Sun Tiantian

Sun Tiantian (Chinese: 孙甜甜; pinyin: Sūn Tiántián; Mandarin pronunciation: [swə́n tʰjɛ̌n tʰjɛ̌n]; born 12 October 1981) is a Chinese former professional tennis player. She is most notable for winning the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in women's doubles alongside her compatriot Li Ting.

Sun Tiantian
Country (sports) China
Born (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 38)
Zhengzhou, Henan
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1999
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,019,657
Career record217–156
Career titles1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 77 (19 March 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2006, 2007)
French Open2R (2006)
Wimbledon2R (2004, 2006)
US Open2R (2005)
Career record268–154
Career titles11 WTA, 13 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 16 (22 October 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2007)
French OpenQF (2005)
WimbledonQF (2007)
US Open3R (2005)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2008)
French OpenSF (2007)
Wimbledon3R (2007, 2004)
US Open2R (2006)
Team competitions
Fed Cup16–10

Sun reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 77 in March 2007, winning her only WTA Tour singles title at the 2006 Tashkent Open, and a career-high doubles ranking of No. 16 in October 2007, winning eleven WTA titles and reaching the quarterfinals of three Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments, and winning the mixed doubles event at the 2008 Australian Open alongside Nenad Zimonjić.


In September 2000, Sun won two successive $10k singles titles, a feat she would repeat in June 2001, when she won another two back-to-back.

In 2002, she found repeat success at the next level up, winning two $25k tournaments: firstly in April, at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (beating countrywoman Zheng Jie in the semifinal and Korean Jeon Mi-ra in the final); and then in August at Beijing (beating Zheng Jie in the semifinal again, and Rika Fujiwara in the final).

In 2003, she reached the final of a $50k tournament at Modena despite entering as a lucky loser to countrywoman Yan Zi in the final round of qualifying. Having defeated several high-quality opponents in the forms of Martina Suchá, Maret Ani and Gala León García, she lost in the final against Melinda Czink.

This year, she also gained entry into several WTA tournaments, most notably coming through qualifying at Doha by defeating Yuliana Fedak, Ľubomíra Kurhajcová and María Sánchez Lorenzo, only to lose in the deciding set of her opening round match against Nicole Pratt; and at the US Open after a narrow victory over Selima Sfar, only to lose to Saori Obata at the first hurdle in the main draw. But she finished the year ranked world No. 141.

In 2004, she qualified for the Australian Open after a win over Roberta Vinci, then qualified for Doha for the second year running. She went on to record impressive wins over Eva Birnerová and Sandra Kleinová to qualify for Miami; and over Camille Pin and Mara Santangelo to qualify for Amelia Island, where she also beat Cara Black in the main draw first round. At Wimbledon, she qualified with a win over Barbara Schwartz and won her first-round tie against Tathiana Garbin before succumbing to Anne Kremer in Round Two. At the end of the year, she lost in a tight three-set final in the first $50k Shenzhen tournament to countrywoman Li Na. Her year-end ranking had improved to world No. 118.

Sun also competed in the Summer Olympics, defeating Conchita Martínez and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in the women's tennis doubles final to win a gold medal along with her partner Li Ting.

In 2005, she reached her first WTA singles quarterfinal at Hyderabad, defeating Tamarine Tanasugarn 6–2, 6–1 in the second round before losing a close match against prominent German player Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6–7, 3–6. After several near-misses in qualifying, she again made her mark in August; both at Los Angeles, where she took French star Marion Bartoli to three sets in the second round, and in the US Open, where she qualified with convincing straight-sets wins over Marlene Weingärtner and Ľudmila Cervanová and went on to defeat Samantha Stosur 6–3, 7–6 in the first round of the main draw before succumbing to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain. But her career-best win to date was yet to come the following month at Beijing, where she defeated former world No. 1 player Serena Williams in the second round after an easy first-round victory over Tatiana Panova of Russia, only to be outperformed in her second WTA quarterfinal by rising star Maria Kirilenko. This run of results propelled her to a career-best ranking of world No. 88, but by the close of the year, she had slipped back slightly to world No. 105.

