Anna Fitzpatrick

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Anna Fitzpatrick
Country (sports)  Great Britain
Residence Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Born (1989-04-06) 6 April 1989 (age 27)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 2005
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $96,813
Singles
Career record 163–154
Career titles 0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 318 (16 June 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon Q2 (2007)
Doubles
Career record 155–125
Career titles 0 WTA, 19 ITF
Highest ranking No. 215 (12 May 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (2007, 2008)

Anna Fitzpatrick (born 6 April 1989) is a professional British tennis player.

Personal life[edit]

Fitzpatrick attended St Thomas of Canterbury, Sheffield St Mary's Roman Catholic High School, Chesterfield and Woodhouse Grove School, in Apperley Bridge, City of Bradford. She has three older brothers named Chris, Peter and Michael, who are all keen tennis players themselves and who are very supportive of their sister. Growing up, she played her tennis at Beauchief Tennis Club and at Graves Tennis Centre. She enjoys learning languages, scuba-diving, reading and music, especially Rihanna and Beyoncé. She also enjoys reading and watching Harry Potter. Within the tennis world, she admires Roger Federer, Pat Rafter and Mansour Bahrami.[1][2][3][4]

Playing style[edit]

Anna likes to play aggressively, coming to the net as often as possible. When at the back of the court she is always looking for opportunities to attack and often tries to serve and volley to change the pace of the match. According to Anna, her volley is "what [her] whole game is built on"[5] and her least favourite surface is clay.[2]

Career[edit]

Junior (2003–2007)[edit]

Anna's first match on the junior ITF circuit came in July 2003 and her last in June 2007. During her four-year junior tennis career, she did not reach any tournament finals but reached the semi-finals of three tournaments, one of which was the 2007 Wimbledon girls' tournament where she lost to eventual champion, Urszula Radwańska, 6–7(3) 3–6. She also lost in the quarterfinals of a total of five tournaments. Her win-loss record for singles competition was 25–26.[6]

As a junior doubles competitor, Fitzpatrick won one tournament (partnering Jade Curtis) and was a runner-up in another. She was also a semi-finalist four times and lost in the quarterfinals in nine tournaments. One of the tournaments in which Anna became a quarterfinalist was in the 2007 Wimbledon girls' doubles tournament with Jade Curtis. She ended her junior career with a doubles win-loss record of 27–28. Her career-high combined singles and doubles ranking was world No.180 (achieved 9 July 2007).[6]

2004–2006[edit]

Anna Fitzpatrick played her first professional match on the adult ITF circuit in September 2004 when she attempted to qualify for the $10,000 event in Manchester. She lost in the second round of qualifying. Her only other tournament during 2004 was the $10,000 ITF in Bolton where she also lost in round two of qualifying. She finished 2004 without a world ranking.[7]

2005 saw Anna play in a total of eleven ITF tournaments. She lost in round two in two tournaments, the first round in three and the qualifying stages a total of six times. Her very first year-end ranking was world No.1102.[7]

In 2006, Fitzpatrick made very little progress on the ITF circuit until August when she won her first ever ITF title in the $10,000 event in Ilkley without losing a set in the entire tournament. She beat fellow British teen, Anna Smith, in the final, 6–4 6–3. She carried this momentum over into her next tournament (Wrexham $10,000) where she reached the semi-finals and she also made a run into the final of her next tournament, the $10,000 ITF in London. She was beaten by Nadja Roma, 3–6 3–6, in the final. She finished the season with her ranking at world No.676.[7]

2007[edit]

In March 2007, Anna reached the third ITF singles final of her career in Sunderland $10,000 where she lost to Gaelle Widmer in straight sets, 4–6 1–6. In April she became a quarterfinalist in the $10,000 event in Bath and one month later she lost in the quarterfinals of a $25,000 event in Antalya as a qualifier. June saw Fitzpatrick make her debut on the WTA tour when she was given a wild card into the qualifying draw of the DFS Classic. She faced American, Lilia Osterloh, in the first round and was unable to capitalise on her one set lead, eventually losing, 7–5 3–6 1–6.

Nevertheless, she earned a wild card into the qualifying event for Wimbledon one week later by winning two matches in the LTA wild card play-offs. She managed to beat Junri Namigata, a player ranked 278 places above her, in the first round of the qualifying tournament with a score of 7–5 6–0. The No.8 seed in the qualifying tournament, Mathilde Johansson, proved too much for Fitzpatrick in round two and Anna lost, 1–6 2–6.[1] In July, Anna reached the semi-finals of a $10,000 event in Calgary (where she won the doubles tournament to give her the first doubles title of her career) and in September she reached the semi-finals of another $10,000 ITF, this one in Nottingham. She did not pass the second round in any other ITF tournaments that season and finished the year with a ranking of world No.383.[7]

