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Evgenia Simonovna Linetskaya (Russian: Евгения Симоновна Линецкая, Hebrew: יבגניה לינצקאיה‎‎; born 30 November 1986) is a Russian-born Israeli female professional tennis player.

Linetskaya has won seven singles and one doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 4 July 2005, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 35. On 20 February 2006, she peaked at world number 283 in the doubles rankings.

Linetskaya made it to the fourth round of the 2005 Australian Open where she lost to Amélie Mauresmo.


Coached by George Akopian. Mother introduced her to tennis at age 6; hit balls against school building for practice. FatherÆs name is Simon Linetsky, mother is Maria (an artist). Studied psychology for three years at Moscow University and plans to receive online education to receive an MBA. Speaks Russian, English and some Dutch. Favorites include dark blue, the movie Troy, pop music, TolstoyÆs War and Peace and apple juice. Relaxes by walking in forests or visiting theme parks. Finds something good in every city she visits. Superstitious about stepping on court lines. Pet peeves include rainy weather, dishonest people and gossip. In tennis, most admires Martina Hingis and Steffi Graf.

Tennis career

Early success

In February 2005 Linetskaya beat World No. 11 Vera Zvonareva 6–4, 6–2 in Thailand. In March she defeated World No. 2 Amélie Mauresmo 2–6, 6–2, 7–5 third round in Indian Wells.


In late November 2005, Linetskaya's coach Joe Giuliano was barred for life by the WTA Tour for violating Section 14, part IV, of the WTA code of conduct, which bars coaches from "non-consensual sexual contact". Her father, Simon Linetskiy, was suspended for two years.[1] The bans resulted from events incidents at La Costa's Acura Classic in August 2005. Linetskiy was charged with suspicion of battery after his daughter had injuries treated at hospital.[2][3]

She did not play between January 2006 and February 2007. She dropped off the rankings computer altogether.


In February 2007 she won the Montechoro, Portugal tournament. The following month she won both the Ramat HaSharon 2 and the Raanana tournaments in Israel, without dropping a set in either tournament.


Linetskaya, who is Jewish, plays with a Star of David necklace around her neck.

ITF Circuit finals

Singles Finals: 12 (7–5)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 16 July 2001 Brussels, Belgium Clay Germany Camilla Kremer 1–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 29 October 2002 Minsk, Belarus Carpet Belarus Anastasiya Yakimova 6–2, 6–1
Winner 3. 24 March 2003 Saint Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Belarus Tatsiana Uvarova 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 22 September 2003 Batumi, Georgia Hard Ukraine Elena Tatarkova 6–1, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 000000002004-03-22-000022 March 2004 Orange, United States Hard Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer 3–6, 6–2, 2–6
Winner 6. 12 April 2004 Jackson, United States Clay Russia Alisa Kleybanova 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 20 April 2004 Dothan, United States Clay China Peng Shuai 2–6, 1–6
Winner 8. 17 August 2004 Bronx, United States Hard Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 9. 11 February 2007 Vale do Lobo, Portugal Hard Romania Liana Ungur 6–7, 2–6
Winner 10. 16 February 2007 Albufeira, Portugal Hard Russia Yuliya Kalabina 6–2, 6–0
Winner 11. 12 March 2007 Ramat Hasharon, Israel Hard Slovakia Martina Babáková 6–3, 7–6
Winner 12. 19 March 2007 Raanana, Israel Hard Czech Republic Tereza Hladíková 6–4, 6–4

Doubles Finals: 2 (1-1)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 15 July 2002 Frinton, United Kingdom Grass Russia Irina Bulykina Italy Alberta Brianti
Australia Michelle Summerside
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 19 March 2007 Raanana, Israel Hard Israel Tzipora Obziler Slovakia Martina Babáková
Argentina Veronica Spiegel
6–1, 6–2


  1. ^ "Barring of coach, father stems from La Costa incident". San Diego Union Tribune. 16 January 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Archived 14 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
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