Alexandra Dulgheru

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Alexandra Dulgheru
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Country  Romania
Residence Bucharest, Romania
Born (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 25)
Bucharest, Socialist Republic of Romania
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned pro 5 May 2005
Retired Active
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,320,722
Singles
Career record 228–149
Career titles 2 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 26 (11 April 2011)
Current ranking No. 99 (14 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2010, 2011, 2012)
French Open 3R (2010)
Wimbledon 3R (2010)
US Open 3R (2010)
Doubles
Career record 82–77
Career titles 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 41 (4 July 2011)
Current ranking No. 232 (9 December 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2011)
French Open 3R (2011)
Wimbledon 1R (2010)
US Open 3R (2010)
Mixed Doubles
Career record 2–2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2010, 2011)
Last updated on: 9 December 2013.

Alexandra Dulgheru (born 30 May 1989)[1] is a Romanian professional tennis player. She achieved a singles career high of World No. 26 on 11 April 2011. Her career high in doubles was World No. 47 on 21 March 2011.[1] She is coached by Gabriel Urpi.[2]

Biography[edit]

Her father, Dumitru, is a pilot, and her mother Doina is an airline coordinator. Her sister, Bianca, is an assistant hotel manager.

Alexandra has a German Shepherd Dog called Ciavi. She likes reading, movies, music, dancing, painting, and drawing. She would like to be a designer or architect after tennis.

Her favorite actor is Johnny Depp, and her favorite movie is Meet Joe Black. She likes listening to pop music, and her favourite artists are Céline Dion and Backstreet Boys. Her favorite book is Harry Potter.

Alexandra's favorite food is Chinese, but she also likes Romanian cuisine. She likes to drink lemonade and hot chocolate.

She speaks Romanian, English, and Spanish, and she is currently studying economics at Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.

Her favourite shot is a high backhand (Ríos style), she admires Justine Henin and Roger Federer, and her favorite tournament is the Warsaw Open.[3]

Career[edit]

She started playing tennis at the age of 4.[1] Her best junior result came at the 2006 Wimbledon Girls' Singles Championship, where she was defeated in the quarter finals by Tamira Paszek 4–6, 4–6. She also made the doubles final with Kristina Antoniychuk. They lost to the pairing of Alisa Kleybanova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1–6, 2–6.[4] In April 2009, she finished runner-up to Kimiko Date-Krumm in a $75,000 tournament in Monzon.[5] Just over a fortnight later, she won a $25,000 tournament in Bari, where she defeated Sandra Záhlavová in the final.

2009[edit]

Alexandra Dulgheru at the 2009 US Open

She made her WTA debut as a qualifier in the 2009 Warsaw Open. She defeated fellow Romanian qualifier Agnes Szatmari 6–3, 6–4 in the first round. She followed that up with a 6–4, 6–3 win over 44th-ranked Sara Errani to advance to the quarterfinals. She made to the semi final after she beat 95th-ranked Galina Voskoboeva 6–1, 7–5. In the semifinal, she defeated world No. 36 and former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchová 6–4, 6–7, 6–1 to reach her first WTA final; where she defeated Alona Bondarenko 7–6, 3–6, 6–0 for her first WTA tour title.
Her next tournament was ECM Prague Open where she lost in the opening round to Carla Suárez Navarro. In Bad Gastein Tournament Alexandra suffered yet another opening round exit at the hands of the 4th seeded Iveta Benešová.
In August 2009 she made her Grand Slam debut in 2009 US Open where she lost in the first round to 8th seeded Victoria Azarenka
In Linz Tournament she won in the first round to Sybille Bammer in two sets, before she lost in the second round to 3rd seeded and eventual champion Yanina Wickmayer. She lost in the first round BGL Luxembourg Open to Wickmayer.

2010[edit]

At the first Grand Slam of the year, the 2010 Australian Open, Alexandra entered both the singles and the doubles events, these being her first appearances at Melbourne. In singles she lost in the first round to Belgian qualifier Yanina Wickmayer in three sets 6–1, 5–7, 8–10 after a spectacular match. In doubles she teamed up with fellow countrywoman Edina Gallovits. They lost in the first round to American-Czech team of Carly Gullickson-Vladimíra Uhlířová in three sets: 3–6, 6–3, 3–6.

The first highlight of the year came at the Barcelona Ladies Open where Alexandra reached the semifinals. She defeated along the way names such as: Silvia Soler Espinosa, Sara Errani, Arantxa Parra Santonja, only to lose in the semis to Italian Roberta Vinci in three sets, 7–6, 1–6, 2–6.

Dulgheru got her first Top 10 win at the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia against World No. 3 Dinara Safina 6–4, 6–7, 6–1. In the third round, Dulgheru lost to World No. 19 Nadia Petrova 6–0, 3–6, 6–2.

At the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open she defeated World No.6 Elena Dementieva in the second round 6–1, 3–6, 7–5 for her second Top 10. In third round she lost to World No. 30 Lucie Šafářová 6–7, 6–1, 7–6.

Alexandra Dulgheru at the 2010 Polsat Warsaw Open, where she successfully defended her 2009 Premier title

She won her second WTA Premier title and second WTA overall at Polsat Warsaw Open where she was the defending champion. In the first rounds she won over Kateryna Bondarenko and Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets. In the Quarterfinals she won over Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova 6–4, 7–5. In the semifinals she won over 3rd seeded and World No. 12 Li Na 6–4, 3–6, 6–4. In the final she won over 5th seeded Zheng Jie 6–3, 6–4.

Grand Slams and injury[edit]

Playing at the 2010 French Open for the first time she defeated Lucie Hradecká 7–6, 4–6, 6–3 in the first round and Timea Bacsinszky 6–4, 6–2 in the second. She lost to third seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 6–4 in the third round.

In doubles she teamed up with Italian Alberta Brianti. They defeated the team of Jill Craybas and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6–1, 6–4 in the first round. Then they played fifth seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in the second round but lost the match 7–5, 7–6.

Another semifinal followed at the UNICEF Open. For the first time in her career she was a seeded player (5th seed) and following wins over Julie Coin, Alla Kudryavtseva and Yaroslava Shvedova, Alexandra eventually lost in the semis to 1st seed, Belgian Justine Henin, in straight sets: 2–6, 2–6.

A first time appearance at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships saw Alexandra entering the all three possible draws: singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In singles, the 31st seed Alexandra, defeated in the first round Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm in three sets: 6–2, 6–7, 6–1. She faced in the second round qualifier Romina Oprandi who she swept through in straight sets: 6–2, 6–0. Her victorious run ended in the third round where she lost to Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi in two sets: 1–6, 2–6. In the doubles event she teamed up with Italian Alberta Brianti. They lost in the first round in straight sets, 1–6, 2–6 to American-Kazakh team and eventual Wimbledon Champions, Vania King-Yaroslava Shvedova. In the mixed doubles section she teamed up with Spaniard David Marrero. In the first round they defeated Wild Card entries, Britons Ross Hutchins-Anne Keothavong, 6–4, 6–4. They lost in the second round to 12th seeded pair of Australian-Taiwanese duo Paul Hanley and Chan Yung-jan in straight sets: 1–6, 3–6.

Alexandra Dulgheru at the 2010 US Open

At the GDF SUEZ Grand Prix, 2nd seeded Alexandra reached her fourth semifinal of the year. She won over Sandra Záhlavová, Anna Chakvetadze and Anastasija Sevastova being defeated in the semis by crowd favorite, 7th seeded Hungarian Ágnes Szávay in three sets: 1–6, 7–5, 5–7.

Following good form, Alexandra was 2nd seeded at ECM Prague Open too. In the first round she defeated Italian Tathiana Garbin in three sets: 6–4, 2–6, 6–2. Soon after the victory she felt pain in her right knee and had to withdrew from the tournament ahead of her 2nd round clash with Slovenian Polona Hercog. The injury held her away from tennis for one month.

In August 2010 she returned to the courts preparing for the US Open Series. She entered the Cincinnati Masters where she lost in the first round to Russian Alisa Kleybanova in straight sets: 6–4, 6–4. Her next stop was the Canada Masters. She faced in the first round Austrian Sybille Bammer who defeated her in three sets: 6–2, 3–6, 6–3. In search of her good form and recovering from her injury in July she entered the New Haven tournament where she once again lost in the first round to American qualifier, Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets: 6–2, 6–1.

She finally found her game at the 2010 US Open where she entered both singles and doubles events. In singles, being the 25th seed she won in the first round over French Julie Coin in straight sets: 6–1, 6–3. She then faced in the second round Swede Sofia Arvidsson who she defeated also in straight sets: 7–6, 6–1. Her run came to an end in the third round where she lost to 7th seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva in straight sets: 2–6, 6–7. In the doubles event, partnering Slovak Magdaléna Rybáriková, Alexandra and her partner surprised in the first round 3rd seeded Spanish duo consisting of Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez in three sets: 6–4, 4–6, 7–6. In the second round Alexandra and her partner defeated the Romanian-Polish duo of Edina Gallovits and Klaudia Jans in straight sets: 6–2, 6–3. Their run was stopped by 14th seeded Russian duo of Elena Vesnina-Vera Zvonareva who defeated Alexandra and Magdaléna in two sets: 7–5, 6–3.

