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Julie Ditty (born January 4, 1979) is an American retired tennis player.

Julie Ditty
Julie Ditty hitting ball Albuquerque 2008.jpg
Ditty at a $75k event in Albuquerque (2008)
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceAshland, Kentucky
Born (1979-01-04) January 4, 1979 (age 40)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro2002
Retired2012
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$493,612
Singles
Career record294–231
Career titles0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 89 (March 24, 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2008)
French Open1R (2008)
Wimbledon1R (2008)
US OpenQ3 (2007)
Doubles
Career record296–168
Career titles0 WTA, 30 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 66 (August 3, 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2009)
French Open2R (2009)
Wimbledon2R (2009)
US Open3R (2008)

She had her WTA Tour breakthrough when she reached the semifinals of the Bell Challenge. It took her into the top 100 for the first time in her career on November 5, 2007, at No. 91. She beat Alizé Cornet and Vania King before falling to Julia Vakulenko in three sets. In 2007, she was drafted by the Boston Lobsters of the WTT pro league.

2008Edit

In 2008, Ditty qualified for the Open Gaz de France tournament in Paris where she lost to the No. 6 seed and former world No. 1, Amélie Mauresmo. During the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, she made it through the first round by defeating Alona Bondarenko, who was seeded eighth, and got to the second round there before falling to qualifier Timea Bacsinszky 5–7, 4–6, after having leads in both sets. Her win over world No. 22 Alona Bondarenko was best-ever career win. In August, Julie defeated Yuan Meng in the first round at Cincinnati, marking her first win in a WTA main draw since Antwerp.

2009Edit

Ditty was named to the United States Fed Cup team for their match in February against Argentina, after Bethanie Mattek withdrew with an injury; she played doubles with Liezel Huber. They would win the decisive match for the U.S. team, 6–2, 6–3.[1]

Following Fed Cup, Julie lost in the opening round in Midland and in Memphis. She did not play in March.

In April, she won her opening main-draw match in Charleston, South Carolina, defeating Ayumi Morita 6–1, 6–1. This would mark her first tour-level win for the year. In her next tournament, a $75k at Dothan, Alabama, Julie retired in her opening round against Yan Zi. In doubles, she partnered with Carly Gullickson to extend her record of USTA ITF titles to 35 as they would win the doubles title.

In May, she entered the singles qualifying draws in Rome, Madrid, Strasbourg, and the French Open, failing to qualify in all four. In Rome, she partnered with Jill Craybas to win their opening round before falling in the second.

2010Edit

Ditty appeared in the Family Circle Cup, Sony Ericsson Open, and in Wimbledon. She won her first qualifying match against Margalita Chakhnashvili, 6–4, 6–3. She then went on to defeat Jelena Dokić, 5–7, 7–5, 6–2 to reach the final round of qualifying where she lost a place in the main draw to compatriot Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

2014Edit

In June 2014, Ditty emerged from retirement and led Team Kentucky to a decisive win in the Southern Senior Cup Women's 35 and over division. She followed this up by winning the US Open National Playoff tournament for the Southern section [2]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

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

Singles (9–5)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. June 24, 2001 Easton, Maryland, USA Hard   Jeon Mi-ra 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 1. July 8, 2001 Waco, Texas, USA Hard   Jahnavi Parekh 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. September 29, 2002 Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Clay   Neyssa Etienne 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 3. October 6, 2002 Winter Park, Florida, USA Clay   Vladimíra Uhlířová 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 4. June 4, 2006 Houston, Texas, USA Hard (i)   Petra Rampre 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Winner 5. June 11, 2006 Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA Hard   Madison Brengle 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. November 19, 2006 Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA Hard   Stéphanie Dubois 3–6, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 6. February 4, 2007 Palm Desert, California, USA Hard   Angelique Kerber 6–1, 6–0
Winner 7. April 29, 2007 Sea Island, Georgia, USA Clay   Anda Perianu 6–3, 6–2
Winner 8. October 21, 2007 Lawrenceville, USA Hard   Angela Haynes 7–6(8–6), 6–4
Winner 9. September 21, 2008 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA Hard   Rossana de los Ríos 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 3. October 19, 2008 Lawrenceville, USA Hard   Shenay Perry 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. November 9, 2008 Auburn, Alabama, USA Hard   Edina Gallovits 0–6, 7–6(9–7), 5–7
Runner-up 5. November 16, 2008 San Diego, California, USA Hard   Edina Gallovits 6–4, 3–6, 2–6

