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Eleni Daniilidou
Ελένη Δανιηλίδου
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Country  Greece
Residence Thessaloniki
Born 19 September 1982 (1982-09-19) (age 39)
Chania, Crete
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Turned pro 1996
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,929,165
Singles
Career record 509–431 (54.15%)
Career titles 5 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 14 (12 May 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2003)
French Open 3R (2003)
Wimbledon 4R (2002)
US Open 4R (2004)
Doubles
Career record 298–277 (51.83%)
Career titles 3 WTA, 16 ITF
Highest ranking No. 21 (29 January 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2005)
French Open SF (2006)
Wimbledon QF (2006)
US Open 2R (2004, 2007)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (2003)
French Open 1R (2007)
Wimbledon 2R (2006)
US Open 2R (2003)
Team Competitions
Fed Cup 29–15 (65.91%)

Eleni Daniilidou (Greek: Ελένη Δανιηλίδου; born 19 September 1982) is a Greek former tennis player from the island of Crete.

She is considered as one of the best Greek tennis players of the Open Era, winning five singles titles and three doubles titles on the WTA Tour. In 2003, she reached the mixed-doubles final of the Australian Open, making her the first Greek player to have reached a Grand Slam final. Her highest singles ranking is world No. 14, making her the only female tennis player from Greece to have reached the top 20 until Maria Sakkari in February 2020. No male tennis player had achieved this until Stefanos Tsitsipas reached 15th place in August 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.

Career summary

Daniilidou began 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 career singles title at the Rosmalen Championships, 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 Auckland Open 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 German Open. She also reached the semifinals of the Paris Indoors and the DFS Classic.

Daniilidou successfully defended her title at Auckland in 2004, her third WTA singles title. She reached the semifinals at the prestigious Miami 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 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 Connecticut Open, 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 last WTA singles title at the 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 finals

Mixed doubles: 1 (runner-up)

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

WTA career finals

Singles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner–up)

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

Doubles: 12 (3 titles, 9 runner–ups)

Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (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 Italy Francesca Schiavone South Africa Liezel Huber
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2004 Diamond Games, Belgium Tier II Hard Switzerland Myriam Casanova Zimbabwe Cara Black
Belgium Els Callens
2–6, 1–6
Win 1–2 Jun 2004 Bank of the West Classic,
United States
Tier II Hard Australia Nicole Pratt Luxembourg Claudine Schaul
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
6–2, 6–4
Loss 1–3 Jun 2005 Birmingham Classic,
Great Britain
Tier III Grass United States Jennifer Russell Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–4 Nov 2006 Gaz de France Stars, Belgium Tier III Carpet (i) Germany Jasmin Wöhr United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–5 Sep 2007 Korea Open, South Korea Tier IV Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
2–6, 2–6
Loss 1–6 Jan 2008 Hobart International, Australia Tier IV Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
2–6, 4–6
Win 2–6 Jul 2010 İstanbul Cup, Turkey International Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Russia Maria Kondratieva
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 1–6, [11–9]
Loss 2–7 Apr 2011 Estoril Open, Portugal International Clay Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
4–6, 2–6
Win 3–7 Sep 2011 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Russia Vitalia Diatchenko Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok
6–4, 6–3
Loss 3–8 Jul 2013 Gastein Ladies, Austria International Clay Germany Kristina Barrois Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
1–6, 4–6
Loss 3–9 Jul 2013 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan International Hard Serbia Aleksandra Krunić Ukraine Irina Buryachok
Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]

