Chanda Rubin
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Chanda Rubin

Chanda Rubin
Chanda Rubin at the 2010 US Open 01.jpg
Chanda Rubin playing in the U.S. Open Champions Team Tennis September 9, 2010
Country (sports)United States United States
ResidenceLafayette, Louisiana
Born (1976-02-18) February 18, 1976 (age 44)
Lafayette, Louisiana
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned proAugust 1991
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$4,469,990
Singles
Career record399-254
Career titles7 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 6 (April 8, 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1996)
French OpenQF (1995, 2000, 2003)
Wimbledon4R (2002)
US Open4R (1992, 1995, 2002)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2003)
Olympic Games3R (2004)
Doubles
Career record226-160
Career titles10 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 9 (April 15, 1996)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1996)
French OpenSF (2003)
WimbledonSF (2002)
US OpenF (1999)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2004)

Chanda Rubin (born February 18, 1976) is an American former top 10 professional tennis player. During her career, she reached the semifinals at the 1996 Australian Open, the quarterfinals of the French Open three times, and had wins over world number ones Serena Williams and Martina Hingis. In doubles, she won the 1996 Australian Open with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and was runner-up at the 1999 US Open with Sandrine Testud.

Early life and family

Rubin was born to Edward D. Rubin, a state judge in Louisiana, and Bernadette Fontenot Rubin. She was the middle child of three siblings.[1] As a child, she was taught the sport of tennis by Nehemiah Atkinson.[2]

She married Mireyou Hollier in April 2015 and their daughter was born in October 2016.[3]

In early 2016, her younger brother - Edward Rubin Jr. - died aged 38 at his home in Lafayette, Louisiana.[4]

Tennis career

In 1992, Rubin won the girls' singles title at Wimbledon, and reached a peak ranking of world number 2 in the ITF Junior rankings.

Rubin's breakthrough season on the women's tour was 1995. In the third round of the French Open, Rubin came from 0-5, 0-40 down in the third set against Jana Novotná, saving nine match points, before winning 8-6. In the second round of Wimbledon, Rubin defeated Patricia Hy-Boulais 7-6, 6-7, 17-15, the longest women's match in Wimbledon history. At LA Women's Tennis Championships in August, she defeated Gabriela Sabatini and world no. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario on her way to the final.

In 1996, Rubin reached the Australian Open semifinals, defeating Gabriela Sabatini in the fourth round and then Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-4, 2-6, 16-14 in the quarterfinals. The 48 games played in their quarterfinal are the most for a women's match at the Australian Open (tied in 2018). Rubin lost in the semifinals to Monica Seles 6-7, 6-1, 7-5, despite holding a 5-2 lead in the third set. Rubin rose to a career-high ranking of No. 6, after reaching the final of the Lipton Championships in 1996 where she lost to Steffi Graf. However, after fracturing a bone in her right hand in Miami, Rubin underwent surgery and missed the majority of the rest of the season.[5]

Representing the USA, Rubin won the Hopman Cup alongside Justin Gimelstob. She remained undefeated through three ties and the final in her singles matches. At the Linz Open, Rubin defeated world no. 4 Jana Novotna on the way to her first singles title.

In Indian Wells in 1999, Rubin defeated both Amanda Coetzer and world no. 1 Martina Hingis in straight sets on her way to the semifinals. She also won her second career title at the Hobart International.

Rubin underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee in 2001 after the Australian Open, and then suffered a left Achilles tendon injury in April, thereby missing the majority of the season [6]

In 2002, Rubin underwent surgery on her left knee again, missing the first half of the season. In August, she defeated Lindsay Davenport, Jelena Dokic and the world no. 1 Serena Williams on her way to the title in Los Angeles. Her upset of Williams ended the top-ranked player's winning streak of 21 matches, a stretch that had carried Williams through titles at the French Open and Wimbledon.

At the Miami Open in 2003, Rubin beat both Amélie Mauresmo and Justine Henin in straight sets on her way to the semi-finals, after which she peaked again at world no. 6 in the rankings. She reached her third and final French Open quarterfinal, and also won the Eastbourne International title for a second time, defeating Jennifer Capriati in the semifinals and Conchita Martinez in the final. It would be Rubin's last career title.