Doubles (30–22)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. August 8, 1999 Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA Hard   Wang I-ting   Amanda Augustus
  Amy Jensen
7–5, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1. July 1, 2001 Edmond, Oklahoma, USA Hard   Michelle Dasso   Ilke Gers
  Tracey O'Connor
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 2. August 5, 2001 Lexington, Kentucky, USA Hard   Milagros Sequera   Lisa McShea
  Nana Miyagi
0–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. July 7, 2002 Waco, USA Hard   Michelle Dasso   Marina Bernshtein
  Neyssa Etienne
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 4. September 22, 2002 Greenville, Tennessee, USA Clay   Michelle Dasso   Jennifer Radman
  Brooke Skeen
6–4, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 2. September 29, 2002 Raleigh, USA Clay   Michelle Dasso   Erica Krauth
  Vanesa Krauth
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Winner 3. October 6, 2002 Winter Park, Florida, USA Clay   Michelle Dasso   Marilyn Baker
  Ioana Plesu
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 5. April 27, 2003 Dothan, Alabama, USA Clay   Varvara Lepchenko   Milagros Sequera
  Christina Wheeler
7–5, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. May 18, 2003 Charlottesville, Virginia, USA Clay   Christina Wheeler   Bethanie Mattek
  Lilia Osterloh
5–7, 1–6
Winner 4. June 29, 2003 Edmond, USA Hard   Kelly McCain   Angela Haynes
  Jacqueline Trail
6–3, 6–3
Winner 5. August 3, 2003 Louisville, Kentucky, USA Hard   Lisa McShea   Teryn Ashley
  Shenay Perry
7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Runner-up 7. January 25, 2004 Boca Raton, Florida, USA Hard   Allison Bradshaw   Peng Shuai
  Xie Yanze
1–6, 2–6
Winner 6. February 1, 2004 Boca Raton, USA Hard   Allison Bradshaw   Natalia Dziamidzenka
  Sania Mirza
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 8. April 4, 2004 Augusta, Georgia, USA Hard   Jessica Lehnhoff   Francesca Lubiani
  Mashona Washington
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. July 25, 2004 Schenectady, New York, USA Hard   Ansley Cargill   Casey Dellacqua
  Nicole Sewell
6–3, 6–7(2–7), 2–6
Winner 7. August 8, 2004 Louisville, USA Hard   Edina Gallovits   Claire Curran
  Natalie Grandin
1–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 8. October 10, 2004 Lafayette, Louisiana, USA Clay   Kristen Schlukebir   Natalie Grandin
  Arpi Kojian
6–2, 7–5
Winner 9. January 16, 2005 Tampa, Florida, USA Hard   Vladimíra Uhlířová   Cory Ann Avants
  Kristen Schlukebir
6–1, 6–2
Winner 10. January 23, 2005 Miami, Florida, USA Hard   Vladimíra Uhlířová   Mélanie Marois
  Sarah Riske
6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 11. February 6, 2005 Rockford, Illinois, USA Hard (i)   Vladimíra Uhlířová   Joana Cortez
  Svetlana Krivencheva
3–6, 7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 10. April 24, 2005 Dothan, USA Clay   Vladimíra Uhlířová   Carly Gullickson
  Galina Voskoboeva
6–4, 1–6, 2–6
Winner 12. June 12, 2005 Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA Hard   Ansley Cargill   Cory Ann Avants
  Kristen Schlukebir
6–2- 6–3
Runner-up 11. July 17, 2005 Louisville, USA Hard   Teryn Ashley   Natalia Dziamidzenka
  Anda Perianu
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Winner 13. September 26, 2005 Albuquerque, USA Hard   Milagros Sequera   Romana Tedjakusuma
  Napaporn Tongsalee
6–3, 6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–2)
Winner 14. October 9, 2005 Troy, Alabama, USA Hard   Milagros Sequera   Salome Devidze
  Mandy Minella
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 12. January 29, 2006 Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA Hard   Lilia Osterloh   Chan Chin-wei
  Marie-Ève Pelletier
5–7, 6–4, 2–6
