Lukić at 2015 Fed Cup
|Born||31 March 1987|
Subotica, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right–handed (two–handed backhand)|
|Career titles||8 ITF|
|Highest ranking||203 (20 August 2007)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||Q1 (2007)|
|Career titles||5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||223 (8 October 2007)|
Vojislava Lukić (Serbian Cyrillic: Војислава Лукић, pronounced [lǔːkitɕ]; born 31 March 1987) is a professional Serbian tennis player. Born and raised in Subotica, she achieved her highest career ranking as world number 203 in singles on 20 August 2007, and world number 223 in doubles on 8 October 2007. As of 15 December 2014, Lukić is ranked world number 433 in singles. Lukić has so far won eight ITF titles in singles and four in doubles. She also played for Serbia Fed Cup team in 2007, alongside Jelena Janković, Ana Jovanović and Ana Timotić.
In 2008, after an ITF tournament in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands, Lukić temporarily withdrew from professional tennis. Although she played doubles at the ITF tournament in Dubai in 2009 partnering with Bojana Jovanovski, she did not make a full comeback until 2012. In the meantime, Lukić founded her own tennis school for girls and worked as a television presenter and model.
Family and early life
Lukić was born to Momčilo and Sonja Lukić in Subotica, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia), on 31 March 1987. She has one sister, Milka. Lukić trained gymnastics as a child, and was very successful in pioneer age group, but dropped her gymnastic pursuit for tennis.
Professional tennis career
Lukić, who started playing tennis aged eight, was coached by Eduard Pană. She is former European U–14 champion and World No. 8 in junior concurrence. One of her greatest junior achievements were the quarterfinals of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships, several Orange Bowl appearances, and wins over players such as Lucie Šafářová, Alla Kudryavtseva, Kateryna Bondarenko, Olga Govortsova and Monica Niculescu.
Lukić turned professional in 2004, and reached her first ITF doubles final in 2005. In 2006, she won three ITF singles titles in 2006, all in Romania – in Piteşti, Medias and Bucharest, and made two final appearances in doubles. The following year, Lukić collected her fourth ITF title in Attaleia, Turkey, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6–3, 7–6(3), and three doubles titles. She also made her only appearances at both WTA Tour and Grand Slam at, respectively, the 2007 Istanbul Cup and the 2007 US Open. In Istanbul, she lost in the first qualification round 6–2, 6–3, 5–7 to Urszula Radwańska, while at the US Open she was defeated by Galina Voskoboeva 6–4, 6–1, also in the first qualification round.
Lukić was also one of four members of Serbia Fed Cup team in 2007, alongside Jelena Janković, Ana Jovanović and Ana Timotić, in a 2007 Fed Cup Europe/Africa Group I C match against Estonia. She won her singles match against Anett Schutting 6–1, 6–2, and her doubles match against Schutting and Margit Rüütel, partnering Timotić. She then lost her singles match versus Johanna Larsson in the round robin versus Sweden. In the quarterfinals of World Group II Playoffs, Lukić lost to former World No. 5 player Daniela Hantuchová 6–0, 6–2.
In 2008, Lukić stated she had lost the faith in her game, and announced retirement. She began working as a host of Total Tennis, the RTS television program about tennis, and opened her own tennis school for girls. In December 2009, Lukić played doubles at the ITF tournament in Dubai partnering with Bojana Jovanovski. They lost 6–4, 6–2, to Julia Görges and Oksana Kalashnikova in the second round.
Due to her return to amateur status, Lukić met the playing criteria of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and began playing for the women's tennis team of the Barry University. However, she left the team shortly after and resumed her professional career after three years. Lukić qualified for the ITF tournament in Sumter, South Carolina, but lost in the second round of the main draw. Following a first–round loss at the ITF event in El Paso, Texas, she won the tournament in Bethany Beach, Delaware, by defeating Sanaz Marand 6–2, 7–5. At the ITF event in Williamsburg, Virginia, Lukić won her sixth career title by beating Caroline Doyle 6–1, 6–3.
In 2014, Lukić made a comeback after nearly a two-year absence, playing in the $10,000 ITF tournament in Sharm el-Sheikh (30 June – 6 July), where she lost her first round match to eventual finalist Jan Abaza 6–2, 6–1. She decided in agreement with her new coach, Mohamed El Ghazawy, that she would train and play in Sharm el-Sheikh until the end of the year, with plans to play outside of Egypt next year. In August, she won her first ITF doubles title (partnering Haine Ogata) in almost seven years and reached her first ITF singles final in more than two years, losing 4–6, 1–6 to Valeriya Strakhova. Following another final in early September, where she lost 7–6(2), 4–6, 3–6 to Anna Morgina, Lukić again faced Morgina in a finals rematch in the next tournament. This time Lukić won 6–4, 6–3 for her first singles title since making a comeback.
