Tamira Shelah Paszek (born 6 December 1990) is an Austrian tennis player.
Paszek at the 2016 Aegon Classic Birmingham
|Full name||Tamira Shelah Paszek|
|Born||6 December 1990|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Turned pro||26 October 2005|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||3 WTA, 3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 26 (11 February 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2007, 2013)|
|French Open||2R (2007, 2014)|
|Wimbledon||QF (2011, 2012)|
|US Open||4R (2007)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2012)|
|Career titles||3 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 93 (6 May 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2012)|
|French Open||1R (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||3R (2012)|
|Last updated on: 5 March 2019.|
Paszek has won three singles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as three singles and three doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. Her greatest success so far: she reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament twice, 2011 and 2012 at the Wimbledon Championships. On 11 February 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 26. On 6 May 2013, she peaked at No. 93 in the doubles rankings.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Tennis career
- 3 WTA finals
- 4 Grand Slam performance timelines
- 5 Wins over top players
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Paszek was introduced to tennis by her mother, Françoise Paszek, at age four-and-a-half. Her mother is a Chilean-born Austrian of Polish and French descent; and her father, Ariff Mohamed, a Tanzanian-born, Kenyan-raised Canadian of Indian descent. Tamira has a Polish surname from her maternal grandfather.
In September 2005 she won her first title at an ITF tournament in Sofia. In October of the same year she received a wildcard to appear at her first WTA tournament in Linz; she defeated Elena Vesnina in the first round and lost to Ana Ivanovic after a tough first set.
In 2006, she passed qualifications in Istanbul, where she lost in the second round to Catalina Castaño; and in Portorož at the Banka Koper Slovenia Open, where she won her first WTA title by defeating No. 6 seed Maria Elena Camerin in straight sets. This was a career-first tour singles title in only her third tour main draw. That title made her the youngest tour singles titlist in 2006 and the seventh-youngest of all-time, the youngest winner being Tracy Austin. A month later, at the Zurich Open, she lost to Camerin in the second round of qualifying. She finished 2006 as world No. 181 in the WTA rankings.
Paszek started the at the Australian Open, where she qualified for the main draw and defeated top-40 player Séverine Brémond in straight sets in the first round, before losing to No. 22 seed Vera Zvonareva.
At Paszek's first grass tournament of her career, she reached the third round in Birmingham, losing to Maria Sharapova in a tight match. At Wimbledon she reached the fourth round after beating two seeded players, No. 17 seed Tatiana Golovin and No. 12 seed Elena Dementieva; she then eventually lost to No. 5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets. The win pushed her up 19 places to No. 35, a career high and only a few spots from a guaranteed seeding at the US Open.
Paszek also participated at the Fed Cup for Austria. She won her first two matches in the group stage against Australia but lost both her matches in the World Group play-offs against Israel; a singles match against Shahar Pe'er and a doubles match, partnering Melanie Klaffner.
Paszek decided against defending her title in the Banka Koper Slovenia Open in Portorož, in favour of the larger China Open tournament in Beijing. However, she lost in the second round to fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva (whom she beat in Wimbledon) in less than an hour.
At the ASB Classic in Auckland, Paszek made it to the semifinals, losing to veteran Lindsay Davenport. In the first round of the Australian Open, Paszek played third-seeded Jelena Janković. In the deciding set, Paszek led by two games and had three match points before Janković came back to win the three-hour match.
Following this she lost in the first round of Doha to Patty Schnyder. Then she competed for the first time as a seed in a Tier I tournament at Indian Wells retiring in the third round to Casey Dellacqua. Then in Miami she was defeated by Anna Chakvetadze in the second round.
This started a losing streak of six straight matches running through the French Open and Wimbledon. At Wimbledon she lost her second marathon match of the year to Francesca Schiavone. It came to an end in Los Angeles where she defeated Aiko Nakamura only to lose to Flavia Pennetta in the second round.
On 31 July, Paszek beat world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal in three sets. In the quarterfinals, she played Victoria Azarenka, to whom she lost. In the first round of Cincinnati she lost to Petra Cetkovská. At the US Open Paszek defeated the 23rd seed Maria Kirilenko, only then to lose to the lower ranked opponent Magdaléna Rybáriková.
Paszek was runner-up in Bali. She reached the final after taking out the seventh seed Flavia Pennetta and the top seed Daniela Hantuchová where she lost against Patty Schnyder. She then withdrew from the Generali Ladies Linz due to injury.
Paszek ended her professional relationship with coach Lari Passos and is now coached by Angel Giminez.
In the first round of the Australian Open, Paszek lost to wildcard Jelena Dokić in three sets. She passed the first round at Indian Wells, winning in straight sets against Mara Santangelo, and lost in the second round against 21st seed Alisa Kleybanova.
In January, Paszek lost in second round of qualifying in Auckland. After defeating Carly Gullickson she retired in her match against Rebecca Marino. Her next tournament was the Hobart International. She scored a big win after defeating Roberta Vinci, but then lost to Gisela Dulko in a long three-setter.
Her next tournament was the Australian Open where she lost to Julia Görges in the first round. At the tournament in Paris, Paszek lost to eventual runner-up Lucie Šafářová. To reach the main draw at Dubai, Paszek entered qualifying. She defeated Tsvetana Pironkova in first round, but then lost to Anna-Lena Grönefeld. After Dubai she entered at Indian Wells, but lost to Julie Coin. At the Sony Ericsson Open, Paszek defeated Anne Keothavong, but then lost to 22nd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Paszek lost in early rounds of Marbella, Barcelona and Fes, and didn't enter the French Open. Instead, she played a $25,000 tournament in Izmir and won it, beating Çağla Büyükakçay. Her next event was ITF Budapest. She qualified, defeating Vanda Lukács and Jana Čepelová, and reached the second round, losing to Lenka Wienerová.
She tried to qualify in Budapest defeating Eleni Daniilidou and Jessica Moore but lost to Andreja Klepač. Her next tournament was the Prague Open where she entered qualifying. Paszek defeated Tadeja Majerič and then crushed top seed Anastasia Rodionova. She then lost to Liana Ungur. After losing the first set 2–6, Paszek went to play better, yet then retired because of the heat and a stomach complaint. But, because Gisela Dulko withdrew, Paszek gained her chance to enter to the main draw. She faced Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet and lost in a match that lasted three hours and 40 minutes.
After some bad losses in qualifying of the Premier tournaments, Paszek found her form in the US Open where she entered qualifying. She defeated Michaëlla Krajicek, Korea's Kim So-jing and Russia's Evgeniya Rodina to reach the main draw. In the final qualifying round, Paszek trailed Rodina 2–6 after the first set before coming back to win the second and blank the Russian in the third. In the first round of the main draw, she defeated 26th seed Lucie Šafářová, despite being three games behind in the second set. She lost to Chan Yung-jan in the second round.
Her next tournament was at the Bell Challenge. She defeated Marina Erakovic in the first and Jill Craybas in the second round. In her first quarterfinal of 2010 she defeated No. 8 seed Sofia Arvidsson. She then crushed Christina McHale in the semifinal to book her place in the final, where she won the title by beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Paszek started 2011 ranked No. 89 and lost in the first round of Auckland to Sofia Arvidsson. She qualified for Hobart and reached the second round of the main draw before falling to Jarmila Gajdošová. Prior to the Wimbledon Championships, Paszek had a standard year before she went on to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time in her career, defeating world No. 7 Francesca Schiavone (her first top 10 win of 2011) in an epic third round match that lasted three hours and 42 minutes. Paszek finally prevailed, hitting a total of 40 winners to 36 unforced errors. Paszek played Russian Ksenia Pervak in the fourth round. She went on winning, beating Pervak in three sets, reaching the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time. She played No. 4 seed Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals. The match started on Court 1, but was moved to Centre Court after the first game due to rain. Paszek lost, however, in straight sets.
2012: Third WTA title, second Wimbledon quarterfinalEdit
Paszek began the year at the Brisbane International. In the first round, she lost to world No. 22 Ana Ivanovic 3–6, 3–6. Seeded fifth for qualifying at the Apia International Sydney, Paszek lost in the first round of qualifying to Bojana Jovanovski 0–6, 6–7. At the Australian Open, Paszek lost in the first round to 12th seed Serena Williams 3–6, 2–6.
At the Qatar Total Open, Paszek lost in the first round to qualifier Anne Keothavong 6–7, 6–7. Seeded eighth in qualifying at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Paszek lost in the first round of qualifying to Anastasia Rodionova 4–6, 4–6. Ranked 49 at the BNP Paribas Open, Paszek recorded her first win of the season by defeating world No. 65 Anastasiya Yakimova in the first round 6–4, 2–6, 6–1. In the second round, Paszek faced 23rd seed Lucie Šafářová. Paszek retired trailing 6–3, 3–1 due to a right wrist injury. At the Sony Ericsson Open, Paszek was up against world No. 77 Anna Tatishvili in the first round. Paszek was forced to retire trailing 6–4, 4–3 due to a back injury.
