Virginia Ruzici

Virginia Ruzici (born 31 January 1955) is a former professional tennis player from Romania. She won the 1978 French Open singles championship.

Virginia Ruzici
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Virginia Ruzici at the 1981 Summer Universiade
Country (sports) Romania
Born (1955-01-31) 31 January 1955 (age 66)
Câmpia Turzii, Socialist Republic of Romania
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1975
Retired1987
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,183,728
Singles
Career record377–221 (63.0%)
Career titles12
Highest rankingNo. 8 (21 May 1979)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1980)
French OpenW (1978)
WimbledonQF (1978, 1981)
US OpenQF (1976, 1978)
Doubles
Career record285–181 (61.2%)
Career titles16
Highest rankingNo. 70 (12 October 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1980)
French OpenW (1978)
WimbledonF (1978)
US OpenSF (1976)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenF (1978, 1979)
Wimbledon3R (1979)
US OpenQF (1981)
Team competitions
Fed Cup25–13
Medal record
Representing  Romania
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1977 Sofia Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1977 Sofia Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1979 Mexico City Singles
Gold medal – first place 1979 Mexico City Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1979 Mexico City Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1981 Bucharest Singles
Gold medal – first place 1981 Bucharest Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1981 Bucharest Mixed doubles

CareerEdit

Ruzici became a professional tennis player in 1975. One of her main assets on court was her powerful forehand. In a career spanning 12 years, Ruzici won 12 career singles titles, including one Grand Slam title, the 1978 French Open. In the final, she beat 1977 French Open champion Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–2. Ruzici also won the French Open doubles event with Jaušovec in 1978 and reached the mixed doubles final in 1978. She appeared in the French Open singles final in 1980, but lost in straight sets to Chris Evert.[1]

Ruzici remained in the world's top 20 from 1977 to 1983.[2] She regularly featured in the Romania Fed Cup team throughout her career, and began playing for them in 1973, two years before turning professional.

At Wimbledon 1978, Ruzici lost a notable match in the quarterfinal to the Australian Evonne Goolagong who was playing with an injured ankle. Goolagong's injury led to her collapsing on court and her husband, Roger Cawley, came on to the court to aid his wife, technically defaulting the Australian from the match. When Goolagong recovered, Ruzici agreed to continue the match, but lost 7–5, 6–3 and was praised for her sportsmanship.[3] It has been stated during TV commentaries that Ruzici's victory in 1980 at a tournament in Salt Lake City was watched by Richard Williams who was inspired by her triumph and prize money to teach his daughters Venus and Serena Williams to play tennis.[4][5][6]

Ruzici is now the manager of Romanian tennis player Simona Halep.[7]

Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1978 French Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–2
Loss 1980 French Open Clay   Chris Evert 0–6, 3–6

Women's doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1978 French Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec   Gail Sherriff Lovera
  Lesley Turner Bowrey
6–4, 6–3
Loss 1978 Wimbledon Grass   Mima Jaušovec   Kerry Melville Reid
  Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 8–9(8), 3–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1978 French Open Clay   Patrice Dominguez   Renáta Tomanová
  Pavel Složil
6–4, 6–7, ret.
Loss 1979 French Open Clay   Ion Ţiriac   Wendy Turnbull
  Bob Hewitt
3–6, 6–2, 3–6

