Paige Hourigan
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Paige Hourigan

Paige Hourigan
Full namePaige Mary Hourigan
Country (sports) New Zealand
Born (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 (age 23)
Turakina, New Zealand
Prize money$38,815
Career record74-51
Career titles2 ITF
Highest ranking408 (5 August 2019)
Current ranking422 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Junior1R (2013)
Career record71-29
Career titles8 ITF
Highest ranking134 (11 November 2019)
Current ranking203 (16 March 2020)
Team competitions
Fed Cup8-2 (Singles 7-2, Doubles 1-0)
Last updated on: 4 May 2020.

Paige Mary Hourigan (born 3 February 1997) is a New Zealand tennis player. She has won two singles and eight doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. She reached her best rankings in both singles and doubles after winning ITF doubles titles in Singapore and Surprise, Arizona early in 2019, and those rankings continued to climb as her run of success extended through Mexico and Asia, peaking for both on 5 August. Hourigan, who was born in Turakina, is of part M?ori descent and affiliates to the Ng?ti T?wharetoa iwi.[1]

Junior career

Hourigan won five singles and five doubles titles as a junior, the best of which was the doubles at the Grade 2 Biesterbos Open in the Netherlands, partnering Lizette Cabrera. She twice competed in the Australian Open junior singles, her better result being a loss in the first round proper to Beatriz Haddad Maia in 2013. Her highest junior ranking was 175, in October 2012.

Senior career

She made her WTA tour debut at the 2013 ASB Classic. Her first main draw win was in an ITF doubles match in Glen Iris, Australia, in April 2014, and her first ITF final resulted in a doubles win in Antalya, Turkey, in June 2016. She first represented New Zealand in the Fed Cup in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in 2017, winning two of her three singles matches.


Hourigan won her first singles title as a qualifier at Corroios (a suburb of Lisbon), Portugal, in July, just a few hours after being beaten in a qualifying match for her next tournament in neighbouring Setubal. Returning to North America, she then went all the way to the semi-finals as a qualifier in an ITF tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. In December she was runner-up to Valentina Ivanov in the singles at the New Zealand Tennis Championships,[2] and won the doubles title with Erin Routliffe.[3]


Given a wild card into the singles qualifying draw at the ASB Classic, Hourigan was again beaten by Valentina Ivanov, this time in the first round. She did much better in the doubles where, with partner Taylor Townsend, she got all the way to her first WTA final, having defeated second seeds Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson in the semi-final. Against the scratch pair of Eugenie Bouchard and Sofia Kenin, Hourigan and Townsend raced through the first set to lead 6-1, but lost the second set by the same score. The match tie-break was a scrappy affair, with Bouchard and Kenin eventually winning 10-7 to take the title.[4]

Hourigan made no mistakes in her run to her second ITF doubles title, in Singapore three weeks later, this time with Indonesia's Aldila Sutjiadi as her partner. Beating the top seeds in their semi-final, they comfortably defeated the Hong Kong pair of Eudice Chong and Zhang Ling in the final, winning nine games in a row from 1-2 down in the first set on the way to a final score of 6-2, 6-3.[5] Hourigan's third ITF doubles title came just three weeks later, in Surprise, Arizona, with star American youngster Coco Gauff on her side of the net. They started by beating the third seeds, Jovana Jak?i? and Giuliana Olmos, and defeated the second seeds, Jacqueline Cako and Ingrid Neel, in an amazing semi-final, coming back from two set points down at 2-5, 30-40, to win five games in a row and take the first set. The second set was more straightforward, as they went on to win 7-5, 6-3. Less than an hour later they were back on court for the final, where they won the first set against Usue Maitane Arconada and Emina Bektas, but lost the second. The match tie-break saw the all-American pair work their way to a 9-5 lead, holding four match points. Hourigan and Gauff managed to save all four points to change ends again at 9-9, but then faced another match point, which they saved as well. They dropped their own first point again for match point number six, but recovered to level up at 11-11. They then lost a match point of their own before finally prevailing 14-12 after an epic 18 minute struggle.[6]

