entries into Australian Open main draw". ABC. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  12. ^ Salvado, John (14 January 2014). "Storm Sanders beaten at Australian Open". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Storm Sanders secures last Hobart wildcard". Tennis. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  14. ^ O'Donoghue, Craig (19 January 2015). "Open experience ends for West Aussie". The West Australian. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Aussies in action: Kyrgios seeded second in Atlanta". Tennis Australia. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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