Catalina Castaño

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Catalina Castaño
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Catalina Castaño at the 2013 French Open
Country  Colombia
Residence Pereira, Colombia
Born 7 July 1979 (age 34)
Pereira, Colombia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro January 1998
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,141,483
Singles
Career record 412–360
Career titles 6 ITF titles
Highest ranking No. 35 (10 July 2006)
Current ranking No. 185 (22 July 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2006, 2008)
French Open 2R (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Wimbledon 1R (2001, 2004–08))
US Open 2R (2005)
Doubles
Career record 113–154
Career titles 1 WTA, 1 WTA 125s, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 71 (8 July 2013)
Current ranking No. 100 (22 July 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2006, 2007)
French Open 2R (2005, 2013)
Wimbledon 3R (2008)
US Open 2R (2006)
Last updated on: (July 22, 2013).

Catalina Castaño Alvarez (born 7 July 1979) is a professional female Colombian tennis player who reached her career-high singles ranking: World No. 35. Since November 2006, she is the highest ranked South American female tennis player. She is coached by Peruvian-born British citizen Pablo Giacopelli, who has been her coach since 2004.

She has reached the second round in three of the four Tennis Grand Slams Tournaments (Roland Garros, Australian Open and US Open), but she is yet to claim her first WTA Tour title. She has won six ITF titles in her career.

Castano has defeated top 20 players such as Nicole Vaidišová, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Patty Schnyder, Paola Suárez, Li Na and Lucie Šafářová since 2005.

Career summary[edit]

1999–2004[edit]

In 1999 she won her first ITF title in Santiago. The following year in 2000 she won two ITF titles in Midlothian and Cali. Finished the year with a win/loss record of 43–25. In 2001, Catalina reached the Quarterfinals in her home tournament of Bogotá, Colombia (Tier III). Passed the first round of the French Open but fell to top seed Martina Hingis in the second round 6–1 6–0. Lost in the first round of Wimbledon and the US Open. In 2002, Catalina advanced the Semifinals in Bogotá (Tier III). Lost in the first round of qualifying at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. She next year she fell in the first round of qualifying at the Australian Open but the following week she once again made the Quarterfinals in Bogotá (Tier III). Played Federation Cup for Colombia for the first time, but lost to Amélie Mauresmo 5–1 ret. Qualified for the US Open in September but fell to Nadia Petrova in the first round. Reached four ITF finals but only won 2 of them- in Gorizia and Campobasso. Won 39 matches in the year and lost 18. In 2004, she secured the third Quarterfinal appearance in Bogotá (Tier III) of her career, before losing to top seeded and fellow Colombian Fabiola Zuluaga. In April, qualified for Amelia Island (Tier II) and Charleston (Tier I) on clay. Lost to Martina Navratilova 6–0 6–1 in the first round of Wimbledon. The following week, won her sixth ITF title in Orbetello.

2005[edit]

Catalina's breakthrough and most successful year of her career to date. In February, reached back-to-back Quarterfinals in Bogotá (Tier III) for the fourth time and Acapulco (Tier III). In April, she won five matches in Miami (Tier I) including back-to-back wins over world number 19 (at the time) Paola Suárez and world number 13 Patty Schnyder, before falling to world number 9 (at the time) Venus Williams 6–4 2–6 6–1 in the round of 16. The following week, she also qualified for Amelia Island (Tier II). In May, she won four matches in Rome (Tier I) before losing to world number 10 (at the time) Vera Zvonareva 6–1 5–7 6–2 in the round of 16. In June, Catalina passed the first round of the French Open but lost to Daniela Hantuchová in the second round. Two weeks later in Birmingham, Catalina won her first match on grass in her career (and only win on grass to date) but still failed to qualify for the main draw. Lost in the first round of Wimbledon. In August, she reached the Semifinals in Stockholm (Tier IV) but lost to the eventual champion Katarina Srebotnik after having a match point. The following week, Catalina reached her first ever WTA Tour Final in Budapest. She lost to the top seed Anna Smashnova in the final, 6–2 6–2. At the US Open in September, Catalina reached the second round for the first time but was defeated by world number 8 (at the time) Serena Williams 6–2 6–2. In October, she reached the Semifinals in Seoul (Tier IV) but the eventual champion and second seed Nicole Vaidišová defeated her 7–5 6–4, in what was Vaidišová's toughest match of the tournament.

