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Tripp
Nov 7th, 2009, 01:47 AM
Pitu's gonna give a press conference on Tuesday announcing her retirement from pro tennis. Sad to see her go like this, I guess just like Clarisa Fernndez, injuries took the best of her.

Such a waste of talent :( Could've made it to the big leagues if she wasn't such a headcase.

auntie janie
Nov 7th, 2009, 01:49 AM
Pitu quitting? :speakles: :bigcry: End of an era. :sad:

The Kaz
Nov 7th, 2009, 01:50 AM
So many players of the 90s are quitting :crying2:

Milito22
Nov 7th, 2009, 01:51 AM
:sobbing:

Tripp
Nov 7th, 2009, 01:53 AM
So many players of the 90s are quitting :crying2:

Pitu is 26, so she wasn't really around in the 90s. She started her pro career in 2001. :p

zvonarevarulz
Nov 7th, 2009, 02:11 AM
:sad:

Even though I dont really like her:lol:
But it's always sad to see a player retire:sad:

iGOAT
Nov 7th, 2009, 02:14 AM
:awww: poor Pitu :sad: I wouldn't be surprised if she comes back in a year or so though :).

ElusiveChanteuse
Nov 7th, 2009, 02:22 AM
OMG Pitu! I can't believe it.:(

MH0861
Nov 7th, 2009, 02:23 AM
Pitu:(

davidmario
Nov 7th, 2009, 02:40 AM
she reached a doubles final with my kvetita:sad: such good hands at the net...

dreamgoddess099
Nov 7th, 2009, 03:11 AM
Pity Pitu. :sad: It's sad to see her go.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 7th, 2009, 03:49 AM
Pitu :hug: . I hope she enjoys her life away from pro tennis :bounce:.

Singleniacki
Nov 7th, 2009, 03:50 AM
Maria :sad:

FERLKE
Nov 7th, 2009, 04:31 AM
:tears:

lucho_coria
Nov 7th, 2009, 04:31 AM
It is always the same with the argies :sad:

TS
Nov 7th, 2009, 06:06 AM
Always sad to see someone's career ruined by injuries. I never thought she would be a world beater, but she was talented and could've been a consistent top 50 player. I wish her well in her post tennis life.

JackFrost
Nov 7th, 2009, 06:55 AM
Dont worry. Comebacks are en vogue. She will probably anounce her comeback in 2011.

joe87
Nov 7th, 2009, 07:35 AM
:sad:

fredbdx
Nov 7th, 2009, 08:19 AM
Maria's career highlights:
Best ranking: n65 (feb 2008- 24y.o)
Prize money: 692 277 $

Tour highlights:
1999:
3 $10K challengers titles (Asuncion, Montevideo, Paraguay)
Year ending ranking: n460
Best victories: n296 Arevalo and Tricerri
No WTA appearance

2000:
Challenger tour: 1 $50K title (Ettenheim) and 3 $10K titles(San Severo, Caserta, Horb)
Wta tour: 2rd at Sydney Olympics and 2nd rd as a qualifer at Beijing $110K
Best victories: n75 Tulyaganova and n84 Kandarr
Year Ending ranking: n206 (+254)

2001:
Challenger Tour: 1 SF at Boyton $75k
Wta tour: QF at Casablanca $110K and 3rd rd as a qualfier at Amelia Island $565K
Best victories: n29 Leon Garcia, n50 Osterloh and n58 Pratt
Year Ending ranking: n122 (+84)

2002:
Challenger Tour: 1 QF at Albuquerque $75K
Wta Tour: 1 QF at Bogota $170K
Qualified 2 times for Grand Slam Main Draws: AO and USO
Best victories: n71 Lamade, n93 Maritinez Sanchez, n99 Peschke
Year Ending ranking:n127 (-5)

2003:
Challenger Tour: 1 SF at Marseille $50K
Wta Tour: Qualified 3 times: AO and USO, and Casablanca $110K
Best victories: n120 Obata, n129 Voracova, n135 Lee Waters
Year Ending Ranking: n173 (-46)

2004:
Challenger Tour: 1 $25K Title at Ashland, 2 times Runner-up at Waikoloa and Troy $50K
Wta Tour: 2 SF at Hobart $110K as a qualifier and Quebec City $110K
Best victorires: n33 Kuznetsova, n47 Barna and n63 Granville
Year Ending Ranking: n114 (+59)

