Raluca Olaru
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Olaru at the 2018 French Open
Full nameIoana Raluca Olaru
Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Born (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 33)
Bucharest, Romania
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (two–handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,716,336
Singles
Career record258–186 (58.1%)
Career titles11 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 record331–265 (55.5%)
Career titles11 WTA, 15 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 30 (31 January 2022)
Current rankingNo. 54 (27 June 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022)
French OpenQF (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2021, 2022)
US Open3R (2015, 2021)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsAlt (2021)
Olympic Games2R (2016, 2020)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open1R (2022)
French Open2R (2019)
WimbledonQF (2019)
US OpenQF (2018)
Team competitions
Fed Cup6–11 (35.3%)
Last updated on: 2 April 2022.
Olaru at Wimbledon, 2013
Olaru at Wimbledon, 2013

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 singles final, at the 2009 Gastein Ladies,[2] losing to Andrea Petkovic, in straight sets.[3] She also has won eleven doubles titles on WTA Tour tournaments.

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 best doubles ranking, No. 30, on 31 January 2022.[1]

Personal life

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, Spanish and Romanian.[citation needed]

Tennis career

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 Tour doubles title.

Playing style

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]

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 ... 2021 SR W–L
Australian Open A 1R Q2 1R Q2 A Q1 A 0 / 2 0–2
French Open 3R 1R 1R 1R Q1 A Q1 A 0 / 4 2–4
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 2R Q1 A Q1 A 0 / 3 2–3
US Open 2R 2R 1R Q1 A A A A 0 / 3 2–3
Win–loss 3–2 1–4 1–4 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 12 6–12

Doubles

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R A 2R 1R A A 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 12 7–12
French Open 1R A 1R A A A 1R 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 10 4–10
Wimbledon A Q1 A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R NH 3R 0 / 8 3–8
US Open A 1R A A A A 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 9 6–9
Win–loss 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 2–4 1–4 4–4 2–4 1–4 0–3 4–3 1–1 0 / 39 20–39
National representation
Summer Olympics A NH A NH 2R NH 2R 2 / 2 2–2
WTA 1000
Qatar / Dubai Open[1] A A A A A A 1R A 1R 2R A QF A A A 0 / 4 3–4
Indian Wells Open A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R QF NH 1R 1R 0 / 7 3–7
Miami Open A A A A A A A A 1R 1R 1R QF NH 1R 1R 0 / 6 2–6
Madrid Open NH A A A A A A 2R 2R A A 1R NH 2R 0 / 4 2–4
Italian Open A A A A A A A 1R A A A 1R F 1R 0 / 4 4–4
Canadian Open A A A A A A A QF A A A 2R NH A 0 / 2 3–1
Cincinnati Open NT1 A A A A A A A 1R QF 2R 1R A 1R 0 / 5 3–5
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open[2] A A A A A A 1R 1R A 1R A 2R NH 0 / 4 1–4
China Open Not Tier I A A A 2R 1R A 2R 1R 1R NH 0 / 5 2–5

Mixed doubles

Tournament 2015 2006 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A A A A 2R NH A 0 / 1 1–1
Wimbledon 3R 1R 2R 2R QF NH A 0 / 5 6–5
US Open A A 2R QF 2R NH A 0 / 3 4–3
Win–loss 2–1 0–1 2–2 3–2 4–3 0–0 0–0 0 / 9 11–9

Significant finals

Premier-Mandatory/Premier-5 finals

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2020 Italian Open Clay Germany Anna-Lena Friedsam Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
2–6, 2–6

WTA career finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5
Premier
International (0–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2009 Gastein Ladies, Austria International Clay Germany Andrea Petkovic 2–6, 3–6