2006[edit]

Catalina's second most successful year on the WTA Tour to date. She commenced January with a Semifinal showing in Canberra (Tier IV) and passed the first round of the Australian Open for the first time. In February, Catalina recorded back-to-back Quarterfinal performances in Pattaya City (Tier IV) and Bogotá (Tier III) for the fifth time. However, from late February to mid April, Catalina only won one out of five matches. In Charleston in mid April, Catalina reached her first Tier I Quarterfinal after she defeated Ashley Harkleroad, Nicole Vaidišová and Marion Bartoli. Her 7–5 6–2 win over Vaidišová, who was ranked 14 at the time, was her best win of the year. Second seed Nadia Petrova defeated her in the Quarterfinals. The following week in Berlin, Catalina beat Anna-Lena Grönefeld, who was ranked 14 at the time, 6–3 2–6 6–3. It was Catalina's second win over a top 15 player in as many weeks. Li Na however, defeated her in the third round. In May, she reached the Quarterfinals in Istanbul (Tier III) for the first time. She was defeated by top seed Anastasia Myskina 6–4 7–6(3). In June, Catalina reached the second round of the French Open but lost to twenty first seed Nathalie Dechy in three sets. In July, Catalina was the top seed for the first time in her career in Budapest. She reached the Quarterfinals but ironically lost to the player who beat her in the final last year, Anna Smashnova, 6–2 6–2 (the same scoreline of the 2005 final). She reached her highest ranking of No.35 on July 16. From August to October, Catalina won just five of fifteen matches. However, she finished the year ranked #55, and was the highest ranked South American female tennis player.

2007[edit]

Catalina commenced 2007 with a solid start, recording two Quarterfinal appearances at the Gold Coast and Hobart in January. At the Gold Coast, she defeated Li Na who was ranked 21 at the time, 6–4 1–6 6–2. She fell 6–3 6–1 to top seed Martina Hingis in the Quarterfinals. In Hobert, she passed the first round and beat Mara Santangelo who was ranked 30 at the time, before falling in an epic match in the Quarterfinals. At the Australian Open, she fell in the first round to a French wildcard. Catalina then suffered first round losses in Pattaya, Doha and Indian Wells and failed to qualify in Dubai. However, she found small success in Miami and Amelia Island where she passed the first round. Despite another first round loss in Prague, Catalina qualified and reached the second round of Rome and recorded her first quarterfinal appearance since Hobart (January 2007) in Istanbul and her third quarterfinal appearance of 2007. In both tournaments she lost to Elena Dementieva, 6–4 6–3 in Rome and 1–6 6–4 6–4 in Istanbul. At Roland Garros, she passed the first round for the third consecutive occasion but fell in the next round to world number five Jelena Janković 6–3 6–3. She also lost in the first round of Wimbledon for the fourth consecutive time.

2008[edit]

In January, Castano entered the Australian Open and defeated the No.22 seed Lucie Šafářová in the 1st round 6–1 6–4. She then lost to Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual 2–6 4–6.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runnner-up)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
125s tournaments (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. July 31, 2005 Budapest Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary Clay Israel Anna Smashnova 2-6, 2-6

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1-1)
125s tournaments (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (1-1)
Carpet (0-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. July 22, 2012 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay Colombia Mariana Duque Mariño Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić
4–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Runner-up 1. March 2, 2013 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Colombia Mariana Duque Mariño Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
4-6, 6-7(1-7)