2008[edit]

In April 2008, Fitzpatrick reached her first ITF quarterfinal of the year in Toluca, a $10,000 tournament. Just two weeks later she reached her second of the year, this one in Irapuato $25,000. In June, the first of four consecutive wild cards allowed her direct entry into the main draw of the $50,000 ITF event in Surbiton where she lost to Georgie Stoop in round one. Her second wild card of June entered her into the main draw of the DFS Classic, a tier III tournament. She was beaten by Melanie South, 4–6 4–6, in round one. Wild card number three allowed her access into the qualifying draw of the International Women's Open where world No.62, Ekaterina Makarova, beat her in straight sets, 6–7(4) 3–6. Her fourth of four consecutive wild cards gave her entry into the qualifying draw of Wimbledon where she was beaten by Yuliana Fedak from Ukraine. In early August, Anna injured her foot while playing in an ITF in Portugal. The injury turned out to be a stress fracture in her left foot and it put her out of action for the rest of the season and as a result, she ended the season ranked world No.424.[7]

2009[edit]

Fitzpatrick returned to the ITF circuit in March 2009. In her very first tournament since injuring her foot, Anna partnered Stefania Boffa to win the title at the $10,000 ITF in Bath. She and Boffa again joined forced in Anna's next tournament, the $25,000 ITF in Jersey, where they reached the semi-finals. She made her first real impact in singles in July when she reached a $10,000 ITF quarterfinal before immediately going on to reach the final of another $10,000 ITF. She beat the fourth, fifth and sixth seeds before losing to Heather Watson, 6–4 4–6 2–6, in the final. In August, Anna played her final tournament of 2009 (a $10,000 ITF in London) where she was beaten by compatriot, Jocelyn Rae, in the semi-finals. During this tournament, her foot injury worsened once again and forced her out until March/April 2010. As a result of this, Anna's year-end singles ranking for 2009 was world No.761.[7]

ITF circuit finals[edit]

Singles (3–4)[edit]

Finals by category
$100,000 tournaments (0/0)
$75,000 tournaments (0/0)
$50,000 tournaments (0/0)
$25,000 tournaments (0/0)
$15,000 tournaments (0/0)
$10,000 tournaments (3/4)
Finals by surface
Hard (2/3)
Clay (0/0)
Grass (1/1)
Carpet (0/0)
Result Date Category Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1 August 2006 ITF $10,000 Ilkley, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Anna Smith 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 22 August 2006 ITF $10,000 Cumberland, United Kingdom Hard Sweden Nadja Roma 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14 March 2007 ITF $10,000 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard (i) Switzerland Gaelle Widmer 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 14 July 2009 ITF $10,000 Frinton, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Heather Watson 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 3 November 2010 ITF $10,000 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Samantha Murray 6–2, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 10 November 2010 ITF $10,000 Loughborough, United Kingdom Hard (i) Switzerland Lara Michel 2–6, 2–6
Winner 19 January 2011 ITF $10,000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Jade Windley 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 7–5

Doubles (19–13)[edit]

