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Sharon Fichman

Sharon Fichman
Country  Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Born (1990-12-03) December 3, 1990
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2009[1]
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $620,967
Singles
Career record 264–171
Career titles 0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking No. 77 (May 19, 2014)
Current ranking No. 126 (December 1, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q2 (2010)
French Open 1R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 1R (2013, 2014)
Doubles
Career record 190–123
Career titles 1 WTA, 17 ITF
Highest ranking No. 48 (July 7, 2014)
Current ranking No. 82 (December 1, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2010, 2014)
French Open 2R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
Last updated on: December 3, 2014.
Sharon Fichman
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Maccabiah Games
Women's tennis
Gold 2005 Israel Women's singles
Silver 2005 Israel Mixed doubles
Bronze 2005 Israel Women's doubles

Sharon Fichman (born December 3, 1990) is a Canadian professional tennis player. She plays for Canada but also holds Israeli citizenship.[2]

Fichman was ranked No. 5 on the junior circuit in December 2006. Since turning pro, so far her career highs are No. 77 in singles (May 19, 2014) and No. 48 in doubles (July 7, 2014).

Early and personal life

Fichman, who is Jewish, was born and raised in Toronto.[2] She is a dual citizen, in Canada and Israel.[2] Her parents, Julia and Bobby, emigrated from Romania to Israel in 1982, and then to Canada in 1989.[2] Bobby was a semi-pro tennis player, and is now a nuclear engineer. Her mother is a computer engineer.[2]

Fichman started playing tennis at the age of 6. She won her first tournament at six.[3] By age 13, she was the World's No. 2 player under 14.[4] In 2004, at the age of 13, she was Canada's Under-18 Indoor & Outdoor National girls champ, and also won the doubles title with partner Mélanie Gloria. In 2006, Fichman and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova dominated doubles at the Grand Slam Juniors by winning the Australian Open and French Open. At the 2006 U.S. Open Juniors, Fichman quartered in singles and came close to capturing her third Grand Slam in doubles with a finalist showing. She lost in the finals of the Canadian Open Junior Championship in both singles and doubles. She attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, a public high school, which she graduated in July 2008.

Her idol is Belgian Justine Henin.[3]

Tennis career

2005

In 2005, Fichman won the gold medal in women's singles at the 17th Maccabiah Games in Israel, at the age of 14. She defeated 23-year-old Nicole Ptak of the United States in straight sets in the final. "I represented my religion and my country", she said, minutes after beating Ptak. "These Games are not just all about sports but meeting people, learning about culture and building friendship. Being the No. 1 Jewish female tennis player in the world is also not too shabby."[5] Fichman also won a bronze medal in the women's doubles, and wrapped up the event with silver medal in mixed doubles. She was also Canada's flag-bearer at the Games.[5]

2006–10

In October 2006, while still 15, she beat World No. 114 Hana Šromová. In August 2007, at the age of 16, Fichman beat World No. 90 Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro of France in Toronto. She finished 2007 with a singles record for the year of 16–8. In October 2008, 17 years of age, Fichman beat World No. 137 Jelena Pandžić. She finished 2008 with a singles record for the year of 25–16. In January 2009, she won the singles title at the Ace Sports Group Tennis Classic Lutz, Florida tournament, dropping only one set, and also won the doubles title with Kimberly Couts.

In April 2009 she won the Osprey, Florida tournament. Fichman reached the ITF 100K Biella Challenger singles final in September 2009, but lost to Petra Martić.[6] In February 2010 at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Fichman defeated her first Top 50 player when she beat World No. 40 Sorana Cîrstea in the first round. She also won two ITF 100K doubles titles in July 2010 (in Biarritz and in Pétange).[7][8]

2011–12

In January 2011, Sharon won her first tournament of the year, the $25,000 ITF in Plantation, by defeating Alexandra Cadanțu in the final. At the 2011 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, a WTA tournament, she reached the second round but lost to Catalina Castaño, despite having two match points in the second set. In July, she won her second tournament of the year at the $50,000 ITF in Waterloo, where she defeated Julia Boserup.

In July 2012, Fichman won the $50,000 ITF Cooper Challenger for the second straight year with a win over Julia Glushko in the championship match. She won in September the $25,000 ITF in Mamaia, defeating Patricia Maria Ţig in the final.

