Julia Vakulenko
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Julia Vakulenko
Julia Vakulenko
Country (sports) Ukraine
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1983-07-10) July 10, 1983 (age 36)
Yalta, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Ukraine)
Height1.83 m (6 ft)
Turned pro1998
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$869,480
Career record282-191
Career titles0 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 32 (November 19, 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2004, 2007)
French Open3R (2003, 2006)
Wimbledon2R (2005)
US Open4R (2007)
Career record16-37
Career titles0
Highest ranking136 (February 9, 2004)
Last updated on: June 23, 2008.

Julia Olegovna Vakulenko (Ukrainian: ? ) (born July 10, 1983 in Yalta) -- is a Ukraine-born female tennis player. She achieved her career high ranking of No. 32 on November 19, 2007.

In April, 2008, Vakulenko renounced her Ukrainian citizenship, and then announced her decision to acquire the citizenship of Spain where she's lived for the last 10 years.[1][2]


At the 2006 French Open, Vakulenko reached the third round.

At Wimbledon 2006, she withdrew during the first round due to injury.

Julia became Kim Clijsters' last opponent in her professional career (before Clijsters' return in 2009). Julia won 7-6(3), 6-3 in the second round of J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland on May 3, 2007. This earned her the nickname "Kimmie Killer".

A week later, Julia defeated World No. 3 Amélie Mauresmo at the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 (her career best) and then defeated Dinara Safina 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, before retiring in the first set in the semifinals to eventual champion Ana Ivanovic due to an injury.

On August 28, 2007, in the first round of the US Open, Julia defeated number nine seed Daniela Hantuchová 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. She eventually reached the fourth round, her best performance at a major, before falling to Ágnes Szávay.

At the final event of the season, the Bell Challenge held in Quebec City, Canada, Julia reached the first WTA final of her career. En route, she beat Rossana de los Ríos, home favourite Stéphanie Dubois, Olga Govortsova and Julie Ditty. In the final, she lost to three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 6-1, who was playing in only her third event since giving birth.

After changing of her citizenship from Ukraine to Spain in April, 2008, she planned to play for the Spain in the Fed Cup, but wasn't able to compete in the 2008 Olympics due to lack of time to be included in Spain's application.[1]

WTA Tour finals

Singles: 1 (0-1)

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0) Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (0) Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (1) Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (0) International (0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. November 4, 2007 Bell Challenge Quebec City, Canada Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 1-6

Singles performance timeline

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament when the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2008 French Open, which ended on June 8, 2008.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open Q1 A Q3 2R A A 2R 1R A Q1 2-3
French Open A Q2 3R 1R A 3R 1R 1R Q1 A 4-5
Wimbledon Q3 Q2 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R Q1 A 1-6
US Open Q3 A 2R 2R A A 4R 1R Q1 A 5-4
Grand Slam Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 3-3 2-4 1-1 2-2 4-4 0-4 0-0 0-0 12-18
WTA Tier I tournaments
Doha1 Not Tier I or Was Not Held A 0-0
Indian Wells A A 1R A A 1R A 0-2
Miami A A 1R A A 3R A 2-2
Charleston 1R A A A 3R 1R A 2-3
Berlin A A 1R A 2R SF A 5-3
Rome 2R A A A A A 1R 1-2
Montreal/Toronto A A A A A 1R 0-1
Tokyo A A 1R A A A 0-1
Moscow A A A A A A 0-0
San Diego1 A A A A A 1R - 0-1
Zurich1 A A A A A A - 0-0
WTA Tier II tournaments
Amelia Island1 A A A A A 2R - 1-1
Warsaw1 A A A 2R 2R 3R - 4-3
Stanford1 A A A A A 1R - 0-1
Los Angeles1 A A A A A 1R - 0-1
Luxembourg1 A A A A A 1R - 0-1
Stuttgart1 A A A A A 2R - 1-1
Linz1 A A A A A QF - 3-1
WTA Tier III tournaments
Birmingham1 A A A A A 3R - 2-1
WTA Tier IV tournaments
Hyderabad1 A 1R A A A A - 0-1
WTA Tier V tournaments
Casablanca1 A A 1R A A A - 0-1
Tournaments Won 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Year End Ranking 209 73 129 185 120 32 N/A
  • A = did not participate in the tournament
  • 1Doha became a Tier I tournament in 2008, replacing San Diego and Zürich

Head-to-head record against other players

Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

Top 10 wins

Season 2007 Total
Wins 3 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score JVR
1. Belgium Kim Clijsters No. 4 Warsaw Open, Warsaw, Poland Clay 2nd Round 7-6(7-3), 6-3 No. 61
2. France Amélie Mauresmo No. 3 German Open, Berlin, Germany Clay 3rd Round 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 No. 53
3. Russia Dinara Safina No. 10 German Open, Berlin, Germany Clay Quarterfinals 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 No. 53


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