Eleni Daniilidou

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Eleni Daniilidou
Ελένη Δανιηλίδου
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Country (sports) Greece
ResidenceThessaloniki, Greece
Born (1982-09-19) 19 September 1982 (age 36)
Chania, Crete, Greece
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Turned pro1996
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,927,843
Singles
Career record503–426
Career titles5 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 14 (12 May 2003)
Current rankingNo. 1022 (6 August 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2003)
French Open3R (2003)
Wimbledon4R (2002)
US Open4R (2004)
Doubles
Career record297–275
Career titles3 WTA, 16 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21 (29 January 2007)
Current rankingNo. 967 (6 August 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2005)
French OpenSF (2006)
WimbledonQF (2006)
US Open2R (2004, 2007)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2003)
French Open1R (2007)
Wimbledon2R (2006)
US Open2R (2003)
Team competitions
Fed Cup29–15
Last updated on: 12 August 2018.

Eleni Daniilidou (Greek: Ελένη Δανιηλίδου; [eleˈni ðaniˈiliðu]; born 19 September 1982) is a Greek tennis player born in Chania, on the island of Crete.

She is considered as the best Greek tennis player of the Open Era by winning five WTA singles titles and three doubles titles. In 2003, she reached the Australian Open mixed doubles final, making her the first Greek player to have reached a Grand Slam final. Her highest singles ranking has been 14th, making her the only female tennis player from Greece to have reached the top 20. No male tennis player had achieved this until Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the 15th place on August 13, 2018. By beating Justine Henin in the first round of the 2005 Wimbledon Championships, she became the first player to defeat a reigning French Open champion in the first round of Wimbledon.

Career summary[edit]

Daniilidou begun her professional career in 1996, making the final of her first ITF event, having barely turned 14. She achieved her first ranking in 1998, finishing that year as the world No. 294. In 2001, she broke into the top 100 following a third round appearance at the U.S. Open.

2002 was the best year of Daniilidou's career, finishing it at No. 22 in the world. She won her first WTA Tour singles title at the Ordina Open, beating Amélie Mauresmo, Elena Dementieva and Henin; and reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time at Wimbledon. At the end of the year, she reached her second WTA final at the 2002 Brasil Open – Women's Singles event, beating Monica Seles en route, but lost to Anastasia Myskina.

Daniilidou started 2003 by winning her second WTA title at the ASB Classic and reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open, results which saw her break into the top 20 for the first time, reaching a career high of No. 14 after the Qatar Telecom German Open. She also reached the semifinals of the Open Gaz de France and the DFS Classic.

Daniilidou successfully defended her title at the ASB Classic in 2004, her third WTA singles title. She reached the semifinals at the prestigious NASDAQ-100 Open, beating Jennifer Capriati en route. Later that year she equalled her best Grand Slam performance at the US Open by reaching the fourth round.

2005 was a relatively poor year for Daniilidou, becoming the first since 2001 where she did not win a title. She did, however, cause a huge upset at Wimbledon, beating the reigning French Open champion, Justine Henin. It was the first time the French Open champion had ever lost in the first round of Wimbledon. It also brought the end of Henin's 24-match win streak dating back to the beginning of the clay season. Daniilidou eventually lost in the third round, her best Grand Slam performance of the year. She also reached the semifinals of a lower level WTA event in Portoroz, Slovenia.

She recovered slightly in 2006, going back into the top 50 and winning her fourth WTA singles title at the Hansol Korea Open. She also reached the semifinals of the Ordina Open. She remained in the top 50 in 2007 with her best result being a semifinal at the Pilot Pen Tennis, where she beat Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals after saving a match point.

2008 was an injury-plagued season for Daniilidou, missing almost half the year with a right knee injury. She won her fifth – and to date, last – WTA singles title at the Moorilla Hobart International, but missed several months of events from March. She returned at the Summer Olympics in August, but failed to win a match for the rest of the season, ultimately finishing the year outside the top 100 for the first time since 2000.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2003 Australian Open Hard Australia Todd Woodbridge India Leander Paes
United States Martina Navratilova
4–6, 5–7

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (5 title, 1 runner–up)[edit]

Legend:
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Finals (0–0)
Olympic Gold (0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V (5–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2002 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands Tier III Grass Russia Elena Dementieva 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1–1 Sep 2002 Brasil Open, Brazil Tier II Hard Russia Anastasia Myskina 3–6, 6–0, 2–6
Win 2–1 Jan 2003 Auckland Open, New Zealand Tier IV Hard South Korea Cho Yoon-jeong 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–2)
Win 3–1 Jan 2004 Auckland Open, New Zealand (2) Tier IV Hard United States Ashley Harkleroad 6–3, 6–2
Win 4–1 Oct 2006 Korea Open, South Korea Tier IV Hard Japan Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–3)
Win 5–1 Jan 2008 Hobart International, Australia Tier IV Hard Russia Vera Zvonareva walkover

Doubles: 12 (3 titles, 9 runners–up)[edit]

Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 2003 Warsaw Open, Poland Tier II Clay Italy Francesca Schiavone South Africa Liezel Huber
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2004 Diamond Games, Belgium Tier II Hard Switzerland Myriam Casanova Zimbabwe Cara Black
Belgium Els Callens
2–6, 1–6
Win 1–2 Jun 2004 Bank of the West Classic, United States Tier II Hard Australia Nicole Pratt Luxembourg Claudine Schaul
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
6–2, 6–4
Loss 1–3 Jun 2005 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom Tier III Grass United States Jennifer Russell Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–4 Nov 2006 Gaz de France Stars, Belgium Tier III Carpet Germany Jasmin Wöhr United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–5 Sep 2007 Korea Open, South Korea Tier IV Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
2–6, 2–6
Loss 1–6 Jan 2008 Hobart International, Australia Tier IV Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
2–6, 4–6
Win 2–6 Jul 2010 İstanbul Cup, Turkey International Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Russia Maria Kondratieva
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 1–6, [11–9]
Loss 2–7 Apr 2011 Portugal Open, Portugal International Clay Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
4–6, 2–6
Win 3–7 Sep 2011 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Russia Vitalia Diatchenko Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok
6–4, 6–3
Loss 3–8 Jul 2013 Gastein Ladies, Austria International Clay Germany Kristina Barrois Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
1–6, 4–6
Loss 3–9 Jul 2013 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan International Hard Serbia Aleksandra Krunić Ukraine Irina Buryachok
Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 16 (11–5)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 30 September 1996 Thessaloniki, Greece Hard Hungary Nóra Köves 3–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 8 August 1998 Southsea, United Kingdom Grass India Manisha Malhotra 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Winner 3. 15 August 1998 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Japan Riei Kawamata 6–0, 6–1
Winner 4. 24 August 1998 Skiathos, Greece Carpet Belarus Tatiana Poutchek 6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. 31 August 1998 Xanthi, Greece Hard United Kingdom Lizzie Jelfs 6–2, 6–0
Winner 6. 20 September 1999 Thessaloniki, Greece Carpet Argentina Clarisa Fernández 6–2, 6–2
Winner 7. 21 August 2000 Kastoria, Greece Carpet Netherlands Jolanda Mens 6–3, 6–1
Winner 8. 2 April 2001 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Hungary Anikó Kapros 6–4, 6–4
Winner 9. 30 April 2001 Taranto, Italy Clay United States Edina Gallovits-Hall 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 15 February 2009 Midland, United States Hard (i) Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 17 August 2009 Westende, Belgium Hard France Estelle Guisard 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 12. 28 September 2009 Athens, Greece Hard Australia Jelena Dokic 2–6, 1–6
Winner 13. 3 October 2010 Athens, Greece Hard Spain Laura Pous Tió 6–4, 6–1
Winner 14. 30 May 2011 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Belarus Olga Govortsova 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 15. 3 July 2011 Pozoblanco, Spain Hard Bulgaria Elitsa Kostova 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 16. 29 October 2012 Barnstaple, United Kingdom Hard (i) Germany Annika Beck 7–6(7–1), 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 29 (16–13)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 3 August 1998 Southsea, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Lucy Wood United Kingdom Lizzie Jelfs
South Africa Mareze Joubert
2–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 10 August 1998 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Israel Nataly Cahana Turkey Duygu Akşit Oal
Turkey Gülberk Gültekin
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 24 August 1998 Skiathos, Greece Carpet Greece Evagelia Roussi Republic of Macedonia Marina Lazarovska
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 4. 31 August 1998 Xanthi, Greece Hard Greece Evagelia Roussi Serbia Dragana Ilić
Serbia Ljiljana Nanušević
6–0, 6–3
Winner 5. 28 September 1998 Thessaloniki, Greece Clay Greece Christína Papadáki Slovakia Ľudmila Cervanová
Germany Magdalena Kučerová
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–5
Winner 6. 20 September 1999 Thessaloniki, Greece Carpet South Africa Surina De Beer Germany Adriana Barna