Doubles: 24 (11 titles, 13 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 / WTA 1000 (0–1)
Premier / WTA 500 (1–2)
International / WTA 250 (10–10)
Finals by surface
Hard (7–5)
Clay (4–7)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2008 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Tier III Clay Germany Vanessa Henke France Alizé Cornet
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7–6(7–5), 1–6, [6–10]
Win 1–1 Oct 2008 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Tier IV Hard Ukraine Olga Savchuk Russia Nina Bratchikova
Germany Kathrin Wörle
5–7, 7–5, [10–7]
Win 2–1 Feb 2011 Mexican Open, Mexico International Hard Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
5–7, 7–5, [10–7]
Loss 2–2 Apr 2013 Katowice Open, Poland International Clay (i) Russia Valeria Solovyeva Spain Lara Arruabarrena
Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
4–6, 5–7
Win 3–2 Jun 2013 Nuremberg Cup, Germany International Clay Russia Valeria Solovyeva Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
2–6, 7–6(7–3), [11–9]
Loss 3–3 May 2014 Nuremberg Cup, Germany International Clay Israel Shahar Pe'er Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
0–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Loss 3–4 Jul 2014 Baku Cup, Azerbaijan International Hard Israel Shahar Pe'er Russia Alexandra Panova
United Kingdom Heather Watson
2–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 4–4 Oct 2014 Linz Open, Austria International Hard (i) United States Anna Tatishvili Germany Annika Beck
France Caroline Garcia
6–2, 6–1
Loss 4–5 May 2015 Nuremberg Cup, Germany International Clay Spain Lara Arruabarrena Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 4–6 Apr 2016 Morocco Open, Morocco International Clay Germany Tatjana Maria Switzerland Xenia Knoll
Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
3–6, 0–6
Win 5–6 Oct 2016 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan (2) International Hard Turkey İpek Soylu Netherlands Demi Schuurs
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
7–5, 6–3
Loss 5–7 Jan 2017 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard Ukraine Olga Savchuk Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
China Peng Shuai
1–6, 5–7
Win 6–7 Jan 2017 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Ukraine Olga Savchuk Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
China Yang Zhaoxuan
0–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Win 7–7 Jul 2017 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Belgium Elise Mertens
Netherlands Demi Schuurs
6–3, 6–3
Win 8–7 May 2018 Morocco Open, Morocco International Clay Russia Anna Blinkova Spain Georgina García Pérez
Hungary Fanny Stollár
6–4, 6–4
Win 9–7 May 2018 Strasbourg International, France International Clay Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
7–5, 7–5
Loss 9–8 Sep 2018 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Romania Irina-Camelia Begu Serbia Olga Danilović
Slovenia Tamara Zidanšek
5–7, 3–6
Loss 9–9 Oct 2018 Kremlin Cup, Russia Premier Hard (i) Croatia Darija Jurak Russia Alexandra Panova
Germany Laura Siegemund
2–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 9–10 Aug 2020 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay Romania Monica Niculescu Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková
2–6, 2–6
Loss 9–11 Sep 2020 Italian Open, Italy Premier 5 Clay Germany Anna-Lena Friedsam Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
2–6, 2–6
Win 10–11 Mar 2021 St. Petersburg Trophy, Russia WTA 500 Hard (i) Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok United States Kaitlyn Christian
United States Sabrina Santamaria
2–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Loss 10–12 Jun 2021 Bad Homburg Open, Germany WTA 250 Grass Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok Croatia Darija Jurak
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
3–6, 1–6
Win 11–12 Aug 2021 Chicago Open, United States WTA 250 Hard Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Japan Makoto Ninomiya
7–6(8–6), 5–7, [10–8]
Loss 11–13 Oct 2021 Kremlin Cup, Russia WTA 500 Hard (i) Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
2–6, 6–4, [8–10]

WTA 125K series finals

Doubles: 1 (runner-up)

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 2016 WTA 125 Bol, Croatia Clay Turkey İpek Soylu Switzerland Xenia Knoll
Croatia Petra Martić
3–6, 2–6

