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

Virginia Ruzici
Virginia Ruzici 1981 (cropped).jpg
Virginia Ruzici at the 1981 Summer Universiade
Country (sports) Romania
Born (1955-01-31) 31 January 1955 (age 64)
Câmpia Turzii, Romania
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1975
Retired1987
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$1,183,728
Singles
Career record377–221
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 record284–181
Career titles16
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)

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 that same year. She appeared in the French Open singles final again 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 Cawley 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 finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1978 French Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1980 French Open Clay   Chris Evert 0–6, 3–6

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1978 French Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec   Gail Sherriff Lovera
  Lesley Turner Bowrey
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1978 Wimbledon Grass   Mima Jaušovec   Kerry Melville Reid
  Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 8–9(8–10), 3–6

Mixed doubles (2 runners-up)Edit

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

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 27 (12–15)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (11–14)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (9–10)
Carpet (2–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 18 August 1975 South Orange Clay   Mariana Simionescu 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 12 July 1976 Kitzbühel Clay   Wendy Turnbull 4–6, 7–5, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 18 October 1976 Barcelona Clay   Renáta Tomanová 6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 26 September 1977 Palm Harbor Clay   Laura duPont 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 15 May 1978 Hamburg Clay   Mima Jaušovec 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 22 May 1978 Rome Clay   Regina Maršíková 5–7, 5–7
Winner 3. 29 May 1978 French Open Clay   Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–2
Winner 4. 24 July 1978 Kitzbühel Clay   Sylvia Hanika 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 14 August 1978 Toronto Hard   Regina Maršíková 5–7, 7–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 16 October 1978 Brighton Carpet (i)   Betty Stöve 5–7, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 6. 19 February 1979 Detroit Carpet (i)   Wendy Turnbull 5–7, 6–1, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 7. 10 December 1979 Adelaide Grass   Hana Mandlíková 5–7, 2–2 ret.
Runner-up 8. 5 May 1980 Rome Clay   Chris Evert 7–5, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 26 May 1980 French Open Clay   Chris Evert 0–6, 3–6
Winner 6. 21 July 1980 Kitzbühel Clay   Hana Mandlíková 3–6, 6–1 ret.
Runner-up 10. 11 August 1980 Toronto Hard   Chris Evert 3–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 8 September 1980 Salt Lake City Hard   Ivanna Madruga 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 10 November 1980 Amsterdam Carpet (i)   Hana Mandlíková 7–5, 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 4 May 1981 Perugia Clay   Chris Evert 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 11 May 1981 Lugano Clay   Chris Evert 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 14. 3 August 1981 Indianapolis Clay   Andrea Jaeger 1–6, 0–6
Winner 8. 12 July 1982 Monte Carlo Clay   Bonnie Gadusek 6–2, 7–6
Winner 9. 19 July 1982 Kitzbühel Clay   Lea Plchová 6–2, 6–2
Winner 10. 2 August 1982 Indianapolis Clay   Helena Suková 6–2, 6–0
Winner 11. 3 October 1983 Detroit Carpet (i)   Kathy Jordan 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 15. 1 April 1985 Seabrook Island Clay   Katerina Maleeva 3–6, 3–6
Winner 12. 15 July 1985 Bregenz Clay   Mima Jaušovec 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 35 (16–19)Edit

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

Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (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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