Eleni Daniilidou
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Eleni Daniilidou
Eleni Daniilidou
Country (sports) Greece
Born (1982-09-19) 19 September 1982 (age 38)
Chania, Crete
Height1.82 m (5 ft  in)
Turned pro1996
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,929,165
Career record509-431
Career titles5 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 14 (12 May 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2003)
French Open3R (2003)
Wimbledon4R (2002)
US Open4R (2004)
Career record298-277
Career titles3 WTA, 16 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21 (29 January 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2005)
French OpenSF (2006)
WimbledonQF (2006)
US Open2R (2004, 2007)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2003)
French Open1R (2007)
Wimbledon2R (2006)
US Open2R (2003)
Team competitions
Fed Cup29-15

Eleni Daniilidou (Greek: ?; [ele'ni ðani'iliðu]; 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 to date, 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)

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 Bene?ová
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 ?stanbul Cup, Turkey International Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Russia Maria Kondratieva
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlí?ová
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 Klepa?
1-6, 4-6
Loss 3-9 Jul 2013 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan International Hard Serbia Aleksandra Kruni? 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 ?stanbul, 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
8-3 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 (16-13)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 3 August 1998 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 ?stanbul, Turkey Hard Israel Nataly Cahana Turkey Duygu Ak?it Oal
Turkey Gülberk Gültekin
3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Winner 2. 24 August 1998 Skiathos, Greece Carpet Greece Evagelia Roussi North Macedonia Marina Lazarovska
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Winner 3. 31 August 1998 Xanthi, Greece Hard Greece Evagelia Roussi Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragana Ili?
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljiljana Nanu?evi?
6-0, 6-3
Winner 4. 28 September 1998 Thessaloniki, Greece Clay Greece Christína Papadáki Slovakia ?udmila Cervanová
Germany Magdalena Ku?erová
7-6(7-5), 4-6, 7-5
Winner 5. 20 September 1999 Thessaloniki, Greece Carpet South Africa Surina De Beer Germany Adriana Barna
Hungary Adrienn Heged?s
6-2, 6-3
Winner 6. 21 August 2000 Kastoria, Greece Carpet Greece Evagelia Roussi Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Austria Daniela Klemenschits
6-3, 6-4
Runner-up 2. 4 September 2000 Fano, Italy Clay Spain Alicia Ortuño Spain Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
Spain Conchita Martínez Granados
2-6, 4-6
Winner 7. 16 October 2000 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 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 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 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 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 La Palma, Spain Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr China Lu Jingjing
China Sun Shengnan
2-6, 7-5, [5-10]
Runner-up 6. 5 June 2009 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 Athens, Greece Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Italy Tathiana Garbin
6-2, 5-7, [10-4]
Winner 11. 2 November 2009 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 Sofia, Bulgaria Hard Germany Jasmin Wöhr Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Germany Tatjana Maria
6-3, 6-4
Runner-up 7. 3 October 2010 Athens, Greece Hard Croatia Petra Marti? Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Turkey ?pek ?eno?lu
Winner 13. 9 June 2012 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Australia Casey Dellacqua United Kingdom Laura Robson
United Kingdom Heather Watson
6-4, 6-2
Winner 14. 16 September 2013 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 Ankara, Turkey Hard Serbia Aleksandra Kruni? Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Turkey Ça?la Büyükakçay
3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 9. 24 March 2014 Croissy-Beaubourg, France Hard (i) Germany Kristina Barrois Russia Margarita Gasparyan
Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 10. 5 May 2014 Fukuoka, Japan Grass United Kingdom Naomi Broady Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Eri Hozumi
3-6, 4-6
Winner 15. 9 March 2015 Amiens, France Clay Hungary Ilka Csöregi Ukraine Elizaveta Ianchuk
Ukraine Olga Ianchuk
6-1, 6-4
Runner-up 11. 21 February 2016 Antalya, Turkey Clay Uzbekistan Arina Folts Bulgaria Petia Arshinkova
Romania Elena Gabriela Ruse
6-7(0-7), 4-6
Runner-up 12. 25 April 2016 Manisa, Turkey Hard Russia Margarita Lazareva Australia Abbie Myers
Turkey Melis Sezer
4-6, 4-6
Winner 16. 11 July 2016 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 ?stanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Israel Vlada Ekshibarova Russia Ekaterina Kazionova
Russia Elena Rybakina
1-6, 3-6

Grand Slam performance timelines


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


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

External links

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