Rubin missed the majority of the 2004-2006 seasons due to the persistent knee injury. Her last professional match was in October 2006 in Quebec City.[7]

She was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.[8]

Post-Retirement

In 2013, Rubin completed a four year Bachelor of Economics degree at Harvard University, graduating cum laude.[9]

In recent years, she has developed a career in broadcasting, working for Tennis Channel as a presenter and commentator.[10]

Awards

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 2 (1-1)

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1996 Australian Open Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández
7-5, 2-6, 6-4
Runner-up 1999 US Open France Sandrine Testud United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6-4, 1-6, 4-6

WTA career finals

Singles: 19 (7-12)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Nov 1991 Scottsdale, US Hard Belgium Sabine Appelmans 5-7, 1-6
Loss 2. Feb 1994 Chicago, US Hard (i) Belarus Natasha Zvereva 3-6, 5-7
Loss 3. Jun 1995 Eastbourne, UK Grass France Nathalie Tauziat 6-3, 0-6, 5-7
Loss 4. Aug 1995 Manhattan Beach, US Hard Spain Conchita Martínez 6-4, 1-6, 3-6
Loss 5. Mar 1996 Key Biscayne, US Hard Germany Steffi Graf 1-6, 3-6
Win 1. Feb 1997 Linz, Austria Hard (i) Slovakia Karina Hab?udová 6-4, 6-2
Loss 6. Nov 1998 Quebec City, Canada Carpet (i) United States Tara Snyder 6-4, 4-6, 6-7(6-8)
Win 2. Jan 1999 Hobart, Australia Hard Italy Rita Grande 6-2, 6-3
Loss 7. Nov 1999 Quebec City, Canada Carpet (i) United States Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 1-6, 2-6
Loss 8. Jan 2000 Hobart, Australia Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters 6-2, 2-6, 2-6
Win 3. Nov 2000 Quebec City, Canada Carpet (i) United States Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 6-2
Loss 9. May 2002 Madrid, Spain Clay United States Monica Seles 4-6, 2-6
Win 4. Jun 2002 Eastbourne, UK Grass Russia Anastasia Myskina 6-1, 6-3
Win 5. Aug 2002 Los Angeles, US Hard United States Lindsay Davenport 5-7, 7-6(7-5), 6-3
Win 6. May 2003 Madrid, Spain Clay Spain María Sánchez Lorenzo 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Win 7. Jun 2003 Eastbourne, UK Grass Spain Conchita Martínez 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Loss 10. Sep 2003 Bali, Indonesia Hard Russia Elena Dementieva 2-6, 1-6
Loss 11. Sep 2003 Shanghai, China Hard Russia Elena Dementieva 3-6, 6-7(6-8)
Loss 12. Oct 2003 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Belgium Kim Clijsters 2-6, 5-7

Doubles: 17 (10-7)

Legend
Grand Slam (1-1)
WTA Championships (0-0)
Tier I (1-1)
Tier II (5-3)
Tier III (1-2)
Tier IV (2-0)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Sep 1993 Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Lisa Raymond South Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Linda Wild
6-4, 6-1
Win 2. Jan 1994 Hobart, Australia Hard United States Linda Wild Australia Jenny Byrne
Australia Rachel McQuillan
7-5, 4-6, 7-6
Loss 1. Nov 1994 Quebec City, Canada Carpet (i) United States Linda Wild South Africa Elna Reinach
France Nathalie Tauziat
4-6, 3-6
Win 3. May 1995 Prague, Czech Republic Clay United States Linda Wild Sweden Maria Lindström
Sweden Maria Strandlund
6-7, 6-3, 6-2
Loss 2. Oct 1995 Zürich, Switzerland Hard (i) Netherlands Caroline Vis United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
4-6, 6-7(4-7), 4-6
Win 4. Jan 1996 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández
7-5, 2-6, 6-4
Win 5. Feb 1996 Oklahoma City, US Hard (i) Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy United States Katrina Adams
United States Debbie Graham
6-4, 6-3
Win 6. Mar 1996 Indian Wells, US Hard Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy France Julie Halard-Decugis
France Nathalie Tauziat
6-1, 6-4
Win 7. Apr 1996 Amelia Island, US Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Meredith McGrath
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6-1, 6-1
Loss 3. Sep 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard France Julie Halard-Decugis United States Monica Seles
Japan Ai Sugiyama
1-6, 0-6
Loss 4. Oct 1998 Quebec City, Canada Carpet (i) France Sandrine Testud United States Lori McNeil
United States Kimberly Po
7-6(7-3), 5-7, 4-6
Loss 5. Sep, 1999 US Open Hard France Sandrine Testud United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6-4, 1-6, 4-6
Win 8. Oct 1999 Filderstadt, Germany Hard (i) France Sandrine Testud Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6-3, 6-4
Loss 6. Nov 1999 Philadelphia, US Carpet (i) France Sandrine Testud United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
1-6, 6-7(2-7)
Win 9. Jul 2000 Stanford, US Hard France Sandrine Testud Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Amy Frazier
6-4, 6-4
Win 10. Oct 2000 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) France Amélie Mauresmo Japan Ai Sugiyama
France Nathalie Tauziat
6-4, 6-4
Loss 7. Oct 2001 Linz, Austria Hard (i) Belgium Els Callens Serbia and Montenegro Jelena Doki?
Russia Nadia Petrova
1-6, 4-6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Career SR
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 4R 2R SF 4R 1R 4R 2R 1R A 4R 4R A A A 0 / 12
French Open A Q2 1R A 1R QF A 2R 4R 2R QF A 4R QF A Q1 A A 0 / 9
Wimbledon A Q1 1R 2R 1R 3R A 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 4R 3R 1R A A A 0 / 12
US Open 1R 2R 4R 3R 1R 4R A 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 4R 1R 3R A 1R A 0 / 15
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 48
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A 1R A A A A 1R A 1R RR A A A A 0 / 4
Year-end ranking 521 83 83 69 23 15 17 30 34 22 13 54 13 9 53 546 481 NR
  • A=did not participate in the tournament
  • SR=the ratio of the number of tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

