Paola Suárez

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Paola Suárez
Paola Suarez.JPG
Country  Argentina
Residence Munro, Argentina
Born (1976-06-23) 23 June 1976 (age 38)
Pergamino, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1 March 1991
Retired 2007 (returned in 2012)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $5,197,108
Singles
Career record 371–239
Career titles 4 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest ranking No. 9 (7 June 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2001)
French Open SF (2004)
Wimbledon QF (2004)
US Open QF (2003)
Doubles
Career record 510–186
Career titles 44 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (9 September 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2004)
French Open W (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005)
Wimbledon F (2002, 2003, 2006)
US Open W (2002, 2003, 2004)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Bronze medal.svg Bronze Medal (2004)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (2002)
French Open F (2001)
Wimbledon 3R (2000, 2003)
US Open 2R (2000, 2003, 2007)
Last updated on: 15 February 2013.
Olympic medal record
Women's tennis
Competitor for  Argentina
Bronze 2004 Athens Women's doubles

Paola Suárez (born 23 June 1976 in Pergamino, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina) is a retired tennis player. She gained prominence in 2004 by reaching the finals of nine straight WTA doubles tournaments, and by reaching the singles semifinals of the French Open tournament, held in Paris.

Career[edit]

"La Negra" Suárez began playing professional tennis at the age of fifteen, in 1991. In 1994, she joined the professional tour as a singles player. It was not until the 2000s (decade), however, that she became an international figure in her sport, by reaching the semis of the aforementioned French Open, a prestigious grand slam tournament.

Suárez won four WTA titles (2004 Canberra, 2003 Vienna, 1998 & 2001 Bogotá) and 12 other minor tournaments. In 2004, Paola hoped to obtain the French Open title that would become her first grand slam championship, but lost in the semi-finals against Elena Dementieva after defeating 18th seed and future Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals. That year, she was ranked number nine in the world among women tennis players by the WTA, which has been her highest ranking as a singles player thus far. By accomplishing that feat, Paola became the highest-ranked Argentine women's player since Sabatini achieved the number three ranking in 1989. Also in 2004, she won the bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens for women's doubles with Patricia Tarabini.

But it was in doubles where she had the best results, playing with Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in 32 of her 39 titles. They won several tournaments, including the French Open on four occasions, the US Open three times, the Australian Open in 2004, and many others. With Virginia, they were the No. 1 female couple for 3 consecutive years since 9 September 2002 (WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year 2002, 2003 and 2004). They also reached nine straight Grand Slam finals, two short of NavratilovaShriver's 11 straight Slam finals.

In 2005 she announced her retirement for 2006 for personal reasons, and that until then she will only play a few tournaments. In June 2005 she went on labrum hip clinical intervention, with a recovering time of 3 to 4 months. She restarted playing in Sydney in January 2006 with Ruano Pascual, reaching the final, but suffered calf muscle injury short after. Later that same year, she also reached the final of Wimbledon with Ruano Pascual, marking her third appearance in a Wimbledon final.

Paola returned to the circuit with a victory over Dinara Safina, ranked 15, in the San Diego's singles tournament.

On 1 September 2007, Paola played her last professional tennis match. At the US Open, she retired from tennis after losing a mixed doubles second round match. She partnered Kevin Ullyett and lost to Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber, 7–5, 6–4.

In her career, Suárez has earned $4,837,968 US$, with four single WTA titles, and 8 doubles grand slams.

Paola Suárez returned to the WTA doubles circuit in 2012 partnering with fellow Argentinian Gisela Dulko. The pair is aiming to play at the London Summer Olympics Games.[1] They achieved this aim.[2][3] During the year 2013 Paola did not play any international tournaments at all.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 14 (8–6)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2000 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Switzerland Martina Hingis
France Mary Pierce
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2001 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
Winner 2002 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2002 Wimbledon Grass Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 7–5
Winner 2002 US Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Elena Dementieva
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 2003 Australian Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2003 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–7(5), 6–2, 9–7
Runner-up 2003 Wimbledon Grass Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Winner 2003 U.S. Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Czech Republic Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–2
Winner 2004 Australian Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2004 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 6–3
Winner 2004 U.S. Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 7–5
Winner 2005 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2006 Wimbledon Grass Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
6–3, 3–6, 6–2

