Jane O’Donoghue

19 March 2011

Sport/Event >
Tennis – singles and women’s doubles

Date and Place of Birth >
1983, Billinge

Coached by >
Iain Bates

Occupation >
Full-time player

Biography >
Jane started playing tennis aged 10 and turned professional at 17.  She rapidly established herself as one of the country’s best players, achieving a career high ranking of two in Britain and 185 in the world. Jane has been a long-standing member of Britain’s Federation Cup team.

She made her Wimbledon debut in 2002, reaching the first round, but then having the misfortune to draw defending champion Venus Williams. At Wimbeldon in 2005 she won her opening round match against upward rising German player Anna-Lena Groenefield, before losing her second round contest against France’s Natalie Dechy, seeded 16.

Towards the end of 2006 Jane transferred to train at the LTA’s Academy at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village, where Kevin Mannion, hner strength and conditioning coach, is based. LTA coach Iain Bates coaches Jane, with Simon Jones, who heads up the Academy, overseeing her progress.

Jane has enjoyed training at the Sports Training Village and in 2007 aims to work her way back up the national and world rankings.

Competitive Record >
Under-18s Junior Nationals: semi-finals women’s singles, 2000

The Championships, Wimbledon: 1st round women’s singles, Wimbledon 2002

$50,000 Gifu tournament: semi-finals women’s singles, Gifu, Japan, May 2005

The Championships, Wimbledon: 2nd round women’s singles, June Wimbledon 2005

$10,000 Frinton tournament: semi-finals women’s singles, Frinton, July 2006

$10,000 Wrexham tournament: silver women’s singles, Wrexham, August 2006

$10,000 London-Cumberland tournament: gold women’s doubles (with Karen Paterson) August 2006

$10,000 Mollerusa tournament: silver women’s doubles (with Karen Paterson) Mollerusa, Spain, September 2006

$10,000 Nottingham tournament: quarter-finals women’s singles, September 2006

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