Finals by category
$100,000 tournaments (0/0)
$75,000 tournaments (0/0)
$50,000 tournaments (0/0)
$25,000 tournaments (5/3)
$15,000 tournaments (0/0)
$10,000 tournaments (14/10)
Finals by surface
Hard (18/10)
Clay (1/1)
Grass (0/2)
Carpet (0/0)
Result Date Category Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Runner-up 2 August 2006 ITF $10,000 Ilkley, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Joanna Craven United Kingdom Danielle Brown
United Kingdom Elizabeth Thomas
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 14 May 2007 ITF $25,000 Antalya, Turkey Clay Montenegro Ana Veselinović Germany Korina Perkovic
Turkey İpek Şenoğlu
6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 23 July 2007 ITF $10,000 Calgary, Canada Hard Montenegro Ana Veselinović Argentina Soledad Esperón
Argentina Agustina Lepore
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 26 September 2007 ITF $25,000 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard Montenegro Ana Veselinović Finland Emma Laine
Belgium Caroline Maes
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [6–10]
Winner 19 February 2008 ITF $25,000 Clearwater, United States Hard Montenegro Ana Veselinović Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Japan Seiko Okamoto
6–2, 3–6, [10–6]
Winner 26 February 2008 ITF $25,000 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard Montenegro Ana Veselinović Netherlands Nicole Thijssen
Netherlands Pauline Wong
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 29 April 2008 ITF $25,000 Coatzacoalcos, Mexico Hard United Kingdom Anna Hawkins Argentina María Irigoyen
Argentina Agustina Lepore
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 20 May 2008 ITF $10,000 Landisville, United States Hard Switzerland Stefania Boffa United States Audra Cohen
Canada Heidi El Tabakh
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 8 July 2008 ITF $25,000 Valladolid, Spain Hard Switzerland Stefania Boffa Canada Heidi El Tabakh
United States Story Tweedie-Yates
2–6, 4–6
Winner 19 March 2009 ITF $10,000 Bath, United Kingdom Hard (i) Switzerland Stefania Boffa Czech Republic Veronika Chvojková
Czech Republic Kateřina Vaňková
6–1, 6–1
Winner 7 April 2009 ITF $10,000 Antalya, Turkey Hard Denmark Hanne Skak Jensen Georgia (country) Sofia Kvatsabaia
Russia Avgusta Tsybysheva
7–6(7–3), 2–6,
[10–7]
Runner-up 14 July 2009 ITF $10,000 Frinton, United Kingdom Grass Australia Emelyn Starr United Kingdom Jocelyn Rae
United Kingdom Jade Windley
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 17 March 2010 ITF $10,000 Bath, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Jade Curtis Denmark Malou Ejdesgaard
Poland Katarzyna Piter
3–6, 2–6
Winner 21 June 2010 ITF $10,000 Alcobaça, Portugal Hard United Kingdom Jade Windley Canada Mélanie Gloria
Mexico Daniela Múñoz Gallegos
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 28 July 2010 ITF $10,000 Chiswick, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Jade Windley United Kingdom Jocelyn Rae
Australia Emelyn Starr
1–6, 4–6
Winner 3 November 2010 ITF $10,000 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Amanda Elliott United Kingdom Tara Moore
United Kingdom Francesca Stephenson
6–2, 6–3
Winner 19 January 2011 ITF $10,000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Jade Windley Norway Ulrikke Eikeri
United Kingdom Nicola George
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 8 February 2011 ITF $10,000 Vale do Lobo, Portugal Hard Norway Ulrikke Eikeri Spain Rocio de la Torre Sánchez
Spain Olga Sáez Larra
W/O
Winner 10 May 2011 ITF $10,000 Heraklion, Greece Hard United Kingdom Samantha Murray United Kingdom Amanda Elliott
Austria Nicole Rottmann
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 17 May 2011 ITF $10,000 Rethymno, Greece Hard United Kingdom Jade Windley Russia Alexandra Artamonova
Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča
2–6, 3–6
Winner 24 July 2011 ITF $25,000 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Jade Windley United Kingdom Melanie South
Slovakia Lenka Wienerová
6–2, 4–6, [10–3]
Winner 10 September 2011 ITF $10,000 Madrid, Spain Hard United Kingdom Jade Windley Spain Rocio de la Torre Sánchez
Spain Georgina García Pérez
1–6, 6–0, [10–8]
Winner 9 January 2012 ITF $10,000 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Samantha Murray United Kingdom Alexandra Walker
United Kingdom Lisa Whybourn
6–2, 6–3
Winner 27 February 2012 ITF $25,000 Wellington, New Zealand Hard South Africa Chanel Simmonds South Korea Han Sung-hee
Japan Yurina Koshino
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 30 April 2012 ITF $10,000 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard United Kingdom Jade Windley China Jia Xiang Lu
China Jia-Jing Lu
4–6, 4–6
Winner 5 November 2012 ITF $10,000 Loughborough, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Jade Windley Denmark Karen Barbat
Switzerland Lara Michel
6–2, 6–2
Winner 12 November 2012 ITF $10,000 Edgbaston, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Jade Windley Czech Republic Martina Kubicikova
Slovakia Chantal Škamlová
6–2, 6–3
Winner 4 March 2013 ITF $10,000 Sutton, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Jade Windley Czech Republic Martina Borecka
Czech Republic Petra Krejsova
4–6, 7–6(9–7), [12–10]
Winner 22 April 2013 ITF $10,000 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Jade Windley Belgium Elyne Boeykens
Australia Karolina Wlodarczak
6–4, 6–1
Winner 13 May 2013 ITF $10,000 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Montenegro Ana Veselinović Turkey Başak Eraydın
Turkey Melis Sezer
2–6, 6–4, [10–3]
Runner-up 20 May 2013 ITF $10,000 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Kazakhstan Kamila Kerimbayeva Italy Camilla Rosatello
China Ai Wen Zhu
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 29 July 2013 ITF $10,000 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Daneika Borthwick United Kingdom Anna Smith
United Kingdom Melanie South
4–6, 2–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Road to Wimbledon part one". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 20 June 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Anna Fitzpatrick diary". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 20 August 2007. 
  3. ^ Anna Fitzpatrick[permanent dead link] on the MCTA website
  4. ^ "Anna Fitzpatrick Q&A". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 8 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Road to Wimbledon part four". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Anna Fitzpatrick at the International Tennis Federation Junior Profile
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Activity:FITZPATRICK, Anna (GBR)". www.itftennis.com. 

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