Virginie Razzano at the 2011 US Open
May 12, 1983 |
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US$ 2,982,234|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 16 (September 14, 2009)|
|Current ranking||No. 92 (August 5, 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2001, 2006, 2008, 2009)|
|French Open||4R (2009)|
|US Open||4R (2006)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 82 (February 12, 2001)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2002)|
|French Open||2R (2000)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2001, 2005)|
|US Open||QF (2008)|
|Last updated on: January 10, 2011.|
Virginie Razzano (born May 12, 1983), is a French professional tennis player and the current French no. 4. Razzano, who was born in Dijon, has won two WTA singles titles, both in 2007 in Guangzhou and Tokyo. Razzano reached her career high ranking of world no. 16 on September 14, 2009.
She was chosen by Georges Goven to play in the Fed Cup first round when Tatiana Golovin had an injury and when Marion Bartoli and Émilie Loit were suspended. However, she was replaced by Séverine Brémond Beltrame because of injury in the quarterfinals.
On August 31, 2006, Razzano upset eighth seed Martina Hingis, 6–2, 6–4, in the second round of the U.S. Open. On January 2, 2007, she upset former world no. 5 Daniela Hantuchová, 6–1, 7–5, in the second round at the ASB Classic tournament in Auckland, New Zealand. Later on, on June 27, 2007, she was upset by unseeded Yvonne Meusburger, 4–6, 5–7, in the first round at Wimbledon. On August 25, 2007, she lost in her second WTA Tour Final to Gisela Dulko at Forest Hills.
On September 30, 2007, Razzano won her first career singles title in Guangzhou, China. Razzano, the number 2 seed, defeated first-time finalist, 34-year-old Israeli Tzipora Obziler, 6–0, 6–3, to claim the title and become the 2007 Guangzhou International Women's Open Champion. A week later, she claimed her second career title, also in Asia, shocking former no. 1 Venus Williams, 4–6, 7–6(7), 6–4, at the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.
On January 8, 2008, Razzano lost to Ana Ivanovic in the first round of the Sydney Medibank International, 1–6, 6–2, 5–7. In the third set, Razzano was ahead 5–2, only to see Ivanovic win the next five games, and eventually proceed to the semi-finals.
In her first match of 2009, Razzano was defeated by Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the first round in Auckland. In her next tournament, Razzano lost to eventual champion Petra Kvitová in the semifinals in Hobart.
Razzano fell in the first round of the 2009 Open GDF Suez to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 4–6, 1–6. However, she rebounded at the 2009 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, upsetting world no. 2 Dinara Safina, 6–4, 6–2, to progress to the third round. This was her first win over a current member of the world's top 5. She followed this up by defeating Daniela Hantuchová, 6–2, 1–6, 6–2. In the quarterfinals, she defeated world no. 5 Vera Zvonareva, 7–6(7), 7–5, achieving two wins over top-5 opponents in three days. In the semifinals, she defeated Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, 6–1, 6–2. However, she lost to reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 4–6, 2–6, in the final.
Razzano defeated Yevgeniya Rodina, 6–3, 6–4, in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She had to retire in her second round match against 18th seed Kaia Kanepi with a back injury while trailing 6–7(2), 0–1. She fell in the first round of Miami to Julia Görges, 4–6, 6–4, 6–7(4).
At Ponte Vedra Beach, Razzano defeated Akgul Amanmuradova, 6–2, 6–4, in the first round, but lost in the second round to second seed and eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki, 3–6, 5–7. Razzano reached the quarterfinals of Charleston as the thirteenth seed, but lost again to Wozniacki, 2–6, 0–6. She was defeated in the second round of the 2009 Internazionali BNL d'Italia by world no. 1 and eventual champion Dinara Safina, 6–7(1), 1–6. She lost to Elena Vesnina, 5–7, 3–6, in the second round of Madrid.
At the French Open, Razzano was unseeded and defeated former world no. 5 Daniela Hantuchová, 6–3, 6–3, in the first round. She then thrashed 18th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6–2, 6–2, in the second round and beat Tathiana Garbin in the third round, 7–5, 7–5. She lost in the fourth round to 30th seed Samantha Stosur, 1–6, 2–6. As a result of these wins, Razzano's ranking improved to world no. 26.
After withdrawing from a tournament in Birmingham with a lower back injury, Razzano entered the tournament in Eastbourne, where she was unseeded. She defeated fellow Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet, 7–6, 6–2, in the first round. She then beat the top seed and world no. 4 Elena Dementieva, 6–0, 3–6, 7–6(4). She followed this win up with a 7–6(5), 7–5 win over eighth seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, she was up 6–4, 1–0 when Marion Bartoli was forced to retire with a right quad strain. She lost in the final to sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki, 6–7(5), 5–7. However, Razzano's ranking improved to world no. 23, the highest ranking of her career.
