Paula Ormaechea

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Paula Ormaechea
Ormaechea WMQ13-005.jpg
Full name Paula Ormaechea
Country  Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina
Born (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 22)
Sunchales, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 2007
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $581,449
Career record 182-110
Career titles 0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking 59 (21 October 2013)
Current ranking 158 (13 April 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2012)
French Open 3R (2013, 2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
Career record 60–52
Career titles 0 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking 188 (22 July 2013)
Current ranking 379 (26 May 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2013)
US Open 1R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 12–12
Last updated on: 02 June 2014.

Paula Ormaechea (born 28 September 1992) is an Argentine tennis player. She has won nine singles and five doubles ITF titles in her career, and, on 21 October 2013, reached a singles ranking high of world number 59.[1] Ormaechea has a 12–12 record for the Argentina Fed Cup team.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Paula Ormaechea was born on 28 September 1992 in Sunchales, Santa Fe to Mirna and Marcelo Ormaechea.[3] She also has two sisters, Valentina and Sofía.[3] Juan Pablo Guzman, former ATP tennis player, serves as her coach. Ormaechea cites Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams as her role models,[4] and also admires Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.[4] A fan of football, she supports Boca Juniors.[4]


Junior career[edit]

Ormaechea entered professional junior tournaments in 2006 Ana Bogdan in the final of Banana Bowl, 6–2, 6–4, previously defeating Kristina Mladenovic 6–4, 6–2 in the semifinals.[5] Ormaechea won her next title at Uruguay Bowl in March 2009. She also played at 2009 French Open and 2009 US Open, but fell to, respectively, Bianca Botto and Richèl Hogenkamp in the first round. Also winning four doubles events, her last junior doubles title came at Canadian Open Junior Championship in September 2009.

Fed Cup[edit]

Ormaechea made her debut for Argentina Fed Cup team on 26 April 2009 in the 2009 World Group Playoff against Ukraine. She partnered María Irigoyen, losing to Mariya Koryttseva and Olga Savchuk 6–2, 6–0.[6] Ormaechea made her singles debut in 2010 World Group II rubber against Estonia.[7] She lost her first match to World No. 61 Kaia Kanepi 6–1, 7–5,[8] and the second one to Maret Ani 6–2, 6–3.[9] Ormaechea also played in the rubber against Canada, and lost both of her singles matches — against Aleksandra Wozniak 6–4, 6–2, and Valérie Tétreault 7–6, 1–6, 1–6.[10]


Ormaechea's first tournament was an ITF event in Colombia, where she lost to Alexandra Cadantu 6-4 6-0 in the first round of qualifying. After this, she played the Copa Colsanitas, but again lost during qualifications, this time in the second round. Despite her bad run, Paula rebounded and won an ITF tournament in Santiago, Chile one month later. She then played four ITF events during May, reaching the final of one, but losing to top seed Lucie Hradecká 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Paula then played in the qualifications for the Brussels Ladies Open, her first premium tournament. She got to the final round of qualifying after defeating Catalina Castaño and Andrea Hlaváčková, but was then swept aside by doubles specialist Abigail Spears 6-1 6-1.

Following this loss, she headed to Rome to play a 25K tournament, but lost in the second round to Sofia Shapatava 2-6 7-6 (5) 6-4. Then, following another loss in the Quarterfinals of an ITF event in Poland and an early elimination in the qualifications at the Budapest Grand Prix, Paula's form improved when she qualified for the Gastein Ladies in Kitzbühel, Austria. She then lost in the first round of the main draw to María José Martínez Sánchez in straight sets.

Paula then took a break from the WTA Tour, playing eight ITF tournaments from August to October, winning two of them.


Paula Ormaechea in May 2012 at the French Open

Ormaechea began her 2012 season at the Apia International Sydney, losing to Vania King in straight sets in the second round of qualifying. Following this loss, she headed to Melbourne for the Australian Open. In the first round of qualifications, she had a decisive victory 6-1 6-4 over seventh qualifying seed Coco Vandeweghe, backed up by another win over Su-Wei Hsieh. In the final round of qualifying, she crushed Austrian Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-3 to gain entry into her first Grand Slam main draw.

