BILLIE JEAN KING CUP TIES 4
Last updated: 04/12/2023
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Get to know Olivia Nicholls
- Nickname: Liv
- Place of birth: Norwich, England
- Lives: Norwich, England
- Trains: Loughborough and the National Tennis Centre in London
- Tennis idols: Roger Federer
- Likes: Watching Norwich City FC, most sports, cooking and a good cuppa!
- Favourite early tennis memory: Spending the summer holidays going from one grass tournament to the next with her best friend and their brothers!
Introduced to tennis by her mum at Acle Tennis Club in Norwich.
Most important people on her tennis journey:
Her coaches and support network when she was at Loughborough University: "James Buswell, Tom Kiesel and the rest of the team at Loughborough helped me develop as a player and gave me the belief to go on to play professionally after graduating. Also my parents have supported me all the way through my career."
In October, Nicholls and Barnett joined forces once again at the Open Capfinances Rouen Metropole, where they missed out on a spot in the final to Anna Bondar and Kimberley Zimmermann, 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-1.
British duo Nicholls and Alicia Barnett lost in the opening round of the women's doubles at Wimbledon.
However, Nicholls and Jonny O'Mara enjoyed a brilliant run that took them to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles. The Brits took out fifth seeds Matthew Ebden and Ellen Perez 7-5, 7-5 to book their spot in the mixed doubles semi-final, where they lost out to eventual champions Mate Pavic and Lyudmyla Kichenok 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3.
Nicholls and Barnett then headed to the W100 Vitoria-Gasteiz event where they sprinted to the silverware, after beating Estelle Cascino & Diana Marcinkevica 6-3, 6-4 in the final to wrap up the title without dropping a set.
Nicholls and Barnett kicked off their grass court season in style after finishing runners up in the women's doubles event at the Lexus Surbiton Trophy.
In the final, the all-British pair faced Yanina Wickmayer and Sophie Chang, but missed out on the crown in a 6-4, 6-1 defeat.
Barnett and Nicholls then went on to compete at the W100 Wiesbaden event, where they made it to the semi-finals before missing out to Australian duo Jaimee Fourlis and Olivia Gadecki 6-4, 7-5.
Nicholls was selected to represent Great Britain in their Billie Jean King Cup qualifying tie against France at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
Despite Great Britain having already lost their qualifying tie against France, Nicholls and Barnett stepped up to face Clara Burel and reigning French Open doubles champion, Kristina Mladenovic for the doubles rubber. With the scoreboard settled at one point a piece, a decisive tie-break saw the British duo fight back from 8-2 down, to clinch match victory, 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 to continue their fine form in Billie Jean King Cup ties.
Nicholls and Barnett lifted their first doubles title of the year together at the W60 Trnava in Slovakia.
The British pair dominated the field throughout the week, and cruised through to their ninth title together without dropping a single set. In the final, they came out on top against third seeds Amina Anshba and Anastasia Detiuc in a 6-3, 6-3 victory.
Nicholls and Barnett rounded off their year by making it to the final at the W125 Open BLS de Limoges event.
There, the British doubles duo faced first seeds Oksana Kalashnikova and Marta Kostyuk but were eventually defeated 5-7, 1-6 to finish runners up.
Nicholls was selected to represent Great Britain at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Glasgow and became Colour Holder No.321 with a 7-5, 6-3 win against Wimbledon champion, Elena Rybakina and world No.11, Anna Danilina.
The success continued to pour in for the British duo in Great Britain’s tie against Spain, ousting Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov and Rebeka Masarova in their deciding doubles rubber to book the home nation a spot in the semi-finals for the first time since 1981. However, it wasn't meant to be for the British pair who marginally lost out 7-6(1), 6(5)-7, (10-6) against Australia's Storm Sanders and Sam Stosur in a nail-biting deciding doubles rubber.
The Brits reached the quarter-finals at the WTA 500 Agel Open, but lost to Alicja Rosolska & Erin Routliffe 6-1, 6-2.
The British team reached the quarter-finals at the Tallinn Open but lost out to Ulrikke Eikeri and Tereza Mihalikova 6-4, 5-7, 10-5..
Nicholls and Barnett found more success in Poland after beating top seeds Vivian Heisen and Katarzyna Kawa to secure the biggest title of their careers at the W100 Grodzisk Mazowiecki. This victory saw Nicholls break into the WTA top 100 for the first time in her career.
Nicholls reached a new career high ranking of world No.72 at the end of August off the back of her first WTA title with Barnett in Granby. The duo defeated fellow Brit Harriet Dart and Rosalie Van der Hoek 5-7, 6-3, 10-1 in the final to claim their maiden tour trophy.
Nicholls and Barnett commemorated their Wimbledon debut with a first round victory over Kaia Kanepi and Renata Voracova but lost out on a place in the third following their 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) defeat to 15th seeds, Raluca Olaru and Nadiia Kichenok.
The pair proceeded to reach their second consecutive semi-final in Wiesbaden before bowing out of the tournament, losing 6-1, 6-3 to Andrea Gamiz and Eva Vedder.
Fast forward to La Bisbal D’Emporda where Nicholls and Barnett reached yet another final on clay before suffering defeat to Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva and Renata Zarazua 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.
British duo, Nicholls and Alicia Barnett, served their way to the final of the Lyon Open after overcoming a nail-biting showdown where they came back from 6-0, 4-0 down to beat Britain’s Sam Murray Sharan and partner, Ulrikke Eikeri. The two, however, settled with runners-up as they lost in straight sets to Laura Seigemund and Vera Zvonareva.
Another final awaited at the W60 Grenoble, where Nicholls and Barnett too on Lily Miyazaki and Prarthana Thombare. The British duo ended up runners-up again, losing 6-3, 6-3 in the final match.
A strong start to the season saw Nicholls and her partner Alicia Barnett reach the semi-finals at the W25 in Bath, before moving on to the W60 Andrezieux-Boutheon. Here the pair finished runners-up, losing 6-4, 6-1 to Estelle Cascino and Jessika Ponchet in the final.
- 25k ITF Title in Figueira Da Foz
- Three ITF 60k finals
- Playing for the Jack’s at the Battle of the Brits.
- Playing Wimbledon qualifying for the first time.
- Winning four consecutive ITF titles.
- Winning a bronze medal at the World University Games in Taipei.
Stayed in education all the way through to university. Played a number of different sports from a young age and didn’t start travelling internationally until she was 23.
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