Wins over Top 10 players

Season 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Total
Wins 5 4 2 0 2 1 0 4 4 22
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Rubin
Rank
1995
1. Czech Republic Jana Novotna 5 French Open Clay Third Round 7-6, 4-6, 8-6 53
2. Japan Kimiko Date 6 Eastbourne International, UK Grass Quarterfinals 6-3, 6-0 29
3. Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 8 Manhattan Beach, USA Hard Quarterfinals 6-7, 7-6, 6-0 22
4. Spain Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 2 Manhattan Beach, USA Hard Semifinal 6-3, 6-1 22
5. United States Lindsay Davenport 9 Filderstadt, Germany Carpet 3rd Round 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 15
1996
6. Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 7 Australian Open Hard R16 6-2, 6-4 14
7. Spain Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 3 Australian Open Hard Quarterfinals 6-4, 2-6, 16-14 14
8. Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6 Miami, USA Hard Quarterfinals 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 9
9. Croatia Iva Majoli 8 Philadelphia, USA Carpet Third Round 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 14
1997
10. Czech Republic Jana Novotna 4 Linz, Austria Carpet Semifinals 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 22
11. Slovakia Karina Habsudova 10 Linz, Austria Carpet Final 6-4, 6-2 22
1999
12. South Africa Amanda Coetzer 9 Indian Wells, USA Hard R16 6-4, 6-4 26
13. Switzerland Martina Hingis 1 Indian Wells, USA Hard Quarterfinals 6-3, 7-6 26
2000
14. France Nathalie Tauziat 6 French Open Clay Third Round 6-4, 7-6 25
2002
15. United States Serena Williams 1 Los Angeles, USA Hard Quarterfinals 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 21
16. Australia Jelena Dokic 5 Los Angeles, USA Hard Semifinals 6-0, 6-2 21
17. United States Lindsay Davenport 9 Los Angeles, USA Hard Final 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 21
18. Australia Jelena Dokic 8 Linz, Austria Hard Quarterfinals 7-5, 6-2 14
2003
19. France Amelie Mauresmo 4 Miami, USA Hard Fourth Round 6-3, 6-2 10
20. Belgium Justine Henin 7 Miami, USA Hard Quarterfinals 6-0, 6-2 10
21. United States Jennifer Capriati 8 Eastbourne International, UK Grass Semifinals 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 7
22. France Amelie Mauresmo 6 WTA Finals Hard Semifinals 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 10

References

  1. ^ "Judge Edward D. Rubin, Division D". 15th Judicial District of Louisiana. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Lyman, Tim. "Jumping the Net". nola.com. Georges Media Group. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ Henley, Blair (December 9, 2016). "DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: CHANDA RUBIN IS ON A MISSION TO KEEP GROWING TENNIS". Tennis Magazine (Online). Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Edward Rubin Jr., son of Lafayette judge, dies". Daily Advertiser. March 3, 2016. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "WTA Profile Page: Chanda Rubin". WTA Website. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "WTA Profile Page: Chanda Rubin". WTA Website. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "WTA Profile Page: Chanda Rubin". WTA Website. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ Cioffi, Ron. "USTA Southern Director, Communications". Southern Tennis Foundation. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Life after Professional Tennis". Harvard Extension School. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "FORMER WTA STAR CHANDA RUBIN HAS DIFFERENT ROLE AS TENNIS CHANNEL COMMENTATOR". WTA Volvo Car Cup. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Chanda Rubin: Director at Large". USTA Website. Retrieved 2020.

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