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Fabiola Zuluaga (born 7 January 1979) is a retired tennis player from Colombia. She reached the Australian Open semifinals in 2004 and became the first Colombian tennis player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. Fabiola is one of the most successful tennis players that Colombia has had (see Iván Molina).[1]

Fabiola Zuluaga
Fabiola Zuluaga RG 2005.JPG
French Open 2005
Country (sports) Colombia
ResidenceBogotá, Colombia
Born (1979-01-07) 7 January 1979 (age 40)
Cúcuta, Colombia
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned pro1994
Retired2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,358,668
Singles
Career record298–189
Career titles5 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 16 (17 January 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (2004)
French Open4R (2004)
Wimbledon2R (2003)
US Open3R (2003, 2004)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (2000, 2004)
Doubles
Career record51–56
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 128 (1 February 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open1R (2004)
WimbledonQ1 (1998)
US OpenQ1 (1998)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2004)

Fabiola won a record seven singles titles in Bogotá, of which five were on the WTA Tour and three on the ITF Women's Circuit. She retired from the professional tour on 9 September 2005.[2]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (5–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (5–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. Feb 1999 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Christína Papadáki 6–1, 6–3
Winner 2. Oct 1999 São Paulo, Brasil Clay   Patricia Wartusch 7–5, 4–6, 7–5
Runner-up 3. May 2000 Madrid, Spain Clay   Gala León García 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 4. Feb 2002 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Katarina Srebotnik 6–1, 6–4
Winner 5. Feb 2003 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Anabel Medina Garrigues 6–3, 6–2
Winner 6. Feb 2004 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   María Sánchez Lorenzo 3–6, 6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. Sep 2002 Quebec, Canada Clay   María Emilia Salerni   Samantha Reeves
  Jessica Steck
4–6, 6–3, 7–5

ITF finalsEdit

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

Singles (9–4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 14 February 1994 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Cecilia Hincapié 4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 20 February 1995 Cali, Colombia Clay   Karin Palme 6–0, 6–4
Winner 2. 25 February 1996 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Gloria Pizzichini 6–4, 6–3
Winner 3. 23 June 1996 Bytom, Poland Clay   Kateřina Kroupová-Šišková 3–6, 6–3, 7–6
Winner 4. 14 December 1997 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Martina Nejedly 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 14 June 1998 Sochi, Russia Hard   Meghann Shaughnessy 6–7, 7–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 5 July 1998 Orbetello, Italy Clay   Mariana Díaz Oliva 6–1, 7–6
Winner 6. 6 December 1998 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Adriana Serra Zanetti 6–3, 6–2
Winner 7. 13 December 1998 Cali, Colombia Clay   Andrea Glass 6–1, 6–1
Winner 8. 5 December 1999 Cali, Colombia Clay   Miriam D'Agostini 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 10 December 2000 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Catalina Castaño 1–4 ret.
Winner 9. 14 October 2001 Hallandale Beach, United States Clay   Catalina Castaño 6–3, 3–6, 4–3 ret.
Runner-up 4. 18 November 2001 Mexico City, Mexico Hard   Renata Voráčová 1–6, 6–7(7–9)

Doubles (2–4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 10 June 1996 Budapest, Hungary Clay   Ángeles Montolio   Virág Csurgó
  Nóra Köves
7–5, 5–7, 2–6
Runner–up 2. 9 June 1997 Budapest, Hungary Clay   Elena Tatarkova   Katalin Marosi
  Veronica Stele
3–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 1 June 1998 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Melissa Mazzotta   Larissa Schaerer
  Miroslava Vavrinec
6–2, 6–1
Runner–up 3. 5 July 1998 Orbetello, Italy Clay   Melissa Mazzotta   Alice Canepa
  Tathiana Garbin
2–6, 3–6
Runner–up 4. 30 November 1998 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Mariana Mesa   Katarina Srebotnik
  Zuzana Váleková
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 5 December 1999 Cali, Colombia Clay   Mariana Mesa   Miriam D'Agostini
  Larissa Schaerer
2–6, 7–6, 6–1

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R A A 1R SF 2R 7–4
French Open Q2 3R 3R A 1R 3R 4R 2R 10–6
Wimbledon Q1 1R A A A 2R 1R A 1–3
US Open 2R 2R A A 2R 3R 3R 2R 8–6
Win–Loss 1–1 3–3 3–2 0–0 1–2 5–4 10–4 3–3 26–19
Olympic Games
  Summer Olympics Not Held 3R Not Held 3R NH 4–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 4–2
Premier Mandatory
Indian Wells Q2 A A A A 2R QF 4R 8–3
Miami A 3R 2R A 1R 1R 2R 3R 6–6
Win–Loss 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 5–2 5–2 14–9
Premier 5
Rome A A SF A 1R 2R 1R 1R 5–5
Montreal/Toronto A 1R 1R A QF 3R 2R 1R 6–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 4–2 0–0 3–2 3–2 1–2 0–2 11–11
Premier
Charleston A 1R 1R A A A 1R 2R 1–4
Stuttgart A A A A A 1R QF A 2–2
Warsaw A A A NH A QF 2R A 3–2
San Diego Q1 1R 1R A A A 1R 1R 0–4
New Haven A Q2 2R A A A A A 1–1
Moscow A A A A A Q3 1R A 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–2 3–5 1–2 7–13
International series
Sydney A A A A A A A QF 2–1
Bogotá QF W 2R A W W W SF 26–3
Acapulco A A A A A 1R A A 0–1
Madrid A 1R F A SF 2R Not Held 8–4
Quebec A A QF A 2R A A A 3–2
Hobart A A 1R A A A QF A 2–2
Florida A QF 1R A 1R A A A 3–3
Brazil NH W 2R A 1R Not Held 6–3
Win–Loss 2–1 12–2 8–6 0–0 9–4 6–2 7–1 5–2 50–18
Year-end ranking 95 48 42 277 74 38 23 84 N/A
* statistics correct as of 28 March 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Colombia.com Entrevista a Fabiola Zuluaga (in Spanish) Accessed 28 October 2006.
  2. ^ Colombia.com Entrevista a Fabiola Zuluaga (in Spanish) Accessed 28 October 2006.

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