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Evgenia Kulikovskaya (Russian: Евгения Куликовская; born 21 December 1978) is a former professional tennis player from Russia. She reached her highest singles ranking of No. 91 on 9 June 2003.[1] She had more success in doubles, winning four WTA doubles titles and reaching the top fifty.

Evgenia Kulikovskaya
Евгения Куликовская
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Born (1978-12-21) 21 December 1978 (age 40)
Moscow, RSFSR
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1994
Retired2004
PlaysAmbidextrous (no backhand)
Prize moneyUS$427,770
Singles
Career record221–175
Career titles9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 91 (9 June 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2003)
French Open2R (2003)
Wimbledon1R (1999, 2003)
US Open2R (1998, 2001)
Doubles
Career record197–148
Career titles4 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 46 (3 March 2003)

A rarity among tennis players, Kulikovskaya was ambidextrous; she played with two forehands and no backhand, switching her racket hand depending on where the ball was coming.[2]

Contents

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 10 (4 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (4–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in Final Score in Final
Runner-up 1. 13 April 1998 Makarska, Croatia Clay   Karin Kschwendt   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Winner 1. 25 April 1999 Budapest, Hungary Clay   Sandra Načuk   Laura Montalvo
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 07 June 1999 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Clay   Patricia Wartusch   Eva Bes
  Gisela Riera
7–6(7–3), 6–0
Runner-up 2. 8 August 1999 Knokke-Heist, Belgium Clay   Sandra Naćuk   Eva Martincová
  Elena Pampoulova
6–3, ,3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 21 November 1999 Pattaya City, Thailand Hard   Patricia Wartusch   Émilie Loit
  Åsa Svensson
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 6 May 2002 Warsaw, Poland Clay   Silvija Talaja   Henrieta Nagyová
  Jelena Kostanić Tošić
1–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 14 July 2002 Palermo, Italy Clay   Ekaterina Sysoeva   Lubomira Bacheva
  Angelika Rösch
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 22 July 2002 Sopot, Poland Clay   Ekaterina Sysoeva   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 9 February 2003 Bangalore, India Hard   Tatiana Poutchek   Elena Likhovtseva
  Iroda Tulyaganova
4–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 10 August 2003 Helsinki, Finland Clay   Elena Tatarkova   Tatiana Perebiynis
  Silvija Talaja
6–2, 6–4

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

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

Singles: 14 (9–5)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the Final Score
Runner-up 1. 31 October 1994 Jūrmala, Latvia Hard (i)   Vera Zhukovets 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 2. 5 June 1995 Łódź, Poland Clay   Talina Beiko 6–1, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 12 June 1995 Bytom, Poland Clay   Monika Mastalirová 6–4, 6–2
Winner 4. 18 February 1996 Sheffield, United Kingdom Hard   Jana Macurová 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 26 August 1996 Kiev, Ukraine Clay   Tatiana Ignatieva 6–1, 7–5
Winner 6. 1 September 1996 Sochi, Russia Clay   Maria Goloviznina 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 7. 31 August 1997 Athens, Greece Clay   Alice Pirsu 6–4, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 8. 19 October 1997 Southampton, United Kingdom Carpet   Elena Tatarkova 6–0, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 9. 4 October 1998 Tbilisi, Georgia Clay   Elena Makarova 2–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 10. 22 April 2001 Allentown, United States Hard   Irina Selyutina 6–4, 6–1
Winner 11. 7 July 2002 Orbetello, Italy Clay   María Sánchez Lorenzo 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 12. 21 July 2002 Modena, Italy Clay   Denisa Chládková 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. 15 September 2002 Bordeaux, France Clay   Dally Randriantefy 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 17 November 2002 Eugene, United States Hard   Marissa Irvin 5–7, 0–6

Doubles: 24 (12–12)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score
Runner-up 1. 23 May 1994 Łódź, Poland Clay   Natalia Nemchinova   Valeria Strappa
  Valentina Solari
6–3, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 2. 30 May 1994 Bytom, Poland Clay   Natalia Nemchinova   Talina Beiko
  Tanja Tsiganii
6–2, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 3. 22 August 1994 Horb, Germany Clay   Natalia Nemchinova   Martina Hautová
  Simona Nedorostová
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 29 August 1994 Bad Nauheim, Germany Clay   Natalia Nemchinova   Renata Kochta
  Alena Vašková
3–6, 6–1, 4–6
Winner 5. 05 June 1995 Łódź, Poland Clay   Natalia Nemchinova   Teodora Nedeva
  Christina Zachariadou
6–7(2–7), 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 12 June 1995 Bytom, Poland Clay   Natalia Nemchinova   Teodora Nedeva
  Katharzyna Teodorowicz
2–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 31 March 1997 Makarska, Croatia Clay   Caroline Schneider   Nóra Köves
  Helena Vildová
6–1, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 19 May 1997 Sochi, Russia Hard   Ekaterina Sysoeva   Nino Louarsabishvili
  Kaoru Shibata
3–6, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 9. 28 July 1997 Makarska, Croatia Clay   Maria Goloviznina   Olga Lugina
  Elena Pampoulova
7–5, 5–7, 5–7
Winner 10. 25 August 1997 Athens, Greece Clay   Sandra Načuk   Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
  Marina Martinez Escobar
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 22 September 1997 Thessaloniki, Greece Clay   Maria Goloviznina   Radka Bobková
  Jana Pospíšilová
2–6, 3–6
Winner 12. 5 October 1998 Batumi, Georgia Hard   Ekaterina Sysoeva   Amanda Hopmans
  Melanie Schnell
6–4, 3–6, 6–0
Runner-up 13. 03 July 2000 Civitanova, Italy Clay   Tatiana Poutchek   Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
  Conchita Martínez Granados
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14. 14 August 2000 İstanbul, Turkey Hard   Maria Goloviznina   Magda Mihalache
  Tong Ka-po
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 11 September 2000 Hopewell, United States Hard   Jolene Watanabe   Jennifer Hopkins
  Petra Rampre
3–6 1–6
Winner 16. 15 January 2001 Boca Raton, United States Hard   Jolene Watanabe   Melissa Middleton
  Jacqueline Trail
6–1, 6–0
Winner 17. 22 January 2001 Miami, United States Hard   Jolene Watanabe   Jane Chi
  Lioudmila Skavronskaia
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 18. 29 January 2001 Clearwater, United States Hard   Jolene Watanabe   Joana Cortez
  Clarisa Fernández
1–6 5–7
Runner-up 19. 18 February 2002 Columbus, United States Hard (i)   Maria Goloviznina   Teryn Ashley
  Kristen Schlukebir
6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 20. 1 July 2002 Orbetello, Italy Clay   Ekaterina Sysoeva   Maret Ani
  Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
3–6, 6–1, 1–6
Winner 21. 3 November 2002 Poitiers, France Hard (i)   Lubomira Bacheva   Caroline Dhenin
  Émilie Loit
W/O
Runner-up 22. 12 November 2002 Eugene, United States Hard   Elena Tatarkova   Nana Smith
  Milagros Sequera
6–3, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 23. 02 May 2003 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Tatiana Perebiynis   Tatiana Poutchek
  Anastasia Rodionova
7–6(10–8) 6–3
Winner 24. 28 March 2004 St.Petersburg, Russia Hard (i)   Maria Goloviznina   Darya Kustova
  Elena Tatarkova
7–5, 6–1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stats". WTA. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Left or right, it's all the same for this switch hitter". smh.com.au. Retrieved 15 May 2010.

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