What an amazing talent Sharipova is! She's just 15 years of age but already ranked 376 on WTA! Too bad, Ulrikke had to draw such a good player in 1st round :( A good effort from Ulrikke though. Good luck in doubles! :yeah:
Jul 1st, 2010, 07:28 AM
Wimbledon doubles, 1st round:
Eugenie Bouchard CAN/Ulrikke Eikeri NOR def. Cecilia Costa Melgar CHI/Clothilde De Bernardi FRA 6-1 6-2
2nd round will be tough:
Eugenie Bouchard CAN/Ulrikke Eikeri NOR vs. (4) Timea Babos HUN/Sloane Stephens USA
Jul 2nd, 2010, 08:23 AM
Wimbledon doubles, round 2:
(4) Timea Babos HUN/Sloane Stephens USA def. Eugenie Bouchard CAN/Ulrikke Eikeri NOR 1-6 6-2 6-3
Aug 6th, 2010, 12:22 PM
Ulrikke is playing in Germany next week. Good luck:
09 Aug to 15 Aug 2010: $25,000 Versmold, Germany (Clay)
Aug 7th, 2010, 09:03 PM
I just noticed that Ulrikke is in an ITF singles final tomorrow (thanks Meelis!)!
$10,000 Savitaipale, Finland
Final: Ulrikke Eikeri vs. Piia Suomalainen FIN
Aug 8th, 2010, 03:04 PM
Ulrikke Eikeri def. Piia Suomalainen 7-5 6-4
Ulrikke's first ITF title! Congratulations :)
Aug 15th, 2010, 11:16 AM
Aug 16th, 2010, 10:29 AM
Ulrikke has a new career high ranking in singles: 697!
She has moved up 123 positions since last week (thanks to her 10K title in Finland). Congratulations :yeah:
Next tournaments (?):
*23 Aug to 29 Aug 2010 - $100,000+H Bronx, NY, USA (Hard)* (see note below)
30 Aug to 05 Sep 2010 - $10,000 Mollerusa, Spain (Hard)
*Ulrikke is on the alternate list for 100K Bronx but probably needs a wild card to get into the main draw. This tournament is just one week before US Open and it has a very strong entry list (in the same class as WTA 220K events)! And since this tournament has no qualification, it seems unlikely that we'll see Ulrikke here (she's alternate #37 atm).
Final: (1)Ulrikke Eikeri vs. (3)Caroline Rohde-Moe
Caroline Rohde-Moe defeated the no. 2 seed Emma Flood in the other SF.
Aug 23rd, 2010, 03:06 PM
Good work, Ulrikke :yeah:
What exactly happened to Auensen BTW???
Aug 23rd, 2010, 03:33 PM
Good question! Helene Auensen was runner up at the Norwegian Championships last year (which Ulrikke won). Auensen has not retired but she has had some serious injuries and surgery which have stopped her career for a while. She's still training, and she has not given up all hope for a comeback. It may take a while though, and she has said that we definetely won't see her on the court until 2011.
Aug 23rd, 2010, 04:05 PM
Oh noez :hug:
Aug 25th, 2010, 07:04 AM
The final at the Norwegian Championships has not been played yet because of rain delays. But they will try again today at 16:00.
Aug 25th, 2010, 12:56 PM
:) Go Ulrikke!
Aug 25th, 2010, 06:37 PM
Caroline Rohde-Moe d. Ulrikke Eikeri 6/2 6/4
was a fairly decent match....Rohde-Moe peppered Eikeri's backhand and got a lot of errors and moonballs back. And Eikeri hit quite a few errors while attempting to punish Rohde-Moe's second serve.
Aug 25th, 2010, 06:50 PM
Thanks for the update :yeah: Well done by Caroline!
Ulrikke will play 10K in Spain next week, and Rohde-Moe a 10 K in Bosnia. Good luck to both!
Aug 25th, 2010, 10:25 PM
:tape: I didn't expect that for sure..!
Do better in your next tournaments, Ulrikke!!!
