Aravane Rezai

Aravane Rezai

|Iranian- french
date of birth : 14/03/1987 | date of death :
Born on March 14, 1987, France, Iranian-French tennis player , She has defeated many top players on the WTA circuit, such as Justine Henin, Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Francesca Schiavone, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli, Flavia Pennetta, Jelena Janković and Ai Sugiyama. Her career high rank was No. 15, achieved on 11 October 2010.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Rezaï was born on March 14, 1987 in Saint-Étienne, France.

Father’s name: Arsalan Rezaï
Mother’s name: Nouchine Rezaï
Brother: Anauch Rezaï
Sister: Caminde Rezaï
Spouse: none
Children: none

Personal Information:

Weight: 62 kg
Height: 1.65 m
Residence: Neuchatel, Switzerland
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned Pro: January 2005
Language: French, Persian and English
Favorite food: kebabs

Life events:

AravaneRezai is an Iranian-French tennis player born in St. Etienne, France to Iranian parents. Her father is Arsalan (was a car mechanic), mother, Nouchine, is a physiotherapist; sister Caminde is a student; brother, Anauch, is a tennis coach. Rezaï began playing tennis at age 8; baseliner whose favorite surface is hard. Shespeaks French, Persian and English.As of 10 September 2012, she is the current French No. 11. She has defeated many top players on the WTA circuit, such as JelenaJanković, Justine Henin, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, DinaraSafina, Francesca Schiavone, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli, Victoria Azarenka, FlaviaPennetta, and Ai Sugiyama. Her career high rank was No. 15, achieved on 11 October 2010. Rezaïwon two tennis gold medals at Muslim Women Olympic Games in Iran. Her favorite players are Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi

Occupation and Career:

Aravane Rezai is a professional Iranian-French tennis player.

2001 & 2005

Rezaï competed for Iran at the Women's Islamic Games, winning gold in 2001 and 2005. Rezaï is now based in Neuchatel, Switzerland. She also won the ChambonsurLignon open in 2004.


Rezaï started playing for France. For the second year in a row, Rezaï lost in the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open. However, her French Open run was more successful. She struggled through to the third round of the tournament, defeating Ai Sugiyama of Japan along the way. She fell to Nicole Vaidišová, in a hard fought three-setter. Her Wimbledon dreams were also put on hold as she fell in the first round of qualifying. At the 2006 U.S. Open, she reached the fourth round, her career best Grand Slam singles result. She also competed on the ITF circuit throughout the year, reaching the final of two ITF tournaments, as well as winning one in the later part of the year on the hardcourts of France.


Her year started poorly, reaching the second round only twice in her first thirteen tournaments on tour, including a first-round loss at the Australian Open. At the international clay tournament of Istanbul (Turkey) Rezaï reached the final by beating American World No. 29 Venus Williams in the 2nd round (6–4, 6–4) and Russian World No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the semi-final (6–2, 6–4). In the final she lost to Russian Elena Dementieva due to retiring, trailing 6–7(5), 0–3. In spite of her good performance in the international clay tournament, she lost the week after 6–2, 6–4 to countrywoman Marion Bartoli in the first round of the 2007 French Open. In her first appearance in Wimbledon she defeated Shenay Perry from the U.S. in the first round 6–2, 7–6 and Francesca Schiavone from Italy, the 29th seed, in the second round, 6–4, 2–6, 6–4. However, in the third round she was defeated by Ana Ivanović from Serbia 6–3, 6–2. At the 2007 US Open she once again lost to Ana Ivanović in the second round. She ended an appalling year with yet another ITF Circuit title in Deauville, France, losing only one set en route to her victory.


Rezaï reached the final of the 2008 ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand despite being unseeded. She lost to American Lindsay Davenport 6–2, 6–2. Her year stagnated with early losses in the first and second rounds of tournaments, however, and her only other grand success of the year came on the clay of Morocco in mid-spring, where she reached the semi-finals before falling to Gisela Dulko. At the Australian Open, Rezaï reached the third round, beating thirteenth seed Tatiana Golovin in the second round 6–3, 3–6, 6–3 before losing to Hsieh Su-Wei 6–2, 6–7, 6–4. Her Grand Slam results for the rest of the year were disappointing. At the French Open, she fell to Nadia Petrova in the first round. At Wimbledon, she faced Gisela Dulko of Argentina. She pushed Dulko to three sets, but eventually fell 6–1 0–6 2–6. The US Open started well as she defeated American Asia Muhammad 6–2 6–4. However, she fell in the second round to Sybille Bammer 1–6, 5–7.


