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Ellen Perez

Ellen Perez
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Perez at the 2021 French Open
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Born (1995-10-10) 10 October 1995 (age 26)
Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Georgia (2014-2017)
Prize moneyUS$ 750,515
Singles
Career record148-122 (54.8%)
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 162 (12 August 2019)
Current rankingNo. 196 (3 January 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French OpenQ3 (2021)
Wimbledon1R (2021)
US Open1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record192-100 (65.8%)
Career titles4 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 40 (31 August 2020)
Current rankingNo. 42 (3 January 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2018, 2022)
French Open2R (2021)
WimbledonQF (2022)
US Open3R (2019)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open2R (2021, 2022)
Wimbledon2R (2022)
US OpenQF (2021)
Last updated on: 5 January 2022.

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

She has won four doubles titles on the WTA Tour, one doubles title on the WTA Challenger Tour, as well as two singles and 16 doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. Her career-high rankings in singles and doubles are 162 and 40, respectively, achieved in August 2019 and August 2020.

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 Mili?a Perez and sister to Matt Perez. Ellen is of Spanish descent on her Father's side and of Macedonian descent on her Mother's side. 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 Circuit 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 the Australian Wildcard Playoff to make her Grand Slam singles 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.

2017-2018: First WTA match win

Perez began the season with a wildcard 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 wildcard 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 at 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.

2019-2020

2021

Perez commenced 2021 retiring in the first round of the Grampians Trophy. She made the second round of qualifying in both Australian Open and Adelaide International. In March, she won the Abierto Zapopan in doubles with Astra Sharma, it was her second WTA title.

In May, Perez reached the third and final round of the French Open. In June, she qualified for Wimbledon, but lost in the first round to fellow qualifier Clara Burel

In July, Perez partnered Samantha Stosur in ladies' doubles at the 2020 Olympic Games, where they reached the quarterfinal. In the same month, Perez reached the final of the ITF event in Lisbon, Portugal. In October, she reached another ITF final in Portugal.[8] Perez ended 2021 with a singles rank of 196 and a doubles rank of 42.

2022

Perez lost in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open - Women's singles qualifying.[9]

Grand Slam performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 W-L
Australian Open A Q2 Q1 1R Q1 Q2 Q1 0-1
French Open A A A A A Q3 Q1 0-0
Wimbledon A A A Q1 NH 1R Q1 0-1
US Open 1R A A Q2 A Q1 0-1
Win-loss 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-3
Year-end ranking 632 343 181 241 234 196

Doubles

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 W-L
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2-7
French Open A A A A 1R 2R 1R 1-3
Wimbledon A A Q1 1R NH 1R QF 3-3
US Open A A A 3R 1R 2R 3-3
Win-loss 0-1 0-1 1-1 2-3 0-3 2-4 4-3 9-16
Year-end ranking 414 205 88 65 48 42

WTA career finals

Doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Finals by surface
Hard (2-1)
Grass (1-2)
Clay (1-2)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 May 2019 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France International[a] Clay Australia Daria Gavrilova China Duan Yingying
China Han Xinyun
6-4, 6-3
Loss 1-1 Jun 2019 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom 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
Loss 1-3 Sep 2020 ?stanbul Cup, Turkey International Clay Australia Storm Sanders Chile Alexa Guarachi
United States Desirae Krawczyk
1-6, 3-6
Win 2-3 Mar 2021 Abierto Zapopan, Mexico WTA 250 Hard Australia Astra Sharma United States Desirae Krawczyk
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
6-4, 6-4
Loss 2-4 Apr 2021 Charleston Open, United States WTA 250 Clay Australia Storm Sanders United States Hailey Baptiste
United States Caty McNally
7-6(7-4), 4-6, [6-10]
Loss 2-5 Jun 2021 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom WTA 250 Grass Tunisia Ons Jabeur Czech Republic Marie Bouzková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
4-6, 6-2, [8-10]
Win 3-5 Oct 2021 Tenerife Open, Spain WTA 250 Hard Norway Ulrikke Eikeri Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Ukraine Marta Kostyuk
6-3, 6-3
Win 4-5 Jun 2022 Rosmalen Open, Netherlands WTA 250 Grass Slovenia Tamara Zidan?ek Veronika Kudermetova
Belgium Elise Mertens
6-3, 5-7, [12-10]

WTA Challenger finals

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win Nov 2019 WTA 125 Houston, United States Hard Brazil Luisa Stefani Canada Sharon Fichman
Japan Ena Shibahara
1-6, 6-4, [10-5]

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 11 (2 titles, 9 runner-ups)

Legend
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments (1-2)
$25,000 tournaments (0-6)
$10,000 tournaments (1-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-7)
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), 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.
Loss 2-8 Jul 2021 ITF Lisbon, Portugal 25,000 Hard Switzerland Lulu Sun 4-6, 4-6
Loss 2-9 Oct 2021 ITF Loulé, Portugal 25,000 Hard France Harmony Tan 4-6, 4-6

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

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (1-1)
$60,000 tournaments (7-2)
$25,000 tournaments (5-3)
$15,000 tournaments (0-1)
$10,000 tournaments (4-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (13-5)
Clay (3-3)
Grass (1-1)
Carpet (0-0)

Notes

  1. ^ The WTA International tournaments were reclassified as WTA 250 tournaments in 2021.

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.
  8. ^ "Social Round Up". Tennis Australia. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Australian Open 2022: 14 Aussie Women Set for Qualifying". Tennis Australia. 10 January 2022. Retrieved 2022.

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