Rene Simpson

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Rene Simpson
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Birthdate January 14, 1966
Birthplace Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Date of death October 17, 2013
Place of death Park Ridge, Illinois, United States
From Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5’5” (1,65m)
Style of play Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro 1988
Retired 1998
Best WTA singles ranking No. 70 (April 10, 1989)
Best WTA doubles ranking No. 32 (August 21, 1995)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Rene Simpson (born January 14, 1966 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; died October 17, 2013 in Park Ridge, Illinois, United States) was a Canadian former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 70 on April 10, 1989 and a career-high WTA doubles ranking of No. 32 on August 21, 1995.

Simpson played NCAA tennis for Texas Christian University. In 1996, she reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the US Open with compatriot Sonya Jeyaseelan. She was a member of the Canadian Billie Jean King Cup team (then known as Fed Cup) from 1988 to 1998, coach from 1998 to 2000, and captain from 2001 to 2010. In 1988, she advanced to her first and only WTA singles final, losing to Mercedes Paz in Guarujá, Brazil. She has won three WTA doubles titles, in 1994 in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1995 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and in 1995 in Zagreb, Croatia. She also reached the doubles final in Houston, United States in 1995. She retired in 1998. She was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011. Simpson died on October 17, 2013 at 47 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

WTA career finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Olympic Games (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II (0–0)
WTA Tier III, IV & V (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 1988 Rainha Cup, Brazil Tier V Hard Mercedes Paz (ARG) 5–7, 2–6

Doubles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Olympic Games (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
WTA Tier I (0–0)
WTA Tier II (0–1)
WTA Tier III, IV & V (3–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 1994 Taiwan Open, Taiwan Tier IV Hard Michelle Jaggard-Lai (AUS) Nancy Feber (BEL)
Alexandra Fusai (FRA)
6–0, 7–6(12–10)
Win 2–0 Feb 1995 Puerto Rico Open, Puerto Rico Tier III Hard Karin Kschwendt (GER) Laura Golarsa (ITA)
Linda Wild (USA)
6–2, 0–6, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Apr 1995 VS of Houston, United States Tier II Clay Wiltrud Probst (GER) Nicole Arendt (USA)
Manon Bollegraf (NED)
4–6, 2–6
Win 3–1 Apr 1995 Zagreb Open, Croatia Tier III Clay Mercedes Paz (ARG) Laura Golarsa (ITA)
Irina Spîrlea (ROU)
7–5, 6–2

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner-up)

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $50,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (3–0)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (1–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (4–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 1989 Fayetteville, United States $10,000 Hard Kimberly Po (USA) 6–4, 3–6, 0–6
Win 1–1 Jan 1990 Waco, United States $10,000 Hard Jeri Ingram (USA) 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–4
Win 2–1 Oct 1992 Leawood, United States $25,000 Hard (i) Caroline Kuhlman (USA) 7–6(9–7), 1–6, 6–3
Win 3–1 Jun 1993 Collingwood, Canada $25,000 Hard Audra Keller (USA) 6–2, 4–6, 7–6(7–3)
Win 4–1 Jul 1996 Fayetteville, United States $25,000 Hard Lilia Osterloh (USA) 6–4, 7–5

Doubles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up)

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $50,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (3–1)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 1990 Waco, United States $10,000 Hard Tory Plunkett (USA) Lindsay Bartlett (USA)
Shelley Bartlett (USA)
4–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 1991 Key Biscayne, United States $25,000 Hard Hellas ter Riet (NED) Penny Barg (USA)
Samantha Smith (GBR)
5–7, 2–6
Win 1–2 Jul 1995 Mississauga, Canada $25,000 Hard Caroline Delisle (CAN) Kirstin Freye (GER)
Anique Snijders (NED)
6–3, 6–2
Win 2–2 Jul 1996 Fayetteville, United States $25,000 Hard Sonya Jeyaseelan (CAN) Jane Chi (USA)
Kelly Wilson (USA)
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Win 3–2 Oct 1996 Newport Beach, United States $25,000 Hard Mercedes Paz (ARG) Erika de Lone (USA)
Nicole Pratt (AUS)
6–3, 6–1

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R A A 2R 1R 2R Q3 Q3 Q3 1R 0 / 5 3–5 38%
French Open 3R 2R Q1 1R 1R A A Q1 1R A 0 / 5 3–5 38%
Wimbledon 1R A A 1R A 1R A A 1R A 0 / 4 0–4 0%
US Open 1R Q3 1R 2R 2R Q2 Q2 Q1 1R A 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Win–Loss 3–4 1–1 0–1 2–4 1–3 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–1 0 / 19 8–19 30%

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 7 0–7 0%
French Open 1R 1R 1R A A 1R 1R 3R 1R 0 / 7 2–7 22%
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 5 1–5 17%
US Open A 1R 2R 3R 2R 2R QF 2R 2R 0 / 8 10–8 56%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–4 3–4 3–4 2–4 0 / 27 13–27 33%

Mixed doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R A A A 2R 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
French Open A A A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Wimbledon A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open A A A 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–2 0–2 0 / 8 2–8 20%

Titles won with partners

Partner Grand
Slams
Olympic
Games
WTA
Championships
WTA
Tier I
WTA
Tier II
WTA
Tier III/IV/V
Total
Karin Kschwendt (GER) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Mercedes Paz (ARG) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Michelle Jaggard-Lai (AUS) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Overall Total 0 0 0 0 0 3 3

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