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Ioana Raluca Olaru (born 3 March 1989) is a professional tennis player from Romania. The winner of 11 singles and 15 doubles ITF titles,[1] Olaru reached one WTA Tour singles final, at the 2009 Gastein Ladies,[2] losing to Andrea Petkovic 2–6, 3–6.[3] She also has won nine WTA doubles titles.

Raluca Olaru
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Raluca Olaru at the 2016 US Open
Full nameIoana Raluca Olaru
Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Born (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 30)
Bucharest
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (two–handed backhand)
Prize money$1,472,143
Singles
Career record258–186
Career titles0 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 53 (27 July 2009)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2008, 2010)
French Open3R (2007)
Wimbledon2R (2009, 2010)
US Open2R (2007, 2008)
Doubles
Career record295–233
Career titles9 WTA, 15 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 32 (28 August 2017)
Current rankingNo. 48 (4 November 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
French OpenQF (2017)
Wimbledon2R (2013)
US Open3R (2015)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open2R (2019)
WimbledonQF (2018, 2019)
US OpenQF (2018)
Team competitions
Fed Cup6–11
Last updated on: 4 November 2019.
Olaru plays at Wimbledon, 2013

Olaru was a successful junior player. She was the runner–up in both junior singles and doubles at the 2005 French Open,[4] and captured the 2006 US Open doubles title along with Mihaela Buzărnescu. Her best professional Grand Slam result so far has been the third round of the 2007 French Open, when she defeated the 30th seed Julia Vakulenko in straight sets and lost to eventual runner–up, the seventh seed Ana Ivanovic.[5] Olaru reached her highest singles ranking, world No. 53, on 27 July 2009, and her highest doubles ranking, No. 32, on 28 August 2017.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Ioana Raluca Olaru currently resides in her hometown Bucharest.[6] Her parents, Adrian and Doina, run a convenience store together.[7] Her sister Cristina is 16 years older than Olaru, and lives in London.[7] Olaru began playing tennis aged seven,[6] and cites Kim Clijsters,[8] Martina Navratilova and Roger Federer as her role models.[7] She graduated from school in 2007, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.[8]

Tennis careerEdit

Raluca started her 2017 season at Shenzhen Open where she reached the final with Olga Savchuk, but they lost 1–6, 5–7 to Peng Shuai and Andrea Hlaváčková.

Next week, Olaru with Olga Savchuk won the doubles title at the Hobart International, it was her sixth WTA doubles title.

Playing styleEdit

Olaru considers being a fighter as her biggest asset.[7] She cites clay as her favourite surface[6] and backhand down the line as favourite shot,[8] but she can play well on all surfaces and she likes mixing her game with drop shots.[7] Olaru is currently coached by Adrian Gavrila, Adrian Cruciat and Artemon Apostu Efremov.[8]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 26 July 2009 Gastein Ladies, Austria Clay   Andrea Petkovic 2–6, 3–6

Doubles: 18 (9 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (9–8)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–4)
Clay (4–5)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 5 July 2008 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay   Vanessa Henke   Alizé Cornet
  Janette Husárová
7–6(7–5), 1–6, [6–10]
Winner 1. 5 October 2008 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Hard   Olga Savchuk   Nina Bratchikova
  Kathrin Wörle
5–7, 7–5, [10–7]
Winner 2. 26 February 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Mexico Hard   Mariya Koryttseva   Arantxa Parra Santonja
  Lourdes Domínguez Lino
5–7, 7–5, [10–7]
Runner-up 2. 14 April 2013 BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Poland Clay (i)   Valeria Solovyeva   Lara Arruabarrena
  Lourdes Domínguez Lino
4–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 15 June 2013 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Germany Clay   Valeria Solovyeva   Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Květa Peschke
2–6, 7–6(7–3), [11–9]
Runner-up 3. 24 May 2014 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Germany Clay   Shahar Pe'er   Michaëlla Krajicek
  Karolína Plíšková
0–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Runner-up 4. 27 July 2014 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan Hard   Shahar Pe'er   Alexandra Panova
  Heather Watson
2–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 4. 12 October 2014 Generali Ladies Linz, Austria Hard (i)   Anna Tatishvili   Annika Beck
  Caroline Garcia
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 23 May 2015 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Germany Clay   Lara Arruabarrena   Chan Hao-ching
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 6. 29 April 2016 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Morocco Clay   Tatjana Maria   Xenia Knoll
  Aleksandra Krunić
3–6, 0–6
Winner 5. 1 October 2016 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan (2) Hard   İpek Soylu   Demi Schuurs
  Renata Voráčová
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 7 January 2017 Shenzhen Open, China Hard   Olga Savchuk   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Peng Shuai
1–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 14 January 2017 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Olga Savchuk   Gabriela Dabrowski
  Yang Zhaoxuan
0–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Winner 7. 23 July 2017 Bucharest Open, Romania Clay   Irina-Camelia Begu   Elise Mertens
  Demi Schuurs
6–3, 6–3
Winner 8. 4 May 2018 Morocco Open Clay   Anna Blinkova   Georgina García Pérez
  Fanny Stollár
6–4, 6–4
Winner 9. 26 May 2018 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Clay   Mihaela Buzărnescu   Nadiia Kichenok
  Anastasia Rodionova
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 8. 29 September 2018 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Hard   Irina-Camelia Begu   Olga Danilović
  Tamara Zidanšek
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 19 October 2018 Kremlin Cup, Russia Hard (i)   Darija Jurak   Alexandra Panova
  Laura Siegemund
2–6, 6–7(2–7)

