Sharon Fichman at the 2013 Open GDF Suez de Cagnes-sur-Mer Alpes-Maritimes
|Born||December 3, 1990|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||299–196 (60.4%)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 9 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 77 (May 19, 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (2010)|
|French Open||1R (2014)|
|US Open||1R (2013, 2014)|
|Career record||270–176 (60.5%)|
|Career titles||3 WTA, 21 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 48 (July 7, 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 48 (16 March 2020)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2010, 2014, 2020)|
|French Open||2R (2014)|
|US Open||2R (2013)|
|Last updated on: 31 March 2020.|
She plays for Canada but holds both Israeli and Canadian citizenships. In 2004, at the age of 13, she was Canada's Under-18 Indoor & Outdoor National girls champion, and also won the doubles title. In 2006, Fichman won the Australian Open and French Open junior doubles championships. Fichman was ranked No. 5 on the junior circuit in December 2006. Since turning professional, her career highs have been No. 77 in singles (May 19, 2014) and No. 48 in doubles (July 7, 2014).
Fichman, who is Jewish, was born and raised in Toronto. She is a citizen of both Canada and Israel. Her parents, Julia and Bobby, emigrated from Romania to Israel in 1982, and then to Canada in 1989. Bobby was a semi-pro tennis player, and is now a nuclear engineer. Her mother is a computer engineer.
Fichman started playing tennis at the age of 6. She won her first tournament at six. By age 13, she was the world's No. 2 player under 14. In 2004, at the age of 13, she was Canada's Under-18 Indoor & Outdoor National girls champion, 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 Juniors US Open, Fichman quartered in singles and came close to capturing her third Grand Slam title 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 from in July 2008.
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 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." 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.
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 tournament in Lutz, Florida 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 100K Biella Challenger singles final in September 2009, but lost to Petra Martić. 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 100K doubles titles in July 2010 (in Biarritz and in Pétange).
In January 2011, Sharon won her first tournament of the year, the 25K in Plantation, by defeating Alexandra Cadanțu in the final. At the Copa Colsanitas 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 event in Waterloo, where she defeated Julia Boserup.
In July 2012, Fichman won the 50K Cooper Challenger for the second straight year with a win over Julia Glushko in the championship match. She won in September the 25K in Mamaia, defeating Patricia Maria Ţig in the final.
At the end of January, Fichman won the eighth singles title of her career at the $25,000 event in Port St. Lucie, with a victory over Tadeja Majerič. In August, she reached the final of the 100K in Vancouver, but was defeated by Johanna Konta. She won the doubles title alongside Maryna Zanevska. 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 semi-finals 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.
In August at the US Open, Fichman qualified for her first-ever Grand Slam main draw with a victory over Alexandra Panova. She lost to world No. 22 Sorana Cîrstea in the first round. In September, Fichman made it to the 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.
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. In February, at the 100K ITF in Midland, Fichman scored her third top-50 win when she beat world No. 45 Urszula Radwańska to reach the semi-finals. She was defeated by Ksenia Pervak in the next round. 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.
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. In May, Fichman reached her first singles final of the season at the 100K in Cagnes-sur-Mer, where she won the biggest tournament of her career so far with a victory over Timea Bacsinszky. At the French Open in May, Fichman earned direct entry in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, but was eliminated in the opening round by world No. 7 Jelena Janković in three sets. At Wimbledon, Fichman was defeated by Timea Bacsinszky in the first round. 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.
In April 2018, Fichman returned to the pro circuit at age 27 after nearly two years away, playing in doubles at the $60,000 event in Indian Harbour Beach. She reached the quarterfinals with partner Jamie Loeb.
Style of play
Fichman is an aggressive counter puncher, and is known for her tenacity as well as her feistiness on the court.