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 27 (12–15)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (11–14)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (9–10)
Carpet (2–2)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 18 August 1975 South Orange, Canada Clay   Mariana Simionescu 6–1, 6–1
Loss 1. 12 July 1976 Austrian Open Clay   Wendy Turnbull 4–6, 7–5, 3–6
Loss 2. 18 October 1976 Spanish Open Clay   Renáta Tomanová 6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Win 2. 26 September 1977 Eckerd Open, U.S. Clay   Laura duPont 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Loss 3. 15 May 1978 German Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec 2–6, 3–6
Loss 4. 22 May 1978 Italian Open Clay   Regina Maršíková 5–7, 5–7
Win 3. 29 May 1978 French Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–2
Win 4. 24 July 1978 Austrian Open Clay   Sylvia Hanika 6–4, 6–3
Loss 5. 14 August 1978 Canadian Open Hard   Regina Maršíková 5–7, 7–6, 2–6
Win 5. 16 October 1978 Brighton Challenge, UK Carpet (i)   Betty Stöve 5–7, 6–2, 7–5
Loss 6. 19 February 1979 VS Detroit Carpet (i)   Wendy Turnbull 5–7, 6–1, 6–7(4)
Loss 7. 10 December 1979 Adelaide, Australia Grass   Hana Mandlíková 5–7, 2–2 ret.
Loss 8. 5 May 1980 Italian Open Clay   Chris Evert 7–5, 2–6, 2–6
Loss 9. 26 May 1980 French Open Clay   Chris Evert 0–6, 3–6
Win 6. 21 July 1980 Austrian Open Clay   Hana Mandlíková 3–6, 6–1, ret.
Loss 10. 11 August 1980 Canadian Open Hard   Chris Evert 3–6, 1–6
Win 7. 8 September 1980 VS Salt Lake City, U.S. Hard   Ivanna Madruga 6–1, 6–3
Loss 11. 10 November 1980 Amsterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i)   Hana Mandlíková 7–5, 2–6, 5–7
Loss 12. 4 May 1981 Italian Open Clay   Chris Evert 1–6, 2–6
Loss 13. 11 May 1981 European Open Clay   Chris Evert 1–6, 1–6
Loss 14. 3 August 1981 U.S. Clay Courts Clay   Andrea Jaeger 1–6, 0–6
Win 8. 12 July 1982 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Bonnie Gadusek 6–2, 7–6
Win 9. 19 July 1982 Austrian Open Clay   Lea Plchová 6–2, 6–2
Win 10. 2 August 1982 U.S. Clay Courts Clay   Helena Suková 6–2, 6–0
Win 11. 3 October 1983 VS Detroit, U.S. Carpet (i)   Kathy Jordan 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 15. 1 April 1985 Seabrook Island, U.S. Clay   Katerina Maleeva 3–6, 3–6
Win 12. 15 July 1985 Austrian Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 35 (16–19)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (15–18)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–1)
Grass (1–1)
Clay (10–11)
Carpet (3–6)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 11 November 1973 London, UK Carpet (i)   Mariana Simionescu   Lesley Charles
  Glynis Coles
3–6, 5–7
Win 1. 4 November 1974 Edinburgh Cup, UK Carpet (i)   Mima Jaušovec   María-Isabel Fernández
  Raquel Giscafré
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Loss 2. 8 March 1976 Tallahassee, U.S. Clay   Mariana Simionescu   Julie Anthony
  Dianne Fromholtz
2–6, 5–7
Loss 3. 23 May 1976 Italian Open Clay   Mariana Simionescu   Linky Boshoff
  Ilana Kloss
1–6, 2–6
Win 2. 18 October 1976 Spanish Open Clay   Florența Mihai   Nathalie Fuchs
  Michele Gurdal
6–2, 6–4
Loss 4. 24 January 1977 Minneapolis Indoors, U.S. Carpet (i)   Mima Jaušovec   Rosie Casals
  Martina Navratilova
2–6, 1–6
Win 3. 15 May 1978 German Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec   Katja Ebbinghaus
  Helga Niessen Masthoff
6–4, 5–7, 6–0
Win 4. 22 May 1978 Italian Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec   Florența Mihai
  Betsy Nagelsen
6–2, 2–6, 7–6
Win 5. 29 May 1978 French Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec   Gail Sherriff Lovera
  Lesley Turner Bowrey
5–7, 6–4, 8–6
Loss 5. 26 June 1978 Wimbledon, UK Grass   Mima Jaušovec   Kerry Melville Reid
  Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 8–9(8), 3–6
Win 6. 24 July 1978 Austrian Open Clay   Renáta Tomanová   Regina Maršíková
  Florența Mihai
7–5, 6–2
Loss 6. 23 October 1978 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix,
Germany
Carpet (i)   Mima Jaušovec   Tracy Austin
  Betty Stöve
3–6, 3–6
Win 7. 1 January 1979 VS Washington, U.S. Carpet (i)   Mima Jaušovec   Renée Richards
  Sharon Walsh
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Loss 7. 18 July 1979 Austrian Open Clay   Elly Appel-Vessies   Helena Anliot
  Diane Evers
0–6, 4–6
Win 8. 22 October 1979 Tampa Open, U.S. Hard   Anne Smith   Ilana Kloss
  Betty Ann Stuart
7–5, 4–6, 7–5
Win 9. 10 December 1979 Adelaide, Australia Grass   Hana Mandlíková   Sue Barker
  Pam Shriver
6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Loss 8. 4 August 1980 U.S. Clay Courts Clay   Renáta Tomanová   Anne Smith
  Paula Smith
4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Win 10. 8 September 1980 VS Salt Lake City, U.S. Hard   Pam Teeguarden   Barbara Jordan
  JoAnne Russell
6–4, 7–5
Win 11. 27 October 1980 Stockholm Open, Sweden Carpet (i)   Mima Jaušovec   Hana Mandlíková
  Betty Stöve
6–2, 6–1
Loss 9. 16 March 1981 VS Boston, U.S. Carpet (i)   JoAnne Russell   Barbara Potter
  Sharon Walsh
7–6, 4–6, 3–6
Loss 10. 4 May 1981 Italian Open Clay   Chris Evert   Candy Reynolds
  Paula Smith
5–7, 1–6
Win 12. 3 August 1981 U.S. Clay Courts Clay   JoAnne Russell   Sue Barker
  Paula Smith
6–2, 6–2
Loss 11. 5 April 1982 Hilton Head Island, U.S. Clay   JoAnne Russell   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
1–6, 2–6
Loss 12. 10 May 1982 European Open Clay   JoAnne Russell   Candy Reynolds
  Paula Smith
2–6, 4–6
Win 13. 12 July 1982 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Catherine Tanvier   Patricia Medrado
  Cláudia Monteiro
7–6, 6–2
Loss 13. 2 August 1982 U.S. Clay Courts Clay   JoAnne Russell   Ivanna Madruga
  Catherine Tanvier
5–7, 6–7(3)
Loss 14. 6 December 1982 European Open Carpet (i)   JoAnne Russell   Rosie Casals
  Candy Reynolds
3–6, 3–6
Loss 15. 11 April 1983 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay   Hana Mandlíková   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
4–6, 2–6
Win 14. 2 May 1983 Italian Open Clay   Virginia Wade   Ivanna Madruga
  Catherine Tanvier
6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Win 15. 1 August 1983 U.S. Clay Courts Clay   Kathy Horvath   Gigi Fernández
  Beth Herr
4–6, 7–6(6), 6–2
Loss 16. 8 August 1983 LA Championships, U.S. Hard   Betsy Nagelsen   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
1–6, 0–6
Loss 17. 24 October 1983 Porsche Grand Prix, Germany Carpet (i)   Catherine Tanvier   Martina Navratilova
  Candy Reynolds
2–6, 1–6
Loss 18. 14 May 1984 German Open Clay   Kathy Horvath   Anne Hobbs
  Candy Reynolds
3–6, 6–4, 6–7(11)
Loss 19. 21 May 1984 Italian Open Clay   Kathy Horvath   Iva Budařová
  Helena Suková
6–7(5), 6–1, 4–6
Win 16. 15 July 1985 Austrian Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec   Andrea Holíková
  Kateřina Skronská
6–2, 6–3