In 2016, Lukić retirement from tennis has been named National Coach of the British Virgin Islands.
Other work and endeavours
In early 2009, Lukić did a cover spread for the February 2009 issue of the FHM magazine in Serbia. During her temporary retirement, it was speculated that Lukić had her eyes on acting career and that she was aided by former Hollywood star Don Johnson.
During her retirement, from 2008 to 2012, Lukić worked as a presenter of Total Tennis, a tennis–related television programme airing on the Radio Television of Serbia, and founded her own tennis school for girls.
She was in a relationship with Zoran Ćopić, controversial Republika Srpska businessman and 21 years her senior. A source close to Republika Srpska (RS) judiciary revealed that Lukić visited Ćopić while he was in custody on charges of money laundering schemes as one of the collaborators of Montenegrin mob boss Darko Šarić. In 2011, she married Fabrizio Besnati.
ITF finals (13–13)
|Winner||1.||21 May 2006||Pitești, Romania||Clay||Amina Rakhim||7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–4|
|Winner||2.||18 June 2006||Mediaș, Romania||Clay||Diana-Andreea Gae||6–3, 6–1|
|Runner–up||1.||2 July 2006||Galați, Romania||Clay||Anamaria-Alexandra Sere||2–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Winner||3.||23 July 2006||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Elisa Peth||6–1, 6–0|
|Winner||4.||13 May 2007||Antalya, Turkey||Hard||Anastasija Sevastova||6–3, 7–6(7–3)|
|Winner||5.||17 June 2012||Bethany Beach, United States||Clay||Sanaz Marand||6–2, 7–5|
|Winner||6.||24 June 2012||Williamsburg, United States||Clay||Caroline Doyle||6–1, 6–3|
|Runner–up||2.||22 July 2012||Darmstadt, Germany||Clay||Anna Karolína Schmiedlová||1–6, 2–6|
|Runner–up||3.||10 August 2014||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Valeriya Strakhova||4–6, 1–6|
|Runner–up||4.||7 September 2014||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Anna Morgina||7–6(7–2), 4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||7.||14 September 2014||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Anna Morgina||6–4, 6–3|
|Runner–up||5.||12 October 2014||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Nuria Parrizas Diaz||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||8.||23 November 2014||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Nina Stojanović||7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), 6–3|
|Runner–up||6.||14 December 2014||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Klaartje Liebens||7–6(7–3), 2–6, 4–6|
|Runner–up||7.||4 May 2015||Obregon, Mexico||Hard||Marcela Zacarías||4–6, 7–5, 1–2 retired|
|Runner–up||8.||7 June 2015||Ariake, Japan||Hard||Risa Ushijima||3–6, 4–6|
|Runners-up||1.||22 May 2005||Pitești, Romania||Clay||Andrea Popović|| Mădălina Gojnea
|Runners-up||2.||26 March 2006||Mansourah, Egypt||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Kateryna Avdiyenko
|Runners-up||3.||2 April 2006||Cairo, Egypt||Clay||Laura-Ioana Andrei|| Galina Fokina
|6–7(2–7), 7–5, 4–6|
|Runners-up||4.||23 March 2007||Rome, Italy||Clay||Alexandra Dulgheru|| Giulia Gatto-Monticone
|7–5, 1–6, 2–6|
|Winners||1.||6 May 2007||Antalya, Turkey||Hard||Dessislava Mladenova|| Oksana Kalashnikova
|2–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|Winners||2.||1 July 2007||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Julia Görges|| Laura-Ioana Andrei
|Winners||3.||30 September 2007||Batumi, Georgia||Hard||Mihaela Buzărnescu|| Vasilisa Davydova
|Runners-up||5.||7 September 2008||Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands||Clay||Darija Jurak|| Florencia Molinero
|6–4, 5–7, [7–10]|
|Winners||4.||9 August 2014||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Haine Ogata|| Harriet Dart
|Winners||5.||28 March 2015||Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Jang Su-jeong|| Chanel Simmonds
Fed Cup participation
|2007||Europe/Africa Zone||18 April 2007||Plovdiv, Bulgaria||Estonia||Clay||Anett Schutting||W||6–1, 6–2|
|Europe/Africa Zone||19 April 2007||Sweden||Clay||Johanna Larsson||L||6–2, 4–6, 5–7|
|2007 Fed Cup||15 July 2007||Kosice, Slovakia||Slovakia||Hard (i)||Daniela Hantuchová||L||0–6, 2–6|
|2007 Fed Cup||Europe/Africa Zone||18 April 2007||Plovdiv, Bulgaria||Estonia||Clay||Ana Timotić|| Anett Schutting
|W||6–2, 5–7, 6–3|
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