Sun Tiantian

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Sun Tiantian
孙甜甜
Country (sports)Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Residence Beijing
Born (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 39)
Zhengzhou, Henan
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,019,657
Singles
Career record217–156
Career titles1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 77 (19 March 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2006, 2007)
French Open 2R (2006)
Wimbledon 2R (2004, 2006)
US Open 2R (2005)
Doubles
Career record268–154
Career titles11 WTA, 13 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 16 (22 October 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2007)
French Open QF (2005)
Wimbledon QF (2007)
US Open 3R (2005)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (2008)
French Open SF (2007)
Wimbledon 3R (2007, 2004)
US Open 2R (2006)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 16–10

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 won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in women's doubles along with her partner Li Ting.

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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.

Career

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 finals

Grand Slam finals

Mixed doubles: 1 title

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Winner 2008 Australian OpenHard Flag of Serbia.svg Nenad Zimonjić Flag of India.svg Sania Mirza
Flag of India.svg Mahesh Bhupathi
7–6(4), 6–4

Olympic finals

Doubles: 1 gold medal

OutcomeYearLocationSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Gold 2004 Athens Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Spain.svg Conchita Martínez
Flag of Spain.svg Virginia Ruano
6–3, 6–3

WTA Tour career finals

Singles: 1 title

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV & V (1–0)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Winner1.8 October 2006 Tashkent Hard Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Iroda Tulyaganova 6–2, 6–4

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

Legend: Before 2009Legend: 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)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Winner1.14 June 2003 Vienna Clay Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up1.12 October 2003 Tashkent Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Ukraine.svg Yuliya Beygelzimer
Flag of Belarus.svg Tatiana Poutchek
3–6, 6–7(0)
Winner2.2 November 2003 Quebec Hard(i) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Els Callens
Flag of the United States.svg Meilen Tu
6–3, 6–3
Winner3.9 November 2003 Pattaya Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Indonesia.svg Wynne Prakusya
Flag of Indonesia.svg Angelique Widjaja
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up2.22 February 2004 Hyderabad Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of South Africa.svg Liezel Huber
Flag of India.svg Sania Mirza
6–7(1), 4–6
Winner4.3 October 2004 Guangzhou Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yang Shujing
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yu Ying
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up3.12 February 2005HyderabadHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
4–6, 1–6
Winner5.1 May 2005 Estoril Clay Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the Netherlands.svg Michaëlla Krajicek
Flag of Slovakia.svg Henrieta Nagyová
6–3, 6–1
Winner6.12 February 2006PattayaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
3–6, 6–1, 7–6(5)
Runner-up4.4 March 2006 Doha Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Slovakia.svg Daniela Hantuchová
Flag of Japan.svg Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 4–6
Winner7.7 May 2006EstorilClay Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Argentina.svg Gisela Dulko
Flag of Spain.svg María Sánchez Lorenzo
6–2, 6–2
Winner8.1 October 2006GuangzhouHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the United States.svg Vania King
Flag of Croatia.svg Jelena Kostanić Tošić
6–4, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up5.15 April 2007 Charleston Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Peng Shuai Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
5–7, 0–6
Runner-up6.26 May 2007 Strasbourg Clay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Alicia Molik Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up7.17 June 2007 Birmingham Grass Flag of the United States.svg Meilen Tu Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chuang Chia-jung
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chan Yung-jan
6–7(3), 3–6
Runner-up8.19 October 2007GuangzhouHard Flag of the United States.svg Vania King Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Peng Shuai
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
6–3, 6–4
Winner9.7 October 2007 Tokyo Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chuang Chia-jung
Flag of the United States.svg Vania King
1–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Winner10.14 October 2007 Bangkok Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi Flag of Japan.svg Ayumi Morita
Flag of Japan.svg Junri Namigata
w/o
Winner11.9 March 2008 Bangalore Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Peng Shuai Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chan Yung-jan
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chuang Chia-jung
6–4, 5–7, [10–8]
Runner-up9.21 September 2008GuangzhouHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi Flag of Ukraine.svg Mariya Koryttseva
Flag of Belarus.svg Tatiana Poutchek
4–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Runner-up10.20 September 2009GuangzhouHard Flag of Japan.svg Kimiko Date-Krumm Flag of Belarus.svg Olga Govortsova
Flag of Belarus.svg Tatiana Poutchek
6–3, 2–6, [8–10]

ITF finals

Singles (6-5)

$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up1.16 April 2000 Shenyang, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Na 0–6, 4–6
Runner-up2.4 June 2000 Shenzhen, ChinaHard Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Eun-ha 4–6, 3–6
Winner3.4 September 2000 Hangzhou, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie 6–2, 6–2
Winner4.17 September 2000 Hohhot, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Ding Ding 6–4, 6–3
Winner5.17 June 2001 Seoul, South KoreaHard Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Jin-young 3–6, 6–3, 6–1
Winner6.24 June 2001 Incheon, South KoreaHard Flag of South Korea.svg Chung Yang-jin 6-4, 6-3
Winner7.14 April 2002 Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamHard Flag of South Korea.svg Jeon Mi-ra 6-3, 6-4
Runner-up8.13 May 2002 Shanghai, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie 2-6, 2-6
Winner9.6 August 2002 Beijing, ChinaHard Flag of Japan.svg Rika Fujiwara 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up10.20 July 2003 Modena, ItalyClay Flag of Hungary.svg Melinda Czink 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up11.31 October 2004 Shenzhen, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Na 3–6, 6–4, 2–6

Doubles (13-8)

OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartneringOpponentsScore
Winner1.13 June 1999 Shenyang, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chen Yan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chen Yin
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tuo Qi
6-2, 6-4
Winner2.10 September 2000 Zhejiang, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chen Yan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
6-3, 7-5
Winner3.10 September 2000 Hohhot, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chen Yan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Ding Ding
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tang Yan
6-0, 6-3
Runner-up4.4 June 2001 Hohhot, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chen Yan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
4-6, 6-2, 3-6
Runner-up5.29 July 2001Guangzhou, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chen Yan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Tong Ka-po
5–7, 3–6
Winner6.27 January 2002Hull, United KingdomHard (i) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie Flag of Ireland.svg Claire Curran
Flag of Ireland.svg Elsa O'Riain
7–6(4), 7–5
Runner-up7.10 February 2002 Redbridge, Great BritainHard (i) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Helen Crook Flag of Romania.svg Magda Mihalache
Flag of Russia.svg Ekaterina Sysoeva
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Winner8.11 August 2002 Beijing, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
7-5, 6-3
Winner9.23 February 2003 Columbus, United StatesHard (i) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Brazil.svg Bruna Colósio
Flag of Brazil.svg Joana Cortez
6–3, 6–1
Winner10.2 March 2003Saint Paul, United StatesHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the United States.svg Teryn Ashley
Flag of the United States.svg Abigail Spears
6-3, 6-1
Winner11.30 March 2003 Atlanta, United StatesHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of New Zealand.svg Leanne Baker
Flag of Italy.svg Francesca Lubiani
4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Runner-up12.16 June 2003 Gorizia, ItalyClay Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
6-7(5), 6-1, 4-6
Winner13.23 June 2003 Fontanafredda, ItalyClay Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Bulgaria.svg Maria Geznenge
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Dragana Zarić
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up14.30 June 2003 Orbetello, ItalyClay Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
2-6, 5-7
Winner15.13 July 2003 Modena, ItalyClay Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Japan.svg Rika Fujiwara
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Trudi Musgrave
3–6, 7–5, 7–5
Winner16.30 November 2003 Changsha, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
6-4, 6-2
Winner17.7 December 2003 Shenzhen, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Runner-up18.6 June 2005 Beijing, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yan Zi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Jie
1-6, 5-7
Winner19.16 August 2005Bronx, United StatesHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Ting Flag of Belarus.svg Tatiana Poutchek
Flag of Belarus.svg Anastasiya Yakimova
2–6, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up20.17 May 2009 Saint-Gaudens, FranceClay Flag of Japan.svg Kimiko Date Flag of Japan.svg Rika Fujiwara
Flag of South Africa.svg Chanelle Scheepers
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up21.10 August 2009 Quanzhou, ChinaHard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hao Jie Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Han Xinyun
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Kao Shao-yuan
6–1, 2–6, [6–10]

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