Gisela Dulko life and biography

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Gisela Dulko biography

Date of birth : 1985-01-30
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality : Argentine
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-10
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, WTA tour, Grand Slam title

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Gisela Dulko is an Argentine female tennis player. Although Dulko reached her career-high singles ranking of No. 26 in November, 2005, she climbed back to No. 30 in the world in September, 2009. She is currently the No. 2 Doubles player in the world. Dulko has also won one Grand Slam title, winning the 2011 Australian Open Women's doubles with Flavia Pennetta.

Three-time WTA tour titlist Gisela Dulko reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open in 2009, matching her previous best showing at a Slam (at Roland Garros in 2006). The former No. 1-ranked junior also represented Argentina in the 2008 Olympics.

CAREER:

2010:
At the 2010 China Open in Beijing, Dulko made it to the second round before falling to Maria Kirilenko. She would lose in the first round of her remaining tournaments. In doubles, Dulko and Pennetta fell in the final in Beijing to Olga Govortsova and Chan Yung-Jan, and then won their sixth combined event at the 2010 Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Because of their outstanding doubles efforts, Dulko and Pennetta were invited to the 2010 WTA Tour Championships in Doha, Qatar, where they are the top seeds. They ended up defeating Peschke and Srebotnik in the final to win the 2010 WTA Tour Championships.

On November 1, 2010, Dulko became the world's Number 1 ranked doubles player.

2011:
Dulko teamed with Pennetta to win their first Grand Slam event title by winning the 2011 Australian Open. Top seeds Dulko and Pennetta defeated Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko 2–6 7–5 6–1 in the final on January 28, 2011 to win the title.

Gisela made her first singles final of the year at the 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel where she was the number 4 seed. She eased past Anna Tatishvili and Silvia Soler Espinosa to advance to the quarterfinals and won against Laura Pous Tió 3-6, 7-5, 6-0. In the semifinals she dispatched Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-0, 6-2. She defeated Arantxa Parra Santonja in the finals, 6-3, 7-6(5) despite losing a 5-1 lead in the second set and having to save 3 set points down 5-6. It is her first title of the year, and her fourth career singles title.

Singles Titles:
2008: Fès
2007: Budapest, Forest Hills

Doubles Titles:
2010: Bogotá, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, Bastad, Montréal, Moscow
2009: Hobart, Bastad
2006: Bogotá, Cincinnati
2005: Tokyo, Bangkok, Linz
2003: Casablanca

PERSONAL:

Coached by brother Alejandro; started playing tennis at age 7 after watching him
Mother is Ana; father Estanislao is deceased; brother travels with her
Favorite surface is clay
Has three dogs named Goran, Nicole and Guga
Favorites include pizza, movies Pearl Harbor and Good Will Hunting, actors Josh Hartnett and Keanu Reeves, musician Alejandro Sanz and cities Buenos Aires, Paris and Hawaii
Enjoys shopping (especially for clothes by Armani)
Relaxes by going to the beach
Admires her mother's strength and tennis players Pete Sampras and Marat Safin.

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