Hungary Adrienn Hegedűs
6–2, 6–3
Winner 7. 21 August 2000 Kastoria, Greece Carpet Greece Evagelia Roussi Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Austria Daniela Klemenschits
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 4 September 2000 Fano, Italy Clay Spain Alicia Ortuño Spain Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
Spain Conchita Martínez Granados
2–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 16 October 2000 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard (i) Bulgaria Maria Geznenge Germany Mia Buric
Italy Laura Dell'Angelo
5–3, 4–1, 4–0
Runner-up 10. 29 January 2001 Tipton, United Kingdom Hard (i) Bulgaria Maria Geznenge United Kingdom Helen Crook
United Kingdom Victoria Davies
6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 12 February 2001 Sutton, United Kingdom Hard (i) Germany Lydia Steinbach Netherlands Amanda Hopmans
Belgium Patty Van Acker
6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 25 March 2001 Cholet, France Clay (i) Italy Germana Di Natale Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
1–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 13. 9 April 2001 Dinan, France Clay (i) Germany Caroline Schneider Germany Vanessa Henke
Germany Syna Schmidle
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 14. 27 March 2009 La Palma, Spain Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr China Lu Jingjing
China Sun Shengnan
2–6, 7–5, [5–10]
Runner-up 15. 5 June 2009 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Japan Rika Fujiwara United States Alexa Glatch
South Africa Natalie Grandin
3–6, 6–2, [7–10]
Winner 16. 28 September 2009 Athens, Greece Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Italy Tathiana Garbin
6–2, 5–7, [10–4]
Winner 17. 2 November 2009 Ismaning, Germany Carpet (i) Germany Jasmin Wöhr Belarus Ekaterina Dzehalevich
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
6–2, 4–6, [10–5]
Winner 18. 13 September 2010 Sofia, Bulgaria Hard Germany asmin Wöhr Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Germany Tatjana Maria
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 19. 3 October 2010 Athens, Greece Hard Croatia Petra Martić Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Turkey İpek Şenoğlu
w/o
Winner 20. 9 June 2012 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Australia Casey Dellacqua United Kingdom Laura Robson
United Kingdom Heather Watson
6–4, 6–2
Winner 21. 16 September 2013 Albuquerque, United States Hard United States CoCo Vandeweghe United States Melanie Oudin
United States Taylor Townsend
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Runner–up 22. 20 December 2013 Ankara, Turkey Hard Serbia Aleksandra Krunić Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay
3–6, 3–6
Runner–up 23. 24 March 2014 Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i) Germany Kristina Barrois Russia Margarita Gasparyan
Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
2–6, 4–6
Runner–up 24. 5 May 2014 Fukuoka, Japan Grass United Kingdom Naomi Broady Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Eri Hozumi
3–6, 4–6
Winner 25. 9 March 2015 Amiens, France Clay Hungary Ilka Csöregi Ukraine Elizaveta Ianchuk
Ukraine Olga Ianchuk
6–1, 6–4
Runner–up 26. 21 February 2016 Antalya, Turkey Clay Uzbekistan Arina Folts Bulgaria Petia Arshinkova
Romania Elena Gabriela Ruse
6–7(0–7), 4–6
Runner–up 27. 25 April 2016 Manisa, Turkey Hard Russia Margarita Lazareva Australia Abbie Myers
Turkey Melis Sezer
4–6, 4–6
Winner 28. 11 July 2016 Imola, Italy Carpet Switzerland Lisa Sabino Italy Martina Di Giuseppe
Italy Maria Masini
4–6, 6–2, [10–4]
Runner–up 29. 27 March 2017 İstanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Israel Vlada Ekshibarova Russia Ekaterina Kazionova
Russia Elena Rybakina
1–6, 3–6

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 4R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q2 Q2 Q2 2R 2R Q1 9–9
French Open Q3 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A Q1 1R 1R Q2 A 3–8
Wimbledon 2R 4R 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R A A 1R 2R 1R Q2 A 10–10
US Open 3R 1R 1R 4R 1R 2R 2R 1R A Q1 1R 1R 1R A 7–11
Win–Loss 3–2 6–4 7–4 5–4 2–4 1–4 2–4 0–2 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–4 1–2 0–0 29–38

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 3R 1R 1R QF 1R 3R 1R A A 2R 1R 1R A 8–10
French Open A 3R 1R 1R SF 2R A A 1R 1R 2R A A 8–8
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 2R QF 2R A A 1R 1R 1R A 1R 5–9
US Open A 1R 2R 1R A 2R 1R A 1R 2R 1R 1R A 3–9
Win–Loss 2–1 2–4 1–4 4–4 7–3 5–4 0–2 0–0 0–3 2–4 1–4 0–2 0–1 24–36

Head to Head[edit]

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