Selima Sfar

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Selima Sfar
Selima Sfar.jpg
Selima Sfar at the 2009 Open GDF Suez
Country (sports)  Tunisia
Residence Biarritz, France
Born (1977-07-08) 8 July 1977 (age 39)
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Turned pro 1999
Retired 2011
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $876,041
Singles
Career record W-L / 395 - 383
Career titles 0 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 75 (16 July 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2002, 2005)
French Open 2R (2001, 2008)
Wimbledon 2R (2001, 2002, 2005)
US Open 2R (2001)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (1996, 2008)
Doubles
Career record 238 - 201
Career titles 0 WTA, 21 ITF
Highest ranking No. 47 (28 July 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2006, 2008)
French Open 2R (2005, 2007)
Wimbledon QF (2008)
US Open 2R (2005, 2006, 2007)
Last updated on: 26 October 2016.

Selima Sfar (Arabic: سليمة صفر‎‎ Salima Sifr; born 8 July 1977 in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia) is a Tunisian former professional tennis player.

She turned professional in 1999 and has been ranked as high as 75th in the world (16 July 2001). She still is the highest ever ranked female tunisian and arab player. She has experienced most of her success in ITF tournaments, winning eleven singles tournaments and twenty doubles tournaments.

Biography[edit]

Currently without a coach. Left Tunis at age 13 to live and train with Nathalie Tauziat in Biarritz, France. Is a serve-and-volleyer who prefers indoor hardcourts; favorite shots are serve, backhand. Father, Moncef, is a physician; mother, Zeineb, is a dermatologist; older sister is Sonia and younger brother is Hassen. Likes working out, body-boarding. Favorite place to be is Biarritz because of the ocean and Pyrenees mountains.

Most memorable experience was qualifying for US Open in 2000. Has several superstitions, one of which is to never put the volume on an odd number. Describes herself as honest, stubborn, sensitive. Admires her grandfather her all his great commitments. Loves being a pro athlete and loves tennis. Favorite tournament is US Open.

Tennis career[edit]

Sfar has been able to receive wildcards for Middle Eastern tournaments in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. At the Dubai tournament in 2001, she reached the quarterfinals, beating Silvija Talaja and Barbara Schett before being defeated by Nathalie Tauziat in three sets.

Sfar has represented Tunisia in the Fed Cup, going 41–24. She also competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics, losing in the first round to Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and the 2008 Summer Olympics, losing in the first round to Caroline Wozniacki. Sfar holds the records for the Tunesian in the Fed Cup with the most wins, the most singles wins, the most doubles wins, the most ties played, and the most years played.[1]

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Sfar and her partner Ekaterina Makarova reached the quarterfinals of the doubles competition, where they were defeated by Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur.

Rencently, Sfar became a commentator for Qatari sports channel JSC Sport.

In 2011 retirement from professional tennis.

At the Wimbledon Championships in 2015, Sfar teamed with Martina Navratilova for the Invitational Ladies Doubles and won all three of their matches in their group.

ITF Finals[edit]

Singles Finals (11–8)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 14 August 1994 Carthage, Tunisia Clay France Anne-Gaëlle Sidot 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 26 March 1995 Moulins, France Hard (i) Netherlands Linda Sentis 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 26 November 1995 Le Havre, France Clay (i) France Émilie Loit 0–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 4. 04 February 1996 Dinan, France Clay (i) France Virginie Massart 6–4, 7–6(10–8)
Winner 5. 11 August 1996 Carthage, Tunisia Clay Netherlands Marielle Bruens 7–5, 6–4
Winner 6. 14 December 1997 Ismailia, Egypt Clay Israel Tzipora Obziler 5–7, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 22 June 1998 Sezze, Italy Clay Italy Alice Canepa 5-7, 2-6
Winner 7. 30 April 2000 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay Serbia and Montenegro Dragana Zarić 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 17 July 2000 Le Touquet, France Clay Germany Bianka Lamade 5-7, 4-6
Runner-up 3. 31 July 2000 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay Ukraine Elena Tatarkova 4-6, 4-6
Winner 8. 22 September 2002 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Anne Keothavong 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 7–6(10–8)
Winner 9. 3 November 2002 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard (i) United States Lilia Osterloh 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 26 July 2004 Modena, Italy Clay Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld 2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 5. 1 November 2004 Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium Hard (i) Austria Yvonne Meusburger 4-6, 3-6
Winner 10. 14 May 2006 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay Belarus Anastasiya Yakimova 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 6. 10 April 2007 Biarritz, France Clay France Pauline Parmentier 2-6, 4-6
Winner 11. 13 May 2007 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva 6–2, 4–6, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 7. 7 April 2008 Biarritz, France Clay Germany Kathrin Wörle-Scheller 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 5 July 2009 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay Greece Anna Gerasimou 5-7, 3-6