Rezaï won the first WTA Tour title of her career in Strasbourg, beating Lucie Hradecká 7–6(2), 6–1 in the final. Despite a first-round loss at the Australian Open, she flew to the 4th round of the French Open after defeating Michelle Larcher de Brito 7–6(3), 6–2, but lost to World No.1 DinaraSafina 6–1, 6–0, effectively putting an end to her participation in Roland-Garros. At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, she beat Ayumi Morita 6–2, 6–2 but then lost to fourth seed Elena Dementieva 6–1, 6–3 in the second round. In the first round of Rogers Cup 2009, she defeated Alizé Cornet 6–4, 7–5. In the second round, she made the biggest upset of the tournament by defeating World No. 1 DinaraSafina 3–6, 6–2, 6–4. In the third round, she was defeated by Alisa Kleybanova in two sets 3–6, 4–6. AravaneRezaï then lost at the US Open to Sabine Lisicki in the first round, her earliest loss ever at the US Open. At the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Rezaï won her opening match in straight sets, defeating Sara Errani 6–2, 6–2. In the second round she lost to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6–4, 6–2. Seeded tenth at the 2009 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions Rezaï won her first round robin match against fourth seed Sabine Lisicki 6–1, 3–6, 4–6, and then beat Melinda Czink in her second match 6–3, 7–5 to make her the first player to advance to the semifinals of the inaugural event. She then went on to the semifinals, where she beat María José Martínez Sánchez 6–2 6–3. In the final she faced Marion Bartoli and won the first set 7–5 before Bartoli retired. Because of her performance Rezaï reached a new career high of world number 26.


Rezaï's first tournament of the year was the 2010 ASB Classic, where she was seeded 7. In the first round she beat fellow countrywoman Julie Coin 6–4, 6–3. At match point the lights in the stadium went out, but they were fixed shortly after and Rezaï closed out the match. In the second round she was defeated by DominikaCibulková 6–3, 6–4. Her next tournament was the Medibank International Sydney. Rezaï won her first round match against Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6–7, 6–2, 6–2, then faced ÁgnesSzávay, whom she defeated 6–3 7–6. In the quarterfinals she beat FlaviaPennetta 6–3, 6–0; in the semifinal she faced World No.1 Serena Williams. She began strong, leading in the match by 6–3, 5–2, and was two points away from victory, but ended up losing 6–3, 5–7, 4–6. Rezaï was seeded No. 26 for the Australian Open. She won her first-round match against SaniaMirza 6–4, 6–2, but was then defeated in the second round by Angelique Kerber 6–2, 6–3. In the doubles draw she partnered with Sabine Lisicki, but they lost in the first round. Her next tournament was the 2010 Open GDF Suez, where she was seeded #5. She won her first round match against qualifier EvgeniyaRodina 6–4, 6–4. In the second round she faced Andrea Petkovic, getting upset 6–3, 3–6, 6–3 and spoiling her chance to play Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals. She lost in the next round. At the 2010 MutuaMadrilena Madrid Open, Rezaï caused a huge upset in the first round, defeating the former World No. 1 and four-time French Open champion Justine Henin 4–6, 7–5, and 6–0. In the second round, she won her match against KláraZakopalová 6–3, 7–5, then defeated Andrea Petkovic in two sets 6–4, 7–6 (10–8). Rezaï pulled off a major fourth-round upset by defeating JelenaJanković in two straight sets 7–5, 6–4. In the semifinal she won against Lucie Šafářová 6–1, 0–0 (retired), reaching the most important final in her career. She defeated Venus Williams in the final 6–2, 7–5, coming back from a 2–5 deficit and overcoming numerous set points to win. She then to the French Open with improved odds. Because of her performance at MutuaMadrilena, Rezaï reached a new high career ranking as number 16. Seeded 15th at the 2010 French Open, Rezaï fell to No. 19 Nadia Petrova in the third round in three sets. On grass Rezaï played at the 2010 AEGON Classic, cruising through the semifinals without dropping a set, but fell to eventual champion Li Na 6–1, 3–6, 6–3. She then played at the 2010 AEGON International, where she upset top seed Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 1–6, 6–3 in the first round before retiring against María José Martínez Sánchez in the second round, down 6–2, 3–0. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, as the 18th seed, she was upset by KláraZakopalová 5–7, 6–3, 6–3 in the second round. At the 2010 Swedish Open Rezaï cruised through the finals with wins over Arantxa Parra Santonja and Lucie Šafářová, finally facing Gisela Dulko. Rezaï won 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, despite giving up a 4–0 lead in the third set. At the 2010 Cincinnati Open, Rezaï was upset by 98th seed BojanaJovanovski 4–6, 6–3, 6–4; even though she had "breathtaking" strokes, her serve was erratic with a high number of unforced errors. Rezaï's disappointing level of play continued right up until the end of her season, as she lost in the first round of the 2010 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions. She won the title in 2009 but lost to Alisa Kleybanova in the first round 6–1, 6–2.


