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Raluca Sandu

Raluca Sandu
Country (sports) Romania
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Born (1980-02-03) 3 February 1980 (age 41)
Bucharest, Socialist Republic of Romania
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1994
Prize money$157,333
Career record187-154
Career titles4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 91(18 January 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1999)
French Open2R (1999)
US Open2R (1998)
Career record32-59
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 228 (13 September 1999)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open1R (1999)
Team competitions
Fed Cup7-9

Raluca Sandu (born 3 February 1980) is a Romanian retired tennis player and professional padel player.[1]

On 18 January 1999, she reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 69 whilst her best doubles ranking was 228 on 13 September 1999.

Raluca turned pro at the age of 15 and reached WTA top 100 by the time she was 17 years old. She was also ranked top 10 in the world ITF juniors ranking, reaching the semifinals at the 1995 US Open. Raluca was forced to retire early due to shoulder injury (2004).[2]


Raluca is the daughter of former Romanian football player and former president of the Romanian Football Federation, Mircea Sandu and her late mother, Simona Arghir former handball player and captain of Romanian national handball team.[3][4][5][6] Raluca has one more sibling, older brother Dan Mircea.[7][8] In her youth she was dating former world number 1 Carlos Moya for two years.

ITF Circuit finals

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (4-7)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 24 April 1995 Bari, Italy Clay Italy Stefania Pifferi 6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 2. 7 August 1995 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Turkey Gülberk Gültekin 3-6, 1-6
Winner 3. 18 September 1995 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Clay Hungary Katalin Marosi 6-3, 6-3
Winner 4. 10 February 1996 Sunderland, Great Britain Hard United Kingdom Samantha Smith 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Runner-up 5. 21 July 1996 Darmstadt, Germany Clay Germany Julia Abe 2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 6. 17 November 1996 Bad Gögging, Germany Carpet (i) India Nirupama Vaidyanathan 4-6, 1-6
Runner-up 7. 2 March 1997 Bushey, Great Britain Carpet (i) Belarus Olga Barabanschikova 1-6, 6-7
Runner-up 8. 20 July 1997 Darmstadt, Germany Clay Bulgaria Pavlina Stoyanova 4-6, 1-6
Runner-up 9. 12 April 1998 Estoril, Portugal Clay Austria Barbara Schwartz 2-6, 3-6
Winner 10. 26 July 1998 Valladolid, Spain Hard Hungary Rita Kuti-Kis 6-3, 6-3
Runner-up 11. 24 June 2001 Gorizia, Italy Clay Spain Eva Bes-Ostáriz 0-6, 6-1, 3-6

Doubles (1-2)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 7 August 1995 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Romania Alice Pirsu Turkey Gülberk Gültekin
United States Selin Nassi Tekikbas
2-6, 2-6
Winner 2. 20 June 1999 Marseille, France Clay Spain Gisela Riera Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Czech Republic Lenka N?me?ková
6-4, 7-6
Runner-up 3. 1 August 1999 Bytom, Poland Clay Spain Gisela Riera Spain Eva Bes-Ostáriz
Poland Magdalena Grzybowska
4-6, 5-7

Head-to-head records

Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.


  1. ^ "World padel tour rankings". Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Biography on WTA Tour official site". Women's Tennis Association.
  3. ^ "Raluca Sandu î?i înva feti?a tenis!" [Raluca Sandu teaches her girl to play tennis!] (in Romanian). libertatea.ro. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Unde a disp?rut fiica monden? a ex-?efului de la FRF! Raluca Sandu e patroan? de cârcium? la..." [Where did the daughter of the ex-boss from FRF disappear? Raluca Sandu is the owner of a pub in ...] (in Romanian). cancan.ro. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Ce bine seam?n? cu mama ei!" [How well she resembles her mother!] (in Romanian). libertatea.ro. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Raluca si Mircea Sandu au castigat meciul impotriva cancerului" [Raluca and Mircea Sandu won the game against cancer] (in Romanian). revistavip.ro. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Mircea Sandu, socru-mare in weekend" [Mircea Sandu, great-grandfather in the weekend] (in Romanian). revistavip.ro. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Poart? pe spate crucea mamei" [She carries on her back her mother's cross] (in Romanian). libertatea.ro. Retrieved 2019.

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