Winner 15. February 24, 2006 St. Paul, USA Hard (i)   Milagros Sequera   Eva Hrdinová
  Michaela Paštiková
4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Runner-up 13. June 11, 2006 Hilton Head, USA Hard   Ansley Cargill   Christina Fusano
  Raquel Kops-Jones
6–7(6–8), 4–6
Runner-up 14. June 18, 2006 Allentown, USA Hard   Ansley Cargill   Carly Gullickson
  Tetiana Luzhanska
3–6, 4–6
Winner 16. August 20, 2006 Bronx, New York, USA Hard   Natalie Grandin   Lucie Hradecká
  Michaela Paštiková
6–1, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 17. September 24, 2006 Albuquerque, USA Hard   Milagros Sequera   Christina Fusano
  Aleke Tsoubanos
6–1, 6–4
Winner 18. October 1, 2006 Ashland, Kentucky, USA Hard   Milagros Sequera   Ashley Harkleroad
  Ágnes Szávay
6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 19. October 22, 2006 Houston, Texas, USA Hard   Tetiana Luzhanska   Laura Granville
  Carly Gullickson
6–4, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 20. November 19, 2006 Lawrenceville, USA Hard   Leanne Baker   Christina Fusano
  Aleke Tsoubanos
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 15. January 27, 2007 Waikoloa, USA Hard   Līga Dekmeijere   Natalie Grandin
  Raquel Kops-Jones
0–6, 3–6
Winner 21. February 4, 2007 Palm Desert, California, USA Hard   Edina Gallovits   Natalie Grandin
  Raquel Kops-Jones
6–2, 6–1
Winner 22. March 25, 2007 Redding, California, USA Hard   Chan Chin-wei   Jorgelina Cravero
  Hsieh Su-wei
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 16. August 4, 2007 Washington D.C., USA Hard   Natalie Grandin   Jorgelina Cravero
  Betina Jozami
6–1, 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 17. August 18, 2007 The Bronx, USA Hard   Raquel Kops-Jones   Lucie Hradecká
  Urszula Radwańska
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 18. October 21, 2007 Lawrenceville, USA Hard   Leanne Baker   Stéphanie Dubois
  Alisa Kleybanova
2–6, 0–6
Winner 23. June 6, 2008 Surbiton, England Grass   Abigail Spears   Sarah Borwell
  Elizabeth Thomas
7–6(7–2), 6–2
Winner 24. September 21, 2008 Albuquerque, USA Hard   Carly Gullickson   Jorgelina Cravero
  Betina Jozami
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 19. September 28, 2008 Ashland, USA Hard   Carly Gullickson   Līga Dekmeijere
  Jelena Pandžić
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Winner 25. October 19, 2008 Lawrenceville, USA Hard   Carly Gullickson   Yayuk Basuki
  Romana Tedjakusuma
3–6, 6–4, [12–10]
Winner 26. April 26, 2009 Dothan, USA Hard   Carly Gullickson   Ekaterina Bychkova
  Alexandra Panova
2–6, 6–1, [10–6]
Winner 27. May 2, 2010 Charlottesville, USA Clay   Carly Gullickson   Alexandra Mueller
  Ahsha Rolle
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 20. May 9, 2010 Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, USA Clay   Carly Gullickson   Christina Fusano
  Courtney Nagle
3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 28. October 9, 2010 Kansas City, USA Hard   Abigail Spears   Lauren Albanese
  Irina Falconi
6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 21. November 6, 2010 Grapevine, USA Hard   Chanelle Scheepers   Ahsha Rolle
  Mashona Washington
7–5, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 29. February 5, 2011 Rancho Santa Fe, USA Hard   Mervana Jugić-Salkić   Shuko Aoyama
  Remi Tezuka
6–0, 6–2
Winner 30. March 5, 2011 Hammond, Louisiana, USA Hard   Christina Fusano   Mervana Jugić-Salkić
  Melanie South
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 22. April 30, 2011 Charlottesville, USA Clay   Carly Gullickson   Sharon Fichman
  Marie-Ève Pelletier
4–6, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mattek Out, Ditty in on US Fed Cup Squad SI.com, February 2, 2009
  2. ^ [1] USONP Southern section

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