ITF Circuit finals

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 16 (11 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 1996 ITF Thessaloniki, Greece Hard Hungary Nóra Köves 3–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Aug 1998 ITF Southsea, Great Britain Grass India Manisha Malhotra 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Win 2–1 Aug 1998 ITF İstanbul, Turkey Hard Japan Riei Kawamata 6–0, 6–1
Win 3–1 Aug 1998 ITF Skiathos, Greece Carpet Belarus Tatiana Poutchek 6–3, 6–4
Win 4–1 Aug 1998 ITF Xanthi, Greece Hard United Kingdom Lizzie Jelfs 6–2, 6–0
Win 5–1 Sep 1999 ITF Thessaloniki, Greece Carpet Argentina Clarisa Fernández 6–2, 6–2
Win 6–1 Aug 2000 ITF Kastoria, Greece Carpet Netherlands Jolanda Mens 6–3, 6–1
Win 7–1 Apr 2001 ITF Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Hungary Anikó Kapros 6–4, 6–4
Win 8–1 Apr 2001 ITF Taranto, Italy Clay United States Edina Gallovits-Hall 7–5, 6–2
Loss 8–2 Feb 2009 ITF Midland, United States Hard (i) Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 3–6, 3–6
Loss 8–3 Aug 2009 ITF Westende, Belgium Hard France Estelle Guisard 1–6, 2–6
Loss 8–4 Sep 2009 ITF Athens, Greece Hard Australia Jelena Dokic 2–6, 1–6
Win 9–4 Oct 2010 ITF Athens, Greece Hard Spain Laura Pous Tió 6–4, 6–1
Win 10–4 May 2011 ITF Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Belarus Olga Govortsova 1–6, 6–4, 6–2
Win 11–4 Jul 2011 ITF Pozoblanco, Spain Hard Bulgaria Elitsa Kostova 6–3, 6–2
Loss 11–5 Oct 2012 ITF Barnstaple, Great Britain Hard (i) Germany Annika Beck 7–6(7–1), 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 29 (16 titles, 13 runner-ups)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 3 August 1998 ITF Southsea, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Lucy Wood United Kingdom Lizzie Jelfs
South Africa Mareze Joubert
2–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 10 August 1998 ITF İstanbul, Turkey Hard Israel Nataly Cahana Turkey Duygu Akşit Oal
Turkey Gülberk Gültekin
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 2. 24 August 1998 ITF Skiathos, Greece Carpet Greece Evagelia Roussi Republic of Macedonia Marina Lazarovska
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 31 August 1998 ITF Xanthi, Greece Hard Greece Evagelia Roussi Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragana Ilić
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljiljana Nanušević
6–0, 6–3
Winner 4. 28 September 1998 ITF Thessaloniki, Greece Clay Greece Christína Papadáki Slovakia Ľudmila Cervanová
Germany Magdalena Kučerová
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–5
Winner 5. 20 September 1999 ITF Thessaloniki Carpet South Africa Surina De Beer Germany Adriana Barna
Hungary Adrienn Hegedűs
6–2, 6–3
Winner 6. 21 August 2000 ITF Kastoria, Greece Carpet Greece Evagelia Roussi Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Austria Daniela Klemenschits
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 4 September 2000 ITF Fano, Italy Clay Spain Alicia Ortuño Spain Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
Spain Conchita Martínez Granados
2–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 16 October 2000 ITF Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard (i) Bulgaria Maria Geznenge Germany Mia Buric
Italy Laura Dell'Angelo
5–3, 4–1, 4–0
Runner-up 3. 29 January 2001 ITF Tipton, Great Britain Hard (i) Bulgaria Maria Geznenge United Kingdom Helen Crook
United Kingdom Victoria Davies
6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 12 February 2001 ITF Sutton, Great Britain Hard (i) Germany Lydia Steinbach Netherlands Amanda Hopmans
Belgium Patty Van Acker
6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 25 March 2001 ITF Cholet, France Clay (i) Italy Germana Di Natale Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
1–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 9. 9 April 2001 ITF Dinan, France Clay (i) Germany Caroline Schneider Germany Vanessa Henke
Germany Syna Schmidle
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 5. 27 March 2009 ITF La Palma, Spain Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr People's Republic of China Lu Jingjing
People's Republic of China Sun Shengnan
2–6, 7–5, [5–10]
Runner-up 6. 5 June 2009 ITF Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Japan Rika Fujiwara United States Alexa Glatch
South Africa Natalie Grandin
3–6, 6–2, [7–10]
Winner 10. 28 September 2009 ITF Athens, Greece Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Italy Tathiana Garbin
6–2, 5–7, [10–4]
Winner 11. 2 November 2009 ITF Ismaning, Germany Carpet (i) Germany Jasmin Wöhr Belarus Ekaterina Dzehalevich
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
6–2, 4–6, [10–5]
Winner 12. 13 September 2010 ITF Sofia, Bulgaria Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Germany Tatjana Maria
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 3 October 2010 ITF Athens Hard Croatia Petra Martić Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Turkey İpek Şenoğlu
w/o
Winner 13. 9 June 2012 ITF Nottingham Grass Australia Casey Dellacqua United Kingdom Laura Robson
United Kingdom Heather Watson
6–4, 6–2
Winner 14. 16 September 2013 ITF Albuquerque, United States Hard United States CoCo Vandeweghe United States Melanie Oudin
United States Taylor Townsend
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 8. 20 December 2013 ITF Ankara, Turkey Hard Serbia Aleksandra Krunić Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 24 March 2014 ITF Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i) Germany Kristina Barrois Russia Margarita Gasparyan
Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 5 May 2014 ITF Fukuoka, Japan Grass United Kingdom Naomi Broady Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Eri Hozumi
3–6, 4–6
Winner 15. 9 March 2015 ITF Amiens, France Clay Hungary Ilka Csöregi Ukraine Elizaveta Ianchuk
Ukraine Olga Ianchuk
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 21 February 2016 ITF Antalya Clay Uzbekistan Arina Folts Bulgaria Petia Arshinkova
Romania Elena Gabriela Ruse
6–7(0–7), 4–6
Runner-up 12. 25 April 2016 ITF Manisa, Turkey Hard Russia Margarita Lazareva Australia Abbie Myers
Turkey Melis Sezer
4–6, 4–6
Winner 16. 11 July 2016 ITF Imola, Italy Carpet Switzerland Lisa Sabino Italy Martina Di Giuseppe
Italy Maria Masini
4–6, 6–2, [10–4]
Runner-up 13. 27 March 2017 ITF İstanbul Hard (i) Israel Vlada Ekshibarova Russia Ekaterina Kazionova
Russia Elena Rybakina
1–6, 3–6

Grand Slam performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Singles

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

Doubles

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-head records

Top-10 wins

Daniilidou has won 7 matches against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Rank ED
2002
1 Belgium Justine Henin-Hardenne 7 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass SF 4–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–3 51
2 United States Monica Seles 5 Bahia, Brazil Hard SF 6–1, 7–5 34
2003
3 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić 10 Paris, France Carpet (i) QF 6–1, 6–3 18
2004
4 United States Jennifer Capriati 5 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard R16 6–4, 7–6(7–2) 35
5 United States Jennifer Capriati 7 Miami, United States Hard R32 6–2, 6–4 35
2005
6 Belgium Justine Henin-Hardenne 7 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass R128 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 7–5 76
7 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 4 San Diego, United States Hard R32 6–4, 6–4 63
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