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Jun 5th, 2012, 11:44 AM

Full Name: Simone Michael Alipieva
Date of birth: 10 January 1998
Nationality: Denmark
Plays: Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)
Favourite shot: Drop shot
Height: 167 cm (May 2012, source (http://www.tennis.dk/Nyheder/2012/Maj/profilernm.aspx))
Weight: 55 kg (May 2012, source (http://www.tennis.dk/Nyheder/2012/Maj/profilernm.aspx))
Club: Lyngby

Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simone-Alipieva/268375573291) (public sports profile)

Mini bio
Simone Alipieva is of Bulgarian origin. Both her parents were active athletes although they didn't play tennis: Her father was a football player (soccer), while her mother played basketball. Simone started playing tennis in Denmark in 2005 at the age of 7 (according to herself in this (http://www.on-sport.dk/video/4859908/spiltennisnu-double-s-sjovt) video). Her first club was Sundby; later she played with Lyngby (until 2008), KB (2009-2011), and again with Lyngby from January 2012. She was considered a huge talent at a very young age, and she regularly defeated much older players. When Simone was 9 years old, she played (friendly) with Caroline Wozniacki who was very impressed and said "You're better then I was at nine" (1 (http://jyllands-posten.dk/sport/andensport/tennis/article2431915.ece?page=1)).

In fact, Alipieva was such an extraordinary talent in her early years that the Danish Federation gave her a special permission to play with older age groups. This meant that Alipieva could enter her first U12 Championship final already in 2008, when she was still a U10 player. It also had the consequence that Alipieva led the Danish U12 year-end rankings three years in a row (2008-2010)! At 12, she lost only one game on her way to the U12 championship title (5 matches, 10 sets (http://www.tennis.dk/Sektioner/Turnering/Individuelle%20turneringer/~/media/Files/Turnering/UM%20Ude/2010/program/U12DSM.ashx))! Tennis coach Michael Mortensen, who has worked with both Caroline and Simone (and Li Na), said that Simone at 13 was perhaps even better technically than Wozniacki at the same age (1 (http://jyllands-posten.dk/sport/andensport/tennis/article2431915.ece?page=1)).

Passport controversy
Simone has had a Danish tennis license ever since she started playing tennis, and she has represented Denmark on numerous occasions. In May 2011, however, there seemed to be a problem with her passport or citizenship, which meant that she had to play for Bulgaria when playing international tournaments (like Tennis Europe), although she had represented Denmark until then (2 (http://www.tennis.dk/Nyheder/2011/Maj/Talenter%20klar%20til%20EM%20Hold.aspx)). This issue was resolved a few months later, in October 2011.

Playing style
"Simone plays boy's tennis", said one of her fellow Danish juniors, Cecilie Melsted, a few years ago. Simone certainly likes to "spice it up" with a lot of variety, drop shots, volleys, half-volleys, and a lot of net approaches. Her volleys are effortless, natural, beautiful. Simone's game has an element of playfullnes to it; it's frisky, fun to watch, sometimes to the annoyment of Simone's coaches who've tried hard to make her game more conventional, more disciplined and more serious (according to an article in the hard-edition of Jyllandsposten). "Girl's tennis is boring. They're just standing on the baseline screaming and keeping the ball in play", she said in an interview 2010 (3 (http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article1429354.ece)).

Her playing style makes her an exceptional doubles player, and she wins a lot of doubles titles too (perhaps even more than singles).

Danish Junior Championship titles:
2009 (U12): Singles indoor, singles outdoor, doubles indoor, doubles outdoor
2010 (U12): Singles indoor, singles outdoor, doubles indoor, doubles outdoor, mixed outdoor
2011 (U14): Doubles indoor (didn't participate at outdoor championships 2011)
2012 (U14): Singles indoor, doubles indoor (outdoor championships not played yet)

She has some silvers and bronzes too, of course (for instance silver in U12 singles in 2008).

