Liudmila Samsonova
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Samsonova at the 2019 ITF Poitiers
Country (sports) Russia
(2013; 2019[1] — present)
 Italy
(2014 – 2018)
Born (1998-11-11) 11 November 1998 (age 23)
Olenegorsk, Russia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachAlessandro Dumitrache
Prize moneyUS$ 1,967,610
Singles
Career record238–146 (62.0%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 23 (26 September 2022)
Current rankingNo. 23 (26 September 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (2021, 2022)
French Open1R (2019, 2020, 2022)
Wimbledon4R (2021)
US Open4R (2022)
Doubles
Career record33–36 (47.8%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 370 (12 September 2022)
Current rankingNo. 370 (12 September 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open1R (2022)
French Open1R (2022)
US Open1R (2021, 2022)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (2020–21), record 5–0
Last updated on: 12 September 2022.

Liudmila Dmitriyevna Samsonova (Russian: Людмила Дмитриевна Самсонова, IPA: [lʲʊdˈmʲiɫə sɐmˈsonəvə]; born 11 November 1998) is a Russian tennis player. She also competed for Italy, from 2014 to 2018. Samsonova has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 23. She won her first WTA Tour title at the 2021 German Open, a WTA 500 title, and has overall won four singles titles on the WTA Tour. She has also won a total of six titles on the ITF Circuit. At the 2020–21 Billie Jean King Cup, Samsonova led the Russian team to their first triumph since 2008, winning all five of her matches in both singles and doubles.

Early life

Samsonova was born 11 November 1998 in the industrial city of Olenegorsk, Murmansk Oblast, Russia. Their family moved with the then-one-year-old Liudmila to Italy. Her father Dmitry, a table tennis player, was invited to play for the club "Ferentino" based in Torino. Her father urged her to start playing either table tennis or lawn tennis, choosing the latter. She started playing tennis at the age of six, joining Riccardo Piatti's tennis academy in Sanremo after the local tennis federation helped her financially with that. Until 2018, Liudmila represented Italy in professional tennis, before switching to the Russian flag.[2]

In July 2021, she explained the reason behind her decision was the extra pressure of competing for the Italian national team, a country where tennis is more followed than in Russia where she feels like competing only for herself, especially considering her "boom boom" hard-hitting game style.[3] Russian sources were more specific about all the reasons behind the unusual switch after turning 18 in the light of significant amount of local players switching from the Russian flag.[4] According to the Tennis Weekend, Samsonova faced problems while trying to obtain an Italian passport and there was a certain shortage of support for her as an immigrant from the Italian Tennis Federation.[5] She keeps practicing outside of Russia, as she is unsatisfied with the condition for professional tennis provided by the Russian Tennis Federation domestically.[6][7] In October 2021, Samsonova clarified she has never had an Italian citizenship and thus has never faced the option of choosing between the two flags.[8]

Liudmila admitted that if her parents had stayed in Russia she would have chosen figure skating.[2] She speaks Italian as a native language and English as her second one, and her Russian is surprisingly good considering a lack of practice.[2][5][9]

Professional career

Junior years

Samsonova reached her highest ITF junior ranking on 18 July 2016, peaking at the 65th spot on the rankings.[10] Her biggest achievements were winning consecutive ITF Junior Circuit Grade 2 tournaments in 2016, defeating notable players such as Kaja Juvan and Marta Kostyuk.[11]

2013–2016: ITF debut and first titles

In 2013, Samsonova made her professional debut at consecutive ITF Circuit tournaments in Umag, but lost both her singles matches.

2014 saw Samsonova winning her first ITF title at a $10k event in Rome, beating three seeded players to clinch the victory despite being unranked. The win allowed her debuting on the WTA rankings, at the 960th spot.

