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Gabriela Paz Franco (born 30 September 1991 in Valencia) is a retired Venezuelan tennis player.[1]

Gabriela Paz
Country (sports) Venezuela
ResidenceMiami, United States
Born (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 27)
Valencia, Venezuela
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Turned pro2006
RetiredMay 2015
PlaysRight handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$50,848
Singles
Career record144–61
Career titles8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 230 (6 April 2009)
Doubles
Career record36–22
Career titles3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 299 (23 July 2012)
Team competitions
Fed Cup4–3

She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 230. On 23 July 2012, she peaked at No. 299 in the doubles ranking. In her career, Paz won eight singles and three doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.

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CareerEdit

As a junior, she reached a caree-high ranking of world No. 10. She was the runner-up of the girls' singles tournament at the 2008 US Open, where she lost to wildcard CoCo Vandeweghe.[2]

Paz first played for Venezuela in the Fed Cup in 2012, playing in all five matches, winning four of her five singles and losing both doubles, partnered by Adriana Pérez.[3][4]

Her most recent WTA event was at the 2012 Citi Open in Washington, D.C. where she entered the tournament ranked No. 280 in the world. She played in the qualifying, beating Allie Klick in the first round, and then lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito in the final round of qualifying.

In May 2015, Gabriela Paz confirmed her retirement from professional tennis, saying she wanted to become a coach.

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 10 (8–2)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1 27 May 2007 El Paso, United States Hard   Helena Bešović 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 1 1 July 2007 Edmond, United States Hard   Jelena Pandžić 6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2 22 July 2007 Wichita, United States Hard   Jelena Pandžić 4–6, 4–6
Winner 2 18 January 2009 Boca Raton, United States Clay   Sharon Fichman 6–4, 7–6 (7–4)
Winner 3 8 March 2009 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard   Ekaterina Dzehalevich 1–6, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 4 25 July 2010 Evansville, United States Hard   Chiara Scholl 6–4, 6–0
Winner 5 1 August 2010 St. Joseph, United States Hard   Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6–1, 6–4
Winner 6 28 April 2012 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Gabriela Cé 6–4, 6–2
Winner 7 5 May 2012 São José dos Campos, Brazil Clay   Alizé Lim 6–4, 6–4
Winner 8 13 May 2012 Brasília, Brazil Clay   Andrea Koch Benvenuto 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 6 (3–3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Runner-up 1 24 July 2010 Evansville, United States Hard   Anastasia Kharchenko   Brynn Boren
  Sabrina Santamaria
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2 31 July 2010 St. Joseph, United States Hard   Noppawan Lertcheewakarn   Maria Sanchez
  Ellen Tsay
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Runner–up 3 23 October 2011 Rock Hill, United States Hard   Madison Brengle   Maria Abramović
  Roxane Vaisemberg
3–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Winner 1 27 April 2012 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Ana Clara Duarte   Gabriela Cé
  Carla Forte
5–7, 6–3, 10–5
Winner 2 4 May 2012 São José dos Campos, Brazil Clay   María Fernanda Álvarez Terán   Carla Forte
  Laura Pigossi
6–0, 6–3
Winner 3 12 May 2012 Brasília, Brazil Clay   María Fernanda Álvarez Terán   Alizé Lim
  Aleksandrina Naydenova
6–2, 6–4

Junior Grand Slam finals (0–1)Edit

No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
1 7 September 2008 US Open Hard   CoCo Vandeweghe 6–7(3–7), 1–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100069340
  2. ^ Bruno, Drew (25 July 2010). "Paz hopes to create better memories in tournament – Venezuelan native playing for singles title". Evansville Courier & Press. Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  3. ^ Gabriela Paz at the Fed Cup
  4. ^ "Venezuela superó a Bahamas en el torneo de tenis de la Fed Cup". Deportivas. Venezolana de Televisión. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.

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