Rita Grande (born 23 March 1975) is a former tennis player from Italy.

Rita Grande
Rita Grande.jpg
Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceRivoli
Born (1975-03-23) 23 March 1975 (age 46)
Napoli
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1990
Retired2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,858,558
Singles
Career record336–332 (50.3%)
Career titles3 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 24 (5 November 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2001, 2002)
French Open4R (2001)
Wimbledon4R (2004)
US Open4R (1996)
Doubles
Career record198–239 (45.3%)
Career titles5 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 26 (28 May 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2001)
French OpenQF (1999, 2002)
Wimbledon3R (1997, 1998)
US Open3R (1996, 2004)

During her career, Grande won three singles titles and five doubles titles on the WTA Tour. She also won one singles title and three doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 5 November 2001, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 24. On 28 May 2001, she peaked at No. 26 in the doubles rankings.

She played the round of 16 in singles at least once in each of the Grand Slam championships, including twice consecutively at the Australian Open, in 2001 and 2002.

Following a bad elbow injury that kept her away from competition for about ten months, Rita Grande retired from professional sport in October 2005.


WTA career finalsEdit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments
Tier I
Tier II
Tier III
Tier IV & V (3–1)

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

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Jan 1999 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Chanda Rubin 2–6, 3–6
Win 2. Jan 2001 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Jennifer Hopkins 0–6, 6–3, 6–3
Win 3. Oct 2001 Bratislava Open, Slovakia Carpet (i)   Martina Suchá 6–1, 6–1
Win 4. Mar 2003 Morocco Open Clay   Antonella Serra Zanetti 6–2, 4–6, 6–1

Doubles: 12 (5 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. May 1990 Taranto Trophy, Italy Clay   Silvia Farina Elia   Elena Brioukhovets
  Eugenia Maniokova
6–7, 1–6
Loss 2. Feb 1997 Paris Indoor, France Hard (i)   Alexandra Fusai   Jana Novotná
  Martina Hingis
3–6, 0–6
Winner 3. Jun 1999 Rosmalen Open, Netherlands Grass   Silvia Farina Elia   Cara Black
  Kristie Boogert
7–5, 7–6
Loss 4. Jan 2000 Australian Women's Hardcourts Hard   Sabine Appelmans   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Anna Kournikova
3–6, 0–6
Win 5. Jan 2000 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Émilie Loit   Kim Clijsters
  Alicia Molik
6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Win 6. Jul 2000 Palermo International, Italy Clay   Silvia Farina Elia   Ruxandra Dragomir
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–4, 0–6, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 7. July 2000 Warsaw Open, Poland Clay   Åsa Carlsson   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
5–7, 1–6
Loss 8. Oct 2000 China Open Hard (i)   Meghann Shaughnessy   Lilia Osterloh
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
5–7, 1–6
Win 9. Jan 2001 Auckland Open, New Zealand Hard   Alexandra Fusai   Emmanuelle Gagliardi
  Barbara Schett
7–6(9–7), 6–3
Loss 10. Apr 2001 Porto Open, Portugal Clay   Alexandra Fusai   María José Martínez Sánchez
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
1–6, 7–6(7–5), 5–7
Win 11. Jan 2002 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Tathiana Garbin   Catherine Barclay
  Christina Wheeler
6–2, 7–6(7–3)
Loss 12. May 2003 Madrid Open, Spain Clay   Angelique Widjaja   Liezel Huber
  Jill Craybas
4–6, 6–7(6–8)

ITF finalsEdit

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

Singles: 3 (1–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 29 March 1993 ITF Moulins, France Hard   Katarína Studeníková 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 10 May 1993 ITF Putignato, Italy Hard   Laura Garrone 6–2, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 1 November 1993 ITF Vilamoura, Portugal Hard   Anca Barna 6–0, 6–2

Doubles: 4 (3–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 3 August 1992 ITF Nicolosi, Italy Clay   Laura Lapi   Emanuela Brusati
  Germana Di Natale
6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 24 March 1993 ITF Reims, France Clay   Marzia Grossi   Svetlana Komleva
  Olga Lugina
6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. 13 June 1994 ITF Sezze, Italy Clay   Laura Garrone   Laura Montalvo
  Silvia Ramón-Cortés
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 11 October 1999 ITF Bordeaux, France Hard (i)   Alexandra Fusai   Émilie Loit
  Åsa Carlsson
2–6, 6–7(5)

Head-to-head recordsEdit

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