Important international results

Bambini Cup (http://te.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/draw.aspx?id=694B01C8-4A2C-45CD-8B11-19CB9ADA5B9D&draw=2) in Austria was a major breakthrough for Alipieva. She won the tournament convincingly, losing only 12 games in 6 matches and beating some very talented players on her way to the title (notably Fanny Stollar and Tereza Mihalikova, with career high ranks of #5 and #2 respectively at TE U14).

The U12 Orange Bowl (http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=80776&E=5&tab=Draws) in December 2010 wasn't quite as successful but perhaps the circumstances weren't the best: Simone's father was denied visa to USA, so Simone had to go without him. She lost in first round to eventual title winner Nicole Frenkel. Simone was the only player to win a set against Frenkel until the final (if that's any consolation).

This was a great year, and Simone was winning a lot of Tennis Europe titles, especially during the summer when she had a 21 match winning streak - winning four singles titles in a row (G3 & G2) before losing the Bambini semifinal. Simone won 11 Tennis Europe titles in 2011 (5 singles and 6 doubles) in just 13 finals (6 singles and 7 doubles)!

She got her ITF debut in Oslo (G5) in October of 2011, winning three qualification matches and one md match. In her next ITF tournament in Denmark two weeks later (G4) she reached the final in doubles.

Won doubles at ITF Copenhagen (G4). Won TE Copenhagen singles (U16). WTA debut in Copenhagen (lost 61 61 to Chakvetadze in qualification). Helped Denmark win the combined Nordic Team Championship - a prestigious annual U13 and U15 event for boys and girls (Denmark's first win in 17 years in an event normally dominated by Sweden!). Reached her first ITF semifinal in Estonia (G4).

Jun 5th, 2012, 11:45 AM
Online articles (in Danish!)

June 2010 Politiken article (http://politiken.dk/sport/tennis/ECE985692/hullet-skal-lukkes-bag-danmarks-verdensstjerne/) about the gap in Denmark after Wozniacki (briefly featuring Alipieva)

October 2010 Ekstra Bladet interview (http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article1429354.ece) with Alipieva

October 2010 BT article (http://www.sporten.dk/tennis/stortalent-caroline-siger-jeg-er-bedre) "Caroline says I'm better"

October 2010 Ekstra Bladet article (http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article1430448.ece) about the Wozniackis helping Alipieva.

May 2011 Jyllands-Posten article (http://jyllands-posten.dk/sport/andensport/tennis/article2431915.ece?page=1) (2 pages) about Alipieva (even longer in the hard-issue of same date)

November 2011 Tv2 article (http://sporten-dyn.tv2.dk/tennis/article.php/id-45703065:skal-ofre-lige-s%C3%A5-meget-som-wozniacki.html) about Alipieva's potential as Denmarks next sports star.

Videos (Danish audio, if any)

I don't have links to any of Simone's matches, and I'm not sure if any exists. But I know for sure that a handful of her matches have been streamed, as I've been watching some of these (Drottningens Pris, Stockholm 2011 & 2012, Danish indoor championships 2011).

She has appeared on Danish TV2's "Go'morgen Danmark" and "Go'aften Danmark" several times but I only have a working link to one of these (May 2011):

Another brief clip from "Go'morgen Danmark" is this one but unfortunately it only contains the intro - not the main interview supposed to appear after the break:

There have been several other TV2 clips, and I think I have recorded a couple over the past years. The Danish Tennis Federation has also made a lot of short clips in which Simone features either very briefly (the last three videos) or more exstensively:


Finally I found a very brief youtube clip with Simone hitting:

Jun 5th, 2012, 11:46 AM
Some photos:


Kronborg Open, July 2007

Kronborg Open, July 2007


Won singles silver at the indoor junior championships March 2008. The boy is Denmark's presently best junior Mikael Torpegaard.

With doubles partner Julie Noe (right) after winning bronze at U12 outdoors championships July 2008.