On the Mexican swing of the ITF tour in March, she won the doubles title in Irapuato,[7] and followed that with a runner-up finish in doubles and a win in the singles[8] at the second tournament in Cancun, before taking the doubles title at the same venue a week later[9] after retiring during her singles semi-final earlier that day. That was followed by another title in Asia, as she reunited with Aldila Sutjiadi to make it two titles from two tournaments together by winning in Hong Kong.[10]

Staying together for the next few tournaments, Hourigan and Sutjiadi lost to Rutuja Bhosale and Abigail Tere-Apisah in the semi-finals of the first tournament in Singapore, beaten 14-12 in a match tie-break after holding two match points at 9-7. They made amends by winning the corresponding tournament the following week, beating Emily Appleton and Catherine Harrison in the final[11] after Sutjiadi had thrashed Hourigan in their singles semi-final. Their last tournament together was the following week in Hong Kong, where they were beaten in the semi-finals by Tere-Apisah and Junri Namigata, in a match where several crucial line calls were disputed by one team or the other.

The next stop for Hourigan was the Fed Cup in Malaysia, where she had two double-bagel wins in singles before losing in three sets to Eudice Chong from Hong Kong. She played just one doubles match, teaming up with Erin Routliffe to beat the pair from Bangladesh. Moving on to Europe, Hourigan was injured in her first match in Spain before travelling to Portugal to try to defend her singles crown in Corroios. Well-beaten in the quarter-finals by Pemra Özgen, she and Alison Bai won the doubles title, beating Francisca Jorge and Olga Parres Azcoitia in a tight match tie-break in the final, winning 14-12 on their third match point, having saved two earlier in the tie-break.[12] It was Hourigan's third doubles final of the season to feature the same score in the decider.

A family bereavement cut short Hourigan's European tour, and she didn't play again for nearly two months, resuming at Redding, California, in September. She and Catherine Harrison reached the doubles final, but they were well-beaten by Emina Bektas and Tara Moore. Four tournaments in Australia followed, the best resulting in another doubles final, where she and Bai lost to Destanee Aiava and Naiktha Bains in Brisbane. Two tournaments in Texas ended Hourigan's year, she and Katherine Sebov reaching the doubles semi-finals in Dallas, but they had to default through injury.


Hourigan began the new season in Auckland, where she received a wild card into both singles and doubles, the latter with Sara Errani. She suffered a heavy defeat to Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of singles, and also lost in the first round of doubles. The next stop was an ITF tournament in Burnie, Tasmania, where she again lost in the first round of singles, this time after having to qualify, but made the semi-finals of the doubles with Destanee Aiava.

Back in New Zealand, Hourigan won all three singles matches she played in the Fed Cup tournament in Wellington, ensuring New Zealand's place in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I for 2021. Back in Australia, Hourigan lost in the first round of singles in both tournaments in Perth. She and Abigail Tere-Apisah lost in the quarter-finals of the first week's doubles event, but got through to the final in the second week, losing to Kanako Morisaki and Erika Sema.

From Perth, Hourigan flew to South Africa for two tournaments in Potchefstroom. In the first tournament she lost again in the first round of singles, but she and Berfu Cengiz were beaten in the doubles final by Samantha Murray Sharan and Fanny Stollár. Hourigan had reached the singles quarter-final and doubles semi-final in the second week when the ITF tours were suspended because of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The only matches allowed to continue were those actually being played when the order to abandon was given.

WTA finals

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Premier (0-0)
International (0-1)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Jan 2019 Auckland Open, New Zealand International Hard United States Taylor Townsend Canada Eugenie Bouchard
United States Sofia Kenin
6-1, 1-6, [7-10]

ITF finals

Singles: 2 (2 titles)

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments (2-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-0)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jul 2018 ITF Corroios, Portugal $15,000 Hard Zimbabwe Valeria Bhunu 6-4, 6-3
Win 2-0 Mar 2019 ITF Cancún, Mexico $15,000 Hard Colombia María Camila Osorio Serrano 6-4, 6-3

Doubles: 13 (8 titles, 5 runners-up)

