Vojislava Lukić

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Vojislava Lukić
Војислава Лукић
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Lukić at 2015 Fed Cup
Country (sports)  Serbia
Residence Subotica, Serbia
Born (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 30)
Subotica, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(now Serbia)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2004
Retired 2008; 2012; 2015
Comeback in 2012; Second comeback in 2014
Plays Right–handed (two–handed backhand)
Prize money $63,811
Singles
Career record 179–98
Career titles 8 ITF
Highest ranking 203 (20 August 2007)
Current ranking 433 (15 December 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open Q1 (2007)
Doubles
Career record 60–49
Career titles 4 ITF
Highest ranking 223 (8 October 2007)
Current ranking 929 (15 December 2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 2–2
Last updated on: 15 December 2014.

Vojislava Lukić (Serbian Cyrillic: Војислава Лукић; 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.[1] 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.[2]

In 2008, after an ITF tournament in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands, Lukić temporarily withdrew from professional tennis.[3] 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[edit]

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.[4]

Professional tennis career[edit]

Lukić, who started playing tennis aged eight,[5] was coached by Eduard Pană. She is former European U–14 champion and World No. 8 in junior concurrence.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.

Other work and endeavours[edit]

In early 2009, Lukić did a cover spread for the February 2009 issue of the FHM magazine in Serbia.[11] 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.[12][13]

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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She was in a relationship with Zoran Ćopić, controversial Republika Srpska businessman and 21 years her senior.[14] 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.[15] In 2011, she married Fabrizio Besnati.[16]

Other than her native Serbian language, she speaks English, German, French and Romanian.[17]

ITF finals (13–13)[edit]

Singles (8–8)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (3–6)
Clay (5–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 21 May 2006 Pitești, Romania Clay Kazakhstan Amina Rakhim 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–4
Winner 2. 18 June 2006 Mediaș, Romania Clay Romania Diana-Andreea Gae 6–3, 6–1
Runner–up 1. 2 July 2006 Galați, Romania Clay Romania Anamaria-Alexandra Sere 2–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 3. 23 July 2006 Bucharest, Romania Clay Germany Elisa Peth 6–1, 6–0
Winner 4. 13 May 2007 Antalya, Turkey Hard Latvia Anastasija Sevastova 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 5. 17 June 2012 Bethany Beach, United States Clay United States Sanaz Marand 6–2, 7–5
Winner 6. 24 June 2012 Williamsburg, United States Clay United States Caroline Doyle 6–1, 6–3
Runner–up 2. 22 July 2012 Darmstadt, Germany Clay Slovakia Anna Karolína Schmiedlová 1–6, 2–6
Runner–up 3. 10 August 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Ukraine Valeriya Strakhova 4–6, 1–6
Runner–up 4. 7 September 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Russia Anna Morgina 7–6(7–2), 4–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 14 September 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Russia Anna Morgina 6–4, 6–3
Runner–up 5. 12 October 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Spain Nuria Parrizas Diaz 4–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 23 November 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Serbia Nina Stojanović 7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), 6–3
Runner–up 6. 14 December 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Belgium Klaartje Liebens 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 4–6
Runner–up 7. 4 May 2015 Obregon, Mexico Hard Mexico Marcela Zacarías 4–6, 7–5, 1–2 retired
Runner–up 8. 7 June 2015 Ariake, Japan Hard Japan Risa Ushijima 3–6, 4–6

Doubles (5–5)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (4–0)
Clay (1–5)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runners-up 1. 22 May 2005 Pitești, Romania Clay Serbia Andrea Popović Romania Mădălina Gojnea
Romania Monica Niculescu
4–6, 3–6
Runners-up 2. 26 March 2006 Mansourah, Egypt Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Ukraine Kateryna Avdiyenko
France Iryna Brémond
2–6, 1–6
Runners-up 3. 2 April 2006 Cairo, Egypt Clay Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei Russia Galina Fokina
Russia Raissa Gourevitch
6–7(2–7), 7–5, 4–6
Runners-up 4. 23 March 2007 Rome, Italy Clay Romania Alexandra Dulgheru Italy Giulia Gatto-Monticone
Belarus Darya Kustova
7–5, 1–6, 2–6
Winners 1. 6 May 2007 Antalya, Turkey Hard Bulgaria Dessislava Mladenova Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
Georgia (country) Sofia Kvatsabaia
2–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winners 2. 1 July 2007 Bucharest, Romania Clay Germany Julia Görges Romania Laura-Ioana Andrei
Romania Mădălina Gojnea
6–2, 6–4
Winners 3. 30 September 2007 Batumi, Georgia Hard Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu Russia Vasilisa Davydova
Russia Marina Shamayko
6–2, 6–4
Runners-up 5. 7 September 2008 Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands Clay Croatia Darija Jurak Argentina Florencia Molinero
Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko
6–4, 5–7, [7–10]
Winners 4. 9 August 2014 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Japan Haine Ogata United Kingdom Harriet Dart
New Zealand Claudia Williams
6–4, 6–2
Winners 5. 28 March 2015 Bangkok, Thailand Hard South Korea Jang Su-jeong South Africa Chanel Simmonds
United Kingdom Emily Webley-Smith
6-4, 6-4

Fed Cup participation[edit]

Singles[edit]

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Score
2007 Europe/Africa Zone 18 April 2007 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Estonia Estonia Clay Estonia Anett Schutting W 6–1, 6–2
Europe/Africa Zone 19 April 2007 Sweden Sweden Clay Sweden Johanna Larsson L 6–2, 4–6, 5–7
2007 Fed Cup 15 July 2007 Kosice, Slovakia Slovakia Slovakia Hard (i) Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová L 0–6, 2–6

Doubles[edit]

Edition Round Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Score
2007 Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone 18 April 2007 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Estonia Estonia Clay Serbia Ana Timotić Estonia Anett Schutting
Estonia Margit Rüütel
W 6–2, 5–7, 6–3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Player profile for Vojislava Lukic". Fed Cup. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Vojislava Lukić napušta tenis". Vesti.com (in Serbian). 19 December 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vojislava Lukić očarala Dona Džonsona". Zbrka.com (in Serbian). 18 April 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Player profile for Vojislava Lukic (SRB)". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Junior player profile for Vojislava Lukic (SRB)". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Junior activity for Vojislava Lukic (SRB)". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "Vojislava Lukic results". WTA Tour. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Vojislava Lukić, slikanje za magazin FHM". Tračara.com (in Serbian). 28 January 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "INTERVJU: Vojislava Lukić". nettenis.org (in Serbian). 27 October 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Čule, M. (28 January 2009). "Teniska lepotica otkrila čari". Blic (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Stanić, M. (20 December 2009). "Don će mi pomoći da uspem u Holivudu". Press (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Mitrović, Mirjana (12 April 2010). "Bivša teniserska kupuje kartu za Holivud". Žena (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Živeo s bivšom teniserkom". kurir-info.rs. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Global Intelligence Files – Bosnian paper details indictment against suspected drug money launderers". wikileaks.org. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Player : Women's Tennis : Intercollegiate Athletics : Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida". barry.edu. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Danilović, Dušan (2006). "Lepa i uspešna". Na dlanu.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 

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