Rene Simpson

Rene Simpson Collins (14 January 1966 – 17 October 2013) was a Canadian professional tennis player from Sarnia, Ontario. She reached a WTA singles ranking of 70 in 1989,[2] and had a successful NCAA career for Texas Christian University.[3]

Rene Simpson Collins
Full nameNorine Karen Simpson[1]
Country (sports) Canada
Born14 January 1966
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Died17 October 2013(2013-10-17) (aged 47)
Park Ridge, Illinois, United States
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired1998
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeTCU Horned Frogs
Prize moneyUS$ 485,389
Singles
Career record161–133 (54.8%)
Career titles4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 70 (10 April 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1989, 1992, 1994)
French Open3R (1989)
Wimbledon1R (1989, 1992, 1994, 1997)
US Open2R (1992, 1993)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1992)
Doubles
Career record99–119 (45.4%)
Career titles3 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 32 (21 August 1995)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
French Open3R (1997)
Wimbledon2R (1998)
US OpenQF (1996)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1992)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1996)
French Open1R (1995, 1996, 1997)
Wimbledon1R (1995)
US Open2R (1995)

She was a member of the Canada Fed Cup team from 1988 to 1998, coach from 1998 to 2000, and captain from 2001 to 2010.[4]

She was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.[5]

Simpson died on 17 October 2013 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. She was 47.[6][5]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 1988 Brasil Open Tier V Hard   Mercedes Paz 5–7, 2–6

Doubles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III, IV & V (3–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 1994 Taiwan Open Tier V Hard   Michelle Jaggard-Lai   Nancy Feber
  Alexandra Fusai
6–0, 7–6(12–10)
Win 2–0 Feb 1995 Puerto Rico Open Tier III Hard   Karin Kschwendt   Laura Golarsa
  Linda Wild
6–2, 0–6, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Apr 1995 VS of Houston, U.S. Tier II Clay   Wiltrud Probst   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 2–6
Win 3–1 Apr 1995 Zagreb Open, Croatia Tier III Clay   Mercedes Paz   Laura Golarsa
  Irina Spîrlea
7–5, 6–2

ITF finalsEdit

$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (4–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 23 July 1989 Fayetteville, United States Hard   Kimberly Po 6-4, 3-6, 0-6
Winner 2. 21 January 1990 Waco, United States Hard   Jeri Ingram 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
Winner 3. 11 October 1992 Leawood, United States Hard   Caroline Kuhlman 7-6, 1-6, 6-3
Winner 4. 13 June 1993 Vancouver, Canada Hard   Audra Keller 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
Winner 5. 28 July 1996 Fayetteville, United States Hard   Lilia Osterloh 6-4, 7-5

Doubles (3–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 21 January 1990 Waco, United States Hard   Tory Plunkett   Lindsay Bartlett
  Shelly Bartlett
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 17 February 1991 Key Biscayne, United States Hard   Hellas ter Riet   Penny Barg
  Samantha Smith
5–7, 2–6
Winner 3. 6 August 1995 Mississauga, Canada Hard   Caroline Delisle   Kirstin Freye
  Anique Snijders
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 28 July 1996 Fayetteville, United States Hard   Sonya Jeyaseelan   Jane Chi
  Kelly Pace
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 5. 6 October 1996 Newport Beach, United States Hard   Mercedes Paz   Erika deLone
  Nicole Pratt
6–3, 6–1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Profile at Sports Reference
  2. ^ "WTA | Players | Stats | Rene Simpson".
  3. ^ http://lettermens.tcu.edu/s/441/letterman_internal.aspxsid=441&gid=1&pgid=1908[permanent dead link]?
  4. ^ "Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame".
  5. ^ a b "Former Canadian Fed Cup captain Rene Simpson dies at 47". CTV News. 17 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Canada tennis player, coach Rene Simpson, 47, dies". The Oklahoman. 17 October 2013.

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