The upcoming two years saw the Russian struggle on the ITF Circuit, amassing an 11–12 win–loss record which caused her ranking to stagnate outside the best 1000 players. Nonetheless, she managed to return to the top 1000 towards the end of 2016, after reaching the final of an $10k event in Solarino.[12]

2017–2018: Breakthrough on the ITF Circuit

Samsonova's first real breakthrough came when she was leaving her teenage years. Reaching three $15k finals in Hammamet, Pula and Mâcon in 2017, respectively, the Russian almost halved her ranking and ended the year ranked 552nd.[13]

2018 was another decent year for Samsonova, having reached a total of four finals. Overriding her personal best results, the Russian won her first $25k title at the Open Castilla y León, stunning third seed Başak Eraydın in the final with the loss of just two games.[14]

Samsonova caused a huge shock at the Open de Saint-Malo, a $60k event, coming through three rounds of qualifying to lift the biggest title of her career and breaking the top 200 for the first time in her career.[15][16] Her 40–21 win–loss record helped Samsonova end the year inside the top 200 for the first time in her career.

2019: WTA Tour & Grand Slam & top 150 debut

Samsonova at the 2019 French Open where she made her Grand Slam main-draw debut
Samsonova at the 2019 French Open where she made her Grand Slam main-draw debut

Samsonova started the year with her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open, but was defeated in the second qualifying round by Karolína Muchová. Choosing to compete in higher-level WTA tournaments with her ranking, the Russian fell in the qualifying rounds of Premier tournaments in St. Petersburg, Doha[17] and Dubai.

After a five-match losing streak to start the clay-court season, Samsonova stunned several higher-ranked players, including tenth seed Marie Bouzková, to qualify for the main draw at the French Open on her first attempt.[18] Despite losing in the first round to 23rd seed Donna Vekić, she reached a new career-high ranking of world No. 153, on 10 June 2019 after the tournament.[19][20]

Reaching her second WTA Tour main draw at the rain-plagued Nottingham Open, Samsonova continued her good run of form before falling to former top-15 player Yanina Wickmayer in the final round of qualifying at the Wimbledon Championships, on her debut.

Samsonova received her first direct entry into a WTA Tour main draw at the Ladies Open Lausanne, but lost to lucky loser Han Xinyun in the second round. In the following week, despite losing to Amandine Hesse in the final qualifying round of the Palermo Ladies Open, she received an entry into the main draw by virtue of an emptied lucky-loser spot. There, she stunned fourth seed and 56th-ranked Tamara Zidanšek, in straight sets,[21] before hitting 41 winners to beat Lausanne champion Fiona Ferro in the quarterfinals to make her first WTA semifinal. However, she ran out of steam as she was defeated by eventual champion Jil Teichmann, in straight sets.[22]

Choosing not to defend her title in Saint-Malo, her ranking dipped from 131 to 163 in September, but qualifying for the main draw at the Tashkent Open allowed her to improve her ranking. Going into the ITF Poitiers, an $80k event, unseeded and looming, Samsonova strolled into the final without losing a set but lost to rising star Nina Stojanović, in straight sets.[23] Her good run continued at the WTA 125 event Open de Limoges, and reached the quarterfinals by beating top-100 players Camila Giorgi and Alizé Cornet.[24][25]

She ended the year with a 32–27 win–loss record with an impressive nine top-100 wins, partly due to competing in more WTA tournaments and facing tougher draws in the process.

2020: Steady presence on the WTA Tour

Starting the year at the Premier-level Brisbane International, Samsonova survived the qualifying rounds which included a straight-sets win over Kristina Mladenovic.[26] Drawing former US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round of the main draw, she clinched the best win of her career by beating the American in three sets, serving ten aces in the process and blasting countless winners with her "fearless aggression".[27] Although she was defeated by world No. 7, Petra Kvitová, in the second round, Samsonova headed to the Australian Open with a new career-high ranking of No. 118.[28]

Beating Wang Xiyu in the final qualifying round, Samsonova qualified for the main draw in Melbourne for the first time in her career.[29] Drawing former French Open champion, Jeļena Ostapenko, in the first round, she was outpowered and committed 24 unforced errors en route a straight-sets defeat.[30] In the match, Samsonova also set the record of hitting the fastest serve on the women's side throughout the entire tournament in 2020.[31]

Heading back to Russia for the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, she qualified for the main draw but fell to fellow Russian Anastasia Potapova in the first round.[32] Similar to 2019, Samsonova failed to qualify for the main draw at the Qatar Open and the Dubai Championships before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tour to go on a hiatus for a couple of months.