WTA career finals
Doubles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runner-ups)
|Loss||0–1||May 2009||Estoril Open, Portugal||International||Clay||Katalin Marosi|| Raquel Kops-Jones
|6–2, 3–6, [5–10]|
|Loss||0–2||Feb 2011||Copa Colsanitas, Bogota, Colombia||International||Clay||Laura Pous Tió|| Edina Gallovits-Hall
Anabel Medina Garrigues
|6–2, 6–7(6–8), [9–11]|
|Win||1–2||Jan 2014||Auckland Open, New Zealand||International||Hard||Maria Sanchez|| Lucie Hradecká
|2–6, 6–0, [10–4]|
|Loss||1–3||May 2019||Nuremberg Cup, Germany||International||Clay||Nicole Melichar|| Gabriela Dabrowski
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), [5–10]|
|Win||2–3||Jul 2019||Baltic Open, Jūrmala, Latvia||International||Clay||Nina Stojanović|| Jeļena Ostapenko
|2–6, 7–6(7–1), [10–6]|
|Loss||2–4||Feb 2020||Mexican Open, Acapulco||International||Hard||Kateryna Bondarenko|| Desirae Krawczyk
|Win||3–4||Mar 2020||Monterrey Open, Mexico||International||Hard||Kateryna Bondarenko|| Miyu Kato
|4–6, 6–3, [10–7]|
WTA 125K series finals
Doubles: 1 (1 runner–up)
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2019||WTA Houston, United States||Hard||Ena Shibahara|| Ellen Perez
|6–1, 4–6, [5–10]|
ITF Circuit finals
Singles: 22 (9 titles, 13 runner–ups)
|$100,000 tournaments (1–2)|
|$75,000 tournaments (0–0)|
|$50,000 tournaments (2–1)|
|$25,000 tournaments (5–8)|
|$10,000 tournaments (1–2)|
|Win||1–0||Nov 2005||ITF Ashkelon, Israel||$10,000||Hard||Pemra Özgen||6–1, 6–1|
|Loss||1–1||Dec 2005||ITF Ramat HaSharon, Israel||$10,000||Hard||Margalita Chakhnashvili||3–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Loss||1–2||Jul 2007||ITF Hamilton, Canada||$25,000||Clay||Stéphanie Dubois||2–6, 2–6|
|Loss||1–3||Jul 2007||ITF Calgary, Canada||$10,000||Hard||Ana Veselinović||2–6, 1–6|
|Loss||1–4||Jul 2008||ITF Waterloo, Canada||$25,000||Clay||Alexandra Mueller||3–6, 3–6|
|Loss||1–5||Jan 2009||ITF Boca Raton, United States||$25,000||Clay||Gabriela Paz Franco||4–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Win||2–5||Jan 2009||ITF Lutz, United States||$25,000||Clay||Lauren Albanese||6–4, 7–6(7–5)|
|Win||3–5||Apr 2009||ITF Osprey, United States||$25,000||Clay||Yuliana Fedak||4–6, 1–6|
|Loss||3–6||Sep 2009||ITF Biella, Italy||$100,000||Clay||Petra Martić||5–7, 4–6|
|Win||4–6||Jan 201||ITF Plantation, United States||$25,000||Clay||Alexandra Cadanțu||6–3, 7–6(7–2)|
|Win||5–6||Jul 2011||ITF Waterloo, Canada||$50,000||Clay||Julia Boserup||6–3, 4–6, 6–4|
|Win||6–6||Jul 2012||ITF Waterloo, Canada||$50,000||Clay||Julia Glushko||6–3, 6–2|
|Win||7–6||Sep 2012||ITF Mamaia, Romania||$25,000||Clay||Patricia Maria Țig||6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–3|
|Loss||7–7||Sep 2012||ITF Sofia, Bulgaria||$25,000||Clay||Cristina Mitu||4–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Loss||7–8||Oct 2012||ITF Troy, United States||$25,000||Hard||Stéphanie Dubois||6–3, 4–6, 3–6|
|Loss||7–9||Oct 2012||ITF Rock Hill, United States||$25,000||Hard||Rebecca Marino||6–3, 6–7(5–7), 2–6|
|Loss||7–10||Nov 2012||ITF Toronto, Canada||$50,000||Hard (i)||Eugenie Bouchard||1–6, 2–6|
