Chanda Rubin (born February 18, 1976) is an American former top-10 professional tennis player. During her career, she reached the semifinals at the 1996 Australian Open, the quarterfinals of the French Open three times, and had wins over world-number-ones Serena Williams and Martina Hingis. In doubles, she won the 1996 Australian Open with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and was runner-up at the 1999 US Open with Sandrine Testud.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||February 18, 1976|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Turned pro||August 1991|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||399–254 (61.1%)|
|Career titles||7 WTA, 2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 6 (April 8, 1996)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1996)|
|French Open||QF (1995, 2000, 2003)|
|US Open||4R (1992, 1995, 2002)|
|Tour Finals||RR (2003)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2004)|
|Career record||227–161 (58.5%)|
|Career titles||10 WTA, 3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (April 15, 1996)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1996)|
|French Open||SF (2003)|
|US Open||F (1999)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||1R (2004)|
Early life and familyEdit
Rubin was born to Edward D. Rubin, a state judge in Louisiana, and Bernadette Fontenot Rubin. She was the middle child of three siblings. As a child, she was taught the sport of tennis by Nehemiah Atkinson.
She married Mireyou Hollier in April 2015 and their daughter was born in October 2016.
Her breakthrough season on the professional tour was 1995. In the third round of the French Open, Rubin came from 0–5, 0–40 down in the third set against Jana Novotná, saving nine match points, before winning 8-6. In the second round of Wimbledon, Rubin defeated Patricia Hy-Boulais 7–6, 6–7, 17–15, the longest women's match in Wimbledon history. At the LA Tennis Championships in August, she defeated Gabriela Sabatini and world No. 2, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, on her way to the final.
In 1996, Rubin reached the Australian Open semifinals, defeating Gabriela Sabatini in the fourth round and then Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 2–6, 16–14 in the quarterfinals. The 48 games played in their quarterfinal are the most for a women's match at the Australian Open (tied in 2018). Rubin lost in the semifinals to Monica Seles 6–7, 6–1, 7–5, despite holding a 5–2 lead in the third set. Rubin rose to a career-high ranking of No. 6, after reaching the final of the Miami Open in 1996 where she lost to Steffi Graf. However, after fracturing a bone in her right hand in Miami, Rubin underwent surgery and missed the majority of the rest of the season.
Representing the U.S., Rubin won the Hopman Cup alongside Justin Gimelstob. She remained undefeated through three ties and the final in her singles matches. At the Linz Open, Rubin defeated world No. 4, Jana Novotna, on the way to her first singles title.
In Indian Wells in 1999, Rubin defeated both Amanda Coetzer and world No. 1, Martina Hingis, in straight sets on her way to the semifinals. She also won her second career title at the Hobart International.
Rubin underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee in 2001 after the Australian Open, and then suffered a left Achilles tendon injury in April, thereby missing the majority of the season.
In 2002, Rubin underwent surgery on her left knee again, missing the first half of the season. In August, she defeated Lindsay Davenport, Jelena Dokic and the world No. 1, Serena Williams, on her way to the title in Los Angeles. Her upset of Williams ended the top-ranked player's winning streak of 21 matches, a stretch that had carried Williams through titles at the French Open and Wimbledon.
At the Miami Open in 2003, Rubin beat both Amélie Mauresmo and Justine Henin in straight sets on her way to the semifinals, after which she peaked again at No. 6 in the rankings. She reached her third and final French Open quarterfinal, and also won the Eastbourne International title for a second time, defeating Jennifer Capriati in the semifinals and Conchita Martinez in the final. It would be Rubin's last career title.
