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Alexandra Dulgheru (Romanian pronunciation: [alekˈsandra dulˈɡeru]; born 30 May 1989) is a professional tennis player from Romania. On 11 April 2011, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 26. Her career high in doubles is No. 41, achieved on 4 July 2011. She is coached by Gabriel Urpi.
Dulgheru in Wimbledon, 2014
|Born||30 May 1989|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Turned pro||5 May 2005|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 11 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 26 (11 April 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 163 (25 February 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2016)|
|French Open||3R (2010)|
|US Open||3R (2010)|
|Career titles||3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 41 (4 July 2011)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2011)|
|French Open||3R (2011)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2010, 2015)|
|US Open||3R (2010)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2011)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2010, 2011)|
|US Open||1R (2015)|
|Last updated on: 28 February 2019.|
Her father Dumitru is a pilot, and her mother Doina is an airline coordinator. Her sister Bianca is an assistant hotel manager.
Her best junior result came at the 2006 Wimbledon Girls' Championship, where she was defeated in the quarterfinals by Tamira Paszek 6–4, 6–4. She also made the doubles final with Kristina Antoniychuk. They lost to Alisa Kleybanova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1–6, 2–6. At the end of 2008 she was No. 346 in the WTA rankings.
2009: First WTA titleEdit
In April 2009, she finished runner-up to Kimiko Date-Krumm in a $75,000 tournament in Monzon. Two weeks later, she won a $25,000 tournament in Bari, where she defeated Sandra Záhlavová in the final.
She made her WTA debut as a qualifier in the Warsaw Open. She defeated fellow Romanian qualifier Ágnes Szatmári 6–3, 6–4 in the first round. She followed that up with a 6–4, 6–3 win over 44th-ranked Sara Errani to advance to the quarterfinals, where she beat 95th-ranked Galina Voskoboeva 6–1, 7–5. She defeated world No. 36 and former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchová 6–4, 6–7, 6–1 to reach her first WTA final, where she beat Alona Bondarenko 7–6, 3–6, 6–0.
Her next tournament was ECM Prague Open where she lost in the opening round to Carla Suárez Navarro. In Bad Gastein tournament, Alexandra suffered yet another opening-round exit at the hands of the fourth seeded Iveta Benešová.
In Linz tournament, she won in the first round over Sybille Bammer in two sets, before she lost to third seeded and eventual champion Yanina Wickmayer. She then lost in the first round BGL Luxembourg Open to Wickmayer.
These results brought her to be, by the year end, world No. 52 in the WTA rankings.
2010: Reaching top 30Edit
At the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, Alexandra entered both the singles and the doubles events, these being her first appearances at Melbourne. In singles she lost in the first round to qualifier Yanina Wickmayer in three sets, 6–1, 5–7, 8–10. In doubles she teamed up with compatriot Edina Gallovits. They lost in the first round to American-Czech team of Carly Gullickson/Vladimíra Uhlířová, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6.
The first highlight of the year came at the Barcelona Ladies Open where Alexandra reached the semifinals. She defeated Silvia Soler Espinosa, Sara Errani, Arantxa Parra Santonja, then lost in the semifinals to Roberta Vinci, 7–6, 1–6, 2–6.
She won her second WTA Premier title and second WTA overall at Polsat Warsaw Open where she was the defending champion. In the first rounds she won over Kateryna Bondarenko and Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, she won over Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova 6–4, 7–5. In the semifinals, she won over third seeded Li Na 6–4, 3–6, 6–4. In the final, she beat Zheng Jie 6–3, 6–4.
Grand Slams and injuryEdit
Playing at the French Open for the first time she defeated Lucie Hradecká 7–6, 4–6, 6–3 in the first round and Timea Bacsinszky 6–4, 6–2 in the second. She then lost to third seeded Caroline Wozniacki 3–6, 4–6.
In doubles, she teamed up with Alberta Brianti. They defeated the team of Jill Craybas and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6–1, 6–4 in the first round. Then they lost the match against fifth seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta 5–7, 6–7.
Another semifinal followed at the UNICEF Open. For the first time in her career she was a seeded player (fifth seed) and following wins over Julie Coin, Alla Kudryavtseva and Yaroslava Shvedova, Alexandra eventually lost in the semifinals to Justine Henin.
