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

Contents

1 Career 2 Grand Slam finals

2.1 Singles (1 title, 1 runner–up) 2.2 Women's doubles (1 title, 1 runner–up) 2.3 Mixed doubles (2 runners-up)

3 WTA career finals

3.1 Singles: 27 (12–15) 3.2 Doubles: 35 (16–19)

4 Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Career[edit] Ruzici became a professional tennis player in 1975. One of her main assets on court was her powerful forehand. In a career spanning twelve 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. Ruzici remained in the world's top twenty from 1977 to 1983.[1] She regularly featured in the Romania
Romania
Fed Cup
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 quarter final round to the Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
who was playing with an injured ankle. Cawley'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 Mrs. Cawley recovered, Ruzici agreed to continue the match, but lost 7–5 6–3 and was praised for her sportsmanship.[2] It has often been stated during TV commentaries that Ruzici's victory in 1980 at a tournament in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
was watched by Richard Williams who was inspired by her triumph and prize money to teach his daughters Venus Williams & Serena Williams
Serena Williams
to play tennis.[3][4][5] Ruzici is now the manager of Romanian tennis player Simona Halep.[6] Grand Slam finals[edit] 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 finals[edit] 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 Navrátilová 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 timeline[edit]

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.

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

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number played. Note: The Australian Open
Australian Open
was held twice in 1977, in January and December. See also[edit]

Performance timelines for all female tennis players who reached at least one Grand Slam final

References[edit]

^ Career highlights Retrieved 12 March 2008 ^ Home! The Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Story. Simon & Schuster Ltd (June 1995) ISBN 978-0-7318-0381-1 ^ Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography. Greenwood (30 July 2005) ISBN 978-0-313-33165-7 ^ John Roberts (13 September 1999). "Serena's grand entrance heralds Williams era". The Independent. Retrieved 24 August 2009.  ^ 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.  ^ "40 Love Icons: Virginia Ruzici". www.wtatennis.com. Women's Tennis Association (WTA). 4 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Virginia Ruzici
Virginia Ruzici
at the Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association Virginia Ruzici
Virginia Ruzici
at the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation Virginia Ruzici
Virginia Ruzici
at the Fed Cup
Fed Cup

v t e

French Open
French Open
women's singles champions

(1968) Nancy Richey (1969) Margaret Court (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Evonne Goolagong (1972) Billie Jean King (1973) Margaret Court (1974) Chris Evert (1975) Chris Evert (1976) Sue Barker (1977) Mima Jaušovec (1978) Virginia Ruzici (1979) Chris Evert (1980) Chris Evert (1981) Hana Mandlíková (1982) Martina Navratilova (1983) Chris Evert (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Chris Evert (1986) Chris Evert (1987) Steffi Graf (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Arantxa Sánchez (1990) Monica Seles (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Iva Majoli (1998) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1999) Steffi Graf (2000) Mary Pierce (2001) Jennifer Capriati (2002) Serena Williams (2003) Justine Henin (2004) Anastasia Myskina (2005) Justine Henin (2006) Justine Henin (2007) Justine Henin (2008) Ana Ivanovic (2009) Svetlana Kuznetsova (2010) Francesca Schiavone (2011) Li Na (2012) Maria Sharapova (2013) Serena Williams (2014) Maria Sharapova (2015) Serena Williams (2016) Garbiñe Muguruza (2017) Jeļena Ostapenko

v t e

French Open
French Open
women's doubles champions

(1968) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Ann Haydon-Jones (1969) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Ann Haydon-Jones (1970) Gail Chanfreau / Françoise Dürr (1971) Gail Chanfreau / Françoise Dürr (1972) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Betty Stöve (1973) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Virginia Wade (1974) Chris Evert
Chris Evert
/ Olga Morozova (1975) Chris Evert
Chris Evert
/ Martina Navratilova (1976) Fiorella Bonicelli / Gail Chanfreau (1977) Regina Maršíková / Pam Teeguarden (1978) Mima Jaušovec / Virginia Ruzici (1979) Betty Stöve
Betty Stöve
/ Wendy Turnbull (1980) Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith (1981) Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer / Tanya Harford (1982) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Anne Smith (1983) Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer / Candy Reynolds (1984) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1985) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1986) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Andrea Temesvári (1987) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1988) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1989) Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Natalia Zvereva (1990) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Helena Suková (1991) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Jana Novotná (1992) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1993) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1994) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1995) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1996) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
/ Mary Joe Fernández (1997) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1998) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Jana Novotná (1999) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2000) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Mary Pierce (2001) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2002) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2003) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
/ Ai Sugiyama (2004) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2005) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2006) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Samantha Stosur (2007) Alicia Molik
Alicia Molik
/ Mara Santangelo (2008) Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
/ Virginia Ruano Pascual (2009) Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
/ Virginia Ruano Pascual (2010) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2011) Andrea Hlaváčková
Andrea Hlaváčková
/ Lucie Hradecká (2012) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2013) Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
/ Elena Vesnina (2014) Hsieh Su-wei
Hsieh Su-wei
/ Peng Shuai (2015) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová (2016) Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia
/ Kristina Mladenovic (2017) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie

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