Tell me about 70s Euro-babe Virginia Ruzici:

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  1. MAXXply

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    What kind of game did she play? How did she rate against Chrissy, Martina, et.al
    She seemed to be the embodiment of 70s Euro-chic, tennis-wise, right down to her Ellesse outfits and Rossignol racket. I was captivated by her sexy euro-English accent when she was commentating years ago.

    P.S I realise looks are a subjective thing etc.
     
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    Ginni is a rumanian player with gipsy roots ( gispys are a big % of romanian population).Her face is, at least, very exotic and had a great looking body.IMO, one of the sexiest players of the 70´s and 80´s.

    As for her tennis, she played a bit like Nastase, unconsistently but streaky and instinctive.Had a good first serve and one of the best forehands of her time, possibly only second to Mandlikova´s and Sue Barker´s.

    She won RG in 1977 (beat Mima Jausovec, who also was her doubles partner) and lost to Jausovec in the 1978 finals.She also got beaten by Chris Evert in the 1980 Final, and 1979 SF.Made the quarters at Wimbledon on 2 ocassions...but got eliminated by Evert, her worst ever matchup on tour ( she never beat Evert once ).

    Her best court was clay, but she had excellent footwork and a pretty good first serve, so she could easily adapt to fast courts.as I said, when she was streaky, her forehand was a real weapon.
     
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    Interesting - yes, oh yes, I remember being sure to find her practice court at the US Open. It was packed at the time. Oh, yes...
    I did not know that she won RG...
     
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    In the middle to end 70´s, RG was not as big as it should be for the ladies.Many of them, like Cawley,King,Navratilova prefeered to lure their pockets and play the WTT.Even Chris Evert, who has a record 7 titles at Paris, also did that for a couple or 3 years.The truth is not many american or australian women dared or liked playing in the slow clay courts and get rewarded with a very small price money.

    As a result, the ladies event wasn´t at the height of the men´s event until the 1980´s.And good players, but not true big champions like Sue Barker,Virginia Ruzici,Mima Jausovec had a dent on it.Even Marsikova,Hanika and W.Turnbull reached the finals.
     
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    Kiki, much appreciated background... thanks
     
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    tHere is virtually nothing on You-tube showcasing Virginia excepta couple of minutes from that RG final. Not enough to get any feel for how she played.
     
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    Thanks Kiki. I knew she was Rumanian but her commentating accent just had that sexy French sound to it...drove me wild! I didn't realise the womens field in the FO was not at its highest standard during that time, however. I thought every Slam's field of competitors was reasonably strong in the 70's, with the exception of the Aust Open.
     
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    One of the thousand reasons to read/view/gaze Bodo and Harrison's Inside Tennis - A season on the Pro Tour is on p. 69 - a fetching shot of "Virginia Ruzici on the attack..." Oh my...
     
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    LOL Devilito:

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    Omg...I just found my copy! I've had it since I was a kid in the 70s....thanks for jogging my memory :)
     
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    Ruzici was my second fave of all time. Her game reflected her physical attributes - willowy and exotic but at times surprisingly powerful. She used to run around her backhand and pound off forehands for winners. She hissed when she hit the ball which prompted Bud Collins to dub her the Donna Summer of tennis!

    Besides her French title (also r/u to Chris in 1980) I also remember her for giving Chris a scare at Wimbledon in 1982. She also won the US Clay Courts that same year destroying Sukova in what was probably Helena's first big final. I think she also used to do well indoors at Brighton.

    She was a good doubles player winning the French and getting to the Wimbledon finals. She had some great doubles partners - Jausovec, Mandlikova,and Kathy Horvath.

    Don't think she ever beat Martins, Chris, or Tracy. But she did beat BJK, Hana, Wade, and Andrea Jaeger.
     
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    Now for the real scoop:

    Ruzici played nothing like Nastase at all. The only similarity was their nationality. Nastase had a brilliant all court game. Ruzici.....did not.

    Ruzici did have a good forehand, she liked to run around her backhand. Barker's forehand was better. Interesting how a forehand can be "second" to 2 players!


    No, this is INCORRECT. Looks like someone just took a quick glance at the record books, but mixed up Jausovec and Ruzici. Virginia Ruzici won the 1978 French Open. She didn't even play in 1977. Ruzici and Jausovec did win the doubles at the French in 1978.


    Ruzici's best surface was clay. She didn't really adapt to fast courts. She never fared very well on the indoor VS/Avon circuit.

    True, but Regina Marsikova never reached a French final. Turnbull was a finalist in 1979 when many of the top players returned. Same in 1981 when Hanika reached the final, having to defeat Navratilova #3 and #4 Jaeger en route.
     
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    See, the women´s situation was different, and tennis was portrayed as the frontcourt of the women´s lib movement...that means, people like King,Casals,Court,Richey but also Evert,Goolagong,Wade and Navratilova fought a lot to achieve parity in price money...and when they felt they were cheated or poorly treated ( financially), they´d boycott it.I just laugh at 1973 Wimbleodn boycott by ATP, it´s nothing compared to the WTA´s attitude back then.
     
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