Sonya Jeyaseelan

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Sonya Jeyaseelan
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Birthdate April 24, 1976
Birthplace New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
From Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5’2” (1,57m)
Style of play Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro 1991
Retired 2004
Best WTA singles ranking No. 48 (December 4, 2000)
Best WTA doubles ranking No. 40 (October 16, 2000)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Sonya Jeyaseelan (born April 24, 1976 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 48 on December 4, 2000 and a career-high WTA doubles ranking of No. 40 on October 16, 2000.

In 1994, Jeyaseelan reached the final of the junior French Open. In 1996, she reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the US Open with compatriot Rene Simpson. In 1998, she advanced to her first and only WTA singles final, losing to Paola Suárez in Bogotá, Colombia. She has won two WTA doubles titles, both of them in Strasbourg, France (in 2000 and 2003). She also reached the doubles final in Palermo, Italy in 1999. She was named Tennis Canada female player of the year in 2000. She retired in 2004. Jeyaseelan was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.

WTA career finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Olympic Games (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II (0–0)
WTA Tier III, IV & V (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 1998 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia Tier IV Clay Paola Suárez (ARG) 3–6, 4–6

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

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Olympic Games (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II (0–0)
WTA Tier III, IV & V (2–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 1999 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Italy Tier IV Clay Åsa Svensson (SWE) Tina Križan (SLO)
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)
6–4, 3–6, 0–6
Win 1–1 May 2000 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Tier III Clay Florencia Labat (ARG) Kim Grant (RSA)
María Vento-Kabchi (VEN)
6–4, 6–3
Win 2–1 May 2003 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France (2) Tier III Clay Maja Matevžič (SLO) Laura Granville (USA)
Jelena Kostanić (CRO)
6–4, 6–4

ITF Circuit finals

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

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $50,000 tournaments (0–1)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (1–0)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Mar 1997 Rockford, United States $25,000 Hard Siobhan Drake-Brockman (AUS) 7–6(8–6), 6–3
Loss 1–1 Jul 1997 Peachtree City, United States $50,000 Hard María Vento-Kabchi (VEN) 4–6, 0–6
Loss 1–2 Jan 2003 Boca Raton, United States $10,000 Hard Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 3–6, 0–6

Doubles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up)

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $50,000 tournaments (1–1)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (1–1)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (1–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 1996 Fayetteville, United States $25,000 Hard Rene Simpson (CAN) Jane Chi (USA)
Kelly Wilson (USA)
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Win 2–0 Jul 1997 Peachtree City, United States $50,000 Hard Kaoru Shibata (JPN) Julie Pullin (GBR)
Amanda Wainwright (GBR)
6–4, 6–1
Loss 2–1 Feb 1999 Midland, United States $25,000 Hard (i) Kirstin Freye (GER) Liezel Huber (RSA)
Samantha Smith (GBR)
6–7(6–8), 6–0, 5–7
Loss 2–2 Aug 1999 Salt Lake City, United States $50,000 Hard Annabel Ellwood (AUS) Lisa McShea (AUS)
Rachel McQuillan (AUS)
3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Win 3–2 Jan 2003 Boca Raton, United States $10,000 Hard Sandra Cacic (USA) Shenay Perry (USA)
Ljudmila Skavronskaja (RUS)
7–5, 6–2

Junior Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1994 French Open Clay Martina Hingis (SUI) 3–6, 1–6

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 1R Q3 2R 1R 3R 1R A 0 / 5 3–5 38%
French Open Q1 Q1 Q1 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Wimbledon A Q2 Q1 Q1 1R 1R 3R 1R A 0 / 4 2–4 33%
US Open Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1 2R Q1 Q1 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–3 0–3 6–4 0–3 0–0 0 / 15 8–15 35%

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R A A 2R 0 / 6 3–6 33%
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R A 2R 1R 0 / 8 2–8 20%
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R A 1R A 0 / 7 1–7 13%
US Open Q2 QF 2R 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R A 0 / 8 9–8 53%
Win–Loss 0–0 3–3 1–4 2–4 0–4 3–4 3–4 1–1 1–3 1–2 0 / 29 15–29 34%

Mixed doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open 1R A 1R 1R A A A 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Wimbledon 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R A 2R 0 / 6 4–6 40%
US Open A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 0 / 9 4–9 31%

Wins over top-10 opponents

Jeyaseelan has a 3–7 (30%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

Wins over top-10 opponents per season
Season 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
No. Opponent Rank Event Surface Round Score Jeyaseelan
Rank
1999
1. Venus Williams (USA) 6 Amelia Island Championships, United States Clay 2R 6–4, 7–6(8–6) 140
2000
2. Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) 8 Australian Open, Australia Hard 2R 7–6(7–3), 6–4 145
3. Conchita Martínez (ESP) 4 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass 2R 6–4, 6–1 79

Titles won with partners

Partner Grand
Slams
Olympic
Games
WTA
Championships
WTA
Tier I
WTA
Tier II
WTA
Tier III/IV/V
Total
Florencia Labat (ARG) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Maja Matevžič (SLO) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Overall Total 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

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