Born on May 12, 1983 in Dijon, France, 25-year old Virginie Razzano is currently ranked 26th in the world. She is right-handed and has reached the 24th ranking as her career-high. Razzano considers greenest her court of choice and is coached by Cedric Nouvel. She turned professional in 1999 and has since won two singles title, the first in Guangzhou, China defeating Tzipora Obziler to become the 2007 Guangzhou International Women’s Open Champion and at the 2007 Japan Open opposite a shocked Venus Williams. She has also won a doubles championship at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Virginie Razzano has since won 114 matches and lost 124 matches in her nine year professional career. She has two singles runner-up prizes on her belt, in 2004 in Tashkent (losing to Nicole Vaidisova) and in 2007 in Forest Hills (losing to Gisela Dulko). Although Razzano has yet to prove herself in Tier 1 matches, she has surprised fans and critics alike with upsets on favorite stars like Martina Hingis in the 2006 US Open, crushing her bid for a comeback. In January 2007, she beat Daniela Hantuchova in a 6-1, 7-5 score that propelled her to the third round of the ASB Classic in New Zealand.
Her bid for the singles title at the Sony Ericsson Open resulted in an upset losing the first round to Ashley Harkleroad of the USA. However, she managed to win a singles match in the Fed Cup giving the French team an edge over Japan. Despite her recent loss in front of a home crowd in Strasbourg International to Taiwanese Chan Yung-jan, this self-confessed “girl with a smile” still managed to capture the hearts of fans everywhere.
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