Julia Vakulenko

Julia Olegovna Vakulenko (Ukrainian: Юлія Оле́гівна Вакуленко; born July 10, 1983 in Yalta) — is a Ukraine-born female tennis player. She achieved her career-high ranking of No. 32 in November 2007.

Julia Vakulenko
Юлія Вакуленко
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Country (sports) Ukraine
 Spain
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1983-07-10) 10 July 1983 (age 38)
Yalta, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Ukraine)
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1998
Retired2011
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$869,480
Singles
Career record282–191
Career titles0 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 32 (19 November 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2004, 2007)
French Open3R (2003, 2006)
Wimbledon2R (2005)
US Open4R (2007)
Doubles
Career record16–37
Career titles0
Highest ranking136 (9 February 2004)

In April, 2008, Vakulenko renounced her Ukrainian citizenship, and then announced her decision to acquire the citizenship of Spain where she's lived for the last 10 years.[1][2]

CareerEdit

At the 2006 French Open, Vakulenko reached the third round.

At Wimbledon 2006, she withdrew during the first round due to injury.

Julia became Kim Clijsters' last opponent in her professional career (before Clijsters' return in 2009). Julia won 7–6(3), 6–3 in the second round of J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland on 3 May 2007. This earned her the nickname "Kimmie Killer".

A week later, Julia defeated world No. 3, Amélie Mauresmo, at the German Open in Berlin 2–6, 6–1, 6–2 (her career best) and then defeated Dinara Safina 6–3, 5–7, 6–3, before retiring in the first set in the semifinals to eventual champion Ana Ivanovic due to an injury.

On 28 August 2007, in the first round of the US Open, Julia defeated ninth seed Daniela Hantuchová, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1. She eventually reached the fourth round, her best performance at a major, before falling to Ágnes Szávay.

At the final event of the season, the Bell Challenge held in Quebec City, Julia reached the first WTA Tour final of her career. En-route, she beat Rossana de los Ríos, home favourite Stéphanie Dubois, Olga Govortsova and Julie Ditty. In the final, she lost 4–6, 1–6 to three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport, who was playing in only her third event since giving birth.

After changing of her citizenship from Ukraine to Spain in April 2008, she planned to play for Spain in the Fed Cup, but wasn't able to compete in the 2008 Olympics due to lack of time to be included in Spain's application.[1]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V (0–1)
Outcome Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 4 November 2007 Bell Challenge Quebec City, Canada Tier III Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport 4–6, 1–6

ITF FinalsEdit

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

Singles (7–6)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 28 September 1998 Lerida, Spain Clay   Mariam Ramón Climent 1–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 6 December 1998 Mallorca, Spain Clay   Laura Pena 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 3 April 2000 Dinan, France Clay   Melanie Schnell 6-2, 1-6, 2-6
Runner-up 4. 18 June 2000 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Clay   Kira Nagy 2-6, 6-3, 6-7
Runner-up 5. 10 July 2000 Getxo, Spain Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez 4-6, 0-6
Runner-up 6. 5 August 2001 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Céline Beigbeder 4–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 17 November 2002 Deauville, France Clay (i)   Virginie Pichet 6–2, 6–1
Winner 8. 3 December 2002 Daytona Beach, United States Hard   Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-0
Winner 9. 29 September 2003 Girona, Spain Clay   Barbora Strýcová 7-5, 2-0 ret.
Winner 10. 8 February 2009 Rancho Mirage, United States Hard   Lauren Albanese 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 11. 16 February 2009 Surprise, United States Hard   Yanina Wickmayer 7–6(0), 3–6, 3–4 ret.
Winner 12. 27 June 2009 Périgueux, France Clay   Sophie Ferguson 6–2, 7–5
Winner 13. 10 August 2009 Koksijde, Belgium Clay   Iryna Brémond 7–5, 6–1

Doubles (0–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 23 November 2003 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Núria Roig   Marta Fraga
  Adriana González Peñas
3–6, 3–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(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 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 A Q3 2R A A 2R 1R A Q1 2–3
French Open A Q2 3R 1R A 3R 1R 1R Q1 A 4–5
Wimbledon Q3 Q2 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R Q1 A 1–6
US Open Q3 A 2R 2R A A 4R 1R Q1 A 5–4
GS Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 3–3 2–4 1–1 2–2 4–4 0–4 0–0 0–0 12–18
Tier I tournaments
Doha1 Not Tier I or Was Not Held A 0–0
Indian Wells A A 1R A A 1R A 0–2
Miami A A 1R A A 3R A 2–2
Charleston 1R A A A 3R 1R A 2–3
Berlin A A 1R A 2R SF A 5–3
Rome 2R A A A A A 1R 1–2
Montreal/Toronto A A A A A 1R 0–1
Tokyo A A 1R A A A 0–1
Moscow A A A A A A 0–0
San Diego1 A A A A A 1R - 0–1
Zurich1 A A A A A A - 0–0
Tier II tournaments
Amelia Island1 A A A A A 2R - 1–1
Warsaw1 A A A 2R 2R 3R - 4–3
Stanford1 A A A A A 1R - 0–1
Los Angeles1 A A A A A 1R - 0–1
Luxembourg1 A A A A A 1R - 0–1
Stuttgart1 A A A A A 2R - 1–1
Linz1 A A A A A QF - 3–1
Tier III tournaments
Birmingham1 A A A A A 3R - 2–1
Tier IV tournaments
Hyderabad1 A 1R A A A A - 0–1
WTA Tier V tournaments
Casablanca1 A A 1R A A A - 0–1
Year-end ranking 209 73 129 185 120 32 N/A

Head-to-head record against other playersEdit

Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 2007 Total
Wins 3 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score JVR
2007
1.   Kim Clijsters No. 4 Warsaw Open, Poland Clay 2nd Round 7–6(7–3), 6–3 No. 61
2.   Amélie Mauresmo No. 3 German Open, Berlin Clay 3rd Round 2–6, 6–1, 6–2 No. 53
3.   Dinara Safina No. 10 German Open, Berlin Clay Quarterfinals 6–3, 5–7, 6–3 No. 53

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