Paszek began her clay-court season at the Estoril Open. In the first round, she lost easily to ninth seed Polona Hercog 0–6, 3–6. At the Mutua Madrid Open, Paszek lost in the first round to Spanish wildcard Sílvia Soler Espinosa 7–6, 2–6, 2–6. Seeded 8th at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, Paszek had her second win of the season by defeating world No. 103 Alberta Brianti in the first round 6–4, 0–6, 6–4. In the second round, she lost to world No. 81 Johanna Larsson 6–2, 6–0. At the French Open, Paszek lost in the first round to 28th seed Peng Shuai 4–6, 3–6.
Paszek began her grass-court season at the Aegon Trophy. As the top seed, Paszek was upset in the first round by world No. 137 Alison Riske 7–5, 6–4. Seeded 12th at the Aegon Classic, Paszek was defeated in the first round by world No. 76 Anne Keothavong 6–2, 7–5. Paszek´s final grass-court warm-up tournament before Wimbledon was the Aegon International. In the first round, she beat world No. 45 Marina Erakovic 7–5, 6–1. In the second round, Paszek upset eighth seed Daniela Hantuchová 6–4, 3–6, 6–1. In the quarterfinals, she defeated world No. 40 Tsvetana Pironkova 6–0, 6–4. In the semifinals, Paszek upset fourth seed and defending champion Marion Bartoli 4–6, 7–5, 6–4 to reach her first WTA final since 2010. In the final, Paszek upset fifth seed Angelique Kerber 5–7, 6–3, 7–5 to win her third WTA title. Paszek was 3–5 down in the final set and saved five championship points. At Wimbledon, Paszek upset former world No. 1 and seventh seed Caroline Wozniacki in the first round 5–7, 7–6, 6–4. This match lasted 3 hours and 12 minutes. In the second round, she beat world No. 60 Alizé Cornet 6–2, 6–1. Then she defeated world No. 36 Yanina Wickmayer 2–6, 7–6, 7–5, and in the fourth round 21st seed Roberta Vinci 6–2, 6–2 to reach the quarterfinals for the second year in a row. In the quarterfinals, Paszek lost for the second successive year to second seed Victoria Azarenka 3–6, 6–7.
Paszek began her US Open series at the Rogers Cup. In the first round, she defeated world No. 25 Julia Görges 6–2, 6–1. In the second round, Paszek faced world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka retired at 3–3 in the first set due to a left knee injury. In the third round, Paszek easily defeated world No. 44 Carla Suárez Navarro 6–3, 6–0. In the quarterfinals, Paszek lost to 5th seed and eventual champion Petra Kvitová 3–6, 2–6. At the Western & Southern Open, Paszek was up against world No. 60 Sofia Arvidsson. Arvidsson won the first set 6–1. In the second set, Arvidsson was leading 2–1 before Paszek retired because of a migraine. Her last tournament before the US Open was the New Haven Open. She lost in the first round to world No. 46 Sloane Stephens 3–6, 1–6. At the US Open, Paszek lost in the first round to world No. 67 Olga Govortsova 3–6, 4–6.
After the US Open, Paszek played at the Korea Open. In the first round, she beat Carla Suárez Navarro 7–6, 6–3. In the second round, she defeated Korean wildcard Lee So-ra 6–2, 6–0. In the quarterfinals, Paszek lost to sixth seed Varvara Lepchenko 6–4, 6–7, 4–6. At the Toray Pan Pacific Open, she defeated qualifier Camila Giorgi in the first round 6–4, 6–3. In the second round, Paszek lost easily to Victoria Azarenka 1–6, 1–6. At the China Open, Paszek got revenge on Olga Govortsova and defeated her in the first round 7–5, 0–6, 7–6, before she lost to qualifier Elena Vesnina 6–7, 2–6. Seeded seventh at the Generali Ladies Linz, Paszek was defeated in the first round by qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6–2, 6–4. Her final tournament of the year was the BGL Luxembourg Open. Seeded seventh, she lost in the first round to world No. 47 Lucie Hradecká 3–6, 6–7.
