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Junior Spotlight - Carly Gullickson

March 4, 2003 03:54 PM
CARLY GULLICKSON

Birthdate: Nov. 26, 1986
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
Residence: Brentwood, Tenn.
Height: 5’ 8”
Weight: 138 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand

Sixteen-year-old Carly Gullickson just made her first career appearance in the main draw of a WTA Tour event a memorable one. Playing in the Kroger St. Jude in Memphis last week, the 16-year-old reached the quarterfinals of the tournament before falling to defending champion and eventual winner Lisa Raymond in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Gullickson, who was competing for the first time in 2003 in Memphis, pulled out three-set wins in her first two matches of the tournament against Lindsay Lee-Waters and Maria Goloviznina. She has previously had success in Memphis, as well, having won the USTA Girls’ 18s Super National Clay Courts title there in 2001.

Carly Gullickson
Currently ranked 8th in the country in the girls’ 18s, Gullickson is one of the most talented young Americans competing on the junior tennis circuit. She had an impressive year in 2002, capturing the doubles title and reaching the singles quarterfinals at the LTA International Junior Tennis Championships in Roehampton, England, and finishing runner-up in doubles at the girls’ 18 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships. Other highlights of the year include reaching the singles quarterfinals at the Burger King Orange Bowl, the doubles quarterfinals at the girls’ 18 Easter Bowl, a USTA Super National Spring Championships, and the singles round of 16 at two junior Grand Slam events – Wimbledon and the US Open.

RANKING HISTORY
2002
– 46 (ITF), 8 (USTA 18s)
2001 – 66 (ITF), 6 (USTA 18s)
2000 – 252 (ITF), 19 (USTA 18s*)
* highest ranking achieved during the year

2003 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Playing in the first WTA main-draw event of her career, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Kroger St. Jude in Memphis, before falling to defending champion and eventual winner Lisa Raymond, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4… Won her first WTA main-draw match against Lindsay Lee-Waters, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, in the first round and defeated Maria Goloviznina, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, in the second.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2002

  • Reached the quarterfinals of the Orange Bowl International Junior Championships.
  • Was a quarterfinalist at the Kentucky International Junior Tennis Derby.
  • Advanced to the singles round of 16 at both the Wimbledon and US Open junior championships.
  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Jamea Jackson) at the girls’ 18 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Won the doubles title (with Jackson) and reached the singles quarterfinals of the LTA International Junior Tennis Championships in Roehampton, England.
  • Advanced to the doubles quarterfinals (with Jackson) at the 38th Astrid Bowl, Belgian International Junior Championships.
  • Teamed with Jackson to reach the quarterfinals of the 43rd Italian Junior Open Trofeo Bonfiglio Campionati.
  • Won the girls’ 18 singles title at the Interscholastic Championships East.
  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Shadisha Robinson) at the girls’ 18 Easter Bowl, a USTA Super National Spring Championships.

2001

  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the 15th Yucatan Cup in Mexico.
  • Reached the round of 16 at the Chanda Rubin North/Central American & Caribbean Closed Championships, where she lost to Shadisha Robinson.
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the Kentucky International Junior Tennis Derby.
  • In her junior Grand Slam debut, defeated Ljubica Avramovic, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round of the US Open Junior Championships… Lost in the second round to eventual champion Marion Bartoli of France.
  • Was given a wild card by the USTA into the US Open qualifying tournament but lost in the first round to eventual qualifier Evelyn Fauth, 6-2, 6-1.
  • Won the USTA International Grass Court Championships, claiming her second national title and first ITF World Junior Ranking event of the summer, defeated Jackie Carleton in the final, 6-2, 6-3.
  • Reached the main draw of the USTA $25,000 Challenger at Stone Mountain, Ga., as a lucky loser… Defeated Lindsay Lee in the first round, 6-2, 6-3, before losing to Marie-Eve Pelletier of Canada, 6-1, 6-2.
  • Won the singles title at the USTA Girls’ 18s Super National Clay Court Championships, defeating Tory Zawacki in the final, 6-4, 6-2…. Won the title at the age of 14 years, 7 months, 26 days, becoming the youngest champion since 12-year-old Jennifer Capriati won in 1988.
  • Won the Florida Open Girls’ 18s singles title, defeating Megan Bradley in the final, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
  • Won the K-Swiss Girls’ 18s singles title, defeating Julie Smekodub in the final, 7-5, 6-3.
  • Won the Copper Bowl Girls’ 18s singles title, defeating Kendra Strohm in the final, 6-4, 6-2.

2000

  • Reached the second round of the Van Der Meer International Junior Championships, losing to Yuaheniya Subbotsina, 6-4, 6-3…. Finished the year 4-3 in ITF World Ranking events.
  • Reached the third round of the Regional ITF Junior Championships in Baton Rouge, La., losing to Maria Jose Lopez-Herrera of Mexico, 7-5, 7-6 (6).
  • In her first appearance in an ITF World Junior Ranking event, reached the third round of the Nokia Sugar Bowl, losing to Tatiana Perebiynis, 6-0, 6-3.
  • At the age of 14, represented the United States in the World Youth Cup, the junior equivalent to Fed Cup for players 16-years-old and younger.

PERSONAL

  • Father, Bill, pitched in the major leagues for 13 years and led the American League in wins with 20 (20-1 for the season) for the Detroit Tigers in 1991. Mother, Sandy played tennis at Western Kentucky University. Has five siblings, whose names all begin with the letter C: Cassie (the only one older than Carly), Craig, Chelsey, Callie and Chloe.
  • Was introduced to tennis by her mother at age 8.
  • Is an all-court player.
  • Favorite playing surface is clay.
  • Coached by Bill Tym, former Director of Tennis at Vanderbilt University.
  • Is sponsored by Wilson (racquet) and adidas (clothing and shoes).
  • Favorite tennis player is Jennifer Capriati.
  • In her spare time, enjoys music and spending time with friends.
  • Favorite actor is Denzel Washington.
  • Says her tennis aspirations are “to develop my game to be the best I can be.”
 

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