With the tour resuming at the Palermo Ladies Open, Samsonova took part in the qualifying rounds and defeated Marta Kostyuk for the second time this year en route qualifying for the main draw. Defeating Kirsten Flipkens in the first round,[33] and exacting revenge for her two losses to the Belgian in 2019, Samsonova set up an interesting clash with top seed Petra Martić. Despite leading by a set, Samsonova was unable to beat the Croatian, who ultimately reached the semifinals.[34]

Samsonova lost in the first round of both of the US Open and French Open to the resurgent Tsvetana Pironkova and eventual finalist Sofia Kenin respectively. The Russian led Kenin by a break in the final set in her first career match against a top 10 opposition.[35] She ended her year with a runner-up finish at the $25k event in Reims, falling to Océane Dodin in straight sets.[36]

2021: Maiden WTA title, Wimbledon fourth round, and top 50 debut

Samsonova made it into the Grand Slam Round of 16 for the first time at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Samsonova made it into the Grand Slam Round of 16 for the first time at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

Samsonova began her year at the Australian Open qualifying event, which was held in Dubai due to pandemic-related reasons.[37] She beat the 30th seed, former top-30 player Lesia Tsurenko, in straight sets, to book her ticket to Melbourne for a second successive year.[38] She lost in the opening round of the Yarra Valley Classic, a tune-up event to the Australian Open to Tsvetana Pironkova, but rebounded to earn her first Grand Slam main-draw victory over Paula Badosa, recovering from 3–5 down in the final set to triumph.[39] Her run ended in the second round, in the hands of world No. 14, Garbiñe Muguruza, in straight sets.[40] She ended her trip in Australia with another successful qualifying campaign at the Adelaide International, reaching the main draw and challenging sixth seed Martić to three sets.[41]

Samsonova returned to the tour at the Miami Open, where she qualified for the main draw with consecutive wins. In the first round of the main draw, she beat fellow hard-hitting Camila Giorgi in straight sets.[42] She then earned the biggest win of her career over world No.11 Kiki Bertens after losing just three games, reaching the third round of a WTA 1000 event for the first time in her career.[43] Samsonova lost to Maria Sakkari eventually.[44]

Samsonova then began her clay-court campaign at the Charleston Open and MUSC Health Women's Open, held at the same venue in consecutive weeks. She suffered early losses to Coco Gauff[45] and Clara Tauson[46] in both tournaments, respectively. As a lucky loser, Samsonova reached the second round of the Emilia-Romagna Open, before being defeated by Martic once again. She then suffered a shock loss in the first round of qualifying at the French Open, losing to Aleksandra Krunić in three sets.[47]

Beginning her first career grass-court season at the German Open in Berlin, starting as a qualifier, she reached her first WTA final. Her campaign began with a tight win over Ana Konjuh in a final-set tiebreak to qualify for the main draw, before stunning Markéta Vondroušová in the first round. Samsonova then reached her first WTA 500 quarterfinal with a straight-sets defeat of compatriot Veronika Kudermetova, not facing a break point throughout the encounter.[48] Samsonova then prevailed 7–6, 2–6, 7–6 over former top-10 player Madison Keys, saving 8/11 break points in the match,[49] and followed it up with a bigger upset over two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka in the semifinal.[50] In the final, she upset world No. 12, Belinda Bencic, from a set down to win her maiden WTA title in her career.[51] With this run she climbed 43 spots to reach a career-high ranking of world No. 63, on 21 June 2021.[52][53]

By virtue of her Berlin run, she also received a wildcard into the main draw of Wimbledon, making her debut in the main draw.[54] There, she rode on her momentum and reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career after defeating the giant-killing Kaia Kanepi,[55] 22nd seed Jessica Pegula and former Grand Slam champion Sloane Stephens in three sets.[56] In her first appearance in the second week of a major, she lost to eventual finalist Karolína Plíšková in straight sets. Following this best run in her career, she made her top 60 debut.[57]

Contesting the main draws of the Canadian Open and the Western and Southern Open for the first time in her career, Samsonova recorded a good win over top-20 player Elena Rybakina but lost to Sara Sorribes Tormo[58] and Victoria Azarenka[59], respectively. Samsonova won her first main-draw match at the US Open over Katie Boulter.[60]