She was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
- 1995: ATA Athlete of the Year
- 1995: TENNIS Magazine Most Improved Player of the Year
- 1995: US Tennis Association Female Athlete of the Year
- 1995: WTA Most Improved Player of the Year
- 1997: Arthur Ashe Leadership Award
- 2002: Family Circle Player Who Makes a Difference Award
- 2003: USTA Service Bowl Award
- 2008: International Lawn Tennis Danzig Trophy
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Winner||1996||Australian Open||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario|| Lindsay Davenport
Mary Joe Fernández
|7–5, 2–6, 6–4|
|Run||1999||US Open||Sandrine Testud|| Serena Williams
|6–4, 1–6, 4–6|
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 19 (7 titles, 12 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||1.||Nov 1991||Scottsdale Championships, U.S.||Hard||Sabine Appelmans||5–7, 1–6|
|Loss||2.||Feb 1994||Chicago Cup, U.S.||Hard (i)||Natasha Zvereva||3–6, 5–7|
|Loss||3.||Jun 1995||Eastbourne International, UK||Grass||Nathalie Tauziat||6–3, 0–6, 5–7|
|Loss||4.||Aug 1995||LA Championships, U.S.||Hard||Conchita Martínez||6–4, 1–6, 3–6|
|Loss||5.||Mar 1996||Key Biscayne, U.S.||Hard||Steffi Graf||1–6, 3–6|
|Win||1.||Feb 1997||Linz Open, Austria||Hard (i)||Karina Habšudová||6–4, 6–2|
|Loss||6.||Nov 1998||Tournoi de Québec, Canada||Carpet (i)||Tara Snyder||6–4, 4–6, 6–7(6–8)|
|Win||2.||Jan 1999||Hobart International, Australia||Hard||Rita Grande||6–2, 6–3|
|Loss||7.||Nov 1999||Tournoi de Québec, Canada||Carpet (i)||Jennifer Capriati||6–4, 1–6, 2–6|
|Loss||8.||Jan 2000||Hobart International, Australia||Hard||Kim Clijsters||6–2, 2–6, 2–6|
|Win||3.||Nov 2000||Tournoi de Québec, Canada||Carpet (i)||Jennifer Capriati||6–4, 6–2|
|Loss||9.||May 2002||Madrid Open, Spain||Clay||Monica Seles||4–6, 2–6|
|Win||4.||Jun 2002||Eastbourne International, UK||Grass||Anastasia Myskina||6–1, 6–3|
|Win||5.||Aug 2002||LA Championships, U.S.||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–3|
|Win||6.||May 2003||Madrid Open, Spain||Clay||María Sánchez Lorenzo||6–4, 5–7, 6–4|
|Win||7.||Jun 2003||Eastbourne International, UK||Grass||Conchita Martínez||6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Loss||10.||Sep 2003||Bali International, Indonesia||Hard||Elena Dementieva||2–6, 1–6|
|Loss||11.||Sep 2003||China Open, Shanghai||Hard||Elena Dementieva||3–6, 6–7(6–8)|
|Loss||12.||Oct 2003||Luxembourg Open||Hard (i)||Kim Clijsters||2–6, 5–7|
Doubles: 17 (10 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit
|Grand Slam (1–1)|
|Tier I (1–1)|
|Tier II (5–3)|
|Tier III (1–2)|
|Tier IV (2–0)|
|Win||1.||Sep 1993||Tokyo Championships, Japan||Hard||Lisa Raymond|| Amanda Coetzer
|Win||2.||Jan 1994||Hobart International, Australia||Hard||Linda Wild|| Jenny Byrne
|7–5, 4–6, 7–6|
|Loss||1.||Nov 1994||Tournoi de Québec, Canada||Carpet (i)||Linda Wild|| Elna Reinach
|Win||3.||May 1995||Prague Open, Czech Republic||Clay||Linda Wild|| Maria Lindström
|6–7, 6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||2.||Oct 1995||Zürich Open, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Caroline Vis|| Nicole Arendt
|4–6, 6–7(4–7), 4–6|