In the first round of the main draw, she overcame Romanian Simona Halep in three sets. In the second round, however, she was sent crashing out by eighth seed Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets. Due to her strong beginning of the new season, her ranking peaked at over one hundred and forty for the first time.

Ormaechea's next tournament was the Copa Colsanitas in Bogotá, Colombia. She defeated Teliana Pereira and Corinna Dentoni to qualify. She reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, posting wins over Jelena Dokić and Petra Rampre, before being knocked out by eventual champion Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino.

Ormaechea then played two premium events at the BNP Paribas Open and the Sony Ericsson Open, losing in the second and first qualifying rounds, respectively. Despite these early losses, her recent success gave her a career high ranking of one hundred and eleventh.

She then headed to Charleston, South Carolina for the Family Circle Cup. She had to qualify, and she did so by defeating Emily J. Harman and Shelby Rogers. In the main draw, she posted a win over fifteenth seed Chanelle Scheepers in the first round, before being swept aside by Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva in the second round. She then played at the Fed Cup in World Group II Play Offs against China, winning both her singles matches and helping Argentina win by a score of 4-1.

At the French Open, she was handed a tough draw to face American and seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams in the first round. After playing an outstanding first set to win 6-4, Williams then upped her level and Paula eventually lost 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 24 February 2013 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay Serbia Jelena Janković 1–6, 2–6

ITF finals[edit]

Singles (9–5)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome # Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 3 October 2009 Juárez, Mexico Clay Argentina Mailen Auroux 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 7 November 2009 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Verónica Spiegel 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 2. 21 November 2009 Asunción, Paraguay Clay Chile Andrea Koch-Benvenuto 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner–up 2. 6 December 2009 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Paraguay Rossana de los Ríos 5–7, 1–6
Runner–up 3. 20 June 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Mailen Auroux 1–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 27 June 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Lucía Jara Lozano 6–2, 6–2
Winner 4. 18 July 2010 Bogotá, Colombia Clay United States Julia Cohen 7–5, 6–2
Winner 5. 25 July 2010 Brasília, Brazil Clay Brazil Ana Clara Duarte 3–6, 7–6(7–1), 7–6(8–6)
Winner 6. 20 March 2011 Santiago, Chile Clay Argentina Catalina Pella 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Runner–up 4. 8 May 2011 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 7. 11 September 2011 Podgorica, Montenegro Clay Montenegro Danka Kovinić 6–1, 6–1
Winner 8. 25 September 2011 Foggia, Italy Clay Czech Republic Renata Voráčová 6–4, 6–4
Runner–up 5. 2 October 2011 Madrid, Spain Clay Italy Nastassja Burnett 2-6, 3–6
Winner 9. 19 May 2013 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay Germany Dinah Pfizenmaier 6–3, 3–6, 6–4

