|Residence||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Born||29 April 1998|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Plays||Right (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||94-94 (50.0%)|
|Career titles||2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 154 (6 May 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 701 (22 February 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2019)|
|French Open||Q1 (2019)|
|Career record||36-47 (43.4%)|
|Career titles||1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 235 (1 August 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 596 (22 February 2021)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)|
|Last updated on: 22 February 2021.|
Kimberly Birrell (born 29 April 1998) is an Australian tennis player.
She has won two singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF Circuit. Birrell reached her best singles ranking of world No. 154 on 6 May 2019.
Birrell was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 29 April 1998 to Australian parents. Her father, John, was working as a tennis coach in Germany at the time of her birth and shortly after relocated his family to Wodonga, Victoria. The family then settled on the Gold Coast, Queensland when Birrell was three years of age as her father took up a role as the head coach of Pat Cash's Tennis Academy. She began playing tennis at the age of four and switched training bases to the Queens Park Tennis Centre in 2008 when her father began managing the club. Queens Park had previously produced top 20 tennis players such as Bernard Tomic and Samantha Stosur, the latter of which would train with Birrell when visiting the club. Birrell attended Coomera Anglican College during her schooling years and graduated in 2015.
Birrell began playing junior ITF under 18 events in July 2011 as a 13-year-old. She reached her first junior ITF final a year later in Sydney and came out victorious over Pamela Boyanov in three sets. Following a strong 2012 season, she made her junior grand slam debut at the 2013 Australian Open at 14 years of age and was beaten by Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in straight sets. She continued to improve her junior ranking throughout 2013 by reaching two finals.
She entered the 2014 Australian Open unseeded and caused several upsets on her way to the semifinals. In the semifinals, at 15 years of age, she was defeated by Croat Jana Fett who two years her senior. She went on to compete in all the remaining grand slams throughout 2014 and reached her highest junior ranking of 18 in the world. Birrell competed in three junior grand slams in 2015 but mostly focused on the professional women's tour.
Birrell competed in her first professional event at the Bendigo Tennis Centre in October 2012 at the age of 14. She gained her first professional ranking point a year later with a straight sets win over Elizabeth James after receiving a wildcard into the main draw of a tournament held in her home state of Queensland. She finished 2013 with a professional singles ranking of 847.
Birrell was awarded a wildcard into the doubles main draw of the Hobart International with compatriot Olivia Tjandramulia, where they lost in the first round to second seeds Lisa Raymond and Zhang Shuai.
In 2015, Birrell was awarded a qualifying wildcard into the Hobart International, but lost to Vitalia Diatchenko in straight sets. She was then given a wildcard for the Australian Open qualifying, where she fell to Kateryna Bondarenko, in three sets. She also made her Grand Slam main-draw debut by getting one of seven team wildcards in women's doubles alongside Priscilla Hon, but lost to the fifth seeds, Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.
In March, Birrell qualified for and made the first ITF Circuit final of her career in Mildura, but lost to compatriot Alison Bai, 3-6, 3-6. Birrell didn't play between April-September, but returned to Australia to play in Tweed Heads, Cairns, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Canberra. Her best results were a final in Brisbane and a semifinal in Canberra. She finished the year with a ranking of 361.
Birrell was awarded a wildcard into the qualifying rounds of the Brisbane International, but lost to eventual main draw semifinalist Samantha Crawford. Birrell made her WTA Tour debut after being awarded a wildcard into the main draw at the Hobart International. She won 6-4, 6-3 against world No. 57, Danka Kovini? from Montenegro. She lost in round two to Dominika Cibulková. In the same tournament, she partnered Jarmila Wolfe in the doubles where they made the final. Birrell was awarded a wildcard into the Australian Open but she lost in round one to ninth seed Karolína Plí?ková, 4-6, 4-6. In February, Birrell made her Fed Cup debut against Dominika Cibulkova, she lost 3-6, 1-6. Shortly after, Birrell suffered a right elbow injury, sidelining her for the rest of the year. Birrell ended 2016 with a ranking of 584.
