Kimberly Birrell

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Kimberly Birrell
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Full nameKimberly Birrell
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceGold Coast, Australia
Born (1998-04-29) 29 April 1998 (age 22)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2014
Prize moneyUS$ 296,605
Career record94–94 (50.0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 154 (6 May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 728 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2019)
French OpenQ1 (2019)
Career record36–47 (43.4%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 235 (1 August 2016)
Current rankingNo. 593 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Last updated on: 6 May 2020.

Kimberly Birrell (born 29 April 1998) is an Australian tennis player. Birrell has won two ITF Women's Circuit singles and one doubles titles. Birrell reached her best singles ranking of world number 157 on 28 January 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Birrell was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 29 April 1998 to Australian parents. Her father, John, was working as a tennis coach in Germany at the time of her birth and shortly after relocated his family to Wodonga, Victoria. The family then settled on the Gold Coast, Queensland when Birrell was three years of age as her father took up a role as the head coach of Pat Cash's Tennis Academy.[1][2] She began playing tennis at the age of four and switched training bases to the Queens Park Tennis Centre in 2008 when her father began managing the club.[3] Queens Park had previously produced top 20 tennis players such as Bernard Tomic and Samantha Stosur,[4] the latter of which would train with Birrell when visiting the club.[5] Birrell attended Coomera Anglican College during her schooling years and graduated in 2015.[6]

Junior career[edit]

Birrell began playing junior ITF under 18 events in July 2011 as a 13-year-old. She reached her first junior ITF final a year later in Sydney and came out victorious over Pamela Boyanov in three sets. Following a strong 2012 season, she made her junior grand slam debut at the 2013 Australian Open at 14 years of age and was beaten by Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in straight sets. She continued to improve her junior ranking throughout 2013 by reaching two finals.

She entered the 2014 Australian Open unseeded and caused several upsets on her way to the semifinals.[7] In the semifinals, at 15 years of age, she was defeated by Croat Jana Fett who two years her senior. She went on to compete in all the remaining grand slams throughout 2014 and reached her highest junior ranking of 18 in the world. Birrell competed in three junior grand slams in 2015 but mostly focused on the professional women's tour.

Professional career[edit]

Birrell competed in her first professional event at the Bendigo Tennis Centre in October 2012 at the age of 14. She gained her first professional ranking point a year later with a straight sets win over Elizabeth James after receiving a wildcard into the main draw of a tournament held in her home state of Queensland. She finished 2013 with a professional singles ranking of 847.


Birrell was awarded a wild card into the doubles main draw of the 2014 Hobart International with compatriot Olivia Tjandramulia,[8] where they lost in the first round to second seeds Lisa Raymond and Zhang Shuai.

In November, Birrell was given wild cards to the two Bendigo Women's International tournaments. In her debut at a $50,000 ITF event, she defeated world number 351 Veronika Kapshay in straight sets.[9]


In 2015, Birrell was awarded a qualifying wild card into the 2015 Hobart International, but lost to Vitalia Diatchenko in straight sets. She was then given a wild card for the 2015 Australian Open qualifying event, where she fell to Kateryna Bondarenko in three sets. She also made her Grand Slam main draw debut by getting one of seven team wildcards in women's doubles alongside Priscilla Hon, but lost to the fifth seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.[10]

In March, Birrell qualified for and made the first ITF final of her career in Mildura, but lost to compatriot Alison Bai 3–6, 3–6. Birrell didn't play between April–September, but returned to Australia to play in Tweed Heads, Cairns, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Canberra. Her best results were a final in Brisbane and semi-final in Canberra. She finished the year with a ranking of 361.

2016: WTA Tour debut[edit]

Birrell was awarded a wild card into the qualifying rounds of the 2016 Brisbane International, but lost to eventual main draw semi-finalist Samantha Crawford. Birrell made her WTA Tour debut after being awarded a wild card into the main draw at the 2016 Hobart International. She won 6–4, 6–3 against world No.57 Danka Kovinic from Montenegro.[11] She lost in round two to Dominika Cibulková. In the same tournament, she partnered Jarmila Wolfe in the doubles where they made the final. On January 12, Birrell was awarded a wild card into the 2016 Australian Open [12] but lost in round one to 9th seed Karolína Plíšková, 4–6, 4–6. In February, Birrell made her Fed Cup debut against Dominika Cibulkova. She lost 3–6, 1–6. Shortly after, Birrell suffered a right elbow injury, sidelining her for the rest of the year.[13] Birrell ended 2016 with a ranking of 584.


Birrell and her doubles partner, Priscilla Hon, were given a wildcard into the 2017 Australian Open, losing in the first round to Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai. Six months later, on July 15, Birrell and doubles partner Caroline Dolehide made the final of the ITF tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, losing to Hiroko Kuwata and Valeria Savinykh in two sets (a win would've marked Birrell's best win at an ITF tournament to date). The next week, in Gatineau, Canada, Birrell and her new doubles partner, Emily Webley-Smith of Great Britain, lost in the final to the same duo - Hiroko Kuwata and Valeria Savinykh - in a third set tiebreak 5–10. Birrell came back at the end of September with a run to the final in the Penrith Tennis International, losing to Olivia Rogowska[14] in two sets. The following week in Brisbane, Australia, Birrell won her first ITF singles title by beating American Asia Muhammad in a tight three sets.[15]


Birrell lost in the first round of qualifying in Brisbane, Sydney and the 2018 Australian Open. In August, she qualified for and reached her first quarter final of the year at the Koser Jewelers Tennis Challenge in Landisville, USA. In September, Kimberly reached the quarter final in the ITF's Cairns Tennis International before winning her second career ITF singles title in the 2018 Darwin Tennis International, where she also reached the final of the doubles. In December 2018, she won the Australian Open Australian Women's Wildcard Playoffs. She ended 2018 with a singles ranking of 285.

2019: First top ten win[edit]

Birrell commenced 2019 with a wild card into the Brisbane International, where she claimed her first top 10 win over Daria Kasatkina.[16] At the Australian Open Birrell had defeated Paula Badosa Gibert in round 1[17] earning her first Grand Slam main draw win before upsetting the 29th seed Donna Vekić in the 2nd round, where she had set up a 3rd round match against the three time major champion and 2nd seeded Angelique Kerber, where she lost in straight sets.

National representation[edit]

Fed Cup[edit]

Birrell made her Fed Cup debut for Australia in February 2016 against Slovakia at the age of 17.[18] She was selected to compete against Dominika Cibulkova in the live fourth rubber of the tie and was defeated 6–3, 6–1.

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 W–L
Australian Open 1R A Q1 3R A 2–2
French Open A A A Q1 0–0
Wimbledon A A A Q1 NH 0–0
US Open A A A A 0–0
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2016 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Australia Jarmila Wolfe China Han Xinyun
United States Christina McHale
3–6, 0–6

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner–ups)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000/$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 2015 ITF Mildura, Australia 15,000 Grass Australia Alison Bai 3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Oct 2015 ITF Brisbane, Australia 25,000 Hard Australia Priscilla Hon 4–6, 3–6
Loss 0–3 Sep 2017 ITF Penrith, Australia 25,000 Hard Australia Olivia Rogowska 2–6, 4–6
Win 1–3 Oct 2017 ITF Brisbane, Australia 25,000 Hard United States Asia Muhammad 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Win 2–3 Sep 2018 ITF Darwin, Australia 60,000 Hard Australia Ellen Perez 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner–ups)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2015 ITF Tweed Heads, Australia 10,000 Hard Australia Tammi Patterson Hungary Dalma Gálfi
Australia Priscilla Hon
6–7(3–7), 6–3, [10–8]
Loss 1–1 Jul 2017 ITF Winnipeg, Canada 25,000 Hard United States Caroline Dolehide Japan Hiroko Kuwata
Russia Valeria Savinykh
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 1–2 Jul 2017 ITF Gatineau, Canada 25,000 Hard United Kingdom Emily Webley-Smith Japan Hiroko Kuwata
Russia Valeria Savinykh
6–4, 3–6, [5–10]
Loss 1–3 Sep 2018 ITF Darwin, Australia 60,000 Hard United Kingdom Katy Dunne Japan Hiroko Kuwata
India Rutuja Bhosale
2–6, 4–6

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score KBR
1. Russia Daria Kasatkina No. 10 Brisbane International, Australia Hard 1st Round 5–7, 6–4, 7–6(7–3) No. 283


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