Raluca Sandu

Raluca Sandu (born 3 February 1980) is a Romanian retired tennis player and professional padel player.[1]

Raluca Sandu
Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceMonaco, Monaco
Born (1980-02-03) 3 February 1980 (age 42)
Bucharest, Socialist Republic of Romania
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1994
Retired2004
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$157,333
Singles
Career record187–154
Career titles4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 68(18 January 1999)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (1999)
French Open3R (1999)
US Open2R (1998)
Doubles
Career record32–59
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 228 (13 September 1999)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
French Open1R (1999)
Team competitions
Fed Cup7–9

On 18 January 1999, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 68 whilst her best doubles ranking was 228 on 13 September 1999.

Raluca turned pro at the age of 15 and reached WTA top 100 by the time she was 17 years old. She was also ranked top 10 in the world ITF juniors ranking, reaching the semifinals at the 1995 US Open. Raluca was forced to retire early due to shoulder injury (2004).[2]

PersonalEdit

Raluca is the daughter of former Romanian football player and former president of the Romanian Football Federation, Mircea Sandu and her late mother, Simona Arghir former handball player and captain of Romanian national handball team.[3][4][5][6] Raluca has one more sibling, older brother Dan Mircea.[7][8] In her youth she was dating former world number 1 Carlos Moya for two years.

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (4–7)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 24 April 1995 Bari, Italy Clay   Stefania Pifferi 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 7 August 1995 Istanbul, Turkey Hard   Gülberk Gültekin 3–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 18 September 1995 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Clay   Katalin Marosi 6–3, 6–3
Winner 4. 10 February 1996 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard   Samantha Smith 4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 21 July 1996 Darmstadt, Germany Clay   Julia Abe 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 17 November 1996 Bad Gögging, Germany Carpet (i)   Nirupama Vaidyanathan 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 2 March 1997 Bushey, Great Britain Carpet (i)   Olga Barabanschikova 1–6, 6–7
Runner-up 8. 20 July 1997 Darmstadt, Germany Clay   Pavlina Stoyanova 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 9. 12 April 1998 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Barbara Schwartz 2–6, 3–6
Winner 10. 26 July 1998 Valladolid, Spain Hard   Rita Kuti-Kis 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 24 June 2001 Gorizia, Italy Clay   Eva Bes-Ostáriz 0–6, 6–1, 3–6

Doubles (1–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 7 August 1995 Istanbul, Turkey Hard   Alice Pirsu   Gülberk Gültekin
  Selin Nassi Tekikbas
2–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 20 June 1999 Marseille, France Clay   Gisela Riera   Eva Martincová
  Lenka Němečková
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 3. 1 August 1999 Bytom, Poland Clay   Gisela Riera   Eva Bes-Ostáriz
  Magdalena Grzybowska
4–6, 5–7

Head-to-head recordsEdit

Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World padel tour rankings". Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Biography on WTA Tour official site". Women's Tennis Association.
  3. ^ "Raluca Sandu îşi învaţă fetiţa tenis!" [Raluca Sandu teaches her girl to play tennis!] (in Romanian). libertatea.ro. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Unde a dispărut fiica mondenă a ex-şefului de la FRF! Raluca Sandu e patroană de cârciumă la…" [Where did the daughter of the ex-boss from FRF disappear? Raluca Sandu is the owner of a pub in ...] (in Romanian). cancan.ro. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Ce bine seamănă cu mama ei!" [How well she resembles her mother!] (in Romanian). libertatea.ro. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Raluca si Mircea Sandu au castigat meciul impotriva cancerului" [Raluca and Mircea Sandu won the game against cancer] (in Romanian). revistavip.ro. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Mircea Sandu, socru-mare in weekend" [Mircea Sandu, great-grandfather in the weekend] (in Romanian). revistavip.ro. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Poartă pe spate crucea mamei" [She carries on her back her mother's cross] (in Romanian). libertatea.ro. Retrieved 13 November 2019.

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