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Nuria Llagostera Vives (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈnuɾja ʎaɣosˈteɾa ˈβiβes];[a] born 16 May 1980, in Majorca) is a retired Spanish professional tennis player. In June 2005, Llagostera Vives reached her best singles ranking of World No. 35. In November 2009, she peaked at World No. 5 in the doubles rankings.

Nuria Llagostera Vives
Nuria Llagostera Vives Allianz Cup 1.jpg
Llagostera in-action at the 2008 Allianz Cup
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1980-05-16) 16 May 1980 (age 39)
Palma, Spain
Height1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,636,375
Singles
Career record364–282
Career titles2 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 35 (6 June 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2001)
French Open4R (2005)
Wimbledon2R (2004)
US Open1R (2001, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Doubles
Career record298–200
Career titles16 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 5 (2 November 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2009, 2013)
French OpenSF (2010, 2012)
WimbledonQF (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
US OpenSF (2012)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (2009)
Olympic Games2R (2012)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2013)
US OpenQF (2012)
Team competitions
Fed Cup13–10

Professional careerEdit

Vives was born in Palma, Majorca, Balearic Islands. During her career, she won two WTA singles and 16 doubles titles. She won the silver medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games, losing the final to compatriot Laura Pous Tió.

She was the doubles champion at the 2009 WTA Tour Championships, playing with María José Martínez Sánchez. They defeated Serena and Venus Williams en route to a 7–6(0), 5–7, [10–7] victory over top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber.

On 11 November 2013, it was announced that she would be suspended until 7 September 2015 after testing positive for Dextroamphetamine at the 2013 Bank of the West Classic.[1][2] She subsequently announced her retirement from professional tennis on 20 November, as a result of the ban ending her hopes to play at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

WTA finalsEdit

Singles (2–1)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 26 September 2005 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard   Yan Zi 6–4, 4–0, ret.
Winner 1. 8 May 2005 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat, Morocco Clay   Zheng Jie 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 24 February 2008 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay   María Emilia Salerni 6–0, 6–4

Doubles (16–11)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (1–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (2–4)
Premier (4–0)
International (9–7)
Finals by surface
Hard (5–4)
Clay (10–6)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 14 August 2004 Sopot, Poland Clay   Marta Marrero   Klaudia Jans
  Alicja Rosolska
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 3 October 2004 Hasselt, Belgium Hard (i)   Marta Marrero   Mara Santangelo
  Jennifer Russell
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 8 May 2005 Rabat, Morocco Clay   Lourdes Domínguez Lino   Émilie Loit
  Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
3–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–5
Runner-up 3. 18 June 2005 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Iveta Benešová   Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Dinara Safina
6–4, 2–6, 7–6(13–11)
Winner 2. 25 September 2005 Beijing, China Clay   María Vento-Kabchi   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
6–2, 6–4
Winner 3. 16 June 2007 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Arantxa Parra Santonja   Lourdes Domínguez Lino
  Flavia Pennetta
7–6(7–3), 2–6, [12–10]
Winner 4. 1 March 2008 Acapulco, Mexico Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Iveta Benešová
  Petra Cetkovská
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 11 May 2008 Berlin, Germany Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
3–6, 6–2, [10–2]
Runner-up 5. 14 June 2008 Barcelona, Spain Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Arantxa Parra Santonja
  Lourdes Domínguez Lino
4–6, 7–5, [10–4]
Winner 5. 13 July 2008 Palermo, Italy Clay   Sara Errani   Alla Kudryavtseva
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2–6, 7–6(7–1), [10–4]
Runner-up 6. 5 January 2009 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Arantxa Parra Santonja   Nathalie Dechy
  Mara Santangelo
4–6, 7–6, [12–10]
Winner 6. 21 February 2009 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Gisela Dulko
  Flavia Pennetta
7–5, 3–6, [10–7]
Winner 7. 28 February 2009 Acapulco, Mexico Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Lourdes Domínguez Lino
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
6–4, 6–2
Winner 8. 19 April 2009 Barcelona, Spain Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Sorana Cîrstea
  Andreja Klepač
3–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Runner-up 7. 11 July 2009 Båstad, Sweden Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Flavia Pennetta
  Gisela Dulko
6–2, 0–6, [10–5]
Winner 9. 17 July 2009 Palermo, Italy Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Mariya Koryttseva
  Darya Kustova
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 16 August 2009 Cincinnati, United States Hard   María José Martínez Sánchez   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–3, 0–6, [10–2]
Winner 10. 23 August 2009 Toronto, Canada Hard   María José Martínez Sánchez   Samantha Stosur
  Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 7–5, [11–9]
Winner 11. 29 August 2009 New Haven, United States Hard   María José Martínez Sánchez   Iveta Benešová
  Lucie Hradecká
6–2, 7–5
Winner 12. 1 November 2009 Doha, Qatar Hard   María José Martínez Sánchez   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
7–6(7–0), 5–7, [10–7]
Winner 13. 20 February 2010 Dubai, United Emirates Hard   María José Martínez Sánchez   Květa Peschke
  Katarina Srebotnik
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 9. 8 May 2010 Rome, Italy Clay   María José Martínez Sánchez   Flavia Pennetta
  Gisela Dulko
6–4, 6–2
Winner 14. 9 April 2011 Marbella, Spain Clay   Arantxa Parra Santonja   Roberta Vinci
  Sara Errani
3–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Runner-up 10. 9 July 2011 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Arantxa Parra Santonja   Lourdes Domínguez Lino
  María José Martínez Sánchez
6–3, 6–3
Winner 15. 7 January 2012 Brisbane, Australia Hard   Arantxa Parra Santonja   Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–2)
Winner 16. 23 June 2012 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass   María José Martínez Sánchez   Liezel Huber
  Lisa Raymond
6–4, ret.
Runner-up 11. 6 October 2012 Beijing, China Hard   Sania Mirza   Ekaterina Makarova
  Elena Vesnina
5–7, 5–7

