Mariana Simionescu

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Mariana Simionescu
Mariana Simionescu 1980.jpg
Simionescu in July 1980
Country (sports) Romania
Born (1956-11-27) 27 November 1956 (age 62)
Târgu Neamț, Romania
Turned pro1974
Retired1980
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 36 (1978)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1976, 1978)
Wimbledon4R (1977)
US Open2R (1974, 1976)
Doubles
Career titles1
Last updated on: 26 July 2015.

Mariana Simionescu (born 27 November 1956) is a retired tennis player from Romania.

Career[edit]

Borg and Simionescu in Snagov, Romania, on 24 July 1980

Simionescu won the French Junior Championships in 1974. She played on the WTA Tour from 1973 to 1980. Her best Grand Slam performance was reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1977. She won one singles title and one doubles title. She reached a career-high singles ranking of world no. 36 in 1978.

Simionescu married Björn Borg on 24 July 1980, but the marriage ended in 1984.[1] She never remarried, but lived together with former F1 racer J.-L. Schlesser for a few years, with whom she has a son (Anthony).[2]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (1–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 August 1975 South Orange Clay Romania Virginia Ruzici 6–1, 6–1
Winner 1. 20 October 1980 Tokyo Hard Australia Nerida Gregory 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 4 (1–3)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (1–3)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–2)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 11 November 1973 London Carpet Romania Virginia Ruzici United Kingdom Lesley Charles
United Kingdom Glynis Coles
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 8 March 1976 Tallahassee Clay Romania Virginia Ruzici United States Julie Anthony
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 23 May 1976 Rome Clay Romania Virginia Ruzici South Africa Linky Boshoff
South Africa Ilana Kloss
6–1, 6–2
Winner 1. 27 February 1978 Fort Lauderdale Clay Australia Lesley Hunt United States Diane Desfor
United States Barbara Hallquist
1–6, 7–6, 6–3

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
French Open 1R 2R 1R 3R A 3R 1R 2R 0 / 7
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1R 4R 2R 2R A 0 / 7
US Open A 2R A 2R A 1R A 1R 0 / 4
SR 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 18
Year End Ranking 79 45 68 59 172 79
  • Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The ten sporting love matches". The Observer. 6 February 2005. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  2. ^ Andru Nenciu (26 October 2015). O viaţă ca-n poveşti şi un gol în suflet. "Aud şi acum vocea Florenţei Mihai. Cine îmi va mai spune mie Zuza!?". Mariana Simionescu, despre româncele din tenis, Bjorn Borg, Monte Carlo şi comunism. Prosport.ro

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