Other finalsEdit

Singles (8–4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 1 October 1972 Cluj, Romania Clay   Judith Gohn 2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 12 May 1974 Stuttgart, West Germany Clay   Alena Palmeová-West 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Winner 3. 23 September 1974 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Mariana Simionescu 6-3, 6-2
Winner 4. 16 July 1978 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Petra Jauch-Delhees 6-2, 6-2
Winner 5. 6 August 1978 Brasov, Romania Clay   Renáta Tomanová 6-4, 6-2
Winner 6. 13 July 1980 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Sylvia Hanika 6-4, 6-3
Winner 7. 20 July 1980 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Nina Bohm 6-2, 7-5
Runner-up 8. 2 August 1981 Orange, New Jersey, U.S. Clay   Kathleen Horvath 0–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 18 April 1982 Nassau, Bahamas Hard   Bettina Bunge 0-6, 6-7
Runner-up 10. 11 July 1982 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 5-7, 6-1, 6-7
Winner 11. 1 August 1982 Orange, New Jersey, U.S. Clay   Leigh-Anne Thompson 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
Winner 12. 17 July 1983 Båstad, Sweden Hard   Carin Anderholm 6-2, 6-3

Doubles (5–0)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1 October 1972 Cluj, Romania Clay   Mariana Simionescu   Felicia Bucur
  Judith Gohn
4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Winner 2. 23 September 1974 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Mariana Simionescu   Florența Mihai
  Simona Nunweiler
6-2, 6-2
Winner 3. 17 October 1976 Madrid, Spain Clay   Florența Mihai   Regina Maršíková
  Renáta Tomanová
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 4. 11 July 1982 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Catherine Tanvier   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Heidi Eisterlehner
3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Winner 5. 19 January 1987 Bayonne, France Hard   Catherine Tanvier   Iwona Kuczynska
  Corinne Vanier
6-3, 6-2

Grand Slam singles performanceEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A A A A 1R QF 1R A A A A NH A 0 / 3
French Open 1R 2R 2R SF A W QF F QF QF 3R 4R 1R A 2R 1 / 13
Wimbledon 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R QF 4R 2R QF 4R 4R 2R 2R A A 0 / 13
US Open A 1R 1R QF 4R QF A 4R 3R 4R 1R 3R 1R A A 0 / 11
SR 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 40
Year-end ranking 112 26 16 12 13 11 12 11 18 44 41 NR 143

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tignor, Steve (25 May 2017). "Who's the greatest clay-courter of them all—Chris Evert or Rafa Nadal?". Tennis.com. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  2. ^ Career highlights Retrieved 12 March 2008
  3. ^ Home! The Evonne Goolagong Story. Simon & Schuster Ltd (June 1995) ISBN 978-0-7318-0381-1
  4. ^ Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography. Greenwood (30 July 2005) ISBN 978-0-313-33165-7
  5. ^ John Roberts (13 September 1999). "Serena's grand entrance heralds Williams era". The Independent. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  6. ^ Robin Finn (27 October 1994). "TENNIS; Last of the 14-Year-Olds Will Take a First Step". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  7. ^ "40 Love Icons: Virginia Ruzici". www.wtatennis.com. Women's Tennis Association (WTA). 4 November 2013. Archived from the original on 23 October 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.

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