11 years after Dulko’s arrival at No. 1 in doubles


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11 years after Dulko's arrival at No. 1 in doubles

On November 1, 2010, Gisela Dulko for the first time in her career she reached No. 1 in the WTA ranking. A result consistent with what was one of his best seasons as a doubles player. In company of Flavia Pennetta, the native of Tigre conquered eight titles throughout that year, closing it in a glorious way by lifting the great trophy of the WTA Finals.

Eight years after the arrival of Paola Suarez at the top of the women’s doubles circuit, Argentina once again had representation at the top of the hand of Dulko. A finishing touch for a season more than dreamed of: of the 17 trophies that he reaped in his career as a doubles player, eight of them were won in 2010. A number that was reflected in his arrival at No. 1 in the WTA ranking, place that she occupied over 24 weeks, becoming the second Argentine that lived the longest in that place behind the Pergaminense.

The last push that took her to that position came in the Doha Finals 2010. There, together with the Italian Pennetta, they defeated the duo made up of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, to be crowned as the new teachers of the Tour and close the cycle in a big way. The following year, after an early fall in the tournament that inaugurated the season, they made a clean slate to start a new campaign as the top favorites in the Australian Open. After six games, the Italian-Argentine team won its first Major, which would also be Dulko’s last title in that modality.

The footprint also spread thanks to his achievements in singles. It got among the 30 best in the world in 2005 and, in the following years, it was consecrated in Budapest, Forest hills, Fez and Acapulco.

In 2012, with 614 victories combined and numerous titles won throughout her years on the circuit, the Tigre-born was saying goodbye to professional tennis: “Tennis was my life for 20 yearsI started playing at 7, I knew I wanted to be a professional tennis player and I dedicated myself fully to that, I put a lot of energy, a lot of love, and I achieved things that I never imagined achieving “.


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