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Neuza Silva (born 4 May 1983) is a retired Portuguese tennis player. Her career-high singles ranking is world number 133, reached on 6 July 2009;, on 6 July 2008, she peaked at number 185 in the doubles rankings. Silva regularly competed for the Portugal Fed Cup team, and had a total win–loss record of 16–6.

Neuza Silva
Country (sports) Portugal
ResidenceLisbon, Portugal
Born (1983-05-04) 4 May 1983 (age 36)
Setúbal, Portugal
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2010
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$172,509
Singles
Career record226–145 (61%)
Career titles12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 133 (6 July 2009)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2009)
French OpenQ2 (2009)
Wimbledon1R (2009)
US OpenQ3 (2008)
Doubles
Career record145–85 (63%)
Career titles18 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 185 (6 July 2008)

CareerEdit

Silva debuted in the ITF Women's Circuit in Vila do Conde with a first-round loss. Her first high-level match came in 2002 at the Estoril Open, followed soon by her first presence in the Fed Cup. Both matches resulted in defeat.

Her greatest moment came at home at the 2004 Estoril Open when she defeated Julia Schruff, the previous year finalist, 3–6, 7–6, 7–6, to become the first Portuguese female player to win a singles match at the tournament. She would then lose to fourth seed Denisa Chládková, 2–6, 1–6.

The year 2009 proved to be a breakthrough year for Silva. In February, she entered her first tour event outside of Portugal in Pattaya and reached the second round, defeating Jessica Moore 6–2, 6–1 before losing to home player and sixth seed Tamarine Tanasugarn 3–6, 2–6.

In May, at Estoril, she played first seed Iveta Benešová in the first round, losing in three sets. In doubles, with Alexandra Dulgheru, she reached the quarterfinals.

On 18 June 2009, Silva qualified for her first Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon, where she lost to second seed Serena Williams, 1–6, 5–7 in the first round.

Her next WTA Tour event was the Tashkent Open in September, where she lost in the first round to eighth seed Galina Voskoboeva.

2010 was an injured filled year for Silva, who missed most of the season. Her last match came in June during the Wimbledon Championships qualifying tournament where she lost in the first round against Michaëlla Krajicek 1–6, 3–6. Citing constant pain in both of her knees, Silva retired on 12 September 2010.

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 20 (12–8)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 June 2004 Alcobaça, Portugal Hard   Lucía Jiménez 7–5, 5–7, 6–1
Winner 2. 24 October 2004 Évora, Portugal Hard   Laura Zelder 6–1, 2–6, ret.
Runner–up 1. 18 June 2006 Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal Hard   Han Xinyun 2–6, 6–2, 5–7
Winner 3. 25 June 2006 Alcobaça, Portugal Hard   Han Xinyun 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
Winner 4. 27 August 2006 Vlaardingen, Netherlands Clay   Pauline Wong 6–1, 6–2
Winner 5. 17 September 2006 Lleida, Spain Clay   Paula Fondevila Castro 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(7–2)
Runner–up 2. 25 November 2006 Ramat Hasharon, İsrael Hard   Nicole Thyssen 2–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 26 February 2007 Portimão, Portugal Hard   Irena Pavlovic 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Runner–up 3. 25 March 2007 Athens, Greece Hard   Ana Jovanović 3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Runner–up 4. 25 May 2007 Fuerteventura, Spain Carpet   Nicole Thyssen 2–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 1 June 2007 Braga, Portugal Clay   Stéphanie Vongsouthi 6–1, 6–4
Runner–up 5. 15 July 2007 Felixstowe, Great Britain Grass   Petra Cetkovská 2–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 29 July 2007 A Coruña, Spain Hard   Marina Erakovic 0–6, 7–5, 6–3
Runner–up 6. 11 August 2007 Coimbra, Portugal Hard   Olivia Sanchez 6–7(8–10), 1–6
Winner 9. 27 January 2008 Kaarst, Germany Carpet (i)   Renée Reinhard 6–3, 6–1
Winner 10. 13 July 2008 Felixstowe, Great Britain Grass   Sarah Borwell 6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 7. 26 July 2008 A Coruña, Spain Hard   Anna Gerasimou 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 3–6
Winner 11. 3 August 2008 Vigo, Spain Hard   Silvia Soler Espinosa 6–3, 6–1
Winner 12. 11 July 2009 A Coruña, Spain Hard   Vesna Dolonc 6–3, 6–1
Runner–up 8. 21 March 2010 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i)   Alexandra Panova 1–6, 5–7

