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

Alexandra Fusai
Country (sports) France
ResidenceNantes, France
Born (1973-11-22) 22 November 1973 (age 45)
Saint-Cloud, France
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned proSeptember 1989
RetiredApril 2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$1,608,170
Singles
Career record284-269
Career titles0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 37 (26 October 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1996)
French Open3R (1994, 1998)
Wimbledon2R (1996, 1998)
US Open3R (1997)
Doubles
Career record300-225
Career titles12 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 6 (14 September 1998)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2001)
French OpenSF (1997, 1999, 2000)
Wimbledon3R (1997)
US OpenQF (1997)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1997)

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.

Contents

WTA Tour finalsEdit

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   Kerry-Anne Guse   Tina Križan
  Noëlle van Lottum
6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. 3 February 1997 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Eva Melicharová
  Helena Vildová
4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 3. 21 April 1997 Budapest, Hungary Clay   Amanda Coetzer   Eva Martincová
  Elena Wagner
6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 3 November 1997 Chicago, U.S. Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Lindsay Davenport
  Monica Seles
6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. 23 February 1998 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Anna Kournikova
  Larisa Neiland
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 6. 18 May 1998 Strasbourg, France Clay   Nathalie Tauziat   Yayuk Basuki
  Caroline Vis
6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. 24 August 1998 New Haven, U.S. Hard   Nathalie Tauziat   Jana Novotná
  Mariaan de Swardt
6–1, 6–0
Winner 8. 8 February 1999 Prostějov, Czech Republic Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Květa Peschke
  Helena Vildová
3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 9. 10 May 1999 Berlin, Germany Clay   Nathalie Tauziat   Jana Novotná
  Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 7–5
Winner 10. 3 January 2000 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Cara Black   Barbara Schwartz
  Patricia Wartusch
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 11. 25 September 2000 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Lubomira Bacheva
  Cristina Torrens Valero
6–3, 7–6(7–0)
Winner 12. 1 January 2001 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Rita Grande   Emmanuelle Gagliardi
  Barbara Schett
7–6(7–4), 6–3

Doubles runners-up (21)Edit

Singles runner-up (1)Edit

ReferencesEdit

  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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