Last updated: 28/06/2023
Last updated: 28/06/2023
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Get to know Naiktha Bains
Naiktha Baines is supported by the LTA’s Men’s & Women’s Programme – a range of financial, coaching and medical support offered to developing young players with potential to be selected for the LTA Pro Scholarship Programme.
- Place of birth: Leeds
- Lives: Brisbane
- Trains: Brisbane / National Tennis Centre
- Family: Moved to Brisbane age 8 for her dad’s work, still has friends in Leeds and travels back and forth regularly.
Bains and Maia Lumsden's doubles season continued to go from strength-to-strength with another semi-final appearance at the W60 Zagreb.
With the momentum firmly under their belts, Bains and Lumsden went on to make it three wins in three weeks at the W25 Nottingham event. Faced with second seeds Jia-Jing Lu and Elena Malygina, the British pair remained level-headed despite dropping the opening set, to eventually wrap up the title 4-6, 6-4, (10-6).
Bains joined forces with Lumsden for the W25 Nottingham event, where they were crowned doubles champions after overcoming Rutuja Bhosale and Ankita Raina 6-1, 6-4 in the final to wrap up the title without dropping a set.
The pair competed at the W40+H Calvi event, where they made it two titles in two weeks. The second seeds cruised to the final and put up a strong fight against top seeds Estelle Cascino and Ankita Raina - ultimately clinching the win 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to take the crown and mark their second title of the year together.
In February, Bains teamed up with Australia's Destanee Aiava for the doubles event at W25 Burnie.
The second seeds dominated the doubles field, cruising through to the final where they faced Australia’s Lily Fairclough and New Zealand’s Olivia Gadecki. Bains and Aiava rode the momentum, eventually clinching a 6-3, 7-5 win to lift their first trophy of the season.
November was another successful month for Bains, as she claimed a fourth doubles title of the season at the W25 Traralgon, as well as reaching the finals of the singles. Bains teamed up with Alana Parnaby to triumph to a 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over Haruna Arakawa and Natsuho Arakawa.
Bains continued her success down under, joining forces with Alexandra Bozovic to win the W25 Cairns doubles title without losing a set. They finished with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Destanee Aiava and Lisa Mays in the final.
Going from strength to strength in Cairns, Bains proceeded to finish runner-up in the singles event, marking her first singles final of the season.
Bains and Lumsden advanced to their fourth final of the season following a comfortable straight-sets win over Alexandra Bozovic and Fang-Hsien Wu at the W25 Foxhhills tournament, but fell just short to compatriots Freya Christie and Ali Collins 6-3, 6-3.
The British duo went on to finish runners-up at the W25 Roehampton to Rutuja Bhosale and Erika Sema - losing 4-6, 6-3, 11-9 in the final.
Bains and Maia Lumsden progressed to the second round at Wimbledon after their 6-1, 7-5 victory over Italian side Jasmine Paolini and Martina Trevisan, but lost out on a place in the third after losing in straight-sets to Shuko Aoyama and Hao-Chang Chan.
In May, Naiktha won the women's doubles title with Maia Lumsden at the W25 Nottingham event.
Started the season by reaching the second round of qualifying at the Bendigo International before losing to Kathinka Von Deichmann 6-1, 6-3.
Played in a number of ITF events so far this year, namely reaching the quarter-finals of the ITF 25K in Argentina in March losing to fellow compatriot Fran Jones.
Selected for GB Fed Cup team for the first time, travelling to Bratislava for the Fed Cup play off against Slovakia. Would have played deciding doubles rubber with Emma Raducanu but it was pulled after the fourth singles rubber saw GB defeated 3-1. Reached semi-finals of ITF £25k in Perth with Korean partner Su Jeong Jang.
Runner up in ITF $25k in Pune, India in December, losing out to Fed Cup team mate Raducanu in the final. Also runner up in ITF $25k in Solapur, India two weeks before. Reached final round of Australia Open qualifying in January. Changed playing nationality to British after request to WTA and ITF.
Won the Ariel Tennis Ace talent search in 2005 aged 7, where her prize was a masterclass at Wimbledon with Boris Becker.