Some of KB's medal winners at the Danish Junior Championships July 2009 (outdoors). From left: Alex Barbat, Cecilie Melsted, Simone Alipieva, Johannes Ingildsen, Nikolai Katic, Kasper Elsvad, Sofie Flader, Julie Noe og Vibe Baumann.


At Wozniacki Academy, Farum, June 2010 (sitting far left). Emma Rønholt, another big talent, is standing 3rd from right

SEB Talent Cup, September 2010 (3rd from left)


U13 girls at the Nordic Team Championships, June 2011. From left: Coach Jacobsgaard, Helena Steenberg, Ida Krause, and Simone Alipieva.

The Danish Team at the Nordic Team Championships, June 2011. Simone's holding the flag.

Appeared on the tv-show "Go' morgen Danmark", June 2011.

Won U14 doubles with Emilie Håkansson at TE Rungsted, July 2011.

Runner Up at TE Sánchez - Casal Youth Cup, September 2011

With Emilie Francati (left) at SEB Talent Cup, September 2011. They were the finalists, but the final was postponed because of rain. Alipieva eventually won by walkover when a new date was scheduled several weeks later.


At Tennis Europe Winter Cup, February 2012. With Helena Steenberg (left) and Emilie Håkansson (right).

Danish U14 indoors championships (winner), April 2012

Profile picture at tennis.dk (Danish Tennis Federation).

Simone (left) with Emma Rønholt, coach Jens A. Andersen, and Emilie Francati.

With Emilie Francati (left), Emma Rønholt (right) and coach Jens A. Andersen at the Nordic Team Championships in Oslo, Norway, May 2012.

With Helena Steenberg (left) after winning the Nordic Team Championship, May 2012.

Jun 5th, 2012, 09:01 PM
Nice intro. Well done. Will be interesting to follow Simone. Her result in Estonia last week was excellent. Seems like her next tournament will be ITF in Odense in 1,5 week.

Jun 6th, 2012, 06:45 AM
Yes, Odense seems to be the next.


18 Jun - 23 Jun 2012, ITF Odense 2012 (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100025839), DEN, G4
25 Jun - 30 Jun 2012, Dancook Junior Cup (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026735), DEN, ITF G5
01 Jul - 03 Jul 2012, European Summer Cups - Girls 14&U Qual, Zone B (http://te.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=195F4D1A-286E-459E-84AD-4381877AD29E), France

Plus the Danish Junior Championships later in July.
I've added some photos in a previous post...

Jun 7th, 2012, 06:10 PM
Thanks for the great intro... :)

Jun 8th, 2012, 08:26 AM

Oops, she's playing Tennis Europe in Italy next week. I missed that one.

Updated schedule

11 Jun - 16 Jun 2012, 48° "Torneo dell'Avvenire" (http://te.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=869F8613-C3D0-4956-BE7D-846E4681CF6C), ITA, TE U16, G1

18 Jun - 23 Jun 2012, ITF Odense 2012 (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100025839), DEN, G4

25 Jun - 30 Jun 2012, Dancook Junior Cup (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026735), DEN, ITF G5

01 Jul - 03 Jul 2012, European Summer Cups - Girls 14&U Qual, Zone B (http://te.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=195F4D1A-286E-459E-84AD-4381877AD29E), France

Jun 9th, 2012, 06:37 PM
Busy schedule for Simone at the moment. She played 1st single in a club match for Lyngby today. She defeated Catrine Bjerrehus, Århus 6-1 6-2. Solid win against Bjerrehus - a 23 years old who plays college tennis (http://www.csuvikings.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/042412aaa.html) in the States.

Simone also won her doubles match. Well done! Lyngby lost the match 4-5 though.

Jun 11th, 2012, 07:08 PM
Torneo dell'Avvenire, Milan, Italy, TE U16, G1

(11) Simone Alipieva def. Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 7-6(6) 2-6 7-6(16)

OMG, Simone had to work hard for that win! Jasmine Paolini is almost exactly two years older. Great win. Well done :yeah:

This is a really strong tournament, one of the most important U16 events of the year. Last year's winner, Ostapenko, already has a couple of semifinals on the pro tour! Any match here will be a big test for Simone. GL!

Jun 12th, 2012, 01:45 AM
What a scoreline :eek: :lol:

Jun 13th, 2012, 06:38 AM
Torneo dell'Avvenire, Milan, Italy, TE U16, G1

Federica Mordegan (ITA) def. (11) Simone Alipieva 6-2 4-6 6-2

I knew it was going to be difficult, especially after such an epic 1st round match. At least Simone got to show us that she's a fighter. Now it's back to Denmark for a couple of junior ITF's...

Jun 22nd, 2012, 09:20 PM
Simone won her 2nd career ITF doubles title today. Excellent! She reached 3rd round in singles.

ITF Odense (G4)

(3) Simone Alipieva/Ulrikke Høyer vs bye

(3) Simone Alipieva/Ulrikke Høyer d. Pamela Boyanov (AUS)/Milica Novakovic (SRB) 6-1 6-0

(3) Simone Alipieva/Ulrikke Høyer d. Pauline Jahren (NOR)/Ida Skancke (NOR) 6-2 6-1

(3) Simone Alipieva/Ulrikke Høyer d. (5) Emilie Francati/Emma Rønholt 2-6 6-2 [10-5]

(3) Simone Alipieva/Ulrikke Høyer d. (1) Martine Ditlev/Julie Noe 7-5 7-5

Jun 23rd, 2012, 12:59 AM
Awesome news :)

Jun 27th, 2012, 08:25 PM
Simone has a new career high rank this week (ITF): She's now ranked #500. She's #7 among girls born 1998 or later. She lost 2nd round singles at Århus ITF this week, but she's in the doubles semifinal.

Updated schedule

25 Jun - 30 Jun 2012, Dancook Junior Cup (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026735), DEN, ITF G5

01 Jul - 03 Jul 2012, European Summer Cups - Girls 14&U Qual, Zone B (http://te.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=195F4D1A-286E-459E-84AD-4381877AD29E), France

09 Jul - 15 Jul 2012, BNP PARIBAS Cup - Stade Français Paris (http://te.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=75A544B1-0F80-47AD-B194-D09CBB151179), TE U14, G1

This means that Simone will miss the Danish Junior Championships (09 July - 14 July).

Jul 1st, 2012, 07:49 AM
Simone has played ITF in Århus, Denmark, the past week. She lost in the 2nd round singles to the eventual titles winner Lizette Cabrera (AUS), and was a runner up in doubles, partnering Mathilda Malm (SWE). Simone now has three doubles finals in 2012 (including 2 titles), and 2 semifinals in only 6 ITF appearances. Simone has been quite succesful in doubles, which is perhaps no surprise.

She's playing Europe Team Championship qualies in France today and the next few days (link in the post above). Denmark is up against Bosnia today.

Jul 1st, 2012, 07:59 AM
Simone has played ITF in Århus, Denmark, the past week. She lost in the 2nd round singles to the eventual titles winner Lizette Cabrera (AUS), and was a runner up in doubles, partnering Mathilda Malm (SWE). Simone now has three doubles finals in 2012 (including 2 titles), and 2 semifinals in only 6 ITF appearances. Simone has been quite succesful in doubles, which is perhaps no surprise.

She's playing Europe Team Championship qualies in France today and the next few days (link in the post above). Denmark is up against Bosnia today.

I have met Lizette Cabrera
A good player, especially on hard
Not a bad loss for Simone :)

Jul 3rd, 2012, 07:31 PM
A couple of photos from the TE U14 Summer Cups qualies:

Day 1 vs Bosnia, 1st of July 2012.

Taped on the thigh vs Slovakia, 2nd of July 2012.

Simone played singles in two matches (lost both) and doubles in two (both won). I'm not sure how serious her injury was but she had to skip a singles and a doubles match.

Denmark became 3rd in their group among 8 nations which is much better than expected, but not quite good enough. They needed to be 1st or 2nd to advance to the finals.

Jul 5th, 2012, 08:55 AM
Oh, Simone probably got her injury already on the 1st day, as can be seen in the doubles match vs Bosnia (Emilie Håkansson to the left):


Photos from Tennis Europe (http://www.tenniseurope.org/photobook.aspx?id=8657).

Jul 8th, 2012, 02:26 PM
Simone withdrew from the tournament in France, so I guess she needs a bit of rest because of the injury.

I've added another bunch of photos in post #3 (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=21584803#post21584803) on the first page, including some very old ones, like these:

July 2007

With doubles partner Julie Noe (right) after winning bronze at U12 outdoors championships July 2008

Jul 16th, 2012, 03:19 PM
Simone didn't play at the Danish Junior Championships last week - probably still bothered by her injury. But she was there, both working as an official, and enjoying the championships, as can be seen in a few photos on the tournament facebook site, for instance this one (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=372976189434643&set=a.371291942936401.81004.369173949814867&type=3&theater) (lovely).

Simone's next tournament seems to be European U14 Championships (http://te.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=2C6FE6A0-1CE5-4736-95B5-BA860C4BDB0F) 23/07/2012 to 29/07/2012. Let's hope she'll be OK by then.

Sep 3rd, 2012, 10:33 AM
The last couple of months have been really tough for Simone. She hasn't played many matches because of minor injuries and lots of early losses. Two days ago she had another retirement in a club match in Denmark :sad:

But her 2012 hasn't been a total disaster. It has been pretty good, not least in the doubles. She has played 7 ITF's and has reached at least the SF in doubles 6 times (including two title wins). She's only 14, and she's still working hard.

This week she'll play at the Moser Czech Junior Open (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026893) ITF (G2). GL!

Nov 1st, 2012, 11:38 AM
Simone tweeted this cute photo:


Simone in British outfit is joined by Great Britain's two talents Maia Lumsden (lying down) and Gabriella Taylor (at the back).

Nov 1st, 2012, 11:39 AM
Simone will play two ITF tournaments in Israel:

05 November - 10 November 2012
Matan Gafniel Raanana Open, G3, Hard - outdoor

12 November - 17 November 2012
Messika Open 2012, G3, Hard - outdoor

Simone may have to play qualies. Hope she will get a few matches although hard is usually a terrible surface for the Danish juniors. But GL!

Nov 4th, 2012, 06:27 PM
Matan Gafniel Raanana Open, Israel, ITF G3

(6)Simone Alipieva (DEN) def. Keren Rozen (ISR) 6-3 6-1

(6)Simone Alipieva (DEN) def. Valeria Nikolaev (ISR) 6-2 6-4

(6)Simone Alipieva (DEN) def. Katya Krivoshapov (ISR) 7-5 5-7 6-2

Well done to get into MD!

Dec 4th, 2012, 06:53 PM
Junior Zagreb Cup, ITF G4

Simone Alipieva (DEN) def. (3) Tatjana Vorobjova (EST) 6-4 6-4

WD! The last 6 months have been quite tough for Simone. She's far from her 2011 form, when she won 11 Tennis Europe titles (5 singles and 6 doubles) in just 13 finals (6 singles and 7 doubles) - and beating some very good players like Olga Fridman on her way to those titles! Keep working, Simone.

She's not playing doubles in Croatia, which is quite strange. There are only 13 teams in the draw, so I'm sure she could get in if she wanted to.

Dec 5th, 2012, 06:56 PM
Crap. And to a qualifier even.

