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Apr 4th, 2008, 06:53 PM
This is an unconfirmed rumour posted on britishtennis.net but maybe can be confirmed here:

Emily broke her leg out in Oz (jesus, how unlucky is this girl?!) and that's why we've not heard anything of her since.

However, the 'rumour' bit is that she was cutting costs and didn't get any travel insurance, so she's basically stuck there.

No idea if that's true, and if it is I'd be disgusted in the LTA. They could surely help her get back to the UK, and even if she's outwith the set-up now, she was on her way to the top 200 after almost making r3 of Wimbledon, and deserves a bit of respect trying to come back after horrific injuries.

Hoping someone on gbtennisgirls can confirm or deny this. Its so, so sad :sad:

Apr 4th, 2008, 06:53 PM
Old article, outlining all the horrible stuff Emily's been through

19th September 2006

Paddington Tropicana Tour winner Emily Webley-Smith says she is excited to be fully fit again after four years of on-off injury problems and three operations on her right ankle.

The 22-year-old, who with British No.1 Anne Keothavong is coached at the Queen’s Club by Colin Beecher, won her first title since her latest return to competitive play on Saturday.

The right-hander from Bristol warmed up for this week’s Nottingham $10,000 tournament by beating top seed Claire Peterzan 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the British Tour event in Paddington, west London. Ian Samuels outlasted Tom Burn in three sets to take the men’s trophy.

For Webley-Smith it was a welcome return to winning ways after nearly four years trying to fully recover from problems relating to her right ankle, which she broke back in 2002.

“Having earned nothing for the first seven months of the year, and having relied heavily on the support of my family, it’s going to take a lot more British Tours and wins at Satellite and Challenger level in this country before I can even begin to think about funding flights and expenses abroad,” Webley-Smith said.

The history of the injury and Webley-Smith’s battle to regain full fitness is not for the faint-hearted.

The problems began after breaking her ankle on court four years ago, which resulted in surgery to repair bone and ligament damage and nine months on the sidelines.

Although she returned to the tour, she needed a second operation in November 2003 to remove loose cartilage in the ankle.

Webley-Smith then enjoyed injury-free tennis for around two years and was able to demonstrate her potential, peaking at a career-high WTA ranking of No.262 in June 2005.

But while gently warming up on court in Puebla, Mexico in November last year she felt a sharp pain in the same ankle and instantly knew something wasn’t right.

After more time off, more scans and a brief, but unsuccessful, return in spring 2006, she underwent surgery for a third time in April this year when doctors drained fluid from the inside of the same ankle.

Her rehabilitation seemed to be going well when she was rocked by yet another setback - septicaemia (poisoning of the blood) which left her unable even to walk and which took another five weeks to recover from.

“My ankle was the size of a football,” she recalls.

“I remember the doctor trying to take my sock off and I was screaming. I was taking what they call an ‘elephant dose’ of antibiotics and the strongest painkillers they could give me.”

Webley-Smith says that period was harder to come to terms with than any of her three operations.

“I reached an all-time low in May this year both personally and professionally and hit rock bottom hard and stayed there for a while,” she admits.

“I was so down and kept questioning why everything had to go so very wrong at the same time. From a tennis point of view, each time you have a long lay-off from the game I think it’s that little bit harder to come back.

“Being a bit older you realise how valuable the time is you're missing and are more aware of what it’s going to take to get back to where you want to be.”

Webley-Smith was finally able to return to the tour – injury free – in August and in her second week back reached the last four of the Cumberland $10,000 event before travelling to Istanbul for another $10K ITF tournament where she made the last eight of the singles and won the doubles.

Ahead of this week’s Nottingham event, Webley-Smith says she is loving every minute of being back on a tennis court.

“I’m fully fit now – touch wood a hundred times!” she confirms. “I’ve worked incredibly hard over the last three months.

“I travelled to the US with Colin and Anne and was able to train and continue my re-hab over there which was such a beneficial trip.

“I’m loving hitting tennis balls and I’m waking up every day excited to play.

“I just want everything to be simple for me for a while – and for things to be on an even keel.”

