Background on Virginie Razzano

Today, Virginie Razzano defeated Serena Williams in the first round of the French Open.  It was the first time that Williams had ever lost in the first round of a major.  But who is Virginie Razzano?

Razzano was born on May 12, 1983, in Dijon, France.  She is 5’8″, 140.  The right-handed Frenchwoman turned pro in 1999.  She has only won three professional tournaments in her career: the 2001 Open Gaz de France doubles tournament in tandem with Croatian Iva Majoli, the 2007 Guangzhou International Women’s Open, and the 2007 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, where she defeated Venus Williams in three sets.  The latter two events were won within a week of each other.  She has reached the fourth round of a major three times: at the 2006 US Open, at the 2009 French Open, and at 2009 Wimbledon.  Wimbledon is the major where she has a winning record, although she is 12-12 at the US Open.  Currently ranked No. 111, her best ranking was N0. 19 on September 14, 2009.  On May 16 of last year, her longtime coach and fiance died of a brain tumor.  She is a resident of Nimes, France.

 

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