Early in 2006, Sun suffered some extremely tough draws, but fought every inch of the way in tight three-set losses to Amélie Mauresmo in the first round of the Australian Open and Nuria Llagostera Vives in the first round at Gold Coast, only to lose in qualifying for Doha and Dubai.

At the Tashkent Open, Sun fought her way past Iroda Tulyaganova in the final to win the first WTA Tour title of her career and became only the fourth Chinese woman to win a WTA title. On 9 October 2006, she moved to a new career high of world No. 81.

She is one of only two active players (the other is Sybille Bammer of Austria) to have a winning record against Serena Williams. In their only meeting, she defeated Williams 6–2, 7–6 in the round of 16 at Beijing in 2005.

On 27 January 2008, Sun captured her first Grand Slam title when she won the Australian Open mixed doubles crown, partnering with Nenad Zimonjić. The pair defeated Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi in two sets. They won the title with their fifth championship point.

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Mixed doubles: 1 titleEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2008 Australian Open Hard   Nenad Zimonjić   Sania Mirza
  Mahesh Bhupathi
7–6(4), 6–4

Olympic finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 gold medalEdit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 2004 Athens Hard   Li Ting   Conchita Martínez
  Virginia Ruano
6–3, 6–3

WTA Tour career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 titleEdit

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV & V (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 8 October 2006 Tashkent Hard   Iroda Tulyaganova 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 21 (11 titles, 10 runner-ups)Edit

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–1) Premier Mandatory (0–0)
Tier II (1–1) Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier III (6–4) Premier (0–0)
Tier IV & V (4–3) International (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 14 June 2003 Vienna Clay   Li Ting   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 12 October 2003 Tashkent Hard   Li Ting   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Tatiana Poutchek
3–6, 6–7(0)
Winner 2. 2 November 2003 Quebec Hard(i)   Li Ting   Els Callens
  Meilen Tu
6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 9 November 2003 Pattaya Hard   Li Ting   Wynne Prakusya
  Angelique Widjaja
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 22 February 2004 Hyderabad Hard   Li Ting   Liezel Huber
  Sania Mirza
6–7(1), 4–6
Winner 4. 3 October 2004 Guangzhou Hard   Li Ting   Yang Shujing
  Yu Ying
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 12 February 2005 Hyderabad Hard   Li Ting   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
4–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 1 May 2005 Estoril Clay   Li Ting   Michaëlla Krajicek
  Henrieta Nagyová
6–3, 6–1
Winner 6. 12 February 2006 Pattaya Hard   Li Ting   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
3–6, 6–1, 7–6(5)
Runner-up 4. 4 March 2006 Doha Hard   Li Ting   Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 7 May 2006 Estoril Clay   Li Ting   Gisela Dulko
  María Sánchez Lorenzo
6–2, 6–2
Winner 8. 1 October 2006 Guangzhou Hard   Li Ting   Vania King
  Jelena Kostanić Tošić
6–4, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 15 April 2007 Charleston Hard   Peng Shuai   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 26 May 2007 Strasbourg Clay   Alicia Molik   Zheng Jie
  Yan Zi
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 17 June 2007 Birmingham Grass   Meilen Tu   Chuang Chia-jung
  Chan Yung-jan
6–7(3), 3–6
Runner-up 8. 19 October 2007 Guangzhou Hard   Vania King   Peng Shuai
  Yan Zi
6–3, 6–4
Winner 9. 7 October 2007 Tokyo Hard   Yan Zi   Chuang Chia-jung
  Vania King
1–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Winner 10. 14 October 2007 Bangkok Hard   Yan Zi   Ayumi Morita
  Junri Namigata
Winner 11. 9 March 2008 Bangalore Hard   Peng Shuai   Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
6–4, 5–7, [10–8]
Runner-up 9. 21 September 2008 Guangzhou Hard   Yan Zi   Mariya Koryttseva
  Tatiana Poutchek
4–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Runner-up 10. 20 September 2009 Guangzhou Hard   Kimiko Date-Krumm   Olga Govortsova
  Tatiana Poutchek
6–3, 2–6, [8–10]

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