2013

Fichman at the 2013 US Open

At the end of January, Fichman won the eighth singles title of her career at the $25,000 ITF in Port St. Lucie, with a victory over Tadeja Majerič.[9] In August, she reached the final of the ITF $100,000 in Vancouver, but was defeated by Johanna Konta. She won the doubles title alongside Maryna Zanevska.[10] A week later at the Rogers Cup, she reached the second round for the first time of her career in singles after defeating compatriot Stéphanie Dubois in her opening match. She also made it to the semifinals in doubles with fellow Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski, after an upset over first seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. They were eliminated by Jelena Janković and Katarina Srebotnik.[11]

In August at the US Open, Fichman qualified for her first-ever Grand Slam main draw with a victory over Alexandra Panova.[12] She lost to World No. 22 Sorana Cîrstea in the first round.[13] In September, Fichman made it to the WTA Premier Mandatory main draw in Beijing with wins over Paula Ormaechea and Yaroslava Shvedova in first and last round of qualifying respectively. She was eliminated by Galina Voskoboeva in the first round.[14]

2014

At the first tournament of her season, the ASB Classic, Fichman qualified and upset World No. 22 Sorana Cîrstea in the first round to record the second Top 50 win of her career (she also beat Cîrstea in 2010). The same week, she won her first WTA doubles title alongside Maria Sanchez with a victory over Lucie Hradecká and Michaëlla Krajicek in the final.[15] In February, at the ITF $100,000 in Midland, Fichman scored her third Top 50 win when she beat World No. 45 Urszula Radwańska to reach the semifinals. She was defeated by Ksenia Pervak in the next round.[16] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in late February, Fichman upset World No. 39 Yvonne Meusburger in her opening match to advance to the second round. She lost to Caroline Garcia in her next match.[17]

At the beginning of March, she qualified for the WTA Premier Mandatory in Indian Wells and defeated Shahar Pe'er in the first round. She was eliminated by World No. 10 Sara Errani in the second round.[18] In May, Fichman reached her first singles final of the season at the ITF 100K in Cagnes-sur-Mer, where she won the biggest tournament of her career so far with a victory over Timea Bacsinszky.[19] At the French Open in May, Fichman earned direct entry in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time, but was eliminated in the opening round by World No. 7 Jelena Janković in three sets.[20][21] At Wimbledon, Fichman was defeated by Timea Bacsinszky in the first round.[22] At the US Open, her first tournament after having knee surgery at the end of July, she lost to World No. 5 Agnieszka Radwańska in the opening round.[23][24]

Style of play

Fichman is an aggressive counter puncher, and is known for her tenacity as well as her feistiness on the court.[3]

WTA career finals

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

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. May 9, 2009 Portugal Open, Portugal Clay Katalin Marosi Raquel Kops-Jones
Abigail Spears
6–2, 3–6, [5–10]
Runner–up 2. February 19, 2011 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia Clay Laura Pous Tió Edina Gallovits-Hall
Anabel Medina Garrigues
6–2, 6–7(6–8), [9–11]
Winner 1. January 4, 2014 Auckland Open, New Zealand Hard Maria Sanchez Lucie Hradecká
Michaëlla Krajicek
2–6, 6–0, [10–4]

WTA Challenger and ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 21 (9 titles, 12 runners-up)

Legend
WTA Challenger 125s (0–0)
ITF $100,000 (1–2)
ITF $75,000 (0–0)
ITF $50,000 (2–1)
ITF $25,000 (5–7)
ITF $15,000 (0–0)
ITF $10,000 (1–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. November 26, 2005 Ashkelon, Israel Hard Pemra Özgen 6–1, 6–1
Runner–up 1. December 3, 2005 Ramat HaSharon, Israel Hard Margalita Chakhnashvili 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner–up 2. July 22, 2007 Hamilton, Canada Clay Stéphanie Dubois 2–6, 2–6
Runner–up 3. July 28, 2007 Calgary, Canada Hard Ana Veselinović 2–6, 1–6
Runner–up 4. July 6, 2008 Waterloo, Canada Clay Alexandra Mueller 3–6, 3–6
Runner–up 5. January 18, 2009 Boca Raton, United States Clay Gabriela Paz-Franco 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 2. January 25, 2009 Lutz, United States Clay Lauren Albanese 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 3. April 19, 2009 Osprey, United States Clay Yuliana Fedak 4–6, 1–6
Runner–up 6. September 13, 2009 Biella, Italy Clay Petra Martić 5–7, 4–6
Winner 4. January 16, 2011 Plantation, United States Clay Alexandra Cadanțu 6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 5. July 10, 2011 Waterloo, Canada Clay Julia Boserup 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 6. July 15, 2012 Waterloo, Canada Clay Julia Glushko 6–3, 6–2
Winner 7. September 2, 2012 Mamaia, Romania Clay Patricia Maria Ţig 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Runner–up 7. September 16, 2012 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay Cristina Mitu 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner–up 8. October 14, 2012 Troy, United States Hard Stéphanie Dubois 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Runner–up 9. October 21, 2012 Rock Hill, United States Hard Rebecca Marino 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Runner–up 10. November 4, 2012 Toronto, Canada Hard (i) Eugenie Bouchard 1–6, 2–6
Winner 8. January 20, 2013 Port St. Lucie, United States Clay Tadeja Majerič 6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 11. May 5, 2013 Wiesbaden, Germany Clay Yvonne Meusburger 7–5, 4–6, 1–6
Runner–up 12. August 4, 2013 Vancouver, Canada Hard Johanna Konta 4–6, 2–6
Winner 9. May 11, 2014 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay Timea Bacsinszky 6–2, 6–2

