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Clarisa Fernández (born 28 August 1981) is a retired Argentine tennis player who is best known for her semi-final appearance at the 2002 French Open, the first Argentine since Sabatini in 1992 to reach that stage.[1] Fernández was ranked 87th in the world[2] at the time of her shocking result. She defeated, in order: (Q) Lubomira Bacheva, Jelena Kostanić, Kim Clijsters, (13) Elena Dementieva, Paola Suárez, before losing to second-seeded Venus Williams in straight sets.

Clarisa Fernández
Clarisa Fernandez.jpg
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceCórdoba, Argentina
Born (1981-08-28) 28 August 1981 (age 37)
Córdoba, Argentina
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Turned pro1998
Retired2008
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$678,184
Singles
Career record228–130
Career titles0 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 26 (31 March 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2003)
French OpenSF (2002)
Wimbledon2R (2002, 2006)
US Open1R (2002, 2003, 2006)
Doubles
Career record75–48
Career titles0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 111 (9 June 2003)
Clarisa Fernández
Medal record
Pan American Games
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Winnipeg Women's Doubles

Fernández is a crafty left-handed player.[3] She turned professional in 1998,[4] and did not have much success before her appearance at the French Open. She has six ITF titles to her name, including one in 2006. Since 2003, Fernández has been plagued with injuries. She has suffered from tendinitis in her left shoulder, an injury to her left wrist, and to her right knee. Fernández enjoys playing on hard and grass courts. She was coached by Leonardo Lerda.[5] Her tennis inspirations are Pete Sampras and Martina Navratilova.

In April 2008, Fernández announced her retirement from professional tennis after a lengthy battle with knee injuries.[5]

Contents

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles Finals: 10 (7-3)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 12 October 1997 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay   Celeste Contín 7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 5 October 1998 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay   Zsófia Gubacsi 6-0, 3-6, 4-6
Winner 3. 18 July 1999 Sezze, Italy Clay   Mihaela Moldovan 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 20 September 1999 Thessaloniki, Greece Carpet   Eleni Daniilidou 2-6, 2-6
Winner 5. 7 January 2001 São Paulo, Brazil Hard   Seda Noorlander 6–3, 6–1
Winner 6. 8 July 2001 Orbetello, Italy Clay   Martina Suchá 6–4, 2–6, 7–5
Winner 7. 23 January 2005 Miami, United States Hard   Xie Yanze 6–4, 6–2
Winner 8. 5 March 2006 Clearwater, United States Hard   Alberta Brianti 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 9. 15 October 2006 San Francisco, United States Hard   Ashley Harkleroad 2-6, 3-6
Winner 10. 25 November 2007 Mexico City, Mexico Hard   Julia Cohen 6–1, 6–2

Doubles Finals: 10 (6-4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 21 June 1999 Orbetello, Italy Clay   Mariana Díaz Oliva   Maria Goloviznina
  Anastasia Myskina
6-4, 6-2
Runner-up 2. 5 September 1999 Spoleto, Italy Clay   Francesca Schiavone   Debby Haak
  Andrea van den Hurk
1-6, 1-6
Runner-up 3. 14 November 1999 Monterrey, Mexico Hard   Alice Canepa   Rossana de los Ríos
  Mariana Díaz Oliva
6-4, 6-7(6-8), 3-6
Runner-up 4. 10 December 2000 Bogotá, Colombia Hard   Conchita Martínez   Joana Cortez
  Mariana Díaz Oliva
6-3, 1-6, 2-6
Winner 5. 7 January 2001 São Paulo, Brazil Hard   Romina Ottoboni   Miriam D'Agostini
  Vanessa Menga
6-1, 7-6(8-6)
Winner 6. 29 January 2001 Clearwater, United States Hard   Joana Cortez   Evgenia Kulikovskaya
  Jolene Watanabe
6-1, 7-5
Runner-up 7. 15 April 2001 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Clay   Joana Cortez   Eugenia Chialvo
  Conchita Martínez Granados
7-6(3-7), 1-6, 1-6
Winner 8. 13 August 2001 Bronx, United States Hard   Rika Fujiwara   Kristie Boogert
  Els Callens
2–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
Winner 9. 7 October 2001 Fresno, United States Hard   Samantha Reeves   Ashley Harkleroad
  Marie-Ève Pelletier
6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Winner 10. 27 March 2005 San Luis Potosi, Mexico Clay   Lourdes Domínguez Lino   Joana Cortez
  Tomoko Yonemura
6-2, 6-2

Record against top 10 playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "THREE AMERICANS AND AN ARGENTINE". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Venus, Serena roll, reach first French semis". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  3. ^ "tennis: Fernandez's first 4.25; Debut in final four". The Daily Post. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Clarisa Fernandez Player profile". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Fernández Announces Retirement". Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Retrieved 20 May 2010.

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