Paola Suárez

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Paola Suárez
Paola Suarez.JPG
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceMunro
Born (1976-06-23) 23 June 1976 (age 43)
Pergamino
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1 March 1991
Retired2007, 2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,217,775
Singles
Career record371–239
Career titles4 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 9 (7 June 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2001)
French OpenSF (2004)
WimbledonQF (2004)
US OpenQF (2003)
Doubles
Career record513–192
Career titles44 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 1 (9 September 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2004)
French OpenW (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005)
WimbledonF (2002, 2003, 2006)
US OpenW (2002, 2003, 2004)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2002)
French OpenF (2001)
Wimbledon3R (2000, 2003)
US Open2R (2000, 2003, 2007)

Paola Suárez (American Spanish: [paˈola ˈswaɾes]; born 23 June 1976) is a retired tennis player from Argentina. 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.

Career[edit]

Suárez began playing professional tennis at the age of 15. In 1994, she joined the professional tour as a singles player.

Suárez won four WTA titles (2004 Canberra, 2003 Vienna, 1998 & 2001 Bogotá) and 12 other minor tournaments. In 2004, she reached her only Grand Slam singles semi-final by defeating the 18th seed and future Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, but lost to Elena Dementieva. That year, she reached her highest WTA ranking of No. 9, to become the highest-ranked Argentine women's player since Gabriela Sabatini achieved the No. 3 ranking in 1989. Also in 2004, she won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Athens for the women's doubles with Patricia Tarabini.

She had the best results in doubles, playing with Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain for 32 of her 39 titles. They won the French Open on four occasions, the US Open three times, the Australian Open in 2004. Suárez and Ruano Pascual were the No. 1 female pair for three consecutive years after 9 September 2002 aand were the WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2004. They also reached nine straight Grand Slam finals, two short of Navratilova and Shriver's record of eleven.

In 2005, she announced her forthcoming retirement for personal reasons. In June 2005, she went on labrum hip clinical intervention, with a recovery time of three to four months. She restarted playing in Sydney in January 2006 with Ruano Pascual, reaching the final, but suffered a calf injury short after. Later that year, she also reached the final of Wimbledon with Ruano Pascual, marking her third appearance in a final there.

Suárez returned to the circuit with a victory over Dinara Safina, ranked No. 15, in the San Diego singles tournament.

On 1 September 2007, Suárez retired after losing in the mixed doubles second round at the US Open. She partnered Kevin Ullyett and lost to Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber, 5–7, 4–6.

She briefly returned to the WTA doubles tour in 2012, partnering her fellow Argentinian Gisela Dulko. The pair played at the London Summer Olympics but lost in the first round.[1][2][3]

In her career, Suárez earned more than $5.2 million, with four singles titles on the WTA Tour, and eight doubles Grand Slam titles.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Doubles: 14 (8–6)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2000 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Switzerland Martina Hingis
France Mary Pierce
2–6, 4–6
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
2–6, 5–7
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
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2003 French Open Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
7–6(7–5), 2–6, 7–9
Runner-up 2003 Wimbledon Grass Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 4–6
Winner 2003 US Open Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–3
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 US 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
3–6, 6–3, 2–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (0–2)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
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 games[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

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

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles 8 (4–4)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (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 Score
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(12–10), 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(1–7), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 14 June 2003 Vienna Clay Croatia Karolina Šprem 7–6(7–0), 2–6, 6–4
Winner 4. 17 January 2004 Canberra Hard Italy Silvia Farina Elia 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)

Doubles: 69 (44–25)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (8–6)
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(5–7), 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 18 January 1998 Hobart Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual France Julie Halard-Decugis
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7–6(8–6), 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
w/o
Winner 6. 10 May 1998 Rome Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(7–1), 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(7–5)
Winner 8. 23 May 1999 Madrid Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Argentina María 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), 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(7–5), 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), 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(7–5), 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(7–4)
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(7–4), 6–7(4–7), 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(7–4)
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(5–7), 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(8–6), 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(7–3), 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(8–6), 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(1–7), 6–3
Winner 37. 5 March 2005 Dubai Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Australia Alicia Molik
6–7(7–9), 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(7–3), 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 Chuang Chia-jung
Argentina Mariana Díaz Oliva
6–2, 6–3
Winner 43. 6 January 2007 Auckland Hard Slovakia Janette Husárová Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
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]

Grand Slam 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

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

Record against top-10 players[edit]

Suárez's match record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been ranked No. 1 in boldface

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suárez Back On Court, Plays First Match Back Archived 20 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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