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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 44)
Napoli
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Turned pro1990
Retired2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,858,558
Singles
Career record336–332
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
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)

Grande has won three singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour, She has also won one singles and 3 doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 5 November 2001, she reached her best singles ranking of world no. 24. On 28 May 2001, she peaked at world no. 26 in the doubles rankings.

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

Following a bad elbow injury that kept her away from competition for about 10 months, Rita Grande retired from sport in October 2005 .

WTA finalsEdit

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0) Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (0-1) Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (2-1) Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (0) International (0)

Singles (3–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 17 January 1999 Hobart, Australia Hard   Chanda Rubin 2–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 8 January 2001 Hobart, Australia Hard   Jennifer Hopkins 0–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 15 October 2001 Bratislava, Slovakia Carpet (i)   Martina Suchá 6–1, 6–1
Winner 4. 31 March 2003 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Antonella Serra Zanetti 6–2, 4–6, 6–1

Doubles (5–7)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 6 May 1990 Taranto, Italy Clay   Silvia Farina Elia   Elena Brioukhovets
  Eugenia Maniokova
6–7, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 10 February 1997 Paris, France Hard (i)   Alexandra Fusai   Jana Novotná
  Martina Hingis
3–6, 0–6
Winner 3. 19 June 1999 ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Silvia Farina Elia   Cara Black
  Kristie Boogert
7–5, 7–6
Runner-up 4. 3 January 2000 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Sabine Appelmans   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Anna Kournikova
3–6, 0–6
Winner 5. 16 January 2000 Hobart, Australia Hard   Émilie Loit   Kim Clijsters
  Alicia Molik
6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 6. 10 July 2000 Palermo, Italy Clay   Silvia Farina Elia   Ruxandra Dragomir
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–4, 0–6, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 7. 17 July 2000 Sopot, Poland Clay   Åsa Carlsson   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 8. 22 October 2000 Shanghai, China Hard (i)   Meghann Shaughnessy   Lilia Osterloh
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
5–7, 1–6
Winner 9. 5 January 2001 ASB Classic, New Zealand Hard   Alexandra Fusai   Emmanuelle Gagliardi
  Barbara Schett
7–6(9–7), 6–3
Runner-up 10. 8 April 2001 Porto, Portugal Clay   Alexandra Fusai   María José Martínez Sánchez
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
1–6, 7–6(7–5), 5–7
Winner 11. 12 January 2002 Hobart, Australia Hard   Tathiana Garbin   Catherine Barclay
  Christina Wheeler
6–2, 7–6(7–3)
Runner–up 12. 19 May 2003 Madrid, Spain Clay   Angelique Widjaja   Liezel Huber
  Jill Craybas
4–6, 6–7(6–8)

ITF finalsEdit

Singles Finals (1-2)Edit

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

Doubles (3-1)Edit

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

Head vs. HeadEdit

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