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Paola Suárez (American Spanish: [paˈola ˈswaɾes]; born 23 June 1976) is a retired tennis player from Argentina. She was one of the most prominent women's doubles players throughout the early and mid-2000s, winning eight Grand Slam titles, all of them with Virginia Ruano Pascual, and holding the No. 1 doubles ranking for 87 non-consecutive weeks. She was also a singles semifinalist at the 2004 French Open.

Paola Suárez
Paola Suarez.JPG
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceMunro
Born (1976-06-23) 23 June 1976 (age 43)
Pergamino
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1 March 1991
Retired2007, 2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,217,775
Singles
Career record371–239
Career titles4 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 9 (7 June 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2001)
French OpenSF (2004)
WimbledonQF (2004)
US OpenQF (2003)
Doubles
Career record513–192
Career titles44 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 1 (9 September 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2004)
French OpenW (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005)
WimbledonF (2002, 2003, 2006)
US OpenW (2002, 2003, 2004)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2002)
French OpenF (2001)
Wimbledon3R (2000, 2003)
US Open2R (2000, 2003, 2007)

Contents

CareerEdit

Suárez began playing professional tennis at the age of 15. In 1994, she joined the professional tour as a singles player. It was not until the 2000s, however, that she became an international figure in her sport, by reaching the semifinals of the French Open.

Suárez won four WTA titles (2004 Canberra, 2003 Vienna, 1998 & 2001 Bogotá) and 12 other minor tournaments. In 2004, she hoped to obtain the French Open title that would become her first Grand Slam championship, but lost in the semifinals against Elena Dementieva, after defeating 18th seed and future Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals. That year, she was ranked No. 9 in the world aby the WTA, which has been her highest ranking as a singles player thus far. By accomplishing that feat, Suárez became the highest-ranked Argentine women's player since Gabriela Sabatini achieved the No. 3 ranking in 1989. Also in 2004, she won the bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens for women's doubles with Patricia Tarabini.

But it was in doubles where she had the best results, playing with Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in 32 of her 39 titles. They won several tournaments, including the French Open on four occasions, the US Open three times, the Australian Open in 2004, and many others. With Virginia, they were the No. 1 female couple for three consecutive years since 9 September 2002 (WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year 2002, 2003 and 2004). They also reached nine straight Grand Slam finals, two short of NavratilovaShriver's eleven straight Grand Slam finals.

In 2005, she announced her retirement for 2006 for personal reasons, and that until then she would only play a few tournaments. In June 2005, she went on labrum hip clinical intervention, with a recovering time of three to four months. She restarted playing in Sydney in January 2006 with Ruano Pascual, reaching the final, but suffered calf muscle injury short after. Later that year, she also reached the final of Wimbledon with Ruano Pascual, marking her third appearance in a final there.

Suárez returned to the circuit with a victory over Dinara Safina, ranked No. 15, in the San Diego's singles tournament.

On 1 September 2007, Suárez played her last professional tennis match. At the US Open, she retired from tennis after losing a mixed doubles second-round match. She partnered Kevin Ullyett and lost to Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber, 5–7, 4–6.

In her career Suárez earned more than 5.2 million Dollar, with four singles titles on the WTA Tour, and eight doubles Grand Slam titles.

She returned to the WTA doubles tour in 2012, partnering with fellow Argentinian Gisela Dulko. The pair played at the London Summer Olympics.[1][2][3]

During 2013, Suárez did not play any international tournaments at all. She officially retired from professional tennis in 2014.[citation needed]

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournamentsEdit

Doubles: 14 (8–6)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2000 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Martina Hingis
  Mary Pierce
2–6, 4–6
Winner 2001 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Jelena Dokić
  Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
Winner 2002 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2002 Wimbledon Grass   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
2–6, 5–7
Winner 2002 US Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Elena Dementieva
  Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 2003 Australian Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2003 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
7–6(7–5), 2–6, 7–9
Runner-up 2003 Wimbledon Grass   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 4–6
Winner 2003 US Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–3
Winner 2004 Australian Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2004 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 6–3
Winner 2004 US Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 7–5
Winner 2005 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2006 Wimbledon Grass   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
3–6, 6–3, 2–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (0–2)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2001 French Open Clay   Jaime Oncins   Tomás Carbonell
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2002 Australian Open Hard   Gastón Etlis   Daniela Hantuchová
  Kevin Ullyett
3–6, 2–6