ITF finals

Singles: 18 (11 titles, 7 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2004 ITF Iași, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Monica Niculescu 6–7, 0–6
Win 1–1 Apr 2005 ITF Herceg Novi, Serbia 10,000 Clay Serbia Miljana Adanko 7–5, 7–6(2)
Win 2–1 Jul 2005 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Russia Anna Bastrikova 6–3, 6–2
Win 3–1 Aug 2005 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Mădălina Gojnea 7–6(3), 7–5
Win 4–1 May 2006 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Sorana Cîrstea 1–6, 6–4, 6–1
Win 5–1 May 2006 ITF Rabat, Morocco 10,000 Clay Algeria Samia Medjahdi 6–2, 2–6, 7–5
Loss 5–2 Jul 2006 ITF Mont-de-Marsan, France 25,000 Clay Russia Nina Bratchikova 4–6, 6–4, 0–6
Win 6–2 Nov 2006 ITF Toronto, Canada 25,000 Hard(i) United States Carly Gullickson 6–3, 6–1
Win 7–2 Apr 2007 ITF Torrent, Spain 50,000 Clay Germany Andrea Petkovic 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
Loss 7–3 Apr 2007 ITF Catania, Italy 25,000 Clay Belarus Darya Kustova 3–6, 6–2, 3–6
Win 8–3 Jul 2008 ITF Contrexéville, France 50,000 Clay France Stéphanie Foretz Gacon 6–4, 6–2
Win 9–3 Jun 2009 ITF Marseille, France 100,000 Clay Slovenia Maša Zec Peškirič 6–7(4), 7–5, 6–4
Win 10–3 Jul 2011 ITF Bad Saulgau, Germany 25,000 Clay Germany Tatjana Maria 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Loss 10–4 Apr 2012 ITF Pomezia, Italy 10,000 Clay Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6–0, 1–6, 1–6
Loss 10–5 Oct 2012 ITF Brasília, Brazil 25,000 Clay Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 5–7, 2–6
Loss 10–6 Nov 2012 ITF Asunción, Paraguay 25,000 Clay Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg 7–5, 6–7(7), 2–6
Loss 10–7 Jan 2013 ITF Eilat, İsrael 10,000 Hard Russia Alla Kudryavtseva 7–6(4), 3–6, 2–6
Win 11–7 Mar 2013 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Clay Serbia Jovana Jakšić 6–3, 7–5