Doubles: 28 (18–10)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 23 June 2002 Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal Hard   Carlota Santos   Alberta Brianti
  Frederica Piedade
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 14 July 2002 Getxo, Spain Clay   Irena Nossenko   Marta Fraga
  Maria José Sánchez Alayeto
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 4 August 2002 Pontevedra, Spain Hard   Frederica Piedade   Alberta Brianti
  İpek Şenoğlu
6–2, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 3. 29 September 2002 Lleida, Spain Clay   Frederica Piedade   Caroline Ann Basu
  Aliénor Tricerri
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 13 October 2002 Catania, Italy Clay   Susanne Filipp   Kildine Chevalier
  Shelley Stephens
2–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 25 May 2003 Almeria, Spain Hard   İpek Şenoğlu   Romy Farah
  Astrid Waernes
7–5, 5–7, 6–3
Winner 5. 3 August 2003 Pontevedra, Spain Hard   Gabriela Velasco Andreu   Veronika Litvinskaya
  Elena Poliakova
6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 30 August 2003 Coimbra, Portugal Hard   Hannah Collin   Paula Marama
  Danielle Steinberg
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 18 October 2003 Carcavelos, Portugal Clay   Romy Farah   Rosa María Andrés Rodríguez
  Céline Beigbeder
2–6, 0–1 ret.
Winner 6. 16 May 2004 Monzón, Spain Hard   Larissa Carvalho   Joana Cortez
  Marina Tavares
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 13 September 2004 Lleida, Spain Clay   Kildine Chevalier   Elena Vianello
  Elisa Villa
5–7, 5–7
Winner 7. 28 August 2005 Amarante, Portugal Hard   Joana Cortez   Flavia Mignola
  Gabriela Velasco Andreu
6–2, 6–3
Winner 8. 9 October 2005 Bolton, Great Britain Hard (i)   Daniela Kix   Veronika Chvojková
  Claire Peterzan
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 17 June 2006 Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal Hard   Karoline Steiro   Anna Koumantou
  Pemra Özgen
w/o
Runner-up 7. 12 August 2006 Coimbra, Portugal Hard   Joana Cortez   María José Argeri
  Letícia Sobral
6–7, 6–7
Winner 9. 18 November 2006 Mallorca, Spain Clay   Nuria Sánchez García   Anja Prislan
  Laura Siegemund
6–3, 6–1
Winner 10. 27 January 2007 Hull, Great Britain Hard (i)   Claire de Gubernatis   Danielle Brown
  Elizabeth Thomas
6–7(2–7), 7–5, 6–4
Winner 11. 25 February 2007 Portimão, Portugal Hard   Nicole Thijssen   Jessica Lehnhoff
  Robin Stephenson
6–4, 6–2
Winner 12. 24 March 2007 Athens, Greece Hard   Nicole Thijssen   Anna Koumantou
  Pemra Özgen
6–2, 6–4
Winner 13. 24 May 2007 Fuerteventura, Spain Carpet   Nicole Thijssen   Mariana Duque Marino
  Roxane Vaisemberg
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 9 June 2007 Madrid, Spain Clay   Nina Bratchikova   Jorgelina Cravero
  Betina Jozami
4–6, 4–6
Winner 14. 7 July 2007 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay   Nina Bratchikova   Joana Cortez
  Teliana Pereira
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 15. 10 August 2007 Coimbra, Portugal Hard   Kira Nagy   Magdalena Kiszczyńska
  Yanina Wickmayer
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 9. 2 December 2007 Sintra, Portugal Clay (i)   Roxane Vaisemberg   Caroline Maes
  Teodora Mirčić
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 10. 9 February 2008 Vale do Lobo, Portugal Hard   Danielle Harmsen   Kateryna Herth
  Nina Bratchikova
4–6, 3–6
Winner 16. 5 July 2008 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay   İpek Şenoğlu   Melanie Klaffner
  Frederica Piedade
6–4, 6–2
Winner 17. 25 July 2008 A Coruña, Spain Hard   Nicole Thijssen   Karen Emilia Castiblanco Duarte
  Paula Zabala
6–2, 6–2
Winner 18. 2 August 2008 Vigo, Spain Hard   Nicole Thijssen   Nina Bratchikova
  Frederica Piedade
6–2, 6–4