Samsonova, seeded seventh at the Luxembourg Open, defeated Misaki Doi and Océane Dodin to reach her first quarterfinal since Berlin. There, she stunned the top seed Bencic once again, prevailing in straight sets.[61] She lost to Jeļena Ostapenko in the semifinals, but reached another new career-high ranking after the tournament.[62] Samsonova made her main-draw debut at the Indian Wells Open, triumphing over Kateryna Kozlova in the first round,[63] but fell to compatriot Kudermetova in the second round.[64]

She lost to Ajla Tomljanović in the first round of the Kremlin Cup.[65] Samsonova then reached the semifinals of the Courmayeur Ladies Open but lost to Tauson once again, this time after having five match points.[66] Nonetheless, she managed to make her top 40 debut after the tournament. She ended season at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, making her debut in the tournament but played a pivotal role in clinching the title for Russia as she went unbeaten throughout the week.[67] She clinched singles wins over Sloane Stephens[68] and Belinda Bencic[69] and extended her head-to-head record against both players to 3–0. She also partnered Veronika Kudermetova and won all six sets they contested, defeating Canada,[70] France[71] and the United States.[68]

2022: WTA 1000 & US Open fourth rounds, top 25 debut, three titles

Samsonova began her season at the Melbourne Summer Set 1 but suffered a first-round defeat to former top-10 player Andrea Petkovic.[72] The Russian reached her first quarterfinal of the season at the Adelaide International 2 but lost to Madison Keys.[73] At the Australian Open, Samsonova beat qualifier Emina Bektas in the first round, reaching the second round for the second consecutive year.[74]

She lost in the qualifying rounds of the Dubai Tennis Championships[75] before falling to Alizé Cornet in the first round of the Qatar Open, in a three-set match.[76]

Nonetheless, she found form at the Indian Wells Open where she made the fourth round of a WTA 1000 event for the first time in her career.[77] However, she lost to Petra Martić in the fourth round in their fourth consecutive meeting.[78]

During the American Tour, Samsonova collected two back-to-back titles. First, she played at the Washington Open, and won five matches including a second-round win over top 10 Emma Raducanu.[79] In the final she defeated Kaia Kanepi after losing the first set.[80] Her next stop was supposed to be Canadian Open qualifying but she was forced to withdrawal due to still playing at Washington D.C. She then played at the Tennis in the Land tournament in Cleveland. Beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the final, she won her second title of the year and recorded her tenth consecutive win.[81]

At the US Open, she reached the fourth round for the first time at this major defeating qualifier Sara Bejlek, 14th seed Leylah Fernandez, and Aleksandra Krunic.[82] In the fourth round, she lost to Ajla Tomljanović, after losing an intense one hour first set battle, losing eight set points and a 20 minute game.[83]

In Tokyo, she defeated Elena Rybakina, Wang Xinyu[84], third seed Garbiñe Muguruza[85], and Zhang Shuai to reached her third final of the season.[86] In the final, she beat first-time finalist Zheng Qinwen to win her fourth career WTA title.[87]

Billie Jean King Cup

Samsonova competed for the Russia Billie Jean King Cup team since 2021, securing her first nomination at the 2020–21 Billie Jean King Cup Finals where she was the fifth-ranked singles player for Russia.[88] She made her debut in doubles alongside Kudermetova, defeating world No.5 Gabriela Dabrowski and Rebecca Marino 6-3, 6-1 to earn a winning debut.[70] Continuing her partnership with Kudermetova, they defeated Clara Burel and Alizé Cornet in 47 minutes to seal a 2-1 win over France, booking their spot in the semifinals.[71] Samsonova was pivotal in Russia's win over the United States as she made her singles debut against Sloane Stephens, coming from a set and multiple break points down to win the first rubber. She then came back alongside Kudermetova to beat Shelby Rogers and CoCo Vandeweghe and seal a spot in the final.[68] In the final, Samsonova continued her unbeaten run in the tournament, coming in as a late replacement for an injured Pavlyuchenkova to stun Belinda Bencic, once again from a set down, to clinch the title for Russia.[69]

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.[89]

Singles

Current through the 2022 Tokyo.

