Clarisa Fernández

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Clarisa Fernández
Clarisa Fernandez.jpg
Country  Argentina
Residence Córdoba, Argentina
Born (1981-08-28) August 28, 1981 (age 33)
Córdoba, Argentina
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10½ in)
Turned pro 1998
Retired 2008
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $678,184
Singles
Career record 228–130
Career titles 0 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest ranking No. 26 (31 March 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2003)
French Open SF (2002)
Wimbledon 2R (2002, 2006)
US Open 1R (2002, 2003, 2006)
Doubles
Career record 75–48
Career titles 0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 111 (9 June 2003)
Last updated on: April 25, 2008.
Clarisa Fernández
Medal record
Pan American Games
Bronze 1999 Winnipeg Women's Doubles

Clarisa Fernández (born August 28, 1981 in Córdoba) is a retired Argentine tennis player who is best known for her semi-final appearance at the 2002 French Open, the first Argentine since Sabatini in 1992 to reach that stage.[1] Fernández was ranked 87th in the world[2] at the time of her shocking result. She defeated, in order: (Q)Lubomira Bacheva, 7–5, 6–1; Jelena Kostanić, 6–3, 6–4; (4)Kim Clijsters, 6–4, 6–0; (13)Elena Dementieva, 3–6, 6–2, 6–3; Paola Suárez, 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–1; before losing to (2)Venus Williams, 6–1, 6–4.

Fernández is a crafty left-handed player.[3] She turned professional in 1998,[4] and did not have much success before her appearance at the French Open. She has six ITF titles to her name, including one in 2006. Since 2003, Fernández has been plagued with injuries. She has suffered from tendinitis in her left shoulder, an injury to her left wrist, and to her right knee. Fernández is now trying to get her career back-on-track with a healthy start. Fernández enjoys playing on hard and grass courts. She was coached by Leonardo Lerda.[5] Her tennis inspirations are Pete Sampras and Martina Navratilova.

In April 2008, Fernández announced her retirement from professional tennis after a lengthy battle with knee injuries.[5]

Titles[edit]

Singles[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV & V (0)
ITF Titles (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. October 12, 1997 Uruguay Montevideo Clay Argentina Celeste Contin 7–6 6–4
2. July 18, 1999 Italy Sezze Clay Romania Mihaela Moldovan 6–2 6–3
3. January 7, 2001 Brazil São Paulo Hard Netherlands Seda Noorlander 6–3 6–1
4. July 8, 2001 Italy Orbetello Clay Slovakia Martina Suchá 6–4 2–6 7–5
5. January 23, 2005 United States Miami Hard China Yanze Xie 6–4 6–2
6. March 5, 2006 United States Clearwater Hard Italy Alberta Brianti 7–5 6–2
7. November 25, 2007 Mexico Mexico City Hard United States Julia Cohen 6–1 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THREE AMERICANS AND AN ARGENTINE". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Venus, Serena roll, reach first French semis". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "tennis: Fernandez's first 4.25; Debut in final four.". The Daily Post. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Clarisa Fernandez Player profile". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Fernández Announces Retirement". Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 

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