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Danielle Marie Lao (born May 28, 1991 in Pasadena, California) is an American professional tennis player.

Danielle Lao
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Lao at the 2016 US Open
Full nameDanielle Marie Lao
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceArcadia, California
Born (1991-05-28) May 28, 1991 (age 28)
Pasadena, California
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$330,845
Singles
Career record148–122 (56.92%)
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 152 (April 1, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 166 (July 29, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ3 (2019)
French OpenQ1 (2018, 2019)
WimbledonQ3 (2019)
US Open1R (2017, 2018)
Doubles
Career record65–59
Career titles3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 221 (November 10, 2014)
Last updated on: July 29, 2019.

She achieved a career-high WTA singles ranking of 152 on April 1, 2019.

Junior and college careerEdit

Lao won the 2008 USTA National Open.[1] She competed for the USC Trojans where she was a two-time All-American and team captain.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Lao plays primarily on the ITF Women's Circuit. In 2013, she co-authored a top-selling tennis book with Rick Limpert called The Invaluable Experience. In the book, Lao takes readers through her college tennis career and shows why playing a sport in college might be the best decision you could ever make.

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (2–3)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–3)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 6 April 2015 León, Mexico Hard   Aleksandrina Naydenova 3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Winner 2. 22 June 2015 Baton Rouge, United States Clay   Brooke Austin 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 20 February 2017 Surprise, United States Hard   Caroline Dolehide 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 14 May 2017 Changwon, South Korea Hard   Gabriella Taylor 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 7 October 2018 Stockton, United States Hard   Madison Brengle 5–7, 6–7(10–12)

Doubles (3–7)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (1–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 10 February 2014 Rancho Santa Fe, United States Hard   Keri Wong   Samantha Crawford
  Xu Yifan
6–3, 2–6, [10–12]
Winner 1. 7 April 2014 Pelham, United States Clay   Keri Wong   Dia Evtimova
  Ilona Kremen
1–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Runner-up 2. 5 May 2014 Raleigh, United States Clay   Keri Wong   Hsu Chieh-yu
  Alexandra Mueller
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 2 June 2014 El Paso, United States Hard   Hsu Chieh-yu   Jamie Loeb
  Ashley Weinhold
6–4, 4–6, [13–15]
Runner-up 4. 13 October 2014 Florence, United States Hard   Keri Wong   Jamie Loeb
  Sanaz Marand
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 2. 6 April 2015 León, Mexico Hard   Maria Fernanda Alves   Kim Grajdek
  Mayo Hibi
5–7, 7–6(7–5), [10–4]
Runner-up 5. 15 June 2015 Sumter, United States Hard   Jacqueline Cako   Alexandra Mueller
  Ashley Weinhold
7–5, 5–7, [6–10]
Runner-up 6. 13 July 2015 Stockton, United States Hard   Kaitlyn Christian   Jamie Loeb
  Sanaz Marand
3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 20 February 2016 Surprise, United States Hard   Jacqueline Cako   Emina Bektas
  Sarah Lee
6–2, 4–6, [10–8]
Runner-up 7. 6 August 2016 Fort Worth, United States Hard   Jacqueline Cako   Hsu Chieh-yu
  Chanel Simmonds
0–6, 4–6

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (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.

SinglesEdit

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q3 0 / 0 0–0  – 
French Open A Q1 Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A A Q3 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open 1R 1R Q1 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0 / 2 0–0  – 
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Danielle Lao Bio - University of Southern California Official Athletic Site". Usctrojans.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  2. ^ "Former USC Player Danielle Lao (@TheLittleGiant) Reaches New Heights on Kindle | Tennis Atlantic". Tenniseastcoast.com. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2017-05-22.[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit