- Samantha Smith (tennis)
Samantha Smith (born
November 27, 1971in Loughton, Essex, England) was the number 1 ranked British ladies tennisplayer from 1996-1999, and now commentates on the game, predominantly for the BBCand Sky Sports. [http://www.celebritytennis.co.uk/Sam%20Smith%20Bio.pdf Biography and Image at Celebrity Tennis] ] She currently lives in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex
She competed on the WTA Tour from 1990 – 1992 and 1995 – 2000. Her highest achievement was in reaching the fourth round at the
Wimbledon Championshipsin 1998where she picked up an ankle injury that meant 2 operations, 4 months in plaster and effectively curtailed her climb up the rankings. She peaked at number 55 in the WTA rankings before the injury ended her career.
Australian Openshe competed in the first round in 1992 and reached the second round in 1999.
French Openat Roland Garros she competed in the first round in 1991 and 1999.
At Wimbledon she competed in the first round in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, and reached the fourth round in 1998.
At the U.S. Open she competed in the first round in 1998 and reached the second round in 1997
At the 1992
Barcelona Olympicsshe reached the second round despite illness.
She won the ITF tournaments at Nottingham in 1995 (singles and doubles) and Frinton-on-Sea in 2000. She represented
Great Britainin the Federation Cupand European Cup in 1991 and 1996–1999. She was unbeaten in the five singles matches in the 1997 Federation Cup.
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