Elizabeth Mandlik, 21, may not have defeated Paula Badosa in a stunning upset in San Jose, but she nonetheless left the competition full of self-assurance. Mandlik, who is ranked 240 in the world, won both of his qualifying matches to secure a spot in San Jose’s main draw.
Alison Riske-Amritraj, who was ranked 33rd, was defeated by Mandlik in San Jose’s opening round, 6-3, 6-3. After winning her maiden WTA Tour main draw match, Mandlik narrowly missed defeating fourth-ranked Badosa as the Spaniard prevailed 6-2 5-7 7-6. (5).
In the third set, Mandlik led 5-3 but failed to serve out the match in the tenth game. Mandlik said to WTA insider, “I’ve never really had the opportunity to play with these high-level guys and to just be around them.
“You have such a strong belief in yourself and that you belong here when you know that you can be there and that you can truly defeat them. The belief was always present, but since I was never even given the opportunity to exercise with them, it is obviously in doubt.
I’m now winning a match against them.”
Mandlik on her realization that her mother was a legendary tennis player.
Hana Mandlikova, Mandlik’s mother, is a former four-time Grand Slam champion and ranked third in the world. Mandlik can still clearly recall the occasions when her mother would drop her off at the Wimbledon daycare center.
“I only had my mom; I don’t have a father, so it started when I was quite small. She therefore took me everywhere. So she would take me when she played Legends. Then occasionally she wouldn’t take me, and I would be in tears all week.
So I would estimate that I first noticed at around ten. There was a daycare at the Grand Slams, and I was there with some other kids, and they were all saying, “Oh, so who’s your mom?” I do recall that “Mandlik thought back.