Tournaments 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q2 1R 2R 2R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
French Open 1R 1R Q1 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Wimbledon Q3 NH 4R A[a] 0 / 1 3–1 75%
US Open Q2 1R 2R 4R 0 / 3 4–3 57%
Win–loss 0–1 0–3 5–3 4–3 0 / 10 9–10 47%
National representation
Billie Jean King Cup[b] A W[c] 1 / 1 2–0 100%
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open[d] Q2 Q2 A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Indian Wells Open A NH 2R 4R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Miami Open A NH 3R 2R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Madrid Open A NH A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Italian Open A Q1 Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canadian Open A NH 2R A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Cincinnati Open A Q2 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wuhan Open A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
China Open A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Mexican Open NMS/NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Career statistics
Tournaments 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win%
Tournaments 6 6 18 17 Career total: 47
Titles 0 0 1 3 Career total: 4
Finals 0 0 1 3 Career total: 4
Hardcourt W–L 0–2 1–4 14–12 23–7 3 / 28 38–25 60%
Clay W–L 4–3 1–2 2–4 3–4 0 / 13 10–13 43%
Grass W–L 0–1 0–0 8–1 1–3 1 / 6 9–5 64%
Overall W–L 4–6 2–6 24–17 27–14 4 / 47 57–43 57%
Win % 40% 25% 59% 66% Career total: 57%
Year-end ranking 139 127 39 $1,678,960

Doubles

Current through the 2022 Toray Pan Pacific Open.

Tournaments 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
French Open A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A NH A A[a] 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 0 / 4 0–4 0%
National representation
Billie Jean King Cup[b] A W[e] 1 / 1 3–0 100%
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open[d] A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Indian Wells Open A NH A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Miami Open A NH A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Madrid Open A NH A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Italian Open A A A 2R[f] 0 / 1 1–0 100%
Canadian Open A NH A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Cincinnati Open A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wuhan Open A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
China Open A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Mexican Open NMS/NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Career statistics
Tournaments 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win%
Tournaments 1 0 2 9 Career total: 12
Hardcourt W–L 0–1 0–0 3–2 2–4 0 / 8 5–7 42%
Clay W–L 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0 / 3 1–2 33%
Grass W–L 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Overall W–L 0–1 0–0 3–2 3–7 0 / 12 6–10 38%
Win % 0%  –  60% 30% Career total: 38%
Year-end ranking n/a n/a 1348

WTA career finals

Singles: 4 (4 titles)

Legend
Grand Slam
WTA 1000
WTA 500 (2–0)
WTA 250 (2–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2021 German Open WTA 500 Grass Switzerland Belinda Bencic 1–6, 6–1, 6–3
Win 2–0 Aug 2022 Washington Open, United States WTA 250 Hard Estonia Kaia Kanepi 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Win 3–0 Aug 2022 Tennis in Cleveland, United States WTA 250 Hard Main Page Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6–1, 6–3
Win 4–0 Sep 2022 Pan Pacific Open, Japan WTA 500 Hard China Zheng Qinwen 7–5, 7–5

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runner–ups)

Legend
$80,000 tournaments (0–1)
$60,000 tournaments (1–0)
$25,000 tournaments (1–2)
$15,000 tournaments (0–4)
$10,000 tournaments (2–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2014 ITF Rome, Italy 10,000 Clay Switzerland Tess Sugnaux 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Win 2–0 Nov 2016 ITF Solarino, Italy 10,000 Carpet Netherlands Kelly Versteeg 3–6, 6–0, 6–1
Loss 2–1 Mar 2017 ITF Mâcon, France 15,000 Hard (i) France Mallaurie Noël 5–7, 2–6
Loss 2–2 May 2017 ITF Pula, Italy 15,000 Clay Chile Fernanda Brito 3–6, 3–6
Loss 2–3 Dec 2017 ITF Hammamet, Tunisia 15,000 Clay Russia Daria Lodikova 6–7(8–10), 4–6
Loss 2–4 Mar 2018 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 15,000 Hard Bulgaria Julia Terziyska 7–6(7–4), 0–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 2–5 Jun 2018 ITF Padua, Italy 25,000 Clay France Fiona Ferro 5–7, 3–6
Win 3–5 Aug 2018 ITF El Espinar, Spain 25,000 Hard Turkey Başak Eraydın 6–2, 6–0
Win 4–5 Sep 2018 L'Open de Saint-Malo, France 60,000+H Clay Ukraine Katarina Zavatska 6–0, 6–2
Loss 4–6 Oct 2019 ITF Poitiers, France 80,000 Hard (i) Serbia Nina Stojanović 2–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 4–7 Oct 2020 ITF Reims, France 25,000 Hard (i) France Océane Dodin 4–6, 2–6

