Dalma Gálfi was born on 13th August 1998 in Balatonfuered, Hungary. Early she discovered her passion and talent for tennis. She held her first tennis racket in her hands, when she was only 4. At this time Dalma’s father was helping her with the serves and exercises.
Serve, topspin, backhand: Dalma understood what matters in tennis, quickly. Just after a few years, when she was playing on a small court, she became the most successful mini-tennis player in Hungary, with only 7 years of age.
Dalma rocks the Hungarian tennis world
Dalma didn’t want to show her talent just in the “play and stay” system. With 8 years she switched onto the great court. And also there, success wasn’t long in coming. With 10 years she was playing her first international tournaments.
Early on, the small tennis ace from Balatonfured was rocking the Hungarian tennis world.
Since 2009 Dalma is presenting her country at the annual European championship. At the age of 12 and 14 she was leading the tennis ranking for her class of age.
But Dalma isn’t talented just in tennis. For her outstanding graduation at primary school, the Hungarian state gave her an award. And also, as a young girl, Dalma was successful at athletics. She won a gold medal at the Hungarian university championships. Nevertheless, tennis is always the first priority for Dalma.
Under 14 Female player of the year
Her hard training paid off: In May 2012 she reached position No. 1 of the European tennis ranking for her age. Something no Hungarian had achieved for the last 20 years. In the same year she became 2nd at the European Under-14 championship and won the European Masters. Thereupon the Tennis Europe voted her “Best Female Player of the Year U14”.
Also the year 2013 started promising: Dalma won her first U18 ITF tournament und was listed on the Juniors Player Rankings for the first time. But her joy has been short-lived when she was injured during a match and forced to take some time off for a couple of weeks.
What a setback for the successful Dalma.
After her recovery Dalma fought for her comeback. Only a few months after her injury she reached the double finals of Wimbledon together with Marie Bouzková. Dalma also won the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships as well as the III Abierto Juvenil Mexicano.
ITF Ranking U18: Position 4
At the Australian Open in January 2015 Dalma reached the juniors semifinals where she unfortunately lost against Katie Swan. Shortly after she gave her debut in the Hungarian Fed Cup Team.
Between training in Budapest with her coach Csaba Babos and tournaments all around the world Dalma is rarely at home. But she still wants to graduate from school and therefore she is being teached by a private teacher. About half of the year, Dalma is traveling abroad.
Her current ITF Ranking U18 is position 4 (February 2015).
A successful year: 2015
2015 brought a lot of great results in Dalma’s junior as well as in her women’s career.
In March, after winning the doubles then the week after the singles 10K tournaments in Solarino, the next great success came in Wimbledon. Partnering with Fanny Stollar after loosing last year’s junior doubles final with Marie Bouzková, this year brought her the trophy with a result of 6-4, 7-5 against Vera Lapko and Tereza Mihalikova.
But the 2015 was still not at the end. As the top of Dalma’s junior career, after showing a great performance and making big efforts, she managed to earn the junior US Open Winner title against USA’s Sofia Kenin. This result allowed Dalma to concentrate on her women’s career as well (winning the finals in both Tweed Heads 15K and in Cairns 25K in Australia), but to stay Nr.1 on the junior’s world ranklist by the end of the year, making into to semi-final at the Orange Bowl made it possible.
The hardest year of all: 2016
After a fabulous 2015, in the upcoming year Dalma started to concentrate only on her women’s career. First successes came in April where she took part in three 10K tournaments in Heraklion, Greece where she could reach semi-finals and finals both in singles and doubles. Later on Dalma’s Japan tour in May also brought some important results on more ’serious’ (50K and 75K) tournaments.
After surviving the clay season with relevant doubles and singles results (25K Koksijde, 25K Bukfurdo, 50K Budapest), successful tournaments in Australia (winner of 25K Toowoomba singles/doubles) and China (winner of 25K Chenzhou), as the top of the year Dalma played finals in Tokyo at Ando Open where she has lost against Nr.1 seeded Shuai Zhang.
These results made Dalma to jump 106(!) ranklist positions and reached the outstanding position of 166 on the WTA ranklist.
What comes next?
With her great effort and strenght of will, Dalma reached her first Grand Slam in Melbourne and this time not at the juniors. After two WTA tournaments in Auckland and Hobart, where she could not show her best, Dalma made it into the second round of the qualifying at the Australian Open.
Dalma was the member of the Fed Cup team in 2017 just like in the previous 2 years. This year Fed Cup took place in Tallinn, Estonia for the hungarian team, where with team mates Timea Babos, Agnes Bukta and Fanny Stollar had a triumph over Bosnia/Herzegovina in the first round, then loosing against Croatia in a tough round and last but not least winning agains Latvia.
As second best hungarian player Dalma got a WC for the Hungarian Ladies Open held in Budapest in February. However showing a great performance with extra points against the french Oceane Dodin, she could not reach the second round, but as Dalma is still a young player, she still has time to show her followers the big breakthrough.
Dalma is currently ranked on position 158 in singles and 253 in doubles. Her currenct trainers are Levente Baratosi and Miklos Jancso.
Dalma is just about to finish her secondary school studies, so in her training period she still has to prepare not just for her next tournaments but for her next exams at school as well. If everthing goes well, she finishes school this year in June.