Apr 4th, 2008, 07:02 PM
Emily :sad: Makes Bally's injury history seem like nothing! Don't give up! You've still so much to offer the sport and British tennis would sorely miss you if you retired! :hug:

Europe rocks
Apr 4th, 2008, 09:28 PM
Well, she's British. If the rankings were based on injuries, we would dominate the top 10 :lol: :spit:

Really hope that she gets better soon, if not for her professional career but for her personal life. It's such a shame with all she has been through :sad:

Apr 4th, 2008, 09:35 PM
omfg emily,, wtfis up with the lta man :mad:,, she should be back here NOW!!

this is appalling,,

emily is one of my fav players:awww:

dont retire:sad:

Apr 11th, 2008, 11:50 AM
In the women’s event, Holcombe Brook has Sarah Borwell and Olivia Scarfi leading their assault on the title while Karen Paterson and Emily Webley-Smith are both playing for David Lloyd Raynes Park. Also in the hunt for the trophy will be Gosling, Hallamshire, Northern, Esporta Croydon and Wimbledon.

from LTA website...

did olivia brake her ankle playing
and emily broke her leg

Apr 11th, 2008, 01:54 PM
I think we need to check to see where these injury reports are coming from.

Apr 11th, 2008, 03:04 PM
hmmm,,, somthing is not right ?!

Jul 15th, 2008, 10:53 PM
Well it should now be noted that after being off the tour since Feb. Emily is playing a 10K in Atlanta this week! So good luck to Emily!!!!

Jul 16th, 2008, 05:13 PM
she is in 2nd round of Atlanta
:woohoo: come o get some ground back

Jul 18th, 2008, 11:26 AM
Shes in QF of Atlanta 10k great comeback tournie

keep it up :)

Jul 20th, 2008, 01:50 PM
Emily plays 10K Evansville next!

Jul 25th, 2008, 03:15 PM
Emily is in the QF in Evansville 10k ;) Good luck Emily

Jul 26th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Shes in the SF :)

Jul 26th, 2008, 10:33 PM
This is a great comeback for Emily!

Jul 27th, 2008, 12:06 PM

(5)Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) d. (Q)Zuzana Zemenova (SVK) 16 63 75
(Q)Megan Moulton-Levy (USA) d. (Q)Elizabeth Lumpkin (USA) 62 63

Shes in the final against a qualifier great tournament for her :woohoo: :worship:

Come on Emily take the title ;)

Jul 27th, 2008, 12:08 PM
Amazing :worship: I like this girl.:D

Jul 27th, 2008, 08:54 PM
So nice to see she is back, good luck :)

Jul 27th, 2008, 09:07 PM
(Q)Megan Moulton-Levy (USA) d. (5)Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 63 64

Final score from Evansville.....so close to a title for her!!!!!

Next up 10K St. Joseph, MO

Europe rocks
Jul 27th, 2008, 09:43 PM
After all those three set wins, wasn't it just a British thing to lose the final in straight sets :lol:

Well done on reaching the final Em

Jul 28th, 2008, 07:01 PM
Unlucky :sad:

Good luck this week ;)

Jul 28th, 2008, 09:44 PM
Good to see Emily coming back, a very nice player to watch. I remember talking to her mum at Surbiton one year, she was very nice too!

Jul 28th, 2008, 11:31 PM
Good luck next week :)

Aug 2nd, 2008, 10:29 PM
emily is like into ANOTHER 10k final :eek:

someone re-name this thread,, the emily ' three set queen' thread :angel:

Aug 3rd, 2008, 02:56 PM
This is such an awesome way for her to comeback!! I hope she can keep this up and get herself into some 25K's or higher. I would love to see her do well!

Europe rocks
Aug 3rd, 2008, 10:18 PM
Down to earth with a big bump :sad:
Emily lost 6-1 6-0

Aug 7th, 2008, 12:47 PM

theres pics here of em :)

eating ice cream with moutlton-leavy :) :lol:

Aug 7th, 2008, 03:41 PM
Too funny!:lol:

Aug 11th, 2008, 11:01 PM
em plays naomi b :(

i hope she can put up a good fight,, u never knwo wht the three set queen :angel:

Aug 17th, 2008, 02:18 AM
Emily won the doubles at the 10K London-Cumberland!!!!!!!

Oct 8th, 2008, 05:19 PM
Emily is currently in OZ (Tralaragon) qualified and has now made the 2nd round :woohoo:

Europe rocks
Oct 8th, 2008, 09:35 PM
Em :)
Now plays fellow qualifier Isabella Holland. Hopefully Em will be back to that Wimbledon performance of 2004 soon. So close to reaching the third round :sad:

Oct 9th, 2008, 12:49 PM
Onto the QF after a 6-4 6-4 win over Holland :D :woohoo:

Oct 9th, 2008, 06:19 PM
:woohoo: Number 6 seed Zhang next

Europe rocks
Oct 9th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Well done Emily!

Oct 23rd, 2008, 05:27 PM
Emily now in Port Pirie ;) She qualified and is in the QF :)

Port Pirie

QR2: WALTERS, Alexandra 6-1 6-1
QR3: WILTSHIRE, Stephanie 6-1 6-3
MDR1: HISAMATSU, Shiho (JPN) 7 6-4 7-5 :D :woohoo:
R2: DU PLESSIS, Lizaan (RSA) 6-1 6-2 :eek:
QF: JONES, Sacha (NZL) 3

GL Emily :kiss:

Europe rocks
Oct 24th, 2008, 11:22 AM
Defeated third seed Sacha Jones 4-6 6-4 6-4 and will now play Mel for a place in the final :)

Oct 24th, 2008, 01:13 PM
:eek: Well done Emily

Oct 25th, 2008, 12:22 PM
Emily lost to Melanie today but a good week and a climb up the rankings :hug:

Oct 25th, 2008, 01:18 PM
It's nice to see Emily getting some nice results again!

Nov 6th, 2008, 07:22 PM
Shes currently in india :D

Shes made the SF :woohoo:

Nov 19th, 2008, 01:07 PM
Emily :)

Nov 19th, 2008, 01:41 PM
Wow :eek: QF of a 50k after dominating 5th seed Sunitha Rao only dropping 3 games, 6-2, 6-1 what a gr8 result :D

#2 seed Morita next, good luck Emily :D

Nov 19th, 2008, 05:12 PM
:eek: well done Emily seems like yhu and Katie are on yur own this week :sad:

Europe rocks
Nov 19th, 2008, 08:11 PM
Nice work Em, keep fighting and you'll get there :yeah:

Nov 25th, 2008, 11:03 AM
Emily has knocked Fitzpatrick out of the 10 spot for top 10 GB girls. Nice to see her shooting up the rankings again!!!!

Nov 25th, 2008, 04:05 PM
"In the semi-final number 5 seed Sanaa Bhambri was her challenge, however, due to circumstances beyond her control, Webley-Smith was unable to finish the tournament due to the signing in deadline for the qualifying of her next event and so the chance to reach the final went begging. "

so emily didnt loose 6/0 6/0 to bhambri ,,??

i knew it!

Europe rocks
Nov 25th, 2008, 08:40 PM
Well done James on finding that out :yeah:

Nov 25th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Oh, I see, good to hear that she wasnt double-bagelled :p

Dec 17th, 2008, 08:05 AM
She has reached the second round in Dubai. Does this mean she will finish the year above Anna Smith?

Dec 17th, 2008, 10:48 AM
It's possible!

Go Emily!!!! She's having such great results now!

Dec 17th, 2008, 12:05 PM
Emily :inlove:

Would love her to win a match at wimby next year.

Dec 17th, 2008, 03:38 PM
If she wins, she could even over taike Borwell in the rankings:eek:

Dec 18th, 2008, 10:56 AM

I have never seen emily play.. how does she play? what are the strenghts and weakness of emily?

how far can she go? as i know she seems to have suffered more than anyone with injury and is it like bally, tennis wise she is a lot younger than her age

Dec 18th, 2008, 11:26 AM
(Q)Kyra Nagy (HUN) d. (Q)Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 63 75

:sad: :sad: But this is Nagy's farewell tournament, so she must be trying to play at her very best! :)

I just googled Emily for pics and she seems quite cute. :hearts: :)

Best of luck next week in the Indian 50k. :yeah: :)

Europe rocks
Dec 20th, 2008, 10:05 PM
Emily :sad: Nice to see you getting some more wins on the board :)

Dec 22nd, 2008, 10:51 AM
Emily in India this week. I hope she get some good wins which will push her past Smith and Borwell in the rankings!

Dec 23rd, 2008, 08:38 PM

I have never seen emily play.. how does she play? what are the strenghts and weakness of emily?

how far can she go? as i know she seems to have suffered more than anyone with injury and is it like bally, tennis wise she is a lot younger than her age

Emily is a breath of fresh air to todays modern game. She plays a very clever, tactical game.

She has a big serve but will slice her forehand every now and again. Has a great double handed backhand. Probably her most powerful shot, will hit drop-shots comes into the net and volleys quite well. She's a jack of all trades. In recent years her forehand has been shacky but her results of late indicate she may have got her mojo back on the forehand side.

Dec 23rd, 2008, 08:39 PM
Forgot to say how far i think she can go.

Well she has a career high of 263 i think. That was based on 3 good grass court tournaments, she'll be up to 355 now hving only played 13 events and none on grass. If she keeps getting good results she should be top 250 by wimbledon and if she has a good grass court season she should be top 200 beyond that I don't know.

Dec 24th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Emily is in the doubles semis and lost in the 2nd round to the top seed in singles

Dec 24th, 2008, 09:30 PM
Emily :hug:

Dec 24th, 2008, 09:42 PM
emily,, tht was sooo closeee :sad:

win the doubles :D

Dec 26th, 2008, 01:31 PM
Ugh! Emily lost in the dubs final.....so close and such a good run!

