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Ellen Perez

Ellen Perez
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Perez at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Born (1995-10-10) 10 October 1995 (age 24)
Shellharbour, Australia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (double-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Georgia (2014-present)
Prize moneyUS$298,729
Singles
Career record127-93 (57.7%)
Career titles0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 162 (12 Aug 2019)
Current rankingNo. 162 (12 Aug 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
WimbledonQ1 (2019)
US Open1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record141-64 (68.8%)
Career titles1 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 17 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 74 (24 Jun 2019)
Current rankingNo. 49 (20 Feb 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2018)
US Open3R (2019)
Last updated on: 13 August 2019.

Ellen Perez (born 10 October 1995) is a tennis player from Australia.

She has won one doubles title on the WTA Tour, one doubles title on the WTA Challenger Circuit, as well as two singles and 16 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. Her career-high rankings in singles and doubles are 162 and 74 respectively, achieved in August and June 2019.

Perez made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2016 Australian Open in doubles with Belinda Woolcock; they lost in the first round to Jessica Moore and Storm Sanders. She made her first singles Grand Slam appearance at the 2016 US Open after winning the Australian Wildcard Playoff. She attended the University of Georgia in the U.S. from 2014 to 2017.

Personal life

Ellen is the daughter of John and Mitz Perez and sister to Matt Perez. She picked up a tennis racket at the age of three after receiving a totem tennis pole as a Christmas gift, and she started regular coaching at the age of seven. In 2012, she won the Gallipoli Youth Cup held in Ipswich, Queensland.[1]

Career

2012-2014: The beginnings

Perez made her ITF debut in March 2012 in Bundaberg, losing in three sets to Jennifer Elie. In September 2013, she recorded her first main-draw singles win in Toowoomba after qualifying. Perez reached the quarterfinals losing to Azra Hadzic. In December 2013, she won her first ITF doubles title in Hong Kong with Abbie Myers.

In 2014, Perez reached the quarterfinal of the Burnie International and Melbourne, and then competed on the ITF circuit in Europe until June when she started attending college in the United States. Perez ended 2014 with a singles rank of 655 and a doubles rank of 517.

2015-2016: First Grand Slam appearance

In June 2015, Perez returned to play at Bethany Beach where she qualified and reached the singles quarterfinals and the doubles final. The following week in Charlotte, she reached the doubles final. She played across U.S. ITF events for the remainder of 2015.

Perez started her 2016 season in June in U.S. without qualifying for the main draw. In July, she qualified for and won her first singles ITF title in Brussels without dropping a set. She reached a semifinal and final at two subsequent events.[2] Perez won four doubles titles in five weeks across June and July 2016.

In August, Perez won an Australian wildcard playoff to make her Grand Slam single debut at the US Open. She lost to Zhang Shuai in straight sets. Perez said of the experience "It definitely didn't go as planned, or as hoped, but it was great to be able to have my Grand Slam debut and get out on court in front of all the fans and what-not. It was nice."[3] She ended 2016 with a singles rank of 632 and doubles rank of 414.

2017-present: First WTA win

Perez began the season with a wild card into the Sydney International qualifying where she defeated Kateryna Kozlova ranked 101 in the world.[4] She lost to Naomi Broady in the second round. At the Australian Open qualifying, Perez defeated Tadeja Majeri?, then lost to Ana Bogdan.

She returned to play in June where she reached three consecutive doubles finals, winning one. Doubles success continued throughout the rest of the year. In July, Perez qualified for and reached the singles final of Gatineau. This increased her singles ranking to a career high of 363.[5] Perez returned to Australia and reached the semi final of Toowoomba and quarter final of Cairns.

Perez began the 2018 season after being given wild card into the Sydney International where she upset world No. 11 Kristina Mladenovic in the first round. Her first win on the WTA Tour came when Mladenovic retired with the score 4-6, 2-4.[6] Perez lost in round two to Ashleigh Barty.[7]

At the Australian Open, Perez lost in the first round of qualifying to Valentini Grammatikopoulou. Perez made the second round of Burnie, Launceston and Perth, and then reached the final of the ACT Clay Court International in April, losing to Jaimee Fourlis. Perez traveled to Europe and North America's ITF circuit with limited success. In September, she attempted to qualify for two WTA tournaments in Asia before returning to Australia in October where she reached four consecutive ITF finals.