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments (6-4)
$15,000 tournaments (1-1)
$10,000 tournaments (1-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (8-5)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Jun 2016 ITF Antalya, Turkey $10,000 Hard Netherlands Arianne Hartono Romania Raluca ?erban
Italy Miriana Tona
6-3, ret.
Win 2-0 Jan 2019 ITF Singapore W25 Hard Indonesia Aldila Sutjiadi Hong Kong Eudice Chong
Hong Kong Zhang Ling
6-2, 6-3
Win 3-0 Feb 2019 ITF Surprise, United States W25 Hard United States Coco Gauff United States Usue Maitane Arconada
United States Emina Bektas
6-3, 4-6, [14-12]
Win 4-0 Mar 2019 ITF Irapuato, Mexico W25 Hard Australia Astra Sharma Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg
Czech Republic Renata Vorá?ová
6-1, 4-6, [12-10]
Loss 4-1 Mar 2019 ITF Cancun, Mexico W15 Hard United States Rasheeda McAdoo France Lou Brouleau
Switzerland Tess Sugnaux
4-6, 3-6
Win 5-1 Mar 2019 ITF Cancun, Mexico W15 Hard Montenegro Vladica Babi? Czech Republic Karolína Beránková
Paraguay Lara Escauriza
6-4, 6-3
Win 6-1 Apr 2019 ITF Hong Kong W25 Hard (i) * Indonesia Aldila Sutjiadi Australia Maddison Inglis
Australia Kayla McPhee
6-3, 6-1
Win 7-1 May 2019 ITF Singapore W25 Hard Indonesia Aldila Sutjiadi United Kingdom Emily Appleton
United States Catherine Harrison
6-1, 7-6(7-5)
Win 8-1 Jul 2019 ITF Corroios, Portugal W25 Hard Australia Alison Bai Portugal Francisca Jorge
Spain Olga Parres Azcoitia
3-6, 6-2, [14-12]
Loss 8-2 Sep 2019 ITF Redding, United States W25 Hard United States Catherine Harrison United States Emina Bektas
United Kingdom Tara Moore
3-6, 1-6
Loss 8-3 Oct 2019 ITF Brisbane, Australia W25 Hard Australia Alison Bai Australia Destanee Aiava
United Kingdom Naiktha Bains
3-6, 3-6
Loss 8-4 Feb 2020 ITF Perth, Australia W25 Hard Papua New Guinea Abigail Tere-Apisah Japan Kanako Morisaki
Japan Erika Sema
1-6, 6-4, [7-10]
Loss 8-5 Mar 2020 ITF Potchefstroom, South Africa W25 Hard Turkey Berfu Cengiz United Kingdom Samantha Murray Sharan
Hungary Fanny Stollár
1-6, 1-6
  • This tournament is an outdoor event, but rain caused the doubles final to be postponed from 13 April and then transferred to an indoor court.

Fed Cup participation


Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Score
2017 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II
R/R 18 July 2017 Dushanbe, Tajikistan Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Hard Turkmenistan Jahan Bayramova W 6-0, 6-0
19 July 2017 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Nigina Abduraimova L 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(3-7)
P/O 21 July 2017 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Roshenka Fernando W 6-0, 6-1
2019 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II
R/R 19 June 2019 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh Eshita Afrose W 6-0, 6-0
20 June 2019 Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan Sarah Mahboob Khan W 6-0, 6-0
21 June 2019 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Eudice Chong L 6-4, 4-6, 1-6
2020 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II
R/R 6 February 2020 Wellington, New Zealand Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan Sarah Mahboob Khan W 6-2, 6-0
7 February 2020 Singapore Singapore Singapore Hx Izabella Tan W 6-1, 6-1
P/O 8 February 2020 Philippines Philippines Philippines Marian Capadocia W 6-2, 6-3


Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Score
2019 Fed Cup
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II
R/R 19 June 2019 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Bangladesh Bangladesh Hard Erin Routliffe Bangladesh Mashfia Afrin
Bangladesh Susmita Sen
W 6-0, 6-1


  1. ^ Day, Wikit?ria (20 December 2013). "No rest for M?ori tennis youth, Paige Hourigan". M?ori Television. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "2018 NZ Tennis Championships - Women's Singles". Tennis New Zealand. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 NZ Tennis Championships - Women's Doubles". Tennis New Zealand. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "New Zealand's Paige Hourigan loses ASB Classic doubles final". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Singapore". Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Surprise". Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Irapuato". Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Drawsheet: $15,000 Cancun". Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Drawsheet: $15,000 Cancun". Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Hong Kong". Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Singapore". Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Portugal". Retrieved 2020.

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