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Coached by brother Alejandro; started playing tennis at age 7 after watching him ... Mother is Ana; father Estanislao is deceased ... Married Fernando Gago at a ceremony in Buenos Aires in July 2011 ... Favorite surface is clay ... Has three dogs: Goran, Nicole, Guga ... Favorites include pizza, movies Pearl Harbor and Good Will Hunting, actors Josh Hartnett and Keanu Reeves, musician Alejandro Sanz, Hawaii and cities Buenos Aires and Paris ... Enjoys shopping (especially clothes by Armani) ... Relaxes by going to the beach ... Admires mother's strength; tennis players most admired are Pete Sampras and Marat Safin ... Runs the Dulko Tennis Academy with her brother (website is dulkotennis.com).
Winner (4): 2011 - Acapulco; 2008 - Fès; 2007 - Budapest, Forest Hills.
Finalist (4): 2010 - Bastad; 2009 - Bogotá; 2007 - Pattaya City; 2005 - Hobart.
Winner (17): 2011 - Australian Open (w/Pennetta); 2010 - Bogotá (w/Gallovits-Hall), Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, Bastad. Montréal, Moscow, WTA Championships (all w/Pennetta); 2009 - Hobart, Bastad (both w/Pennetta); 2006 - Bogotá (w/Pennetta), Cincinnati (w/Camerin); 2005 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Kirilenko), Bangkok (w/Asagoe), Linz (w/Peschke); 2003 - Casablanca (w/Salerni).
Finalist (13): 2011 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Beijing (both w/Pennetta); 2010 - Madrid, Beijing (both w/Pennetta); 2009 - Bogotá, Stuttgart (both w/Pennetta), Indian Wells (w/Peer); 2006 - Estoril (w/Sánchez Lorenzo), Stanford (w/Camerin); 2005 - New Haven (w/Kirilenko); 2004 - Warsaw (w/Tarabini), Beijing (w/Vento-Kabchi); 2002 - Casablanca (w/Martínez Granados).
Finalist (1): 2011 - US Open (w/Schwank).
Argentine Fed Cup Team, 2000, 2004-09; Argentine Olympic Team, 2004, 2008, 2012.
Career in Review
- Played first event of career at ITF/Buenos Aires 3-ARG in 1999; played first WTA qualifying at Indian Wells in 2001, then first WTA main draw two weeks later at Miami in 2001 (as WC).
- Singles highlights were four WTA titles at 2007 Budapest, 2007 Forest Hills, 2008 Fès and 2011 Acapulco and four more WTA finals at 2005 Hobart (l. to Zheng), 2007 Pattaya City (l. to Bammer), 2009 Bogotá (l. to Martínez Sánchez) and 2010 Bastad (l. to Rezai).
- Best Grand Slam results were three 4r finishes, at 2006 French Open (l. to Groenefeld), 2009 US Open (l. to K.Bondarenko) and 2011 French Open (l. to Bartoli).
- Had nine Top 10 wins: No.10 Sugiyama (2004 Fed Cup), No.9 Kuznetsova (2004 Fed Cup), No.6 Dementieva (2004 Montréal), No.5 Dementieva (2005 Rome), No.8 Petrova (2005 's-Hertogenbsoch), No.4 Kuznetsova (2005 Toronto), No.3 Jankovic (2009 Miami - best win of career), No.8 Azarenka (2009 Stuttgart) and No.6 Stosur (2011 French Open).
- Singles career-high was No.26 (set November 21, 2005).
- Also won 17 WTA doubles titles - 11 alongside Pennetta (incl. 2010 WTA Championships and first Grand Slam title at 2011 Australian Open - d. Azarenka/Kirilenko in final).
- Spent 24 weeks as World No.1 in doubles, 17 alone (November 1, 2010 to February 27, 2011) and 7 as co-No.1s w/Pennetta (February 28, 2011 to April 17, 2011); was only second South American to rank No.1 in either discipline (Suárez was No.1 in doubles for 87 weeks as well).
- Reached one Grand Slam mixed doubles final at 2011 US Open (w/Schwank).
- Three-time Olympian, at Athens in 2004 (singles only), Beijing in 2008 (singles and doubles w/Jozami) and London in 2012 (doubles w/Suárez).
- Has one WTA Player Award: Doubles Team Of The Year w/Pennetta (2010).
- Had 300 match wins in singles and doubles (309 singles, 305 doubles).
- Also won six singles titles and six doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
- Last WTA event was Cincinnati in 2012 (fell 1r in doubles w/Schiavone).
- Announced retirement on Sunday, November 18, 2012.