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Australian Open LQ 3R 2R 1R LQ 1R 1R A LQ 1R LQ LQ A A 13–9
French Open LQ 3R 1R A LQ 4R A 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R A A 12–9
Wimbledon A 1R A A 2R 1R A A 1R 1R 1R LQ A A 4–6
US Open LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R 1R A LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 4–11
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 4–4 1–2 1–1 1–2 3–4 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–4 0–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 33–35

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R A A QF 3R 2R 2R QF 0 / 7 10–7
French Open A A A A 3R A 3R QF 1R SF 2R SF A 0 / 7 16–7
Wimbledon A A A A 2R A A QF QF A QF QF A 0 / 5 12–5
US Open A A A 1R 3R A A 2R QF 1R 2R SF 3R 0 / 8 11–8
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–4 0–1 2–1 7–3 8–4 6–3 6–4 12–4 5–2 0 / 27 49–27
Year-End Championship
Tour Championships A A A A A A A A W A A A A 1 / 1 2–0
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 1R Not Held 2R NH 0 / 2 1–2
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A A A A A SF QF 1R 2R QF 0 / 5 8–5
Miami A A A A A A 1R A QF 2R QF 2R A 0 / 5 6–5
Madrid Not Held QF SF 2R SF A 0 / 4 7–4
Beijing Tier IV Tier II QF QF 1R F A 0 / 4 7–4
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Tier II A W 1R Premier 1 / 2 4–1
Doha Tier III Tier II A Not Held P SF QF 0 / 2 3–2
Rome A A A A A A A A SF F 1R 1R A 0 / 4 4–4
Montréal / Toronto A A A A 2R A 1R A W 1R SF 1R 2R 1 / 7 10–6
Cincinnati Not Held Tier III F 1R 1R SF QF 0 / 5 9–5
Tokyo A A A A A A A A 1R 1R A 1R A 0 / 3 0–3
Career statistics
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
WTA Levels & GS
Tournament Played 3 4 1 4 16 4 9 15 22 14 18 22 12
Titles 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 7 1 1 2 0 16
Finals 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 4 10 2 2 3 0 27
Overall Win–Loss 0–3 3–4 1–1 8–2 16–15 2–4 9–8 23–13 55–14 22–13 24–15 39–20 17–12 219–124
Year-end ranking
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Career Best
Ranking 235 219 179 108 55 370 97 29 5 19 32 10 40

ITF LevelsEdit

Doubles
Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Overall
Played 3 5 5 11 13 5 7 11 13 2 0 6 1 82
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 5
Finals 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 10
Win 4–3 2–5 3–5 7–11 10–12 7–4 3–6 14–8 8–13 2–2 0–0 13–3 0–1 73–73

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Vives is pronounced [ˈbiβes].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nuria Llagostera Vives suspended". ESPN.com. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Decision in the case of Nuria Llagostera Vives". International Tennis Federation. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.

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