Heidi El Tabakh

Heidi El Tabakh
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Birthdate October 16, 1986
Birthplace Alexandria, Egypt
From Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Tampa, Florida, United States
Height 5’11” (1,80m)
Style of play Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro 2002
Retired 2016
Best WTA singles ranking No. 146 (October 8, 2012)
Best WTA doubles ranking No. 173 (February 8, 2010)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Heidi El Tabakh (born October 16, 1986 in Alexandria, Egypt) is an Egyptian-Canadian former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 146 on October 8, 2012 and a career-high WTA doubles ranking of No. 173 on February 8, 2010.

El Tabakh represented Egypt, the country of her birth, from 2002 to April 2005, but represented Canada until her retirement in 2016. She won one of the biggest singles tournaments of her career in 2009 at the $25,000 ITF in Valladolid, Spain. In 2010, she qualified for her first Grand Slam at the French Open, where she lost to Aravane Rezaï in the first round. In 2012, El Tabakh won the second $25,000 ITF of her career at the Challenger in Jackson. She defeated former world No. 14 Elena Bovina in the final. The week after, she won her second straight and third $25,000 ITF of her career in Pelham. Also in 2012, El Tabakh qualified again at the French Open, but lost to fellow Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the first round. In 2014, she won the fourth ITF $25,000 of her career when she defeated Maria Sanchez in Raleigh. In 2015 at the Rogers Cup, she reached the second round in doubles with fellow Canadian Françoise Abanda. Also in 2015, in Redding, El Tabakh captured the seventh singles title of her career, her fifth ITF 25K, after defeating Shérazad Reix in the final. In April 2016, she played her last match at the ITF 50K in Charlottesville where she had to retire in the first round against Sachia Vickery, and has retired since. She is currently the captain of the Canadian Billie Jean King Cup team.

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 9 (7 titles, 2 runners-up)

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $50,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (5–2)
ITF $15,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (2–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–0)
Clay (4–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2003 Lagos, Nigeria $10,000 Hard Sai Jayalakshmy Jayaram (IND) 6–4, 6–4
Win 2–0 Sep 2007 Lleida, Spain $10,000 Clay Eva Fernández-Brugués (ESP) 6–2, 6–3
Loss 2–1 Jun 2009 Waterloo, Canada $25,000 Clay Johanna Konta (AUS) 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 3–1 Jul 2009 Valladolid, Spain $25,000 Hard Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Win 4–1 Apr 2012 Jackson, United States $25,000 Clay Elena Bovina (RUS) 6–0, 6–4
Win 5–1 Apr 2012 Pelham, United States $25,000 Clay Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) 3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Loss 5–2 Jan 2014 Port St. Lucie, United States $25,000 Clay Françoise Abanda (CAN) 3–6, 4–6
Win 6–2 May 2014 Raleigh, United States $25,000 Clay Maria Sanchez (USA) 6–3, 6–4
Win 7–2 Sep 2015 Redding, United States $25,000 Hard Shérazad Reix (FRA) 6–1, 6–3

Doubles: 19 (10 titles, 9 runners-up)

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 tournaments (1–0)
ITF $50,000 tournaments (1–2)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (5–5)
ITF $15,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (3–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (8–5)
Clay (2–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2003 Lagos, Nigeria $10,000 Hard Yomna Farid (EGY) Rebecca Dandeniya (GBR)
Michelle Snyman (RSA)
5–7, 3–6
Win 1–1 Nov 2003 Lagos, Nigeria $10,000 Hard Yomna Farid (EGY) Lizaan Du Plessis (RSA)
Noha Mohsen (EGY)
6–1, 5–7, 6–1
Win 2–1 Jun 2004 Edmond, United States $10,000 Hard Anne Mall (IRL) Kelly Anderson (RSA)
Carine Vermeulen (RSA)
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 2–2 Jul 2004 Evansville, United States $10,000 Hard Vania King (USA) Kelly Schmandt (USA)
Aleke Tsoubanos (USA)
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2–3 Nov 2006 Toronto, Canada $25,000 Hard (i) Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) Angelika Bachmann (GER)
Hana Šromová (CZE)
4–6, 1–6
Win 3–3 May 2008 Landisville, United States $10,000 Hard Audra Cohen (USA) Stefania Boffa (SUI)
Anna Fitzpatrick (GBR)
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Win 4–3 Jul 2008 Valladolid, Spain $25,000 Hard Story Tweedie-Yates (USA) Stefania Boffa (SUI)
Anna Fitzpatrick (GBR)
6–2, 6–4
Win 5–3 Jul 2008 Darmstadt, Germany $25,000 Clay Emma Laine (FIN) Michelle Gerards (NED)
Marcella Koek (NED)
6–3, 6–4
Loss 5–4 Apr 2009 Osprey, United States $25,000 Clay Melanie Klaffner (AUT) Lindsay Lee-Waters (USA)
Story Tweedie-Yates (USA)
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–12]
Win 6–4 May 2009 Indian Harbour Beach, United States $50,000 Clay Melanie Klaffner (AUT) Tetiana Luzhanska (UKR)
Lilia Osterloh (USA)
6–3, 3–6, [10–7]
Loss 6–5 Jun 2009 Waterloo, Canada $25,000 Clay Tetiana Luzhanska (UKR) Alexandra Mueller (USA)
Allie Will (USA)
2–6, 1–6
Win 7–5 Jul 2009 Valladolid, Spain (2) $25,000 Hard Paula Fondevila Castro (ESP) Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP)
Sara del Barrio Aragón (ESP)
6–2, 6–4
Win 8–5 Nov 2009 Bayamón, Puerto Rico $25,000 Hard Kimberly Couts (USA) María Fernanda Álvarez Terán (BOL)
Karen Castiblanco (COL)
6–3, 6–1
Win 9–5 Aug 2010 Vancouver, Canada $75,000 Hard Chang Kai-chen (TPE) Irina Falconi (USA)
Amanda Fink (USA)
3–6, 6–3, [10–4]
Loss 9–6 Sep 2010 Saguenay, Canada $50,000 Hard (i) Rebecca Marino (CAN) Jorgelina Cravero (ARG)
Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA)
3–6, 4–6
Loss 9–7 Mar 2011 Clearwater, United States $25,000 Hard Arina Rodionova (RUS) Kimberly Couts (USA)
Līga Dekmeijere (LAT)
1–6, 4–6
Loss 9–8 Apr 2011 Pelham, United States $25,000 Clay Kimberly Couts (USA) Līga Dekmeijere (LAT)
Marie-Ève Pelletier (CAN)
6–2, 4–6, [10–12]
Loss 9–9 Apr 2011 Dothan, United States $50,000 Clay Alison Riske (USA) Valeria Solovieva (RUS)
Lenka Wienerová (SVK)
3–6, 4–6
Win 10–9 Jul 2013 Winnipeg, Canada $25,000 Hard Allie Kiick (USA) Samantha Murray (GBR)
Jade Windley (GBR)
6–4, 2–6, [10–8]

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q2 Q1 A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A 1R Q1 1R A A Q1 A 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Wimbledon A Q1 Q2 Q2 A Q1 A A 0 / 0 0–0
US Open Q2 Q2 Q1 Q3 A Q2 A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 2 0–2 0%

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