Kimberly Birrell

  • Age26
  • Born29 April 1998
  • Birth PlaceGermany
  • LivesHope Island, QLD
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachChris Mahony & John Birrell
“It's also finding out what I'm passionate about – what I like doing and what I don't like doing as well. It's been a lot of out of my comfort zone, but it's been really fun.”

— Kimberly Birrell, 8 Mar 2020

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On court

  • In 2012, proved herself to be an outstanding doubles player, after she won the Sydney Junior International with fellow Aussie Maddison Inglis
  • Reached the semifinals on her favourite playing surface in the doubles of Optus 14s Claycourt Championships, as well as the Grasscourt Championships (both in 2012)
  • Was the Under 16s champion in the Medibank Age Championships, as well as the Rod Laver QLD Junior Championships
  • In 2014, reached the semifinals of the Australian Open junior girls’ singles event
  • Debuted in Australia’s Fed Cup team in 2016, facing Dominika Cibulkova in the World Group II quarterfinals against Slovakia
  • As a wildcard, upset Paula Badosa and No.29 seed Donna Vekic en route to the third round at Australian Open 2019, her first Grand Slam main-draw victories
  • Missed most of the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to an elbow injury
  • Won more than 40 singles matches in a resurgent season in 2022, rising from outside the top 700 to end the year at No.167.
  • Made top-150 debut in January 2023, after reaching Australian Open second round as a wildcard (defeated No.31 seed Kaia Kanepi)
  • Won the first overseas title of her career at the ITF 60K event in Orlando, Florida in February 2023.
  • That same month, reached first WTA singles quarterfinal at Mexico, beating three top-100 players in a row as a qualifier
  • Says that one of the best things about being a tennis player is being able to travel, although she still thinks the Gold Coast is the best city in the world
  • Became Australia’s top-ranked woman in singles for the first time in August 2023
  • Made top-100 debut in singles in September 2023 and finished season as top-ranked Australian woman.

Year-end singles ranking history

2023 113
2022 167
2021 734
2020 735
2019 245
2018 285
2017 356
2016 506
2015 361
2013 818

Kimberly Birrell in the news

Maddison Inglis continues magical qualifying run at Wimbledon 2024
Maddison Inglis. Picture: Tennis Australia
27 June, 2024

Maddison Inglis is one of three Australians to progress to the final round in the Wimbledon 2024 women's qualifying singles competition.
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Gadecki begins Wimbledon 2024 qualifying quest with top-100 win
Olivia Gadecki. Picture: Getty Images
25 June, 2024

Olivia Gadecki recorded one of the biggest wins of her career in the opening round of the Wimbledon 2024 women's qualifying singles competition.
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Ten Australian women set for Wimbledon 2024 qualifying challenge
Arina Rodionova. Picture: Getty Images
24 June, 2024

World No.101 Arina Rodionova is among nine Australians contesting the Wimbledon 2024 women's qualifying singles competition.
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Aussie weekly wrap: In-form Australians excelling on grass
Ajla Tomljanovic, Rinky Hijikata and Jordan Thompson all posted career-best results on grass this week.
24 June, 2024

With breakthrough results and big wins, Ajla Tomljanovic, Rinky Hijikata and Jordan Thompson all starred at grass-court events this week.
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