Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 10/19/14

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 06: Virginie Razzano of France returns a shot to Nicole Pratt of Australia during day one of the Medibank International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 6, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Virginie Razzano has struggled to follow up her inspiring win over Serena Williams, but has posted some encouraging results close to the site of her infamous victory. There are precious few constants on the WTA Tour, but one bizarre set of coincidences seems to point towards an inverse proportion in the careers of Serena Williams and her nemesis, Virginie Razzano. For much of the last decade, the Frenchwoman has made her biggest strides while Serena was struggling beneath some of her career’s stickiest situations. At the 2006 US Open, Razzano upset Martina Hingis to reach the second week of a Slam for the first time. On the same half of the draw, Serena was laboring through thanks to a wildcard that compensated for an injury-deflated ranking. Days before Razzano reached her career high of 16 in 2009, Serena lost her cool and the US Open semifinal to Kim Clijsters on a point penalty. Most of us remember when these two very different players clashed at last year’s French Open, the sho...
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