Mixed doubles: 2 (0–2)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2001 French Open Clay Brazil Jaime Oncins Spain Tomás Carbonell
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2002 Australian Open Hard Argentina Gastón Etlis Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
3–6, 2–6

Olympic finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 2004 Athens Hard Argentina Patricia Tarabini Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–3

WTA Tour Finals[edit]

Singles 8 (4–4)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
Olympic Gold (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Tier I (0/0)
Tier II (0/0)
Tier III (2/2)
Tier IV & V (2/2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 22 February 1998 Bogotá Clay Canada Sonya Jeyaseelan 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 17 May 1999 Madrid Clay United States Lindsay Davenport 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 20 February 2000 São Paulo Clay Hungary Rita Kuti-Kis 4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 7 January 2001 Auckland Hard United States Meilen Tu 7–6(10), 6–2
Winner 2. 25 February 2001 Bogotá Clay Hungary Rita Kuti-Kis 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 3 March 2002 Acapulco Clay Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik 6–7(1), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 14 June 2003 Vienna Clay Croatia Karolina Šprem 7–6(0), 2–6, 6–4
Winner 4. 17 January 2004 Canberra Hard Italy Silvia Farina Elia 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(5)

Doubles 69 (44–25)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (8–6)
Olympic Gold (0–0)
WTA Championships (1–0)
Tier I (9–9)
Tier II (5–6)
Tier III (10–2)
Tier IV & V (11–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 5 May 1996 Bol Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
France Alexandra Fusai
6–7(5), 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 18 January 1998 Hobart Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual France Julie Halard-Decugis
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7–6(6), 6–3
Winner 3. 22 February 1998 Bogotá Clay Slovakia Janette Husárová United States Melissa Mazzotta
Russia Ekaterina Sysoeva
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 4. 26 April 1998 Budapest Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Romania Cătălina Cristea
Argentina Laura Montalvo
4–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 5. 3 May 1998 Bol Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo South Africa Joannette Kruger
Croatia Mirjana Lučić
walkover
Winner 6. 10 May 1998 Rome Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(1), 6–4
Winner 7. 12 July 1998 Maria Lankowitz Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Slovenia Tina Križan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 21 February 1999 Bogotá Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Greece Christína Papadáki
Netherlands Seda Noorlander
6–4, 7–6(5)
Winner 8. 23 May 1999 Madrid Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Argentina Maria Fernanda Landa
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6–2, 0–6, 6–0
Winner 9. 18 July 1999 Sopot Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Spain Gala León García
Spain María Sánchez Lorenzo
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 10 October 1999 São Paulo Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Slovakia Janette Husárová
Argentina Florencia Labat
6–7(1), 7–5, 7–5
Winner 11. 20 February 2000 Bogotá Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Hungary Rita Kuti-Kis
Hungary Petra Mandula
6–4, 6–2
Winner 12. 27 February 2000 São Paulo Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Slovakia Janette Husárová
Argentina Florencia Labat
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 13. 23 April 2000 Hilton Head Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 11 June 2000 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Switzerland Martina Hingis
France Mary Pierce
6–2, 6–4
Winner 14. 16 July 2000 Klagenfurt Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Austria Barbara Schett
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
7–6(5), 6–1
Winner 15. 23 July 2000 Sopot Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Italy Rita Grande
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 21 August 2000 New Haven Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 8 October 2000 Tokyo Hard Japan Nana Miyagi France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 19 February 2001 Bogotá Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Italy Tathiana Garbin
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 4 March 2001 Acapulco Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
6–4, 6–7(5), 7–5
Runner-up 7. 11 March 2001 Indian Wells Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Nicole Arendt
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 22 April 2001 Charleston Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
5–7, 7–6(5), 6–3
Runner-up 9. 20 May 2001 Rome Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–1
Winner 16. 26 May 2001 Madrid Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 2–6, 7–6(4)
Winner 17. 10 June 2001 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
Winner 18. 15 July 2001 Vienna Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini Germany Vanessa Henke
Czech Republic Lenka Němečková
6–4, 6–2
Winner 19. 24 February 2002 Bogotá Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Slovenia Tina Križan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–1
Winner 20. 3 March 2002 Acapulco Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Slovenia Tina Križan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 1 April 2002 Miami Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7–6(4), 6–7(4), 6–3