A first time appearance at Wimbledon saw her entering the all three possible draws: singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In singles, the 31st seed Alexandra, defeated in the first round Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm in three sets: 6–2, 6–7, 6–1. She faced in the second round qualifier Romina Oprandi who she swept through in straight sets, 6–2, 6–0. Her victorious run ended in the third round where she lost to Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi, 1–6, 2–6. In the doubles event she teamed up with Alberta Brianti. They lost in the first round 1–6, 2–6 to American-Kazakh team and eventual Wimbledon champions Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova. In the mixed-doubles section she teamed up with Spaniard David Marrero.
At the GdF Suez Grand Prix, second seeded Alexandra reached her fourth semifinal of the year. She won over Sandra Záhlavová, Anna Chakvetadze and Anastasija Sevastova being defeated in the semifinals by Hungarian Ágnes Szávay in three sets.
Following good form, Alexandra was second seeded at ECM Prague Open too. In the first round she defeated Italian Tathiana Garbin, 6–4, 2–6, 6–2. Soon after the victory she felt pain in her right knee and had to withdrew from the tournament ahead of her second round match with Slovenian Polona Hercog. The injury held her away from tennis for one month.
She finally found her game at the US Open where she entered both singles and doubles events. In singles, being the 25th seed she won in the first round over French Julie Coin in straight sets. She then faced in the second round Swede Sofia Arvidsson whom she defeated also in straight sets. Her run came to an end in the third round where she lost to seventh seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva 2–6, 6–7. In the doubles event, partnering Slovak Magdaléna Rybáriková, Alexandra and her partner surprised in the first round third seeded Spanish duo consisting of Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez 6–4, 4–6, 7–6. In the second round Alexandra and her partner defeated the Romanian-Polish duo of Edina Gallovits and Klaudia Jans in straight sets. Their run was stopped by 14th seeded Russian duo of Elena Vesnina/Vera Zvonareva who defeated Alexandra and Magdaléna in two sets.
At the end of the year, she was ranked No. 29 in the WTA rankings.
2011: High ranked 26thEdit
Dulgheru started off the year losing in the first round of both of her first two tournaments in straight sets. Her poor form continued at the Australian Open losing to Ayumi Morita. Then in Miami, Dulgheru had a very good tournament. She won in the second round over Chanelle Scheepers 6–3, 6–2, and in the third round over Johanna Larsson 6–2, 6–1. In the fourth round, she beat Peng Shuai, 6–3, 6–4. In the quarterfinals Dulgheru faced Sharapova, and they played a marathon match. Dulgheru won the first set 6–3. Then Sharapova won the second set, 8–6 in the tiebreak. In the third set, at 5–4 Dulgheru served for the match, but Sharapova got a break and then won the match in the third set tiebreak 7–5. After this, Dulgheru was ranked No. 26, her best ranking so far.
2012: Injury and fall out of top 200Edit
After consecutively losing openers in Bogotá, in Monterrey and in Acapulco, she played in the first round at Indian Wells with Irina Falconi, but after winning the first set 6–4, she retired in the second set (at 2–5) with a knee injury.
She came back on courts after eight months in November in a couple of ITF tournaments, yet with poor results. By the end of the year she was ranked No. 233.
2013: Slowly climbing backEdit
After making semifinals and then becoming winner in two ITF tournaments in Antalya, Alexandra returned to the WTA Tour with a protected ranking in Indian Wells, and defeated 6–4, 6–4 qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito, before losing in the second round 0–6, 6–4, 3–6 to 32nd seeded Peng Shuai. Next week, in Miami, she lost her opener to Anabel Medina Garrigues.
She received a wildcard for the qualifying tournament in Madrid, and she did qualify, but lost 5–7, 2–6 to eventual finalist Maria Sharapova in the first round. Still as a qualifier in Palermo, she had to retire in the first round at 1–5 in the first set with Lourdes Domínguez Lino due to right toe injury.
In Båstad she started better, defeating Caroline Garcia in two sets, but then she lost to Virginie Razzano 6–3, 0–6, 4–6 in the second round. In Toronto she had to play the qualifying matches again, and she qualified for the first round, where she lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková in straight sets. But in Cincinnati she did not manage to qualify for the main draw, losing again to Sofia Arvidsson in the second qualifying round.