WTA 125 series finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 30 May 2016 Croatian Bol Ladies Open Clay   İpek Soylu   Xenia Knoll
  Petra Martić
3–6, 2–6

ITF finalsEdit

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

Singles (11–7)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 16 August 2004 Iași, Romania Clay   Monica Niculescu 6–7, 0–6
Winner 2. 24 April 2005 Herceg Novi, Serbia Clay   Miljana Adanko 7–5, 7–6(2)
Winner 3. 19 July 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Anna Bastrikova 6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 2 August 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Mădălina Gojnea 7–6(3), 7–5
Winner 5. 2 May 2006 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Sorana Cîrstea 1–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 6. 7 May 2006 Rabat, Morocco Clay   Samia Medjahdi 6–2, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 7. 3 July 2006 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay   Nina Bratchikova 4–6, 6–4, 0–6
Winner 8. 7 November 2006 Toronto, Canada Hard(i)   Carly Gullickson 6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. 23 April 2007 Torrent, Spain Clay   Andrea Petkovic 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 30 April 2007 Catania, Italy Clay   Darya Kustova 3–6, 6–2, 3–6
Winner 11. 14 July 2008 Contrexéville, France Clay   Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 6–4, 6–2
Winner 12. 8 June 2009 Marseille, France Clay   Maša Zec Peškirič 6–7(4), 7–5, 6–4
Winner 13. 25 July 2011 Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay   Tatjana Maria 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 14. 9 April 2012 Pomezia, Italy Clay   Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6–0, 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 15. 28 October 2012 Brasília, Brazil Clay   Timea Bacsinszky 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 16. 10 November 2012 Asunción, Paraguay Clay   Verónica Cepede Royg 7–5, 6–7(7), 2–6
Runner-up 17. 26 January 2013 Eilat, İsrael Hard   Alla Kudryavtseva 7–6(4), 3–6, 2–6
Winner 18. 3 March 2013 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Jovana Jakšić 6–3, 7–5