Doubles: 30 (17 titles, 13 runners-up)

Legend
WTA Challenger 125s (0–0)
ITF $100,000 (3–1)
ITF $75,000 (0–2)
ITF $50,000 (6–7)
ITF $25,000 (8–3)
ITF $15,000 (0–0)
ITF $10,000 (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. November 11, 2007 Toronto, Canada Hard (i) Gabriela Dabrowski Maria Fernanda Alves
Christina Wheeler
6–3, 6–0
Runner–up 1. October 25, 2008 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) Gabriela Dabrowski Katalin Marosi
Marina Tavares
6–2, 4–6, [4–10]
Runner–up 2. January 18, 2009 Boca Raton, United States Clay Kimberly Couts Alina Jidkova
Darya Kustova
4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. January 24, 2009 Lutz, United States Clay Kimberly Couts Story Tweedie-Yates
Mashona Washington
6–4, 7–5
Winner 3. November 8, 2009 Rock Hill, United States Hard Anna Tatishvili Lauren Albanese
Jamie Hampton
7–6(7–5), 4–6, [10–3]
Winner 4. November 15, 2009 Phoenix, United States Hard Mashona Washington Marie-Ève Pelletier
Anna Tatishvili
4–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Runner–up 3. November 21, 2009 Toronto, Canada Hard (i) Mashona Washington Maureen Drake
Marianne Jodoin
3–2 ret.
Winner 5. July 10, 2010 Biarritz, France Clay Julia Görges Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Monica Niculescu
7–5, 6–4
Runner–up 4. July 18, 2010 Contrexéville, France Clay Jelena Dokić Nina Bratchikova
Ekaterina Ivanova
6–4, 4–6, [3–10]
Winner 6. July 24, 2010 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay Monica Niculescu Sophie Lefèvre
Laura Thorpe
6–4, 6–2
Winner 7. November 6, 2010 Toronto, Canada Hard (i) Gabriela Dabrowski Brittany Augustine
Alexandra Mueller
6–4, 6–0
Runner–up 5. January 22, 2011 Lutz, United States Clay Gabriela Dabrowski Ahsha Rolle
Mashona Washington
4–6, 4–6
Winner 8. April 9, 2011 Jackson, United States Clay Marie-Ève Pelletier Eva Hrdinová
Natalie Piquion
7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–3)
Winner 9. May 1, 2011 Charlottesville, United States Clay Marie-Ève Pelletier Julie Ditty
Carly Gullickson
6–3, 6–3
Winner 10. May 15, 2011 Raleigh, United States Clay Marie-Ève Pelletier Beatrice Capra
Asia Muhammad
6–1, 6–3
Runner–up 6. June 26, 2011 Boston, United States Hard Marie-Ève Pelletier Tetiana Luzhanska
Alexandra Mueller
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Winner 11. July 16, 2011 Granby, Canada Hard Sun Shengnan Vyktoria Kisialeva
Nathalia Rossi
6–4, 6–2
Runner–up 7. April 22, 2012 Dothan, United States Clay Marie-Ève Pelletier Eugenie Bouchard
Jessica Pegula
4–6, 6–4, [5–10]
Winner 12. July 14, 2012 Waterloo, Canada Clay Marie-Ève Pelletier Shuko Aoyama
Gabriela Dabrowski
6–2, 7–5
Winner 13. July 21, 2012 Granby, Canada Hard Marie-Ève Pelletier Shuko Aoyama
Miki Miyamura
4–6, 7–5, [10–4]
Runner–up 8. October 13, 2012 Troy, United States Hard Marie-Ève Pelletier Angelina Gabueva
Arina Rodionova
4–6, 4–6
Runner–up 9. October 27, 2012 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) Marie-Ève Pelletier Gabriela Dabrowski
Alla Kudryavtseva
2–6, 2–6
Winner 14. May 4, 2013 Wiesbaden, Germany Clay Gabriela Dabrowski Dinah Pfizenmaier
Anna Zaja
6–3, 6–3
Runner–up 10. June 7, 2013 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Gabriela Dabrowski Maria Sanchez
Nicola Slater
6–4, 3–6, [8–10]
Winner 15. July 6, 2013 Waterloo, Canada Clay Gabriela Dabrowski Misa Eguchi
Eri Hozumi
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Winner 16. August 3, 2013 Vancouver, Canada Hard Maryna Zanevska Jacqueline Cako
Natalie Pluskota
6–2, 6–2
Runner–up 11. February 16, 2014 Midland, United States Hard (i) Maria Sanchez Anna Tatishvili
Heather Watson
5–7, 7–5, [6–10]
Runner–up 12. May 16, 2014 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay Johanna Konta Verónica Cepede Royg
María Irigoyen
5–7, 3–6
Runner–up 13. June 6, 2014 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Maria Sanchez Jocelyn Rae
Anna Smith
6–7(5–7), 6–4, [5–10]
Winner 17. October 12, 2014 Rock Hill, United States Hard Cindy Burger Despina Papamichail
Janina Toljan
4–6, 6–1, [10–6]

