Virginia RUZICI

Virginia RUZICI - Romania - Winner French Open Tennis Championship 1978.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 24 June 1983

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    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 31 January 1955
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Cimpa-Turzil, Romania
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • Romania
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Virginia RUZICI - Romania - Winner French Open Tennis Championship 1978.

Photograph above taken at Wimbledon 1983.

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LAST 16. FRENCH OPEN 1978  
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MIMA JAUSOVEC beat LESLEY BOWREY-TURNER 6-1, 6-3
REGINA MARSIKOVA beat MARIANA SIMIONESCU 6-1, 6-4
HELGA MASTHOFF (NEISSAN) beat LESLEY HUNT 7-6, 6-4
VIRGINIA RUZICI      beat        FREDERIQUE THIBAULT 6-3, 6-2
BRIGITTE SIMON-GLINEL beat VIVIANA SEGAL 6-4, 6-3
FIORELLA BONICELLI beat PAM TEEGUARDEN 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
MIROSLAVA BENDLOVA beat PAT MEDRADO 6-3, 6-4
 
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 QUARTERFINALS  
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MIMA JAUSOVEC beat KATHY MAY-TEACHER-PABEN 6-4, 6-2
REGINA MARSIKOVA beat HELGA MASTHOFF (NEISSAN) 6-3, 6-3
VIRGINIA RUZICI     beat       FIORELLA BONICELLI 6-7, 6-4, 8-6
BRIGITTE SIMON-GLINEL beat MIROSLAVA BENDLOVA 6-3, 6-3
 
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SEMIFINALS
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MIMA JAUSOVEC beat REGINA MARSIKOVA 6-3, 6-4
VIRGINIA RUZICI     beat     BRIGITTE SIMON-GLINEL 6-3, 6-0
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FINAL
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VIRGINIA RUZICI    beat     MIMA JAUSOVEC 6-2, 6-2

 

Virginia 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 1977, making her one of only seven women to reach all three finals of one Grand Slam in the open era.

 

Ruzici remained in the world's top twenty from 1977 to 1983. 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 quarter final round to the Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley who was playing with an injured ankle. Cawley's injury lead 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.

 

It has often 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 Williams & Serena Williams to play tennis.

 

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