2005:
Challenger Tour: 1 SF at St Raphael $50K
Wta Tour: 2nd rd at Hyderabad $110K, 2nd rd at quebec City $110K
2nd rd as a qualifier at the USO
Best victories: n94 Kremer, n103 Vinci and n104 Camerin
Year Ending Ranking: n148 (-34)

2006:
Challenger Tour: 1 Title at Midland $75K
Wta Tour: didn't succeed to qualify for Main Draw
Best victories: n109 Osterloh, n132 Lepchenko and n148 Dubois
Year Ending Ranking: n217 (-63)

2007:
Challenger Tour: 2 titles at Cueno $50K and La Palma $25K and 2 times Runner up at Tenrife $25K and Gexto $25K
Wta Tour: 1 SF as qualifier at Fes $145K, 1 QF at Beijing $600K and 1 2nd rd as a qualifier at Barcelona $145K
2 times 2nd rd of the qualies in GS: Wimbledon and USO
Best victories: n51 Mirza, n73 Camerin and n87 Schruff
Year Ending Ranking: n91 (+126)

2008: out of copmpetition after French Open
Challenger tour: didn't play
Wta Tour: 1 Final at Bogota $185K
Best victories: n49 Cornet, n70 Nakamura and n108 King
Year Ending Ranking: n237 (-146)

2009: didn't play since june.
Challenger Tour: 1 title at Lima $10K and once Runner-up at Montpellier $25K
Wta Tour: 2nd rd at Estoril $220K
Best victories: n67 Coin, n174 Wienerova and n205 Begu
Current Ranking: n336 (-99)

AnnaK_4ever
Nov 7th, 2009, 09:36 AM
So many players of the 90s are quitting :crying2:

It's always nice to see a knowledgeable tennis fan...

jimbo mack
Nov 7th, 2009, 09:45 AM
Well she won 3 itf's in 1999 so technically she was also a nineties player ;)

it's a shame she's retiring but i guess after over 10 years of playing and failing to stay consistently in top 100 she's had enough. she's had some good runs over the years, tho it's a shame she didn't have much success outside the MM events. i will think of her as another player who didnt fulfil her potential :sad:

Andy.
Nov 7th, 2009, 09:49 AM
Who? seriously I have never heard of this girl

jimbo mack
Nov 7th, 2009, 09:51 AM
Who? seriously I have never heard of this girl

www.wtatour.com is quite a useful website to research players from time to time :wavey:

mckyle.
Nov 7th, 2009, 09:53 AM
It's always nice to see a knowledgeable tennis fan...

:spit: :sobbing:

TS
Nov 7th, 2009, 09:58 AM
Thanks for those stats fredbdx. Looked like she might've turned the corner last year when she reached the WTA final in Bogota, but then injuries took over again. Only one top 30 victory in her career though, for some reason I thought she had bigger wins than that.

Also she won two junior slams in 2000 right? Not that it means a lot (hello Kirsten Flipkens).

LegionArgentina
Nov 7th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Quite expected but so sadly for us :sobbing: :sad:
She is really talented,with good shots from the baseline and a great touch at the net, so sad that she is gone so young :sad:

I would like to know what will she do after tennis but best of luck in your future Mary Emily :kiss:

We love you :hearts:

LegionArgentina
Nov 7th, 2009, 10:15 AM
Who? seriously I have never heard of this girl

Are you a tennis fan or what :confused:
seriously is quite sorprising that you have never read about her and you having been in here since 2003 :eek: :eek:

*Jool*
Nov 7th, 2009, 10:16 AM
:awww:

Pitu, have a nice life ! :hug:

jimbo mack
Nov 7th, 2009, 10:26 AM
Are you a tennis fan or what :confused:
seriously is quite sorprising that you have never read about her and you having been in here since 2003 :eek: :eek:

this

Daszmarelli
Nov 7th, 2009, 10:30 AM
:awww:
I'm sad. I like her and I watched a match in Brazil some years ago :sad:

Best of Luck, Pitu!

Andy.
Nov 7th, 2009, 10:39 AM
Are you a tennis fan or what :confused:
seriously is quite sorprising that you have never read about her and you having been in here since 2003 :eek: :eek:
Well I dont spend my days sifting thru ITF results I pretty much just focus on my fav(s) and the results of girls in the top 75 or so. I dont even bother with the MM tournaments half the time these days. Seriously I dont know how some of these players who rarely play on the main tour and get little or no air time are known by so many. Good luck to her anyway.

