Julia Efremova

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Julia Efremova
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Born (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 34)
Kursk, Soviet Union
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2001
PlaysRight-handed (double-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 45,025
Career record88–90
Career titles0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 285 (14 November 2005)
Career record78–59
Career titles0 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 193 (20 February 2006)

Julia Efremova née Vorobieva (born 14 February 1985 in Kursk) is a former Russian tennis player. She played under her maiden name of Vorobieva (aka Vorobeva) until February 2006. She married her coach Alexey Efremov and returned to the ITF circuit in March 2007.

She has won eleven ITF Women's Circuit titles in her career, one in singles and ten in doubles.


She has played on the qualifying draws of WTA Tour tournaments on many occasions. Her career-high singles ranking was world No. 285, which she achieved on 14 November 2005, and her highest doubles ranking No. 193, achieved on 20 February 2006.

In 2003, Julia tried to qualify for her first WTA event in Moscow, but fell to Anastasia Rodionova in the first round. In 2005, she played the qualifying draws of five tournaments (Pattaya, Hyderabad, Beijing, Guangzhou and Tashkent) but was unsuccessful in each.

In 2006, she tried qualifying in Bangalore, but was overpowered in round one by Daniela Kix. In 2007, she fell in the qualifying draws of Kolkata and Moscow, losing to Sandy Gumulya and Oxana Lyubtsova, respectively.

Julia's biggest title of her career was winning the Busan Challenger doubles event in 2005 in Busan. She won the title with Wynne Prakusya, defeating Seiko Okamoto and Ayami Takase in the final. Her only singles title came at Jakarta in 2004 where she won an ITF $10,000 event.

Career statistics[edit]

Singles finals: 1 (1–0)[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. 19 December 2004 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard South Korea Yoo-Mi Jung 3–6, 6–1, 6–3

Doubles Finals: 15 (10–5)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 21 July 2002 Algiers, Algeria Clay Russia Aleksandra Kostikova Austria Susanne Filipp
Slovakia Andrea Masaryková
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 13 April 2003 Mumbai, India Hard Czech Republic Ludmila Richterová Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova
Malaysia Khoo Chin-bee
7–5, 7–5
Runner–up 1. 8 June 2003 Ankara, Turkey Clay Spain Gabriela Velasco Andreu Russia Svetlana Mossiakova
Ukraine Olga Lazarchuk
4–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 27 June 2004 Protvino, Russia Hard Russia Vasilisa Bardina Israel Maria Gugel
Russia Elena Chalova
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 4 July 2004 Krasnoarmeisk, Russia Hard Russia Vasilisa Bardina Russia Ekaterina Bychkova
Russia Vasilisa Davydova
6–7(4), 0–6
Runner-up 3. 2 August 2004 Vigo, Spain Hard Slovenia Sandra Volk Argentina Andrea Benítez
Uruguay Estefanía Craciún
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 13 December 2004 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard South Korea Yoo Mi Indonesia Ayu Fani Damayanti
Indonesia Septi Mende
6–4, 0–6, 5–7
Winner 4. 19 December 2004 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard South Korea Yoo Mi South Korea Chang Kyung-mi
South Korea Lee Ye-ra
6–3, 6–3
Winner 5. 7 March 2005 Benalla, Australia Grass China Yuan Meng Australia Lauren Cheung
Australia Lisa D'Amelio
6–4, 6–3
Winner 6. 20 March 2005 Yarrawonga, Australia Grass Australia Lara Picone Australia Emily Hewson
Australia Nicole Kriz
6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. 9 April 2005 Mumbai, India Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei India Sanaa Bhambri
Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu
6–2, 6–1
Winner 8. 4 July 2005 Krasnoarmeysk, Russia Hard Russia Anna Bastrikova Russia Ekaterina Lopes
Russia Elena Chalova
6–2, 7–6(3)
Winner 9. 21 August 2005 Nanjing, China Hard China Xie Yanze Japan Tomoko Sugano
Japan Akiko Yonemura
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 6 November 2005 Busan, Korea Hard Indonesia Wynne Prakusya Japan Seiko Okamoto
Japan Ayami Takase
6–4, 6–7(6), 6–1
Runner-up 5. 4 May 2008 Adana, Turkey Clay Russia Diana Isaeva Bulgaria Hülya Esen
Bulgaria Lütfiye Esen
7–5, 1–6, [4–10]