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Bojana Bobusic (Serbian Cyrillic: Бојана Бобушић, Bojana Bobušić; born 2 October 1987 in Belgrade) is a former professional Australian tennis player playing on the ITF women's circuit. On 20 February 2012, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 227. She is coached by Rohan Fisher.[1]

Bojana Bobusic
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Bobusic at the 2012 Australian Open wildcard playoff
Full nameBojana Bobusic
Country (sports) Australia
ResidencePerth, Australia
Born (1987-10-02) 2 October 1987 (age 32)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2009
Retired2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$127,959
Singles
Career record100–74
Career titles0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking222 (17 September 2012)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2012, 2013)
Doubles
Career record64–63
Career titles0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking187 (14 January 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2012)
Last updated on: 16 January 2014.

CareerEdit

2004Edit

Bobusic made her senior debut at the 2004 Australian Open losing to American Jennifer Hopkins 6–1, 6–3 in the first round of qualifying. She played on the ITF Junior Circuit for the rest of the year, with her highlight coming at Junior Wimbledon where she defeated former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 1–6, 6–2, 10–8.

2005Edit

In 2005 Bobusic played in ITF events in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Thailand before she attended the University of California, Berkeley (USA), majoring in Sociology.[2] She graduated in 2009.

2009Edit

Bobusic returned to Australia and competed in ITF events, losing to Sacha Jones in her first four events. She reached the final in Darwin and lost in the semi-finals in Port Pirie. She ended the year ranked 441.

2010Edit

Started the year playing in ITF events in Australia and Korea. Bobusic played ITF events in America in June and July, but only won one of the six matches she competed in. Bobusic returned to Australia and entered seven ITF events, only winning two main draw matches, both in Alice Springs. She finished 2010 with a win-loss record of 10–17, and dropped to 596 in the WTA rankings.

2011Edit

Started the year by qualifying for five consecutive 25k ITF events in Australia, winning a main draw match in Mildura and reaching the quarter-finals in Bundaberg. Bobusic travelled to America again, and reached her second and third ITF finals at 10k Landisville and 10k Hilton Head Island. She then played in three events in Great Britain and lost in her fourth career ITF final at 10k Chiswick to Croatian Donna Vekić, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3. She returned to Australia and had a successful end to the year, reaching two 25k semi-finals, losing her fifth ITF final to Australian Olivia Rogowska 6–3, 6–2, and winning her first ITF title in her sixth final at 25k Mount Gambier against Korean Han Sung-hee 6–3, 6–2. She received direct entry into Tennis Australia's annual Australian Open Wildcard Play-off, where she defeated Viktorija Rajicic and Sally Peers and was beaten by Storm Sanders in the round robin stage. In her semi-final, Bobusic lost to defending champion Rogowska 6–4, 7–5. Bobusic finished 2011 ranked 294, the highest year-end ranking of her career.

2012Edit

Bobusic benefited from her career-best season in 2011 by receiving qualifying wildcards into the Brisbane International and Moorilla Hobart International. In her WTA debut, Bobusic faced Russian Nina Bratchikova and lost 6–1, 7–6. Against Heather Watson in Hobart, her first ever top 100 opponent, Bobusic lost a close match 3–6, 6–3, 7–5. Her first main draw appearance in a Grand Slam at the Australian Open ended with a 6–1, 6–3 loss to German 30th seed Angelique Kerber.

Following the Australian season, Bobusic didn't play for four months due to plantar fasciitis.[3] She returned to the ITF circuit in June 2012, achieving mixed results for the remainder of the year. Her final tournament In 2012 was the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff tournament, which she won, defeating three higher-ranked opponents including 2nd seed Ashleigh Barty, 4th seed Arina Rodionova and 3rd seed Monique Adamczak. The tournament win secured Bobusic a wildcard in the 2013 Australian Open.[4]

2013Edit

Bobusic's win in the Australian Open Wildcard playoff helped her to gain a wildcard into the qualifying draw at the Brisbane International. It was only the third time she had played in a WTA tournament. She drew fellow wildcard recipient Arina Rodionova in the first round of qualifying and won in three sets. In the second round she defeated Karin Knapp of Italy in a match lasting over three hours. She then defeated 6th seeded Kristýna Plíšková in three sets to qualify for the main draw of a WTA tournament for the first time. She drew world #44 Alizé Cornet in the first round and lost in three sets.

Bobusic's strong performance in Brisbane help her to gain a wildcard to the main draw of the Hobart International where she lost a tight match to qualifier Lauren Davis (USA) in the first round in three sets. In the doubles event in Hobart, she reached her first WTA doubles semi-final, partnering Ashleigh Barty.

Bobusic received a difficult draw at the Australian Open, drawing 4th seed Agnieszka Radwańska. Bobusic played well above her ranking and served for the first set, before losing in straight sets.

RetirementEdit

Bojana announced that because of chronic back and foot injuries, she will not play professional tennis anymore. Her last match was at Hopman Cup (3 January 2014) where she played together with Oliver Anderson, they were replacing players form United States team – Sloane Stephens and John Isner.

ITF circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (1–5)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 21 September 2009 Darwin, Australia Hard   Sacha Jones 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 17 May 2011 Landisville, United States Hard   Robin Anderson 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 31 May 2011 Hilton Head Island, United States Hard   Alexandra Mueller 2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. 27 July 2011 Chiswick, United Kingdom Hard   Donna Vekić 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 25 October 2011 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Olivia Rogowska 3–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 1 November 2011 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard   Han Sung-hee 6–3, 6–2

Doubles: 8 (3–5)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 16 October 2009 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Alenka Hubacek   Erika Sema
  Yurika Sema
1–6, 7–5 [6–10]
Winner 2. 25 July 2010 Lexington, United States Hard   Christina Fusano   Jacqueline Cako
  Story Tweedie-Yates
6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 5 October 2010 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Alenka Hubacek   Melanie South
  Remi Tezuka
6–3, 6–3
Winner 4. 23 May 2011 Sumter, United States Hard   Nicola Slater   Ebony Panoho
  Storm Sanders
4–6, 7–5 [10–6]
Runner-up 5. 24 October 2011 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Monique Adamczak   Isabella Holland
  Sally Peers
W/O
Runner-up 6. 14 November 2011 Traralgon, Australia Hard   Monique Adamczak   Stephanie Bengson
  Tyra Calderwood
7–6, 1–6 [8–10]
Runner-up 7. 28 January 2013 Burnie, Australia Hard   Jessica Moore   Shuko Aoyama
  Erika Sema
W/O
Runner-up 8. 18 February 2013 Mildura, Australia Grass   Emily Webley-Smith   Ksenia Lykina
  Yurika Sema
4–6, 2–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 0–2
French Open 0–0
Wimbledon 0–0
US Open 0–0
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–2

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R 1R 1–2
French Open 0–0
Wimbledon 0–0
US Open 0–0
Win–Loss 1–1 0–1 1–2

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