Virginia Ruzici

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Virginia Ruzici
Country  Romania
Born (1955-01-31) 31 January 1955 (age 59)
Câmpia Turzii, Romania
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1975
Retired 1987
Plays Right-handed (One handed-backhand)
Prize money US$1,183,728
Singles
Career record 377–221
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 8 (21 May 1979)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1980)
French Open W (1978)
Wimbledon QF (1978, 1981)
US Open QF (1976, 1978)
Doubles
Career record 284–181
Career titles 16
Highest ranking No. 8 (21 May 1979)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1980)
French Open W (1978)
Wimbledon F (1978)
US Open SF (1976)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open F (1978, 1979)
Wimbledon 3R (1979)
US Open QF (1981)

Virginia Ruzici (born 31 January 1955 in Câmpia Turzii, Romania) is a former professional tennis player from Romania. She is perhaps most notable for winning the 1978 French Open singles championship.

Career[edit]

Ruzici became a professional tennis player in 1975. One of her main assets on court was her powerful forehand. In a career spanning twelve years, Ruzici won 12 career singles titles, including one Grand Slam title, the 1978 French Open. In the final she beat 1977 French Open champion Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–2. Ruzici also won the French Open doubles event with Jaušovec in 1978 and reached the mixed doubles final in 1977, making her one of only seven women to reach all three finals of one Grand Slam in the open era.[citation needed]

Ruzici remained in the world's top twenty from 1977 to 1983.[1] She regularly featured in the Romania Fed Cup team throughout her career, and began playing for them in 1973, two years before turning professional.

At Wimbledon 1978, Ruzici lost a notable match in the quarter final round to the Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley who was playing with an injured ankle. Cawley's injury lead to her collapsing on court and her husband, Roger Cawley, came on to the court to aid his wife, technically defaulting the Australian from the match. When Mrs. Cawley recovered, Ruzici agreed to continue the match, but lost 7–5 6–3 and was praised for her sportsmanship.[2] It has often been stated during TV commentaries that Ruzici's victory in 1980 at a tournament in Salt Lake City was watched by Richard Williams who was inspired by her triumph and prize money to teach his daughters Venus Williams & Serena Williams to play tennis.[3][4][5]

Ruzici is now the manager of Romanian world number two tennis player Simona Halep.[6]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1978 French Open Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1980 French Open Clay United States Chris Evert 6–0, 6–3

Women's doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1978 French Open Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec France Gail Sherriff Lovera
Australia Lesley Turner Bowrey
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1978 Wimbledon Grass Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec Australia Kerry Melville Reid
Australia Wendy Turnbull
4–6, 9–8(8), 6–3

Mixed doubles: 2 (0 titles, 2 runner–ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1978 French Open Clay France Patrice Dominguez Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
Czechoslovakia Pavel Složil
4–6, 7–6 ret.
Runner-up 1979 French Open Clay Romania Ion Ţiriac Australia Wendy Turnbull
South Africa Bob Hewitt
6–3, 2–6, 6–3

