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Lindsay Lee-Waters: Circuit Player of the Week

October 15, 2003 12:04 PM
Birthdate: June 28, 1977
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, OK
Resides: Dunwoody, GA
Height: 5‘ 8”
Weight: 135 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand

Lindsay Lee-Waters, © Sean Garnsworthy/Getty Images
Lindsay Lee-Waters of Dunwoody, GA, was a double winner Sunday at The City Club Championships in Lafayette, LA, sweeping both the singles and doubles titles at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event. Seeded second in singles, Lee-Waters posted two come-from-behind wins in her first- and third-round matches against qualifier Melissa Mang of Metairie, LA, and No. 8 Tanner Cochran of Dublin, GA, respectively, before defeating No. 3 Natalie Grandin of South Africa, 6-2, 6-0, in the final. In doubles, she teamed with Maureen Drake of Canada, to beat Jessica Fernandez of Mexico and Kara Molony-Hussey of Edgewood, KY, 6-2, 6-3, in the final.

Lee-Waters, 26, has now won a total of seven singles titles and five doubles championships on the USTA Pro Circuit. In addition to Lafayette, she notched singles victories in Hallandale Beach, FL, and Columbus, OH, in 2002, Boca Raton, FL, in 2000, Burbank, CA, in 1998 and Woodland, TX, and Miami in 1995. Her doubles titles came in Boca Raton in 2000 and Jackson, MS, Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Easton, MD, in 1999.

2002 – 121 (WTA)
2001 – 509 (WTA)
2000 – 253 (WTA)
1999 – 332 (WTA)
1998 – 186 (WTA)
1997 – 134 (WTA)
1996 – 104 (WTA)
1995 – 47 (WTA)
1994 – 303 (WTA)


  • Swept the singles and doubles titles at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Lafayette, LA… Defeated Natalie Grandin, 6-2, 6-0, in the singles final and teamed with Maureen Drake to beat Jessica Fernandez and Kara Molony-Hussey, 6-2, 6-3, in the doubles championship.
  • Reached the semifinals of the $50,000 event in the Bronx, NY… Lost to Maria Kirilenko, 6-3, 1-0, ret.
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the $50,000 event in Fullerton, CA, where she fell to Seda Noorlander, 6-3, 6-4.
  • Dropped just eight games in three matches to qualify for her first Grand Slam main draw in six years at the Australian Open… Lost in the first round to No. 27 seed Lisa Raymond, 7-6 (3), 6-3.



  • Won her second USTA Professional Circuit title in a month at the $25,000 event in Hallandale Beach, FL, defeating Gisela Dulko of Argentina, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, in the final.
  • Won the first $75,000 USTA Professional Circuit event of her career in Columbus, OH, defeating Ashley Harkleroad, 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9), in the final.
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the $25,000 event in Peachtree City, GA.
  • Qualified into the $50,000 event in Lexington, KY, and advanced to the semifinals before losing to Samantha Reeves, 6-2, 7-6 (0).
  • Reached the semifinals of the $25,000 event in College Park, MD, where she lost to Teryn Ashley, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.
  • Was a finalist at the $25,000 event in Allentown, PA, losing to Tanner Cochran, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the $25,000 event in Sea Island, GA, losing to Ashley Harkleroad, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3.
  • Qualified into the $25,000 event in Columbus, OH, and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Michaela Pastikova, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.


  • Qualified into the $50,000 event in Dallas but lost in the first round to Irina Selyutina, 7-5, 6-4.
  • In her first match since giving birth to her first child, lost in the first round of the $25,000 event in La Canada, CA, to Tracy Almeda-Singian, 6-2, 7-5.
  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Gaelle Adda) at the $10,000 event in Greenville, SC.… Also reached the quarterfinals in singles.


  • Played in the US Open qualifying tournament while pregnant with her first child, losing in the first round to No. 16 seed Na Li in three sets.
  • Reached the final of the $25,000 event in Stone Mountain, GA, defeating Jill Craybas in the quarterfinals and Marion Maruska in the semifinals before falling to Dawn Buth… Finished runner-up in doubles with Jessica Steck.
  • Won the $10,000 event in Boca Raton, FL, defeating Olga Blahotova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, in the final.
  • With partner Sandra Cacic, won the doubles title in Boca Raton, FL, and reached the doubles final in Clearwater, FL.


  • Won doubles titles at the USTA Challengers of Jackson, MS (with Julie Steven), Mt. Pleasant, SC (with Wendy Fix), and Easton, MD (with Kim Grant).


  • Won the singles title at the USTA Burbank (CA) Challenger, defeating top-seed Jolene Watanabe in the final.


  • Reached the second round of the Australian Open, before losing to Magui Serna.
  • Finished runner-up in singles at the Challenger held at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.


  • Reached her highest-ever singles ranking – No. 33 – the week of April 1.
  • Gained her first win over a top-10 player by beating No. 10 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy at Indian Wells… Lost in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Conchita Martinez. Her ranking reached a then-career high 36.
  • Lost to Anna Kournikova in the final of the $50,000 event in Midland, MI.
  • Lost to Anke Huber in the second round of the German Open.


  • Began the year ranked No. 305 and finished at No. 47, earning her a nomination for the WTA Tour’s Most Impressive Newcomer Award.
  • Won singles titles at the events in Miami and Woodland, Texas.
  • Reached the semifinals at WTA Tour events in Bournemouth (as a qualifier) and Quebec City, defeating No. 21 Nathalie Tauziat and No. 37 Julie Halard-Decugis in the latter tournament to break into the top 50 for the first time.
  • As a qualifier, upset No. 5 seed Brenda Schultz-McCarthy en route to a quarterfinal finish at Leipzig.
  • Reached the third round of the WTA event in San Diego, where she lost to Lisa Raymond in straight sets… Defeated Chanda Rubin in the second round, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
  • Upset Pam Shriver in the first round of Wimbledon, before dropping a three-setter to No. 10 seed Natasha Zvereva in the second.
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the British Clay Court Championships.


  • Is coached by her husband, Heath Waters, who runs a tennis academy in Atlanta. The couple has a daughter, Sevyn Waters, born Jan. 13, 2001.
  • Father, Ron, is a computer analyst. Mother, Pat, is a teacher. Older brother, Alex.
  • Began playing tennis at the age of 8… Moved from Oklahoma to Atlanta at age 15 to train.
  • Is an all-court player with a strong return of serve.
  • Graduated from Ben Franklin Academy as an honor student in 1995.
  • In juniors, was the USTA Girls’ 16 Indoor singles champion in 1993 and the USTA Girls’ 16 Indoor doubles champ in 1992.
  • Admires Andre Agassi for his professional approach to the game.
  • In her spare time, enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, reading, listening to music and shopping.
  • Favorites include “Father of the Bride” (movie); Matthew McConaughey (actor); Cameron Diaz (actress); “Amazing Grace” by Jonathan Kozol (book); Hawaii (place to visit).



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