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Jelena Pand?i?
Jelena Pandzic Albuquerque 2008.jpg
Country (sports) Croatia
ResidenceLeverkusen, Germany
Born (1983-03-17) 17 March 1983 (age 37)
Split, Croatia (then Yugoslavia)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1999
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$134,550
Career record234-116
Career titles11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 136 (22 September 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (2009)
French Open2R (2008)
WimbledonQ1 (2008)
US OpenQ2 (2008, 2010)
Career record50-30
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 226 (13 October 2008)

Jelena Pand?i? (Croatian pronunciation: [j?lena pâ:nd?it?];[1][2] born 17 March 1983) is a retired tennis player from Croatia.

Tennis career

She began playing tennis aged seven, and as a junior she was considered a very promising player for the future, being ranked as the world number one in the under-14 age bracket.[3] In the mid-1990s, she was spotted by Nick Bollettieri who personally coached her for a time. In his autobiography My Aces, My Faults, published in 1996, Bollettieri writes about seeing Pand?i? play for the first time at a tournament in the south of France, writing "she played like she was from another planet."[]


Pand?i?'s first senior tournament on the ITF Circuit was in April 1999 where she qualified and reached the quarterfinals of the Makarska $10k tournament. By 2002, she had made some progress up the rankings, winning three ITF singles titles, but had not yet fulfilled her initial promise. Her highest ranking was 374, achieved in October 2002.


In 2003, Pand?i? only played one game of tennis before a car crash put her out of action. Over the next few years, she did not play in any professional ranking tournaments. Instead, she attended university in the USA and played on the college tennis circuit, representing Fresno Pacific University.[3]


In May 2007, Pand?i? once more began playing on the professional circuit, and this time she began to put together an impressive string of results. Despite beginning with no ranking and having to qualify for the lowest tier of events, she reached a year-end ranking of 255, having won four of the 13 tournaments she entered.


Although she began 2008 with three first-round losses, Pand?i? continued her climb-up the rankings. Her first appearance in the main draw of a WTA Tour event came when she qualified for the ECM Prague Open. However, she lost in the first round to Melinda Czink.

In May 2008, with a ranking of 189, she was able to enter the qualifying rounds of the French Open. With wins over Eva Hrdinová, Julie Coin and Monica Niculescu, Pand?i? managed to qualify for the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. She then won her first round match against Séverine Brémond in three sets but was beaten heavily 6-2, 6-0 in the second round by Agnieszka Radwa?ska, the 14th seed.

As well as the WTA and ITF events, Pand?i? also plays for professional teams in both Germany and the USA. She then was part of the St. Louis Aces team for the 2008 World TeamTennis league, alongside Anna Kournikova and Andy Roddick.[4]

The end of 2008 saw Pand?i? losing repeatedly in first rounds, and this continued through January 2009, when she disclosed she has been playing with a calf injury for some time, and was not sure if she will be able to continue playing professional tennis.


At the end of May 2010, Pand?i? started her second comeback by qualifying for and winning a $10k event in Sumter, South Carolina. In addition to playing well in a number of other ITF events, she has used her protected ranking of 163 to enter some WTA tournaments as well, losing tight matches to high ranked players. In a time of just over three months, she has accumulated 50 points and a record of 16-5 and is ranked 548 as of early August. She entered the qualifying of the US Open beating Sarah Gronert 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 in the first round before losing to Alexandra Panova 2-6, 3-6 in the second.

ITF Circuit finals

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 16 (11-5)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 21 August 2000 ITF Westende, Belgium Clay Germany Lisa Fritz 2-6, 6-3, 4-6
Runner-up 2. 26 March 2001 ITF Amiens, France Clay France Sophie Erre 7-6, 3-6, 6-7
Winner 3. 15 October 2001 ITF Makarska, Croatia Clay Croatia Petra Dizdar 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
Winner 4. 11 March 2002 ITF Makarska, Croatia Clay Czech Republic Libu?e Prová 6-1, 2-6, 7-6
Winner 5. 26 August 2002 ITF Spoleto, Italy Clay New Zealand Shelley Stephens 7-5, 6-1
Runner-up 6. 3 June 2007 ITF Houston, United States Hard (i) United States Asia Muhammad 3-6, 6-4, 4-6
Winner 7. 19 June 2007 ITF Fort Worth, United States Hard United States Lauren Embree 6-4, 6-1
Winner 8. 26 June 2007 ITF Edmond, United States Hard Venezuela Gabriela Paz 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Winner 9. 17 July 2007 ITF Wichita, United States Hard Venezuela Gabriela Paz 6-4, 6-4
Winner 10. 31 July 2007 ITF St. Joseph, United States Hard United States Stacia Fonseca 6-3, 6-1
Winner 11. 24 May 2010 ITF Sumter, United States Hard United States Alexis King 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
Runner-up 12. 13 September 2010 ITF Redding, United States Hard United States Jamie Hampton 6-3, 1-6, 4-6
Runner-up 13. 18 June 2012 ITF Cologne, Germany Clay Germany Julia Kimmelmann 2-6, 6-1, 5-7
Winner 14. 13 August 2012 ITF Br?ko, Bosnia-Herzegovina Hard Serbia Tamara ?urovi? 6-3, 4-1 ret.
Winner 15. 18 March 2013 ITF Ipswich, Australia Hard Australia Storm Sanders 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
Winner 16. 19 August 2013 ITF San Luis Potosi, Mexico Hard Mexico Ana Sofía Sánchez 6-4, 6-4

Doubles: 8 (5-3)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 7 August 2000 ITF Rebecq, Belgium Clay Czech Republic Lenka Snajdrova Belgium Debbrich Feys
Belgium Karin Kues
6-7(5-7), 6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 2. 26 March 2001 ITF Amiens, France Clay Germany Bianca Cremer France Olivia Cappelletti
France Julie Coin
5-7, 1-6
Runner-up 3. 13 August 2001 ITF Koksijde, Belgium Clay North Macedonia Marina Lazarovska Czech Republic Lenka Snajdrova
Sweden Aleksandra Srndovic
2-6, 4-6
Winner 4. 22 July 2007 ITF Wichita, United States Hard United States Jennifer Elie Russia Anna Egorova
Kazakhstan Madina Rakhim
6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Winner 5. 9 August 2008 ITF Monterrey, Mexico Hard Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková Australia Monique Adamczak
United Kingdom Melanie South
4-6, 6-4, [10-8]
Winner 6. 28 September 2008 ITF Ashland, United States Hard Latvia L?ga Dekmeijere United States Julie Ditty
United States Carly Gullickson
6-3, 3-6, [10-8]
Runner-up 7. 13 September 2010 ITF Redding, United States Hard United States Kim Anh Nguyen United States Christina Fusano
United States Yasmin Schnack
2-6, 6-3, [6-10]
Winner 8. 13 August 2012 ITF Br?ko, Bosnia-Herzegovina Hard Croatia Karla Popovi? Slovakia Dagmara Ba?ková
Czech Republic Tereza Malíková
6-3, 6-2


  1. ^ "Jèlena". Hrvatski jezi?ni portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved . Jèlena
  2. ^ "p?nd?a". Hrvatski jezi?ni portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved . P?nd?i?
  3. ^ a b "JELENA PANDZIC". Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ St. Louis Aces Team Archived July 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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