Winner 21. 19 May 2002 Rome Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 6–4
Winner 22. 9 June 2002 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 24 June 2002 Wimbledon Grass Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 7–5
Winner 23. 18 August 2002 Montreal Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Japan Rika Fujiwara
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 7–6(4)
Winner 24. 8 September 2002 US Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Elena Dementieva
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
Winner 25. 14 September 2002 Bahia Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual France Émilie Loit
Paraguay Rossana de los Ríos
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 12. 24 September 2002 Leipzig Carpet Slovakia Janette Husárová United States Alexandra Stevenson
United States Serena Williams
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 13. 13 October 2002 Filderstadt Hard (i) United States Meghann Shaughnessy United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 13 January 2003 Australian Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 26. 13 April 2003 Charleston Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Slovakia Janette Husárová
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 20 April 2003 Amelia Island Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
7–5, 6–2
Winner 27. 11 May 2003 Berlin Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 8 June 2003 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–7(5), 6–2, 9–7
Runner-up 17. 6 July 2003 Wimbledon Grass Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Winner 28. 23 August 2003 New Haven Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Australia Alicia Molik
Spain Magüi Serna
7–6(6), 6–3
Winner 29. 7 September 2003 US Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 18. 19 October 2003 Zürich Hard (i) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
7–6(3), 6–2
Winner 30. 10 November 2003 Los Angeles Hard (i) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 5 January 2004 Auckland Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić
Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić
7–6(6), 3–6, 6–1
Winner 31. 1 February 2004 Australian Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Winner 32. 21 March 2004 Indian Wells Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–2
Winner 33. 18 April 2004 Charleston Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Martina Navratilova
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 20. 10 May 2004 Rome Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
2–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 34. 3 June 2004 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 21. 26 July 2004 San Diego Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 35. 11 September 2004 US Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 22. 17 October 2004 Moscow Carpet Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Anastasia Myskina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 23. 24 October 2004 Zürich Hard (i) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–4
Winner 36. 31 October 2004 Luxembourg City Hard (i) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Jill Craybas
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6–1, 6–7(1), 6–3
Winner 37. 5 March 2005 Dubai Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Australia Alicia Molik
6–7(7), 6–2, 6–1
Winner 38. 19 March 2005 Indian Wells Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(3), 6–1
Winner 39. 4 June 2005 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 24. 17 January 2006 Sydney Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Corina Morariu
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 25. 8 July 2006 Wimbledon Grass Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual China Zheng Jie
China Yan Zi
6–3, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 40. 13 August 2006 Los Angeles Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–4
Winner 41. 24 September 2006 Beijing Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Anna Chakvetadze
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–4
Winner 42. 1 October 2006 Seoul Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Chinese Taipei Chia-jung Chuang
Argentina Mariana Díaz-Oliva
6–2, 6–3
Winner 43. 6 January 2007 Auckland Hard Slovakia Janette Husárová Chinese Taipei Su-Wei Hsieh
India Shikha Uberoi
6–0, 6–2
Winner 44. 25 February 2007 Bogotá Clay Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino Italy Flavia Pennetta
Italy Roberta Vinci
1–6, 6–3, [11–9]

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Australian Open A A A 2R 2R 1R 1R 4R 1R 3R 3R A A LQ
French Open 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R QF 3R SF 1R A LQ
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 4R QF A A LQ
US Open 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R QF 3R A A LQ

Women's Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A QF 2R 2R 2R QF 3R F W A QF 1R A A A A A 1 / 10 23–9
French Open A A 1R 1R 2R 2R F W W F W W 2R 1R A A A A 2R 4 / 13 38–9
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 2R 3R QF SF F F SF A F 1R A A A A 1R 0 / 12 29–11
US Open A A 1R 2R SF 2R 1R 3R W W W A QF 1R A A A A A 3 / 11 28–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–3 4–4 7–4 5–4 9–4 15–3 19–2 20–3 21–1 6–0 11–4 0–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 8 / 46 118–37
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held 1R Not Held 2R Not Held SF-B Not Held A Not Held 1R 0 / 4 6–4
Year-End Championships
Tour Championships A A A A A A QF SF QF W SF A A A A A A A A 1 / 5 3–4

External links[edit]

References[edit]