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner–up)

Legend
$15,000 tournaments (0–1)
$10,000 tournaments (2–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2015 ITF Pula, Italy 10,000 Clay Italy Bianca Turati Belgium India Maggen
Switzerland Tess Sugnaux
6–4, 6–2
Win 2–0 Aug 2016 ITF Tarvisio, Italy 10,000 Clay Italy Chiara Quattrone Italy Angelica Moratelli
Italy Anna-Giulia Remondina
3–6, 6–4, [10–6]
Loss 2–1 Dec 2017 ITF Cordenons, Italy 15,000 Clay (i) Italy Lucia Bronzetti Italy Federica Di Sarra
Italy Michele Alexandra Zmău
2–6, 6–1, [8–10]

Billie Jean King Cup participation

Legend
Finals (5–0)

Singles (2–0)

Edition Round Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Result
2020–21 F SF Nov 2021 Prague (CZE) United States United States Hard (i) Sloane Stephens W 1–6, 6–4, 6–3
F F Nov 2021 Switzerland Switzerland Belinda Bencic W 3–6, 6–3, 6–4

Doubles (3–0)

Edition Round Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Result
2020–21 F RR Nov 2021 Prague (CZE) Canada Canada Hard (i) Veronika Kudermetova Gabriela Dabrowski
Rebecca Marino
W 6–3, 6–1
Nov 2021 France France Veronika Kudermetova Clara Burel
Alizé Cornet
W 6–2, 6–1
F SF Nov 2021 United States United States Veronika Kudermetova Shelby Rogers
CoCo Vandeweghe
W 6–3, 6–3

WTA Tour career earnings

Current after the 2022 Citi Open.

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
2015 0 0 0 1,539 1260
2016 0 0 0 1,772 1169
2017 0 0 0 7,209 694
2018 0 0 0 27,122 351
2019 0 0 0 170,673 177
2020 0 0 0 243,258 106
2021 0 1 1 695,255 48
2022 0 3 3 488,946 63
Career 0 4 4 1,645,760 320

Career Grand Slam statistics

Grand Slam seedings

The tournaments won by Samsonova are in boldface, and advanced into finals by Samsonova are in italics.

Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
2019 did not qualify qualifier did not qualify did not qualify
2020 qualifier not seeded cancelled not seeded
2021 qualifier did not qualify wild card not seeded
2022 not seeded 25th absent/expelled[a] not seeded

Best Grand Slam results details

Head-to-head records

Record against top 10 players

Active players are in boldface.[90]

Player Record W% Hard Clay Grass Last match
No. 1 ranked players
Belarus Victoria Azarenka 1–1 50% 0–1 1–0 Lost (2–6, 3–6) at 2021 Cincinnati
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 1–1 50% 1–0 0–1 Won (6–4, 6–4) at 2022 Stuttgart
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 1–1 50% 1–1 Won (6–4, 6–2) at 2022 Tokyo
Poland Iga Świątek 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 5–7 at 2022 Stuttgart Open
No. 2 ranked players
Russia Vera Zvonareva 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–2, 7–5) at 2021 Cincinnati Qualifying
Spain Paula Badosa 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 7–5) at 2021 Australian Open
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (3–6, 2–6) at 2020 Brisbane
No. 3 ranked players
United States Sloane Stephens 3–0 100% 2–0 1–0 Won (1–6, 6–4, 6–3) at 2021 Billie Jean King Cup
Greece Maria Sakkari 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (0–6, 1–6) at 2021 Miami
No. 4 ranked players
Switzerland Belinda Bencic 3–0 100% 2–0 1–0 Won (3–6, 6–3, 6–4) at 2021 Billie Jean King Cup
Netherlands Kiki Bertens 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–2, 6–1) at 2021 Miami
United States Sofia Kenin 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (4–6, 6–3, 3–6) at 2020 French Open
No. 5 ranked players
United States Jessica Pegula 1–2 33% 0–1 0–1 1–0 Lost (6–4, 3–6, 4–6) at 2022 Rome
Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko 0–2 0% 0–2 Lost (1–6, 6–7(4–7)) at 2021 Luxembourg
No. 7 ranked players
United States Madison Keys 1–1 50% 0–1 1–0 Lost (3–6, 6–3, 3–6) at 2022 Adelaide 2
No. 8 ranked players
United States Coco Gauff 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 Lost (6–4, 1–6, 4–6) at 2021 Charleston
No. 9 ranked players
Germany Andrea Petkovic 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (3–6, 6–7(3–7)) at 2022 Melbourne 1
No. 10 ranked players
United Kingdom Emma Raducanu 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (7–6(8–6), 6–1) at 2022 Washington
France Kristina Mladenovic 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–1, 6–4) at 2020 Brisbane qualifying
Total 16–15 52% 10–10
(50%)
1–4
(20%)
5–1
(83%)
current through the 2022 Tokyo