Doubles: 31 (15 titles, 16 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2004 ITF Brașov, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Lenore Lăzăroiu Romania Corina Corduneanu
Romania Alexandra Iacob
4–6, 5–7
Loss 0–2 Aug 2004 ITF Timișoara, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Lenore Lăzăroiu Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Gabriela Niculescu
1–6, 6–2, 2–6
Win 1–2 Sep 2004 ITF Cluj-Napoca, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Corina Corduneanu Czech Republic Veronika Raimrová
Romania Anamaria Sere
4–6, 6–0, 6–4
Win 2–2 Apr 2005 ITF Herceg Novi, Serbia 10,000 Clay Romania Antonia Xenia Tout Slovenia Aleksandra Lukič
Slovenia Patricia Vollmeier
6–4, 4–1 ret.
Win 3–2 July 2005 ITF Arad, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Corina Corduneanu Russia Anna Bastrikova
Russia Vasilisa Davydova
6–1, 6–4
Win 4–2 Aug 2005 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Corina Corduneanu Romania Bianca Ioana Bonifate
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
6–1, 6–1
Win 5–2 Apr 2006 ITF Makarska, Croatia 10,000 Clay Romania Antonia Xenia Tout Sweden Johanna Larsson
Sweden Nadja Roma
6–4, 7–5
Loss 5–3 May 2006 ITF Bucharest, Romania 10,000 Clay Romania Simona Matei Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Gabriela Niculescu
4–6, 6–0, 6–7(3)
Loss 5–4 May 2006 ITF Rabat, Morocco 10,000 Clay Bolivia María Fernanda Álvarez Terán Morocco Bahia Mouhtassine
France Émilie Bacquet
w/o
Win 6–4 July 2006 ITF Mont-de-Marsan, France 25,000 Clay Georgia (country) Margalita Chakhnashvili Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova
Russia Nina Bratchikova
7–5, 1–6, 6–1
Loss 6–5 Aug 2006 ITF Hechingen, Germany 25,000 Clay Ukraine Kristina Antoniychuk Slovakia Eva Fislová
Slovakia Stanislava Hrozenská
3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6
Loss 6–6 Nov 2006 ITF Toronto, Canada 25,000 Hard (i) Canada Heidi El Tabakh Germany Angelika Bachmann
Czech Republic Hana Šromová
4–6, 1–6
Win 7–6 Sep 2010 ITF Biella, Italy 100,000 Clay Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Slovenia Andreja Klepač
France Aurélie Védy
7–5, 6–4
Loss 7–7 Sep 2010 ITF Saint Malo, France 100,000 Clay Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
4–6, 2–6
Loss 7–8 Sep 2011 ITF Sofia, Bulgaria 100,000 Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanțu Russia Nina Bratchikova
Croatia Darija Jurak
4–6, 5–7
Win 8–8 Jan 2012 ITF Innisbrook, U.S. 25,000 Clay Belarus Darya Kustova Italy Gioia Barbieri
Russia Nadejda Guskova
6–3, 6–1
Loss 8–9 Feb 2012 ITF Cali, Colombia 100,000 Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanțu Italy Karin Knapp
Luxembourg Mandy Minella
4–6, 3–6
Win 9–9 Apr 2012 ITF Civitavecchia, Italy 25,000 Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Italy Claudia Giovine
Russia Marina Shamayko
6–3, 7–5
Win 10–9 Apr 2012 ITF Tunis, Tunisia 25,000 Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Spain Inés Ferrer Suárez
Netherlands Richèl Hogenkamp
6–4, 6–3
Loss 10–10 May 2012 ITF Casablanca, Morocco 25,000 Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
1–6, 4–6
Loss 10–11 Jul 2012 ITF Bucharest, Romania 100,000 Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
France Alizé Cornet
2–6, 0–6
Win 11–11 Aug 2012 ITF Mamaia, Romania 25,000 Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Montenegro Danka Kovinić
Slovenia Tadeja Majerič
7–6(4), 6–3
Loss 11–12 Sep 2012 ITF Sofia, Bulgaria 25,000 Clay Russia Marina Melnikova Poland Katarzyna Piter
Poland Barbara Sobaszkiewicz
5–7, 1–6
Win 12–12 Oct 2012 ITF Brasília, Brazil 25,000 Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
United States Julia Cohen
6–3, 3–6, [10–8]
Win 13–12 Nov 2012 ITF Buenos Aires, Argentina 25,000 Clay Romania Elena Bogdan Bolivia María Fernanda Álvarez Terán
Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves
1–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Win 14–12 Jan 2013 ITF Eilat, Israel 10,000 Hard Russia Alla Kudryavtseva Belarus Ilona Kremen
Turkey Pemra Özgen
6–3, 6–3
Loss 14–13 Nov 2013 ITF Barnstaple, UK 75,000 Hard (i) Austria Tamira Paszek United Kingdom Naomi Broady
Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková
3–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Win 15–13 Jun 2015 ITF Ilkley, UK 50,000 Grass China Xu Yifan Belgium An-Sophie Mestach
Netherlands Demi Schuurs
6–3, 6–4
Loss 15–14 Aug 2015 ITF Vancouver, Canada 100,000 Hard United States Anna Tatishvili United Kingdom Johanna Konta
United States Maria Sanchez
6–7(5), 4–6
Loss 15–15 Sep 2016 ITF St. Petersburg, Russia 100,000 Hard (i) Russia Alena Tarasova Russia Maria Marfutina
Russia Anna Morgina
2–6, 3–6
Loss 15–16 May 2017 ITF Cagnes-sur-Mer, France 100,000 Clay Czech Republic Renata Voráčová Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
5–7, 1–6

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