Doubles (5–5)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome # Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 06 October 2008 Santa Cruz, Bolivia Clay Peru Claudia Razzeto Argentina Rocio Galarza
Chile Gabriela Roux
6-7 (5) 6-3 [9-11]
Runner–up 2. 13 October 2008 Lima, Peru Clay Venezuela Marina Giral Lores Chile Andrea Koch Benvenuto
Colombia Karen Castiblanco
2-6 1-6
Runner–up 3. 20 October 2008 Lima, Peru Clay Venezuela Marina Giral Lores Chile Andrea Koch Benvenuto
Colombia Karen Castiblanco
7-6 (7) 0-6 [3-10]
Runner–up 4. 28 November 2009 Lima, Peru Clay Argentina Agustina Eskenazi Chile Cecilia Costa Melgar
Chile Andrea Koch-Benvenuto
1–6, 3–6
Winners 1. 18 July 2010 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Venezuela Andrea Gámiz Argentina Mailen Auroux
Colombia Karen Castiblanco
5–7, 6–4, 7–5
Runner–up 5. 4 December 2010 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay France Alizé Lim Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves
Brazil Ana Clara Duarte
Winners 2. 18 March 2011 Santiago, Chile Clay Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves Argentina Barbara Rush
Argentina Carolina Zeballos
6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Winners 3. 2 April 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Bolivia María Fernanda Álvarez Terán Argentina María Irigoyen
Argentina Florencia Molinero
4–6, 7–5, [10–4]
Winners 4. 24 June 2011 Rome, Italy Clay Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg Russia Marina Shamayko
Georgia (country) Sofia Shapatava
7–5, 6–4
Winners 5. 18 May 2013 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay Israel Julia Glushko Canada Stéphanie Dubois
Japan Kurumi Nara
7-5, 7-6(13-11)

Fed Cup singles performances (12–10)[edit]

Edition Round Location Surface Against Opponent Score Result
2010 Fed Cup World Group II Estonia Tallinn Hard (i) Estonia Estonia Estonia Kaia Kanepi 1-6, 5-7 1-4
Estonia Maret Ani 2-6, 3-6
World Group II Play-offs Canada Montreal Carpet (i) Canada Canada Canada Aleksandra Wozniak 4-6, 2-7 0-5
Canada Valérie Tétreault 7-6(8-6), 1-6, 1-6
2012 Fed Cup Americas Zone Brazil Curitiba Clay The Bahamas Bahamas The Bahamas Larikah Russell 6-3, 6-0 3-0
Canada Canada Canada Aleksandra Wozniak 7-5, 6-4 3-0
Peru Peru Peru Ferny Ángeles Paz 6-1, 6-0 3-0
Colombia Colombia Colombia Catalina Castaño 6-2, 6-4 2-0
World Group II Play-offs Argentina Buenos Aires Clay China China China Yi-Miao Zhou 6-2, 6-2 4-1
China Qiang Wang 6-4, 6-2
2013 Fed Cup World Group II Argentina Buenos Aires Clay Sweden Sweden Sweden Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-0 2-3
Sweden Sofia Arvidsson 5-7, 7-6(8-6), 2-3, ret.
World Group II Play-offs Argentina Buenos Aires Clay United Kingdom Great Britain United Kingdom Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-2 3-1
United Kingdom Laura Robson 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
2014 Fed Cup World Group II Argentina Pilar Clay Japan Japan Japan Misaki Doi 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 3-0
Japan Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-4
World Group Play-offs Russia Sochi Clay Russia Russia Russia Elena Vesnina 3-6, 3-6 0-4
Russia Ekaterina Makarova 1-6, 2-6
2015 Fed Cup World Group II Argentina Buenos Aires Clay United States United States United States Venus Williams 3-6, 2-6 1-4
United States Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4
World Group II Play-offs Argentina Buenos Aires Clay Spain Spain Spain Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-7(2-7), 1-6 0-4
Spain Lara Arruabarrena 1-6, 6-4, 7-9

Fed Cup doubles performances (0–2)[edit]

Edition Round Date Against Surface Partner Opponents Outcome Result
2009 World Group Playoff QF 26 April 2009 Ukraine Ukraine Hard Argentina María Irigoyen Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Loss 6–2, 6–0
2014 Fed Cup World Group II 1R 9 February 2014 Japan Japan Clay Argentina María Irigoyen Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Risa Ozaki
Loss 6-0, 6-4

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R Q1 1R 1–2
French Open 1R 3R 3R 4–3
Wimbledon Q1 Q2 1R 0–1
US Open Q3 2R 1R 1–2
Win–Loss 1–2 3–2 2–4 6–8

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 0-1
French Open A A 1R 0-0
Wimbledon Q1 1R 0–1
US Open A 1R 0-1
Win–Loss 0-0 0-2 0-1 0-3


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