Paige Hourigan

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Paige Hourigan
Full namePaige Mary Hourigan
Country (sports) New Zealand
Born (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 (age 22)
Turakina, New Zealand
Prize money$23,731
Career record59–33
Career titles2 ITF
Highest ranking467 (13 May 2019)
Current ranking467 (13 May 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Junior1R (2013)
Career record40–17
Career titles6 ITF
Highest ranking171 (29 April 2019)
Current ranking176 (13 May 2019)
Team competitions
Fed Cup2–1 (Singles 2-1)
Last updated on: 14 May 2019.

Paige Mary Hourigan (born 3 February 1997) is a New Zealand tennis player. She has won two singles and six doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. She reached her best rankings in both singles and doubles after winning ITF doubles titles in Singapore and Surprise, Arizona early in 2019, and those rankings continued to climb as her run of success extended through Mexico and Hong Kong. Hourigan, who was born in Turakina, is of part Māori descent and affiliates to the Ngāti Tūwharetoa iwi.[1]

Junior career[edit]

Hourigan won five singles and five doubles titles as a junior, the best of which was the doubles at the Grade 2 Biesterbos Open in the Netherlands, partnering Lizette Cabrera. She twice competed in the Australian Open junior singles, her better result being a loss in the first round proper to Beatriz Haddad Maia in 2013. Her highest junior ranking was 175, in October 2012.

Senior career[edit]

She made her WTA tour debut at the 2013 ASB Classic. Her first main draw win was in an ITF doubles match in Glen Iris, Australia, in April 2014, and her first ITF final resulted in a doubles win in Antalya, Turkey, in June 2016. She first represented New Zealand in the Fed Cup in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in 2017, winning two of her three singles matches.


Hourigan won her first singles title as a qualifier at Corroios (a suburb of Lisbon), Portugal, in July, just a few hours after being beaten in a qualifying match for her next tournament in neighbouring Setubal. Returning to North America, she then went all the way to the semi-finals as a qualifier in an ITF tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. In December she was runner-up to Valentina Ivanov in the singles at the New Zealand Tennis Championships[2], and won the doubles title with Erin Routliffe[3].


Given a wild card into the singles qualifying draw at the ASB Classic, Hourigan was again beaten by Valentina Ivanov, this time in the first round. She did much better in the doubles where, with partner Taylor Townsend, she got all the way to her first WTA final, having defeated second seeds Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson in the semi-final. Against the scratch pair of Eugenie Bouchard and Sofia Kenin, Hourigan and Townsend raced through the first set to lead 6-1, but lost the second set by the same score. The match tie-break was a scrappy affair, with Bouchard and Kenin eventually winning 10-7 to take the title.[4]

Hourigan made no mistakes in her run to her second ITF doubles title, in Singapore three weeks later, this time with Indonesia's Aldila Sutjiadi as her partner. Beating the top seeds in their semi-final, they comfortably defeated the Hong Kong pair of Eudice Chong and Zhang Ling in the final, winning nine games in a row from 1-2 down in the first set on the way to a final score of 6-2, 6-3.[5] Hourigan's third ITF doubles title came just three weeks later, in Surprise, Arizona, with star American youngster Cori Gauff on her side of the net. They started by beating the third seeds, Jovana Jakšić and Giuliana Olmos, and defeated the second seeds, Jacqueline Cako and Ingrid Neel, in an amazing semi-final, coming back from two set points down at 2-5, 30-40, to win five games in a row and take the first set. The second set was more straightforward, as they went on to win 7-5, 6-3. Less than an hour later they were back on court for the final, where they won the first set against Usue Maitane Arconada and Emina Bektas, but lost the second. The match tie-break saw the all-American pair work their way to a 9-5 lead, holding four match points. Hourigan and Gauff managed to save all four points to change ends again at 9-9, but then faced another match point, which they saved as well. They dropped their own first point again for match point number six, but recovered to level up at 11-11. They then lost a match point of their own before finally prevailing 14-12 after an epic 18 minute struggle.[6]

On the Mexican swing of the ITF tour in March, she won the doubles title in Irapuato,[7] and followed that with a runner-up finish in doubles and a win in the singles[8] at the second tournament in Cancun, before taking the doubles title at the same venue a week later[9] after retiring during her singles semi-final earlier that day. That was followed by another title in Asia, as she reunited with Aldila Sutjiadi to make it two titles from two tournaments together by winning in Hong Kong.[10]

WTA finals[edit]

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

Winner – Legend
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 No. Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. Jan 2019 Auckland Open, New Zealand International Hard United States Taylor Townsend Canada Eugenie Bouchard
United States Sofia Kenin
6–1, 1–6, [7–10]

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments (2–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Category Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 8 July 2018 $15,000 Corroios, Portugal Hard Zimbabwe Valeria Bhunu 6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 24 March 2019 $15,000 Cancun, Mexico Hard Colombia María Camila Osorio Serrano 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 7 (6 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments (4–0)
$15,000 tournaments (1–1)
$10,000 tournaments (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (6–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Category Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 13 June 2016 $10,000 Antalya, Turkey Hard Netherlands Arianne Hartono Romania Raluca Șerban
Italy Miriana Tona
6–3, ret.
Winner 2. 26 January 2019 $25,000 Singapore Hard Indonesia Aldila Sutjiadi Hong Kong Eudice Chong
Hong Kong Zhang Ling
6–2, 6–3
Winner 3. 16 February 2019 $25,000 Surprise, United States Hard United States Cori Gauff United States Usue Maitane Arconada
United States Emina Bektas
6–3, 4–6, [14–12]
Winner 4. 9 March 2019 $25,000 Irapuato, Mexico Hard Australia Astra Sharma Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
6–1, 4–6, [12–10]
Runner-up 1. 23 March 2019 $15,000 Cancun, Mexico Hard United States Rasheeda McAdoo France Lou Brouleau
Switzerland Tess Sugnaux
4–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 30 March 2019 $15,000 Cancun, Mexico Hard Montenegro Vladica Babić Czech Republic Karolína Beránková
Paraguay Lara Escauriza
6–4, 6–3
Winner 6. 14 April 2019 $25,000 Hong Kong Hard (i) * Indonesia Aldila Sutjiadi Australia Maddison Inglis
Australia Kayla McPhee
6–3, 6–1
  • This tournament is an outdoor event, but rain caused the doubles final to be postponed from 13 April and then transferred to an indoor court.


  1. ^ Day, Wikitōria (20 December 2013). "No rest for Māori tennis youth, Paige Hourigan". Māori Television. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  2. ^ "2018 NZ Tennis Championships - Women's Singles". Tennis New Zealand. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 NZ Tennis Championships - Women's Doubles". Tennis New Zealand. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  4. ^ "New Zealand's Paige Hourigan loses ASB Classic doubles final". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Singapore". Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Surprise". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Irapuato". Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Drawsheet: $15,000 Cancun". Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Drawsheet: $15,000 Cancun". Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Hong Kong". Retrieved 19 April 2019.

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