Ellen Perez

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Ellen Perez
Perez WMQ19 (9).jpg
Country (sports)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Born (1995-10-10) 10 October 1995 (age 24)
Shellharbour, Australia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (double-handed backhand)
College University of Georgia (2014–present)
Prize money US$ 415,797
Singles
Career record132–106 (55.5%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 162 (12 August 2019)
Current rankingNo. 247 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2019)
Wimbledon Q1 (2019)
US Open 1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record164–77 (68.0%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 41 (9 March 2020)
Current rankingNo. 41 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2018)
US Open 3R (2019)
Last updated on: 31 March 2020.

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

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She has won one doubles title on the WTA Tour, one doubles title on the WTA Challenger Circuit, as well as two singles and 16 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. Her career-high rankings in singles and doubles are 162 and 41 respectively, achieved in August 2019 and March 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 Mitz Perez and sister to Matt Perez. 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 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 an Australian wildcard playoff to make her Grand Slam single 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–present: First WTA win

Perez began the season with a wild card 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 Majerič, 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 wild card 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 of 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.

Grand Slam performance timelines

Key
W F SFQF#RRRQ#APZ#POGF-SSF-BNMSNH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
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 W–L
Australian Open A Q2 Q1 1R Q1 0–1
French Open AAAA0–0
Wimbledon AAA Q1 NH0–0
US Open 1R AA Q2 0–1
Win–Loss0–10–00–00–10–00–2
Year-end ranking632343181

Doubles

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 1–3
French Open AAA0–0
Wimbledon AA Q1 0–0
US Open AAA0–0
Win–Loss0–10–11–11–3
Year-end ranking41420588

WTA finals

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win1–0 May 2019 Internationaux de Strasbourg,
France
InternationalClay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daria Gavrilova Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Duan Yingying
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Han Xinyun
6–4, 6–3
Loss1–1 Jun 2019 Nottingham Open,
England
InternationalGrass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova Flag of the United States.svg Desirae Krawczyk
Flag of Mexico.svg Giuliana Olmos
6–7(5–7), 5–7
Loss1–2 Feb 2020 Hua Hin Championships,
Thailand
InternationalHard Flag of Austria.svg Barbara Haas Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Storm Sanders
3–6, 3–6

WTA 125K series finals

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

ResultW–L   Date   TournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win1–0 Nov 2019 WTA Houston, United StatesHard Flag of Brazil.svg Luisa Stefani Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sharon Fichman
Flag of Japan.svg Ena Shibahara
1–6, 6–4, [10–5]

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–5)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1–0Jul 2016ITF Brussels, Belgium10,000Clay Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Kimberley Zimmermann 6–2, 6–3
Loss1–1Aug 2016ITF Rebecq, Belgium10,000Clay Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Hélène Scholsen6–3, 1–6, 2–6
Loss1–2Jul 2017ITF Gatineau, Canada25,000Hard Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Aleksandra Wozniak 6–7(4–7), 4–6
Loss1–3Apr 2018 ITF Canberra, Australia25,000Clay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jaimee Fourlis 3–6, 2–6
Loss1–4 Sep 2018 ITF Darwin, Australia60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kimberly Birrell 3–6, 3–6
Loss1–5Oct 2018ITF Brisbane, Australia25,000Hard Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Xu Shilin 4–6, 3–6
Loss1–6Oct 2018ITF Toowoomba, Australia25,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Zoe Hives 0–6, 2–6
Loss1–7 Oct 2018 ITF Bendigo, Australia60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Priscilla Hon 4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Win2–7 Jul 2019 ITF Ashland, United States60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Zoe Hives6–2, 3–2 ret.