Manca PISLAK (SLO) 3-6 6-1 6-3 Simone ALIPIEVA (DEN)


Dec 5th, 2012, 07:49 PM
Too bad. I'm sure 2013 will be a much better year for her.

Maybe she'll play for Lyngby at the Danish Team Championships Saturday. It could be interesting to see her against Emilie Francati or Emma Rønholt when Lyngby faces Gentofte in the Semifinal.

Mar 11th, 2013, 08:50 PM
Some news about Simone...

She's won two ITF junior doubles titles so far in 2013 (Vasteras, Sweden, in January, and Oslo, Norway in February). But she still lacks a bit of form in singles and has not gone beyond QF so far in 2013. Played a good close match last week in Sweden against Verena Hofer, who eventually won the tournament (Hofer won 76(6) 64 in the QF against Simone).

Simone is ranked #396 this week - a new career high.

She's playing at Kramfors, Sweden, this week (Grade 4):

(1) Simone Alipieva (DEN) d. (WC) Julia Keranovic (SWE) 6-1 6-0

Simone's opponent in R2 is Verena Hofer!

Mar 12th, 2013, 04:43 PM
ITF Kramfors, Sweden

Verena Hofer (ITA) d. (1) Simone Alipieva (DEN 7-5 4-6 6-3

Another close match against Hofer - even closer than a week ago but still not enough. Next time...

Mar 13th, 2013, 04:52 PM
ITF Kramfors, Sweden

Doubles QF
(1) Alipieva(DEN)/Ostlund (SWE) d. Hofer (ITA)/Torelli (ITA) 7-6(5) 6-0

Hofer won both the singles and doubles title a week ago so this was a good win for Alipieva/Ostlund (and good to see Alipieva come out on top against Hofer after two straight single losses) :yeah:

Mar 14th, 2013, 01:43 PM
ITF Kramfors, Sweden

Doubles SF
(1)Alipieva(DEN)/Ostlund (SWE) d. (3)Humaloja (FIN)/Pimia (FIN) 75 57 [10-4]

Mar 15th, 2013, 04:30 PM
ITF Kramfors, Sweden

Doubles Final
(1)Alipieva(DEN)/Ostlund (SWE) d. (4)Entenza (SWE)/Knezevic (CYP) 6-1 6-2

Three doubles titles in the first three months of 2013! Well done :)

Jul 14th, 2013, 05:16 PM
Simone won the Danish U16 Junior Championships this week.

(5) Simone Alipieva d. (1) Emilie Francati 57 63 63

(5) Simone Alipieva d. (3) Emma Rønholt 26 64 62

(5) Simone Alipieva d. (2) Frederikke Svarre 06 62 64

She beat the 1st, 2nd & 3rd seeded players this week. Really, really good wins. Simone was 0-3 against Emma Rønholt in their previous three matches. Well done to take the title! This is no doubt the best we've seen from Simone for more than a year!


Another photo from the week on the tournament's facebook (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=553291484734635&set=a.552517778145339.1073741837.535922696471514&type=3&src=http%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ak-prn2%2F1064530_553291484734635_1541508715_o.jpg&smallsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ak-frc1%2F1001512_553291484734635_1541508715_n.jpg&size=2048%2C1530) - cutest photo ever (with her mum)!

Jul 16th, 2013, 08:32 AM
European Youth Olympic Festival, Utrecht 2013

Simone Alipieva (DEN) d. (6)Anastasiya Klymenko (UKR) 06 62 63

Nice comeback! 3rd set GOAT (notice results in the previous post too!) :)

Jul 18th, 2013, 02:45 PM
European Youth Olympic Festival, Utrecht 2013

Sandra Ortevall (SWE) d. Simone Alipieva (DEN) 63 75

:hug: On the right track, I think :yeah:

Aug 15th, 2013, 07:07 PM
A couple of youtube videos with Simone hitting. The 2nd is without sound. The 1st one was posted on page 1 on another location before being uploaded to youtube.