30 January 1989 |
Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR, USSR (now Almaty, Kazakhstan)
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||152 lb (69 kg)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||11 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 65 (May 3, 2010)|
|Current ranking||No. 150 (January 30, 2012)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2011)|
|French Open||1R (2010)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2009, 2010)|
|US Open||1R (2010)|
|Career titles||2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||417 (September 28, 2009)|
Last updated on: February 22, 2010.
Regina Kulikova (Russian: Регина Александровна Куликова, born January 30, 1989) is a professional Russian tennis player. Her highest WTA singles ranking is 65th, which she reached on May 3, 2010. Her career high in doubles is 417th, which she reached on September 28, 2009. Her best result on the WTA tour so far is the quarterfinal appearance at the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships where she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova. Her biggest victory at a Grand Slam tournament came at the 2011 Australian Open, where she defeated former semi-finalist Daniela Hantuchová in the first round.
Tennis career 
As a junior Kulikova reached a career high of 22 in October 2004.
After a six month lay off, Kulikova started her 2009 on the ITF Circuit in May, falling in her opening qualifying match. She then played in the qualifying event for the French Open, but lost in the first round to Vania King. Kulikova returned to the ITF Circuit with more success, reaching the quarterfinals of the singles and winning the doubles title at a tournament in Galatina. In her subsequent tournament, Kulikova qualified for her first grand slam at Wimbledon. She beat Karolina Šprem in the first round and then upset world number 27 Alisa Kleybanova in three sets. Kulikova's run came to an end against world number 4 Elena Dementieva in the third round, going down 6–1 6–2 to her compatriot. Despite the scoreline, Dementieva was full of praise for her opponent, commenting: "She is a very good player. She was very impressive through the whole week". The rest of Regina's summer was marred by injury, as she was forced to retire in the final round of qualifying for the Banka Koper Slovenia Open. She returned to action at the US Open but lost in her first qualifying match. At the Bell Challenge, Kulikova defeated Jorgelina Cravero before falling to Lucie Šafářová 6–2 7–5. Kulikova finished 2009 by returning to the ITF Circuit where she won three titles—Las Vegas, Kansas City and Dubai. Her win at the Las Vegas Open was all the more impressive as Kulikova was suffering from a back strain during the final. Regina's last match of 2009 was a win, as she defeated Sandra Záhlavová 7–6(6) 6–3 to take the 11th Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge in Dubai. Kulikova ended the year ranked at 138.
In 2010 Kulikova came through to qualify for the first time at the Australian Open. In the first round she lost to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 7–6(5) 6–7(10) 6–3 in four hours and nineteen minutes, which was the second-longest women's singles match in the Open Era.
Ranked 99 in the world, Kulikova entered one of the biggest events of the year at the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships and had a tremendous run by reaching the quarter–finals. She qualified for the main draw by defeating Chanelle Scheepers 6–3, 6–0 and Alla Kudryavtseva 6–2, 7–5. She then reached the third round by defeating Maria Kirilenko 6–3, 6–0 and Stefanie Vögele 6–3, 6–0. In the third round she came from a set down and a 1–4 third set deficit to defeat World No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 5–7, 7–6(2), 6–4. She then lost in three sets to World No. 9 Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals with a score of 3–6, 6–4, 6–3. Due to her success, she jumped 31 places in the WTA rankings to a career high of No. 68.
Hoping to continue her recent good form, Kulikova entered the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. In the qualifying rounds she lost just 3 games, defeating Sharon Fichman 6–0, 6–1 and Kathrin Wörle 6–1, 6–1 to enter the main draw. She was then defeated by World No. 55 Roberta Vinci 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the first round. In the first set, Kulikova came back from 0–3 to win it 6–3 and attempted to launch a comeback from 1–5 in the third set and managed to get to 4–5 30–00 but could not push for the win.
She then entered the main draw of the 2010 Barcelona Ladies Open and defeated 8th seed Lucie Šafářová in the first round 6–3, 7–6(4). She was then defeated by unseeded Timea Bacsinszky in the second round 2–6, 6–2, 6–3. Despite an early loss, she rose to a new career high of No. 66.
After a short break, Kulikova resumed her clay court season with a direct entry into the 2010 Internationaux de Strasbourg. She was defeated by top seed Maria Sharapova in the first round 6–3, 3–6, 6–1.
Due to her ranking, Kulikova then competed in the main draw of the French Open without having to qualify. She drew 17th seed Francesca Schiavone in the first round and despite much determination, she was unable to beat the Italian, losing 5–7, 6–3, 6–4, the only player to take a set off the eventual champion in the tournament.
Personal life 
Born in Almaty in Kazakhstan, Kulikova was six years old when she first played tennis; her mother took her to the tennis courts near their house to try the sport out. At 19 Regina married Simone Serges, she first met him at the tennis club in Italy where she used to train. On her marriage Kulikova has been quoted as saying: "He's not a tennis player but he was trying to play! He's a nice person, I'm very happy with my marriage".
Career finals 
Singles (15) 
Wins (11) 
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||August 23, 2005||Trecastagni, Italy||Hard||Giulia Meruzzi||6–1, 4–6, 6–4|
|2.||July 11, 2006||Imola, Italy||Carpet||Anaïs Laurendon||6–4, 6–2|
|3.||August 8, 2006||Jesi, Italy||Hard||Giulia Gatto-Monticone||6–3, 6–4|
|4.||May 1, 2007||Incheon, Korea||Hard||Lee Ye-ra||6–3, 2–6, 6–3|
|5.||May 15, 2007||Changwon, Korea||Hard||Chan Chin-wei||6–3, 4–6, 6–2|
|6.||June 26, 2007||Noto, Japan||Carpet||Zhang Shuai||7–5, 6–1|
|7.||February 18, 2008||Clearwater, USA||Hard||Yevgenia Savranska||6–4, 6–4|
|8.||September 22, 2008||Granada, Spain||Hard||Estrella Cabeza-Candela||6–3, 6–4|
|9.||September 28, 2009||Las Vegas, USA||Hard||Anikó Kapros||6–2, 6–2|
|10.||October 12, 2009||Kansas City, USA||Hard||Valérie Tétreault||6–4, 6–1|
|11.||December 14, 2009||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Sandra Záhlavová||7–6(3), 6–3|
Runner-ups (4) 
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||October 17, 2005||Settimo San Pietro, Italy||Clay||Anna Floris||6–4, 4–1 retired|
|2.||June 6, 2007||Changsha, China||Hard||Zhang Shuai||6–3, 6–4|
|3.||June 11, 2007||Guangzhou, China||Hard||Zhang Shuai||6–3, 6–1|
|4.||July 3, 2007||Nagoya, Japan||Hard||Zhang Shuai||6–3, 6–1|
Women's doubles (4) 
Wins (2) 
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||September 13, 2008||Ciampino, Italy||Clay||Claudia Giovine|| Stefania Chieppa
|6–4, 4–6, [10–7]|
|2.||June 6, 2009||Galatina, Italy||Clay||Elena Bovina|| Beatriz Garcia-Vidagany
María Emilia Salerni
Runner-ups (2) 
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in Final||Score|
|1.||August 23, 2005||Trecastagni, Italy||Hard||Marina Shamayko|| Leanne Baker
|6–2, 4–6, 6–3|
|2.||September 22, 2008||Granada, Spain||Hard||Irena Pavlović|| Leticia Costas-Moreira
Maite Gabarrus Alonso
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