İpek Şenoğlu : biography
İpek Şenoğlu (born June 8, 1979, in Eskişehir), nicknamed İpeko, is a Turkish tennis player. Şenoğlu first made history in June 2004 when she was accepted into the women's doubles qualifying for Wimbledon. Though İpek did not advance into the main draw of Wimbledon, she became the first Turk ever to play in a qualifying tournament for a Grand Slam event. Later that year, she became the first Turk to appear in the main draw of a Grand Slam event, when she and partner Laura Granville reached the third round of the US Open doubles.
On May 15, 2005 at 7.00 local time, Venus Williams played a show game with Şenoğlu on the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, the first tennis match ever to be played across two continents. The event was organized as a promotion ahead of the 2005 Istanbul Cup and lasted five minutes only on the north side of the bridge. After the exhibition, they both threw a tennis ball into the Bosporus.
She and partner Yaroslava Shvedova reached the semifinals of the 2009 Rome Masters tournament, a WTA Premier event. Following this event, İpek's WTA doubles rank rose to # 76. Her peak doubles rank to date has been #62, following the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.
WTA career finals
Doubles: 1 (0–1)
|Legend: Before 2009||Legend: Starting in 2009|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0)|
|Olympic Gold (0)|
|WTA Championships (0)|
|Tier I (0)||Premier Mandatory (0)|
|Tier II (0)||Premier 5 (0)|
|Tier III (0)||Premier (0)|
|Tier IV & V (0/1)||International (0)|
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||19 April 2008||POR}} Estoril, Portugal||Clay||BIH}} Mervana Jugić-Salkić||RUS}} Maria Kirilenko Flavia Pennetta||6-4, 6–4|
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