Paszek ended the year ranked 30. This is her best season to date.
2013: Career-high singles ranking, downfall, injuriesEdit
Paszek began the year at the Brisbane International. In the first round, she lost to world No. 31 Urszula Radwańska 6–2, 0–6, 2–6. After Brisbane, Paszek competed at Sydney, where she lost in the first round to Jelena Janković 2–6, 6–7. At the Australian Open, Paszek was the 30th seed. She achieved her first Australian Open victory since 2007 with an emphatic win over world No. 89 Stefanie Vögele in the first round 4–6, 6–4, 7–5. However, in the second round, she was outplayed by American wildcard Madison Keys and lost 2–6, 1–6.
After the Australian Open, Paszek played at the Open GdF Suez. In the first round, she lost to lucky loser and eventual semifinalist Kiki Bertens 4–6, 5–7. At the Qatar Total Open, Paszek had another first round exit, losing to 13th seed Ana Ivanovic 1–6, 2–6. Seeded 23rd at the BNP Paribas Open, Paszek received a bye into the second round, where she lost to American qualifier Mallory Burdette 6–7, 1–6. Seeded 26th at the Sony Open Tennis, Paszek again received a bye into the second round, where she lost to world No. 57 Simona Halep 1–6, 7–6, 5–7.
Paszek's clay-court season began in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup. In the first round, she faced American qualifier Grace Min. Paszek retired after losing the first set 3–6 due to a left neck injury. After Charleston, she traveled to Europe to play in the Portugal Open. She lost in the first round to world No. 49 Monica Niculescu 1–6, 3–6. Seeded second at Strasbourg, Paszek lost in the first round to French wildcard Virginie Razzano 1–6, 4–6. Seeded 28th at the French Open, Paszek lost in the first round to world No. 78 Melanie Oudin 4–6, 3–6.
Paszek elected to contest at the Aegon Trophy in Nottingham. She opened her grass-court season with a hard-fought win over wildcard Anne Keothavong in the first round 7–6, 6–3. However, she would progress no further as she was forced to retire against Alison Riske at 4–6, 7–5, 2–0 in their second-round encounter due to a hamstring injury. At the AEGON Classic, she was seeded fourth and was given a first-round bye. She drew Riske again in the second round and lost 2–6, 6–2, 6–3. Paszek entered the Aegon International as the defending champion, but again went out at the first hurdle, losing to Caroline Wozniacki after having to retire at 6–2, 2–2 due to a thigh injury. Her final grass-court event was the Wimbledon Championships, where she was seeded 28th. She lost in the first round to world No. 87 Alexandra Cadanțu 2–6, 5–7. As a result, Paszek dropped out of the top 100.
Paszek took a two-week break following Wimbledon, making her next appearance on the hard-courts at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. In the first round, she faced qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva. Paszek recorded her third win of the season when Kudryavtseva retired at 6–1, 6–7, 3–0 due to a heat illness. She lost in the second round to 6th seed Varvara Lepchenko 4–6, 4–6. Her next tournament was the Southern California Open. In the first round, she suffered a 0–6, 0–6 thrashing at the hands of world No. 45 Daniela Hantuchová. She then played qualifying at the Rogers Cup. Seeded 24th for qualifying, she lost a marathon match in the first round of qualifying to Anastasia Rodionova 6–7, 7–5, 6–7. For the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, Paszek played qualifying at the US Open. In the first round, she defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam 6–2, 6–2. Paszek lost in the second round of qualifying to 3rd seed Andrea Hlaváčková 2–6, 6–2, 2–6.
After the US Open, she entered the Challenge Bell in Quebec City. She lost in the first round to world No. 84 Christina McHale. She then played two ITF events in the United States. The first tournament was the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships. In the first round, she defeated Olivia Rogowska. In the second round, she lost to Anna Tatishvili 5–7, 2–6. At the Party Rock Open, Paszek defeated Adriana Pérez in the first round 7–6, 7–6. In the second, she lost to 6th seed, eventual finalist, and doubles partner CoCo Vandeweghe 4–6, 2–6. However, she did capture the doubles title with Vandeweghe marking her first tournament win in either singles or doubles in 2013. Her most impressive result of the year came in France at the Open GdF Suez Région Limousin, a $50,000 tournament. Unseeded, Paszek upset fourth seed Johanna Konta in the first round 6–4, 6–4. In the second round, she defeated Andreea Mitu 1–6, 6–3, 7–6. In the quarterfinals, she beat Nina Zander 6–2, 6–2. In the semifinals, she upset first seed Silvia Soler Espinosa 6–1, 6–0 for a place in the final where she lost to Kristýna Plíšková 6–3, 3–6, 2–6. Despite the loss, she climbed back inside the top-200 and recorded her first set of consecutive wins since the Hansol Korea Open.