With a protected ranking she received an entrance directly in the first round at the US Open, and first she defeated Varvara Lepchenko in a tough game 6–7, 6–2, 7–6, before losing 2–6, 1–6 to 13th seeded Ana Ivanovic.
Before playing some smaller ITF tournaments, she ended her WTA Tour in Seoul, where she won in straight sets against wildcard Han Sung-hee, before losing in the second round to Lara Arruabarrena in three sets.
At the end of the year, Alexandra was ranked 164th in the WTA rankings.
2014: Return to top 100Edit
After inconsistent results on the WTA Tour, Dulgheru did very well in ITF tournaments, winning in Marseille and Dubai, and making semifinals in Campinas. The points she gathered made her climb up to No. 83 in the rankings by the end of year.
2015: Finalist in Kuala Lumpur and top 50 againEdit
In her first tournament of the year, she lost the opener in Shenzhen to Chinese Zheng Saisai 5–7, 7–5, 1–6. Then the played to qualify in Sydney but lost in the second qualifying round to Kristina Mladenovic 3–6, 2–6. At the Australian Open, she entered directly into the main draw but lost in the first round to Jarmila Gajdošová 3–6, 4–6.
In February, in Dubai she reached only the second qualifying tour, where she lost to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in three sets. But then she entered in Doha where she qualified to the main draw by defeating Gabriela Dabrowski, Jarmila Gajdošová and Zheng Saisai, then she made a big surprise by beating 6–4, 3–6, 6–1 Alizé Cornet in the first tour, but then she had to retire while playing in the second round with Caroline Wozniacki at 1–6, 0–3, due to upper respiratory tract infection.
She recovered soon and made it to her third WTA final of the career in Kuala Lumpur, after beating three seeds in four matches on the way: seed No. 2 Sabine Lisicki 6–4, 7–5 in the first round, Chinese Duan Yingying 6–4, 6–1 in the second, seed No. 8 Julia Görges 7–6, 7–5 in the quarterfinals, and seed No. 4 Gajdošová in a long three-setter (5–7, 7–5, 7–6) in the semifinals. She lost the final to top-seed and world No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki in three sets, 6–4, 2–6, 1–6. This brought her to be 72nd in the WTA rankings. Following this performance she entered the Miami Open and qualified for the event but lost in the first round to Elena Vesnina.
Dulgheru began her clay-court season in Charleston where she again lost in the first round to Ajla Tomljanovic. She then played for Romania at the 2015 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs and won both matches against Françoise Abanda and world No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard. Dulgheru then received a wildcard for the Madrid Open but retired in the third set against former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic after taking the first set.
Dulgheru had another great tournament at the Premier 5 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. She qualified for the event and defeated Misaki Doi, 12th seed Lucie Šafářová and eighth seed Ekaterina Makarova (her fourth career top-10 win). She lost to world No. 2 Simona Halep in the quarterfinals but her performance brought her back into top 50.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Win||1–0||May 2009||Warsaw Open, Poland||Premier||Clay||Alona Bondarenko||7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–0|
|Win||2–0||May 2010||Warsaw Open, Poland (2)||Premier||Clay||Zheng Jie||6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||2–1||Mar 2015||Malaysian Open, Malaysia||International||Hard||Caroline Wozniacki||6–4, 2–6, 1–6|
Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2010||Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan||International||Hard||Magdaléna Rybáriková|| Alexandra Panova
|Loss||0–2||Jul 2013||Swedish Open, Sweden||International||Clay||Flavia Pennetta|| Anabel Medina Garrigues