Wins over top-10 players

Season 2022 Total
Wins 2 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score LSR
2022
1. Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková No. 7 Stuttgart Open, Germany Clay (i) 2R 6–4, 6–4 No. 31
2. United Kingdom Emma Raducanu No. 10 Washington Open, United States Hard QF 7–6(8–6), 6–1 No. 60

Double-bagel matches

Result W–L Year Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Rank Rd LSR
Win 1–0 2017 ITF Solarino, Italy 15,000 Carpet Italy Maria Viviani N/A 1R No. 755
Win 2–0 2017 ITF Torino, Italy 25,000 Clay Italy Anna Turati N/A Q1 No. 614
Win 3–0 2018 ITF Pula, Italy 25,000 Clay Poland Aleksandra Buczyńska N/A Q1 No. 588
Win 4–0 2018 ITF Rome, Italy 25,000 Clay Italy Carlotta Capanna N/A Q1 No. 527
Win 5–0 2018 ITF Padova, Italy 25,000 Clay Italy Francesca Covi N/A Q1 No. 461
Win 6–0 2022 Stuttgart Open, Germany WTA 500 Clay (i) France Chloé Paquet No. 103 1R No. 31

Longest winning streak

13-match win streak (2022)

# Tournament Category Start date Surface Rd Opponent Rank Score
Bad Homburg Open WTA 250 19 June 2022 Grass 1R Kamilla Rakhimova (Q) No. 111 6–7(6–8), 4–6
1 Washington Open WTA 250 1 August 2022 Hard 1R Belgium Elise Mertens (5) No. 30 7–6(7–4), 6–4
2 2R Australia Ajla Tomljanović No. 69 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
3 QF United Kingdom Emma Raducanu (2) No. 10 7–6(8–6), 6–1
4 SF China Wang Xiyu (LL) No. 95 6–1, 6–1
5 W (1) Estonia Kaia Kanepi (6) No. 37 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
6 Tennis in the Land WTA 250 21 August 2022 Hard 1R Iryna Shymanovich (LL) No. 322 6–1, 6–0
7 2R Germany Laura Siegemund (Q) No. 216 6–2, 6–1
8 QF Poland Magda Linette No. 67 6–4, 6–3
9 SF United States Bernarda Pera No. 51 6–1, 6–2
10 W (2) Aliaksandra Sasnovich (7) No. 36 6–1, 6–3
11 US Open Grand Slam 29 August 2022 Hard 1R Czech Republic Sára Bejlek (Q) No. 209 6–3, 6–1
12 2R Canada Leylah Fernandez (14) No. 14 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
13 3R Serbia Aleksandra Krunić No. 96 6–3, 6–3
4R Australia Ajla Tomljanović No. 46 6–7(8–10), 1–6

Awards

International
National

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Suspended due to the ban of Russian and Belarusian athletes in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  2. ^ a b Formerly known as Fed Cup until 2020.
  3. ^ Edition is split into the two years due to COVID-19.
  4. ^ a b The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Total Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The Premier 5 tournaments were reclassified as WTA 1000 tournaments in 2021. Cite error: The named reference "DubaiDoha" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ Edition is split into the two years due to COVID-19.
  6. ^ Withdrew during the tournament. Not counted as a loss.

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Awards and achievements Preceded byNew Award Billie Jean King Cup Finals MVP 2021 Succeeded byIncumbent