Paula Ormaechea (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaula oɾmaeˈtʃea]; born 28 September 1992) is an Argentine tennis player. She has won 14 singles and eight doubles ITF titles in her career, and, on 21 October 2013, reached a singles ranking high of world No. 59. Ormaechea has a 12–12 record for the Argentina Fed Cup team.
|Born||28 September 1992|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 14 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 59 (21 October 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 226 (28 January 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2012)|
|French Open||3R (2013, 2014)|
|US Open||2R (2013)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 8 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 188 (22 July 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 320 (28 January 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2014)|
|US Open||1R (2013)|
|Last updated on: 2 February 2019.|
Paula Ormaechea was born on 28 September 1992 in Sunchales, Santa Fe to Mirna and Marcelo Ormaechea. She also has two sisters, Valentina and Sofía. Juan Pablo Guzmán, former ATP tennis player, serves as her coach. Ormaechea cites Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams as her role models, and also admires Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. A fan of football, she supports Boca Juniors.
Ormaechea entered professional junior tournaments in 2006 Ana Bogdan in the final of Banana Bowl, 6–2, 6–4, previously defeating Kristina Mladenovic 6–4, 6–2 in the semifinals. Ormaechea won her next title at Uruguay Bowl in March 2009. She also played at 2009 French Open and 2009 US Open, but fell to, respectively, Bianca Botto and Richèl Hogenkamp in the first round. Also winning four doubles events, her last junior doubles title came at Canadian Open Junior Championship in September 2009.
Ormaechea made her debut for Argentina Fed Cup team on 26 April 2009 in the 2009 World Group Playoff against Ukraine. She partnered María Irigoyen, losing to Mariya Koryttseva and Olga Savchuk 2–6, 0–6. Ormaechea made her singles debut in 2010 World Group II rubber against Estonia. She lost her first match to world No. 61 Kaia Kanepi 1–6, 5–7, and the second one to Maret Ani 2–6, 3–6. Ormaechea also played in the rubber against Canada, and lost both of her singles matches — against Aleksandra Wozniak 4–6, 2–6, and Valérie Tétreault 7–6, 1–6, 1–6.
Ormaechea's first tournament was an ITF event in Colombia, where she lost to Alexandra Cadanțu 4–6, 0–6 in the first round of qualifying. After this, she played the Copa Colsanitas, but again lost during qualifications, this time in the second round. Despite her bad run, Paula rebounded and won an ITF tournament in Santiago, Chile one month later. She then played four ITF events during May, reaching the final of one, but losing to top seed Lucie Hradecká 6–4, 3–6, 2–6.
Paula then played in the qualifications for the Brussels Ladies Open, her first premium tournament. She got to the final round of qualifying after defeating Catalina Castaño and Andrea Hlaváčková, but was then swept aside by doubles specialist Abigail Spears 6–1, 6–1.
Following this loss, she headed to Rome to play a 25K tournament, but lost in the second round to Sofia Shapatava 6–2, 6–7, 4–6. Then, following another loss in the Quarterfinals of an ITF event in Poland and an early elimination in the qualifications at the Budapest Grand Prix, Paula's form improved when she qualified for the Gastein Ladies in Kitzbühel, Austria. She then lost in the first round of the main draw to María José Martínez Sánchez in straight sets.
Paula then took a break from the WTA Tour, playing eight ITF tournaments from August to October, winning two of them.
Ormaechea began her 2012 season at the Apia International Sydney, losing to Vania King in straight sets in the second round of qualifying. Following this loss, she headed to Melbourne for the Australian Open. In the first round of qualifications, she had a decisive victory 6–1, 6–4 over seventh qualifying seed Coco Vandeweghe, backed up by another win over Su-Wei Hsieh. In the final round of qualifying, she crushed Austrian Yvonne Meusburger 6–1, 6–3 to gain entry into her first Grand Slam main draw.
In the first round of the main draw, she overcame Romanian Simona Halep in three sets. In the second round, however, she was sent crashing out by eighth seed Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets. Due to her strong beginning of the new season, her ranking peaked at over one hundred and forty for the first time.
Ormaechea's next tournament was the Copa Colsanitas in Bogotá, Colombia. She defeated Teliana Pereira and Corinna Dentoni to qualify. She reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, posting wins over Jelena Dokić and Petra Rampre, before being knocked out by eventual champion Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino.
Ormaechea then played two premium events at the BNP Paribas Open and the Sony Ericsson Open, losing in the second and first qualifying rounds, respectively. Despite these early losses, her recent success gave her a career-high ranking of one hundred and eleventh.
She then headed to Charleston, South Carolina for the Family Circle Cup. She had to qualify, and she did so by defeating Emily J. Harman and Shelby Rogers. In the main draw, she posted a win over 15th seed Chanelle Scheepers in the first round, before being swept aside by Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva in the second round. She then played at the Fed Cup in World Group II Play-offs against China, winning both her singles matches and helping Argentina win by a score of 4–1.
