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Eleni Daniilidou (Greek: Ελένη Δανιηλίδου; [eleˈni ðaniˈiliðu]; born 19 September 1982) is a Greek tennis player born in Chania, on the island of Crete.

Eleni Daniilidou
Ελένη Δανιηλίδου
EleniDaniilidou.jpg
Country (sports) Greece
ResidenceThessaloniki
Born (1982-09-19) 19 September 1982 (age 36)
Chania, Crete
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Turned pro1996
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,929,165
Singles
Career record509–431
Career titles5 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 14 (12 May 2003)
Current rankingNo. 850 (28 January 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2003)
French Open3R (2003)
Wimbledon4R (2002)
US Open4R (2004)
Doubles
Career record298–277
Career titles3 WTA, 16 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21 (29 January 2007)
Current rankingNo. 756 (28 January 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2005)
French OpenSF (2006)
WimbledonQF (2006)
US Open2R (2004, 2007)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2003)
French Open1R (2007)
Wimbledon2R (2006)
US Open2R (2003)
Team competitions
Fed Cup29–15
Last updated on: 2 February 2019.

She is considered as one of the best Greek tennis players of the Open Era, 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 female tennis player from Greece to have reached the top 20. No male tennis player had achieved this until Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the 15th place on August 13, 2018. 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.

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Career summaryEdit

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 US 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 tournament for the first time at Wimbledon. At the end of the year, she reached her second WTA final at the Brasil Open, 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, and 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 finalsEdit

Mixed Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2003 Australian Open Hard   Todd Woodbridge   Leander Paes
  Martina Navratilova
4–6, 5–7

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner–up)Edit

Legend:
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Finals (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V (5–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2002 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands Tier III Grass   Elena Dementieva 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1–1 Sep 2002 Brasil Open, Brazil Tier II Hard   Anastasia Myskina 3–6, 6–0, 2–6
Win 2–1 Jan 2003 Auckland Open, New Zealand Tier IV Hard   Cho Yoon-jeong 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–2)
Win 3–1 Jan 2004 Auckland Open, New Zealand (2) Tier IV Hard   Ashley Harkleroad 6–3, 6–2
Win 4–1 Oct 2006 Korea Open, South Korea Tier IV Hard   Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–3)
Win 5–1 Jan 2008 Hobart International, Australia Tier IV Hard   Vera Zvonareva w/o

