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Paula Ormaechea (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaula oɾmaeˈtʃea]; born 28 September 1992) is an Argentine tennis player. She has won 15 singles and nine doubles ITF titles, and, on 21 October 2013, reached a singles ranking high of world No. 59.[1] Ormaechea has a 16–12 record for the Argentina Fed Cup team.[2]

Paula Ormaechea
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Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires
Born (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 27)
Sunchales
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2007
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$817,633
Singles
Career record319–203
Career titles0 WTA, 15 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 59 (21 October 2013)
Current rankingNo. 217 (30 September 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2012)
French Open3R (2013, 2014)
Wimbledon1R (2014)
US Open2R (2013)
Doubles
Career record127–115
Career titles0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 188 (22 July 2013)
Current rankingNo. 319 (30 September 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2014)
Wimbledon1R (2013)
US Open1R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup16–12
Last updated on: 4 October 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Paula Ormaechea was born on 28 September 1992 in Sunchales, Santa Fe to Mirna and Marcelo Ormaechea.[3] She also has two sisters, Valentina and Sofía.[3] Juan Pablo Guzmán, former ATP tennis player, serves as her coach. Ormaechea cites Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams as her role models,[4] and also admires Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.[4] A fan of football, she supports Boca Juniors.[4]

CareerEdit

Junior careerEdit

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.[5] 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.

Fed CupEdit

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 in straight sets.[6] Ormaechea made her singles debut in 2010 World Group II rubber against Estonia.[7] She lost her first match to world No. 61 Kaia Kanepi,[8] and the second one to Maret Ani.[9] Ormaechea also played in the rubber against Canada, and lost both of her singles matches — against Aleksandra Wozniak and Valérie Tétreault.[10]

2011Edit

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. 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.

2012Edit

 
Paula Ormaechea in May 2012 at the French Open

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 Hsieh Su-wei. In the final round of qualifying, she crushed 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 in three sets.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 runner-upEdit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 24 February 2013 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá Clay   Jelena Janković 1–6, 2–6

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (15–9)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (15–9)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
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(1), 7–6(6)
Winner 6. 20 March 2011 Santiago, Chile Clay   Catalina Pella 6–2, 7–6(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(5), 1–6
Winner 14. 28 July 2018 Baja, Hungary Clay   Nina Potočnik 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
Winner 15. 15 September 2019 Sankt Pölten, Austria Clay   Réka Luca Jani 2–6, 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (9–10)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (7–10)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 6 October 2008 Santa Cruz, Bolivia Clay   Claudia Razzeto   Rocio Galarza
  Gabriela Roux
6–7(5), 6–3, [9–11]
Runner-up 2. 13 October 2008 Lima, Peru Clay   Marina Giral Lores   Andrea Koch Benvenuto
  Karen Castiblanco
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 20 October 2008 Lima, Peru Clay   Marina Giral Lores   Andrea Koch Benvenuto
  Karen Castiblanco
7–6(7), 0–6, [3–10]
Runner-up 4. 28 November 2009 Lima, Peru Clay   Agustina Eskenazi   Cecilia Costa Melgar
  Andrea Koch Benvenuto
1–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 18 July 2010 Bogotá, Colombia Clay   Andrea Gámiz   Mailen Auroux
  Karen Castiblanco
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
def.
Winner 2. 18 March 2011 Santiago, Chile Clay   Maria Fernanda Alves   Barbara Rush
  Carolina Zeballos
6–3, 7–6(2)
Winner 3. 2 April 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   María Fernanda Álvarez Terán   María Irigoyen
  Florencia Molinero
4–6, 7–5, [10–4]
Winner 4. 24 June 2011 Rome, Italy Clay   Verónica Cepede Royg   Marina Shamayko
  Sofia Shapatava
7–5, 6–4
Winner 5. 18 May 2013 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Julia Glushko   Stéphanie Dubois
  Kurumi Nara
7–5, 7–6(11)
Runner-up 6. 23 March 2015 Palm Harbor, United States Clay   María Irigoyen   Petra Krejsová
  Paula Cristina Gonçalves
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 8 June 2015 Padua, Italy Clay   Réka Luca Jani   María Irigoyen
  Barbora Krejčíková
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 17 April 2016 Lins, Brazil Clay   Constanza Vega   Bárbara Gatica
  Stephanie Petit
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 20 August 2017 Oldenzaal, Netherlands Clay   Ana Sofía Sánchez   Deborah Kerfs
  Chiara Scholl
5–7, 3–6
Winner 6. 8 September 2017 Trieste, Italy Clay   Martina Caregaro   Alice Balducci
  Camilla Scala
5–7, 7–5, [10–1]
Runner-up 10. 9 December 2017 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Dia Evtimova   Cristina Dinu
  Mia Eklund
3–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 27 July 2018 Baja, Hungary Clay   Natalija Kostić   Nicoleta-Catalina Dascalu
  Isabella Shinikova
w/o
Winner 8. 19 October 2018 Seville, Spain Clay   Andrea Gámiz   Başak Eraydın
  Anastasiya Komardina
7–5, 7–6(5)
Winner 9. 7 September 2019 Zagreb, Croatia Clay   Anna Bondár   Amandine Hesse
  Daniela Seguel
7–5, 7–5

Fed Cup singles performances (12–10)Edit

Edition Round Location Surface Against Opponent Score Result
2010 Fed Cup World Group II Tallinn Hard (i)   Estonia   Kaia Kanepi 1–6, 5–7 1–4
  Maret Ani 2–6, 3–6
World Group II Play-offs Montreal Carpet (i)   Canada   Aleksandra Wozniak 4–6, 2–6 0–5
  Valérie Tétreault 7–6(8–6), 1–6, 1–6
2012 Fed Cup Americas Zone Curitiba Clay   Bahamas   Larikah Russell 6–3, 6–0 3–0
  Canada   Aleksandra Wozniak 7–5, 6–4 3–0
  Peru   Ferny Ángeles Paz 6–1, 6–0 3–0
  Colombia   Catalina Castaño 6–2, 6–4 2–0
World Group II Play-offs Buenos Aires Clay   China   Yi-Miao Zhou 6–2, 6–2 4–1
  Qiang Wang 6–4, 6–2
2013 Fed Cup World Group II Buenos Aires Clay   Sweden   Johanna Larsson 6–3, 6–0 2–3
  Sofia Arvidsson 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 2–3, ret.
World Group II Play-offs Buenos Aires Clay   Great Britain   Johanna Konta 6–3, 6–2 3–1
  Laura Robson 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
2014 Fed Cup World Group II Pilar Clay   Japan   Misaki Doi 6–2, 3–6, 6–3 3–0
  Kurumi Nara 6–3, 6–4
World Group Play-offs Sochi Clay   Russia   Elena Vesnina 3–6, 3–6 0–4
  Ekaterina Makarova 1–6, 2–6
2015 Fed Cup World Group II Buenos Aires Clay   United States   Venus Williams 3–6, 2–6 1–4
  CoCo Vandeweghe 6–4, 6–4
World Group II Play-offs Buenos Aires Clay   Spain   Sara Sorribes Tormo 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 1–6 0–4
  Lara Arruabarrena 1–6, 6–4, 7–9

Fed Cup doubles performances (0–2)Edit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Partner Opponents Result Score
2009 World Group Playoff QF 26 April 2009   Ukraine Hard   María Irigoyen   Mariya Koryttseva
  Olga Savchuk
Loss 6–2, 6–0
2014 Fed Cup World Group II 1R 9 February 2014   Japan Clay   María Irigoyen   Shuko Aoyama
  Risa Ozaki
Loss 6–0, 6–4

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open 2R Q1 1R Q2 1–2
French Open 1R 3R 3R Q1 4–3
Wimbledon Q1 Q2 1R A 0–1
US Open Q3 2R 1R A 1–2
Win–Loss 1–2 3–2 2–4 0–0 6–8

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 0–1
French Open A A 1R 0–1
Wimbledon Q1 1R 0–1
US Open A 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–4

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit