Lizzie Jelfs

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Lizzie Jelfs
Full nameElizabeth Coulson (nee Jelfs)
Country (sports) Great Britain
Born (1976-07-28) 28 July 1976 (age 42)
Banbury, Oxfordshire, England
Prize money$48,134
Singles
Career record95-100
Highest rankingNo. 207 (11 September 1995)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon1R (1995)
Doubles
Career record105-58
Career titles0 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 200 (3 November 1997)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1998)

Elizabeth Coulson (née Jelfs; born 28 July 1976) is a British former-professional tennis player.

Biography[edit]

Tennis career[edit]

Jelfs, who is originally from Banbury, won the girls' doubles title at the 1994 Wimbledon Championships. She and South African partner Nannie de Villiers defeated Corina Morariu and Ludmila Varmužová in the final.[1] The same pair were also runner-up in the girls' doubles at the 1995 US Open.

In 1995 she appeared in the main draw of three WTA Tour tournaments in the lead up to Wimbledon. She qualified as a lucky loser for the singles at the British Clay Court Championships, then received a wildcard into the doubles at Birmingham with Karen Cross, before winning her way through qualifying to play singles in Eastbourne. On the back of these performances she was granted a wildcard spot into the 1995 Wimbledon Championships and was beaten in the first round by Christina Singer. Later in the year she surpassed Clare Wood as Britain's top-ranked female player.[2]

She played again at Wimbledon in 1998 when she featured in the mixed doubles partnering Jamie Delgado. They made the second round, with a win over Francisco Montana and Caroline Schneider.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Now known by her married name, Coulson, she studied sports science/recreational management at Loughborough University and has worked as an events manager.[4]

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (0–4)[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. 1 February 1993 Newcastle, United Kingdom Carpet Netherlands Gaby Coorengel 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 24 July 1995 Salvador, Brazil Hard Mexico Lucila Becerra 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 27 April 1998 Hatfield, United Kingdom Clay Spain Mariam Ramón Climent 1-6, 6-1, 3-6
Runner-up 4. 31 August 1998 Xanthi, Greece Hard Greece Eleni Daniilidou 2–6, 0–6

Doubles: 15 (12–3)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 24 April 1995 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Karen Cross Australia Robyn Mawdsley
United Kingdom Lorna Woodroffe
3–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 8 May 1995 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Karen Cross United Kingdom Kaye Hand
United Kingdom Claire Taylor
3–6, 6–3, 6–0
Winner 3. 13 April 1997 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard United Kingdom Jasmine Choudhury South Korea Kyung-Joo Won
South Korea Cho Yoon-jeong
6-4 7-6
Winner 4. 8 July 1997 Felixstowe, United Kingdom Grass South Africa Surina De Beer United Kingdom Helen Crook
United Kingdom Victoria Davies
7–5, 7–5
Winner 5. 21 July 1997 Dublin, Ireland Grass South Africa Surina De Beer United States Amanda Augustus
Australia Amy Jensen
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 29 September 1997 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Karen Cross United Kingdom Lucie Ahl
United Kingdom Joanne Ward
6–7(8–6), 2–6
Winner 7. 25 April 1998 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay South Africa Mareze Joubert Israel Limor Gabai
United Kingdom Kate Warne-Holland
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 27 April 1998 Hatfield, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Amanda Keen Argentina Celeste Contín
Spain Mariam Ramón Climent
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 18 July 1998 Frinton, United Kingdom Grass South Africa Mareze Joubert United Kingdom Lucie Ahl
United Kingdom Amanda Wainwright
6–2, 7–5
Winner 10. 27 July 1998 Ilkley, United Kingdom Grass South Africa Mareze Joubert United Kingdom Helen Crook
United Kingdom Victoria Davies
6-3 6-4
Winner 11. 3 August 1998 Southsea, United Kingdom Grass South Africa Mareze Joubert Greece Eleni Daniilidou
United Kingdom Lucy Wood
6-2 6-3
Winner 12. 21 September 1998 Sunderland, United Kingdom Hard South Africa Mareze Joubert United Kingdom Helen Crook
United Kingdom Victoria Davies
6-1 6-1
Winner 13. 1 February 1999 Sheffield, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Lorna Woodroffe South Africa Surina De Beer
Netherlands Kim de Weille
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 14. 5 April 1999 Cerignola, Italy Clay United Kingdom Jasmine Choudhury Russia Irina Kornienko
Russia Lina Krasnoroutskaya
7–5, 7–5
Winner 15. 3 October 1999 Glasgow, United Kingdom Carpet (i) Republic of Ireland Karen Nugent Hungary Gréta Arn
India Manisha Malhotra
w/o

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sporting Digest: Tennis". The Independent. 4 July 1994. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Lizzie Jelfs Britain's Highest Ranked Tennis Player". The Independent. 15 August 1995. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Mixed Doubles - Full Results". BBC Online. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Why I took my clothes off for tennis". Oxford Mail. 2 June 2000. Retrieved 22 September 2017.

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