Doubles Finals (21–12)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 25 July 1994 La Coruña, Spain Clay France Olivia de Camaret Spain Sandra de Rafael
Spain Paula Hermida
4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Winner 2. 1 August 1994 Casablanca, Morocco Clay France Olivia de Camaret Germany Cora Hofmann
Germany Alexandra Seitarth
4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Runner-up 1. 5 August 1996 Carthage, Tunisia Clay France Sandrine Bouilleau Netherlands Marielle Bruens
Morocco Bahia Mouhtassine
W/O
Winner 3. 21 April 1997 Guimarães, Portugal Hard France Élodie Le Bescond France Kildine Chevalier
Czech Republic Jindra Gabrisova
6-4, 6-2
Winner 4. 8 December 1997 Ismailia, Egypt Clay France Berengere Karpenschif Austria Bianca Kamper
Austria Nicole Remis
6-3 7-6(7–5)
Runner-up 2. 11 May 1998 Le Touquet, France Clay France Élodie Le Bescond France Vanina Casanova
Argentina Romina Ottoboni
6-7, 0-1 ret.
Winner 5. 22 June 1998 Sezze, Italy Clay France Vanina Casanova Italy Alice Canepa
Italy Alessia Lombardi
6-3, 6-1
Winner 6. 20 July 1998 Valladolid, Spain Hard Spain Gisela Riera Spain Eva Bes
Spain Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 3. 27 July 1998 Pamplona, Spain Hard Germany Meike Froehlich Spain Eva Bes
Netherlands Amanda Hopmans
W/O
Winner 7. 10 May 1999 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Jo Ward South Africa Surina De Beer
United Kingdom Lorna Woodroffe
6-4, 6-2
Runner-up 4. 26 July 1999 Pamplona, Spain Hard United Kingdom Jo Ward Japan Hiroko Mochizuki
Czech Republic Ludmila Richterová
6-2, 4-6, 3-6
Winner 8. 2 August 1999 Perigueux, France Clay United Kingdom Jo Ward Finland Hanna-Katri Aalto
Japan Rika Fujiwara
6-4, 6-3
Runner-up 5. 6 February 2000 Jersey, United Kingdom Hard (i) United Kingdom Jo Ward Russia Elena Bovina
Ukraine Anna Zaporozhanova
3–6, 2–6
Winner 9. 24 April 2000 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Lorna Woodroffe United Kingdom Hannah Collin
Hungary Zsófia Gubacsi
6-1, 6-0
Winner 10. 01 May 2000 Hatfield, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Jo Ward Hungary Zsófia Gubacsi
Germany Jasmin Wöhr
7-6(8–6), 6-2
Runner-up 6. 15 May 2000 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Lorna Woodroffe South Africa Natalie Grandin
South Africa Nicole Rencken
6-0, 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 7. 3 November 2002 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard United Kingdom Lucie Ahl South Africa Kim Grant
United States Lilia Osterloh
1–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 20 April 2003 Biarritz, France Clay United Kingdom Lucie Ahl Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Ukraine Anna Zaporozhanova
6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 8. 18 August 2003 Bronx, United States Hard Italy Mara Santangelo Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
4-6, 5-7
Winner 12. 13 September 2004 Bordeaux, France Clay France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Argentina Erica Krauth
Germany Jasmin Wöhr
3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Runner-up 9. 10 October 2004 Joué-lès-Tours, France Clay France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Germany Angelika Roesch
walkover
Winner 13. 18 October 2004 Saint-Raphaël, France Hard (i) France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
7-6(7–3), 2-6, 6-4
Winner 14. 1 November 2004 Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium Hard (i) France Virginie Pichet Slovakia Eva Fislová
Slovakia Stanislava Hrozenská
6-1, 7-6 (7–2)
Winner 15. 23 November 2004 Poitiers, France Hard (i) France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Czech Republic Gabriela Chmelinová
Czech Republic Michaela Paštiková
7-5, 6-4
Winner 16. 12 April 2005 Biarritz, France Clay France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
France Aurélie Védy
6-2, 6-1
Winner 17. 15 November 2005 Deauville, France Clay (i) France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
6-3, 6-1
Runner-up 10. 26 March 2007 Latina, Italy Hard France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Italy Sara Errani
Italy Giulia Gabba
3-6, 6-1, 6-7(2–7)
Runner-up 11. 6 April 2008 Torhout, Belgium Hard France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
4–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Winner 18. 20 July 2009 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Croatia Darija Jurak
Germany Kathrin Wörle-Scheller
6-2, 3-6, [10-7]
Winner 19. 12 October 2009 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard France Youlia Fedossova France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
France Aurélie Védy
4–6, 6–0, [10–8]
Winner 20. 22 February 2010 Biberach an der Riss, Germany Hard (i) France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Germany Mona Barthel
Germany Carmen Klaschka
5-7, 6-1, [10-5]
Runner-up 12. 17 October 2010 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard (i) France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro Germany Tatjana Malek
France Irena Pavlovic
4–6, 7–5, [8–10]
Winner 21. 24 January 2011 Grenoble, France Hard France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro France Iryna Brémond
France Aurélie Védy
6–1, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tunisia". Fed Cup teams. ITF. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 

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