At Wimbledon, Razzano was seeded 26th. In the first round, her opponent Tamira Paszek retired after falling behind 6–0, 3–1. After a win over Jill Craybas in the second round, her third-round opponent Vera Zvonareva withdrew to allow Razzano to her first Wimbledon fourth round. Razzano then fell, 2–6, 6–7, to Francesca Schiavone in the fourth round. Despite this loss, Razzano reached a new career high ranking of world no. 17.
Razzano started her US Open Series campaign in Los Angeles, where she was seeded 11th. She lost in the first round to Anna Chakvetadze, 6–7(5), 3–6. She was seeded 16th at Cincinnati, but also lost in the first round to Anna-Lena Grönefeld, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6. Razzano played her last tournament before the US Open in New Haven. Unseeded in singles, she defeated world no. 20 Patty Schnyder in three sets, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, in the first round. Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwańska had to retire due to injury in the second round with the score at one set all. Razzano was defeated 4–6, 3–6 by Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals. Razzano was seeded 16th at the 2009 US Open, but suffered a surprise defeat in the first round to eventual semi-finalist Yanina Wickmayer, 4–6, 3–6.
Razzano continued her disappointing end to the season in Tokyo as the sixteenth seed, losing to Iveta Benešová, 6–3, 6–7(5), 0–6, in the first round. She was forced to pull out of the 2009 China Open due to a left calf strain. This turned out to be the end of Razzano's season. She finished her best season on tour ranked world no. 19.
Razzano started her 2010 campaign at the 2010 ASB Classic, where she was seeded fifth. She defeated Monica Niculescu, 7–5, 6–4, in the first round, but she lost in the second round to Kimiko Date-Krumm, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6. She also fell 3–6, 0–6 to Daniela Hantuchová in the first round in Sydney.
Razzano was seeded 18th at the 2010 Australian Open, but suffered another surprise defeat in the first round to Ekaterina Makarova, 2–6, 3–6. This caused her to fall out of the top 20 in the world rankings. Another first-round defeat followed in Paris, where she lost 3–6, 6–7(3) to Patty Schnyder
Razzano continued her season in Dubai where, as an unseeded player, she defeated Selima Sfar, 6–2, 6–2, in the first round, before losing to world no. 22 and in-form Shahar Pe'er, 2–6, 2–6, in the second round. Due to her not defending her points from reaching the final the previous year, Razzano saw a huge change in her ranking as it fell to world no. 39.
Razzano next competed at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where she defeated Kristina Barrois, 6–3, 6–4, in the second round, before losing to 32nd seed Maria Kirilenko, 5–7, 3–6, in the third round.
Prior to the 2011 French Open's start, Razzano's fiancé and former coach Stephane Vidal died of a brain tumor. She elected to play despite her loss, knowing that Vidal encouraged her to participate at Roland Garros. She met 24th-seeded Jarmila Gajdošová in the first round, but lost with a tally of 3–6, 1–6.
At the 2012 French Open, Razzano handed Serena Williams her first-ever first-round defeat at a major. Razzano came back from a set and 1–5 down in the second-set tie-break to emerge victorious in three sets. At the time, Razzano was ranked no. 111, 106 places lower than Williams, who was the favourite for the title entering the tournament. She was up 5–0 in the final set at one point and needed eight match points to close out the match. She lost to Arantxa Rus in the second round. This result was important as it eventually cleared the path for Maria Sharapova to eventually complete her Career Grand Slam.
WTA career finals
Singles: 6 (2–4)
|Legend: Before 2009||Legend: Starting in 2009|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0)|
|WTA Championships (0)|
|Tier I (0)||Premier Mandatory (0)|
|Tier II (0)||Premier 5 (0/1)|
|Tier III (2/0)||Premier (0/1)|
|Tier IV & V (0/2)||International (0)|
|Runner-up||1.||October 17, 2004||Tashkent Open, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Nicole Vaidišová||5–7, 6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||August 25, 2007||Forest Hills Tennis Classic, Forest Hills, United States||Hard||Gisela Dulko||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||1.||September 30, 2007||Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China||Hard||Tzipora Obziler||6–0, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||October 6, 2007||AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Venus Williams||4–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||February 21, 2009||Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Venus Williams||6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||4.||June 20, 2009||AEGON International, Eastbourne, Great Britain||Grass||Caroline Wozniacki||7–6(7–5), 7–5|
Doubles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||1.||February 11, 2001||Open Gaz de France, Paris, France||Carpet||Iva Majoli|| Kimberly Po
Grand Slam singles performance timetable
Grand Slam doubles performance timetable
- "Virginie Razzano Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
- "Virginie Razzano plays to honor fiancé". 24 May 2011.
- 2012: One of two French Open titles Serena Williams should have won, The Roar, 13 April 2013
- Official website (French)
- Photos of Virginie Razzano
-  2006 U.S. Open Bio
- Virginie Razzano at the Women's Tennis Association
- Virginie Razzano at the International Tennis Federation