Olympic gamesEdit

Doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 2004 Athens Hard   Patricia Tarabini   Shinobu Asagoe
  Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–3

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles 8 (4–4)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Tier I (0/0)
Tier II (0/0)
Tier III (2/2)
Tier IV & V (2/2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 22 February 1998 Bogotá Clay   Sonya Jeyaseelan 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 17 May 1999 Madrid Clay   Lindsay Davenport 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 20 February 2000 São Paulo Clay   Rita Kuti-Kis 4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 3. 7 January 2001 Auckland Hard   Meilen Tu 7–6(12–10), 6–2
Winner 2. 25 February 2001 Bogotá Clay   Rita Kuti-Kis 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 3 March 2002 Acapulco Clay   Katarina Srebotnik 6–7(1–7), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 14 June 2003 Vienna Clay   Karolina Šprem 7–6(7–0), 2–6, 6–4
Winner 4. 17 January 2004 Canberra Hard   Silvia Farina Elia 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)

Doubles: 69 (44–25)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (8–6)
WTA Championships (1–0)
Tier I (9–9)
Tier II (5–6)
Tier III (10–2)
Tier IV & V (11–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 5 May 1996 Bol Clay   Laura Montalvo   Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
  Alexandra Fusai
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 18 January 1998 Hobart Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Janette Husárová
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Winner 3. 22 February 1998 Bogotá Clay   Janette Husárová   Melissa Mazzotta
  Ekaterina Sysoeva
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 4. 26 April 1998 Budapest Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Cătălina Cristea
  Laura Montalvo
4–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 5. 3 May 1998 Bol Clay   Laura Montalvo   Joannette Kruger
  Mirjana Lučić
w/o
Winner 6. 10 May 1998 Rome Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Amanda Coetzer
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(7–1), 6–4
Winner 7. 12 July 1998 Maria Lankowitz Clay   Laura Montalvo   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 21 February 1999 Bogotá Clay   Laura Montalvo   Christína Papadáki
  Seda Noorlander
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 8. 23 May 1999 Madrid Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   María Fernanda Landa
  Marlene Weingärtner
6–2, 0–6, 6–0
Winner 9. 18 July 1999 Sopot Clay   Laura Montalvo   Gala León García
  María Sánchez Lorenzo
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 10 October 1999 São Paulo Clay   Laura Montalvo   Janette Husárová
  Florencia Labat
6–7(1–7), 7–5, 7–5
Winner 11. 20 February 2000 Bogotá Clay   Laura Montalvo   Rita Kuti-Kis
  Petra Mandula
6–4, 6–2
Winner 12. 27 February 2000 São Paulo Clay   Laura Montalvo   Janette Husárová
  Florencia Labat
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 13. 23 April 2000 Hilton Head Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Conchita Martínez
  Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 11 June 2000 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Martina Hingis
  Mary Pierce
6–2, 6–4
Winner 14. 16 July 2000 Klagenfurt Clay   Laura Montalvo   Barbara Schett
  Patty Schnyder
7–6(7–5), 6–1
Winner 15. 23 July 2000 Sopot Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Åsa Carlsson
  Rita Grande
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 21 August 2000 New Haven Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 8 October 2000 Tokyo Hard   Nana Miyagi   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Ai Sugiyama
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 19 February 2001 Bogotá Clay   Laura Montalvo   Tathiana Garbin
  Janette Husárová
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 4 March 2001 Acapulco Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Anabel Medina Garrigues
  María José Martínez Sánchez
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
Runner-up 7. 11 March 2001 Indian Wells Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Nicole Arendt
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 22 April 2001 Charleston Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Runner-up 9. 20 May 2001 Rome Clay   Patricia Tarabini   Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–1
Winner 16. 26 May 2001 Madrid Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 2–6, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 17. 10 June 2001 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Jelena Dokić
  Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
Winner 18. 15 July 2001 Vienna Clay   Patricia Tarabini   Vanessa Henke
  Lenka Němečková
6–4, 6–2
Winner 19. 24 February 2002 Bogotá Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–1
Winner 20. 3 March 2002 Acapulco Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 1 April 2002 Miami Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Winner 21. 19 May 2002 Rome Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Conchita Martínez
  Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 6–4
Winner 22. 9 June 2002 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 24 June 2002 Wimbledon Grass   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
