Eleni Daniilidou

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Eleni Daniilidou
Ελένη Δανιηλίδου
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Country (sports)  Greece
Residence Thessaloniki, Greece
Born (1982-09-19) 19 September 1982 (age 35)
Chania, Crete, Greece
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Turned pro 1996
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,920,511
Singles
Career record 486–398
Career titles 5 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 14 (12 May 2003)
Current ranking No. 758 (22 August 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2003)
French Open 3R (2003)
Wimbledon 4R (2002)
US Open 4R (2004)
Doubles
Career record 287–268
Career titles 3 WTA, 16 ITF
Highest ranking No. 21 (29 January 2007)
Current ranking No. 544 (22 August 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2005)
French Open SF (2006)
Wimbledon QF (2006)
US Open 2R (2004, 2007)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (2003)
French Open 1R (2007)
Wimbledon 2R (2006)
US Open 2R (2003)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 29–15
Last updated on: 22 August 2016.

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 tennis player from Greece, male or female, to have reached the top 20. 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]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2003 Australian Open Hard Australia Todd Woodbridge India Leander Paes
United States Martina Navratilova
4–6, 5–7

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (5–1)[edit]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0) Premier Mandatory (0–0)
Tier II (0–1) Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier III (1–0) Premier (0–0)
Tier IV & V (4–0) International (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 22 June 2002 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Russia Elena Dementieva 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 14 September 2002 Bahia, Brazil Hard Russia Anastasia Myskina 3–6, 6–0, 2–6
Winner 3. 5 January 2003 Auckland, New Zealand Hard South Korea Cho Yoon-jeong 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 4. 10 January 2004 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Ashley Harkleroad 6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. 1 October 2006 Seoul, South Korea Hard Japan Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 6. 11 January 2008 Hobart, Australia Hard Russia Vera Zvonareva W–O

Doubles: 12 (3–9)[edit]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0) Premier Mandatory (0–0)
Tier II (1–2) Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier III (0–2) Premier (0–0)
Tier IV & V (0–2) International (2–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 4 May 2003 Warsaw, Poland Clay Italy Francesca Schiavone South Africa Liezel Huber
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 16 February 2004 Antwerp, Belgium Hard Switzerland Myriam Casanova Zimbabwe Cara Black
Belgium Els Callens
2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 12 June 2004 Stanford, United States Hard Australia Nicole Pratt Luxembourg Claudine Schaul
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 12 June 2005 Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass United States Jennifer Russell Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 30 November 2006 Hasselt, Belgium Carpet Germany Jasmin Wöhr United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 24 September 2007 Seoul, South Korea Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 7 January 2008 Hobart, Australia Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
2–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 26 July 2010 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Russia Maria Kondratieva
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 1–6, [11–9]
Runner-up 9. 30 April 2011 Estoril, Portugal Clay Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
4–6, 2–6
Winner 10. 16 September 2011 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Russia Vitalia Diatchenko Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 21 July 2013 Bad Gastein, Austria Clay Germany Kristina Barrois Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 28 July 2013 Baku, Azerbaijan Hard Serbia Aleksandra Krunić Ukraine Irina Buryachok
Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]

ITF Singles Circuit finals: 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 in the final Score in the final
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

ITF Doubles Circuit finals: 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 in the final Score in the final
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 Jasmin 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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