Junior Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2006 Australian Open Hard Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Alizé Cornet
Corinna Dentoni
6–2, 6–2
Winner 2006 French Open Clay Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Agnieszka Radwańska
Caroline Wozniacki
6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–1
Winner 2006 US Open Hard Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Mihaela Buzărnescu
Ioana Raluca Olaru
5–7, 2–6

Singles performance timeline

This table is current through the 2014 US Open.
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q2 A A Q1 Q1 0 / 0 0–0 0%
French Open A A A Q1 Q2 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon Q1 A A Q1 Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open Q2 Q3 Q2 Q2 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 0 / 4 0–4 0%

Doubles performance timeline

This table is current through the 2014 US Open.
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R A A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
French Open A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–0 100%
Wimbledon A A Q2 Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 0 / 6 2–5 29%

Head-to-head vs. top 50 ranked players

Fichman's win-loss record (4–7, 36%) against players who were ranked world no. 50 or higher when played is as follows:[25]
Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Has a 1–2 overall record vs. Meusburger
  2. ^ Has a 0–2 overall record vs. Mattek-Sands
  3. ^ Has a 1–2 overall record vs. Bertens

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e Fiske, Gavriel (August 30, 2013). "Jewish tennis player draws attention at the US Open". The Times of Israel. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Mike Ulmer. Teen phenom serves notice. Slam!Sports, July 21, 2004. Retrieved June 11, 2010
  4. ^ Sarah Scott. Athletes' World. Today's Parent, August 2004. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Maccabi Canada – Sharon Fichman". Maccabi Canada. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Drawsheet". ITFTennis.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Drawsheet". ITFTennis.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
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  10. ^ "2013 Results". VanOpen.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rogers Cup: Canada’s Sharon Fichman and Gabriela Dabrowski ousted in doubles semi". TheStar.com (Toronto). August 10, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Une première pour Fichman". RDS.ca. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Fichman éliminée". Radio-Canada.ca. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Quebecer Eugenie Bouchard wins first-round match in China". CTVNews.ca. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Results". ASB Classic. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Drawsheet". ITFTennis.com. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Eugenie Bouchard advances to Mexico Open quarters". CBC Sports. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Results". BNPParibasOpen.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Programme et résultats - Les tableaux". OpenDeCagnes.com. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Canadian Fichman earns direct entry into French Open". TSN.ca. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Canadians Fichman, Wozniak fall in first round in Paris". TSN.ca. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Canadians at Wimbledon: Raonic, Dancevic, Bouchard advance; Fichman ousted". CTVNews.ca. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  23. ^ "After knee surgery, Sharon Fichman is back for the U.S. Open". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Completed matches". USOpen.org. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Results". WTATennis.com. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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