Aravane Rezai

Born Mar 14, 1987
Nationality France France

Iranian-French Aravane Rezai first played tennis at age eight. She has two siblings, sister Caminde and brother Anauch who also coaches tennis. Rezai can speak English French and Persian and admires Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi.

She first made headlines in 2001 winning the Gold in tennis in the Women’s Islamic Games. She replicated the feat in 2005. In 2004, she qualified for her first ITF matches and won two singles title, one in Castel and the other in Settimo San Pietro in Italy. The same year, she qualified for her first grand slam event in the French Open.

The next year, she reached the second round of the Roland Garros Open losing to Maria Sharapova. Rezai went on to qualify at Paris and Hasselt. She claimed two more ITF singles title in Rome and Saint Gaudens. The year 2006 was a great one for Rezai finishing at the third round at Roland Garros eventually losing to Dementieva. She reached quarterfinals at Palermo, Hasselt and Kolkata.

She continued to win two more ITF titles in Gran Canaria and Poitiers. She also finished 16th at the US Open. That same year, she entered the top 100 list debuting at World No. 91. By the end of the year, she was already on the top 50 rising to World No. 49.In 2007, she was impressive at Istanbul with a win over Venus Williams and World No. 2 Maria Sharapova but lost the title to Russian Elena Dementieva.

She managed to reach the second round of the Wimbledon defeating Francesca Schiavone. However, she lost to Serbian Ana Ivanovic. She fared less at the French Open falling out in the first round. In 2008, Rezai placed runner up to Lindsay Davenport at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand and a third round finish at the Australian Open.Currently, Rezai has a record of 209-130 with 4 WTA titles and 7 ITF titles. She is also ranked at No. 19 as of November 8, 2010, although she reached her highest rank at No. 15 earlier in the year – on October 11, 2010.

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