Regina Kulikova

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Regina Kulikova
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Full nameRegina Aleksandrovna Kulikova
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceBiel, Switzerland
Born (1989-01-30) 30 January 1989 (age 32)
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2004
Retired2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$438,568
Singles
Career record192–84
Career titles13 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 65 (3 May 2010)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2011)
French Open1R (2010)
Wimbledon3R (2009, 2010)
US Open1R (2010)
Doubles
Career record20–11
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 226 (16 May 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (2010)
Wimbledon1R (2010)

Regina Aleksandrovna Kulikova (Russian: Регина Александровна Куликова; born 30 January 1989) is a former professional Russian tennis player. Her highest WTA singles ranking is No. 65, which she reached in May 2010.[1] Her career high in doubles is 226, which she attained in May 2011. Her best result on the WTA Tour is her quarterfinal appearance at the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships where she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova.[2] Her biggest victory at a Grand Slam tournament came at the 2011 Australian Open, where she defeated former semifinalist Daniela Hantuchová, in the first round.

Tennis career[edit]

As a junior Kulikova reached a career high of 22 in October 2004.[3]

2009[edit]

After a six-month lay off, Kulikova started her 2009 on the ITF Circuit in May, falling in her opening qualifying match.[4] She then played in the qualifying event for the French Open, but lost in the first round to Vania King.[5] 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.[6] In her subsequent tournament, Kulikova qualified for her first Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon. She beat Karolina Šprem in the first round and then upset world No. 27, Alisa Kleybanova, in three sets. Kulikova's run came to an end against world No. 4, Elena Dementieva, in the third round, going down 6–1, 6–2 to her compatriot.[7] 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".[8] The rest of Regina's summer was marred by injury, as she was forced to retire in the final round of qualifying for the 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, 2–6, 5–7.[9] 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.[10] Her last match of 2009 was a win, as she defeated Sandra Záhlavová in a narrow two-setter to take the 11th Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge in Dubai.[11] Kulikova ended the year ranked at 138.

2010[edit]

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, in a 4 hours and 19 minutes three-setter which was the second-longest women's singles match in the Open Era.[12]

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 quarterfinals. She qualified for the main draw by defeating Chanelle Scheepers and Alla Kudryavtseva. She then reached the third round by defeating Maria Kirilenko and Stefanie Vögele in two sets, respectively. In the third round, she came from a set down and a 1–4 third set deficit to defeat world No. 4, Svetlana Kuznetsova.[2] 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 three 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. She was then defeated by unseeded Timea Bacsinszky in the second round. 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, in three sets.

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, the only player to take a set off the eventual champion in the tournament.

Personal life[edit]

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.[13] At 19, Regina married Simone Serges, she first met him at the tennis club in Italy where she used to train.[13] 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".[13]

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 18 (13 titles, 5 runner-ups)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Aug 2005 ITF Trecastagni, Italy Hard Italy Giulia Meruzzi 6–1, 4–6, 6–4
Loss 2. Oct 2005 ITF Settimo San Pietro, Italy Clay Italy Anna Floris 4–6, 1–4 ret.
Win 3. Jul 2006 ITF Imola, Italy Carpet France Anaïs Laurendon 6–4, 6–2
Win 4. Aug 2006 ITF Jesi, Italy Hard Italy Giulia Gatto-Monticone 6–3, 6–4
Loss 5. Aug 2006 ITF Trecastagni, Italy Hard Italy Anna Floris 7–6, 0–6, 2–6
Win 6. May 2007 ITF Incheon, Korea Hard South Korea Lee Ye-ra 6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Win 7. May 2007 ITF Changwon, Korea Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Loss 8. Jun 2007 ITF Changsha, China Hard China Zhang Shuai 3–6, 4–6
Loss 9. Jun 2007 ITF Guangzhou, China Hard China Zhang Shuai 3–6, 1–6
Win 10. Jun 2007 ITF Noto, Japan Carpet China Zhang Shuai 7–5, 6–1
Loss 11. Jul 2007 ITF Nagoya, Japan Hard China Zhang Shuai 3–6, 1–6
Win 12. Feb 2008 ITF Clearwater, United States Hard Ukraine Yevgenia Savranska 6–4, 6–4
Win 13. Sep 2008 ITF Granada, Spain Hard Spain Estrella Cabeza-Candela 6–3, 6–4
Win 14. Sep 2009 ITF Las Vegas, United States Hard Hungary Anikó Kapros 6–2, 6–2
Win 15. Oct 2009 ITF Kansas City, United States Hard Canada Valérie Tétreault 6–4, 6–1
Win 16. Dec 2009 ITF Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Czech Republic Sandra Záhlavová 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Win 17. Sep 2011 ITF Albuquerque, United States Hard Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili 7–5, 6–3
Win 18. Dec 2012 ITF St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) Ukraine Anastasiya Vasylyeva 6–0, 5–7, 6–4

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Aug 2005 ITF Trecastagni, Italy Hard Russia Marina Shamayko New Zealand Leanne Baker
Italy Francesca Lubiani
2–6, 6–4, 3–6
Win 2. Sep 2008 ITF Ciampino, Italy Clay Italy Claudia Giovine Italy Stefania Chieppa
Italy Lisa Sabino
6–4, 4–6, [10–7]
Loss 3. Sep 2008 ITF Granada, Spain Hard France Irena Pavlović Spain Leticia Costas-Moreira
Spain Maite Gabarrús-Alonso
w/o
Win 4. Jun 2009 ITF Galatina, Italy Clay Russia Elena Bovina Spain Beatriz Garcia-Vidagany
Argentina María Emilia Salerni
6–2, 6–1
Loss 5. Jun 2011 ITF Nottingham, UK Grass Russia Evgeniya Rodina Czech Republic Eva Birnerova
Czech Republic Petra Cetkovska
3–6, 2–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regina Kulikova stats on WTA official site". WTA. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Wozniacki and Kuznetsova sent crashing in Dubai". BBC Online. January 19, 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Regina Kulikova ITF profile". ITF. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Saint-Gaudens 2009 results". ITF. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  5. ^ "French Open 2009 results". ITF. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Galatina 2009 results". ITF. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Classy Dementieva destroys qualifier Kulikova". Reuters India. June 26, 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Dementieva powers past Kulikova". United Kingdom: BBC Online. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Safarova Sails Into QFs". WTA. September 17, 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  10. ^ Silver, Steve (October 4, 2009). "Kulikova overcomes injury to capture Las Vegas Open championship". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  11. ^ Gomes, Alaric (December 20, 2009). "'Tired' Kulikova snatches title as Zahlavova misses chances". Gulfnews. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Four Hours, 19 Minutes". WTA. January 19, 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  13. ^ a b c "Getting To Know... Regina Kulikova". London: WTA. June 25, 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2010.

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