Raluca Olaru

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Raluca Olaru
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Raluca Olaru at the 2009 US Open
Country (sports)  Romania
Residence Bucharest
Born (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 27)
Bucharest
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed (two–handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 936,952
Singles
Career record 258–185
Career titles 0 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 53 (27 July 2009)
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 211–145
Career titles 5 WTA, 15 ITF
Highest ranking No. 44 (28 September 2015)
Current ranking No. 45 (8 February 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2010, 2014)
French Open 1R (2008, 2010, 2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2013)
US Open 3R (2015)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 6–9
Last updated on: 8 February 2016.
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. 44, on 28 September 2015.[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 Navratilova 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: 12 (5 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (5–6)
125K series (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–1)
Clay (1–6)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Category Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 5 July 2008 International 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 International 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 International 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 International 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 International 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 International 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 International Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan Hard Israel Shahar Peer Russia Alexandra Panova
United Kingdom Heather Watson
2-6, 6-7(3-7)
Winner 4. 12 October 2014 International Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard (i) United States Anna Tatishvili Germany Annika Beck
France Caroline Garcia
6-2, 6-1
Runner-up 5. 23 May 2015 International Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Nürnberg, Germany Clay Spain Lara Arruabarrena Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 6. 29 April 2016 International Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat, Morocco Clay Germany Tatjana Maria Switzerland Xenia Knoll
Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 7. 30 May 2016 125K series Croatian Bol Ladies Open, Bol, Croatia Clay Turkey İpek Soylu Switzerland Xenia Knoll
Croatia Petra Martić
3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 1 October 2016 International Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Turkey İpek Soylu Netherlands Demi Schuurs
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
7–5, 6–3

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 Iași, Romania Clay Romania Monica Niculescu 6–7, 0–6
Winner 2. April 24, 2005 Herceg Novi, Serbia Clay Serbia Miljana Adanko 7–5, 7–6(2)
Winner 3. July 19, 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay Russia Anna Bastrikova 6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. August 2, 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Mădălina Gojnea 7–6(3), 7–5
Winner 5. May 2, 2006 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Sorana Cîrstea 1–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 6. May 7, 2006 Rabat, Morocco Clay Algeria Samia Medjahdi 6–2, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 7. July 3, 2006 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay Russia Nina Bratchikova 4–6, 6–4, 0–6
Winner 8. November 7, 2006 Toronto, Canada Hard(i) United States Carly Gullickson 6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. April 23, 2007 Torrent, Spain Clay Germany Andrea Petkovic 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
Runner-up 10. April 30, 2007 Catania, Italy Clay Belarus Darya Kustova 3–6, 6–2, 3–6
Winner 11. July 14, 2008 Contrexéville, France Clay France Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 6–4, 6–2
Winner 12. June 8, 2009 Marseille, France Clay Slovenia Maša Zec Peškirič 6–7(4), 7–5, 6–4
Winner 13. July 25, 2011 Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay Germany Tatjana Maria 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 14. April 9, 2012 Pomezia, Italy Clay Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6–0, 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 15. October 22, 2012 Brasília, Brazil Clay Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 16. November 2, 2012 Asunción, Paraguay Clay Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg 7–5, 6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 17. January 21, 2013 Eilat, İsrael Hard Russia Alla Kudryavtseva 7–6(4), 3–6, 2–6
Winner 18. February 25, 2013 Antalya, Turkey Clay Serbia Jovana Jakšić 6–3, 7–5

