Virginia Ruano Pascual

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Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual-2009-Sep-06.jpg
Country (sports)  Spain
Residence Madrid, Spain
Born (1973-09-21) 21 September 1973 (age 43)
Madrid, Spain
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro January 1992
Retired 2010
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $6,076,081
Singles
Career record 395–353
Career titles 3 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 28 (12 April 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2003)
French Open QF (1995)
Wimbledon 4R (1998)
US Open 3R (1998–99, 2001)
Doubles
Career record 596–272
Career titles 43 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (8 September 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2004)
French Open W (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
Wimbledon F (2002, 2003, 2006)
US Open W (2002, 2003, 2004)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Silver medal.svg Silver medal (2004, 2008)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2004)
French Open W (2001)
Wimbledon SF (2009)
US Open QF (2003)
Last updated on: 20 December 2011.

Virginia Ruano Pascual (born 21 September 1973) is a Spanish former professional tennis player. She was born in Madrid, Spain.

She has won three career singles titles but she has been more successful in doubles where she has won 43 titles, including 10 Grand Slam titles (eight partnering Paola Suárez of Argentina and two partnering Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain)

Between 2002 and 2004 Virginia and Paola reached nine consecutive Grand Slam finals (won five, lost four) and they reached at least the semi-finals of the last twelve Grand Slam tournaments they played in (winning run came to an end when they lost in the Wimbledon semi-finals).

Personal life[edit]

Her father, Juan Manuel, works for Iberia Airlines; her mother, Virginia, is a housewife. Her brother, Juan Ramon, is a tennis pro at a club and also serves as her coach and her sister, Marbella, works in administration. Initially, she hyphenated her family names, but she has omitted the hyphen since 1998.

Her hobbies include listening to music, watching sports (especially handball) and going to movies, especially those of Kevin Costner. She considers paella her favorite food and likes traveling to Hawaii.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 16 (10–6)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2000 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Switzerland Martina Hingis
France Mary Pierce
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2001 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
Winner 2002 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2002 Wimbledon Grass Argentina Paola Suárez United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 7–5
Winner 2002 US Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Elena Dementieva
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 2003 Australian Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2003 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–7(5), 6–2, 9–7
Runner-up 2003 Wimbledon Grass Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Winner 2003 U.S. Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–2
Winner 2004 Australian Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2004 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 6–3
Winner 2004 U.S. Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 7–5
Winner 2005 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2006 Wimbledon Grass Argentina Paola Suárez China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
6–3, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 2008 French Open Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Australia Casey Dellacqua
Italy Francesca Schiavone
2–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 2009 French Open Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–1, 6–1

Mixed doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 2001 French Open Clay Spain Tomás Carbonell Brazil Jaime Oncins
Argentina Paola Suárez
7–5, 6–3

WTA Tour Finals[edit]

Singles 3 (3–0)[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 (0/0)
Tier IV & V (3/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 18 May 1997 Cardiff Clay France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret 6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 2. 26 April 1998 Budapest Clay Italy Silvia Farina Elia 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 12 October 2003 Tashkent Hard Japan Saori Obata 6–2, 7–6(2)

