Yola Ramírez

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Yola Ramírez
Full nameYolanda Ramírez Ochoa
Country (sports) Mexico
Born (1935-03-01) 1 March 1935 (age 84)
Mexico, DF, Mexico
Highest rankingNo. 6 (1961)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenF (1960, 1961)
WimbledonQF (1959, 1961)
US OpenQF (1961, 1963)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenW (1958)
WimbledonSF (1957, 1958, 1959)
US OpenF (1961)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1962)
French OpenW (1958)
WimbledonSF (1959)

Yolanda 'Yola' Ramírez Ochoa (born 1 March 1935) is an internationally renowned tennis player active in the 1950s and 1960s. She is not related to Raúl Ramírez, a Mexican player of the 1970's and 1980's.


Ramírez was a singles finalist at the French Championships in 1960 and 1961. She lost the 1960 final to Darlene Hard and the 1961 final to Ann Haydon. She also was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 1959 and 1961, a quarterfinalist at the 1961 and 1963 U.S. Championships, a semifinalist at the 1962 Australian Championships, a semifinalist at the 1959 Italian Championships, and a finalist in Monte Carlo in 1959. Ochoa won the German Championships in 1957 and was a finalist in 1961.

Ramirez teamed with Rosie Reyes to win the women's doubles title at the 1958 French Championships and to reach the final at the 1957 and 1959 French Championships. She teamed with Billy Knight to win the mixed doubles title at the 1959 French Championships. With Edda Buding, she reached the women's doubles final at the 1961 U.S. Championships. She also won the women's doubles titles at the Italian Championships and in Monte Carlo, both in 1960.

At the tournament in Cincinnati, Ramirez won the singles title in 1956 and the doubles title (with Sara Mae Turber) in 1955. She was a doubles finalist in 1956.

In 1959 she won the South of France Championships in Nice, France.

Ramírez won the singles titles at the 1960 Mexico National Championships and the 1961 Caribbean Lawn Tennis Championship.

During her career, Ramírez had wins over Billie Jean King (in the second round of Wimbledon in 1961, which was King's first appearance at the tournament), Jones, and Christine Truman Janes.

According to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Ramírez was ranked in the world top 10 in 1957 and from 1959 through 1961, reaching a career high of world no. 6 in 1961.[1]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1960 French Championships Clay United States Darlene Hard 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1961 French Championships Clay United Kingdom Ann Haydon 2–6, 1–6

Doubles (1 title, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1957 French Championships Clay Mexico Rosie Reyes United Kingdom Shirley Bloomer
United States Darlene Hard
5–7, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 1958 French Championships Clay Mexico Rosie Reyes Australia Mary Bevis Hawton
Australia Thelma Coyne Long
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 1959 French Championships Clay Mexico Rosie Reyes South Africa Sandra Reynolds
South Africa Renée Schuurman
6–2, 0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1961 US Open Grass West Germany Edda Buding United States Darlene Hard
Australia Lesley Turner
4–6, 7–5, 0–6

Mixed doubles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1959 French Championships Clay United Kingdom Billy Knight Australia Rod Laver
South Africa Renée Schuurman
6–4, 6–4

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 Career SR
Australian Championships A A A A A A A SF A 0 / 1
French Championships A A 3R 4R 4R F F A 2R 0 / 6
Wimbledon A A 2R 3R QF 3R QF A 1R 0 / 6
U.S. Championships 3R 1R A A A A QF A QF 0 / 4
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 17

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 703. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.

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