WTA finals

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Tour Championships (0-0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Premier (0-0)
International (1-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Grass (0-1)
Clay (1-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 May 2019 Internationaux de Strasbourg,
France
International Clay Australia Daria Gavrilova China Duan Yingying
China Han Xinyun
6-4, 6-3
Loss 1-1 Jun 2019 Nottingham Open,
England
International Grass Australia Arina Rodionova United States Desirae Krawczyk
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
6-7(5-7), 5-7
Loss 1-2 Feb 2020 Hua Hin Championships,
Thailand
International Hard Austria Barbara Haas Australia Arina Rodionova
Australia Storm Sanders
3-6, 3-6

WTA 125K series finals

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Nov 2019 WTA Houston, United States Hard Brazil Luisa Stefani Canada Sharon Fichman
Japan Ena Shibahara
1-6, 6-4, [10-5]

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1-5)
Clay (1-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jul 2016 ITF Brussels, Belgium 10,000 Clay Belgium Kimberley Zimmermann 6-2, 6-3
Loss 1-1 Aug 2016 ITF Rebecq, Belgium 10,000 Clay Belgium Hélène Scholsen 6-3, 1-6, 2-6
Loss 1-2 Jul 2017 ITF Gatineau, Canada 25,000 Hard Canada Aleksandra Wozniak 6-7(4-7), 4-6
Loss 1-3 Apr 2018 ITF Canberra, Australia 25,000 Clay Australia Jaimee Fourlis 3-6, 2-6
Loss 1-4 Sep 2018 ITF Darwin, Australia 60,000 Hard Australia Kimberly Birrell 3-6, 3-6
Loss 1-5 Oct 2018 ITF Brisbane, Australia 25,000 Hard China Xu Shilin 4-6, 3-6
Loss 1-6 Oct 2018 ITF Toowoomba, Australia 25,000 Hard Australia Zoe Hives 0-6, 2-6
Loss 1-7 Oct 2018 ITF Bendigo, Australia 60,000 Hard Australia Priscilla Hon 4-6, 6-4, 5-7
Win 2-7 Jul 2019 ITF Ashland, United States 60,000 Hard Australia Zoe Hives 6-2, 3-2 ret.

