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Selima Sfar (Arabic: سليمة صفرSalima Sifr; born 8 July 1977) is a retired Tunisian tennis player.

Selima Sfar
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Selima Sfar at the 2009 Open GDF Suez
Country (sports) Tunisia
ResidenceBiarritz, France
Born (1977-07-08) 8 July 1977 (age 42)
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2011
PlaysRight (double-handed backhand)
Prize money$876,041
Singles
Career record395–383
Career titles0 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 75 (16 July 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2002, 2005)
French Open2R (2001, 2008)
Wimbledon2R (2001, 2002, 2005)
US Open2R (2001)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (1996, 2008)
Doubles
Career record238–201
Career titles21 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 47 (28 July 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2006, 2008)
French Open2R (2005, 2007)
WimbledonQF (2008)
US Open2R (2005, 2006, 2007)

She turned professional in 1999 and has been ranked as high as 75th in the world (16 July 2001). Sfar is the second highest ranked female Tunisian and Arab player. She has experienced most of her success in ITF tournaments, winning eleven singles ttitles and twenty-one doubles titles.

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BiographyEdit

Left Tunis at age 13 to live and train with Nathalie Tauziat in Biarritz, France. The serve-and-volleyer prefered indoor hardcourts; favorite shots were serve, backhand. Father, Moncef, is a physician; mother, Zeineb, is a dermatologist; older sister is Sonia and younger brother is Hassan.

Most memorable experience was qualifying for her favourite tournament, the US Open, in 2000.

Tennis careerEdit

Sfar was able to receive wild cards for Middle Eastern tournaments in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. At the Dubai Tennis Championships in 2001, she reached the quarterfinals, beating Silvija Talaja and Barbara Schett before being defeated by Nathalie Tauziat in three sets.

Sfar has represented Tunisia in the Fed Cup, going 41–24. She also competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics, losing in the first round to Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, and the 2008 Summer Olympics, losing in the first round to Caroline Wozniacki. Sfar holds the records for the Tunesian in the Fed Cup with the most wins, the most singles wins, the most doubles wins, the most ties played, and the most years played.[1]

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Sfar and her partner Ekaterina Makarova reached the quarterfinals of the doubles competition, where they were defeated by Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur.

In 2011, Sfar announced her retirement from professional tennis. In the meantime, she became a commentator for Qatari sports channel "JSC Sport".

At the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, Sfar teamed with Martina Navratilova for the Invitational Ladies Doubles, and they won all three of their matches in their group.

ITF finalsEdit

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

Singles (11–8)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 14 August 1994 Carthage, Tunisia Clay   Anne-Gaëlle Sidot 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 26 March 1995 Moulins, France Hard (i)   Linda Sentis 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 26 November 1995 Le Havre, France Clay (i)   Émilie Loit 0–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 4. 4 February 1996 Dinan, France Clay (i)   Virginie Massart 6–4, 7–6(10–8)
Winner 5. 11 August 1996 Carthage, Tunisia Clay   Marielle Bruens 7–5, 6–4
Winner 6. 14 December 1997 Ismailia, Egypt Clay   Tzipora Obziler 5–7, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 22 June 1998 Sezze, Italy Clay   Alice Canepa 5–7, 2–6
Winner 7. 30 April 2000 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Dragana Zarić 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 17 July 2000 Le Touquet, France Clay   Bianka Lamade 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 31 July 2000 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Elena Tatarkova 4–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 22 September 2002 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Anne Keothavong 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 7–6(10–8)
Winner 9. 3 November 2002 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Lilia Osterloh 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 26 July 2004 Modena, Italy Clay   Anna-Lena Grönefeld 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 1 November 2004 Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium Hard (i)   Yvonne Meusburger 4–6, 3–6
Winner 10. 14 May 2006 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay   Anastasiya Yakimova 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 6. 10 April 2007 Biarritz, France Clay   Pauline Parmentier 2–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 13 May 2007 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay   Mariya Koryttseva 6–2, 4–6, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 7. 7 April 2008 Biarritz, France Clay   Kathrin Wörle-Scheller 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 5 July 2009 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay   Anna Gerasimou 5–7, 3–6