Singles: 18 (11–7)Edit
|Winner||1.||15 May 2005||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Liana Balaci||6–2, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1.||22 May 2005||Piteşti, Romania||Clay||Anamaria-Alexandra Sere||5–7, 2–6|
|Runner-up||2.||19 November 2006||Cairo, Egypt||Clay||Liana Balaci||1–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||3.||15 July 2007||Toruń, Poland||Clay||Stefanie Vögele||2–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|Runner-up||4.||5 August 2007||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Sorana Cîrstea||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||5.||11 April 2009||Monzón, Spain||Hard||Kimiko Date-Krumm||5–7, 2–6|
|Winner||2.||26 April 2009||Bari, Italy||Clay||Sandra Záhlavová||6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||20 September 2009||Sofia, Bulgaria||Clay||Tathiana Garbin||6–7(4–7), 7–5, 6–1|
|Runner-up||6.||27 September 2009||Saint-Malo, France||Clay||Arantxa Parra Santonja||4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||4.||10 October 2009||Jounieh, Lebanon||Clay||Zuzana Kučová||3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||5.||12 February 2012||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Mandy Minella||6–3, 1–6, 6–3|
|Winner||6.||27 January 2013||Antalya, Turkey||Clay||Réka Luca Jani||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||8 June 2014||Marseille, France||Clay||Johanna Larsson||6–3, 7–5|
|Winner||8.||15 November 2014||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Kimiko Date-Krumm||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||9.||12 July 2015||Contrexéville, France||Clay||Yulia Putintseva||6–3, 1–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||7.||22 January 2017||Hammamet, Tunisia||Clay||María Teresa Torró Flor||3–6, ret.|
|Winner||10.||25 June 2017||Montpellier, France||Clay||Shérazad Reix||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||11.||27 August 2017||Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary||Clay||Ganna Poznikhirenko||7–5, 6–2|
Doubles: 9 (3–6)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||18 June 2005||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Mihaela Moldovan|| Corina-Claudia Corduneanu
|Runner-up||2.||13 May 2006||Antalya, Turkey||Clay||Claire de Gubernatis|| Margalita Chakhnashvili
|Runner-up||3.||23 September 2006||Guadalajara, Mexico||Clay||Valeria Pulido-Velasco|| Betina Jozami
Daniela Múñoz Gallegos
|Winner||1.||18 November 2006||Cairo, Egypt||Clay||Marcella Koek|| Tegan Edwards
|Winner||2.||25 November 2006||Cairo, Egypt||Clay||Marcella Koek|| Stefanie Haidner
|7–6(7–4), 3–6, 7–6(7–5)|
|Runner-up||4.||24 March 2007||Rome, Italy||Clay||Vojislava Lukić|| Giulia Gatto-Monticone
|7–5, 1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||5.||29 September 2007||Granada, Spain||Hard||Monica Niculescu|| Marta Marrero
María José Martínez Sánchez
|Winner||3.||2 April 2010||Monzón, Spain||Hard||Tamarine Tanasugarn|| Yayuk Basuki
|Runner-up||6.||2 December 2011||Dubai, UAE||Hard||Akqul Amanmuradova|| Nina Bratchikova
|4–6, 6–3, [6–10]|
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||0–0|
|WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|WTA Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai||NT I||A||2R||2R||Not Premier 5||Q2||NP5||A||NP5||2–2|
|Tokyo||A||A||2R||1R||A||A||Not Premier 5||1–2|
Grand Slam doubles performance timelineEdit
Record against other playersEdit
Dulgheru's win-loss record against players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher is as follows:
|Player||Record||Win %||Hard||Clay||Grass||Last Match|
|Number 1 ranked players|
|Victoria Azarenka||0–2||0%||0–2||0–0||0–0||Loss (3–6, 2–6) at 2010 Miami Open|
|Kim Clijsters||0–2||0%||0–1||0–1||0–0||Loss (1–6, 2–6) at 2011 Sydney International|