Doubles: 26 (17 titles, 9 runner-ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (13-5)
Clay (3-3)
Grass (1-1)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Dec 2013 ITF Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 10,000 Hard Australia Abbie Myers Chinese Taipei Lee Ya-hsuan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
4-6, 6-3, [10-8]
Loss 1-1 Apr 2014 ITF Glen Iris, Australia 15,000 Hard Australia Tammi Patterson Bulgaria Aleksandrina Naydenova
Australia Jessica Moore
4-6, 2-6
Loss 1-2 Jun 2015 ITF Bethany Beach, United States 10,000 Clay Australia Belinda Woolcock United States Andie Daniell
United States Sophie Chang
4-6, 1-6
Loss 1-3 Jun 2015 ITF Charlotte, United States 10,000 Clay United States Lauren Herring Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves
Mexico Renata Zarazúa
4-6, 7-6(8-6) [8-10]
Win 2-3 Jun 2016 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard United States Lauren Herring United States Jamie Loeb
United States Ingrid Neel
6-3, 6-3
Win 3-3 Jul 2016 ITF Brussels, Belgium 10,000 Clay Brazil Carolina Meligeni Alves Switzerland Karin Kennel
Belgium Hélène Scholsen
6-2, 6-3
Win 4-3 Jul 2016 ITF Saint-Gervais, France 10,000 Clay Australia Abbie Myers Oman Fatma Al-Nabhani
France Estelle Cascino
7-6 (7-5) , 6-2
Win 5-3 Jul 2016 ITF Maaseik, Belgium 10,000 Clay Australia Sally Peers Belgium Deborah Kerfs
United States Chiara Scholl
6-2, 6-2
Loss 5-4 Jun 2017 ITF Sumter, United States 25,000 Hard Brazil Luisa Stefani United States Kaitlyn Christian
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
2-6, 6-3, [7-10]
Win 6-4 Jun 2017 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard Brazil Luisa Stefani United States Francesca Di Lorenzo
United States Julia Elbaba
6-3, 6-4
Loss 6-5 Jul 2017 ITF Auburn, United States 25,000 Hard Brazil Luisa Stefani United States Emina Bektas
Chile Alexa Guarachi
6-4, 4-6, [5-10]
Win 7-5 Jul 2017 ITF Granby, Canada 60,000 Hard Canada Carol Zhao Chile Alexa Guarachi
Australia Olivia Tjandramulia
6-2, 6-2
Win 8-5 Aug 2017 ITF Fort Worth, United States 25,000 Hard Mexico Giuliana Olmos Japan Miharu Imanishi
Japan Ayaka Okuno
6-4, 6-3
Loss 8-6 Nov 2017 ITF Canberra, Australia 60,000 Hard Australia Jessica Moore United States Asia Muhammad
Australia Arina Rodionova
4-6, 4-6
Win 9-6 Feb 2018 ITF Launceston, Australia 25,000 Hard Australia Jessica Moore United Kingdom Laura Robson
Russia Valeria Savinykh
7-6(7-5), 6-4
Win 10-6 Feb 2018 ITF Perth, Australia 25,000 Hard Australia Jessica Moore Australia Olivia Tjandramulia
Australia Belinda Woolcock
6-7(6-8), 6-1, [7-9] ret.
Loss 10-7 May 2018 ITF Caserta, Italy 25,000 Clay Australia Jaimee Fourlis Chinese Taipei Chen Pei-hsuan
Chinese Taipei Wu Fang-hsien
6-7(6-8), 3-6
Win 11-7 Jun 2018 ITF Surbiton, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass Australia Jessica Moore Australia Arina Rodionova
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
4-6, 7-5, [10-3]
Loss 11-8 Jul 2018 ITF Berkeley, United States 60,000 Hard United States Sabrina Santamaria United States Nicole Gibbs
United States Asia Muhammad
4-6, 1-6
Win 12-8 Jul 2018 ITF Granby, Canada 60,000 Hard Australia Arina Rodionova Japan Erika Sema
Japan Aiko Yoshitomi
7-5, 6-4
Win 13-8 Aug 2018 ITF Landisville, United States 60,000 Hard Australia Arina Rodionova Chinese Taipei Chen Pei-hsuan
Chinese Taipei Wu Fang-hsien
6-0, 6-2
Win 14-8 Oct 2018 ITF Bendigo, Australia 60,000 Hard Australia Arina Rodionova Japan Eri Hozumi
Japan Risa Ozaki
7-5, 6-1
Win 15-8 Nov 2018 ITF Canberra, Australia 60,000 Hard Australia Arina Rodionova Australia Naiktha Bains
Australia Destanee Aiava
6-7(5-7), 6-3, [10-7]
Win 16-8 Jan 2019 ITF Burnie, Australia 60,000 Hard Australia Arina Rodionova Russia Irina Khromacheva
Belgium Maryna Zanevska
6-4, 6-3
Loss 16-9 Jun 2019 ITF Ilkley, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass Australia Arina Rodionova Brazil Beatriz Haddad Maia
Brazil Luisa Stefani
4-6, 7-6(7-5), [4-10]
Win 17-9 Jan 2020 ITF Burnie, Australia (2) 60,000 Hard Australia Storm Sanders United States Desirae Krawczyk
United States Asia Muhammad
6-3, 6-2

Grand Slam performance timelines

Singles

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 W-L
Australian Open A Q2 Q1 1R Q1 0-1
French Open A A A A 0-0
Wimbledon A A A Q1 0-0
US Open 1R A A Q2 0-1
Win-Loss 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-2
Year-end ranking 632 343 181

Doubles

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 W-L
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 1-3
French Open A A A 0-0
Wimbledon A A Q1 0-0
US Open A A A 0-0
Win-Loss 0-1 0-1 1-1 1-3
Year-end ranking 414 205 88

References

  1. ^ "Ellen Perez discusses her decision on leaving UGA women's tennis to turn professional". Red and Black. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "PEREZ EXCITED FOR GRAND SLAM DEBUT". Tennis Australia. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "PEREZ FALLS, BUT GAINS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE". Tennis Australia. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Qualifying: McHale coasts into second round". Sydney International. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "BIGGEST MOVERS: PEREZ HEADS HIGHER". Tennis Australia. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Sydney International: When the going gets hot, Ellen Perez pounces". The Australian. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "BARTY PREVAILS UNDER A MIDNIGHT SKY". Tennis Australia. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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