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Pro Circuit Player of the Week: Julie Ditty

November 21, 2006 12:11 PM

Ashland, Ky., native Julie Ditty put up outstanding results last week while competing at the Gwinnett Sports Commission Women’s 50K in Lawrenceville, Ga.

The 27-year-old lefthander took home her sixth doubles title of the year at the tournament, teaming with partner Leanne Baker to defeat fourth-seeded Americans Christina Fusano and Aleke Tsoubanos, 7-6 (5), 6-4, for the championship. She also finished runner-up in singles, upsetting No. 2 seed Lilia Osterloh, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, in the second round en route to the final, where she fell to No. 8 Stephanie Dubois, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Ditty, who is now ranked 250th in the world in singles and 106th in doubles, has won a total of eight titles this year – two in singles ($10,000 Hilton Head, $10,000 Houston) and six in doubles ($50,000 Lawrenceville, $50,000 Houston, $50,000 Ashland, $75,000 Albuquerque, $50,000 Bronx, $50,000 St. Paul).

The former Vanderbilt All-American has captured a combined 25 USTA Pro Circuit titles during her career – five in singles and 20 in doubles – and is second on the all-time list only to Nana Miyagi, who has won 30 USTA championships. She began the year in fourth place with 17 but passed Lindsay Lee-Waters (21) and Lisa McShea (23).

– Sally Milano, USTA.com


RANKING HISTORY
2005 – 268 (WTA)
2004 – 266 (WTA)
2003 – 281 (WTA)
2002 – 421 (WTA)
2001 – 650 (WTA)
2000 – 803 (WTA)
1999 – 744 (WTA)

2006 HIGHLIGHTS
Won the doubles title (with Leanne Baker) and finished runner-up in singles at the $50,000 event in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Reached the doubles semifinals (with Tetiana Luzhanska) at the $75,000 event in Pittsburgh... Also qualified into the singles draw before falling to Abigail Spears in the opening round, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.
Won the doubles title (with Tetiana Luzhanska) at the $50,000 event in Houston.
Won the doubles title (with Milagros Sequera) and advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the $50,000 event in Ashland, Ky.
Won the doubles title (with Milagros Sequera) at the $75,000 event in Albuquerque, N.M... In singles, qualified into the main draw and advanced to the quarterfinals, where she fell to doubles partner Sequera, 6-2, 6-2.
Won the doubles title (with Natalie Grandin) and reached the singles quarterfinals at the $50,000 event in the Bronx, N.Y.
Finished runner-up in doubles (with Ansley Cargill) at the $25,000 event in Allentown, Pa.
Won the singles title at the $10,000 event in Hilton Head, S.C., defeating Madison Brengle, 6-3, 6-2, in the final... Also reached the doubles final (with Ansley Cargill).
Won the singles title at the $10,000 event in Houston, defeating No. 4 seed Petra Rampre, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3, in the final... Also reached the doubles semifinals (with Story Tweedie-Yates).
As a qualifier, advanced to the semifinals at the $25,000 event in Hammond, La., where she lost to eventual champion Olga Poutchkova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Reached the doubles semifinals (with Milagros Sequera) at the $75,000 event in Las Vegas.
Won the doubles title (with Milagros Sequera) at the $50,000 event in St. Paul, Minn.
Was a doubles semifinalist (with Natalie Grandin) at the $25,000 event in Rockford, Ill.
Finished runner-up in doubles (with Lilia Osterloh) at the $50,000 event in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2005
Led the USTA Pro Circuit with six doubles titles, moving up to third on the all-time list with 14 career titles… Is also tied for fourth all-time with 17 career combined singles and doubles titles.
Posted a 43-14 record in doubles, with wins in Albuquerque, Troy, Allentown, Rockford, Miami and Tampa.
Reached back-to-back singles semifinals at the $10,000 events in Tampa and Miami.