Aug 31st, 2010, 09:21 AM
$10,000 Mollerusa, Spain (Hard)
Amanda CARRERAS (GBR) (5) Vs Ximena HERMOSO (MEX)
Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) Vs Beatriz MORALES HERNANDEZ (ESP)
Carmen LOPEZ-RUEDA (ESP) Vs Samantha POWERS (USA)
Rocio DE LA TORRE-SANCHEZ (ESP) Vs Keren SHLOMO (ISR) (2)
Maybe Ulrikke can win a couple of matches but she'll have to tank sooner or later as she's in the main draw at US Open junior! Some match practice on hard may be good before USO (a surface Ulrikke rarely plays on), but she also has a long journey to New York. If I'm not mistaken, the US Open girl's tournament begins Sunday.
(Ulrikke lost in 2nd round in singles, and Caroline Rohde-Moe lost in 1st round after having qualified)
Sep 17th, 2010, 06:59 PM
That's a weird scoreline :o
But yes, nice title :) No hard feelings after the NC final ;)
Oct 9th, 2010, 07:26 PM
Ulrikke is in the singles final of the 10K in Espinho, Portugal. She won the doubles title with Lena-Marie Hofmann yesterday!
Dec 1st, 2011, 08:51 PM
No news here for 12 months :sad:
So a quick summary of the year then; she won that tournament in Espinho, then didn't play any more ITF in 2010. Then she took a break and began with quite a heavy 10k program during the winter, but suffered quite a few losses; a 3-set win over Maliková (CZE, 91-born) in a Portugal 10k R16 was probably the best result.
She ended that part with a 9-7 record and 15 ranking points, then took a break ahead of Fed Cup, where she won all her four singles matches but as she had no help from her team-mates and doubles partners, Norway finished 5th. After that, the calendar was filled with clay tournaments - mostly in Northern Europe - with largely disappointing results; she was 6-8 after Fed Cup until the end of July, with only a QF in Sarajevo 10k as a real ranking result.
However, an excellent August seems to have given her confidence. She only lost 1 of 15 matches in that month; she beat Smitková (CZE) in the final of a Polish 10k, took a set off 10k tourist Zucchini (ITA) who is 38-15 this year in the final in Italy 10k, and then rounded it off by only losing 19 games in 5 matches on the way to a 10k title in Bagnatica (North Italy). 32 ranking points and 60 places advanced.
She did try to qualify for a 50k again in Mestre (Northeast Italy), but fell to semi-retired Giulia Gabba, before rounding off the European season with a semi-final of a 10k in Plovdiv (BUL) where she came up just short (7-9 in deciding TB) against Jovana Jaksic (Serb who is 13 in junior ranking).
Instead of playing indoors in Helsinki, Eikeri chose to travel to South America, where she has played 3 tournaments with considerable success - probably getting her most quality wins. She has got 5 wins against top-500 players, and although some of them are South Americans with slightly inflated rankings, it's been a very successful tour - where the wins in Rosario (vs Tabak, 7-5 6-1, and Fernández, 7-6(7) 6-4) are her best. She has already earned 26 points from 3 tournaments, and is likely to enter the top 450 this week - which would make her the best ranked Norwegian since Karoline Borgersen (#389 in 2006)
:cheer: Heia Ulrikke. :)
Dec 13th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Ulrikke will be around ~#380 in next week's ranking, making her Norway's best ranked player since Amy Jönsson in 1992 :)
Dec 19th, 2011, 06:32 PM
Congratulations! Ulrikke has done really well in her pro career so far, and I'm sure she'll continue upwards. GL! And thanks for keeeping the thread alive, SamR03A.
Dec 19th, 2011, 06:48 PM
Should probably mention that she got a couple of even better results to round off the SA tour:
Buenos Aires 25k R16: Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) d. (3)Chanel Simmonds, (RSA WTA 207) 63 63 (lost in SF to Tabak)
Santiago 25k R32: Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) d. (3)Conny Perrin (SUI WTA 272) 60 64 (lost in R16 to a Brazilian qualifier ranked ~560)
Jan 18th, 2012, 09:16 PM
Here are some old pictures from Ulrikke's exhibition match against Hingis in Liverpool, June 2010 (not mine, found them on vg.no):
It seems like Ulrikke is doing great this week in Portugal. GL!
Apr 2nd, 2012, 07:49 PM
These are my pictures of Ulrikke at Semi-final of Le Havre $10000 (France), 2 days ago ;)
Apr 8th, 2012, 02:22 AM
It seems this article went unnoticed. Clijsters is going to help Ulrikke, there's a video of them practicing and some nice words from Kim.