Birrell and her doubles partner, Priscilla Hon, were given a wildcard into the Australian Open, losing in the first round to Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai. Six months later, Birrell and doubles partner Caroline Dolehide made the final of the ITF tournament in Winnipeg, Canada, losing to Hiroko Kuwata and Valeria Savinykh in two sets (a win would have marked Birrell's best win at an ITF tournament to date). The next week, in Gatineau, Birrell and her new doubles partner, Emily Webley-Smith of Great Britain, lost in the final to the same duo - Kuwata and Savinykh - in a third-set tiebreak, 5-10. Birrell came back at the end of September with a run to the final in the Penrith Tennis International, losing to Olivia Rogowska in two sets. The following week in Brisbane, Birrell won her first ITF singles title by beating American Asia Muhammad in a tight three sets.
Birrell lost in the first round of qualifying in Brisbane, Sydney and the Australian Open. In August, she qualified for and reached her first quarter final of the year at the Koser Challenge in Landisville, USA. In September, Kimberly reached the quarterfinals of the Cairns Tennis International before winning her second career ITF singles title in Darwin, where she also reached the final of the doubles. In December 2018, she won the Australian Open Wildcard Playoffs. She ended 2018 with a singles ranking of 285.
Birrell commenced 2019 with a wild card into the Brisbane International, where she claimed her first top 10 win over Daria Kasatkina. At the Australian Open Birrell had defeated Paula Badosa Gibert in round one, earning her first Grand Slam main-draw win before upsetting the 29th seed Donna Veki? in the second round, where she had set up a third-round match against the three time major champion and second seeded Angelique Kerber, where she lost in straight sets.
In February, Birrell reached the second round of the Launceston International before returning to the Australian Fed Cup team where she played Madison Keys in the first round of the 2019 Fed Cup World Group, She lost the match, but Australia won the tie.
In April, Birrell reached the quarterfinal of the Hardee's Pro Classic in Alabama.
Birrell played her first competitive match in 18 months at the Yarra Valley Classic, where she lost in round one. She was given a wildcard into the 2021 Australian Open where she lost in round 1 to Rebecca Marino. In February 2021, Birrell made the third round of the 2021 Phillip Island Trophy.
Birrell made her Fed Cup debut for Australia in February 2016 against Slovakia at the age of 17. She was selected to compete against Dominika Cibulkova in the live fourth rubber of the tie and was defeated 6-3, 6-1.
|Loss||0-1||Jan 2016||Hobart International, Australia||International||Hard||Jarmila Wolfe|| Han Xinyun
|Loss||0-1||Mar 2015||ITF Mildura, Australia||15,000||Grass||Alison Bai||3-6, 3-6|
|Loss||0-2||Oct 2015||ITF Brisbane, Australia||25,000||Hard||Priscilla Hon||4-6, 3-6|
|Loss||0-3||Sep 2017||ITF Penrith, Australia||25,000||Hard||Olivia Rogowska||2-6, 4-6|
|Win||1-3||Oct 2017||ITF Brisbane, Australia||25,000||Hard||Asia Muhammad||4-6, 6-3, 6-2|
|Win||2-3||Sep 2018||ITF Darwin, Australia||60,000||Hard||Ellen Perez||6-3, 6-3|
|Win||1-0||Sep 2015||ITF Tweed Heads, Australia||10,000||Hard||Tammi Patterson|| Dalma Gálfi
|6-7(3-7), 6-3, [10-8]|
|Loss||1-1||Jul 2017||ITF Winnipeg, Canada||25,000||Hard||Caroline Dolehide|| Hiroko Kuwata
|Loss||1-2||Jul 2017||ITF Gatineau, Canada||25,000||Hard||Emily Webley-Smith|| Hiroko Kuwata
|6-4, 3-6, [5-10]|
|Loss||1-3||Sep 2018||ITF Darwin, Australia||60,000||Hard||Katy Dunne|| Hiroko Kuwata
|1.||Daria Kasatkina||No. 10||Brisbane International, Australia||Hard||1st Round||5-7, 6-4, 7-6(7-3)||No. 283|