Dec 26th, 2008, 07:24 PM
Congrats anyway! Shes the British #8 now I believe?

Dec 27th, 2008, 12:27 AM
i think the trip payed off for her in the end :D

i hope she has a great 2009 :D

Dec 29th, 2008, 11:59 AM
Emily Webley-Smith is now number 357, above Sarah Borwell and Anna Smith, and GB number 8.

Jan 2nd, 2009, 06:52 PM
i think emily will be top 200 by wimbledon:bounce:

Jan 24th, 2009, 09:47 AM
does anyone know where her first tourny of 2009 will be?

Jan 24th, 2009, 12:11 PM
I would guess at Sutton, the 25k in early Feb, 1st or 2nd week of the month I think. Though if not, I would expect her in a 25k shortly after :shrug:

Jan 24th, 2009, 10:16 PM
25K Rancho Mirage- Georgie Stoop, Emily Webley-Smith (q)

This is Emily's first tourny. It's in California week of Feb 2nd.

Feb 8th, 2009, 07:24 PM
The Quali draw for the 75k Midland tourny is out now, and Emily has a very winnable first match vs #416 Henke.

If she wins, she would face the 6th seed in the qualies, Pastikova, who is a former top 100 player, though that was in '05.

Emily will become the British #7 next week regardless, with Amandas points from her SF in Sutton coming off, but if she could qualify and win her first match she would move into the top 300, continuing her fantastic climb from the end of last year!

Best of luck Emily :bounce:

Feb 8th, 2009, 08:03 PM
she beat vanessa henke :D

Feb 8th, 2009, 08:15 PM
:woohoo: Shes doing so well lately. What was the score?

Feb 8th, 2009, 09:30 PM
So good to see her going well after the difficulties of last year :)

Feb 8th, 2009, 10:12 PM
Em :yeah:

Feb 9th, 2009, 08:06 AM
Shes doing so well lately. What was the score?

She beat Vanessa Henke 7-6(7-5) 6-4.

Feb 16th, 2009, 04:24 PM
Emily Webley-Smith has moved up another GB ranking from eighth to seventh overtaking Amanda Elliott. Well done, Emily!

Feb 17th, 2009, 02:31 PM
Emily moves into the main draw in AZ

Feb 18th, 2009, 02:43 PM
Emily lost in the first round to 3-6 6-3 6-2 BOCZOVA, Klaudia (SVK)

Feb 19th, 2009, 12:57 PM
:bigcry: Oh well, she pushed her! Congrats anyway!

Feb 19th, 2009, 04:04 PM
Emily through to the next round in the dubs!

Mar 14th, 2009, 12:02 AM
Emily is into the semifinals at the 10K in Spain!

Mar 14th, 2009, 03:33 PM
:woohoo: nd these points will just be added straight on as she is still about 3/4 tournies short of 16 :D

Mar 14th, 2009, 09:30 PM
Emily into the final!!!!!!!!

Mar 14th, 2009, 09:31 PM
:banana: Take the title! 6-2 6-3 isnt half bad ;)

Mar 14th, 2009, 10:00 PM
well done emily;)

Europe rocks
Mar 14th, 2009, 10:16 PM
Em :bounce: Keep winning girl!

Mar 15th, 2009, 07:35 PM
Emily won the title 6-0 7-6

Mar 15th, 2009, 08:34 PM
:eek: A bagel in the final :drool: Well done Emily :woohoo:

Mar 15th, 2009, 09:10 PM
i honestly believe that em can reach top 200 by wimbledon ;)

Mar 15th, 2009, 09:45 PM
Well done, Emily.

Mar 15th, 2009, 09:57 PM
I think she will be close to the top 300 now, and she will still be gaining straight points for a while, as she hasnt played 16 tournies. I dunno, I kinda agree :shrug: I want her and Naomi to both make it! :drool:

Europe rocks
Mar 15th, 2009, 09:59 PM
Em :kiss: Nice to see you win your first title :)

Apr 14th, 2009, 03:36 PM
Emily has reached British number 6. Well done, Emily!

Apr 14th, 2009, 03:37 PM
Yeh I noticed this too :D Congrats Emily, she has been rising well lately, and still has plenty more in her I feel. Too bad it came at Naomi's expense. Lets hope both push for top 300.

Apr 15th, 2009, 10:37 AM
:eek::eek:Emily has entered a $25k in Indonesia and she is top seed atm! Very very weak field though;) good chance for some points:)

Apr 15th, 2009, 10:42 AM
Cool :eek: When is that?

Apr 15th, 2009, 04:12 PM
2 weeks time :)