2004
Achieved a career-high WTA Tour ranking of No. 229 in singles (May 17).
Advanced to six USTA Pro Circuit doubles finals, winning three titles.
Reached the quarterfinals at the $25,000 ITF Circuit event in Mount Gambier, Australia, falling to Nadja Pavic, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4.
Won the doubles title (with Kristen Schlukebir) at the $25,000 event in Lafayette, La.
Reached the doubles semifinals (with Kelly McCain) at the $50,000 event in Troy, Ala.
Advanced to the doubles semifinals (with Kelly McCain) and the singles quarterfinals at the $25,000 event in Tunica Resorts, Miss.
In her hometown, advanced to the doubles semifinals (with Kelly McCain) and the singles quarterfinals at the $25,000 event in Ashland, Ky.
Was a quarterfinalist at the $25,000 event in Jackson, Miss... Lost to eventual champion Eugenia Linetskaya, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Qualified into the $25,000 event in Augusta, Ga., and advanced to the quarterfinals, before falling to Vilmarie Castellvi, 6-1, 6-2.
Won the doubles title (with Edina Gallovits) at the $50,000 event in Louisville, Ky.
Reached the doubles semifinals (with Bryanne Stewart) at the $50,000 event in Lexington, Ky.
Finished runner-up in doubles (with Ansley Cargill) at the $50,000 event in Schenectady, N.Y.
Advanced to the doubles semifinals (with Anouska Van Exel) at the $50,000 event in Charlottesville, Va.
Was a doubles finalist (with Jessica Lehnhoff) at the $25,000 event in Augusta, Ga.
Reached the doubles semifinals (with Renata Voracova) at the WTA event in Bogota, Colombia.
After qualifying into the tournament, reached the doubles semifinals (with Kelly McCain) at the $75,000 event in Midland, Mich.
Won the doubles title (with Allison Bradshaw) at the $10,000 event in Boca Raton, Fla.
Reached the doubles final (with Allison Bradshaw) and the singles semifinals at the $10,000 event in Boca Raton, Fla.

2003
Reached the doubles semifinals (with Jorgelina Cravero) and the singles quarterfinals at the $25,000 event in Greenville, S.C.
Advanced to the doubles semifinals (with Lisa McShea) at the $75,000 event in Albuquerque, N.M.
Reached the singles quarterfinals at the $25,000 event in Peachtree City, Ga... Lost to Kristina Brandi, 6-2, 6-1.
Won the doubles championship (with Lisa McShea) at the $50,000 event in Louisville, Ky.
Qualified into the $50,000 event in Lexington, Ky., but lost in the opening round to Ludmila Skavronskaia, 7-6 (7), 6-2.
Reached the doubles semifinals (with Varvara Lepchenko) and the singles quarterfinals at the $25,000 event in College Park, Md.
Won the doubles title (with Kelly McCain) at the $10,000 event in Edmond, Okla... Also reached the singles quarterfinals, losing to Milangela Morales, 6-2, 7-6 (8).
Finished runner-up in doubles (with Christina Wheeler) at the $25,000 event in Charlottesville, Va.
Qualified into the $75,000 doubles tournament in Dothan, Ala., (with Varvara Lepchenko) and reached the final.

2002
As a qualifier, advanced to the second round of the $50,000 event in Eugene, Ore... Lost to eventual champion Marissa Irvin, 6-2, 6-3.
Was a quarterfinalist at the $25,000 event in Hallandale Beach, Fla., where she lost to Lindsay Lee-Waters, 6-0, 6-1.
Swept consecutive singles and doubles titles (with Michelle Dasso) at the $10,000 events in Raleigh, N.C., and Winter Park, Fla.
Reached the doubles final (with Michelle Dasso) and singles semifinals at the $10,000 event in Greenville, S.C.
Advanced to the quarterfinals at the $10,000 event in Baltimore... Lost to Tory Zawacki, 7-5, 6-4.
Was a doubles finalist (with Michelle Dasso) and a singles quarterfinalist at the $10,000 event in Waco, Texas.

2001
Qualified into the doubles draw (with Milagros Sequera) and advanced to the final at the $50,000 event in Lexington, Ky.
Won her first pro singles title at the $10,000 event in Waco, Texas, defeating Jahnavi Parekh, 6-4, 6-2, in the final.
Won her first pro title in doubles (with Michelle Dasso) at the $10,000 event in Edmond, Okla... Also reached the singles quarterfinals.
Finished runner-up in singles at the $10,000 event in Easton, Md., where she lost to Mi-Ra Jeon, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

2000
Advanced to the singles and doubles semifinals (with Elizabeth Schmidt) at the $10,000 event in Baltimore.
Reached the doubles semifinals (with Michelle Dasso) at the $10,000 event in Springfield.

1999
Finished runner-up in doubles (with I-Ting Want) and advanced to the singles semifinals at the $10,000 event in Harrisonburg, Va.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS
Attended Vanderbilt University from 1998-2001.
Finished runner-up at the 2000 ITA Summer National Singles and Doubles Championships.
Won the 1999 ITA Summer National Singles and Doubles Championships, advancing to the US Open qualifying draw in each.
Was named the 1999 Tennessee Female Amateur Athlete of the Year… Also named All-American and All-SEC in 1999.

JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS
Finished 1997 ranked No. 6 in the girls’ 18s.
Won the USTA International Hard Court Championships.
Named the Kentucky Female Athlete of the Year while in high school.

PERSONAL
Father, Jack. Mother, Juanita. Has three sisters and two brothers.
Majored in elementary education at Vanderbilt.
Favorite movie is “The Shawshank Redemption.”
Favorite places to visit are Los Gatos, Calif., Palm Springs, Calif., and Asheville, N.C.
Trains in Hilton Head, S.C., with Yves Boulais and Patricia Hy.

 

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