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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 January, 2004, 15:32 GMT
19 Eleni Daniilidou
Eleni Daniilidou
Born: 19/9/82
Nationality: Greek
Seeded: 19
World ranking: 22
Australian Open best:
4th round (2003)
Recent record:
2003: 4th round
2002: 3rd round
2001: n/a
Daniilidou had her breakthrough season two years ago and looked ready to build on that form when she won her first tournament in 2003.

The 21-year-old Greek saved two match points against Yoon Jeong Cho in the final in Auckland to seal her second career title.

A fourth-round defeat to Serena Williams at the Australian Open was no disgrace; nor was losing to the same player in the Paris semis the following week.

Ranked as high as 14 in the world during the first half of the year, Daniilidou found the transformation from outsider to leading name a difficult one.

A powerful player, she has shown some good form on grass and made the semi-finals in Birmingham, but was unfortunate to meet Mary Pierce in the second round of Wimbledon and made an early exit.

Five successive defeats during the American hardcourt season saw her slip down the rankings.

The slide was arrested with two quarter-finals during the indoor season but the end of 2003 could not come too soon for Daniilidou.



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