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Lubomira Bacheva (Bulgarian: Любомира Бачева, born 7 March 1975) is a retired professional tennis player from Bulgaria. She reached her career high ranking of No. 68 in the world on 1 November 1999.

Lubomira Bacheva
Любомира Бачева
Ljubomira Bačeva.jpg
Country (sports) Bulgaria
ResidenceSofia, Bulgaria
Born (1975-03-07) 7 March 1975 (age 44)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Turned pro1990
Retired2004
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$534,838
Singles
Career record381–275
Career titles0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 68 (1 November 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenR1 (2000, 2001)
French OpenR2 (1999)
WimbledonR2 (2000)
US OpenR2 (2000)
Doubles
Career record179–150
Career titles2 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 53 (16 April 2001)

Tennis careerEdit

As a junior, Bacheva won the European Championships in 1989 and 1991.[1]

Bacheva turned professional in 1990 and spent several years on the ITF Women's Circuit building up her ranking. In 1999, she finally broke through the top 100 and reached her first WTA Tour semifinal at the Estoril Open as a lucky loser. She finished that year at No. 73. She finished 2000 again in the top 100. In 2001, she beat Chanda Rubin for her career best win. She played her last professional match in 2004—a first round loss to Dally Randriantefy in an ITF event.

Bacheva won no WTA singles titles, but did win two doubles titles in Casablanca and Budapest respectively. She was a member of the Bulgarian Fed Cup team from 1993 to 1996.[2]

WTA Career finalsEdit

Doubles: 4 (2–2)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 23 April 2000 Budapest, Hungary Clay   Cristina Torrens Valero   Jelena Kostanić
  Sandra Načuk
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 1 October 2000 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Carpet (I)   Cristina Torrens Valero   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
3–6, 6–7(0–7)
Winner 2. 29 July 2001 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Åsa Carlsson   María José Martínez Sánchez
  María Emilia Salerni
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–1
Runner-up 2. 14 July 2002 Palermo, Italy Clay   Angelika Rösch   Evgenia Kulikovskaya
  Ekaterina Sysoeva
4–6, 3–6

ITF Singles Circuit finals: 53 (20–33)Edit

Singles: 25 (9–16)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 7 April 1991 Šibenik, Yugoslavia Clay   Irina Sukhova 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 30 June 1991 Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia Clay   Kateřina Šišková 2–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 7 July 1991 Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia Clay   Kateřina Šišková 6–4, 1–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 15 September 1991 Haskovo, Bulgaria Clay   Elena Makarova 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 5 August 1992 Vaihingen, Germany Clay   Joannette Kruger 1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. 10 September 1995 Spoleto, Italy Clay   Cristina Salvi 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Winner 3. 10 August 1997 Rebecq, Belgium Clay   Kildine Chevalier 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 28 September 1997 Albena, Bulgaria Clay   Desislava Topalova 6–2, 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 9 November 1997 Moulins, France Hard (I)   Edith Nunes-Bersot 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 23 November 1997 Deauville, France Carpet (I)   Gabriela Kučerová 3–6, 6–7
Winner 4. 5 April 1998 Brest, France Hard (I)   Sophie Georges 7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 8. 12 July 1998 Puchheim, Germany Clay   Gisela Riera 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 19 July 1998 Darmstadt, Germany Clay   Petra Mandula 6–3, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 10. 2 August 1998 Les Contamines, France Hard   Anca Barna 6–7, 1–6
Winner 5. 22 November 1998 Deauville, France Carpet (I)   Silvia Sosnarova 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 14 March 1999 Biel, Switzerland Hard (I)   Evie Dominikovic 4–6, 7–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 28 March 1999 Dinan, France Clay (I)   Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 6–2, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 7. 12 September 1999 Denain, France Clay   Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 6–4, 6–1
Winner 8. 19 September 1999 Bordeaux, France Clay   Gloria Pizzichini 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 12. 26 September 1999 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Marta Marrero 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. 17 September 2000 Bordeaux, France Clay   Émilie Loit 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 9 September 2001 Denain, France Clay   Céline Beigbeder 4–6, 0–6
Winner 9. 16 September 2001 Bordeaux, France Clay   Anna Smashnova 4–6, 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 15. 10 August 2003 Cuneo, Italy Clay   Tathiana Garbin 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 16. 18 July 2004 Vittel, France Clay   Nuria Llagostera Vives 2–6, 4–6

