María José Llorca

María José Llorca (born 3 March 1970) is a former professional tennis player from Spain.

María José Llorca
Full nameMaría José Llorca
Country (sports) Spain
Born (1970-03-03) 3 March 1970 (age 49)
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$33,031
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 184 (26 October 1987)
Doubles
Highest rankingNo. 157 (9 May 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open1R (1988)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open1R (1988)

BiographyEdit

Llorca is originally from Valencia and was trained in Barcelona as a junior.[1]

A a right-handed player, she appeared in a total of four Federation Cup ties for Spain, the first two in 1986 when she was still only 16. In 1987 she featured in another two ties, including a World Group second round fixture against Australia which they lost, despite Llorca winning the opening rubber against Anne Minter.[2]

From 1987 to 1991 she competed on the WTA Tour. She and Anna-Karin Olsson were runners-up in the doubles at the 1988 Spanish Open, which included a win over top seeds Bettina Fulco and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.[3]

Both of her grand slam main draw appearances came at the 1988 French Open, where she featured in the main draw of the women's doubles and mixed doubles, partnering Alison Scott and Jordi Arrese respectively.

In 2003 she took up the sport of paddle tennis and was ranked as high as two in the world, before retiring in 2009.[4]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Doubles (0–1)Edit

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss May, 1988 Barcelona, Spain Category 1 Clay   Anna-Karin Olsson   Iva Budařová
  Sandra Wasserman
6–1, 3–6, 2–6

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (3-3)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
Runner-up 1. 8 September 1986 Lisbon, Portugal Clay   Clare Wood 2–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 27 April 1987 Sutton, United Kingdom Hard   Sybille Niox-Château 6–4, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 3. 11 May 1987 Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom Clay   Elizabeth Galphin 6–1, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 4. 21 September 1987 Valencia, Spain Clay   Inmaculada Varas 2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 2 July 1990 Cherbourg, France Clay   Alexandra Fusai 3–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 30 July 1990 Vigo, Spain Clay   Catherine Mothes 6–4, 1–6, 1–6

Doubles: 5 (4–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 8 September 1986 Lisbon, Portugal Clay   Ninoska Souto   Claudia Hernández
  Patricia Hy-Boulais
6–1, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 21 September 1987 Valencia, Spain Clay   Inmaculada Varas   Rosa Bielsa
  Elena Guerra
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 3. 15 May 1989 Jaffa, Israel Hard   Ilana Berger   Anne Aallonen
  Luciana Tella
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 23 July 1990 A Coruña, Spain Clay   Ana Belen Quintana   Nathalie Rodríguez
  Valerie Ledroff
3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Winner 5. 30 July 1990 Vigo, Spain Clay   Ana Segura   Eva Bes
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–3, 6–4

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "María José Llorca: "Hay que fomentar el deporte femenino, darle visibilidad"" (in Spanish). yosoynoticia.es. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Tennis Results". United Press International. 29 July 1987. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  3. ^ "ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - Barcelona - 25 April - 01 May 1988". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ "La magia del pádel 'ficha' a la subcampeona del mundo María José Llorca". El Mundo (in Spanish). 3 April 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

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