WTA 125s finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner–up 1. February 17, 2013 Copa Bionaire, Cali, Colombia Clay Spain Lara Arruabarrena Vecino 6–3, 6-2

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. February 11, 2013 Copa Bionaire, Cali, Colombia Clay Colombia Mariana Duque Mariño Argentina Florencia Molinero
Brazil Teliana Pereira
3–6, 6–1, [10–5]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W-L
Grand Slam
Australia Australian Open A A A A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R A A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
France French Open A A 2R A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R Q2 Q1 A A Q1 0 / 6 4–6
United Kingdom Wimbledon A A 1R A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A Q1 A A Q1 0 / 6 0–6
United States US Open A A 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R A Q1 Q3 A Q3 Q3 0 / 6 1–6
Olympic Games
Olympic rings with white rims.svg Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 1R Not Held A Not Held A NH 0 / 1 0–1
Premier Mandatory
United States Indian Wells A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A A A A A 0 / 3 1–3
United States Miami A A A A A A 4R 1R 2R A A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
China Beijing A A A A A A A 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Premier 5
Qatar Doha A A A A A A A A 1R A Not Held A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Italy Rome A A A A A A A 2R 2R A A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
United States Cincinnati Not Held A A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Premier
United States Charleston A A 1R A A 2R A QF A A Q2 2R A Q1 Q1 0 / 4 5–4
United States San Diego A A A A A A A A 1R Not Held Q1 A A A 0 / 1 0–1
International series
Australia Brisbane A A A A A A A A QF A A A A A A 0 / 1 2–1
New Zealand Auckland A A A A A A A 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Colombia Bogotá 1R 2R QF SF QF QF QF QF A QF 1R 2R QF 2R 1R 0 / 14 19–14
Mexico Acapulco Not Held A A A A QF 2R A A A 2R A Q3 1R 0 / 4 4–4
Hungary Budapest A A A A A A F QF A A A 2R A A A 0 / 3 7–3
Turkey Istanbul A A A A A A 1R QF QF A A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Canada Quebec A A 2R A A A A A 1R A A A A A Q2 0 / 2 1–2
Spain Barcelona Not Held A A A A 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 2 0–2
South Korea Seoul A A A A A 2R SF 2R QF A A A A A A 0 / 4 7–4
Luxembourg Luxembourg A A A A A A A A A 2R 1R A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
WTA 125s
Colombia Cali Not Held A A A A 1R 1R F 0 / 3 4–3
Year End Ranking A 143 122 201 133 110 59 55 115 147 219 183 251 236 0 / 78 64-78

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W-L
Grand Slams
Australia Australian Open A A A A A 2R 2R A A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
France French Open A A A A 2R 1R A 1R A A A A 2R 0 / 4 2–4
United Kingdom Wimbledon A A A A 1R A A 3R A A A A 1R 0 / 3 2–3
United States US Open A A A A 1R 2R A 1R A A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Olympic Games
Olympic rings with white rims.svg Summer Olympics Not Held 2R Not Held A Not Held A NH 0 / 1 1–1
Premier 5
Qatar Doha A A A A A A QF A Not Held A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Italy Rome A A A A A A 2R A A A A A 2R 0 / 2 2–2
United States Cincinnati Not Held A A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
International series
Colombia Bogotá 2R 2R 1R A 2R 1R A 1R 2R 1R A 2R 1R 0 / 10 5–10
Mexico Acapulco A A A A A A A A A A A A F 0 / 1 3–1
Portugal Estoril A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Sweden Båstad Not Held A A A W A 1 / 0 4–0
United States Washington Not Held A A QF 0 / 1 1–1
Canada Quebec A A A A A A 1R A A A A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2
WTA 125s
Colombia Cali Not Held A A A A 1R QF W 1 / 2 5–2
Year End Ranking 316 361 A 305 236 144 91 163 280 455 238 96 104 2 / 32 29 / 32

Head-to-head record against other players[edit]

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

* Statistics correct as of June 10, 2013.

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