María Emilia Salerni

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

María Emilia Salerni
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceRafaela
Born (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 37)
Rafaela
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$656,296
Singles
Career record263–173
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
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 (0–1)Edit

Legend
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV & V (0–1)
Outcome Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 24 February 2008 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Nuria Llagostera Vives 0–6, 4–6

Doubles: 6 (2–4)Edit

Legend
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III (1–1)
Tier IV & V (1–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 29 July 2001 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Casablanca, Morocco Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Lubomira Bacheva
  Åsa Svensson
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–1
Runner-up 2. 14 April 2002 Bausch & Lomb Championships, Amelia Island, United States Clay   Åsa Svensson   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Daniela Hantuchová
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 13 September 2002 Quebec City, Canada Carpet (i)   Fabiola Zuluaga   Samantha Reeves
  Jessica Steck
6–4, 3–6, 5–7
Winner 1. 5 April 2003 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Gisela Dulko   Henrieta Nagyová
  Elena Tatarkova
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 17 November 2004 Quebec City, Canada Hard (i)   Carly Gullickson   Els Callens
  Samantha Stosur
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 24 July 2005 Cincinnati, United States Hard   Květa Peschke   Laura Granville
  Abigail Spears
6–3, 2–6, 4–6

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 16 (12–4)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 26 September 1999 Asunción, Paraguay Clay   Mariana Mesa 3–6, 7–6, 7–5
Winner 2. 3 October 1999 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay   Eugenia Chialvo 6–3, 6–0
Winner 3. 10 October 1999 Santiago, Chile Clay   Eugenia Chialvo 6–1, 6–3
Winner 4. 23 April 2000 San Severo, Italy Clay   Vanesa Krauth 6–4, 6–1
Winner 5. 14 May 2000 Caserta, Italy Clay   Lamia Esaadi 6–4, 6–1
Winner 6. 30 July 2000 Horb, Germany Clay   Adriana Jerabek 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Winner 7. 6 August 2000 Ettenheim, Germany Clay   Martina Suchá 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 1 February 2004 Waikoloa, United States Hard   Melinda Czink 6–7, 2–6
Winner 8. 19 September 2004 Ashland, United States Hard   Kelly McCain 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 3 October 2004 Troy, United States Hard   Shenay Perry 2–6, 2–6
Winner 9. 12 February 2006 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Vasilisa Bardina 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 10. 1 April 2007 La Palma, Spain Hard   Georgie Gent 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 30 June 2007 Getxo, Spain Hard   Nuria Llagostera Vives 3–6, 3–6
Winner 11. 8 July 2007 Cuneo, Italy Clay   Sara Errani 3–6, 6–1, 7–6
Winner 12. 21 March 2009 Lima, Peru Clay   Lucía Jara Lozano 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 15 June 2009 Montpellier, France Clay   Anaïs Laurendon 3–6, 2–6

Doubles (9–9)Edit

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

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Preceded by
Lina Krasnoroutskaya
ITF Junior World Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Svetlana Kuznetsova