Oct 12th, 2012, 12:14 AM
Ulrikke has reached the Quarter final at $25,000 Troy, AL (USA)! Well done!
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) d. (6)Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN) 62 36 62
Oct 13th, 2012, 12:47 PM
Lost to Gallovits-Hall; 6-1, 7-5. :sad: Good week for her though! :cheer:
Dec 9th, 2012, 01:32 AM
I'd love her to do well, Norway is a gorgeous country and they haven't had a good female tennis player since Molla Mallory lol
Apr 5th, 2013, 03:56 PM
Eikeri hasn't played for two months since withdrawing with a foot injury in Rancho :sobbing:
Maybe she ran out of money to mount another injury comeback :unsure:
Apr 11th, 2013, 08:59 AM
I hope she's coming back soon. She's been doing really well on the pro tour. Currently ranked 294, she's the highest ranked Scandinavian apart from the obvious top 100 players Wozniacki, Arvidsson and Larsson.
Apr 13th, 2013, 07:51 PM
^ Me too, I hope she can come back too. :(
Jun 5th, 2013, 07:13 AM
Here (http://www.examiner.com/article/ulrikke-eikeri-is-norway-s-tennis-hope)'s a nice article about Ulrikke from October last year. :)
Ulrikke Eikeri is Norway's tennis hope
The beautiful country of Norway is home to the vikings, fjords, and a capital city in Oslo that is ranked as one of the most productive cities in the world.
It is also home to rising tennis phenom Ulrikke Eikeri, who at No. 328 on the WTA computer is one of two Norwegian women that currently hold a world ranking.
I was able to see this 19-year old bashing balls in Troy, Alabama as she advanced through the draw at the 25K USTA Tennis Classic of Troy event this week.
Eikeri upset tournament No. 6 seed Marie-Eve Pelletier in the second round
Eikeri has had a bit of success in the minor leagues of tennis. She has won a total of 13 ITF titles and also has played for the Norwegian Fed Cup team.
She admits that tennis is not really on the radar in Norway, but she's hoping to change that.
"Tennis isn't as big in Norway as it is in the United States of even a country close to me like Sweden," offers up Eikeri. "I'm hoping to keep improving and change that."
Since tennis doesn't have a huge presence in Norway, Eikeri had to look outside her nation for a role model.
"Well, I've always looked up to Caroline Wozniacki and liked her game," added Eikeri.
If you watch Eikeri's game for five minutes, you will see the Wozniack influence, right down to the way she walks and the way she sets up points on the court.
I didn't see Eikeri give up on a point all week in Troy and she ran down every shot, even the points she was out of. She's a fighter, and that can carry you a long ways in tennis.
"I have to play like that, I don't give up on any points."
Norway isn't know for developing top-level players, so Eikeri made side trips to the United States to play tournaments.
"I like it here in the States and in Troy," Eikeri said before she lost her quarterfinal match. "The people are real nice and I like playing for them."
The tennis fans in Alabama, who are accustomed to seeing big hits and tough play on the field really appreciated the drive and never-say-die attitude Eikeri showed all week long in Troy.
I have a feeling the rest of the world will be seeing in the coming months as years as this young player matures and give Norway someone to follow on the tennis scene.
Jun 5th, 2013, 07:24 AM
Sep 22nd, 2013, 10:06 PM
I'm watching her play right now in Las Vegas, she is so cute. :)
Sep 23rd, 2013, 09:31 AM
So good to hear she's back playing :cool:
Not the greatest result, but the seed in her Q section is gone, so...maybe a MD? :angel:
Oct 12th, 2013, 11:12 AM
$25.000 Macon, GA (USA)
R1: Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) d. (2)Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) 64 61 :eek:
R2: Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) d. (Q)Mari Osaka (JPN) 26 64 63
QF: Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) d. (7)Allie Kiick (USA) 60 63
SF: (5)Anna Tatishvili (GEO) vs. Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR)
What a tournament :yeah:
Oct 12th, 2013, 05:01 PM
Nice tournament for Ulrikke! Hope she can keep it up!! :cheer:
Nov 12th, 2013, 01:08 PM
Nov 16th, 2013, 06:40 PM
Great to have her back from injury! :)
Nov 18th, 2013, 11:09 AM
Great Ulrikke's back! (And Julia too, btw. She's been out for a very long time). And thanks for the video :yeah: