Gisela Dulko

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Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko Rome 2009.jpg
Dulko at the 2009 Italian Open
Country (sports)  Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires
Born (1985-01-30) 30 January 1985 (age 33)
Tigre
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro January 2001
Retired 18 November 2012[1]
Plays Right–handed (two–handed backhand)
Prize money $4,246,105
Singles
Career record 309–242
Career titles 4 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 26 (21 November 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2010)
French Open 4R (2006, 2011)
Wimbledon 3R (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009)
US Open 4R (2009)
Doubles
Career record 305–182
Career titles 17 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (1 November 2010)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2011)
French Open QF (2007, 2010)
Wimbledon SF (2010)
US Open QF (2010)
Tour Finals W (2010)
Team competitions
Hopman Cup F (2005)

Gisela Dulko (Spanish pronunciation: [xiˈsela ˈðulko];[2] born 30 January 1985, in Tigre) is a retired tennis player from Argentina. Although she enjoyed modest success in singles, reaching a career-high ranking of world No. 26 and winning four WTA titles, her speciality was doubles, where she achieved the world No. 1 ranking. Partnering Flavia Pennetta, Dulko won the 2010 WTA Tour Championships and the 2011 Australian Open in doubles. Dulko also reached the mixed-doubles final at the 2011 US Open, with Edward Schwank. She is remembered for her ability to upset the big names on the tour, such as Maria Sharapova in the second round of Wimbledon in 2009; and Samantha Stosur in the third round of Roland Garros in 2011. She also beat Martina Navratilova in the second round of Wimbledon in 2004 in Navratilova's final Grand Slam singles match.

Dulko retired from professional tennis on 18 November 2012, aged 27.

Early life[edit]

Gisela was born and raised in Tigre, Buenos Aires Province. Her brother Alejandro, who is seven years her senior, is her coach.[3] Gisela was born to Ana and now deceased Estanislao, who was of Hungarian descent.[4] At the age of twelve, she moved from Argentina to Miami, Florida, in order to pursue a professional tennis career.[3]

Dulko is married to fellow Argentine, Fernando Gago, who is a football player currently playing for Boca Juniors.[5] The couple had their first child, Mateo on 9 June 2013.[6]

Career[edit]

1999–2008[edit]

As a junior, she won three of the four Grand Slam events in doubles, including the 2000 US Open with María Emilia Salerni, the 2002 Australian Open with Angelique Widjaja, and the 2001 Wimbledon Championships with Ashley Harkleroad. As a professional, she has won 17 doubles championships.

In singles, Dulko has had a less successful career, although she has been consistently ranked in the top 50 over the last few years. On 29 April 2007, she finally won her first WTA title by defeating Sorana Cîrstea of Romania in the final of the Tier-III event in Budapest. On 25 August 2007, Dulko won her second WTA title at the Forest Hills Tier-IV event defeating Virginie Razzano. On 4 May 2008, Dulko won her third WTA title at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem Tier-IV event defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues.

2009[edit]

In January, she obtained an invite from Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association to play Hong Kong Tennis Classic with two Americans CoCo Vandeweghe and Venus Williams, and then she started the year with a quarterfinals appearance at the Hobart International losing to Iveta Benešová. At the Australian Open she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams in the second round. In the 2009 Fed Cup first round, she gave her team their only wins when she defeated Americans Melanie Oudin and Jill Craybas. In the Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas she reached her first final of the year, but then lost to María José Martínez Sánchez. She then made good performances by reaching the quarterfinals of the Monterrey Open and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, and the third round of Mandatory events in Indian Wells and Miami. She however lost in the second rounds of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia and Internationaux de Strasbourg and a first round exits in Madrid Open and the Aegon International.

She reached the third round in the next two Grand Slams, losing to Dominika Cibulková at the French Open, and to Nadia Petrova at Wimbledon. At the Wimbledon Championships, Dulko upset No. 24 seeded Maria Sharapova in three sets in the second round.

At the Swedish Open, she lost again to María José Martínez Sánchez, this time in the semifinals. She then made first round exits in the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, the LA Women's Tennis Championships, the Pilot Pen Tennis and failed to qualify for the Rogers Cup. At the US Open, she made it to the Round of 16 before falling to Kateryna Bondarenko 6–0, 6–0 in just 47 minutes. Her last tournament of the year was at the Toray Pan Pacific Open where she reached the second round before losing to Iveta Benešová in three sets.

