|Liudmila Samsonova Quick Info
|5 ft 11 in
|Date of Birth
|November 11, 1998
Liudmila Samsonova is a Russian professional tennis player who competed for Italy from 2014 to 2018 and then started representing Russia in professional tennis.
Liudmila Dmitriyevna Samsonova
Olenegorsk, Murmansk Oblast, Russia
With financial help from the local tennis federation, Samsonova trained at Riccardo Piatti’s tennis academy.
Professional Tennis Player
- Father – Dmitry (Table Tennis Player, Played for the club Ferentino)
Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
67 kg or 147.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Liudmila Samsonova Facts
- She was 1 year old when her family moved from Russia to Italy after her father received an invitation to play for the club Ferentino based in Turin.
- It was her father who encouraged her to start playing either table tennis or lawn tennis and she decided to pick the latter.
- Liudmila Samsonova made her professional debut at consecutive ITF Circuit tournaments in Umag in 2013. She lost both of her singles matches.
- She represented Itlay in professional tennis until 2018 and then switched to the Russian flag.
- Despite being unranked, she won her first ITF title at a $10k event in Rome in 2014. She defeated three of the seeded players to secure the win. With this victory, she debuted on the WTA rankings at the 960th spot.
- After a struggle of around 2 years, Liudmila Samsonova made it to the top 1000 towards the end of 2016 after reaching the final of a $10k event in Solarino.
- On July 18, 2016, she reached her highest ITF junior ranking, peaking at the 65th spot on the rankings.
- During her junior years, her biggest achievements were winning consecutive ITF Junior Circuit Grade 2 tournaments in 2016, defeating notable players such as Kaja Juvan and Marta Kostyuk.
- At the Open Castilla y León in 2018, she won her first $25k title stunning third seed Başak Eraydın in the final with the loss of just two games.
- She made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open in 2019. However, she was defeated in the second qualifying round by Karolína Muchová.
- At the 2019 Ladies Open Lausanne, Liudmila Samsonova received her first direct entry into a WTA Tour main draw. She lost to lucky loser Han Xinyun in the second round.
- At the 2019 ITF Poitiers, she strolled into the final without losing a set but was eventually defeated by Nina Stojanović in straight sets.
- At the WTA 125 Open de Limoges in 2019, she made it to the quarterfinals by beating top-100 players Camila Giorgi and Alizé Cornet.
- Liudmila Samsonova ended the year 2019 with a 32–27 win–loss record with an impressive nine top-100 wins.
- She failed to qualify for the main draw at the Qatar Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships in 2020.
- In 2020, she lost in the first round of both the US Open (to Tsvetana Pironkova) and the French Open (to eventual finalist Sofia Kenin).
- In 2021, Liudmila Samsonova started competing for the Russian team and secured her first nomination at the 2020–21 Billie Jean King Cup Finals where she was the fifth-ranked singles player for Russia. She led the Russian team to their first triumph (since 2008), winning all five of her matches in both singles and doubles.
- At the 2021 Miami Open, she qualified for the main draw with consecutive wins and then beat fellow hard-hitting Camila Giorgi in straight sets in the first round.
- She started her clay-court campaign at the Charleston Open and MUSC Health Women’s Open in 2021.
- At the 2021 WTA German Open, she began her first career grass-court season.
- Liudmila Samsonova’s native language is Italian and she speaks English as her second language. She also has a good command of the Russian language.
- She has stated that if her parents had stayed in Russia, she would have chosen figure skating.
Featured Image by si.robi / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0