|Win||8–10||Jan 2013||ITF Port St. Lucie, United States||$25,000||Clay||Tadeja Majerič||6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||8–11||May 2013||ITF Wiesbaden, Germany||$25,000||Clay||Yvonne Meusburger||7–5, 4–6, 1–6|
|Loss||8–12||Aug 2013||ITF Vancouver, Canada||$100,000||Hard||Johanna Konta||4–6, 2–6|
|Win||9–12||May 2014||ITF Cagnes-sur-Mer, France||$100,000||Clay||Timea Bacsinszky||6–2, 6–2|
|Loss||9–13||Aug 2015||ITF Winnipeg, Canada||$25,000||Hard||Kristie Ahn||2–6, 5–7|
Doubles: 37 (21–16)
|$100,000 tournaments (3–1)|
|$75,000/80,000 tournaments (0–2)|
|$50,000/60,000 tournaments (8–8)|
|$25,000 tournaments (10–5)|
|$10,000 tournaments (0–0)|
|Win||1–0||Nov 2007||Toronto, Canada||25,000||Hard (i)||Gabriela Dabrowski|| Maria Fernanda Alves
|Loss||1–1||Oct 2008||Saguenay, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Gabriela Dabrowski|| Katalin Marosi
|6–2, 4–6, [4–10]|
|Loss||1–2||Jan 2009||Boca Raton, United States||25,000||Clay||Kimberly Couts|| Alina Jidkova
|Win||2–2||Jan 2009||Lutz, United States||25,000||Clay||Kimberly Couts|| Story Tweedie-Yates
|Win||3–2||Nov 2009||Rock Hill, United States||$25,000||Hard||Anna Tatishvili|| Lauren Albanese
|7–6(7–5), 4–6, [10–3]|
|Win||4–2||Nov 2009||Phoenix, United States||50,000||Hard||Mashona Washington|| Marie-Ève Pelletier
|4–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Loss||4–3||Nov 2009||Toronto, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Mashona Washington|| Maureen Drake
|Win||5–3||Jul 2010||Biarritz, France||100,000||Clay||Julia Görges|| Lourdes Domínguez Lino
|Loss||5–4||Jul 2010||Contrexéville, France||50,000||Clay||Jelena Dokić|| Nina Bratchikova
|6–4, 4–6, [3–10]|
|Win||6–4||Jul 2010||Pétange, Luxembourg||100,000||Clay||Monica Niculescu|| Sophie Lefèvre
|Win||7–4||Nov 2010||Toronto, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Gabriela Dabrowski|| Brittany Augustine
|Loss||7–5||Jan 2011||Lutz, United States||25,000||Clay||Gabriela Dabrowski|| Ahsha Rolle
|Win||8–5||Apr 2011||Jackson, United States||25,000||Clay||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Eva Hrdinová
|Win||9–5||May 2011||Charlottesville, United States||50,000||Clay||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Julie Ditty
|Win||10–5||May 2011||Raleigh, United States||50,000||Clay||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Beatrice Capra
|Loss||10–6||Jun 2011||Boston, United States||50,000||Hard||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Tetiana Luzhanska
|Win||11–6||Jul 2011||Granby, Canada||25,000||Hard||Sun Shengnan|| Viktoryia Kisialeva
|Loss||11–7||Apr 2012||Dothan, United States||50,000||Clay||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Eugenie Bouchard
|4–6, 6–4, [5–10]|
|Win||12–7||Jul 2012||Waterloo, Canada||50,000||Clay||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Shuko Aoyama
|Win||13–7||Jul 2012||Granby, Canada||25,000||Hard||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Shuko Aoyama
|4–6, 7–5, [10–4]|
|Loss||13–8||Oct 2012||Troy, United States||25,000||Hard||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Angelina Gabueva
|Loss||13–9||Oct 2012||Saguenay, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Marie-Ève Pelletier|| Gabriela Dabrowski