LegionArgentina
Nov 7th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Well I dont spend my days sifting thru ITF results I pretty much just focus on my fav(s) and the results of girls in the top 50 or so. I dont even bother with the MM tournaments half the time.

It is okey,it seems that you dont know that she beat Dokic in two sets in Indian Wells 2005 (is MM tournament :confused: )
She also play against your fav Maria K in Estoril this year (well that is MM tournament but if you follow your fav you should at least read that result)

That why I find sorprising that you have never heard of her :eek: :eek:

Andy.
Nov 7th, 2009, 10:48 AM
It is okey,it seems that you dont know that she beat Dokic in two sets in Indian Wells 2005 (is MM tournament :confused: )
She also play against your fav Maria K in Estoril this year (well that is MM tournament but if you follow your fav you should at least read that result)

That why I find sorprising that you have never heard of her :eek: :eek:
I guess I need to see a player actually play or at least see heaps of pictures before I take notice. I guess she just never got on my radar.

Uranus
Nov 7th, 2009, 10:55 AM
Oh no :sad:. That's really sad. Wish her the best!

FORZA SARITA
Nov 7th, 2009, 12:54 PM
bye Pitu :awww:

Break My Rapture
Nov 7th, 2009, 01:08 PM
I'm always sad to see a player retire. :sad:

Dave.
Nov 7th, 2009, 01:20 PM
How sad, and she only just made her first WTA singles final last year. :( Good luck in whatever you do next Pitu. :hug:

Randy H
Nov 7th, 2009, 01:34 PM
Shame injuries played such a large part in stalling Salerni's career...Having seen her play a number of times, I would agree with those who said she was probably never going to be a "top" player, but she certainly could have made at least the to 50, if not a bit higher for a while. Unfortunately it seems like every time she would get on a bit of a roll again, she would get injured and miss significant time. :(

Hope she enjoys whatever is next for her :)

Golovinjured.
Nov 7th, 2009, 02:26 PM
So many players of the 90s are quitting :crying2:

Pitu is 26, so she wasn't really around in the 90s. She started her pro career in 2001. :p

:haha:

Dave.
Nov 7th, 2009, 02:34 PM
She won Wimbledon JUNIORS in 2000, I think that alone proves she's not a 90's player. :lol:

CharlDa
Nov 7th, 2009, 03:06 PM
Pitu :sad: Wonderful junior player, had the chance to see her run in Quebec City in 2004 and she was so close to the finals and possibly the title. Naturally talented, though not top 10 quality, but really a underachieving career cause of all the injuries. Nice girl too.

Hope all the best for her :)

Borislove
Nov 7th, 2009, 05:26 PM
She was a great junior. But unfortunately she has never managed to get success becoming pro. Very sad she gave up. All the best in the future.

CooCooCachoo
Nov 7th, 2009, 05:31 PM
Never cared about her at all, but it is sad that her career was hampered so much by injuries :hug:

Juarito
Nov 7th, 2009, 06:50 PM
So sad day for us, we couldnt see her at her best level for such a long time. Well miss you so much Pitu! :sad: :bigcry:

cn ireland
Nov 10th, 2009, 08:44 PM
Was this confirmed today?

cn ireland
Nov 10th, 2009, 08:48 PM
^^ Just found an article confirming it!

rucolo
Nov 14th, 2009, 02:48 PM
Pitu :sad:

Too often injured, like Clarisa Fernandez.:(

Great junior career: Singles titles at 2000 Wimbledon and 2000 US Open!:yeah:

Probably her best career win was at Hobart in 2004: Pitu def Kuznetsova 6-1 6-1 !:eek::worship:
I remember I was completely shocked by this result.
After this came nothing...

Another career highlight was the Final of Bogota in 2008.:)
After this nothing...

Really a weird career, mainly because of injuries.


Any comments from Pitu about her retirement?

AAT
Nov 14th, 2009, 07:57 PM
yes there are a lot of comment in her thread

Capriati Rules
Nov 14th, 2009, 11:41 PM
:(

MJMS
Nov 15th, 2009, 01:39 AM
very sad for her :sad:

She was a great junior player!! All the best for you :bounce::bounce:

Beat
Nov 15th, 2009, 11:41 AM
she never had the career she should have had - sad to see her go already.