Paola Suárez

Paola Suárez

Paola Suárez
Country (sports)  Argentina
Residence Munro, Argentina
Born (1976-06-23) 23 June 1976
Pergamino, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1 March 1991
Retired 2007-2011; 2014
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $5,217,775
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 513 - 192
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)
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)

Paola Suárez (born 23 June 1976) is a retired professional tennis player. She was one of the most prominent women's doubles players throughout the early and mid-2000s, winning eight Grand Slam titles, all of them with Virginia Ruano Pascual, and holding the No. 1 doubles ranking for 87 non-consecutive weeks. She was also a singles semifinalist at the 2004 French Open.

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Significant finals 2
    • Grand Slam finals 2.1
      • Doubles: 14 (8–6) 2.1.1
      • Mixed doubles: 2 (0–2) 2.1.2
    • Olympic finals 2.2
      • Doubles: 1 (1–0) 2.2.1
  • WTA Tour finals 3
    • Singles 8 (4–4) 3.1
    • Doubles 69 (44–25) 3.2
  • Singles Performance Timeline 4
  • Women's Doubles Performance Timeline 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Career

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, however, that she became an international figure in her sport, by reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.

Suárez won four WTA titles (2004 Canberra, 2003 Vienna, 1998 & 2001 Bogotá) and 12 other minor tournaments. In 2004, Suárez 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, Suárez became the highest-ranked Argentine women's player since Gabriela 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.

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

On 1 September 2007, Suárez 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.

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

Suárez retired from professional tennis in 2014.

Significant finals

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 14 (8–6)

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

Mixed doubles: 2 (0–2)

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

Olympic finals

Doubles: 1 (1–0)

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

WTA Tour finals

Singles 8 (4–4)

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 Sonya Jeyaseelan 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 17 May 1999 Madrid Clay Lindsay Davenport 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 20 February 2000 São Paulo Clay Rita Kuti-Kis 4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 7 January 2001 Auckland Hard Meilen Tu 7–6(12–10), 6–2
Winner 2. 25 February 2001 Bogotá Clay Rita Kuti-Kis 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 3 March 2002 Acapulco Clay Katarina Srebotnik 6–7(1–7), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 14 June 2003 Vienna Clay Karolina Šprem 7–6(7–0), 2–6, 6–4
Winner 4. 17 January 2004 Canberra Hard Silvia Farina Elia 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)

Doubles 69 (44–25)