At the French Open, she was handed a tough draw to face American and seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams in the first round. After playing an outstanding first set to win 6–4, Williams then upped her level and Paula eventually lost 6–4, 1–6, 3–6.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|WTA Tour Championships (0–0)|
|Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)|
|Runner–up||1.||24 February 2013||Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Jelena Janković||1–6, 2–6|
ITF finals (22–19)Edit
|Runner–up||1.||3 October 2009||Juárez, Mexico||Clay||Mailen Auroux||6–4, 4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||7 November 2009||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Verónica Spiegel||6–4, 3–6, 6–2|
|Winner||2.||21 November 2009||Asunción, Paraguay||Clay||Andrea Koch Benvenuto||4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Runner–up||2.||6 December 2009||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Rossana de los Ríos||5–7, 1–6|
|Runner–up||3.||20 June 2010||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Mailen Auroux||1–6, 5–7|
|Winner||3.||27 June 2010||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Lucía Jara Lozano||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||4.||18 July 2010||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Julia Cohen||7–5, 6–2|
|Winner||5.||25 July 2010||Brasília, Brazil||Clay||Ana Clara Duarte||3–6, 7–6(7–1), 7–6(8–6)|
|Winner||6.||20 March 2011||Santiago, Chile||Clay||Catalina Pella||6–2, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner–up||4.||8 May 2011||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Lucie Hradecká||4–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||11 September 2011||Podgorica, Montenegro||Clay||Danka Kovinić||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||8.||25 September 2011||Foggia, Italy||Clay||Renata Voráčová||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner–up||5.||2 October 2011||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Nastassja Burnett||2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||9.||19 May 2013||Saint-Gaudens, France||Clay||Dinah Pfizenmaier||6–3, 3–6, 6–4|
|Winner||10.||8 June 2015||Padua, Italy||Clay||Réka Luca Jani||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||11.||10 April 2016||Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil||Clay||Laura Pigossi||6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||12.||17 April 2016||Lins, Brazil||Clay||Harmony Tan||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||13.||23 April 2016||Bauru, Brazil||Clay||Julieta Lara Estable||1–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|Runner-up||6.||25 September 2016||Podgorica, Montenegro||Clay||Quirine Lemoine||5–7, 1–6|
|Runner-up||7.||10 December 2017||Antalya, Turkey||Clay||Tena Lukas||4–6, 7–6(7–5), 1–6|
|Winner||14.||28 July 2018||Baja, Hungary||Clay||Nina Potocnik||6–3, 7–5|
|Runner-up||8.||9 September 2018||Zagreb, Croatia||Clay||Tereza Mrdeža||6–2, 4–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||9.||10 November 2018||Colina, Chile||Clay||Xu Shilin||5–7, 3–6|
|Runner–up||1.||06 October 2008||Santa Cruz, Bolivia||Clay||Claudia Razzeto|| Rocio Galarza
|6–7(5–7), 6–3, [9–11]|
|Runner–up||2.||13 October 2008||Lima, Peru||Clay||Marina Giral Lores|| Andrea Koch Benvenuto
|Runner–up||3.||20 October 2008||Lima, Peru||Clay||Marina Giral Lores|| Andrea Koch Benvenuto
|7–6(9–7), 0–6, [3–10]|
|Runner–up||4.||28 November 2009||Lima, Peru||Clay||Agustina Eskenazi|| Cecilia Costa Melgar
Andrea Koch Benvenuto
|Winner||1.||18 July 2010||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Andrea Gámiz|| Mailen Auroux
|5–7, 6–4, 7–5|
|Runner–up||5.||4 December 2010||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Clay||Alizé Lim|| Maria Fernanda Alves
Ana Clara Duarte
|Winner||2.||18 March 2011||Santiago, Chile||Clay||Maria Fernanda Alves|| Barbara Rush
|Winner||3.||2 April 2011||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||María Fernanda Álvarez Terán|| María Irigoyen
|4–6, 7–5, [10–4]|
|Winner||4.||24 June 2011||Rome, Italy||Clay||Verónica Cepede Royg|| Marina Shamayko
|Winner||5.||18 May 2013||Saint-Gaudens, France||Clay||Julia Glushko|| Stéphanie Dubois
|Runner-up||6.||23 March 2015||Palm Harbor, United States||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Petra Krejsová
Paula Cristina Gonçalves
|Runner-up||7.||8 June 2015||Padua, Italy||Clay||Réka Luca Jani|| María Irigoyen
|Runner-up||8.||17 April 2016||Lins, Brazil||Clay||Constanza Vega|| Bárbara Gatica
|Runner-up||9.||20 August 2017||Oldenzaal, Netherlands||Clay||Ana Sofía Sánchez|| Deborah Kerfs
|Winner||6.||8 September 2017||Trieste, Italy||Clay||Martina Caregaro|| Alice Balducci
|5–7, 7–5, [10–1]|
|Runner-up||10.||9 December 2017||Antalya, Turkey||Clay||Dia Evtimova|| Cristina Dinu
|Winner||7.||27 July 2018||Baja, Hungary||Clay||Natalija Kostić|| Nicoleta-Catalina Dascalu
|Winner||8.||19 October 2018||Seville, Spain||Clay||Andrea Gámiz|| Başak Eraydın
Fed Cup singles performances (12–10)Edit
Fed Cup doubles performances (0–2)Edit
|2009 World Group Playoff||QF||26 April 2009||Ukraine||Hard||María Irigoyen|| Mariya Koryttseva
|2014 Fed Cup World Group II||1R||9 February 2014||Japan||Clay||María Irigoyen|| Shuko Aoyama
Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit
- Paula Ormaechea at the Women's Tennis Association
- Paula Ormaechea Profile, FedCup.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- Paola Ormaechea at the International Tennis Federation
- El Tenis Que No Vemos: Conociendo a… Paula Ormaechea (3 August 2009)
- Fed Cup: World Group Playoff: Ukraine defeated Argentina 5–0 in Argentina
- Fed Cup: Ani & Kanepi lead Estonian debut (4 February 2010)
- Fed Cup: Estonia in driving seat (6 February 2010)
- Fed Cup: Estonia seals Playoff spot (7 February 2010)
- Fed Cup World Group II Playoffs: Canada vs. Argentina 5–0