Doubles: 12 (3 titles, 9 runner–ups)Edit

Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I/Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II/Premier (1–2)
Tier III, IV & V/International (2–7)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–4)
Clay (0–3)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 2003 Warsaw Open, Poland Tier II Clay   Francesca Schiavone   Liezel Huber
  Magdalena Maleeva
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2004 Diamond Games, Belgium Tier II Hard   Myriam Casanova   Cara Black
  Els Callens
2–6, 1–6
Win 1–2 Jun 2004 Bank of the West Classic, United States Tier II Hard   Nicole Pratt   Claudine Schaul
  Iveta Benešová
6–2, 6–4
Loss 1–3 Jun 2005 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom Tier III Grass   Jennifer Russell   Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–4 Nov 2006 Gaz de France Stars, Belgium Tier III Carpet   Jasmin Wöhr   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–5 Sep 2007 Korea Open, South Korea Tier IV Hard   Jasmin Wöhr   Chuang Chia-jung
  Hsieh Su-wei
2–6, 2–6
Loss 1–6 Jan 2008 Hobart International, Australia Tier IV Hard   Jasmin Wöhr   Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
2–6, 4–6
Win 2–6 Jul 2010 İstanbul Cup, Turkey International Hard   Jasmin Wöhr   Maria Kondratieva
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 1–6, [11–9]
Loss 2–7 Apr 2011 Portugal Open, Portugal International Clay   Michaëlla Krajicek   Alisa Kleybanova
  Galina Voskoboeva
4–6, 2–6
Win 3–7 Sep 2011 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Vitalia Diatchenko   Lyudmyla Kichenok
  Nadiya Kichenok
6–4, 6–3
Loss 3–8 Jul 2013 Gastein Ladies, Austria International Clay   Kristina Barrois   Sandra Klemenschits
  Andreja Klepač
1–6, 4–6
Loss 3–9 Jul 2013 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan International Hard   Aleksandra Krunić   Irina Buryachok
  Oksana Kalashnikova
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 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 Score
Runner-up 1. 30 September 1996 Thessaloniki, Greece Hard   Nóra Köves 3–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 8 August 1998 Southsea, United Kingdom Grass   Manisha Malhotra 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Winner 3. 15 August 1998 İstanbul, Turkey Hard   Riei Kawamata 6–0, 6–1
Winner 4. 24 August 1998 Skiathos, Greece Carpet   Tatiana Poutchek 6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. 31 August 1998 Xanthi, Greece Hard   Lizzie Jelfs 6–2, 6–0
Winner 6. 20 September 1999 Thessaloniki, Greece Carpet   Clarisa Fernández 6–2, 6–2
Winner 7. 21 August 2000 Kastoria, Greece Carpet   Jolanda Mens 6–3, 6–1
Winner 8. 2 April 2001 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Anikó Kapros 6–4, 6–4
Winner 9. 30 April 2001 Taranto, Italy Clay   Edina Gallovits-Hall 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 15 February 2009 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Lucie Hradecká 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 17 August 2009 Westende, Belgium Hard   Estelle Guisard 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 12. 28 September 2009 Athens, Greece Hard   Jelena Dokic 2–6, 1–6
Winner 13. 3 October 2010 Athens, Greece Hard   Laura Pous Tió 6–4, 6–1
Winner 14. 30 May 2011 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass   Olga Govortsova 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 15. 3 July 2011 Pozoblanco, Spain Hard   Elitsa Kostova 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 16. 29 October 2012 Barnstaple, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Annika Beck 7–6(7–1), 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 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 Score
Runner-up 1. 3 August 1998 Southsea, United Kingdom Grass   Lucy Wood   Lizzie Jelfs
  Mareze Joubert
2–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 10 August 1998 İstanbul, Turkey Hard   Nataly Cahana   Duygu Akşit Oal
  Gülberk Gültekin
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 24 August 1998 Skiathos, Greece Carpet   Evagelia Roussi   Marina Lazarovska
  Tatiana Poutchek
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 4. 31 August 1998 Xanthi, Greece Hard   Evagelia Roussi   Dragana Ilić
  Ljiljana Nanušević
6–0, 6–3
Winner 5. 28 September 1998 Thessaloniki, Greece Clay   Christína Papadáki   Ľudmila Cervanová
  Magdalena Kučerová
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–5
Winner 6. 20 September 1999 Thessaloniki, Greece Carpet   Surina De Beer   Adriana Barna
  Adrienn Hegedűs
6–2, 6–3
Winner 7. 21 August 2000 Kastoria, Greece Carpet   Evagelia Roussi   Sandra Klemenschits
  Daniela Klemenschits
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 4 September 2000 Fano, Italy Clay   Alicia Ortuño   Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
  Conchita Martínez Granados
2–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 16 October 2000 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard (i)   Maria Geznenge   Mia Buric
  Laura Dell'Angelo
5–3, 4–1, 4–0
Runner-up 10. 29 January 2001 Tipton, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Maria Geznenge   Helen Crook
  Victoria Davies
6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 12 February 2001 Sutton, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Lydia Steinbach   Amanda Hopmans
  Patty Van Acker
6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 25 March 2001 Cholet, France Clay (i)   Germana Di Natale   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Anastasia Rodionova
1–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 13. 9 April 2001 Dinan, France Clay (i)   Caroline Schneider   Vanessa Henke
  Syna Schmidle
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 14. 27 March 2009 La Palma, Spain Hard   Jasmin Wöhr   Lu Jingjing
  Sun Shengnan
2–6, 7–5, [5–10]
Runner-up 15. 5 June 2009 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass   Rika Fujiwara   Alexa Glatch
  Natalie Grandin
3–6, 6–2, [7–10]
Winner 16. 28 September 2009 Athens, Greece Hard   Jasmin Wöhr   Timea Bacsinszky
  Tathiana Garbin
6–2, 5–7, [10–4]
Winner 17. 2 November 2009 Ismaning, Germany Carpet (i)   Jasmin Wöhr   Ekaterina Dzehalevich
  Eva Hrdinová
6–2, 4–6, [10–5]
Winner 18. 13 September 2010 Sofia, Bulgaria Hard   asmin Wöhr   Sandra Klemenschits
  Tatjana Maria
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 19. 3 October 2010 Athens, Greece Hard   Petra Martić   Vitalia Diatchenko
  İpek Şenoğlu
w/o
Winner 20. 9 June 2012 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass   Casey Dellacqua   Laura Robson
  Heather Watson
6–4, 6–2
Winner 21. 16 September 2013 Albuquerque, United States Hard   CoCo Vandeweghe   Melanie Oudin
  Taylor Townsend
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Runner–up 22. 20 December 2013 Ankara, Turkey Hard   Aleksandra Krunić   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Çağla Büyükakçay
3–6, 3–6
Runner–up 23. 24 March 2014 Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i)   Kristina Barrois   Margarita Gasparyan
  Lyudmyla Kichenok
2–6, 4–6
Runner–up 24. 5 May 2014 Fukuoka, Japan Grass   Naomi Broady   Shuko Aoyama
  Eri Hozumi
3–6, 4–6
Winner 25. 9 March 2015 Amiens, France Clay   Ilka Csöregi   Elizaveta Ianchuk
  Olga Ianchuk
6–1, 6–4
Runner–up 26. 21 February 2016 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Arina Folts   Petia Arshinkova
  Elena Gabriela Ruse
6–7(0–7), 4–6
Runner–up 27. 25 April 2016 Manisa, Turkey Hard   Margarita Lazareva   Abbie Myers
  Melis Sezer
4–6, 4–6
Winner 28. 11 July 2016 Imola, Italy Carpet   Lisa Sabino   Martina Di Giuseppe
  Maria Masini
4–6, 6–2, [10–4]
Runner–up 29. 27 March 2017 İstanbul, Turkey Hard (i)   Vlada Ekshibarova   Ekaterina Kazionova
  Elena Rybakina
1–6, 3–6

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
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

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
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 HeadEdit

External linksEdit