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Sun Shengnan (Chinese: 孙胜男; pinyin: Sūn Shèngnán; Mandarin pronunciation: [swə́n ʂə̂ŋ nǎn]; born 21 January 1987) is a Chinese female tennis player. Her highest WTA singles ranking is 233rd, which she reached on May 28, 2007.[1] Her career high in doubles is 50th, which she reached on September 17, 2007.[1]

Sun Shengnan
孙胜男
Country (sports) China
ResidenceBeijing, China
Born (1987-01-21) January 21, 1987 (age 32)
Beijing, China
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2002
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$289,473
Singles
Career record205–166
Career titles0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 216 (April 4, 2011)
Grand Slam Singles results
US OpenQ2 (2007)
Doubles
Career record256–158
Career titles1 WTA, 26 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 50 (September 17, 2007)
Current rankingNo. 664 (September 15, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2007)
French Open2R (2007)
Wimbledon1R (2007, 2008)
US Open1R (2007)
Last updated on: September 15, 2014.

By March 2006, Sun had won two ITF singles titles and risen to No. 320 in the WTA Tour rankings, and had earned herself a reputation as 'one to watch', having shown plenty of recent promise of further improvement in the preceding year.

CareerEdit

Sun Shengnan began competing on the ITF circuit at the age of fifteen in May 2002.[1] Over the next few months, she won seven matches (mostly in qualifying draws) and lost just five. However, she did not compete again for a whole year after the beginning of August, and thus gained for herself only a lowly end-of-year foothold on the world ranking list at #1031.

When August finally came around again in 2003, she returned to competition as a sixteen-year-old at ITF events; and that October she reached the quarter-final of a $25,000 tournament at Beijing after being awarded a wildcard entry into the main draw, before losing to Yuka Yoshida. She finished the year with a 5–5 win-loss record after just a few events played. The record of her year-end ranking seems to have been lost by the WTA, but it was undoubtedly an improvement on her 2002 outcome thanks to the quarter-final finish at Beijing.

2004 was another moderate year for Sun, as she won six matches and lost seven, her best finish again coming at October's $25,000 tournament at Beijing, where she repeated her previous year's performance in reaching the quarter-final, this time losing to high-ranked countrywoman Zheng Jie. She finished the year world-ranked 588, which logically should have been similar to her previous year's finish.

But it was to be in 2005 that the Chinese teenager would first break through to greater results, including two tournament wins. In February, she reached her career-first semi-final in the $10,000 tournament at Melilla. In April, she won the $10,000 event at Wuhan. Then in May, she won another $10,000 title at Ahmedabad. In August, she reached the final of a $25,000 fixture at Wuxi, losing to Miho Saeki of Japan. Then in September, she qualified for her first WTA Tour event at Guangzhou with an impressive three-set victory over the young Croat prospect Ivana Lisjak, but lost in the first round of the main draw to Alina Jidkova of Russia. At the end of the year, her world ranking had leapt up to 336.

In January 2006, she suffered a few early losses, but picked up enough points in qualifying rounds to improve to a career-best ranking of 311 early in February. Then she defended but did not improve upon her previous year's semi-final performance at Melilla.

With youth still very much on her side, the 19-year-old appeared to be one of China's hottest next-generation prospects for advancement into the world's Top 150. But after rising to a career high of No. 233 in May 2007, a dismal run of early losses over the summer and Autumn that year caused her ranking to slip back to No. 400 by the beginning of December the same year before a quarterfinal result at a $75,000 tournament that month revived it to around 350 at the close of the year.

She then started the year off in 2011, making the semifinals in the $50,000 event at Quanzhou moving her rankings up to World No. 248 where she currently stands.

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 3 (1–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1. 13 May 2007 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Ji Chunmei   Petra Cetkovská
  Andrea Hlaváčková
6–7(7–9), 2–6
Winner 1. 16 September 2007 Bali, Indonesia Hard   Ji Chunmei   Jill Craybas
  Natalie Grandin
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 13 February 2011 Pattaya City, Thailand Hard   Zheng Jie   Sara Errani
  Roberta Vinci
6–3, 3–6, [5–10]

ITF Circuit FinalsEdit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 8 (6–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. April 5, 2005 Wuhan, China Hard   Liang Chen 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 2. May 9, 2005 Ahmedabad, India Hard   Ankita Bhambri 6–2, 6–2
Runner–up 1. August 9, 2005 Wuxi, China Hard   Miho Saeki 6–2, 7–6(7–1)
Winner 3. April 28, 2006 Guangzhou, China Hard   Yurika Sema 6–2, 6–4
Winner 4. June 22, 2009 Qianshan, China Hard   Han Xinyun 6–1, 6–4
Winner 5. August 17, 2009 Pingguo, China Hard   Zhou Yimiao 6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. August 24, 2009 Qianshan, China Hard   Liang Chen 6–3, 6–3
Runner–up 2. April 26, 2010 Gifu, Japan Clay   Karolína Plíšková 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles: 43 (26–17)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 27 February 2005 Melilla, Spain Hard   Yang Shujing   Sara Errani
  María José Martínez Sánchez
7–6(7–2), 0–6, 5–7
Runner–up 2. 29 May 2005 Shanghai, China Hard   Liu Wanting   Chuang Chia-Jung
  Remi Tezuka
6–4, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 26 February 2006 Melilla, Spain Hard   Liu Wanting   Sara del Barrio Aragón
  Sabrina Méndez Domínguez
6–4, 6–0
Winner 4. 4 June 2006 Tianjin, China Hard   Ji Chunmei   Chan Chin-wei
  Chen Yi
3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–1
Runner–up 5. 23 July 2006 Chongqing, China Hard   Ji Chunmei   Ren Jing
  Zhang Shuai
4–6, 3–6
Runner–up 6. 27 August 2006 Nanjing, China Hard   Ji Chunmei   Chuang Chia-jung
  Xie Yanze
1–6, 6–7(13–11)
Winner 7. 29 October 2006 Beijing, China Hard (i)   Ji Chunmei   Marina Erakovic
  Raquel Kops-Jones
6–2, 6–2
Winner 8. 5 November 2006 Shanghai, China Hard   Ji Chunmei   Akgul Amanmuradova
  Iroda Tulyaganova
6–4, 7–5
Winner 9. 14 October 2007 Beijing, China Hard   Ji Chunmei   Liang Chen
  Zhao Yijing
6–2, 6–3
Winner 10. 11 November 2007 Taizhou, China Hard   Ji Chunmei   Huang Lei
  Zhang Shuai
7–6(7–5), 1–6, [13–11]
Runner-up 11. 2 December 2007 Xiamen, China Hard   Ji Chunmei   Han Xinyun
  Xu Yifan
4–6, 5–7
Winner 12. 14 March 2008 New Delhi, İndia Hard   Ji Chunmei   Sunitha Rao
  Aurélie Védy
2–6, 6–2, [10–4]
Runner-up 13. 21 November 2008 Kolkata, İndia Hard   Lu Jingjing   Laura Siegemund
  Ágnes Szatmári
5–7, 3–6
Winner 14. 13 February 2009 Mildura, Australia Grass   Lu Jingjing   Han Xinyun
  Ji Chunmei
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 15. 21 February 2009 Guangzhou, China Hard   Han Xinyun   Ji Chunmei
  Liang Chen
7–6(9–7), 2–6, [3–10]
Winner 16. 8 March 2009 Lyon, France Hard (i)   Lu Jingjing   Pemra Özgen
  Zhang Shuai
6–4, 7–5
Winner 17. 14 March 2009 Las Palmas, Spain Hard   Lu Jingjing   Yana Buchina
  Taja Mohorcic