Doubles: 26 (17 titles, 9 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (13–5)
Clay (3–3)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentScore
Win1–0Dec 2013ITF Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)10,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Abbie Myers Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Lee Ya-hsuan
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chuang Chia-jung
4–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Loss1–1Apr 2014ITF Glen Iris, Australia15,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tammi Patterson Flag of Bulgaria.svg Aleksandrina Naydenova
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jessica Moore
4–6, 2–6
Loss1–2Jun 2015ITF Bethany Beach, United States10,000Clay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Belinda Woolcock Flag of the United States.svg Andie Daniell
Flag of the United States.svg Sophie Chang
4–6, 1–6
Loss1–3Jun 2015ITF Charlotte, United States10,000Clay Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Herring Flag of Brazil.svg Maria Fernanda Alves
Flag of Mexico.svg Renata Zarazúa
4–6, 7–6(8–6) [8–10]
Win2–3Jun 2016ITF Baton Rouge, United States25,000Hard Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Herring Flag of the United States.svg Jamie Loeb
Flag of the United States.svg Ingrid Neel
6–3, 6–3
Win3–3Jul 2016ITF Brussels, Belgium10,000Clay Flag of Brazil.svg Carolina Meligeni Alves Flag of Switzerland.svg Karin Kennel
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Hélène Scholsen
6–2, 6–3
Win4–3Jul 2016ITF Saint-Gervais, France10,000Clay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Abbie Myers Flag of Oman.svg Fatma Al-Nabhani
Flag of France.svg Estelle Cascino
7–6 (7–5) , 6–2
Win5–3Jul 2016ITF Maaseik, Belgium10,000Clay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sally Peers Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Deborah Kerfs
Flag of the United States.svg Chiara Scholl
6–2, 6–2
Loss5–4Jun 2017ITF Sumter, United States25,000Hard Flag of Brazil.svg Luisa Stefani Flag of the United States.svg Kaitlyn Christian
Flag of Mexico.svg Giuliana Olmos
2–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Win6–4Jun 2017ITF Baton Rouge, United States25,000Hard Flag of Brazil.svg Luisa Stefani Flag of the United States.svg Francesca Di Lorenzo
Flag of the United States.svg Julia Elbaba
6–3, 6–4
Loss6–5Jul 2017ITF Auburn, United States25,000Hard Flag of Brazil.svg Luisa Stefani Flag of the United States.svg Emina Bektas
Flag of Chile.svg Alexa Guarachi
6–4, 4–6, [5–10]
Win7–5 Jul 2017 ITF Granby, Canada60,000Hard Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Carol Zhao Flag of Chile.svg Alexa Guarachi
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Olivia Tjandramulia
6–2, 6–2
Win8–5Aug 2017ITF Fort Worth, United States25,000Hard Flag of Mexico.svg Giuliana Olmos Flag of Japan.svg Miharu Imanishi
Flag of Japan.svg Ayaka Okuno
6–4, 6–3
Loss8–6 Nov 2017 ITF Canberra, Australia60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jessica Moore Flag of the United States.svg Asia Muhammad
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova
4–6, 4–6
Win9–6Feb 2018 ITF Launceston, Australia25,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jessica Moore Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Laura Robson
Flag of Russia.svg Valeria Savinykh
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Win10–6Feb 2018ITF Perth, Australia25,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jessica Moore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Olivia Tjandramulia
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Belinda Woolcock
6–7(6–8), 6–1, [7–9] ret.
Loss10–7May 2018ITF Caserta, Italy25,000Clay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jaimee Fourlis Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chen Pei-hsuan
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Wu Fang-hsien
6–7(6–8), 3–6
Win11–7 Jun 2018 ITF Surbiton, United Kingdom100,000Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jessica Moore Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Yanina Wickmayer
4–6, 7–5, [10–3]
Loss11–8 Jul 2018 ITF Berkeley, United States60,000Hard Flag of the United States.svg Sabrina Santamaria Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Gibbs
Flag of the United States.svg Asia Muhammad
4–6, 1–6
Win12–8 Jul 2018 ITF Granby, Canada60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova Flag of Japan.svg Erika Sema
Flag of Japan.svg Aiko Yoshitomi
7–5, 6–4
Win13–8 Aug 2018 ITF Landisville, United States60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chen Pei-hsuan
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Wu Fang-hsien
6–0, 6–2
Win14–8 Oct 2018 ITF Bendigo, Australia60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova Flag of Japan.svg Eri Hozumi
Flag of Japan.svg Risa Ozaki
7–5, 6–1
Win15–8 Nov 2018 ITF Canberra, Australia60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova Flag of Australia (converted).svg Naiktha Bains
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Destanee Aiava
6–7(5–7), 6–3, [10–7]
Win16–8 Jan 2019 ITF Burnie, Australia60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova Flag of Russia.svg Irina Khromacheva
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Maryna Zanevska
6–4, 6–3
Loss16–9 Jun 2019 ITF Ilkley, United Kingdom100,000Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arina Rodionova Flag of Brazil.svg Beatriz Haddad Maia
Flag of Brazil.svg Luisa Stefani
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [4–10]
Win17–9 Jan 2020 ITF Burnie, Australia (2)60,000Hard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Storm Sanders Flag of the United States.svg Desirae Krawczyk
Flag of the United States.svg Asia Muhammad
6–3, 6–2

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