Doubles (15–16)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 14 June 2004 Brașov, Romania Clay   Lenore Lăzăroiu   Corina Corduneanu
  Alexandra Iacob
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 23 August 2004 Timișoara, Romania Clay   Lenore Lăzăroiu   Sorana Cîrstea
  Gabriela Niculescu
1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Winner 1. 27 September 2004 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Clay   Corina Corduneanu   Veronika Raimrová
  Anamaria Sere
4–6, 6–0, 6–4
Winner 2. 27 April 2005 Herceg Novi, Serbia Clay   Antonia Xenia Tout   Aleksandra Lukič
  Patricia Vollmeier
6–4, 4–1 ret.
Winner 3. 25 July 2005 Arad, Romania Clay   Corina Corduneanu   Anna Bastrikova
  Vasilisa Davydova
6–1, 6–4
Winner 4. 7 August 2005 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Corina Corduneanu   Bianca Ioana Bonifate
  Sorana Cîrstea
6–1, 6–1
Winner 5. 9 April 2006 Makarska, Croatia Clay   Antonia Xenia Tout   Johanna Larsson
  Nadja Roma
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 7 May 2006 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Simona Matei   Sorana Cîrstea
  Gabriela Niculescu
4–6, 6–0, 6–7(3–7)
Runner–up 4. 13 May 2006 Rabat, Morocco Clay   María Fernanda Álvarez Terán   Bahia Mouhtassine
  Émilie Bacquet
w/o
Winner 6. 3 July 2006 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay   Margalita Chakhnashvili   Akgul Amanmuradova
  Nina Bratchikova
7–5, 1–6, 6–1
Runner–up 5. 13 August 2006 Hechingen, Germany Clay   Kristina Antoniychuk   Eva Fislová
  Stanislava Hrozenská
3–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6
Runner–up 6. 11 November 2006 Toronto, Canada Hard (i)   Heidi El Tabakh   Angelika Bachmann
  Hana Šromová
4–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 11 September 2010 Biella, Italy Clay   Mariya Koryttseva   Andreja Klepač
  Aurélie Védy
7–5, 6–4
Runner–up 7. 20 September 2010 Saint Malo, France Clay   Mariya Koryttseva   Petra Cetkovská
  Lucie Hradecká
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 16 September 2011 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Alexandra Cadanțu   Nina Bratchikova
  Darija Jurak
4–6, 5–7
Winner 8. 15 January 2012 Innisbrook, United States Clay   Darya Kustova   Gioia Barbieri
  Nadejda Guskova
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 11 February 2012 Cali, Colombia Clay   Alexandra Cadanțu   Karin Knapp
  Mandy Minella
4–6, 3–6
Winner 9. 21 April 2012 Civitavecchia, Italy Clay   Elena Bogdan   Claudia Giovine
  Marina Shamayko
6–3, 7–5
Winner 10. 27 April 2012 Tunis, Tunisia Clay   Elena Bogdan   Inés Ferrer Suárez
  Richèl Hogenkamp
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 19 May 2012 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Elena Bogdan   Olga Savchuk
  Renata Voráčová
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 21 July 2012 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Elena Bogdan   Irina-Camelia Begu
  Alizé Cornet
2–6, 0–6
Winner 11. 30 August 2012 Mamaia, Romania Clay   Elena Bogdan   Danka Kovinić
  Tadeja Majerič
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 12. 13 September 2012 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Marina Melnikova   Katarzyna Piter
  Barbara Sobaszkiewicz
5–7, 1–6
Winner 12. 27 October 2012 Brasília, Brazil Clay   Elena Bogdan   Timea Bacsinszky
  Julia Cohen
6–3, 3–6, [10–8]
Winner 13. 3 November 2012 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Elena Bogdan   María Fernanda Álvarez Terán
  Maria Fernanda Alves
1–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Winner 14. 26 January 2013 Eilat, Israel Hard   Alla Kudryavtseva   Ilona Kremen
  Pemra Özgen
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 13. 3 November 2013 Barnstaple, Great Britain Hard (i)   Tamira Paszek   Naomi Broady
  Kristýna Plíšková
3–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Winner 15. 21 June 2015 Ilkley, Great Britain Grass   Xu Yifan   An-Sophie Mestach
  Demi Schuurs
6–3, 6–4
Runner–up 14. 22 August 2015 Vancouver, Canada Hard   Anna Tatishvili   Johanna Konta
  Maria Sanchez
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner–up 15. 23 September 2016 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i)   Alena Tarasova   Maria Marfutina
  Anna Morgina
2–6, 3–6
Runner–up 16. 14 May 2017 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay   Renata Voráčová   Chang Kai-chen
  Hsieh Su-wei
5–7, 1–6

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A A A A A 1R Q2 1R Q2 A Q1 A 0–2
French Open A A A A 3R 1R 1R 1R Q1 A Q1 A 2–4
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R 2R 2R Q1 A Q1 A 2–3
US Open A A A A 2R 2R 1R Q1 A A A A 2–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 1–4 1–4 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–12

Head-to-head record against other playersEdit

WTA Tour career earningsEdit

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
2005–06 0 0 0 ? [1] n/a
2007 0 0 0 ? [2] ? [3]
2008 0 0 0 ? [4] ? [5]
2009 0 0 0 ? [6] ? [7]
2010 0 0 0 ? [8] ? [9]
2011 0 0 0 ? [10] 3
2012 0 0 0 ? [11] ? [12]
2013 0 0 0 ? [13] ? [14]
2014 0 0 0 73,665 204
2015* 0 0 0 47,045[permanent dead link] ? [15]
Career* 0 0 0 865,108 ? [16]

*as of 29 June 2015

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit