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Catalina Castaño Álvarez (American Spanish: [kataˈlina kasˈtaɲo ˈalβares]; born 7 July 1979) is a retired tennis player from Colombia. Her highest singles WTA ranking of 35 she achieved in 2006.

Catalina Castaño
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Catalina Castaño at the 2013 French Open
Country (sports) Colombia
ResidencePereira
Born (1979-07-07) 7 July 1979 (age 40)
Pereira
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned proJanuary 1998
Retired2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,162,113
Singles
Career record421–369
Career titles0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 35 (10 July 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2006, 2008)
French Open2R (2001, 2005-07)
Wimbledon1R (2001, 2004–08)
US Open2R (2005)
Doubles
Career record118–161
Career titles1 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 71 (8 July 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2006, 2007)
French Open2R (2005, 2013)
Wimbledon3R (2008)
US Open2R (2006)
Team competitions
Fed Cup51-23

In her career, she won ten titles on the ITF Women's Circuit, six in singles, as well as one doubles title on tournaments of the WTA 125K series.

Castano has defeated top 20 players such as Nicole Vaidišová, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Patty Schnyder, Paola Suárez, Li Na and Lucie Šafářová. She was coached by Peruvian-born British citizen Pablo Giacopelli since 2004.

Career summaryEdit

1999–2004Edit

In 1999 she won her first ITF title in Santiago. The following year she won two ITF titles in Midlothian and Cali. In 2001, she reached the quarterfinals in her home tournament of Bogotá, Colombia (Tier III). In 2002, Castaño advanced the semifinals in Bogotá. She reached four ITF finals, winning two of them - in Gorizia and Campobasso. She won 39 matches in the year and lost 18. In 2004, she reached the quarterfinals in Bogotá for the third time. She also has the distinction of being the last player to be defeated by Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in the ladies singles, losing the match 0–6, 1–6. She won her sixth ITF title in Orbetello.

2005Edit

In April, she won five matches in Miami (Tier I) including back-to-back wins over world No. 19 Paola Suárez and world No. 13 Patty Schnyder, before falling to world No. 9 Venus Williams in three sets in the round of 16. In May, she won four matches in Rome (Tier I) before losing to world No. 10 Vera Zvonareva in the round of 16. In August, she reached reached her first ever WTA Tour final in Budapest. She lost to the top seed Anna Smashnova in the final, in straight sets. In October, she reached the semifinals in Seoul (Tier IV) but lost to the eventual champion Nicole Vaidišová.

2006Edit

She commenced January with a semifinal showing in Canberra (Tier IV) and passed the first round of the Australian Open for the first time. In Charleston in mid April, Catalina reached her first Tier I quarterfinal after she defeated Ashley Harkleroad, Nicole Vaidišová and Marion Bartoli. Her twi-sets win over Vaidišová, who was ranked 14 at the time, was her best win of the year. The following week in Berlin, Catalina beat Anna-Lena Grönefeld, who was ranked 14 at the time. It was Catalina's second win over a top 15 player in as many weeks. In May, she reached the quarterfinals in Istanbul (Tier III) for the first time. She reached her highest ranking of No. 35 on July 16.

2007Edit

Catalina commenced the new season with a solid start, recording two quarterfinal appearances at the Gold Coast and Hobart in January. At the Gold Coast, she defeated Li Na who was ranked 21 at the time.

2014Edit

Castano retired from professional tennis after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 31 July 2005 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay   Anna Smashnova 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 22 July 2012 Swedish Open, Båstad Clay   Mariana Duque Mariño   Eva Hrdinová
  Mervana Jugić-Salkić
4–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Runner-up 1. 2 March 2013 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco Clay   Mariana Duque Mariño   Lourdes Domínguez Lino
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
4–6, 6–7(1–7)

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 17 February 2013 Cali, Colombia Clay   Lara Arruabarrena 3–6, 2–6

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 11 February 2013 Cali, Colombia Clay   Mariana Duque   Florencia Molinero
  Teliana Pereira
3–6, 6–1, [10–5]

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (6–7)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 29 March 1999 Santiago, Chile Clay   María Fernanda Landa 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 18 October 1999 Nashville, United States Hard   Florencia Labat 1–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 8 May 2000 Midlothian, Canada Clay   Evelyn Fauth 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 23 April 2000 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Clay   Milagros Sequera 4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 13 November 2000 Naples, United States Clay   Yvette Basting 0-4, 0-4, 2-4
Winner 3. 10 December 2000 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Fabiola Zuluaga 4-1 ret.
Runner-up 4. 14 October 2001 Hallandale Beach, United States Clay   Fabiola Zuluaga 6–3, 3–6, 4-3 ret.
Winner 4. 1 June 2003 Campobasso, Italy Clay   Nina Bratchikova 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 9 June 2003 Grado, Italy Clay   Martina Suchá 1–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 16 June 2003 Gorizia, Italy Clay   Michaela Paštiková 7–6(7-2), 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1 September 2003 Fano, Italy Clay   Cristina Torrens Valero 3–6, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 6. 29 June 2004 Orbetello, Italy Clay   Alona Bondarenko 2–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 24 June 2012 Montpellier, France Clay   Séverine Beltrame 2–6, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles (4–3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 14 September 1998 La Paz, Bolivia Clay   Carolina Mayorga   Laura Bernal
  Daniela Olivera
5–7, 7–6(7–5), 1–6
Winner 1. 24 January 2011 Bucaramanga, Colombia Clay   Viky Núñez Fuentes   Nathália Rossi
  Zuzana Zlochová
7–6(7–3), 6–1
Runner–up 2. 25 July 2011 Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay   Mariana Duque   Maria Abramović
  Nicole Clerico
3–6, 7–5, [7–10]
Winner 2. 17 January 2012 Plantation, United States Clay   Laura Thorpe   Jessica Pegula
  Ahsha Rolle
6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 22 October 2012 Poitiers, France Hard   Mervana Jugić-Salkić   Stéphanie Foretz Gacon
  Tatjana Maria
6–4, 5–7, [10–4]
Winner 4. 29 October 2012 Nantes, France Hard   Mervana Jugić-Salkić   Petra Cetkovská
  Renata Voráčová
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 12 May 2013 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Clay   Teliana Pereira   Vania King
  Arantxa Rus
6–4, 5–7, [8–10]

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R A A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
French Open A A 2R A A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R Q2 Q1 A A Q1 0 / 6 4–6
Wimbledon A A 1R A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A Q1 A A Q1 0 / 6 0–6
US Open A A 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R A Q1 Q3 A Q3 Q3 0 / 6 1–6
Olympic Games
  Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 1R Not Held A Not Held A NH 0 / 1 0–1
Premier Mandatory
Indian Wells A A A A A Q1 Q1 2R 1R 1R A A A A A 0 / 3 1–3
Miami A A Q1 Q1 A Q1 4R 1R 2R Q1 A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Beijing A A A A A Q2 A 1R Q3 A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Premier 5
Doha A A A A A A A A 1R A Not Held A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Rome A A A Q1 A A 3R 2R 2R Q2 A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Cincinnati Not Held A A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Premier
Charleston A A 1R A A 2R A QF A A Q2 2R A Q1 Q1 0 / 4 5–4
San Diego A A A A A A A A 1R Not Held Q1 A A A 0 / 1 0–1
International series
Brisbane A A A A A A A A QF A Q2 A A A A 0 / 1 2–1
Auckland A A A A A Q1 A 1R A Q1 A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Bogotá 1R 2R QF SF QF QF QF QF A QF 1R 2R QF 2R 1R 0 / 14 19–14
Acapulco Not Held Q2 A A A QF 2R A Q1 A 2R A Q3 1R 0 / 4 4–4
Budapest A A A A A A F QF A A A 2R A A A 0 / 3 7–3
Istanbul A A A A A A 1R QF QF A A A A A A 0 / 3 4–3
Quebec A A 2R A A A A A 1R A A A A A Q2 0 / 2 1–2
Barcelona Not Held A A A A 1R 1R A A A A NH 0 / 2 0–2
Seoul A A A A A 2R SF 2R QF A A A A Q3 A 0 / 4 7–4
Luxembourg A A A A A Q2 A A A 2R 1R A A Q1 A 0 / 2 1–2
WTA 125s
Cali Not Held A A A A 1R 1R F 0 / 3 4–3
Year-end ranking A 143 122 201 133 110 59 55 115 147 219 183 251 236 196 0 / 78 64-78

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 2R 2R A A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
French Open A A A A 2R 1R A 1R A A A A 2R 0 / 4 2–4
Wimbledon A A A A 1R A A 3R A A A A 1R 0 / 3 2–3
US Open A A A A 1R 2R A 1R A A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Olympic Games
  Summer Olympics Not Held 2R Not Held A Not Held A NH 0 / 1 1–1
Premier 5
Doha A A A A A A QF A Not Held A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Rome A A A A A A 2R A A A A A 2R 0 / 2 2–2
Cincinnati Not Held A A A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
International series
Bogotá QF QF 1R A QF 1R A 1R QF 1R A QF 1R 0 / 10 5–10
Acapulco A A A A A A A 1R A A A A F 0 / 2 3–2
Estoril A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Båstad Not Held A A A W A 1 / 0 4–0
Washington Not Held A A QF 0 / 1 1–1
Quebec A A A A A A 1R A A A A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2
WTA 125s
Cali Not Held A A A A 1R QF W 1 / 2 5–2
Year-end ranking 316 361 A 305 236 144 91 163 280 455 238 96 104 2 / 33 29–33

Head-to-head records against other playersEdit

Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

* statistics correct as of June 10, 2013

External linksEdit