Julia Cohen (born March 23, 1989) is an American professional tennis player.
Cohen has won five singles and four doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On July 30, 2012, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 97. On May 13, 2013, she peaked at world number 121 in the doubles rankings.
Early life and tennis career
Cohen, who is Jewish, grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She started tennis at the age of three. Her father, Dr. Richard Cohen, played tennis for the University of Pennsylvania and played professional tennis for two years, and her brother Josh was an All-American tennis player at the University of Miami and became head coach of the World Team Tennis Philadelphia Freedoms. At the age of six she was ranked No. 1 in 18-and-under doubles in the USTA Middle States region (including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware). In 1997, at the age of eight, she became the youngest player to win an adult match in a Middle States Tennis Association tournament. She was then the US champion in the 9-and-under division.
In 2001, she won the USTA National Spring Championships 12-Under Division Championship. In 2006, she was the top-ranked American girl tennis player. That same year, she and partner Kimberly Couts reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the Wimbledon Junior Championships.
When she was 15 years old, she was No. 6 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior World Rankings. On June 11, 2007, she was ranked No. 4 in the ITF Junior World Rankings.
In her first year of college tennis, playing number 1 singles for the University of Florida Gators, she was SEC Rookie of the Year and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rookie of the Year. She transferred to the University of Miami Hurricanes and finished the year ranked 5th in the US in singles, and was named All-ACC.
She is coached by her brother's friend Conor Taylor. She has to buy her own runners She won four career singles and five doubles titles on the ITF circuit. Cohen played in the 2012 Baku Cup. She made it to her first WTA final there, before losing to fifth-seeded Serbian Bojana Jovanovski. That year she reached number 121 in the WTA Doubles Rankings, and number 97 in the WTA Singles Rankings.
She has played in World Team Tennis for the Philadelphia Freedoms and the Boston Lobsters.
Cohen earned her bachelor’s degree in sports administration summa cum laude from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and a master’s degree in sport psychology in 2013. As an assistant coach, Cohen joined the Chestnut Hill College men’s and women’s tennis coaching staffs prior to the spring 2017 season.
WTA career finals
Singles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||1.||July 28, 2012||Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan||Hard||Bojana Jovanovski||3–6, 1–6|
ITF Circuit finals
Singles finals: 15 (5–10)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||September 5, 2004||Mexico City, Mexico||Hard||María José López Herrera||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||March 13, 2005||Toluca, Mexico||Hard||Larissa Carvalho||2–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||3.||November 25, 2007||Mexico City, Mexico||Hard||Clarisa Fernández||1–6, 2–6|
|Winner||4.||December 13, 2009||Xalapa, Mexico||Hard||Gira Schofield||5–7, 6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||5.||April 25, 2010||Poza Rica, Mexico||Hard||Lauren Albanese||4–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||6.||July 18, 2010||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Paula Ormaechea||5–7, 1–6|
|Winner||7.||July 25, 2010||Waterloo, Canada||Clay||Fatma Al Nabhani||1–6, 7–5, 7–5|
|Runner-up||8.||November 21, 2010||Niterói, Brazil||Clay||Alexandra Cadanțu||1–6, 6–1, 1–6|
|Runner-up||9.||December 5, 2010||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Clay||Alexandra Cadanțu||1–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||10.||May 28, 2011||Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Ayu-Fani Damayanti||6–3, 2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||11.||October 8, 2011||Yerevan, Armenia||Clay||Andrea Koch Benvenuto||7–6(8–6), 6–2|
|Runner-up||12.||November 28, 2011||Rosario, Argentina||Clay||Chanel Simmonds||3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||13.||December 10, 2011||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Romana Tabak||7–5, 6–3|
|Runner-up||14.||December 1, 2012||Santiago, Chile||Clay||Paula Cristina Gonçalves||6-0, 3-6, 4-6|
|Runner-up||15.||April 8, 2013||Poza Rica, Mexico||Hard||Jovana Jakšić||6-2, 3-6, 4-6|
Doubles finals: 10 (5–5)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1.||September 5, 2009||Celaya, Mexico||Clay||Vivian Segnini|| Anastasia Kharchenko
|Winner||2.||April 24, 2010||Poza Rica, Mexico||Hard||Lauren Albanese|| Macall Harkins
|Runner-up||3.||June 27, 2011||Middelburg, Netherlands||Clay||Florencia Molinero|| Quirine Lemoine
|Runner-up||4.||July 11, 2011||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Andrea Koch Benvenuto|| Andrea Gámiz
|Winner||5.||November 14, 2011||Asunción, Paraguay||Clay||Tereza Mrdeža|| Mailen Auroux
|6-3, 2-6, [10-5]|
|Runner-up||6.||June 25, 2012||Rome, Italy||Clay||Valentyna Ivakhnenko|| Marie-Ève Pelletier
|0-6, 6-3, 8-10|
|Runner-up||7.||October 28, 2012||Brasília, Brazil||Clay||Timea Bacsinszky|| Elena Bogdan
|3-6, 6-3, [8-10]|
|Winner||8.||April 15, 2013||Dothan, United States||Clay||Tatjana Maria|| Maria Sanchez
|6-4 4-6 [11-9]|
|Runner–up||9.||June 25, 2013||Kristinehamn, Sweden||Clay||Alizé Lim|| Anna Danilina
|Winner||10.||March 17, 2014||Innisbrook, United States||Clay||Gioia Barbieri|| Allie Kiick