WTA Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 27 (12–15)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (11–14)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (9–10)
Carpet (2–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 18 August 1975 South Orange Clay Romania Mariana Simionescu 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 12 July 1976 Kitzbühel Clay Australia Wendy Turnbull 4–6, 7–5, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 18 October 1976 Barcelona Clay Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová 6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 26 September 1977 Palm Harbor Clay United States Laura DuPont 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 15 May 1978 Hamburg Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 22 May 1978 Rome Clay Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková 5–7, 5–7
Winner 3. 29 May 1978 French Open Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–2
Winner 4. 24 July 1978 Kitzbühel Clay West Germany Sylvia Hanika 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 14 August 1978 Toronto Hard Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková 5–7, 7–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 16 October 1978 Brighton Carpet (I) Netherlands Betty Stöve 5–7, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 6. 19 February 1979 Detroit Carpet (I) Australia Wendy Turnbull 5–7, 6–1, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 7. 10 December 1979 Adelaide Grass Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 5–7, 2–2 ret.
Runner-up 8. 5 May 1980 Rome Clay United States Chris Evert 7–5, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 26 May 1980 French Open Clay United States Chris Evert 0–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 21 July 1980 Kitzbühel Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 3–6, 6–1 ret.
Runner-up 10. 11 August 1980 Toronto Hard United States Chris Evert 3–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 8 September 1980 Salt Lake City Hard Argentina Ivanna Madruga 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 10 November 1980 Amsterdam Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 7–5, 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 4 May 1981 Perugia Clay United States Chris Evert 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 11 May 1981 Lugano Clay United States Chris Evert 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 14. 3 August 1981 Indianapolis Clay United States Andrea Jaeger 1–6, 0–6
Winner 8. 12 July 1982 Monte Carlo Clay United States Bonnie Gadusek 6–2, 7–6
Winner 9. 19 July 1982 Kitzbühel Clay Czechoslovakia Lea Plchová 6–2, 6–2
Winner 10. 2 August 1982 Indianapolis Clay Czechoslovakia Helena Suková 6–2, 6–0
Winner 11. 3 October 1983 Detroit Carpet (I) United States Kathy Jordan 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 15. 1 April 1985 Seabrook Island Clay Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva 3–6, 3–6
Winner 12. 15 July 1985 Bregenz Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 35 (16–19)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (15–18)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–1)
Grass (1–1)
Clay (10–11)
Carpet (3–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 11 November 1973 London Carpet (I) Romania Mariana Simionescu United Kingdom Lesley Charles
United Kingdom Glynis Coles
3–6, 5–7
Winner 1. 4 November 1974 Edinburgh Carpet (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec Colombia María-Isabel Fernández
Argentina Raquel Giscafré
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 8 March 1976 Tallahassee Clay Romania Mariana Simionescu United States Julie Anthony
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 23 May 1976 Rome Clay Romania Mariana Simionescu South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
1–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 18 October 1976 Barcelona Clay Romania Florența Mihai France Nathalie Fuchs
Belgium Michele Gurdal
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 24 January 1977 Minneapolis Carpet (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec United States Rosie Casals
Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 15 May 1978 Hamburg Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec West Germany Katja Ebbinghaus
West Germany Helga Niessen Masthoff
6–4, 5–7, 6–0
Winner 4. 22 May 1978 Rome Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec Romania Florenţa Mihai
United States Betsy Nagelsen
6–2, 2–6, 7–6
Winner 5. 29 May 1978 French Open Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec France Gail Sherriff Lovera
Australia Lesley Turner Bowrey
5–7, 6–4, 8–6
Runner-up 5. 26 June 1978 Wimbledon Grass Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec Australia Kerry Melville Reid
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 8–9(8–10), 3–6
Winner 6. 24 July 1978 Kitzbühel Clay Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Romania Florența Mihai
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 23 October 1978 Filderstadt Carpet (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec United States Tracy Austin
Netherlands Betty Stöve
3–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 1 January 1979 Washington, D.C. Carpet (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec United States Renée Richards
United States Sharon Walsh
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 18 July 1979 Kitzbühel Clay Netherlands Elly Appel-Vessies Sweden Helena Anliot
Australia Diane Evers
0–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 22 October 1979 Tampa Hard United States Anne Smith South Africa Ilana Kloss
United States Betty Ann Stuart
7–5, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 9. 10 December 1979 Adelaide Grass Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Pam Shriver
6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 4 August 1980 Indianapolis Clay Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová United States Anne Smith
United States Paula Smith
4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 10. 8 September 1980 Salt Lake City Hard United States Pam Teeguarden United States Barbara Jordan
United States JoAnne Russell
6–4, 7–5
Winner 11. 27 October 1980 Stockholm Carpet (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 16 March 1981 Boston Carpet (I) United States JoAnne Russell United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh
7–6, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 4 May 1981 Perugia Clay United States Chris Evert United States Candy Reynolds
United States Paula Smith
5–7, 1–6
Winner 12. 3 August 1981 Indianapolis Clay United States JoAnne Russell United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Paula Smith
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 5 April 1982 Hilton Head Island Clay United States JoAnne Russell United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 12. 10 May 1982 Lugano Clay United States JoAnne Russell United States Candy Reynolds
United States Paula Smith
2–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 12 July 1982 Monte Carlo Clay France Catherine Tanvier Brazil Patricia Medrado
Brazil Claudia Monteiro
7–6, 6–2
Runner-up 13. 2 August 1982 Indianapolis Clay United States JoAnne Russell Argentina Ivanna Madruga
France Catherine Tanvier
5–7, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 14. 6 December 1982 Richmond Carpet (I) United States JoAnne Russell United States Rosie Casals
United States Candy Reynolds
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 15. 11 April 1983 Amelia Island Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Candy Reynolds
4–6, 2–6
Winner 14. 2 May 1983 Perugia Clay United Kingdom Virginia Wade Argentina Ivana Madruga
France Catherine Tanvier
6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 15. 1 August 1983 Indianapolis Clay United States Kathy Horvath United States Gigi Fernández
United States Beth Herr
4–6, 7–6(8–6) 6–2
Runner-up 16. 8 August 1983 Los Angeles Hard United States Betsy Nagelsen United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 17. 24 October 1983 Filderstadt Carpet (I) France Catherine Tanvier United States Martina Navratilova
United States Candy Reynolds
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 18. 14 May 1984 Berlin Clay United States Kathy Horvath United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
United States Candy Reynolds
3–6, 6–4, 6–7(11–13)
Runner-up 19. 21 May 1984 Perugia Clay United States Kathy Horvath Czechoslovakia Iva Budařová
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–7(5–7), 6–1, 4–6
Winner 16. 15 July 1985 Bregenz Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec Czechoslovakia Andrea Holíková
Czechoslovakia Kateřina Skronská
6–2, 6–3

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A A A A 1R QF 1R A A A A NH A 0 / 3
French Open 1R 2R 2R SF A W QF F QF QF 3R 4R 1R A 2R 1 / 13
Wimbledon 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R QF 4R 2R QF 4R 4R 2R 2R A A 0 / 13
U.S. Open A 1R 1R QF 4R QF A 4R 3R 4R 1R 3R 1R A A 0 / 11
SR 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 40
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 112 26 16 12 13 11 12 11 18 44 41 NR 143

NH = tournament not held.

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Career highlights Retrieved 12 March 2008
  2. ^ Home! The Evonne Goolagong Story. Simon & Schuster Ltd (June 1995) ISBN 978-0-7318-0381-1
  3. ^ Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography. Greenwood (30 July 2005) ISBN 978-0-313-33165-7
  4. ^ John Roberts (13 September 1999). "Serena's grand entrance heralds Williams era". The Independent. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Robin Finn (27 October 1994). "TENNIS; Last of the 14-Year-Olds Will Take a First Step". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/tennis/26793567

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