This time last year Virginie Razzano was just trying to breathe and get through the day after he fiance died after battling a brain tumour for many years. Today the world number 111 was at the brink of defeat and instead Razzano beat Serena Williams in their first round match 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 in a surprising upset.
It all seemed done and dusted when Virginie screamed and grabbed her calf towards the end of the second set. But the resilient crowd favourite shook it off. Read more
The heartbreaking plight of Virginie Razzano showed at the end of her first round match against Jarmila Gajdosova at Roland Garros. Razzano bravely attended the French Open just days after the death and subsequent burial of her fiance and former coach Stephane Vidal.
“I felt a lot of emotion, a lot of pain on court today. The pain is permanent within me. It’s very hard. But it felt good to be surrounded by so many people and to be here.
I tried to pay tribute to Stephane today. It was almost a ‘mission impossible,’ but I did my best.”
Virginie Razzano has won hearts and respect around the world simply by walking on centre court in Paris to play her first round match against Jarmila Gajdosova. Razzano’s fiance and former coach Stephan Vidal died just 8 days ago (May 16) at age 32 after a nine year battle with a brain tumour.
Wearing her heart on her sleeve and a black ribbon on her shirt Razzano was beaten by Australian Gajdosova, who incidentally has recently announced her divorce from Sam Groth, 6-3, 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier. Read more
Jarmilla Gajdosova has a tough job ahead of her in Paris if she wants to do well at Roland Garros. Gajdosova’s split from husband Sam Groth was made public three weeks ago and was followed by a series of Tweets from the Australian that expressed her frustration and pain. Her battle now is to try and contain her emotions or channel them into something positive.
In her first round Gajdosova has drawn fellow heart broken player Virginie Razzano. Razzano’s partner died at the beginning of this week after battling a brain tumour for a number of years and the Frenchwoman will have huge crowd support as she fights for his memory Read more
World number 93 Virginie Razzano is officially the player I will be cheering for most loudly during the French Open. It has been revealed that the French player will still play Roland Garros despite the untimely death of her fiancé and former coach yesterday. Her partner, Stéphane Vidal, had been battling a brain tumour for the last nine days and died yesterday just a few days after her 28th birthday (May 12).
Razzano deserves our most hearty support for following through on her fiancé’s request to keep playing in the face of such a devastating loss. Read more
With players like Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova stepping up to open proceedings for Russia in their Fed Cup tie against France, no one expected the French to find themselves with a 2-0 lead. Read more