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career
SR
Career
W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A LQ LQ LQ 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A A A A A A LQ LQ A 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A A A LQ 1R LQ 0 / 1 0–1
US Open A A A A A A LQ LQ A 0 / 0 0–0
SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 N/A
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 N/A 0–1
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai Not Tier I LQ A 0 / 0 0–0
SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 N/A
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 N/A 0–0
Premier tournaments
Moscow A A A A A A A LQ A 0 / 0 0–0
SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 N/A
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 N/A 0–0
SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 8 N/A
Win-Loss 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–3 0–0 N/A 2–8
Career statistics
Tournaments played 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 4 0 Career total: 9
Finals reached 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Tournaments Won 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Statistics by surface
Hardcourt Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 N/A 7–1
Clay Win-Loss 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 N/A 4–8
Grass Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 N/A 0–1
Carpet Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 N/A 0–2
Overall Win-Loss 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 4–1 0–3 4–4 0–0 N/A 11–12
Win (%) 0% 0% 50% 67% 0% 80% 0% 50% 0% Career Win (%): 48%
Year-end ranking 710 732 421 468 495 204 162 170 434 N/A N/A
  • Fed Cup matches are included in the statistics. Walkovers are neither official wins nor official losses.

Fed CupEdit

Silva played for the Portugal Fed Cup team from 2002 to 2009. Her singles record is 9–6 and her doubles record is 9–3 (18–9 overall).

Participations (27)Edit

Singles (15)Edit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent W–L Result
2002 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
RR 24 April 2002   Bulgaria Clay   Desislava Topalova Lose 6–7(4–7), 1–6
2005 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group III
RR 26 April 2005   Moldova Clay   Ina Sireteanu Win 6–1, 6–1
GIII Play-offs 28 April 2005   Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay   Selma Babic Win 6–3, 6–0
2007 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group II
RR 17–19 April 2007   Bosnia and Herzegovina Hard   Dijana Stojic Win 6–3, 6–3
  Georgia   Oksana Kalashnikova Win 7–5, 6–4
  Norway   Karoline Steiro Win 6–2, 6–1
GII Play-offs 20 April 2007   Greece Hard   Asimina Kaplani Win 6–2, 6–1
2008 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
RR 30 January–3 February 2008   Bulgaria Carpet   Tsvetana Pironkova Lose 1–6, 0–6
  Netherlands   Arantxa Rus Lose 5–7, 4–6
2009 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group II
RR 22–24 April 2009   Morocco Hard   Nadia Lalami Win 6–1, 6–0
  Latvia   Irina Kuzmina Win 6–2, 6–1
GII Play-offs 25 April 2009   South Africa Hard   Lizaan du Plessis Win 6–2, 6–3
2010 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
RR 4–5 February 2010   Croatia Hard   Ajla Tomljanović Lose 6–7(6–8), 4–6
  Switzerland   Amra Sadiković Lose 4–6, 1–6
GI Play-offs 6 February 2010   Bulgaria Hard   Dia Evtimova Lose 1–6, 1–6

Doubles (12)Edit

Edition Round Date Partnering Against Surface Opponents W–L Result
2002 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
RR 26 April 2002   Angela Cardoso   Georgia Clay   Margalita Chakhnashvili
  Salome Devidze
Lose 4–6, 3–6
2003 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group II
RR 29 April–1 May 2003   Ana Catarina Nogueira   Norway Clay   Karoline Borgersen
  Ina Sartz
Win 6–0, 6–2
  Frederica Piedade   Turkey   Pemra Özgen
  İpek Şenoğlu
Win 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
2005 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group III
RR 29 April 2005   Ana Catarina Nogueira   Kenya Clay   Caroline Oduor
  Tamara Orwa
Win 6–0, 6–0
GIII Play-offs 30 April 2005   Ana Catarina Nogueira   Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay   Selma Babic
  Sanja Racic
Win 6–1, 6–3
2006 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group II
RR 26–28 April 2006   Ana Catarina Nogueira   Poland Clay   Klaudia Jans
  Alicja Rosolska
Lose 2–6, 2–6
  Ana Catarina Nogueira   Latvia   Anastasija Sevastova
  Alise Vaidere
Win 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
  Ana Catarina Nogueira   Greece   Anna Gerasimou
  Anna Koumantou
Win 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
2009 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group II
RR 22–24 April 2009   Frederica Piedade   Morocco Hard   Fatima El Allami
  Nadia Lalami
Win 6–0, 6–1
  Frederica Piedade   Latvia   Līga Dekmeijere
  Anastasija Sevastova
Lose 1–6, 1–6
2010 Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Group I
RR 4–5 February 2010   Michelle Larcher de Brito   Croatia Hard   Jelena Kostanić Tošić
  Silvia Njirić
Win 7–5, 6–4
  Maria João Koehler   Romania   Irina-Camelia Begu
  Ioana Raluca Olaru
Win 7–5, 7–5

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