Birth Date: 19/09/1982
Birth Place: Hania, Crete, Greece
Resides: Thessaloniki, Greece
Plays: Right Handed – Single-handed Backhand
Game-Style: Aggressive Baseliner
Favourite Surface: Grass/Clay
Age Started Tennis: 7
Turned Pro: 1996
Eleni Daniilidou is one of women’s tennis most likeable and watchable figures with a game style that is more suited to men’s tennis of a bygone era. She has a big serve and forehand and a beautiful single handed backhand which she uses to outmanoeuvre her opponents before unleashing a huge forehand.
Eleni has gained 15 singles titles and 15 doubles titles in her a career. She has wins over players such as Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Daniela Hantuchova. When Eleni won the WTA event in S’Hertogenbosch in 2002 she beat Amelie Mauresmo, Justin Henin and Elena Dementieva. And at 31 years old Eleni is aiming to stay amongst the world’s best.
Eleni started 2013 in Auckland where she has been the champion on two occasions, and she reached the last 16 there before going on to the Australian Open where she beat the much fancied Karolina Pliskova in round one before falling to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in round two. Eleni reached the last 16 in Kuala Lumpur and also featured at Indian Wells and Miami.
In April Eleni reached the semi-finals of the doubles at the Abierto Monterrey Open before her partner Coco Vandeweghe retired ill. At the French Open qualifying she came through a tough first round before falling to Vera Dushevina.
Eleni’s 2013 grass court season started with quarter final appearances in both the singles and doubles at the $75,000 event in Nottingham. After having to retire from Wimbledon with an ankle injury Eleni bounced back reaching the final of the doubles at the WTA event in Bad Gastein, Austria, with partner, Aleksandra Krunic. Eleni’s first title of the year was at the $75,000 Albuquerque event where she and Coco Vandeweghe defeated Melanie Oudin and Taylor Townsend.
Year to Date
This year Eleni began her tournament schedule in the Far East, featuring in Thailand’s Pattaya Open and the Australian Open. Travelling to the USA in February she and Aleksandra Krunic made progress through to the $100,000 event quarter finals at Midland, Michigan. And in France in March she kept up her momentum reaching the final of the Croissy $50,000 event partnering Kristina Barrios. Despite having to fly out to play in Kuala Lumpur in April, she and Magda Linette reached the quarters of the Malaysian International. In May she and Naomi Broady fought through to the final of the $50,000 Fukuoka event in Japan, losing to the Japanese pair Aoyama and Hozumi 6-3, 6-4. In Europe four more quarter finals followed – at Nuremburg, Nottingham,‘s-Hertogenbosch and Bad Gastein, including one in singles (Nottingham) where she lost a tough three setter to Michelle Larcher de Brito. Playing on clay at the Bad Gastein International, with partner Kristia Barrois once again, a strong run to the semis followed in July – losing to the Pliskova twins 6-3, 6-4.
Eleni is one of three children born to Sissi (Mother) and Vasileios (Father) who is a dentist, Eleni has one brother, Nicolas, who is a trainee dentist and a sister, Christina, who is a fitness instructor. Eleni is enjoys playing volleyball, basketball, football, table tennis and swimming in her spare time. Eleni also loves animals, especially dogs. When not travelling she enjoys the sun in Greece and socialising, and goes home whenever possible to be with family and friends.