2010[edit]

She obtained an invite from the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association once again to play Hong Kong Tennis Classic and won Silver Group Championships with two Americans Venus Williams and Michael Chang, and then she started the year at the Moorilla Hobart International where she reached the quarterfinals losing to Anabel Medina Garrigues. At the Australian Open, she upset Ana Ivanovic in the second round before losing to 9th seed Vera Zvonareva. She then played in Copa BBVA-Colsanitas as the top seed, and made it to the semifinals before being upset by Angelique Kerber. There, she won the doubles title with Edina Gallovits. She then played in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel as the 3rd seed but lost to 5th seeded Spaniard Carla Suárez Navarro in the semifinals.

Seeded 31st at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, she received a bye in the first round. In the second round she gained the biggest victory of her career by defeating former world No. 1 Justine Henin in just over two hours. In the third round, she lost to No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwańska.

Unseeded at the Sony Ericsson Open, Dulko reached the third round by defeating Olga Govortsova and No.21 seed Alona Bondarenko. She then lost to Marion Bartoli in the fourth round. In doubles, Dulko teamed together with good friend Flavia Pennetta. Despite playing in only their third event together of the season, they won their first WTA Premier doubles title, beating Nadia Petrova and Samantha Stosur in three sets.

Dulko and Pennetta next teamed together in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, and won the tournament, extending their winning streak to ten matches. Their winning streak was extended to fifteen matches by winning the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. They extended their streak to 19 matches before losing in the final of the Madrid Open to Serena and Venus Williams, the Australian Open and eventual French Open champions.

Dulko caused the first upset of the French Open with a first round victory over No. 10 Victoria Azarenka. Dulko was then defeated by Chanelle Scheepers in the second round. Dulko was then upset in the first round of her Wimbledon campaign by Monica Niculescu. She and Pennetta reached the semifinals of the doubles event there before losing.

Dulko then played at the Swedish Open in Båstad where she was seeded 4th. Although Dulko overcame her doubles partner Flavia Pennetta in the semifinals, she fell in the final to French No. 2 Aravane Rezaï in three sets. Dulko and Pennetta went on to defend their doubles title there by defeating the Czech pair of Renata Voráčová and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, earning their fourth team title of the season and seventh overall.

Dulko and Pennetta won a marathon doubles final at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, beating Květa Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, for their fifth event of the season. Their very next event together was the US Open, in which they were the top seeds.

In singles, Dulko made it to the third round before losing to 20th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. In doubles, Dulko and Pennetta lost in the quarterfinals to Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, the eventual champions.

At the China Open in Beijing, Dulko made it to the second round before falling to Maria Kirilenko. She would lose in the first round of her remaining tournaments. In doubles, Dulko and Pennetta fell in the final in Beijing to Olga Govortsova and Chan Yung-jan, and then won their sixth combined event at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Because of their outstanding doubles efforts, Dulko and Pennetta were invited to the Tour Championships in Doha as the top seeds. They ended up defeating Peschke and Srebotnik in the final to win the year-end championship.

On 1 November 2010, Dulko became the world No. 1 ranked doubles player.

2011–2012[edit]

Dulko teamed with Pennetta to win their first Grand Slam event title by winning the 2011 Australian Open. Top-seeds Dulko and Pennetta defeated Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko, 2–6, 7–5, 6–1, in the final.[7]

Gisela made her first singles final of the year at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel where she was fourth seed. There she defeated Arantxa Parra Santonja to win her fourth career singles title.

Gisela struggled in her next few tournaments, losing in the first rounds of Miami, Madrid, and Rome, and only reaching the second round at BNP Paribas Open.

Gisela found her good form again at the French Open, advancing to the fourth round by defeating 2010 French Open finalist Samantha Stosur in three sets. However, she was forced to retire due to injury to her left leg early in the second set of her match against Marion Bartoli.

Career statistics[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://canchallena.lanacion.com.ar/1528029-gisela-dulko-anuncio-su-retiro
  2. ^ In isolation, Dulko is pronounced [ˈdulko].
  3. ^ a b "Antes que tener la fama de Kournikova prefiero ganar muchos torneos". Sergio Oviedo. Gente. 13 July 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gisela Dulko". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "La tenista Gisela Dulko y el futbolista Fernando Gago se casarán en julio". EFE. 27 March 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nació Mateo, hijo de Gago y Gisela Dulko". 
  7. ^ "Flavia & Gisela's Missing Piece". Women's Tennis Association. 28 January 2011. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United States Serena Williams &
United States Venus Williams
WTA Doubles Team of the Year
(with Italy Flavia Pennetta)

2010
Succeeded by
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik &
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Preceded by
United States Serena Williams &
United States Venus Williams
ITF Doubles World Champion
(with Italy Flavia Pennetta)

2010
Succeeded by
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik &
Czech Republic Květa Peschke