Rezaï obtained an invite from the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association to play in the Hong Kong Tennis Classic with Caroline Wozniacki and Stefan Edberg for Team Europe, but they lost to Team Russia (including Vera Zvonareva, Maria Kirilenko and former male player Yevgeny Kafelnikov) in the final of Gold Group. Rezaï started off the year with a win over World No.8 JelenaJanković 7–5, 2–6, 6–3. She lost in the second round to BojanaJovanovski 6–7(4), 6–7(4). Seeded 17th, Rezaï competed at the 2011 Australian Open. She lost in the first round to BarboraZáhlavová-Strýcová of the Czech Republic 0–6, 6–3, 5–7. Rezaï lost in the first round of the 2011 Monterrey Open to AllaKudryavtseva 2–6, 1–6. At the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, Rezaï reached the third round before being defeated by Maria Sharapova in straight sets, losing 2–6, 2–6. She lost in the first round of the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami to PengShuai 0–6, 4–6. Her poor form continued onto the start of the clay court season. She lost in the first round of the 2011 Andalucia Tennis Experience in Marbella to World No. 258 EstrellaCabeza Candela 3–6, 0–6. She returned to form at Dallas WTA, where she reached the final.


Rezaï started her year playing in Auckland, where she lost in the first round to Chinese ShuaiPeng. In Sydney, she was forced to retire in the qualifying draw. She would also go on to falling in round one of the Australian Open. She would then go on to losing in the qualifying of both Indian Wells and Miami, and fall in round two in Clearwater. She reached 2 ITF finals this year with a victory in final at the Open 88 tournament in Contrexéville.

Awards /Honors:

2001- Rezaï competed for Iran at the Women's Islamic Games, winning gold in (2001 and 2005)
2003 - Participated in the competition, the International Tennis Federation Seriesin France.
2004- She won the ChambonsurLignon open.
2006 - Turning Point in Tennis: the quarter-finals in Palermo, Hasslt and Klkta. reached Third round in French Open and fourth round in U.S. Open. Reach level 49 in the Women's tennis Association rankings.
2007 - Defeating Sharapova in Istanbul. Reach the third round at Wimbledon, Reach the second round in U.S. Open, for the first time attended in four Grand Slam in one year. Reach level 40 in the International Tennis Federation rankings.
2008 - Reaching the second round at Auckland. Best Grand Slam result and reach the third round in the Australian Open. (No. 13 Golovin defeating).
2010 - Reach level 21 in the International Tennis Federation rankings.

Hobbies and personal interests:

Enjoys Indian films, Persian poetry, crossword puzzle, playing cards and listening to music

Political support:

Rezaï told the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting that she supported Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When the reporter asked her "Do you like Mr. Ahmadinejad?" and "why?", she responded that: "Yes, I do a lot. Because he has shown Iran's power to the whole world and I am really proud of him." In this interview, she also affirmed having presented two of her tennis rackets as a gift to Ahmadinejad. The footage of Rezaï presenting her tennis rackets to Ahmadinejad was used in his official campaign advertisement video during his 2009 presidential election campaign.

Quotes and Memoirs:

  • JelenaJankovic stated after her semi final against Rezai in Madrid. "Aravane hits every ball hard; no matter if it is a high or low ball you don't know where she is going to hit it. I have played players who hit the ball hard but not like Aravane. Even if I hit the ball high she is so aggressive."
  • Venus Williams also said "Wow what can I say. Aravane is a very hard hitter obviously she was brought up playing on clay courts but I can not get over how hard she hits that tennis ball. She is a player to watch out for in the future. I do have warnings to other top players watch out for her."