Doubles: 30 (15-15)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 14 June 2004 Brașov, Romania Clay Romania Lenore Lăzăroiu Romania Corina Corduneanu
Romania Alexandra Iacob
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 23 August 2004 Timișoara, Romania Clay Romania Lenore Lăzăroiu Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Gabriela Niculescu
1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Winner 1. 27 September 2004 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Clay Romania Corina Corduneanu Czech Republic Veronika Raimrová
Romania Anamaria Sere
4–6, 6–0, 6–4
Winner 2. 27 April 2005 Herceg Novi, Montenegro Clay Romania Antonia Xenia Tout Slovenia Aleksandra Lukič
Slovenia Patricia Vollmeier
6–4, 4–1 ret.
Winner 3. 25 July 2005 Arad, Romania Clay Romania Corina Corduneanu Russia Anna Bastrikova
Russia Vasilisa Davydova
6–1, 6–4
Winner 4. 7 August 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Corina Corduneanu Romania Bianca Ioana Bonifate
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
6–1, 6–1
Winner 5. 9 April 2006 Makarska, Croatia Clay Romania Antonia Xenia Tout Sweden Johanna Larsson
Sweden Nadja Roma
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 7 May 2006 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Simona Matei Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Gabriela Niculescu
4–6, 6–0, 6–7(3–7)
Runner–up 4. 7 May 2006 Rabat, Morocco Clay Bolivia María Fernanda Álvarez Terán Morocco Bahia Mouhtassine
France Émilie Bacquet
W/O
Winner 6. 3 July 2006 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay Georgia (country) Margalita Chakhnashvili Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova
Russia Nina Bratchikova
7–5, 1–6, 6–1
Runner–up 5. 13 August 2006 Hechingen, Germany Clay Ukraine Kristina Antoniychuk Slovakia Eva Fislová
Slovakia Stanislava Hrozenská
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6
Runner–up 6. 11 November 2006 Toronto, Canada Hard (i) Canada Heidi El Tabakh Germany Angelika Bachmann
Czech Republic Hana Šromová
4–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 11 September 2010 Biella, Italy Clay Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Slovenia Andreja Klepač
France Aurélie Védy
7–5, 6–4
Runner–up 7. 20 September 2010 Saint Malo, France Clay Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 16 September 2011 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanțu Russia Nina Bratchikova
Croatia Darija Jurak
4–6, 5–7
Winner 8. 15 January 2012 Innisbrook, United States Clay Belarus Darya Kustova Italy Gioia Barbieri
Russia Nadejda Guskova
6–3, 6–1
Runners-up 9. 11 February 2012 Cali, Colombia Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanțu Italy Karin Knapp
Luxembourg Mandy Minella
4–6, 3–6
Winner 9. 21 April 2012 Civitavecchia, Italy Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Italy Claudia Giovine
Russia Marina Shamayko
6–3, 7–5
Winner 10. 27 April 2012 Tunis, Tunisia Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Spain Inés Ferrer Suárez
Netherlands Richèl Hogenkamp
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 19 May 2012 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 21 July 2012 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
France Alizé Cornet
2–6, 0–6
Winner 11. 1 September 2012 Mamaia, Romania Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Montenegro Danka Kovinić
Slovenia Tadeja Majerič
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 12. 10 September 2012 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay Russia Marina Melnikova Poland Katarzyna Piter
Poland Barbara Sobaszkiewicz
5–7, 1–6
Winner 12. 27 October 2012 Brasília, Brazil Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
United States Julia Cohen
6–3, 3–6, [10–8]
Winner 13. 4 November 2012 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Bolivia María Fernanda Álvarez Terán
Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves
1–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Winner 14. 21 January 2013 Eilat, Israel Hard Russia Alla Kudryavtseva Belarus Ilona Kremen
Turkey Pemra Özgen
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 13. 28 October 2013 Barnstaple, United Kingdom Hard (i) Austria Tamira Paszek United Kingdom Naomi Broady
Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková
3–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Winner 15. 21 June 2015 Ilkley, United Kingdom Grass China Xu Yifan Belgium An-Sophie Mestach
Netherlands Demi Schuurs
6–3, 6–4
Runner–up 14. 14 August 2015 Vancouver, Canada Hard United States Anna Tatishvili United Kingdom Johanna Konta
United States Maria Sanchez
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner–up 15. 23 September 2016 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Russia Alena Tarasova Russia Maria Marfutina
Russia Anna Morgina
2–6, 3–6

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]

WTA Tour career earnings[edit]

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
2005–06 0 0 0 ? n/a
2007 0 0 0 ? ?
2008 0 0 0 ? ?
2009 0 0 0 ? ?
2010 0 0 0 ? ?
2011 0 0 0 ? 3
2012 0 0 0 ? ?
2013 0 0 0 ? ?
2014 0 0 0 73,665 204
2015* 0 0 0 47,045 ?
Career* 0 0 0 865,108 ?

*As of June 29, 2015

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