6–2, 7–5
Winner 23. 18 August 2002 Montreal Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Rika Fujiwara
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 24. 8 September 2002 US Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Elena Dementieva
  Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
Winner 25. 14 September 2002 Bahia Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Émilie Loit
  Rossana de los Ríos
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 12. 24 September 2002 Leipzig Carpet   Janette Husárová   Alexandra Stevenson
  Serena Williams
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 13. 13 October 2002 Filderstadt Hard (i)   Meghann Shaughnessy   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 13 January 2003 Australian Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 26. 13 April 2003 Charleston Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Janette Husárová
  Conchita Martínez
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 15. 20 April 2003 Amelia Island Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
7–5, 6–2
Winner 27. 11 May 2003 Berlin Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 16. 8 June 2003 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–7
Runner-up 17. 6 July 2003 Wimbledon Grass   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
Winner 28. 23 August 2003 New Haven Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Alicia Molik
  Magüi Serna
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Winner 29. 7 September 2003 US Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 18. 19 October 2003 Zürich Hard (i)   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
7–6(7–3), 6–2
Winner 30. 10 November 2003 Los Angeles Hard (i)   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 5 January 2004 Auckland Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Mervana Jugić-Salkić
  Jelena Kostanić Tošić
7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–1
Winner 31. 1 February 2004 Australian Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Winner 32. 21 March 2004 Indian Wells Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–2
Winner 33. 18 April 2004 Charleston Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Martina Navratilova
  Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 20. 10 May 2004 Rome Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Nadia Petrova
  Meghann Shaughnessy
2–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 34. 3 June 2004 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 21. 26 July 2004 San Diego Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 35. 11 September 2004 US Open Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Martina Navratilova
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 22. 17 October 2004 Moscow Carpet   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Anastasia Myskina
  Vera Zvonareva
6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 23. 24 October 2004 Zürich Hard (i)   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–4
Winner 36. 31 October 2004 Luxembourg City Hard (i)   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Jill Craybas
  Marlene Weingärtner
6–1, 6–7(1–7), 6–3
Winner 37. 5 March 2005 Dubai Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Alicia Molik
6–7(7–9), 6–2, 6–1
Winner 38. 19 March 2005 Indian Wells Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Nadia Petrova
  Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(7–3), 6–1
Winner 39. 4 June 2005 French Open Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 24. 17 January 2006 Sydney Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Corina Morariu
  Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Runner-up 25. 8 July 2006 Wimbledon Grass   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Zheng Jie
  Yan Zi
6–3, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 40. 13 August 2006 Los Angeles Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–4
Winner 41. 24 September 2006 Beijing Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Anna Chakvetadze
  Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–4
Winner 42. 1 October 2006 Seoul Hard   Virginia Ruano Pascual   Chuang Chia-jung
  Mariana Díaz Oliva
6–2, 6–3
Winner 43. 6 January 2007 Auckland Hard   Janette Husárová   Hsieh Su-wei
  Shikha Uberoi
6–0, 6–2
Winner 44. 25 February 2007 Bogotá Clay   Lourdes Domínguez Lino   Flavia Pennetta
  Roberta Vinci
1–6, 6–3, [11–9]

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A QF 2R 2R 2R QF 3R F W A QF 1R A A A A A 1 / 10 23–9
French Open A A 1R 1R 2R 2R F W W F W W 2R 1R A A A A 2R 4 / 13 38–9
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 2R 3R QF SF F F SF A F 1R A A A A 1R 0 / 12 29–11
US Open A A 1R 2R SF 2R 1R 3R W W W A QF 1R A A A A A 3 / 11 28–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–3 4–4 7–4 5–4 9–4 15–3 19–2 20–3 21–1 6–0 11–4 0–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 8 / 46 118–37
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held 1R Not Held 2R Not Held SF-B Not Held A Not Held 1R 0 / 4 6–4
Year-end championships
Tour Championships A A A A A A QF SF QF W SF A A A A A A A A 1 / 5 3–4

Record against top-10 playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Suárez Back On Court, Plays First Match Back Archived 20 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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