In this episode I Interview Oana Georgeta Simion, #1 Ranked ITF Womens World Tennis Tour. Oana is currently playing Serie B Womens League tennis in Italy. She talks to us about her tennis path, upbringing in Romania, future plans and practising with Simona Halep.
She had an incredible 2019 where she won 4 ITFs and was runner up in several others. We also have my famous quick fire questions in the second part of the interview. Oana comes across as a very friendly person who has a genuine love of tennis and the tour.
Name: Oana Georgeta Simion
Birthdate: 08.03.96, 25 years
WTA ranking: 417
TOP ranking's position: 399 (03.04.17, 8500 points)
Prize money: 91.881 $
Matches total: 431
%: 64.04 % Tennis is one of the most popular sports in Romania.
Tennis was introduced to Romania in the late 19th century by students returning from their time abroad. Also, the Romania Davis Cup team made the finals of the competition in three editions: 3 (1969, 1971 and 1972) losing each time by the hands of the United States Davis Cup team.
Men's tennis saw its best period during the beginning of the Open Era when Ilie Năstase reached the number 1 ranking in 1973 after winning the US Open in 1972 and the French Open in 1973. Women's tennis, in particular, has seen tremendous successes both in the 20th and 21st centuries, with the advent of Florența Mihai, Virginia Ruzici, Irina Spîrlea and Simona Halep.
Three of these women reached the Top 10 of the WTA rankings in singles, namely Ruzici, Spîrlea and Halep whilst Mihai, Ruzici and Halep reached Grand Slam finals with Ruzici winning the French Open in 1978 and Halep winning the same tournament in 2018.
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