Julia Glushko

Julia Glushko (or Yulia,[2] Hebrew: יוליה גלושקו; born 1 January 1990) is an Israeli retired tennis player.

Julia Glushko
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Glushko, 2019 at Wimbledon
Full nameJulia Glushko
Country (sports) Israel
ResidenceModi'in, Israel
Born (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 32)
Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Turned pro2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$998,044
Career record388–320 (54.8%)
Career titles11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 79 (23 June 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2014)
French Open3R (2014)
Wimbledon1R (2014)
US Open3R (2013)
Career record182–165 (52.4%)
Career titles14 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 109 (4 November 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQ1 (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup29–29

She won 11 singles and 14 doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.[3] Her best results at a Grand Slam tournament were reaching the third round of the US Open in 2013, and the French Open in 2014 in singles.[3] In September 2015, she reached the final of the WTA Challenger event in Dalian, where she was defeated by Zheng Saisai.[4]

On 23 June 2014, Glushko reached her best singles ranking of world No. 79. On 4 November 2013, she peaked at No. 109 in the doubles rankings. She won the 2011 Israeli National Women's Singles Championship. Playing for Israel in the Fed Cup, she had a win/loss record of 29-29.[3]

Early and personal lifeEdit

Glushko was born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR, who is fluent in Hebrew, Russian, and English.[5][2][6] She started playing tennis at the age of four. Her parents, Sergio and Olga, are tennis instructors.[7][8] Glushko and her family immigrated to Israel from Ukraine when she was nine years old, initially living in the Katamon neighborhood in Jerusalem for three years, and then in Ramat HaSharon.[8][2] She then trained at the Wingate Institute.[9] She served in the Israel Defense Forces for over two years.[2] She lives in Modi'in, Israel, halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.[10][11][2] Her younger sister Lina Glushko is also a tennis player.

Tennis careerEdit

Junior yearsEdit

Glushko won four junior titles. The first three were the 2006 Saadia Rees (Grade 4), the 2007 Argentina Cup (Grade 2), and the 2007 Uruguay Bowl (Grade 2).

In March 2007, she won the Grade-1 Asunción Bowl junior girls tournament in Paraguay. It was the first Grade-1 title of Glushko's career.[12] At 17 years of age she was ranked 10th in the world junior tennis rankings.[13]

At the US Open in September 2007, Glushko won her first two junior singles matches, and her first-round junior doubles match with Tyra Calderwood.

Professional careerEdit

Glushko in 2011
Glushko in 2012
Glushko at the 2013 US Open

Glushko won 11 singles and 14 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.[3] Her best results at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the third round of the US Open in 2013, and the French Open in 2014 in singles.[3]

Glushko made her professional debut in March 2004 at an ITF event in Ramat HaSharon. She beat Diana Voskoboynik (Israel) in the first round of qualifying, before losing to Yakaterina Burduli.

Her best result on the professional level to that point was a semifinal appearance at an ITF event in Antalya in May 2006, where Glushko lost to Çağla Büyükakçay.

In November 2007, Glushko won her first ITF title an event in Mallorca, beating Diana Enache in the final.

In 2008, she won three ITF titles in doubles competitions with different partners. Glushko celebrated her maiden title at Albufeira, Portugal, alongside Marina Melnikova in February, beating Martina Babáková and Elena Chalova in the final, followed by the victory at Porto Rafti, Greece, with Dominice Ripoll in March, and a third tournament win in May at Ra'anana, where Glushko teamed up with Manana Shapakidze.

In November 2010, she defeated top-seeded world No. 42, Jarmila Wolfe, at the $25k event in Traralgon, Australia, which she won.[14]

In December 2010, Glushko lost the final of the Israeli championships to Shahar Pe'er, in three sets.[15]

In January 2011, she played her first Grand Slam qualifying match, for the Australian Open , reaching the second round after losing to Nuria Llagostera Vives.

Glushko beat Shahar Pe'er in the women's final of the 2011 Israel National Championships.

In 2012, Glushko made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the US Open, after she defeated Zheng Saisai in the qualifying competition. She lost in the first round to Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets.

In May 2013, Glushko played her second Grand Slam event, the French Open, after she defeated Anastasia Rodionova from Australia in the qualifying competition. Again, she lost in the first round, this time to María Teresa Torró Flor.

In August 2013, Glushko played in Rogers Cup qualifying and defeated Christina McHale in the first round. In the second round of qualifying, she defeated Gabriela Dabrowski in straight sets and entered her first Premier tournament. She played at the 2013 US Open and, after qualifying to the main draw, beat 20th-seeded world No. 23, Nadia Petrova.[16][14] In the second round, she defeated Sachia Vickery, but lost to Daniela Hantuchová in a third-set tiebreaker in round three.[16]

In September 2013, Glushko won her first WTA Tour main-draw match defeating Tetyana Arefyeva. In the second round, she lost to Galina Voskoboeva.

In May 2014, she lost in the first round of Nürnberger Versicherungscup to Caroline Garcia, after qualifying to the main draw. Glushko played at the French Open and beat Donna Vekić in the first round. In the second round, she defeated world No. 22, Kirsten Flipkens, in three sets.[14] However, her run came to an end when she was beaten by Sara Errani, winning only one game.[14]

In June 2014, Glushko lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Sabine Lisicki, 2–6, 1–6 on the Centre Court. In September 2015, she reached the final of the 2015 WTA 125K series event in Dalian, where she was defeated by Zheng Saisai.[4]

In August 2014, she defeated world No. 32, Bojana Jovanovski, at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.[14]

In 2017, the Women’s Tennis Association deleted reference to Glushko's nationality and Israel's flag from her profile on their website ahead of her scheduled participation at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, when event organizers requested all references to her being Israeli be removed from the WTA website in order for her to be allowed to take part in the event.[17] The WTA subsequently reinstated them.[17]

On 29 July 2018, she won the $60k singles title at the ITF tournament in Granby, Canada, defeating top-seeded Arina Rodionova of Australia in the final.[18]

At the 2018 US Open, Glushko hurt her left knee during play, but had it taped and won her match against Monica Niculescu.[19] She then lost to Naomi Osaka as she played taped calf to quad and hobbled, and learned, however, that she had a fracture in her left knee, and once it healed she had surgery to clean the meniscus.[19][20]

She played her final professional tournament in Israel in September 2019, when she lost in the first round singles, and quarterfinals with doubles partner, sister Lina Glushko. On 24 December 2019, she retired from competitive tennis at 29 years of age.[21][3]

Fed CupEdit

Playing for Israel in the Fed Cup, Glushko's record was 29-29.[3]

Glushko made her debut with the Israel Fed Cup team on 22 April 2007, in Kamloops, Canada. She lost in straight sets to Marie-Ève Pelletier, after Israel had already clinched the match 3–2. In July, she played Melanie Klaffner in another dead rubber, with Israel defeating Austria 4–1.

At the 2011 Fed Cup held in Eilat, Glushko won three out of her four singles rubbers – against Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, Magda Linette of Poland, and Elitsa Kostova of Bulgaria; she lost to Monica Niculescu of Romania. Glushko also won two out of three doubles matches together with Shahar Pe'er – against Luxembourg and Romania. Israel lost to Poland.

At the 2012 Fed Cup, she won one out of her three singles rubbers, and she won one out of her two doubles games with Shahar Pe'er. She defeated Maria João Koehler and lost to Bibiane Schoofs and Anne Keothavong. In doubles, she and Pe'er lost to Koehler and Michelle Larcher de Brito from Portugal, but defeated Schoofs and Michaëlla Krajicek from the Netherlands.

At the 2013 Fed Cup, Glushko won all four of her singles rubbers, but won neither of her two doubles games with Pe'er.