|Win||14–9||May 2013||Wiesbaden, Germany||25,000||Clay||Gabriela Dabrowski|| Dinah Pfizenmaier
|Loss||14–10||Jun 2013||Nottingham, United Kingdom||75,000||Grass||Gabriela Dabrowski|| Maria Sanchez
|6–4, 3–6, [8–10]|
|Win||15–10||Jul 2013||Waterloo, Canada||50,000||Clay||Gabriela Dabrowski|| Misa Eguchi
|Win||16–10||Aug 2013||Vancouver, Canada||100,000||Hard||Maryna Zanevska|| Jacqueline Cako
|Loss||16–11||Feb 2014||Midland, United States||100,000||Hard (i)||Maria Sanchez|| Anna Tatishvili
|5–7, 7–5, [6–10]|
|Loss||16–12||May 2014||Saint-Gaudens, France||50,000||Clay||Johanna Konta|| Verónica Cepede Royg
|Loss||16–13||Jun 2014||Nottingham, United Kingdom||75,000||Grass||Maria Sanchez|| Jocelyn Rae
|6–7(5–7), 6–4, [5–10]|
|Win||17–13||Oct 2014||Rock Hill, United States||25,000||Hard||Cindy Burger|| Despina Papamichail
|4–6, 6–1, [10–6]|
|Loss||17–14||May 2015||Grado, Italy||25,000||Clay||Katarzyna Piter|| Viktorija Golubic
Beatriz Haddad Maia
|Win||18–14||Aug 2015||Winnipeg, Canada||25,000||Hard||Jovana Jakšić|| Kristie Ahn
|Loss||18–15||Oct 2015||Saguenay, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Maria Sanchez|| Mihaela Buzărnescu
|6–7(6–8), 6–4, [7–10]|
|Win||19–15||Oct 2015||Toronto, Canada||50,000||Hard (i)||Maria Sanchez|| Kristie Ahn
|6–2, 6–7(6–8), [10–6]|
|Loss||19–16||Jan 2016||Daytona Beach, United States||25,000||Clay||Carol Zhao|| Natela Dzalamidze
|Win||20–16||Apr 2016||Jackson, United States||25,000||Clay||Jarmila Wolfe|| Yuki Kristina Chiang
|Win||21–16||Oct 2018||Toronto, Canada||60,000||Hard (i)||Maria Sanchez|| Maja Chwalińska
Junior Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Win||2006||Australian Open||Hard||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova|| Alizé Cornet
|Win||2006||French Open||Clay||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova|| Agnieszka Radwańska
|6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–1|
|Loss||2006||US Open||Hard||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova|| Mihaela Buzărnescu
Ioana Raluca Olaru
Grand Slam singles performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||Q2||A||A||Q1||Q1||Q1||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|French Open||A||A||A||Q1||Q2||1R||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Wimbledon||Q1||A||A||Q1||Q1||1R||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|US Open||Q2||Q3||Q2||Q2||1R||1R||A||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–3||0–0||0 / 4||0–4||0%|
Grand Slam doubles performance timeline
|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%|
Record against top-50 players
Fichman's win-loss record (4–7, 36%) against players who were ranked world No. 50 or higher when played is as follows:
Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.
- Sorana Cîrstea 2–1
- Urszula Radwańska 1–0
- Yvonne Meusburger 1–0[nb 1]
- Agnieszka Radwańska 0–1
- Maria Kirilenko 0–1
- Bethanie Mattek-Sands 0–1[nb 2]
- Kiki Bertens 0–1[nb 3]
- Jelena Janković 0–2
- * statistics as of March 7, 2016
- Has a 1–2 overall record vs. Meusburger
- Has a 0–2 overall record vs. Mattek-Sands
- Has a 1–2 overall record vs. Bertens
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