Doubles 78 (43–35)[edit]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (10/6)
Olympic Gold (0/2)
WTA Championships (1/0)
Tier I (11/11) Premier Mandatory (0/0)
Tier II (5/6) Premier 5 (0/0)
Tier III (7/4) Premier (1/0)
Tier IV & V (8/5) International (0/1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 18 January 1998 Hobart Hard Argentina Paola Suárez France Julie Halard-Decugis
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7–6(6), 6–3
Winner 2. 26 April 1998 Budapest Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Romania Cătălina Cristea
Argentina Laura Montalvo
4–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 3. 10 May 1998 Rome Clay Argentina Paola Suárez South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(1), 6–4
Runner-up 1. 25 April 1999 Budapest Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Russia Evgenia Kulikovskaya
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sandra Načuk
6–3, 6–4
Winner 4. 23 May 1999 Madrid Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Argentina María-Fernanda Landa
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6–2, 0–6, 6–0
Winner 5. 23 April 2000 Hilton Head Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 11 June 2000 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Switzerland Martina Hingis
France Mary Pierce
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 10 July 2000 Palermo Clay Romania Ruxandra Dragomir Italy Silvia Farina Elia
Italy Rita Grande
6–4, 0–6, 7–6(6)
Winner 6. 23 July 2000 Sopot Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Italy Rita Grande
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 21 August 2000 New Haven Hard Argentina Paola Suárez France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 7 January 2001 Hobart Hard Romania Ruxandra Dragomir Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Zimbabwe Cara Black
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 4 March 2001 Acapulco Clay Argentina Paola Suárez 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 Argentina Paola Suárez United States Nicole Arendt
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 22 April 2001 Charleston Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
5–7, 7–6(5), 6–3
Winner 7. 20 May 2001 Antwerp Clay Belgium Els Callens Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 26 May 2001 Madrid Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 2–6, 7–6(4)
Winner 9. 10 June 2001 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
Winner 10. 22 July 2001 Knokke-Heist Clay Spain Magüi Serna Romania Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie
Romania Andreea Vanc
6–4, 6–3
Winner 11. 24 February 2002 Bogotá Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Slovenia Tina Križan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–1
Winner 12. 3 March 2002 Acapulco Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Slovenia Tina Križan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 1 April 2002 Miami Hard Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7–6(4), 6–7(4), 6–3
Winner 13. 19 May 2002 Rome Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 6–4
Winner 14. 9 June 2002 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 24 June 2002 Wimbledon Grass Argentina Paola Suárez United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 7–5
Winner 15. 18 August 2002 Montreal Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Japan Rika Fujiwara
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 7–6(4)
Winner 16. 8 September 2002 US Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Elena Dementieva
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
Winner 17. 14 September 2002 Bahia Hard Argentina Paola Suárez France Émilie Loit
Paraguay Rossana de los Ríos
6–4, 6–1
Winner 18. 29 September 2002 Bali Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 13 January 2003 Australian Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 19. 13 April 2003 Charleston Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Slovakia Janette Husárová
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 12. 20 April 2003 Amelia Island Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
7–5, 6–2
Winner 20. 11 May 2003 Berlin Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 13. 8 June 2003 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–7(5), 6–2, 9–7
Runner-up 14. 6 July 2003 Wimbledon Grass Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Winner 21. 23 August 2003 New Haven Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Australia Alicia Molik
Spain Magüi Serna
7–6(6), 6–3
Winner 22. 7 September 2003 US Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 19 October 2003 Zürich Hard (i) Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
7–6(3), 6–2
Winner 23. 10 November 2003 Los Angeles Hard (i) Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 16. 5 January 2004 Auckland Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić
Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić
7–6(6), 3–6, 6–1
Winner 24. 1 February 2004 Australian Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Winner 25. 21 March 2004 Indian Wells Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–2
Winner 26. 18 April 2004 Charleston Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Martina Navratilova
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 17. 10 May 2004 Rome Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
2–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 27. 3 June 2004 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 18. 19 July 2004 Los Angeles Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
6–7(2), 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 26 July 2004 San Diego Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 20. 22 August 2004 Olympic Games Hard Spain Conchita Martínez China Sun Tiantian
China Li Ting
6–3, 6–3
Winner 28. 11 September 2004 US Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 21. 17 October 2004 Moscow Carpet Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Anastasia Myskina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 22. 24 October 2004 Zürich Hard (i) Argentina Paola Suárez Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–4
Winner 29. 31 October 2004 Luxembourg City Hard (i) Argentina Paola Suárez United States Jill Craybas
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6–1, 6–7(1), 6–3
Winner 30. 5 March 2005 Dubai Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Australia Alicia Molik
6–7(7), 6–2, 6–1
Winner 31. 19 March 2005 Indian Wells Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(3), 6–1
Winner 32. 17 April 2005 Charleston Clay Spain Conchita Martínez Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
6–1, 6–4
Winner 33. 4 June 2005 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 34. 7 August 2005 San Diego Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–7(7), 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 23. 15 August 2005 Toronto Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Martina Navratilova
5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 24. 9 October 2005 Bangkok Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Argentina Gisela Dulko
6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 25. 30 October 2005 Linz Hard (i) Spain Conchita Martínez Argentina Gisela Dulko
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 26. 17 January 2006 Sydney Hard Argentina Paola Suárez United States Corina Morariu
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 27. 18 March 2006 Indian Wells Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 28. 16 April 2006 Charleston Clay United States Meghann Shaughnessy United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
3–6, 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 29. 8 July 2006 Wimbledon Grass Argentina Paola Suárez China Zheng Jie
China Yan Zi
6–3, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 35. 13 August 2006 Los Angeles Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–4
Winner 36. 24 September 2006 Beijing Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Anna Chakvetadze
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–4
Winner 37. 1 October 2006 Seoul Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Chinese Taipei Chia-jung Chuang
Argentina Mariana Díaz Oliva
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 30. 13 January 2007 Hobart Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 31. 9 April 2007 Amelia Island Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Italy Mara Santangelo
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–3, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 32. 18 June 2007 ‘s-Hertogenbosch Grass Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-Jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-Jung
7–5, 6–2
Winner 38. 5 August 2007 Stockholm Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Chinese Taipei Chin-Wei Chan
Ukraine Tetiana Luzhanska
6–1, 5–7, [10–6]
Winner 39. 11 January 2008 Hobart Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Germany Jasmin Wöhr
6–2, 6–4
Winner 40. 6 June 2008 French Open Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Australia Casey Dellacqua
Italy Francesca Schiavone
2–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 33. 15 June 2008 Birmingham Grass France Séverine Brémond Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–2, 6–1
Winner 41. 27 July 2008 Portorož Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Russia Vera Dushevina
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 34. 17 August 2008 Olympic Games Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 35. 6 April 2009 Marbella Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
6–3, 6–3
Winner 42. 5 June 2009 French Open Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–1, 6–1
Winner 43. 22 May 2010 Warsaw Clay United States Meghann Shaughnessy Zimbabwe Cara Black
China Yan Zi
6–3, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Australian Open A A 1R A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R QF 2R 1R 4R 2R 3R 2R A
French Open LQ LQ LQ QF 1R 3R 3R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R LQ 1R 2R LQ
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 2R 4R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 2R LQ A
US Open 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R A A

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A A A A QF 2R 2R 2R QF 3R F W 1R QF 1R SF 3R 3R 1 / 14 32–13
French Open A A 1R 2R 2R A A 1R 2R 2R F W W F W W 2R QF W W 1R 6 / 17 55–11
Wimbledon A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 3R QF SF F F SF A F 3R 3R SF 2R 0 / 14 38–14
US Open A A 2R A 1R A 1R 2R SF 2R 1R 3R W W W SF QF 3R SF 3R A 3 / 16 42–13

Awards[edit]

  • Named WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year for third straight year for 2004 with partner Paola Suárez.
  • With partner Paola Suárez, received Premio Consagración Clarín al Mérito Deportivo 2003, an award presented to Argentine athletes for their achievements
  • With partner Paola Suárez, named 2002 WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year and 2002 ITF Women's Doubles World Champions
  • In 1993 helped Spain recapture the Fed Cup title and defended it in 1994

External links[edit]