2011[edit]

Dulgheru started off the year losing in the first round of both of her first two tournaments in straight sets: in the Brisbane International, against the eventual finalist Andrea Petkovic, and in the Medibank International Sydney, against 3-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters. Her poor form on continued at the Australian Open losing 4–6, 4–6 to the unseeded player, Ayumi Morita.She lost again at Qatar Ladies Open in Doha to Klara Zakopalova 6–7,2–6. At Indian Wells, she lost in the second round in 3 sets to Lucie Hradecka 6–4, 4–6, 4–6. Then in Miami, Dulgheru found her form and had a very good tournament. She won in the second round over Chanelle Scheepers 6–3, 6–2, and in the third round over Johanna Larsson 6–2,6–1 .In the fourth round she beat Shuai Peng, 6–3, 6–4 . In the quarterfinals Dulgheru faced Sharapova, and they played a marathon 3 and a half-hour match . Dulgheru won the first set 6–3 . Then Sharapova won the second set 7–6, 8–6 in the tiebreak . In the third set,at 5–4 Dulgheru served for the match, but Sharapova got a break and then won the match in the third set tiebreak 7–5.

At the 2011 US Open, Dulgheru upset recent Wimbledon champion and fifth seed Petra Kvitová 7–6, 6–3 in the first round[6] before losing in the second to fellow countrywoman Monica Niculescu 3–6, 0–6.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2–0)[edit]

Winner – Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (2–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (2–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 23 May 2009 Warsaw Open, Warsaw, Poland Clay Ukraine Alona Bondarenko 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–0
Winner 2. 22 May 2010 Warsaw Open, Warsaw, Poland (2) Clay China Zheng Jie 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 2 (0–2)[edit]

Winner – Legend (pre/post 2010)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 25 October 2010 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková Russia Alexandra Panova
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 21 July 2013 Collector Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay Italy Flavia Pennetta Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
1–6, 4–6

ITF Circuit finals: 13 (7–6)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 15 May 2005 Romania Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Liana Balaci 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 22 May 2005 Romania Piteşti, Romania Clay Romania Anamaria-Alexandra Sere 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 19 November 2006 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Clay Romania Liana Balaci 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 15 July 2007 Poland Toruń, Poland Clay Switzerland Stefanie Vögele 2–6, 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 5 August 2007 Romania Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Sorana Cîrstea 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 11 April 2009 Spain Monzón, Spain Hard Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 5–7, 2–6
Winner 7. 26 April 2009 Italy Bari, Italy Clay Czech Republic Sandra Záhlavová 6–4, 6–4
Winner 8. 20 September 2009 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Clay Italy Tathiana Garbin 6–7(4–7), 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 27 September 2009 France Saint-Malo, France Clay Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja 4–6, 3–6
Winner 10. 10 October 2009 Lebanon Jounieh, Lebanon Clay Slovakia Zuzana Kučová 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 11. 12 February 2012 Colombia Cali, Colombia Clay Luxembourg Mandy Minella 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Winner 12. 27 January 2013 Turkey Antalya, Turkey Clay Hungary Réka-Luca Jani 6–2, 6–2
Winner 13. 8 June 2014 France Marseille, France Clay Sweden Johanna Larsson 6-3, 7-5

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended. This table is current through 2013 US Open.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 1R A 0–3
French Open A A 3R 2R A A 3–2
Wimbledon A A 3R 2R A A 3–2
US Open A 1R 3R 2R A 2R 4–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 6–4 3–4 0–1 1–1 10–11
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held A NH 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A 2R 2R 1R 2R 2–4
Key Biscayne A A 2R QF A 1R 4–3
Madrid NH A 3R 1R A 1R 2–3
Beijing NT I A 2R 1R A 1–2
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai NT I A 2R 2R A A 2–2
Rome A A 3R 1R A A 2–2
Cincinnati NT I LQ 1R A A LQ 0–1
Canada A LQ 1R A A 1R 0–2
Tokyo A A 2R 1R A 1–2
Career Statistics
Tournaments Won 0 1 1 0 0 2
Year End Ranking 385 52 29 70 238

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended. This table is current through 2013 US Open.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 3R 2R 3–3
French Open 2R 3R 3–2
Wimbledon 1R 0–1
US Open 1R 3R 1R 1R 2–4
Win–Loss 0–1 3–4 4–3 1–1 0–1 8–10

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Womens Circuit – Player Biography". ITF Tennis. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "WTA | Players | Info | Alexandra Dulgheru". Wtatennis.com. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Biography". www.wtatennis.com. 
  4. ^ "Juniors – Player Activity". ITF Tennis. 28 May 2010. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "ITF Tennis – Women's Circuit – Tournament Results". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (29 August 2011). "In an Upset, Kvitova Loses to Dulgheru". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 August 2011.