|Win||4.||Jan 1996||Australian Open, Melbourne||Hard||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario|| Lindsay Davenport
Mary Joe Fernández
|7–5, 2–6, 6–4|
|Win||5.||Feb 1996||Oklahoma South Cup, U.S.||Hard (i)||Brenda Schultz-McCarthy|| Katrina Adams
|Win||6.||Mar 1996||Indian Wells Open, U.S.||Hard||Brenda Schultz-McCarthy|| Julie Halard-Decugis
|Win||7.||Apr 1996||Amelia Island Championships, U.S.||Clay||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario|| Meredith McGrath
|Loss||3.||Sep 1997||Tokyo Championships, Japan||Hard||Julie Halard-Decugis|| Monica Seles
|Loss||4.||Oct 1998||Tournoi de Québec, Canada||Carpet (i)||Sandrine Testud|| Lori McNeil
|7–6(7–3), 5–7, 4–6|
|Loss||5.||Sep 1999||US Open, New York||Hard||Sandrine Testud|| Serena Williams
|6–4, 1–6, 4–6|
|Win||8.||Oct 1999||Porsche Grand Prix, Germany||Hard (i)||Sandrine Testud|| Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|Loss||6.||Nov 1999||Philadelphia Championships, U.S.||Carpet (i)||Sandrine Testud|| Lisa Raymond
|Win||9.||Jul 2000||Stanford Classic, U.S.||Hard||Sandrine Testud|| Cara Black
|Win||10.||Oct 2000||Linz Open, Austria||Carpet (i)||Amélie Mauresmo|| Ai Sugiyama
|Loss||7.||Oct 2001||Linz Open, Austria||Hard (i)||Els Callens|| Jelena Dokic
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam SR||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 1||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0|
|WTA Tour Championships||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||RR||A||A||A||A|
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
|1.||Jana Novotná||5||French Open||Clay||3R||7-6, 4-6, 8-6||53|
|2.||Kimiko Date||6||Eastbourne, UK||Grass||QF||6-3, 6-0||29|
|3.||Gabriela Sabatini||8||Manhattan Beach, U.S.||Hard||QF||6-7, 7-6, 6-0||22|
|4.||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||2||Manhattan Beach, U.S.||Hard||SF||6-3, 6-1||22|
|5.||Lindsay Davenport||9||Filderstadt, Germany||Carpet (i)||3R||4-6, 6-2, 6-4||15|
|6.||Gabriela Sabatini||7||Australian Open||Hard||4R||6-2, 6-4||14|
|7.||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||3||Australian Open||Hard||QF||6-4, 2-6, 16-14||14|
|8.||Gabriela Sabatini||6||Miami, U.S.||Hard||QF||6-3, 5-7, 6-3||9|
|9.||Iva Majoli||8||Philadelphia, U.S.||Carpet (i)||R3||5-7, 6-2, 6-1||14|
|10.||Jana Novotná||4||Linz, Austria||Carpet (i)||SF||7-5, 5-7, 6-3||22|
|11.||Karina Habšudová||10||Linz, Austria||Carpet (i)||F||6-4, 6-2||22|
|12.||Amanda Coetzer||9||Indian Wells, U.S.||Hard||4R||6-4, 6-4||26|
|13.||Martina Hingis||1||Indian Wells, U.S.||Hard||QF||6-3, 7-6||26|
|14.||Nathalie Tauziat||6||French Open||Clay||3R||6-4, 7-6||25|
|15.||Serena Williams||1||Manhattan Beach, U.S.||Hard||QF||6-2, 4-6, 7-5||21|
|16.||Jelena Dokic||5||Manhattan Beach, U.S.||Hard||SF||6-0, 6-2||21|
|17.||Lindsay Davenport||9||Manhattan Beach, U.S.||Hard||F||5-7, 7-6, 6-3||21|
|18.||Jelena Dokic||8||Linz, Austria||Hard (i)||QF||7-5, 6-2||14|
|19.||Amélie Mauresmo||4||Miami, U.S.||Hard||4R||6-3, 6-2||10|
|20.||Justine Henin||7||Miami, U.S.||Hard||QF||6-0, 6-2||10|
|21.||Jennifer Capriati||8||Eastbourne, UK||Grass||SF||2-6, 7-6, 6-2||7|
|22.||Amélie Mauresmo||6||WTA Finals, L.A.||Hard (i)||SF||4-6, 6-4, 6-2||10|
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