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Mercedes María Paz (Spanish pronunciation: [meɾˈseðez maˈɾi.a ˈpas];[a] born 27 June 1966) is a former professional tennis player from Argentina, who won three singles titles during her career on the WTA Tour. The right-hander reached her highest career ranking on April 29, 1991, when she became the No. 28 of the world. Her best Grand Slam finish was the fourth round at the 1986 French Open and the 1990 French Open.

Mercedes Paz
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceTucumán, Argentina
Born (1966-06-27) 27 June 1966 (age 52)
Tucumán
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1984
Retired1998
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,154,319
Singles
Career record280–279
Career titles3 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 28 (29 April 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1991, 1992, 1995)
French Open4R (1986, 1990)
Wimbledon2R (1994, 1996)
US Open2R (1985, 1987, 1988)
Doubles
Career record385–245
Career titles22 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 12 (24 September 1990)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1991, 1992)
French OpenSF (1991)
WimbledonQF (1990)
US OpenSF (1991)

Paz is best known for upsetting defending champion Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the second round of the 1990 French Open. Later that year, at the Virginia Slims of Worcester, Paz also defeated Sánchez Vicario in the round of 16. Five years before, in the semifinals of the 1985 Brazil Open, she disposed of top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini en-route to beating Peruvian Laura Arraya for the title. In so doing, Paz became the first Argentinian woman to capture a major WTA event. In addition to wins over Sánchez Vicario and Sabatini, she also defeated top-seeded Jana Novotná in three sets to reach the semifinals of the Belgian Ladies Open in Brussels in 1989. The previous year, at the 1988 Hilton Head tournament, Paz had defeated Novotná in the round of 32 for the first time.

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WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles 6 (3–3)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Virginia Slims (1/1)
Tier I (0/0)
Tier II (0/0)
Tier III (0/0)
Tier IV & V (2/2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 18 March 1985 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Laura Arraya 5–7, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 20 October 1986 Singapore Hard (i)   Gigi Fernández 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 10 October 1988 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard   Anne Minter 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 7 November 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Rene Simpson 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 17 July 1989 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Radka Zrubáková 7–6(8–6), 6–4
Winner 3. 21 May 1990 Strasbourg, France Clay   Ann Grossman 6–2, 6–3

Doubles 40 (22–18)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/1)
Virginia Slims (7/2)
Tier I (0/1)
Tier II (1/5)
Tier III (2/1)
Tier IV & V (12/8)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 1 October 1984 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Ronni Reis   Emilse Raponi-Longo
  Adriana Villagrán
6–4, 7–5
Winner 2. 18 March 1985 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Gabriela Sabatini   Csilla Bartos
  Neige Dias
7–5, 6–4
Winner 3. 19 August 1985 Monticello, USA Hard   Gabriela Sabatini   Kateřina Böhmová
  Andrea Holíková
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 10 November 1986 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard   Lori McNeil   Gigi Fernández
  Robin White
6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 5. 1 December 1986 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Lori McNeil   Manon Bollegraf
  Nicole Muns-Jagerman
6–1, 2–6, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 30 March 1987 Wild Dunes, USA Clay   Candy Reynolds   Laura Arraya
  Tine Scheuer-Larsen
6–4, 6–4
Winner 6. 6 April 1987 Hilton Head, USA Clay   Eva Pfaff   Zina Garrison
  Lori McNeil
7–6(8–6), 7–5
Winner 7. 30 November 1987 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Gabriela Sabatini   Jill Hetherington
  Christiane Jolissaint
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 7 December 1987 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Jill Hetherington   Katrina Adams
  Cheryl Jones
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 4 July 1988 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Sandra Cecchini   Linda Ferrando
  Silvia La Fratta
6–0, 6–2
Winner 9. 11 July 1988 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Tine Scheuer-Larsen   Katerina Maleeva
  Raffaella Reggi
7–6(7–3), 6–1
Winner 10. 7 November 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Bettina Fulco   Carin Bakkum
  Simone Schilder
6–3, 6–4
Winner 11. 1 May 1989 Taranto, Italy Clay   Sabrina Goleš   Sophie Amiach
  Emmanuelle Derly
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 8 May 1989 Rome, Italy Clay   Manon Bollegraf   Elizabeth Smylie
  Janine Thompson
6–4, 6–3
Winner 12. 22 May 1989 Strasbourg, France Clay   Judith Wiesner   Lise Gregory
  Gretchen Magers
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 10 July 1989 Arcachon, France Clay   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy   Sandra Cecchini
  Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 13. 17 July 1989 Brussels, Belgium Clay   Manon Bollegraf   Carin Bakkum
  Simone Schilder
6–1, 6–2
Winner 14. 24 July 1989 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Tine Scheuer-Larsen   Sabrina Goleš
  Katerina Maleeva
6–2, 7–5
Winner 15. 11 December 1989 Guarujá, Brazil Hard   Patricia Tarabini   Cláudia Chabalgoity
  Luciana Corsato
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 2 April 1990 Hilton Head, USA Clay   Natasha Zvereva   Martina Navratilova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–1
Winner 16. 9 April 1990 Amelia Island, USA Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Regina Kordová
  Andrea Temesvári
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 17. 16 April 1990 Tampa, USA Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Laura Arraya
  Sandra Cecchini
6–2, 6–0
Winner 18. 23 April 1990 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Sabrina Goleš
  Patricia Tarabini
6–7(7–9), 6–2, 6–1
Winner 19. 9 July 1990 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Tine Scheuer-Larsen   Carin Bakkum
  Nicole Muns-Jagerman
6–3, 6–7(10–12), 6–2
Runner-up 6. 13 August 1990 Manhattan Beach, USA Hard   Gabriela Sabatini   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 15 October 1990 Filderstadt, West Germany Hard (i)   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Mary Joe Fernández
  Zina Garrison
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 12 November 1990 New York, USA Carpet   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Smylie
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Runner-up 9. 8 April 1991 Amelia Island, USA Clay   Natasha Zvereva   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 20 May 1991 Strasbourg, France Clay   Manon Bollegraf   Lori McNeil
  Stephanie Rehe
6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 8 July 1991 Palermo, Italy Clay   Laura Garrone   Petra Langrová
  Mary Pierce
6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Runner-up 12. 15 July 1991 San Marino Clay   Laura Garrone   Kerry-Anne Guse
  Akemi Nishiya
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 13. 11 November 1991 Indianapolis, USA Hard (i)   Katrina Adams   Patty Fendick
  Gigi Fernández
6–4, 6–2
Winner 20. 2 December 1991 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Inés Gorrochategui   Renata Baranski
  Laura Glitz
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 18 May 1992 Strasbourg, France Clay   Lori McNeil   Patty Fendick
  Andrea Strnadová
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 24 August 1992 San Diego, USA Hard   Conchita Martínez   Jana Novotná
  Larisa Neiland
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 26 April 1993 Taranto, Italy Clay   Petra Langrová   Debbie Graham
  Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 26 July 1993 Stratton Mountain, USA Hard   Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere   Elizabeth Smylie
  Helena Suková
6–1, 6–2
Winner 21. 31 January 1994 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Patricia Hy   Jenny Byrne
  Julie Richardson
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 22. 24 April 1995 Zagreb, Croatia Clay   Rene Simpson   Laura Golarsa
  Irina Spîrlea
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 18. 14 July 1997 Palermo, Italy Clay   Florencia Labat   Silvia Farina Elia
  Barbara Schett
2–6, 6–1, 6–4

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Mercedes is pronounced [meɾˈseðes].

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