Astra Sharma

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Astra Sharma
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Sharma at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports)Australia Australia
ResidencePerth, Western Australia
Born (1995-09-11) 11 September 1995 (age 25)
Singapore, Singapore[1]
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDavid Taylor
Prize money$609,498
Singles
Career record126–71 (64.0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 85 (24 June 2019)
Current rankingNo. 134 (28 September 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
French Open2R (2020)
Wimbledon1R (2019)
US Open1R (2019)
Doubles
Career record56–44 (56.0%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 108 (2 March 2020)
Current rankingNo. 114 (28 September 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2018, 2019, 2020)
French Open1R (2019, 2020)
Wimbledon2R (2019)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2019)
Last updated on: 30 September 2020.

Astra Sharma (born 11 September 1995) is a professional Australian tennis player.

Sharma has career-high WTA rankings in singles of 85 and in doubles of 115, achieved in June and July 2019, respectively. Sharma so far has won one doubles title on the WTA Tour, as well as six singles titles and four doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.

In December 2017, Sharma won the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff alongside Belinda Woolcock, receiving a main-draw wild card into the 2018 Australian Open women's doubles.

The highlight of her career came in the 2019 Australian Open, when she and fellow Australian John-Patrick Smith reached the final of the mixed-doubles competition after receiving a wild card to enter.

Personal life[edit]

Sharma's father, Devdutt Sharma, is a Singaporean Indian with roots from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Northern India.[2] He was a high jumper.[3] He attended Raffles Institution and National University of Singapore.[3] He worked as an acoustic engineer.[3] Sharma's mother, Susan Tan, is a Singaporean Chinese. She was a sprinter from CHIJ Saint Theresa's Convent.[3]

Sharma was born and raised in Singapore, before her parents emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 2005, when she was ten years old.[4] She attended Applecross Senior High School.[citation needed] As a junior, she did some of her training at Bullcreek Tennis Club, located near Willeton.

Career[edit]

2011–2014: Career Beginnings and first ITF Title[edit]

Sharma made her ITF debut in October 2011, after qualifying in Kargoorlie. In 2012, Sharma played just 4 tournaments, without a win. In March 2013, Sharma reached the quarter final in doubles of the ITF Sydney 2. IN 2014, Sharma competed in qualifying in 3 ITF tournaments across USA, making the main draw in just one, where she lost in the first round.

In 2015, Sharma played just three tournaments on the 2015 ITF Women's Circuit; reaching the quarterfinal of better in all three. She won her first title in July 2015 at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Sharma ended 2015 with a singles rank of 787.

2016–2018: ITF Circuit[edit]

In 2016, Sharma competed on the European 2016 ITF Women's Circuit. She experienced little singles success but partnering Frances Altick, won two doubles titles in July.

In 2017, Sharma commenced the year in June, qualifying and making the main draw in Sumter, USA. Across July and August 2017, Sharma won her second and third ITF titles in Târgu Jiu and Graz. Sharma ended 2017 with a singles rank of 440.

In 2018, Sharma competed mostly on the 2018 ITF Women's Circuit across North America. In March, Sharma reached the final of ITF Orlando. In June and July, Sharma won her 4th and 5th singles ITF titles in Baton Rouge and Gatineau, Canada. In October, she returned to Australia and reached the quarterfinal in three consecrative tournaments. Sharma ended 2018 with a singles rank of 225.

2019: First WTA final[edit]

In January 2019, Sharma qualified for the Australian Open and won her first-round match over fellow Australian Priscilla Hon, before losing in the second round.[5] In mixed doubles, she and John-Patrick Smith made it through to the final after they defeated the second seed team of Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar in the semifinals, but lost to the third seeds, Barbora Krejčíková and Rajeev Ram.[6] In March, Sharma won the singles and double at Irapuato, Mexico W25. In April, Sharma reached her first WTA career final, losing to Amanda Anisimova at 2019 Copa Colsanitas. In May, Sharma qualified for and reached the second round of 2019 Internationaux de Strasbourg, but lost in the first round of the 2019 French Open. Sharma competing in qualifying events across the European grass and lost in the first round of Wimbledon. In August Sharma travelled to North America and qualified for Cincinnati. Sharma lost in the first round of US Open. Sharma ended 2019 with a singles rank of 108 and double rank of 136.

2020[edit]

Sharma commenced 2020, losing in the singles and doubles first rounds of both 2020 Hobart International and 2020 Australian Open. For the 2020 Australian Open – Mixed Doubles, she partnered with JP Smith again where they reached the semi-finals.

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.

Singles[edit]

Current through the 2020 French Open.