Doubles: 28 (11–17)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 10 February 1991 Helsinki, Finland Carpet (I)   Elena Pogorelova   Nadja Beik
  Meike Babel
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 2. 7 July 1991 Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia Clay   Ivona Horvat   Elena Pogorelova
  Irina Sukhova
5–7, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 15 September 1991 Haskovo, Bulgaria Clay   Galia Angelova   Elena Pogorelova
  Irina Sukhova
7–6, 6–7, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 10 November 1991 Manchester, Great Britain Carpet (I)   Barbara Griffiths   Amanda Grunfeld
  Julie Salmon
6–7(2–7), 1–6
Runner-up 2. 12 April 1992 Limoges, France Carpet (I)   Sylvia Štefková   Els Callens
  Michèle Strebel
6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 20 September 1992 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Galia Angelova   Karina Kuregian
  Kirrily Sharpe
6–7, 2–6
Winner 4. 19 September 1993 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Galia Angelova   Patrícia Marková
  Zuzana Nemsaková
6–0, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 10 April 1994 Athens, Greece Clay   Sandra Van Der Aa   Patrícia Marková
  Simona Nedorostova
3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 5. 23 September 1995 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Réka Vidáts   Geraldine Aizenberg
  Laura Montalvo
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 28 September 1997 Albena, Bulgaria Clay   Antoaneta Pandjerova   Galina Dimitrova
  Desislava Topalova
5–7, 1–6
Winner 5. 23 November 1997 Deauville, France Carpet (I)   Julia Abe   Katalin Marosi
  Caroline Schneider
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 5 July 1998 Vaihingen, Germany Clay   Julia Abe   Laurence Courtois
  Maja Murić
1–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 2 August 1998 Les Contamines, France Hard   Jasmin Wöhr   Caroline Dhenin
  Sophie Georges
2–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 7. 6 September 1998 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Maaike Koutstaal   Magda Mihalache
  Zuzana Váleková
6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 8. 22 November 1998 Deauville, France Carpet (I)   Iroda Tulyaganova   Emmanuelle Curutchet
  Samantha Schoeffel
1–6, 6–2, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 19 September 1999 Bordeaux, France Clay   Cristina Torrens Valero   Åsa Carlsson
  Émilie Loit
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 10. 8 July 2001 Orbetello, Italy Clay   Laurence Courtois   María Emilia Salerni
  Patricia Tarabini
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 11. 14 October 2001 Poitiers, France Hard (I)   Amanda Hopmans   Kristie Boogert
  Laurence Courtois
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 21 October 2001 Southampton, Great Britain Hard (I)   Elena Tatarkova   Nannie De Villiers
  Irina Selyutina
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 2–6
Winner 8. 22 September 2002 Biella, Italy Clay   Eva Bes-Ostariz   María José Martínez Sánchez
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
7–5, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 9. 6 October 2002 Girona, Spain Clay   Gala León García   Flavia Pennetta
  Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 3 November 2002 Poitiers, France Hard (I)   Evgenia Kulikovskaya   Caroline Dhenin
  Émilie Loit
W/O
Runner-up 13. 10 August 2003 Cuneo, Italy Clay   Stefanie Haidner   Mervana Jugić-Salkić
  Darija Jurak
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 5 October 2003 Girona, Spain Clay   Roberta Vinci   Conchita Martínez Granados
  María José Martínez Sánchez
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 15. 8 February 2004 Urtijëi, Italy Carpet (I)   Angelika Rösch   Olga Vymetálková
  Gabriela Navrátilová
1–6, 3–6
Winner 11. 2 May 2004 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay   Eva Birnerová   Ruxandra Dragomir
  Antonia Matic
4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 16. 1 August 2004 Modena, Italy Clay   Eva Birnerová   Gabriela Navrátilová
  Michaela Paštiková
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 17. 13 September 2004 Denain, France Clay   Michaela Paštiková   Yuliana Fedak
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–1, 1–6, 2–6
  • W/O = Walkover

Fed CupEdit

Singles (0–4)Edit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent W/L Result
1995 World Group I RPO 22 July 1995   South Africa Hard   Joannette Kruger L 0–6, 3–6
23 July 1995   Amanda Coetzer L 2–6, 4–6
1996 World Group II QF 27 April 1996   Slovakia Clay   Karina Habšudová L 0–6, 1–6
28 April 1996   Katarína Studeníková L 3–6, 4–6

Doubles (1–2)Edit

Edition Round Date Partner Against Surface Opponents W/L Result
1993 World Group I R1 19 July 1993   Katerina Maleeva   South Korea Clay   Kim Il-soon
  Park Sung-hee
L 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 1–4, Ret.
1994 World Group I R2 21 July 1994   Svetlana Krivencheva   Indonesia Clay   Natalia Soetrisno
  Romana Tedjakusuma
W 6–1, 6–3
1995 World Group I RPO 23 July 1995   Dora Djilianova   South Africa Hard   Amanda Coetzer
  Elna Reinach
L 1–6, 4–6
  • RPO = Relegation Play–off

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lubomira Bacheva Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Profile". Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  2. ^ "Lubomira Bacheva Fed Cup Player Profile". Archived from the original on September 16, 2012. Retrieved 2010-05-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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