Doubles (21–12)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 25 July 1994 A Coruña, Spain Clay   Olivia de Camaret   Sandra de Rafael
  Paula Hermida
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. 1 August 1994 Casablanca, Morocco Clay   Olivia de Camaret   Cora Hofmann
  Alexandra Seitarth
4–6, 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 1. 5 August 1996 Carthage, Tunisia Clay   Sandrine Bouilleau   Marielle Bruens
  Bahia Mouhtassine
w/o
Winner 3. 21 April 1997 Guimarães, Portugal Hard   Élodie Le Bescond   Kildine Chevalier
  Jindra Gabrisová
6–4, 6–2
Winner 4. 8 December 1997 Ismailia, Egypt Clay   Berengere Karpenschif   Bianca Kamper
  Nicole Remis
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 2. 11 May 1998 Le Touquet, France Clay   Élodie Le Bescond   Vanina Casanova
  Romina Ottoboni
6–7, 0–1 ret.
Winner 5. 22 June 1998 Sezze, Italy Clay   Vanina Casanova   Alice Canepa
  Alessia Lombardi
6–3, 6–1
Winner 6. 20 July 1998 Valladolid, Spain Hard   Gisela Riera   Eva Bes
  Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 3. 27 July 1998 Pamplona, Spain Hard   Meike Fröhlich   Eva Bes
  Amanda Hopmans
w/o
Winner 7. 10 May 1999 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay   Jo Ward   Surina De Beer
  Lorna Woodroffe
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 26 July 1999 Pamplona, Spain Hard   Jo Ward   Hiroko Mochizuki
  Ludmila Richterová
6–2, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 2 August 1999 Perigueux, France Clay   Jo Ward   Hanna-Katri Aalto
  Rika Fujiwara
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 6 February 2000 Jersey, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Jo Ward   Elena Bovina
  Anna Zaporozhanova
3–6, 2–6
Winner 9. 24 April 2000 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Lorna Woodroffe   Hannah Collin
  Zsófia Gubacsi
6–1, 6–0
Winner 10. 1 May 2000 Hatfield, United Kingdom Clay   Jo Ward   Zsófia Gubacsi
  Jasmin Wöhr
7–6(8–6), 6–2
Runner-up 6. 15 May 2000 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay   Lorna Woodroffe   Natalie Grandin
  Nicole Rencken
6–0, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 3 November 2002 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Lucie Ahl   Kim Grant
  Lilia Osterloh
1–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 20 April 2003 Biarritz, France Clay   Lucie Ahl   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Anna Zaporozhanova
6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 8. 18 August 2003 Bronx, United States Hard   Mara Santangelo   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Tatiana Poutchek
4–6, 5–7
Winner 12. 13 September 2004 Bordeaux, France Clay   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Erica Krauth
  Jasmin Wöhr
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 10 October 2004 Joué-lès-Tours, France Clay   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Květa Peschke
  Angelika Rösch
w/o
Winner 13. 18 October 2004 Saint-Raphaël, France Hard (i)   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Barbora Strýcová
  Galina Voskoboeva
7–6(7–3), 2–6, 6–4
Winner 14. 1 November 2004 Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium Hard (i)   Virginie Pichet   Eva Fislová
  Stanislava Hrozenská
6–1, 7–6 (7–2)
Winner 15. 23 November 2004 Poitiers, France Hard (i)   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Gabriela Chmelinová
  Michaela Paštiková
7–5, 6–4
Winner 16. 12 April 2005 Biarritz, France Clay   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Timea Bacsinszky
  Aurélie Védy
6–2, 6–1
Winner 17. 15 November 2005 Deauville, France Clay (i)   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Alona Bondarenko
  Kateryna Bondarenko
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 26 March 2007 Latina, Italy Hard   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Sara Errani
  Giulia Gabba
3–6, 6–1, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 11. 6 April 2008 Torhout, Belgium Hard   Stéphanie Cohen-Alor   Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  Yanina Wickmayer
4–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Winner 18. 20 July 2009 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Darija Jurak
  Kathrin Wörle-Scheller
6–2, 3–6, [10–7]
Winner 19. 12 October 2009 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard   Youlia Fedossova   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
  Aurélie Védy
4–6, 6–0, [10–8]
Winner 20. 22 February 2010 Biberach, Germany Hard (i)   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Mona Barthel
  Carmen Klaschka
5–7, 6–1, [10–5]
Runner-up 12. 17 October 2010 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard (i)   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Tatjana Malek
  Irena Pavlovic
4–6, 7–5, [8–10]
Winner 21. 24 January 2011 Grenoble, France Hard (i)   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro   Iryna Brémond
  Aurélie Védy
6–1, 6–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tunisia". Fed Cup teams. ITF. Retrieved 2009-02-21.

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