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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 25)
Rockingham, Australia
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (double-handed backhand)
Prize money$285,274
Singles
Career record119–120
Career titles1 ITF
Highest ranking202 (10 February 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2014, 2015, 2016)
French OpenQ1 (2014)
US OpenQ1 (2013)
Doubles
Career record109–77
Career titles1 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest ranking63 (9 October 2017)
Current ranking840 (14 January 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2016)
Wimbledon2R (2017)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2018)
Last updated on: 16 January 2019.

Sanders has won one singles title and eight 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 tour in December 2007,[1] and on the senior tour 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 wildcard 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 wildcard 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 wildcards for the doubles draw the previous two years. She played Italian 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 wildcard for the Hobart International,[13] Sanders lost in round one to Camila Giorgi in three sets. Sanders was then given a wildcard 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. This is the first time Sanders has successfully come through qualifying at a WTA-level event.[15]

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Legend
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Elite Trophy (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 June 2017 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom Grass   Monique Adamczak   Jocelyn Rae
  Laura Robson
6–4, 4–6, [10–4]
Runner-up 1. 16 September 2017 Japan Women's Open, Tokyo Hard   Monique Adamczak   Shuko Aoyama
  Yang Zhaoxuan
0–6, 6–2, [5–10]
Runner-up 2. 23 September 2017 Guangzhou Open, China Hard   Monique Adamczak   Elise Mertens
  Demi Schuurs
2–6, 3–6

ITF finals (9–9)Edit

Singles (1–2)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 4 February 2013 Launceston, Australia Hard   Shuko Aoyama 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 18 March 2013 Ipswich, Australia Hard   Jelena Pandžić 5–7, 6–2, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 28 September 2015 Tweed Heads, Australia Hard   Dalma Gálfi 2–6, 6–3, 1–6

Doubles (10–8)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (7–6)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 16 May 2011 Landisville, United States Hard   Brooke Rischbieth   Hsu Chieh-yu
  Nicola Slater
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 23 May 2011 Sumter, United States Hard   Ebony Panoho   Bojana Bobusic
  Nicola Slater
6–4, 5–7, [6–10]
Runner-up 3. 5 September 2011 Alice Springs, Australia Hard   Brooke Rischbieth   Maria Fernanda Alves
  Samantha Murray
6–3, 5–7, [3–10]
Runner-up 4. 21 November 2011 Bendigo, Australia Hard   Samantha Murray   Stephanie Bengson
  Tyra Calderwood
6–2, 1–6, [5–10]
Runner-up 5. 18 March 2013 Ipswich, Australia Hard   Viktorija Rajicic   Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
  Varatchaya Wongteanchai
6–4, 1–6, [8–10]
Winner 1. 1 July 2013 Sacramento, United States Hard   Naomi Broady   Robin Anderson
  Lauren Embree
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 27 January 2014 Burnie, Australia Hard   Jarmila Gajdošová   Eri Hozumi
  Miki Miyamura
6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. 7 July 2014 Sacramento, United States Hard   Daria Gavrilova   Maria Sanchez
  Zoe Gwen Scandalis
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 22 June 2015 Baton Rouge, United States Hard   Chanel Simmonds   Samantha Crawford
  Emily Harman
6–7(4–7), 1–6
Winner 4. 20 July 2015 Granby, Canada Hard   Jessica Moore   Laura Robson
  Erin Routliffe
7–5, 6–2
Winner 5. 5 October 2015 Cairns, Australia Hard   Jessica Moore   Jennifer Elie
  Asia Muhammad
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 13 June 2016 Ilkley, United Kingdom Grass   An-Sophie Mestach   Yang Zhaoxuan
  Zhang Kailin
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 6. 31 October 2016 Canberra, Australia Hard   Jessica Moore   Alison Bai
  Lizette Cabrera
6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 6 May 2017 Wiesbaden, Germany Clay   Vivian Heisen   Diāna Marcinkēviča
  Rebeka Masarova
7–5, 5–7, [10–8]
Winner 8. 10 June 2017 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass   Monique Adamczak   Chang Kai-chen
  Marina Erakovic
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 9 March 2019 Mildura, Australia Hard   Olivia Rogowska   Alana Parnaby
  Alicia Smith
6–4, 3–6, [8–10]
Winner 9. 11 May 2019 Rome, Italy Clay   Arina Rodionova   Gabriela Ce
  Cristina Dinu
6–2, 6–3
Winner 10. 18 May 2019 La Bisbal D'Emporda, Spain Clay   Arina Rodionova   Dalma Galfi
  Georgina Garcia-Perez
6–4, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Storm Sanders at the International Tennis Federation – Junior profile
  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". Daily Mail. 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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