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Currently without a coach ... Father is Batir, mother is Anna; has one sister, Nargiza, and a dog, Chema ... Began playing at age 9 when father took her to tennis club ... Baseliner whose favorite shots are backhand and serve; favorite surfaces are clay and hard ... Proudest achievements are winning three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles ... Off-court training includes fitness ... Speaks Russian, Uzbek, English, German and Croatian ... Favorite things about being a tennis player are earning money, becoming famous; least favorite thing is that it is a lot of work and always being tired ... Self-described as nice, funny and relaxed ... Favorite movie is Pretty Woman; favorite actors are Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie ... Favorite type of music is pop; favorite artists are Shakira, Russian singers and her sister ... Likes to read mysteries and books by Sidney Sheldon ... Favorite foods are pizza, sushi and Uzbek food ... Relaxes by listening to music, reading, watching movies, going shopping ... Favorite cities are Miami (fun), Milan, Rome, Paris and New York (shopping) ... Goal is to reach Top 10 ... Has spent time with children from the Mehrijon orphanage in Tashkent and other children's charities in her hometown, donating racquets and tennis balls for the children to use.
Official Web site: www.iroda-tulyaganova.com
Winner (3): 2001 - Vienna, Knokke-Heist; 2000 - Tashkent, ITF/Cagnes-Sur-Mer-FRA; 1999 - ITF/Seoul 2-KOR, ITF/Seoul 3-KOR.
Finalist (4): 2006 - Tashkent; 2003 - Hyderabad; 2002 - Vienna; 2000 - Shanghai.
Semifinalist (4): 2006 - Kolkata; 2003 - Madrid; 2001 - 's-Hertogenbosch, Linz.
Winner (4): 2003 - Hyderabad (w/Likhovtseva); 2001 - Strasbourg (w/Farina Elia), Pattaya City (w/Svensson); 2000 - Knokke-Heist (w/Casoni); 1999 - ITF/Istanbul 1-TUR (w/Perebiynis), ITF/Seoul 3-KOR (w/Schoeffel); 1998 - ITF/Moulins-FRA (w/Asensio), ITF/Le Havre-FRA (w/Schuurmans).
Finalist (3): 2001 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Kournikova); 2000 - Warsaw, Tashkent (both w/Zaporozhanova).
Uzbek Fed Cup Team, 2003; Uzbek Olympic Team, 2000.
Career in Review
1996 - Played first two events of career on ITF Circuit, falling 1r at both (first was in hometown, Tashkent).
1997 - Played another pair of ITF Circuit events, reaching one QF.
1998 - Played exclusively on ITF Circuit, reaching one singles SF and winning first two pro doubles titles.
1999 - Made Tour main draw debut at Tashkent, reaching 2r in singles (as WC, d. No.7 seed Noorlander; l. to Pisnik in 3s) and SF in doubles (w/Perebiynis); fell 1r twice and in qualifying four times; year-ending ranking improved 385 spots to No.185; on ITF Circuit, won one singles title and two doubles titles.
2000 - Season highlighted by first Tour singles title at Tashkent (d. Schiavone in final) and runner-up finish at Shanghai (d. No.2 seed Dokic en route; l. to Shaughnessy); afterwards on October 23, broke into Top 100 (at No.78); 2r twice, incl. US Open (Grand Slam main draw debut; l. to Testud), 1r six times (incl. Olympics) and fell in qualifying six times (incl. other three majors); also first Tour doubles title at Knokke-Heist (w/Casoni), and notched two runner-up finishes.
2001 - Year highlighted by 10-match, two-tournament streak, at Vienna (d. Dementieva after trailing 4-1 third set en route to final, then d. Schnyder) and Knokke-Heist (d. top seed Clijsters 60 64 en route to final, then d. Leon Garcia; win over world No.6 Clijsters was career-first Top 10 victory); SF twice, at 's-Hertogenbosch (d. Dementieva en route, falling to Henin-Hardenne) and Linz (d. Henin-Hardenne en route, falling to Dokic in 3s; win over world No.6 Henin-Hardenne was second career Top 10 victory); QF twice, at Strasbourg (d. Pierce; l. to Farina Elia) and Tashkent (l. to Torrens Valero); 3r twice, at Miami (l. to S.Williams; second fastest serve of year at 119mph) and Wimbledon (l. to Tauziat); 2r at US Open, 1r at Australian Open, Roland Garros; first alternate for season-ending Championships; one of five players to d. Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne in 2001 (also Capriati, Davenport, V.Williams and S.Williams), and first Top 20 year-end finish (at No.20, up 55 spots from previous year-end); Tour doubles titles at Strasbourg (w/Farina Elia) and Pattaya City (w/Svensson).
2002 - Season highlighted by runner-up finish at Vienna (l. to Smashnova), 4r at Miami (l. to Capriati in 3s) and 3r four times, incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros; on June 17, moved to career-high of No.16; three Tour doubles SF showings; won womenÆs singles gold medal at Asian Games (d. Tanasugarn in final).
2003 - One-time runner-up, at Hyderabad (l. to Tanasugarn) and one SF at Madrid (l. to Rubin); QF three other times, at Dubai (l. to Seles), Berlin (d. Dokic; l. to Mauresmo) and 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Rittner); 4r at Miami (l. to S.Williams) and 3r at Wimbledon (l. to Zvonareva); 2r four times, incl. Australian Open (l. to Davenport 75 third set); won doubles title at Hyderabad (w/Likhovtseva); after Sopot in late July, withdrew from all events the rest of the year to recover from right elbow injury that had been operated on late in 2002.
2004 - Withdrew from Doha, Budapest and Roland Garros with right elbow injury; as an unranked Tashkent WC, stunned world No.38 (top seed) Bartoli 64 64 in 1r (l. 2r to An.Serra Zanetti).
2005 - Reached 2r at Tashkent, having not contested a Tour main draw since same event a year before (as qualifier, d. Savchuk in 1r before falling to An.Serra Zanetti in 3s); fell in Dubai qualifying; played some ITF Circuit events, reaching one SF and one QF.
2006 - Made impressive runs in only two Tour events of year, reaching SF at Kolkata (as qualifier; l. to Poutchkova) and finishing runner-up at Tashkent (as WC; d. No.5 seed Yakimova and No.6 seed Poutchkova en route to final, falling to T.Sun; now 3-4 lifetime in Tour singles finals); cut ranking by over half during that stretch, going into Kolkata at No.342 and coming out of Tashkent at No.158; played rest of season on ITF Circuit.
2007 - Played three Tour main draws (all as WC), falling 1r at Australian Open (l. to WC Adamczak), Miami (ret. vs. qualifier Poutchek) and Tashkent (l. to No.7 seed Poutchkova); fell in Tour qualifying eight times (incl. other three Grand Slams); played rest of season on ITF Circuit.