Tournament 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments[7]
Australian Open 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
French Open 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Wimbledon 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Win–Loss 1–3 1–3 0 / 7 2–7 22%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
China Open Q1 NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Canadian Open Q1 NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Open 1R Q2 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Career statistics[8]
Tournaments 10 5 Career total: 15
Titles 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals 1 0 Career total: 1
Overall Win–Loss 7–10 2–5 0 / 15 9–15 38%
Year-end ranking 108 $609,498

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments[7]
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
French Open A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A 2R NH 0 / 1 1–1 50%
US Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 0–1 1–3 0–1 0 / 5 1–5 17%

Mixed Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open F SF 0 / 2 7–2 78%
French Open A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 4–1 3–1 0 / 2 7–2 78%

Grand slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2019 Australian Open Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
United States Rajeev Ram
6–7(3–7), 1–6

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2019 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia International Clay United States Amanda Anisimova 6–4, 4–6, 1–6

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2019 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia International Clay Australia Zoe Hives United States Hayley Carter
United States Ena Shibahara
6–1, 6–2

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 9 (7 titles, 2 runner–ups)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments (4–1)
$15,000 tournaments (2–1)
$10,000 tournaments (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–1)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2015 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard Egypt Ola Abou Zekry 6–3, 2–6, 6–0
Win 2–0 Jul 2017 ITF Târgu Jiu, Romania 15,000 Clay Australia Belinda Woolcock 1–6, 6–2, 7–5
Win 3–0 Aug 2017 ITF Graz, Austria 15,000 Clay Czech Republic Vendula Žovincová 2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 3–1 Oct 2017 ITF Toowoomba, Australia 25,000 Hard Japan Eri Hozumi 5–7, 2–6
Loss 3–2 Mar 2018 ITF Orlando, United States 15,000 Clay United States Sophie Chang 3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win 4–2 Jun 2018 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard United States Maria Mateas 6–2, 6–1
Win 5–2 Jul 2018 Challenger de Gatineau, Canada 25,000 Hard Mexico Victoria Rodríguez 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 6–2 Sep 2018 ITF Cairns, Australia 25,000 Hard Australia Destanee Aiava 0–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–1
Win 7–2 Mar 2019 ITF Irapuato, Mexico 25,000 Hard Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 8 (4 titles, 4 runner–ups)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–1)
$60,000 tournaments (0–0)
$25,000 tournaments (2–2)
$15,000 tournaments (0–0)
$10,000 tournaments (2–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2016 ITF Amstelveen, Netherlands 10,000 Clay United States Frances Altick Netherlands Erika Vogelsang
Netherlands Mandy Wagemaker
6–4, 6–2
Win 2–0 Jul 2016 ITF Knokke, Belgium 10,000 Clay United States Frances Altick Belgium Déborah Kerfs
Netherlands Kelly Versteeg
6–4, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Oct 2017 ITF Cairns, Australia 25,000 Hard Australia Belinda Woolcock Australia Naiktha Bains
Papua New Guinea Abigail Tere-Apisah
6–4, 2–6, [6–10]
Win 3–1 Jun 2018 ITF Sumter, United States 25,000 Hard Brazil Luisa Stefani United States Julia Elbaba
China Xu Shilin
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 3–2 Jun 2018 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard Romania Gabriela Talabă United States Hayley Carter
United States Ena Shibahara
3–6, 4–6
Win 4–2 Mar 2019 ITF Irapuato, Mexico 25,000 Hard New Zealand Paige Hourigan Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
6–1, 4–6, [12–10]
Loss 4–3 Apr 2019 Hardee's Pro Classic, United States 80,000 Clay Australia Destanee Aiava United States Usue Maitane Arconada
United States Caroline Dolehide
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Loss 4–4 Nov 2020 ITF Charleston, United States 100,000 Clay Egypt Mayar Sherif Poland Magdalena Fręch
Poland Katarzyna Kawa
4–6, 6–4, [10–2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tennis Australia. "Astra Sharma: "I'm super thrilled at my progress"".
  2. ^ Reddy, Vishnu (29 June 2019). "I chose the name 'Astra' which means the weapon of God and she has indeed lived up to that name!' – Mr Devdutt Sharma shares a brief perspective as a parent on the journey of Astra Sharma". Indian Tennis Daily.
  3. ^ a b c d Brijnath, Rohit (26 January 2019). "A Grand Slam finalist with Singapore links". The Straits Times.
  4. ^ "Australian Open: Singapore-born Astra Sharma through to mixed doubles final". The Straits Times. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  5. ^ "SHARMA, HIVES, BIRRELL OPEN WITH AO VICTORIES". Tennis Australia. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  6. ^ "'Who's got my beers?': Australian doubles delight". The Age. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Grand Slam performances - Singles & Doubles".
  8. ^ "Player & Career overview".

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