Alexandra Fusai

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Alexandra Fusai
Country (sports)  France
Residence Nantes, France
Born (1973-11-22) 22 November 1973 (age 44)
Saint-Cloud, France
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro September 1989
Retired April 2003
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$1,608,170
Singles
Career record 284-269
Career titles 0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 37 (26 October 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1996)
French Open 3R (1994, 1998)
Wimbledon 2R (1996, 1998)
US Open 3R (1997)
Doubles
Career record 300-225
Career titles 12 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 6 (14 September 1998)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2001)
French Open SF (1997, 1999, 2000)
Wimbledon 3R (1997)
US Open QF (1997)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (1997)

Alexandra Fusai (born 22 November 1973) is a former professional tennis player from France.

Fusai was born in Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine. Starting from September 1989 when she turned professional, Fusai played four tournaments (all of them part of the ITF Women's Circuit) on the international tennis circuit in 1989. She was 1.76m tall and weighed about 60 kg in 1997. She played right-handed and lived in Nantes during her career. She retired from the international tennis circuit in April 2003 when she discovered that she was pregnant with her first child. Fusai's highest WTA Tour singles and doubles rankings were World No. 37 and World No. 6 respectively, both attained in 1998. Her career prize money earnings were US$1,608,170; they reached the one million US dollars mark in 1999.[1]

Fusai won 6 singles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. She reached her only career WTA Tour singles final in Warsaw in 1995, losing to Barbara Paulus of Austria in three sets. She was a losing singles quarterfinalist on 6 occasions and a losing singles semifinalist on 3 occasions in WTA Tour tournaments. Fusai never advanced beyond the singles third round of the main draw of any Grand Slam tournament. She earned her career-best singles victory at the Italian Open in Rome in 1998 by beating world number 3 Jana Novotná. Fusai had a career singles win-loss record of 284-269 (89-148 for only main draw matches in WTA Tour tournaments).[2]

Fusai excelled as a doubles player. She achieved her best results in doubles competition in partnership with fellow Frenchwoman Nathalie Tauziat from 1997 to 2000. She was a losing quarterfinalist on 4 occasions and a losing semifinalist on 3 occasions in 7 Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments; in 5 of those tournaments, her doubles partner was Tauziat. Fusai's doubles performances qualified her to play in the year-ending WTA Tour Championships in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000. and 2001; her doubles partner was Tauziat in the 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 editions of the WTA Tour Championships. She and Tauziat were the runners-up there in 1997 and 1998. All in all, Fusai won a total of 12 WTA Tour doubles titles, 8 of them with Tauziat. She was the doubles runner-up in WTA Tour tournaments on 21 occasions, 11 of them with Tauziat. Fusai was a losing doubles semifinalist in WTA Tour tournaments on 27 occasions, excluding Grand Slam tournaments: 1992(1), 1993(1), 1994(1), 1995(2), 1996(1), 1997(3), 1998(4), 1999(4), 2000(3), 2001(6), 2003(1). Fusai had a career women's doubles win-loss record of 300-225 (260–192 for only main draw matches in WTA Tour tournaments).[2]

Fusai achieved her best Grand Slam mixed doubles result at the 2001 French Open; she was paired with Jérôme Golmard and they lost in the quarterfinals.[2]

Fusai was a member of the French Fed Cup team that won the title in 1997, winning all the three World Group doubles matches that she played from the opening round (quarterfinals) against Japan to the final against the Netherlands. She also played for her country in the Fed Cup in 1994 and 1998. She had a Fed Cup career record of 1-1 in singles and 5-1 in doubles. However, Fusai did not play for her country in the Olympic Games.[3]

Fusai married David Crochu on 13 July 2002. Their son Oscar was born on 7 December 2003.

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Doubles titles (12)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (3)
Tier III (3)
Tier IV & V (5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 7 October 1996 Surabaya, Indonesia Hard Australia Kerry-Anne Guse Slovenia Tina Križan
France Noëlle van Lottum
6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. 3 February 1997 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) France Nathalie Tauziat Czech Republic Eva Melicharová
Czech Republic Helena Vildová
4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 3. 21 April 1997 Budapest, Hungary Clay South Africa Amanda Coetzer Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Germany Elena Wagner
6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 3 November 1997 Chicago, U.S. Carpet (i) France Nathalie Tauziat United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Monica Seles
6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. 23 February 1998 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) France Nathalie Tauziat Russia Anna Kournikova
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 6. 18 May 1998 Strasbourg, France Clay France Nathalie Tauziat Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Netherlands Caroline Vis
6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. 24 August 1998 New Haven, U.S. Hard France Nathalie Tauziat Czech Republic Jana Novotná
South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
6–1, 6–0
Winner 8. 8 February 1999 Prostějov, Czech Republic Carpet (i) France Nathalie Tauziat Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Czech Republic Helena Vildová
3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 9. 10 May 1999 Berlin, Germany Clay France Nathalie Tauziat Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 7–5
Winner 10. 3 January 2000 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black Austria Barbara Schwartz
Austria Patricia Wartusch
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 11. 25 September 2000 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Carpet (i) France Nathalie Tauziat Bulgaria Lubomira Bacheva
Spain Cristina Torrens Valero
6–3, 7–6(7–0)
Winner 12. 1 January 2001 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Italy Rita Grande Switzerland Emmanuelle Gagliardi
Austria Barbara Schett
7–6(7–4), 6–3

Doubles runners-up (21)[edit]

Singles runner-up (1)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexandra Fusai WTA Tour website". WTA Tour official website. 
  2. ^ a b c "ITF profile of Alexandra Fusai". ITF. 
  3. ^ "Players: Alexandra Fusai (France)". Fed Cup official website. 

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