Maccabiah GamesEdit

Competing at the 2005 Maccabiah Games, Glushko lost to Sharon Fichman of Canada in the semifinals.[13]

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (runner–up)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2015 Dalian Open, China Hard   Zheng Saisai 6–2, 1–6, 5–7

Doubles: 2 (2 runner–ups)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2012 Mumbai Open, India Hard   Noppawan Lertcheewakarn   Nina Bratchikova
  Oksana Kalashnikova
0–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Loss 0–2 Apr 2017 Zhengzhou Open, China Hard   Jacqueline Cako   Han Xinyun
  Zhu Lin
5–7, 1–6

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 15 (11 titles, 4 runner–ups)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2007 ITF Mallorca, Spain 10,000 Clay   Diana Buzean 6–0, 6–0
Win 2–0 May 2010 ITF Ra'anana, Israel 10,000 Hard   Keren Shlomo 6–1, 6–3
Win 3–0 Oct 2010 ITF Akko, Israel 10,000 Hard   Julia Kimmelmann 6–2, 6–2
Win 4–0 Nov 2010 ITF Kalgoorlie, Australia 25,000 Hard   Isabella Holland 6–1, 6–2
Win 5–0 Nov 2010 ITF Traralgon, Australia 25,000 Hard   Sacha Jones 2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 5–1 Jul 2012 Waterloo Challenger, Canada 50,000 Clay   Sharon Fichman 3–6, 2–6
Win 6–1 Jul 2012 Lexington Championships, United States 50,000 Hard   Johanna Konta 6–3, 6–0
Win 7–1 Mar 2013 Innisbrook Open, United States 25,000 Clay   Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 2–6, 6–0, 6–4
Win 8–1 Jul 2013 ITF Waterloo, Canada 50,000 Clay   Gabriela Dabrowski 6–1, 6–3
Win 9–1 Jun 2018 ITF Hua Hin, Thailand 25,000 Hard   Alexandra Bozovic 6–2, 6–2
Loss 9–2 Jun 2018 ITF Hua Hin, Thailand 25,000 Hard   Victoria Rodríguez 4–6, 1–6
Win 10–2 Jun 2018 ITF Singapore 25,000 Hard   Risa Ozaki 1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 10–3 Jul 2018 ITF Winnipeg, Canada 25,000 Hard   Rebecca Marino 6–7(3–7), 6–7(4–7)
Win 11–3 Jul 2018 Challenger de Granby, Canada 60,000 Hard   Arina Rodionova 6–4, 6–3
Loss 11–4 Jun 2019 ITF Akko, Israel 25,000 Hard   Susan Bandecchi 4–6, 2–6

