More on Dulgheru...
Coached by Gonzalo Lopez ... Father is Dumitru (pilot); mother is Doina (airline coordinator); sister is Bianca (assistant hotel manager); has a German Shepherd named Ciavi ...Started playing tennis at age 4 ... Baseliner who prefers clay; favorite shot is high backhand (Rios style) ... Speaks Romanian, English, Spanish ... Studying economics at ASE University ... Enjoys reading, movies, music, dancing, painting, drawing (would like to be a designer or architect after tennis) ... Favorite actor is Johnny Depp; favorite movie is Meet Joe Black ... Favorite type of music is pop; favorite artists are Céline Dion, Backstreet Boys ... Favorite book is Harry Potter ... Favorite foods are Chinese, Romanian; favorite drinks are lemonade, hot chocolate ... Admires Henin, Federer ... After winning first WTA title at Warsaw in 2009, was named Person of the Day by daily Romanian newspaper Jurnalul National; also got awards from Confidential (TV show) and President of the Romanian Tennis Federation, Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie.
Winner (2): 2010 - Warsaw; 2009 - Warsaw.
Finalist (1): 2015 - Kuala Lumpur.
Finalist (2): 2013 - Bastad (w/Pennetta); 2010 - Tashkent (w/Rybarikova).
Romanian Fed Cup Team, 2010, 2015.
Career in Review
2015 - Best season in five years (finishing No.57); runner-up at Kuala Lumpur (l. to Wozniacki in final); QF at Rome; reached 2r three times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r 12 times (incl. other three majors and Moscow - l. to Ka.Pliskova 64 57 76(7); held 2mp at 6-4 in third set tie-break) and in qualifying four times; also won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2014 - QF at Florianopolis; reached 2r three times (incl. US Open); fell 1r twice and in qualifying 10 times (incl. other three majors); won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2013 - Reached 2r four times (incl. US Open); fell 1r four times and in qualifying once; won one singles title on ITF Circuit; withdrew from Roland Garros w/right wrist injury.
2012 - Injury-marred season (finishing No.238); played from January to mid-March, reaching 2r once and falling 1r six times (incl. Australian Open); won one singles title on ITF Circuit; retired in Indian Wells 1r w/right knee injury - subsequently withdrew from Miami and Barcelona w/right knee injury, then from Roland Garros w/left knee injury, then missed rest of season w/bilateral knee injury (incl. Wimbledon and US Open).
2011 - Another Top 100 season; QF three times at Miami, Marbella and Brussels; reached 2r eight times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open); fell 1r 10 times (incl. Australian Open); set career-high No.26 on April 11; struggled w/bilateral knee injury throughout season, withdrawing from five summer events (Bastad, Palermo, Carlsbad, Toronto and Cincinnati) then retiring in Beijing 1r and withdrawing from Linz in fall w/same injury.
2010 - First Top 30 season; won one WTA title at Warsaw (d. Zheng in final); SF three times at Barcelona (l. to Vinci), 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Henin) and Budapest (l. to Szavay); QF at Tashkent; reached 3r five times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open and Madrid - l. to Safarova 67(4) 61 76(6); held mp at 6-5 third set) and 2r seven times; fell 1r nine times (incl. Australian Open); made Top 50 debut March 22 (rose from No.51 to No.49).
2009 - Breakthrough first Top 100 season (finishing No.51); won one WTA title at Warsaw (d. A.Bondarenko in final; was first WTA main draw); made Top 100 debut afterwards on May 25 (rose from No.201 to No.83); reached 2r once; fell 1r four times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying five times; won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2008 - Fell in WTA qualiying once; also played on ITF Circuit.
2007 - Played first WTA qualifying at Portoroz.
2006 - Won two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2005 - Won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2004 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Romania.