Lizzie Jelfs

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

Lizzie Jelfs
Full nameElizabeth Coulson (nee Jelfs)
Country (sports) Great Britain
Born (1976-07-28) 28 July 1976 (age 44)
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 titles12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 200 (3 November 1997)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1998)

BiographyEdit

Tennis careerEdit

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 lifeEdit

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 Circuit finalsEdit

$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 4 (4 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1 February 1993 ITF Newcastle, United Kingdom Carpet (i)   Gaby Coorengel 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 24 July 1995 ITF Salvador, Brazil Hard   Lucila Becerra 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 27 April 1998 ITF Hatfield, United Kingdom Clay   Mariam Ramón Climent 1–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 31 August 1998 ITF Xanthi, Greece Hard   Eleni Daniilidou 2–6, 0–6

Doubles: 15 (12 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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