Competing at the Internationaux Féminins de la Vienne as a wildcard, she beat Johanna Konta in the first round 7–5, 0–6, 7–6. In the second, Paszek lost to fifth seed Alexandra Cadanțu 4–6, 3–6. At the Aegon GB Pro-Series Barnstaple, Paszek lost in the second round to seventh seed Kristýna Plíšková 1–6, 4–6.
Paszek began her season at the ASB Classic, where she lost in the first round to fifth seed Jamie Hampton 6–1, 0–6, 3–6. Having failed to defend the previous year's second round points, her ranking dropped outside the top-200 and she elected to contest a $25,000 event in Rancho Santa Fe, where she rebounded by winning the tournament. The following week, she advanced to another $25,000 ITF final in Surprise, this time holding 14 match points before succumbing to fourth seed Jovana Jakšić of Serbia.
Paszek continued to participate in lower-level ITF events and reached her next final at a $25,000 event in Wiesbaden, bowing out to Ekaterina Alexandrova in three sets. At the French Open, Paszek qualified for the main draw without dropping a set in all three qualifying matches. In the first round of the main tournament, she was pitted against Alison Van Uytvanck and defeated the Belgian to advance to the second round. Her run was ended there, however, as she went down to recent Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulková in a straight-sets encounter.
She had a mediocre grass-court season, winning just four matches in her Wimbledon warm-up tournaments, but did qualify for Wimbledon, before losing there to 24th seed Kirsten Flipkens in a tough first-round match. She would proceed to play a slew of hard-court events for the remainder of the year, but was not able to maintain form and only won four matches before the season's close. Paszek would end the year ranked world No. 133.
Singles 4 (3 titles, 1 runner–up)Edit
|Win||1–0||Sep 2006||Portorož, Slovenia||Tier IV||Hard||Maria Elena Camerin||7–5, 6–1|
|Loss||1–1||Sep 2008||Bali, Indonesia||Tier III||Hard||Patty Schnyder||3–6, 0–6|
|Win||2–1||Sep 2010||Québec, Canada||International||Carpet (i)||Bethanie Mattek-Sands||7–6(8–6), 2–6, 7–5|
|Win||3–1||Jun 2012||Eastbourne International, UK||Premier||Grass||Angelique Kerber||5–7, 6–3, 7–5|
Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit
Wins over top playersEdit
Wins over reigning world No. 1Edit
|Quarterfinalist||1||Ana Ivanovic||2008 Rogers Cup||Hard||3rd round||6–2, 1–6, 6–2|
|Quarterfinalist||2||Victoria Azarenka||2012 Rogers Cup||Hard||2nd round||3–3 ret.|
Top 10 winsEdit
|1.||Elena Dementieva||No. 9||Wimbledon, London||Grass||3rd round||3–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|2.||Patty Schnyder||No. 10||US Open, New York||Hard||3rd round||4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–1)|
|3.||Ana Ivanovic||No. 1||Montreal, Canada||Hard||3rd round||6–2, 1–6, 6–2|
|4.||Flavia Pennetta||No. 10||Bali, Indonesia||Hard||Quarterfinals||4–6, 6–0, 6–2|
|5.||Daniela Hantuchová||No. 8||Bali, Indonesia||Hard||Semifinals||6–2, 5–7, 6–4|
|6.||Francesca Schiavone||No. 7||Wimbledon, London||Grass||3rd round||3–6, 6–4, 11–9|
|7.||Jelena Janković||No. 10||Beijing, China||Hard||1st round||7–5, 6–4|
|8.||Marion Bartoli||No. 9||Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||Semifinals||4–6, 7–5, 6–4|
|9.||Angelique Kerber||No. 8||Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||Final||5–7, 6–3, 7–5|
|10.||Caroline Wozniacki||No. 7||Wimbledon, London||Grass||1st round||5–7, 7–6(7–4), 6–4|
|11.||Victoria Azarenka||No. 1||Montreal||Hard||2nd round||3–3 ret.|
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