Doubles: 32 (14–18)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 11 November 2007 ITF Mallorca, Spain Clay   Charlene Vanneste   Marina Melnikova
  Sylwia Zagórska
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 24 November 2007 ITF Ramat HaSharon, Israel Hard   Keren Shlomo   Iryna Kurianovic
  Mika Urbančič
4–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 17 February 2008 ITF Albufeira, Portugal Hard   Marina Melnikova   Martina Babáková
  Elena Chalova
6–3, 0–6, [11–9]
Winner 2. 23 March 2008 ITF Porto Rafti, Greece Hard   Dominice Ripoll   Nicole Clerico
  Mika Urbančič
1–6, 7–5, [10–7]
Winner 3. 24 May 2008 ITF Ra'anana, Israel Hard   Manana Shapakidze   Chen Astrogo
  Marcella Koek
7–5, 6–7(5–7), [10–6]
Runner-up 3. 14 September 2008 ITF Sarajevo,
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Clay   Çağla Büyükakçay   Alberta Brianti
  Polona Hercog
4–6, 5–7
Winner 4. 29 May 2010 ITF Ra'anana, Israel Hard   Keren Shlomo   Efrat Mishor
  Anna Rapoport
3–6, 7–6(8–6), [10–3]
Runner-up 4. 26 June 2010 ITF Kristinehamn, Sweden Clay   Pemra Özgen   Mervana Jugić-Salkić
  Emma Laine
2–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 18 July 2010 ITF Atlanta, United States Hard   Kristy Frilling   Irina Falconi
  Maria Sanchez
6–2, 2–6, [10–7]
Winner 6. 23 October 2010 ITF Akko, Israel Hard   Janina Toljan   Gally De Wael
  Zuzana Linhová
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 29 October 2011 ITF Netanya, Israel Hard   Nicole Clerico   Çağla Büyükakçay
  Pemra Özgen
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 29 April 2012 Charlottesville Classic,
United States
Clay   Elena Bovina   Maria Sanchez
  Yasmin Schnack
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 18 May 2012 Open Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Naomi Broady   Vesna Dolonc
  Irina Khromacheva
2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 8. 29 July 2012 ITF Lexington, United States Hard   Olivia Rogowska   Shuko Aoyama
  Xu Yifan
5–7, 7–6(7–4), [4–10]
Winner 7. 5 August 2012 Vancouver Open, Canada Hard   Olivia Rogowska   Jacqueline Cako
  Natalie Pluskota
6–4, 5–7, [10–7]
Winner 8. 18 May 2013 Open Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Paula Ormaechea   Stéphanie Dubois
  Kurumi Nara
7–5, 7–6(13–11)
Runner-up 9. 15 June 2013 Nottingham Challenge, England Grass   Erika Sema   Julie Coin
  Stéphanie Foretz Gacon
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 27 July 2013 ITF Lexington, United States Hard   Chanel Simmonds   Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Runner-up 11. 4 May 2014 ITF Wiesbaden, Germany Clay   Mandy Minella   Viktorija Golubic
  Diāna Marcinkēviča
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 12 April 2015 Open Medellín, Colombia Clay   Mariana Duque   Lourdes Domínguez Lino
  Mandy Minella
5–7, 6–4, [5–10]
Winner 9. 15 May 2015 Open Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Mariana Duque   Beatriz Haddad Maia
  Nicole Melichar
1–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–4]
Runner-up 13. 7 November 2015 ITF Waco, United States Hard   Rebecca Peterson   Vania King
  Nicole Gibbs
4–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 15 November 2015 Scottsdale Challenge,
United States
Hard   Rebecca Peterson   Viktorija Golubic
  Stephanie Vogt
4–6, 7–5, [10–6]
Winner 11. 8 May 2016 Indian Harbour Beach Classic,
United States
Clay   Alexandra Panova   Jessica Pegula
  Maria Sanchez
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 6 August 2016 ITF Granby, Canada Hard   Olga Govortsova   Jamie Loeb
  An-Sophie Mestach
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 15. 1 October 2016 ITF Brisbane, Australia Hard   Liu Fangzhou   Naiktha Bains
  Abigail Tere-Apisah
7–6(7–4), 2–6, [3–10]
Winner 12. 1 April 2017 ITF Mornington, Australia Clay   Barbora Krejčíková   Jessica Moore
  Varatchaya Wongteanchai
6–4, 2–6, [11–9]
Runner-up 16. 6 May 2017 Kangaroo Cup Gifu, Japan Hard   Katy Dunne   Eri Hozumi
  Miyu Kato
4–6, 2–6
Winner 13. 3 June 2017 ITF Grado, Italy Clay   Priscilla Hon   Tereza Mrdeža
  Conny Perrin
7–5, 6–2
Winner 14. 10 June 2017 Internazionali di Brescia, Italy Clay   Priscilla Hon   Montserrat González
  Ilona Kremen
2–6, 7–6(7–4), [10–8]
Runner-up 17. 16 June 2017 Barcelona Women World Winner,
Clay   Priscilla Hon   Montserrat González
  Sílvia Soler Espinosa
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 18. 14 July 2018 ITF Winnipeg, Canada Hard   Sanaz Marand   Akiko Omae
  Victoria Rodríguez
6–7(2–7), 3–6

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open Q2 Q2 Q2 1R Q2 Q3 Q2 A A 0–1
French Open Q1 A 1R 3R Q1 Q2 A A Q3 2–2
Wimbledon Q1 A Q3 1R Q1 Q1 A A Q1 0–1
US Open Q3 1R 3R 1R Q2 Q2 A 2R Q1 3–4

See alsoEdit


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  17. ^ a b "Israeli tennis player has flag taken off WTA site before Malaysian Open". Times of Israel.
  18. ^ Blas, Howard. "Israeli sisters double up to join elite group of tennis-playing sibs". Times of Israel.
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