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Silvia Farina Elia (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsilvja faˈriːna eˈliːa]; born 27 April 1972) is a former professional tennis player from Italy. She won three WTA singles titles, reached the quarterfinals of the 2003 Wimbledon Championships and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 11 in May 2002. Farina Elia won her first ITF title at Caltagirone in 1991 and her first WTA tournament at Strasbourg in 2001. She made her début Grand Slam appearance at the 1991 French Open and was coached by husband Francesco Elia, whom she married September 1999.

Silvia Farina Elia
Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceRome
Born (1972-04-27) 27 April 1972 (age 47)
Milan
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired24 October 2005
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,688,252
Singles
Career record469–370
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 11 (20 May 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2004, 2005)
French Open4R (2001, 2002)
WimbledonQF (2003)
US Open4R (2002)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals1R (2001, 2002)
Olympic Games3R (2000)
Doubles
Career record269–255
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 24 (21 June 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1997)
French OpenQF (1994, 1998, 2004)
WimbledonQF (1998, 1999)
US Open3R (1994, 1999, 2005)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2004)

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CareerEdit

Farina Elia made steady progression on the ITF circuit during the early 1990s and finished her first year in the top 100 in 1991. She completed her first victory over a top ten player (Gabriela Sabatini, Roland Garros) in 1994 and won her first doubles title the next year. In 1996, she represented Italy at the Atlanta Olympics. 1998 was considered her breakthrough year, reaching the final of four tournaments and in the process securing a place in the year end top 20. She was 26 at the time and thus considered a "late bloomer". She only reached one singles final in 1999 but made a greater impact in doubles, winning three tournaments.

In 2001, Farina Elia won a belated first WTA Tour title, at the Internationaux de Strasbourg. She ended the year No. 14, what was to be her best year end finish and played in the WTA Tour Championships of 2001 and 2002. She consolidated the Strasbourg win with two more wins at the tournament. In 2003, she achieved her best Grand Slam result at the unlikely venue of Wimbledon, home of her least favourite surface, losing to Kim Clijsters, 7–5, 0–6, 1–6 in the quarterfinals.

Farina Elia represented Italy at nine Federation Cups and also at three Olympics.

On Monday 24 October 2005 she announced her retirement from the tour due a recurrence of a shoulder, saying, "My body has given all it can."[1][2]

Personal lifeEdit

Farina Elia began playing tennis aged 10; introduced to the sport by her mother who played recreationally. Her parents are both insurance agents, as is her sister, Olga. Her brother, Enrico, restores furniture. She married Francesco Elia on 22 September 1999 and described the prospect of life after tennis as "exciting".[3]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 13 (3–10)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (3)
Tier IV-V (0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Date Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 21 July 1991 San Marino Clay   Katia Piccolini 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 11 January 1998 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Dominique van Roost 4–6, 7–6(9–11), 7–5
Runner-up 3. 26 April 1998 Budapest, Hungary Clay   Virginia Ruano Pascual 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 19 July 1998 Warsaw, Poland Clay   Conchita Martínez 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 1 November 1998 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Carpet (i)   Mary Pierce 6–0, 2–0 ret.
Runner-up 6. 14 February 1999 Prostějov, Czech Republic Carpet (i)   Henrieta Nagyová 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Runner-up 7. 7 January 2001 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Justine Henin 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 1. 26 May 2001 Strasbourg, France Clay   Anke Huber 7–5, 0–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 25 May 2002 Strasbourg, France Clay   Jelena Dokić 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 24 May 2003 Strasbourg, France Clay   Karolina Šprem 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 17 January 2004 Canberra, Australia Hard   Paola Suárez 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 9. 22 February 2004 Antwerp, Belgium Hard (i)   Kim Clijsters 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 10. 10 April 2005 Amelia Island, United States Clay   Lindsay Davenport 7–5, 7–5

Doubles: 17 (9–8)Edit

Wins (9)
Runners-up (8)

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (2–1)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 29 October 1990 Putignano, Italy Clay   Nathalie Baudone 2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 24 June 1991 Caltagirone, Italy Clay   Ann Devries 7–5, 6–3
Winner 3. 5 April 1993 Limoges, France Carpet (i)   Laurence Courtois 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (6–2)Edit

Outcome No Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 11 June 1990 Modena, Italy Hard   Simona Isidori   Heleen van den Berg
  Miriam Oremans
6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. 23 July 1990 Milan, Italy Hard   Simona Isidori   Nathalie Ballet
  Agnes Romand
2–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 3. 29 October 1990 Putignano, Italy Clay   Nathalie Baudone   Darija Dešković
  Karin Lušnic
6–1, 6–1
Winner 4. 24 June 1991 Caltagiron, Italy Hard   Misumi Miyauchi   Alexandra Fusai
  Olivia Gravereaux
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 13 April 1992 Salerno, Italy Hard   Linda Ferrando   Kirrily Sharpe
  Angie Woolcock
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 7 September 1992 Arzachena, Italy Clay   Linda Ferrando   Laura Garrone
  Laura Golarsa
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 7. 11 April 1993 Limoges, France Carpet (i)   Elena Pampoulova   Stephanie Reece
  Danielle Scott
6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
Runner-up 8. 16 August 1993 Arzachena, Italy Clay   Linda Ferrando   Akiko Kijimuta
  Naoko Kijimuta
0–6, 5–7

Head-to-head record against other players in the top 10Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Farina-Elia announces retirement". Television New Zealand. Reuters. 27 October 2005. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Injuries force Italy's Farina to retire". Times of Malta. 28 October 2005.
  3. ^ Sony Ericsson WTA Tour

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