6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Winner 18. 21 March 2009 Tenerife, Spain Hard   Zhang Shuai   Paula Fondevila Castro
  Laura Thorpe
6–1, 6–2
Winner 19. 27 March 2009 La Palma, Spain Hard   Lu Jingjing   Eleni Daniilidou
  Jasmin Wöhr
6–2, 5–7, [10–5]
Winner 20. 17 May 2009 Kurume, Japan Carpet   Lu Jingjing   Chang Kai-chen
  Ayaka Maekawa
6–3, 6–2
Winner 21. 24 May 2009 Incheon, Korea Hard   Lu Jingjing   Han Xinyun
  Ji Chunmei
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 22. 31 May 2009 Goyang, Korea Hard   Lu Jingjing   Yayuk Basuki
  Romana Tedjakusuma
6–7(5), 3–6 [8–10]
Runner-up 23. 7 June 2009 Gimhae, Korea Hard   Liang Chen   Yayuk Basuki
  Romana Tedjakusuma
5–7, 1–6
Winner 24. 27 June 2009 Qianshan, China Hard   Zhou Yimiao   Han Xinyun
  Ying Qian
6–2, 6–4
Winner 25. 3 July 2009 Xiamen, China Hard   Lu Jingjing   Han Xinyun
  Kao Shao-yuan
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 26. 21 August 2009 Pingguo, China Hard   Lu Jingjing   Chan Chin-wei
  Hwang I-hsuan
6–3, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 27. 28 August 2009 Qianshan, China Hard   Liang Chen   Alison Bai
  Sacha Jones
6–2, 6–4
Winner 28. 10 May 2010 Kurume, Japan Clay   Xu Yifan   Karolína Plíšková
  Kristýna Plíšková
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 29. 17 May 2010 Karuizawa, Japan Clay   Xu Yifan   Ayumi Oka
  Akiko Yonemura
6–7, 3–6
Winner 30. 2 August 2010 Beijing, China Hard   Zhang Shuai   Ji Chunmei
  Liu Wanting
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Runner–up 31. 14 August 2010 Tallinn, Estonia Hard   Lu Jingjing   Emma Laine
  Melanie South
3–6, 4–6
Winner 32. 3 January 2011 Quanzhou, China Hard   Liu Wanting   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Oksana Kalashnikova
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 33. 10 January 2011 Pingguo, China Hard   Liu Wanting   Shuko Aoyama
  Rika Fujiwara
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 34. 23 May 2011 Grado, Italy Clay   Liu Wanting   María Irigoyen
  Ekaterina Lopes
3–6, 0–6
Winner 35. 16 July 2011 Granby, Canada Hard   Sharon Fichman   Viktoriya Kisialeva
  Nathalia Rossi
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 36. 26 March 2012 Phuket, Thailand Hard   Han Xinyun   Noppawan Lertcheewakarn
  Zheng Saisai
3–6, 3–6
Winner 37. 14 May 2012 Kurume, Japan Clay   Han Xinyun   Ksenia Lykina
  Melanie South
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 38. 28 May 2012 Gimcheon, Korea Hard   Liang Chen   Hu Yueyue
  Xu Yifan
0–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Winner 39. 18 June 2012 Goyang, Korea Hard   Liu Wanting   Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–7(7–1), 6–3, [10–7]
Winner 40. 25 June 2012 Incheon, Korea Hard   Liang Chen   Kim Ji-young
  Yoo Mi
6–3, 6–2
Winner 41. 30 July 2012 Beijing, China Hard   Liu Wanting   Chan Chin-wei
  Han Xinyun
5–7, 6–0, [10–7]
Runner-up 42. 3 January 2013 Quanzhou, China Hard   Liang Chen   Irina Buryachok
  Nadiia Kichenok
6–3, 3–6, [10–12]
Winner 43. 24 June 2013 Huzhu, China Hard   Chan Chin-wei   Liu Chang
  Zhou Yimiao
6–4, 6–3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Sun Shengnan stats on WTA official site". WTA. Retrieved 26 February 2010.

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