|Justine Henin||0–1||0%||0–0||0–0||0–1||Loss (2–6, 2–6) at 2010 's-Hertogenbosch Open|
|Ana Ivanovic||0–3||0%||0–2||0–1||0–0||Loss (1–6, 3–6) at 2015 Wuhan Open|
|Dinara Safina||1–0||100%||0–0||1–0||0–0||Won (6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–1) at 2010 Rome Open|
|Maria Sharapova||0–3||0%||0–2||0–1||0–0||Loss (6–4, 3–6, 2–6) at 2014 US Open|
|Caroline Wozniacki||0–4||0%||0–3||0–1||0–0||Loss (1–6, 0–6) at 2016 ASB Classic|
|Number 2 ranked players|
|Simona Halep||0–1||0%||0–0||0–1||0–0||Loss (1–6, 0–6) at 2015 Rome Open|
|Angelique Kerber||0–3||0%||0–3||0–0||0–0||Loss (2–6, 4–6) at 2016 Australian Open|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova||0–2||0%||0–1||0–0||0–1||Loss (2–6, 1–4 ret.) at 2011 China Open|
|Petra Kvitová||1–2||33%||1–1||0–1||0–0||Loss (5–7, 6–3, 4–6) at 2012 Sydney International|
|Na Li||1–0||100%||0–0||1–0||0–0||Won (6–4, 3–6, 6–4) at 2010 Warsaw Open|
|Garbiñe Muguruza||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Loss (3–6, 2–6) at 2014 Hobart International|
|Vera Zvonareva||0–3||0%||0–2||0–1||0–0||Loss (6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–3) at 2012 Australian Open|
|Number 3 ranked players|
|Elena Dementieva||1–0||100%||0–0||1–0||0–0||Won (6–1, 3–6, 7-5) at 2010 Madrid Open|
|Nadia Petrova||0–1||0%||0–0||0–1||0–0||Loss (0–6, 6–3, 2-6) at 2010 Rome Open|
|Number 4 ranked players|
|Kimiko Date-Krumm||2–1||67%||1–1||0–0||1–0||Won (6–3, 6–4) at 2014 Dubai ITF Challenge|
|Francesca Schiavone||0–3||0%||0–3||0–0||0–0||Loss (3–6, 6–7(4–7)) at 2014 Limoges Open|
|Samantha Stosur||0–1||0%||0–0||0–1||0–0||Loss (6–3, 0–6, 2–6) at 2010 Stuttgart Open|
|Number 5 ranked players|
|Eugenie Bouchard||1–1||50%||1–0||0–1||0–0||Loss (3–6, 4–6) at 2016 Charleston|
|Anna Chakvetadze||1–0||100%||0-0||1–0||0–0||Loss (7–6(7–5), 1–6, 6–2) at 2010 Budapest|
|Sara Errani||3–1||75%||0–0||3–1||0–0||Loss (2–6, 2–6) at 2011 Marbella Open|
|Daniela Hantuchová||1–1||50%||0–0||1–1||0–0||Loss (5–7, 3–6) at 2011 Stuttgart Open|
|Lucie Šafářová||1–1||50%||0–0||1–1||0–0||Won (1–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)) at 2015 Rome Open|
|Number 6 ranked players|
|Carla Suárez Navarro||0–1||0%||0–0||0–1||0–0||Loss (6-4, 3-6, 3–6) at 2009 Prague Open|
|Number 7 ranked players|
|Marion Bartoli||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Loss (2–6, 1–6) at 2010 Dubai Championships|
|Karolína Plíšková||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Loss (4-6, 7–5, 6–7(7–9)) at 2015 Kremlin Cup|
|Patty Schnyder||1–0||100%||1–0||0–0||0–0||Won (6-2, 6–2) at 2010 Dubai Championships|
|Roberta Vinci||0–4||0%||0–1||0–2||0–1||Loss (3–6, 1–4 ret.) at 2014 İstanbul Cup|
|Number 8 ranked players|
|Ekaterina Makarova||2–1||67%||1–0||1–1||0–0||Loss (4–6, 2–6) at 2016 Rabat Grand Prix|
|Number 9 ranked players|
|Timea Bacsinszky||3–0||100%||0–0||3–0||0–0||Won (6-4, 6–2) at 2010 French Open|
|Andrea Petkovic||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Loss (3–6, 0–6) at 2011 Brisbane International|
|Number 10 ranked players|
|Dominika Cibulková||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Loss (0–6, 3–6) at 2010 ASB Classic|
|Maria Kirilenko||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Loss (2–6, 2–6) at 2010 Kremlin Cup|
Wins over top 10s per seasonEdit
|1.||Dinara Safina||No. 3||Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome||Clay||3rd round||6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–1|
|2.||Elena Dementieva||No. 7||Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, Spain||Clay||3rd round||6–1 3–6, 7–5|
|3.||Petra Kvitová||No. 6||US Open, New York||Hard||1st round||7–6(7–3), 6–3|
|4.||Eugenie Bouchard||No. 7||Fed Cup, Montréal||Hard||Play-off||6–4, 6–4|
|5.||Ekaterina Makarova||No. 8||Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome||Clay||3rd round||6–4, 6-3|
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