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Old Sep 28th, 2005, 06:59 PM   #1
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Virginia Ruzici results thread

Virginia Ruzici is the 1978 French Open champion and is from Romania. The wtatour database includes her singles results from 1974, though she played on tour as early as 1973.


The ITF database has some results for Ruzici's 1973 season. I'm not sure if this is complete. So if anyone has additional info., please post it.

1973:

RUZICI, Virginia (ROM)

World Group Germany F.R., Fed Cup
C 30 Apr 1973 to 06 May 1973 Entry : Clay (O)
W Suzana GESTEIRA (BRA) 6-1 6-2
W Brenda KIRK (RSA) 4-6 6-3 6-3
W Christina SANDBERG (SWE) 6-3 8-6


French Open
SL 21 May 1973 to 03 Jun 1973 Entry : DA Clay (O)
64 L Nathalie FUCHS (FRA) 3-6 6-3 8-10



Wimbledon
SL 25 Jun 1973 to 08 Jul 1973 Entry : DA Grass (O)
128 B BYE
64 L Kerry HARRIS (AUS) 1-6 3-6
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Old Sep 28th, 2005, 10:00 PM   #2
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VS OF WASHINGTON
WTA, USA, DC, February 3, 1974, $50,000, CARPET (I)
Draw: 32M/0Q/16D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R32 H2H BARTKOWICZ, PEACHES L 7-6 6-1
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 0

VS OF INDIANAPOLIS
WTA, USA, IN, February 21, 1974, $0, CLAY (O)
Draw: 32M/0Q/0D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
Q H2H EVERT, CHRIS L 6-0 6-1
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 0

VS OF DETROIT
WTA, USA, MI, February 24, 1974, $50,000, CARPET (I)
Draw: 32M/0Q/16D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R32 H2H STOVE, BETTY W 6-3 7-5
R16 H2H SHAW-KEMMER, KRISTIEN L 3-6 5-1 ret.
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 0

FED CUP , Italy
May 1974
L. Raquel Giscafre (ARG) 6-3 8-6
L. Helga Masthoff (FRG) 6-3 6-2
L. Christine Sandberg (SWE) 8-6 6-4


FRENCH OPEN
GRAND SLAM, FRANCE, June 3, 1974, $0, CLAY (O)
Draw: 64M/0Q/32D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R64 H2H NAGELSEN, BETSY W 6-3 3-6 6-2
R32 H2H (1) EVERT, CHRIS L 6-2 6-3
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 0

WIMBLEDON
GRAND SLAM, GREAT BRITAIN, June 22, 1974, $0, GRASS (O)
Draw: 128M/0Q/64D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R128 BYE
R64 H2H TRUMAN-JANES, CHRISTINE L 6-4 6-2
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 0

US OPEN
GRAND SLAM, USA, NY, August 28, 1974, $113,930, GRASS (O)
Draw: 64M/0Q/32D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R64 H2H FAULKNER, STEPHANIE L 2-6 6-3 6-3
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 0


Stuttgart



1974 Singles Record: 2-6
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Old Sep 29th, 2005, 10:58 PM   #3
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Wow is that accurate? I had no idea Virginia made her debut at Wimbledon. Talking about learning something new everyday.
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In Ruzici's case, I enjoyed her legs way better than her results. She was gorgeous! And a good tennis player to boot! The one player who tended to go for TOO much when she was close to closing it out against the better players. It was a nice contrast to playing it safe, but it hurt her more times than not.
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Old Sep 30th, 2005, 03:25 AM   #5
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Wow is that accurate? I had no idea Virginia made her debut at Wimbledon. Talking about learning something new everyday.

I doubt this is correct. The ITF and WTA databases are wonderful sources of info. But in some cases like Virginia's, their results are incomplete. So by all means if you can add in other results that are left out, please do so.

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I doubt this is correct. The ITF and WTA databases are wonderful sources of info. But in some cases like Virginia's, their results are incomplete. So by all means if you can add in other results that are left out, please do so.

Thanks!
Right. Tennis Corner shows that she played FedCup and The French Open before her 73 Wimbledon result.

She went 3-0 in FedCup but lost in the first round of the French to Natalie Fuchs. So I take it the French was her debut WTA event.
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Right. Tennis Corner shows that she played FedCup and The French Open before her 73 Wimbledon result.

She went 3-0 in FedCup but lost in the first round of the French to Natalie Fuchs. So I take it the French was her debut WTA event.

Thanks Jakeev! Is that site's address www.tenniscorner.net? I'm probably going to keep putting up as much as I can. And then try to fill in from other databases like this one. But I wasn't aware of that one, so thanks for pointing it out.

Also, I think the Fed Cup has its own site. So I will look there to find the opponents and scores for her 1973 matches.
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I think she also played and won a tournament in Stuttgart, Germany before the French of 1973. Will check if my memory is playing tricks on me when I get home.
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In Ruzici's case, I enjoyed her legs
Here against Chrissie, and just above Chrissie, Ion Tiriac at the extreme left...
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Thanks guys! Keep the info. and pics about Virginia coming. When I'm done with the Hana thread, I'll turn my attention back here to do Vergie some justice.
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I think she also played and won a tournament in Stuttgart, Germany before the French of 1973. Will check if my memory is playing tricks on me when I get home.
In fact the Stuttgart title came in May 1974, not 1973, and I don't know whom she beat to win it.

Here's a summary of the other titles I know she won:

1975 Tennis Week Open/Sth Orange Classic beat Marianaa Simionescu 61 61

1977 Florida Fed. Open Palm Harbour St Petersb'g beat Laura Dupont 46 64 62

1978 FRENCH OPEN beat Mima Jausovec 62 62
Swiss Open beat Petra Delhees 62 62
Austrian Open beat Sylvia Hanika 64 63
Brighton BMW Challenge beat Betty Stove 57 62 75

1980 Swiss Open beat Sylvia Hanika 64 63
Swedish Open beat Nina Bohm 62 75
Austrian Open beat Hana Mandlikova 36 61 retired
Utah Salt Lake City Women's Games beat Ivanna Madruga 61 63

1982 Monte Carlo Open (Kim Cup) beat Bonnie Gadusek 62 76
Austrian Open beat Lea Plchova 62 62
USCC Championships beat Helena Sukova 62 60

1983 Swedish Open beat Carin Anderholm 62 62
VS Detroit beat Kathy Jordan 46 64 62

1985 Austrian Open (Elektra Cup) beat Mima Jausovec 62 63
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Also, I think the Fed Cup has its own site. So I will look there to find the opponents and scores for her 1973 matches.
First Round: Ruzici d. Suzana Gesteira (Brazil) 6-1 6-2
Second Round: Ruzici d. Christina Sandberg (Sweden) 6-3 8-6
Quarterfinals: Judith Gohn/Ruzici d. Wade/Joyce Williams (GBR) 7-5 6-2 (Ruzici did not play a singles rubber in the quarters)
Semifinals: Ruzici d. Brenda Kirk (South Africa) 4-6 6-3 6-3
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Thank y'all sweetly! Hopefully by the time we're done, there will be lots of info. out there about very deserving, but lesser known champs like the Romanian racquet sourceress!!
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Thank y'all sweetly! Hopefully by the time we're done, there will be lots of info. out there about very deserving, but lesser known champs like the Romanian racquet sourceress!!
We really ought to have some audio files of Ruzici's commentary on the site. Her accent is a joy to listen to.
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