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Laura Arraya (born 12 January 1964) is a retired Peruvian tennis player. She was also known by her married name, Laura Gildemeister.

Laura Arraya
Country (sports) Peru
ResidenceLima, Peru
Born (1964-01-12) 12 January 1964 (age 55)
Córdoba, Argentina
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) [1]
Turned pro1983
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,002,294
Singles
Career record245–207
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 14 (12 March 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1991, 1992, 1993)
French Open4R (1984, 1986, 1990)
WimbledonQF (1991)
US Open3R (1990)
Doubles
Career record148–170
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 27 (28 March 1988)

CareerEdit

At a young age, Argentine-born Arraya emigrated to Peru with her family and acquired Peruvian nationality. She later represented Peru in international matches. Her best result in a Grand Slam was a quarterfinal at Wimbledon in 1991. Her brother Pablo Arraya is also a former tennis player, who reached the top 30 in the Association of Tennis Professionals rankings. In 1984, Arraya married to a Chilean tennis player Heinz Gildemeister,[1] but they later divorced.

At present, she directs a tennis academy in the Peruvian capital of Lima as well as in Key Biscayne together with her brother Pablo.[2]

When she won the OTB Open in July 1989,[3] she became the first mother since Evonne Goolagong to win a Women's Tennis Association tournament.

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles: 10 (4–6)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (1–1)
Tier V (1–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Others (2–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–3)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 18 October 1982 Tokyo Hard   Pilar Vásquez 3–6, 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 1. 11 July 1983 Freiburg Clay   Catherine Tanvier 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 10 October 1983 Tokyo Hard   Lisa Bonder 1–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 2 April 1984 Miami Clay   Petra Huber 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 23 April 1984 Orlando Clay   Martina Navratilova 0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 18 March 1985 São Paulo Clay   Mercedes Paz 7–5, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 24 July 1989 Schenectady Hard   Marianne Werdel 6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 23 October 1989 San Juan Hard   Gigi Fernández 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 6 August 1990 Albuquerque Hard   Jana Novotná 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 3 February 1992 Osaka Carpet (I)   Helena Suková 2–6, 6–4, 1–6

Doubles: 10 (1–9)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV (0–1)
Tier V (0–0)
Virginia Slims (1–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–4)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–5)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 25 March 1985 Palm Beach Gardens Clay   Gabriela Sabatini   JoAnne Russell
  Anne Smith
6–1, 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 2. 14 October 1985 Tokyo Hard   Beth Herr   Belinda Cordwell
  Julie Richardson
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 4 November 1985 Tampa Hard   Lisa Bonder   Carling Bassett
  Gabriela Sabatini
0–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. 21 April 1986 Isle of Palms Clay   Marcela Skuherská   Sandra Cecchini
  Sabrina Goleš
6–4, 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 8 December 1986 São Paulo Clay   Petra Huber   Neige Dias
  Pat Medrado
6–4, 4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 1. 30 March 1987 Isle of Palms Clay   Tine Scheuer-Larsen   Mercedes Paz
  Candy Reynolds
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 18 May 1987 Geneva Clay   Catherine Tanvier   Betsy Nagelsen
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 14 August 1989 Mahwah Hard   Louise Allen   Steffi Graf
  Pam Shriver
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 16 April 1990 Tampa Clay   Sandra Cecchini   Mercedes Paz
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 9. 16 September 1991 Tokyo Hard   Carrie Cunningham   Mary Joe Fernández
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 3–6

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A A NH A A A A 2R 2R 2R 0 / 3
French Open A 1R 1R 4R 2R 4R 1R A 2R 4R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 11
Wimbledon A A A 1R A 1R 3R A 3R 3R QF 3R 1R 0 / 8
US Open 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R A 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 0 / 12
SR 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 34
Year End Ranking 116 69 51 34 63 33 45 NR 19 21 24 45 71

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Laura Gildemeister". Munzinger.
  2. ^ Official website Tennis Arraya
  3. ^ See her profile at the Women's Tennis Association

External linksEdit