Bethanie Mattek-Sands life and biography

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Bethanie Mattek-Sands biography

Date of birth : 1985-03-23
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-04-29
Credited as : tennis player, WTA tour, 2012 Australian Open, Horia Tecau

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Bethanie Mattek-Sands is an American professional tennis player who competes on the WTA Tour. She lives in Miami, Florida but trains in Phoenix, Arizona. Mattek has won five singles and three doubles titles on the ITF Circuit, and her best results on the WTA Tour to date are reaching the semifinals of the tournaments in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2005 and Birmingham, United Kingdom in 2008 and the finals of the Bell Challenge in 2008 and 2010. In doubles, she has won nine WTA Tour titles. Mattek also plays for the New York Sportimes for World Team Tennis.

Born in Rochester, Minnesota, now resides in Miami, Florida.

In 2009, despite a tough singles season, Mattek-Sands was able to add three doubles titles having won Charleston, SC, Stuttgart, Germany, and Warsaw, Poland. Along with winning two doubles titles, she and partner Nadia Petrova made the SemiFinals of Ponte Vedra, FL, QuarterFinals of US Open and the QuarterFinals of the French Open but not before beating the Williams Sisters in a 3hr 18min battle in the 3rd Round of Roland Garros. Mattek-Sands and Petrova were one of only two teams to beat the Williams Sisters in all of 2009. These captivating performances allowed her to climb to a career high #17. Throughout her career, Mattek has accumulated seven (8) Sony Ericcson WTA Tour Doubles Titles; five (5) ITF Women’s Circuit Singles Titles; and three (3) ITF Women’s Circuit Doubles Titles.

Mattek-Sands began playing tennis at age 5 having trained at the world famous Evert Academy and played her first pro event at just 14yrs old (1999.) Over the course of Bethanie’s career, she has amassed an impressive cumulative earning of over One million dollars. Mattek-Sands’s outgoing, fun and carefree personality has won her fans worldwide both on and off the court. She is also known for an adventurous sense of fashion having had many stories published about her on court attire and the unique personality she has brought to the game of tennis. Along with being a fashionista on and off the courts, Mattek-Sands can also be found cooking it up at home in her kitchen and spending some of her down time enjoying the outdoors.

Bethanie started her year representing the USA in the 2012 Hopman Cup with Mardy Fish. Mattek-Sands came up short in her singles matches vs Wimbledon Champ, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and Denmark's World #1 Caroline Wozniacki but managed to get a 6–4, 6–4 win over Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in the third tie. After an early exit from Hopman Cup, Beth looked forward to playing in singles at the Moorilla Hobart International where she is the defending finalist and playing doubles with parter, Jarmila Gajdošová. Once again, Bethanie did not disappoint the Perth crowds with fabulous and fierce outfits and multi-colored hair. Solidifying her status as the WTA's very own, Lady Gaga.

In her opening round match in Hobart, Bethanie defeated Aussie Wildcard, Ashleigh Barty 6–2, 6–2. However, she had a three-set loss to Sorana Cirstea 6–2, 3–6, 5–7. Bethanie/Jarmila reached the semi-finals of women's doubles before she had to retire 1–3 due to a neck injury.

At the 2012 Australian Open Bethanie was stuck with the tough draw of a top 8 seed in the form of Agnieszka Radwańska. After a spectacular display of tennis, Mattek-Sands came up short, unable to emulate her first set form, losing in 3 sets, 7–6, 4–6, 2–6. In the doubles competition, she reached the third round with Jarmila before losing to the Indian/Russian pairing of Sania Mirza & Elena Vesnina.

In the mixed doubles competition at the 2012 Australian Open, Bethanie and the 27-year-old Romanian partner, Horia Tecau, finally had their breakthrough moment defeating title favorites, Bhuphati/Mirza in the semi-finals, 6–3, 6–3 to reach their first mixed doubles grand slam final together. They then went on to win the title by defeating the team of Elena Vesnina and Leander Paes in the finals 6-3, 5-7, [10-3]. Mattek-Sands was the only American, man or woman, to win a title at the 2012 Australian Open.

She is next scheduled to play qualies for the indoors tournament in Paris.

Mattek-Sands is represented by CMPR which is run by Steve Webster. Webster is married to UCLA Women’s Tennis Head Coach Stella Sampras and also represents Stella’s brother, tennis legend Pete Sampras.

Doubles Titles

2010: Ponte Vedra Beach
2009: Charleston, Stuttgart, Warsaw
2008: Bogotá, Amelia Island
2007: Cincinnati
2004: Vancouver

PERSONAL:

Coached by Adam Altschuler; fitness coach is Jay Schroeder
Began playing at age 5; spent time as a child at the Evert and Rick Macci academies
Father, Tim, is an accountant; mother, Heidi, is a nurse; has two brothers, Chad and Andrew, and one sister, Alison; has one dog, Ruger
Married Justin Sands on November 29, 2008 (formerly Bethanie Mattek)
Enjoys shopping, fashion, dancing, watching squash and NFL football
Favorite city is New York
Admires Brett Favre and Michael Jordan; tennis players most admired are Steffi Graf, Monica Seles
Likes Starbucks coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts.

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