Raluca Olaru

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Raluca Olaru
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Raluca Olaru at the 2009 US Open
Country  Romania
Residence Bucharest
Born (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 25)
Bucharest
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed (two–handed backhand)
Prize money US$762,216
Singles
Career record 257-179
Career titles 0 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 53 (27 July 2009)
Current ranking No. 722 (28 April 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2008, 2010)
French Open 3R (2007)
Wimbledon 2R (2009, 2010)
US Open 2R (2007, 2008)
Doubles
Career record 168-101
Career titles 3 WTA, 14 ITF
Highest ranking No. 61 (17 March 2014)
Current ranking No. 71 (28 April 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2010, 2014)
French Open 1R (2008, 2010, 2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
US Open 1R (2009)
Last updated on: 28 April 2014.
Olaru plays at Wimbledon 2013

Ioana Raluca Olaru (born 3 March 1989) is a Romanian tennis player. The winner of nine singles and six doubles ITF Circuit titles,[1] Olaru reached one WTA Tour singles final, at the 2009 Gastein Ladies,[2] losing to Andrea Petkovic 6–2, 6–3.[3] She has also won two doubles titles, at the 2008 Tashkent Open and 2013 Nürnberger Versicherungscup.

Olaru was a successful junior player. She was the runner–up in both singles and doubles at the 2005 French Open,[4] and captured the 2006 US Open doubles title along with Mihaela Buzărnescu. Her best professional grand slam result so far has been the third round of the 2007 French Open, when she defeated the 30th seed Julia Vakulenko in straight sets and lost to eventual runner–up, the 7th seed Ana Ivanovic.[5] Olaru reached her highest singles ranking, World No. 53, on 27 July 2009, and her highest doubles ranking, No. 61, on 17 March 2014.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ioana Raluca Olaru currently resides in her hometown Bucharest.[6] Her parents, Adrian and Doina, run a convenience store together.[7] Her sister Cristina is sixteen years older than Olaru, and lives in London.[7] Olaru began playing tennis aged seven,[6] and cites Kim Clijsters,[8] Martina Navrátilová and Roger Federer as her role models.[7] She graduated from school in 2007, and is fluent in Romanian, English, French and Spanish.[8]

Playing style[edit]

Olaru considers being a fighter as her biggest asset.[7] She cites clay as her favourite surface[6] and backhand down the line as favourite shot,[8] but she can play well on all surfaces and she likes mixing up her game with drop shots.[7] Olaru is currently coached by former player Michael Schapers.[8]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
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 (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 26 July 2009 Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria Clay Germany Andrea Petkovic 2–6, 3–6

Doubles: 7 (3-4)[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 (3–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
Runner-up 1. 5 July 2008 Budapest Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary Clay Germany Vanessa Henke France Alizé Cornet
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7–6(7–5), 1–6, [6–10]
Winner 1. 5 October 2008 Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Ukraine Olga Savchuk Russia Nina Bratchikova
Germany Kathrin Wörle
5–7, 7–5, [10–7]
Winner 2. 26 February 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Hard Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
5–7, 7–5, [10–7]
Runner-up 2. 14 April 2013 BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland Clay (i) Russia Valeria Solovyeva Spain Lara Arruabarrena
Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
4-6, 5-7
Winner 3. 15 June 2013 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Nurnberg, Germany Clay Russia Valeria Solovyeva Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
2-6, 7-6(7-3), [11-9]
Runner-up 3. 24 May 2014 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Nurnberg, Germany Clay Israel Shahar Peer Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
0–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Runner-up 4. 27 July 2014 Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan Hard Israel Shahar Peer Russia Alexandra Panova
United Kingdom Heather Watson
2-6, 6-7(3)

ITF Finals[edit]

Singles 18 (11-7)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. August 16, 2004 Romania Iași, Romania Clay Romania Monica Niculescu 6-7, 0-6
Winner 2. April 24, 2005 Serbia Herceg Novi, Serbia Clay Serbia Miljana Adanko 7-5, 7-6(2)
Winner 3. July 19, 2005 Romania Bucharest, Romania Clay Russia Anna Bastrikova 6-3, 6-2
Winner 4. August 2, 2005 Romania Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Mădălina Gojnea 7-6(3), 7-5
Winner 5. May 2, 2006 Romania Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Sorana Cîrstea 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Winner 6. May 7, 2006 Morocco Rabat, Morocco Clay Algeria Samia Medjahdi 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
Runner-up 7. July 3, 2006 France Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay Russia Nina Bratchikova 4-6, 6-4, 0-6
Winner 8. November 7, 2006 Canada Toronto, Canada Hard(i) United States Carly Gullickson 6-3, 6-1
Winner 9. April 23, 2007 Spain Torrent, Spain Clay Germany Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Runner-up 10. April 30, 2007 Italy Catania, Italy Clay Belarus Darya Kustova 3-6, 6-2, 3-6
Winner 11. July 14, 2008 France Contrexéville, France Clay France Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 6-4, 6-2
Winner 12. June 8, 2009 France Marseille, France Clay Slovenia Maša Zec Peškirič 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4
Winner 13. July 25, 2011 Germany Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay Germany Tatjana Maria 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Runner-up 14. April 9, 2012 Italy Pomezia, Italy Clay Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 1-6, 1-6
Runner-up 15. October 22, 2012 Brazil Brasília, Brazil Clay Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 5-7, 2-6
Runner-up 16. November 2, 2012 Paraguay Asunción, Paraguay Clay Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg 7-5, 6-7, 2-6
Runner-up 17. January 21, 2013 Israel Eilat, İsrael Hard Russia Alla Kudryavtseva 7-6(4), 3-6, 2-6
Winner 18. February 25, 2013 Turkey Antalya, Turkey Clay Serbia Jovana Jakšić 6-3, 7-5

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 1R Q2 1R Q2 A Q1 A 0–2
French Open A A A A 3R 1R 1R 1R Q1 A Q1 2–4
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R 2R 2R Q1 A Q1 2–3
US Open A A A A 2R 2R 1R Q1 A A A 2–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–4 1–4 1–2 0–0 0-0 0-0 0-0 6–12

Head-to-Head record against other players[edit]

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