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 Laura Montalvo Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
Alexandra Fusai
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 18 January 1998 Hobart Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Julie Halard-Decugis
Janette Husárová
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Winner 3. 22 February 1998 Bogotá Clay Janette Husárová Melissa Mazzotta
Ekaterina Sysoeva
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 4. 26 April 1998 Budapest Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Cătălina Cristea
Laura Montalvo
4–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 5. 3 May 1998 Bol Clay Laura Montalvo Joannette Kruger
Mirjana Lučić
walkover
Winner 6. 10 May 1998 Rome Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Amanda Coetzer
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(7–1), 6–4
Winner 7. 12 July 1998 Maria Lankowitz Clay Laura Montalvo Tina Križan
Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 21 February 1999 Bogotá Clay Laura Montalvo Christína Papadáki
Seda Noorlander
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 8. 23 May 1999 Madrid Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Maria Fernanda Landa
Marlene Weingärtner
6–2, 0–6, 6–0
Winner 9. 18 July 1999 Sopot Clay Laura Montalvo Gala León García
María Sánchez Lorenzo
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 10 October 1999 São Paulo Clay Laura Montalvo Janette Husárová
Florencia Labat
6–7(1–7), 7–5, 7–5
Winner 11. 20 February 2000 Bogotá Clay Laura Montalvo Rita Kuti-Kis
Petra Mandula
6–4, 6–2
Winner 12. 27 February 2000 São Paulo Clay Laura Montalvo Janette Husárová
Florencia Labat
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 13. 23 April 2000 Hilton Head Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Conchita Martínez
Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 11 June 2000 French Open Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Martina Hingis
Mary Pierce
6–2, 6–4
Winner 14. 16 July 2000 Klagenfurt Clay Laura Montalvo Barbara Schett
Patty Schnyder
7–6(7–5), 6–1
Winner 15. 23 July 2000 Sopot Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Åsa Carlsson
Rita Grande
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 21 August 2000 New Haven Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Julie Halard-Decugis
Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 8 October 2000 Tokyo Hard Nana Miyagi Julie Halard-Decugis
Ai Sugiyama
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 19 February 2001 Bogotá Clay Laura Montalvo Tathiana Garbin
Janette Husárová
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 4 March 2001 Acapulco Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Anabel Medina Garrigues
María José Martínez Sánchez
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
Runner-up 7. 11 March 2001 Indian Wells Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Nicole Arendt
Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 22 April 2001 Charleston Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Runner-up 9. 20 May 2001 Rome Clay Patricia Tarabini Cara Black
Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–1
Winner 16. 26 May 2001 Madrid Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 2–6, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 17. 10 June 2001 French Open Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Jelena Dokić
Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
Winner 18. 15 July 2001 Vienna Clay Patricia Tarabini Vanessa Henke
Lenka Němečková
6–4, 6–2
Winner 19. 24 February 2002 Bogotá Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Tina Križan
Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–1
Winner 20. 3 March 2002 Acapulco Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Tina Križan
Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 1 April 2002 Miami Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Winner 21. 19 May 2002 Rome Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Conchita Martínez
Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 6–4
Winner 22. 9 June 2002 French Open Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 24 June 2002 Wimbledon Grass Virginia Ruano Pascual Serena Williams
Venus Williams
6–2, 7–5
Winner 23. 18 August 2002 Montreal Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Rika Fujiwara
Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 24. 8 September 2002 US Open Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Elena Dementieva
Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
Winner 25. 14 September 2002 Bahia Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Émilie Loit
Rossana de los Ríos
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 12. 24 September 2002 Leipzig Carpet Janette Husárová Alexandra Stevenson
Serena Williams
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 13. 13 October 2002 Filderstadt Hard (i) Meghann Shaughnessy Lindsay Davenport
Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 13 January 2003 Australian Open Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Serena Williams
Venus Williams
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 26. 13 April 2003 Charleston Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Janette Husárová
Conchita Martínez
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 20 April 2003 Amelia Island Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Lindsay Davenport
Lisa Raymond
7–5, 6–2
Winner 27. 11 May 2003 Berlin Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Kim Clijsters
Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 8 June 2003 French Open Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Kim Clijsters
Ai Sugiyama
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–7
Runner-up 17. 6 July 2003 Wimbledon Grass Virginia Ruano Pascual Kim Clijsters
Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Winner 28. 23 August 2003 New Haven Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Alicia Molik
Magüi Serna
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Winner 29. 7 September 2003 US Open Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Svetlana Kuznetsova
Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 18. 19 October 2003 Zürich Hard (i) Virginia Ruano Pascual Kim Clijsters
Ai Sugiyama
7–6(7–3), 6–2
Winner 30. 10 November 2003 Los Angeles Hard (i) Virginia Ruano Pascual Kim Clijsters
Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 5 January 2004 Auckland Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Mervana Jugić-Salkić
Jelena Kostanić Tošić
7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–1
Winner 31. 1 February 2004 Australian Open Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Svetlana Kuznetsova
Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Winner 32. 21 March 2004 Indian Wells Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Svetlana Kuznetsova
Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–2
Winner 33. 18 April 2004 Charleston Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Martina Navratilova
Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 20. 10 May 2004 Rome Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Nadia Petrova
Meghann Shaughnessy
2–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 34. 3 June 2004 French Open Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Svetlana Kuznetsova
Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 21. 26 July 2004 San Diego Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Cara Black
Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 35. 11 September 2004 US Open Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Svetlana Kuznetsova
Martina Navratilova
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 22. 17 October 2004 Moscow Carpet Virginia Ruano Pascual Anastasia Myskina
Vera Zvonareva
6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 23. 24 October 2004 Zürich Hard (i) Virginia Ruano Pascual Cara Black
Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–4
Winner 36. 31 October 2004 Luxembourg City Hard (i) Virginia Ruano Pascual Jill Craybas
Marlene Weingärtner
6–1, 6–7(1–7), 6–3
Winner 37. 5 March 2005 Dubai Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Svetlana Kuznetsova
Alicia Molik
6–7(7), 6–2, 6–1
Winner 38. 19 March 2005 Indian Wells Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Nadia Petrova
Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(3), 6–1
Winner 39. 4 June 2005 French Open Clay Virginia Ruano Pascual Cara Black
Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 24. 17 January 2006 Sydney Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Corina Morariu
Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 25. 8 July 2006 Wimbledon Grass Virginia Ruano Pascual Zheng Jie
Yan Zi
6–3, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 40. 13 August 2006 Los Angeles Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Daniela Hantuchová
Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–4
Winner 41. 24 September 2006 Beijing Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Anna Chakvetadze
Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–4
Winner 42. 1 October 2006 Seoul Hard Virginia Ruano Pascual Chia-jung Chuang
Mariana Díaz-Oliva
6–2, 6–3
Winner 43. 6 January 2007 Auckland Hard Janette Husárová Su-Wei Hsieh
Shikha Uberoi
6–0, 6–2
Winner 44. 25 February 2007 Bogotá Clay Lourdes Domínguez Lino Flavia Pennetta
Roberta Vinci
1–6, 6–3, [11–9]

Singles Performance Timeline

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

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

References

  1. ^ Suárez Back On Court, Plays First Match Back
  2. ^ http://www.london2012.com/tennis/event/women-doubles/phase=tew002500/index.html
  3. ^ http://www.london2012.com/athlete/suarez-paola-1087942/

External links