Monday, 25 May 2009

Spotlight On ... Alexandra Dulgheru

Not too many players win a WTA title at their first attempt, but Alexandra Dulgheru can claim that honour. She won her first WTA title in Warsaw as a qualifier, beating the likes of Sara Errani, Daniela Hantuchova and Alona Bondarenko en route. Prior to this triumph, the Romanian was ranked outside of the top 200 with two ITF singles titles to her name. The Warsaw win saw her ranking jump over 100 places in just one week and propelled her into the world's top 100.

Just before she embarked on her impressive run in Warsaw, Alexandra had won an ITF title in Italy, lost in qualifying in Estoril (l. to Michelle Larcher de Brito in the second qualifying round) and reached the quarter-finals of an ITF event in France (l. to 5th seed Yanina Wickmayer).

Alexandra started playing tennis at the age of four after enrolling in the local tennis club. Perhaps unsurprisingly (given the Warsaw triumph), her favourite surface is clay.

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