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Yes, one of my faves too - always played the Brighton event.

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Oh me too. I loved her game. I really thought she was top five material after making the Wimbledon quarters just after winning the FO in 1978. Did she just not do well indoors during the next few years? I never remember her having a good VS or Avon season and always wondered if that’s why her ranking didn’t match her obvious talents. And those legs!
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Another random thought that occurred to me around 1986, am I correct in thinking Virginia’s fabulous forehand might have been the biggest influence on a certain speedy frauleins amped up nitro version a few years later?
Whenever I watched Virginia play (which was a rare occurrence on US tv) I would wait for her forehand and try to memorize and then replicate it afterwards against my greatest opponent....the garage door.
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Another random thought that occurred to me around 1986, am I correct in thinking Virginia’s fabulous forehand might have been the biggest influence on a certain speedy frauleins amped up nitro version a few years later?
Well Graf and Virgie's forhands had one trait in common-both women literally leapt off the ground from the force of it!

and yes-those legs!
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Posted by Mark Oh me too. I loved her game. I really thought she was top five material after making the Wimbledon quarters just after winning the FO in 1978. Did she just not do well indoors during the next few years? I never remember her having a good VS or Avon season and always wondered if that’s why her ranking didn’t match her obvious talents. And those legs!
In my rankings for 1978 Ruzici comes in at #4 or #5. Only Goolagong and Wade were better IMO, and to me there is a case for Ruzici over Wade.

The Romanian was the only person besides Evert and Navratilova to make the quarters or better at Wimbledon and the US Open. She also made the semis at the Colgate (the 3rd most important event in 1978).

The problem for her was the divisor ranking system. The rankings were weighted to favor consistency. Evert could end the year close to #1 playing few events.

Meanwhile Ruzici had to play to ton of events just to get ahead moneywise, as the Romanian Tennis Federation was still pocketing most of her money. (It would be cool to know the details on that). Playing so often, and in smaller events, hurt her ranking. She easily played in at least 20 events most of her career.

Had the WTA used the 1996 ranking system (where points just add up) Ruzici would have been #3 for the year, and in the top ten in many others.

Indeed, the Gypsy often appeared in the Top Ten Year End "expert" rankings, which in the 1980s got a lot more attention than the computer!


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Thanks for the info Rollo. I felt the same about her 78 season. I was surprised at the computer rankings, but I think both Tennis and World Tennis magazines ranked her higher. Did WT have her at 5? I loved how Tennis mag had all the experts individual rankings in their year end annual, which they always printed in the center of the glossy magazine but in a black and white on yellowish newsprint.
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A quote from “Venus & Serena Williams - Sisters in Arms” by Mark Stewart :

“A few years before Venus was born, Richard was clicking through the television channels when he stopped to watch the end of a women's tennis match. He studied a player named Virginia Ruzici as she closed out her opponent and then she accepted the tournament's $30,000 champion's check. Richard was in awe. That woman had just made more money in 90 minutes than he would make the entire year ! Richard knew a natural athlete when he saw one, and Ruzici clearly possessed a great gift. But there was nothing extraordinary about how she played. He suspected that the reason she was a high-paid tennis star was that she had been practicing and playing since childhood. At that moment, Richard decided his final two daughters would be tennis stars.”
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A quote from “Venus & Serena Williams - Sisters in Arms” by Mark Stewart :

“A few years before Venus was born, Richard was clicking through the television channels when he stopped to watch the end of a women's tennis match. He studied a player named Virginia Ruzici as she closed out her opponent and then she accepted the tournament's $30,000 champion's check. Richard was in awe. That woman had just made more money in 90 minutes than he would make the entire year ! Richard knew a natural athlete when he saw one, and Ruzici clearly possessed a great gift. But there was nothing extraordinary about how she played. He suspected that the reason she was a high-paid tennis star was that she had been practicing and playing since childhood. At that moment, Richard decided his final two daughters would be tennis stars.”
Wow. Really? Seriously, is that really a true story, or fake news?

Sadly (and maybe sorta luckily) little did he know that she was not gonna see much of of those money due to the Communist regime in her country.

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Wow. Really? Seriously, is that really a true story, or fake news?

Sadly (and maybe sorta luckily) little did he know that she was not gonna see much of of those money due to the Communist regime in her country.
In those times the prize money were much, much lower than nowadays. In 1978 as Virginia won Roland Garros the champion's cheque was, believe me, only $ 20,000....
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Ruzici left the tour in the mid 80s when she discovered she was pregnant. Unlike most women tennis players, she decided to have
the child and raise it as a single parent.
I didn't know that

I remember she hardly played at all in 1986 - but did play again in some events in 87, was that years gap due to the pregnancy or was it after 87 that she had the child?

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I believe about the money. I was questioning whether the papa Williams story is true.
One Sunday, we were all watching television. A tennis match caught my attention. Actually, the match was over. I will never forget standing there in amazement, watching the tournament director present a 25-year-old professional tennis player from Romania named Virginia Ruzici a $40,000 check for winning the tournament.

Announcer Bud Collins’ next words rang in my ears. “That’s not bad for four days’ work.”

I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to make that kind of money in four days, especially a woman. I couldn’t get it out of my mind. In a couple of days? Really? The very next morning I went to the store and bought a newspaper. I pored through it eagerly and found the tennis results. My interest was confirmed when I saw an article about Ruzici’s victory and the prize money.

Without hesitation, I said to myself, “I’m going to have two kids and put them in tennis.”

From that time on, tennis consumed me.

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One Sunday, we were all watching television. A tennis match caught my attention. Actually, the match was over. I will never forget standing there in amazement, watching the tournament director present a 25-year-old professional tennis player from Romania named Virginia Ruzici a $40,000 check for winning the tournament.

Announcer Bud Collins’ next words rang in my ears. “That’s not bad for four days’ work.”

I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to make that kind of money in four days, especially a woman. I couldn’t get it out of my mind. In a couple of days? Really? The very next morning I went to the store and bought a newspaper. I pored through it eagerly and found the tennis results. My interest was confirmed when I saw an article about Ruzici’s victory and the prize money.

Without hesitation, I said to myself, “I’m going to have two kids and put them in tennis.”

From that time on, tennis consumed me. Kudos to daddy Williams for his decision.

Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena: 'pride beyond measure' - NY Daily News
LOL. So it's Virginia's fault that Simona didn't win YEC'14, Miami & Cinci'15 and maybe even a few other tournaments.

But on a more serious note, that's indeed an interesting story.

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