María Emilia Salerni

María Emilia Salerni (born 14 May 1983), known as "Pitu Salerni", is a former professional tennis player from Argentina.

María Emilia Salerni
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceRafaela, Argentina
Born (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 38)
Rafaela
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$656,296
Singles
Career record263–173 (60.3%)
Career titles0 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 65 (25 February 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2002, 2003, 2008)
French Open1R (2001, 2008, 2009)
Wimbledon1R (2001)
US Open2R (2005)
Doubles
Career record151–124 (54.9%)
Career titles2 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 45 (23 September 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2002, 2003)
French Open2R (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009)
Wimbledon1R (2001, 2003, 2006)
US Open3R (2001, 2002)

On 25 February 2008, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 65. On 23 September 2002, she peaked at No. 45 in the doubles rankings.

The two-time former junior Grand Slam champion, winning Wimbledon and US Open in 2000, as well as finishing runner-up at Roland Garros, was named the 2000 ITF Junior World Champion. Salerni dated Argentine tennis player Guillermo Cañas until 2007.[1]

Salerni retired from professional tennis in 2009 after a string of injuries.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (runner-up)Edit

Legend
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV & V (0–1)
Result Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss Feb 2008 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia Clay   Nuria Llagostera Vives 0–6, 4–6

Doubles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III (1–1)
Tier IV & V (1–2)
Result Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 29 July 2001 Morocco Open Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Lubomira Bacheva
  Åsa Svensson
3–6, 7–6(7–4), 1–6
Loss 14 April 2002 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay   Åsa Svensson   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Daniela Hantuchová
4–6, 2–6
Loss 13 September 2002 Tournoi de Québec, Canada Carpet (i)   Fabiola Zuluaga   Samantha Reeves
  Jessica Steck
6–4, 3–6, 5–7
Win 5 April 2003 Morocco Open Clay   Gisela Dulko   Henrieta Nagyová
  Elena Tatarkova
6–3, 6–4
Win 17 November 2004 Tournoi de Québec, Canada Hard (i)   Carly Gullickson   Els Callens
  Samantha Stosur
7–5, 7–5
Loss 24 July 2005 Cincinnati Open, U.S. Hard   Květa Peschke   Laura Granville
  Abigail Spears
6–3, 2–6, 4–6

ITF finalsEdit

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

Singles: 16 (12–4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 26 September 1999 ITF Asunción, Paraguay Clay   Mariana Mesa 3–6, 7–6, 7–5
Winner 2. 3 October 1999 ITF Montevideo, Uruguay Clay   Eugenia Chialvo 6–3, 6–0
Winner 3. 10 October 1999 ITF Santiago, Chile Clay   Eugenia Chialvo 6–1, 6–3
Winner 4. 23 April 2000 ITF San Severo, Italy Clay   Vanesa Krauth 6–4, 6–1
Winner 5. 14 May 2000 ITF Caserta, Italy Clay   Lamia Essaadi 6–4, 6–1
Winner 6. 30 July 2000 ITF Horb, Germany Clay   Adriana Jerabek 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Winner 7. 6 August 2000 ITF Ettenheim, Germany Clay   Martina Suchá 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 1 February 2004 ITF Waikoloa, United States Hard   Melinda Czink 6–7, 2–6
Winner 8. 19 September 2004 ITF Ashland, United States Hard   Kelly McCain 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 3 October 2004 ITF Troy, United States Hard   Shenay Perry 2–6, 2–6
Winner 9. 12 February 2006 ITF Midland, United States Hard (i)   Vasilisa Bardina 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 10. 1 April 2007 ITF La Palma, Spain Hard   Georgie Gent 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 30 June 2007 ITF Getxo, Spain Hard   Nuria Llagostera Vives 3–6, 3–6
Winner 11. 8 July 2007 ITF Cuneo, Italy Clay   Sara Errani 3–6, 6–1, 7–6
Winner 12. 21 March 2009 ITF Lima, Peru Clay   Lucía Jara Lozano 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 15 June 2009 ITF Montpellier, France Clay   Anaïs Laurendon 3–6, 2–6

Doubles: 18 (9–9)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 27 September 1999 ITF Montevideo, Uruguay Clay   Jorgelina Cravero   Melody Falcó
  Joelle Schad
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 4 October 1999 ITF Santiago, Chile Clay   Jorgelina Cravero   Natalia Gussoni
  Aliénor Tricerri
5–7, 4–6
Winner 1. 24 July 2000 ITF Horb, Germany Clay   Patrycja Bandurowska   Zuzana Hejdová
  Kristen van Elden
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 6 August 2000 ITF Ettenheim, Germany Hard   Mariana Díaz Oliva   Nadejda Ostrovskaya
  Anna Zaporozhanova
4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 8 July 2001 ITF Orbetello, Italy Clay   Patricia Tarabini   Lubomira Bacheva
  Laurence Courtois
7–6(5), 3–6, 6–1
Winner 3. 12 May 2003 ITF Bromma, Sweden Clay   Gisela Dulko   Melinda Czink
  Zsófia Gubacsi
6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 8 June 2003 ITF Galatina, Italy Clay   Arantxa Parra Santonja   Bahia Mouhtassine
  Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
6–0, 7–6(6)
Runner-up 4. 7 September 2003 ITF Fano, Italy Clay   Gala León García   Conchita Martínez Granados
  Giulia Casoni
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 21 September 2003 ITF Columbus,
United States
Hard   Andreea Ehritt-Vanc   Teryn Ashley
  Ally Baker
3–6, 7–6(4), 2–6
Winner 5. 18 September 2004 ITF Ashland,
United States
Hard   Sandra Klösel   Cory Ann Avants
  Kristen Schlukebir
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 26 September 2004 ITF Albuquerque,
United States
Hard   Stéphanie Dubois   Maureen Drake
  Carly Gullickson
3–6, 6–7(6)
Runner-up 7. 22 October 2005 ITF Saint-Raphaël,
France
Hard (i)   Meilen Tu   Lucie Hradecká
  Sandra Záhlavová
6–4, 4–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 31 January 2006 ITF Rockford,
United States
Hard   Maria Fernanda Alves   Michaela Paštiková
  Abigail Spears
0–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 7. 11 May 2007 ITF Monzón, Spain Hard   Estrella Cabeza Candela   Iryna Brémond
  Vesna Dolonc
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 8. 30 June 2007 ITF Getxo, Spain Clay   Conchita Martínez Granados   Nuria Llagostera Vives
  Laura Pous Tió
2–6, 1–6
Winner 8. 16 March 2009 ITF Lima, Peru Clay   Lucía Jara Lozano   Carla Beltrami
  Tatiana Búa
7–6(3), 6–3
Runner-up 9. 6 June 2009 ITF Galatina, Italy Clay   Beatriz García Vidagany   Elena Bovina
  Regina Kulikova
2–6, 1–6
Winner 9. 12 June 2009 ITF Marseille, France Clay   Tathiana Garbin   Elena Bovina
  Timea Bacsinszky
6–7(4), 6–3, [10–7]

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Preceded by ITF Junior World Champion
2000
Succeeded by