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Julia Abe (born 21 May 1976) is a former professional tennis player from Germany.

Julia Abe
Full nameJulia Abe
Country (sports) Germany
Born (1976-05-21) 21 May 1976 (age 43)
Bielefeld, West Germany
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$131,723
Singles
Career record123–104
Career titles0 WTA / 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 111 (10 January 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2000)
French Open2R (2000)
Doubles
Career record36–36
Career titles0 WTA / 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 139 (10 April 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1999)

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BiographyEdit

A right-handed player from Bielefeld, Abe was coached during her career by her father Wolfgang.[1]

Abe turned professional at the age of 19 and won two ITF singles titles in her first year on tour in 1996.

Her best performances on the WTA Tour were quarter-finals appearances at the 1998 Intersport Grand Prix in Hamburg and the 1999 Nokia Cup in Prostějov, both as a qualifier.

Ranked a career best 111 in the world at the beginning of 2000, she received direct entry into the Australian Open main draw, where she lost in the first round to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.[2]

At the 2000 French Open she had to compete in qualifying and made her way through to the main draw. She defeated Marion Maruska in the first round, then challenged top seed Martina Hingis in the second round, before going down 4–6, 5–7, having served for the second set.[3] This was her final appearance on tour.

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (3-3)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 21 April 1996 Gelos, France Clay   Laurence Garcia-Clement 6–0, 6–4
Winner 2. 15 July 1996 Darmstadt, Germany Clay   Raluca Sandu 6–2, 6–3
Runner–up 3. 28 June 1997 Bordeaux, France Clay   Emmanuelle Curutchet 6-7, 3-6
Runner–up 4. 3 August 1997 Horb, Germany Clay   Anna Földényi 4-6, 1-6
Runner–up 5. 8 February 1998 Mallorca, Spain Clay   Lourdes Domínguez Lino 2-6, 3-6
Winner 6. 3 October 1999 Tbilisi, Georgia Clay   Tatiana Poutchek 6–2, 6–0
NP N/A 10 October 1999 Batumi, Georgia Carpet   Katalin Marosi NP

Doubles (4-1)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 11 February 1996 Mallorca, Spain Clay   Anke Roos   Nuria Llagostera
  Laura Pena
6–4 6–2
Winner 2. 3 August 1997 Horb, Germany Clay   Renee Reid   Magda Mihalache
  Alice Pirsu
6–3 6–3
Winner 3. 23 November 1997 Deauville, France Carpet   Lubomira Bacheva   Katalin Marosi
  Caroline Schneider
6–2 6–4
Runner-up 4. 5 July 1998 Vaihingen, Germany Clay   Lubomira Bacheva   Laurence Courtois
  Maja Murić
1–6 4–6
Winner 5. 2 April 2000 Norcross, United States Hard   Tzipora Obziler   Lindsay Lee
  Jessica Steck
5–7, 7–6(4), 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Julia nur schwer". Tagesspiegel (in German). 5 May 1999. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Williams survives scare". BBC News. 18 January 2000. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Hingis struggles against qualifier". BBC News. 1 June 2000. Retrieved 12 June 2018.

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