Virginia Ruano Pascual

Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spanish pronunciation: [biɾˈxinja ˈrwano pasˈkwal]; born 21 September 1973) is a Spanish former professional tennis player.

Virginia Ruano Pascual
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Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceMadrid
Born (1973-09-21) 21 September 1973 (age 48)
Madrid
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned proJanuary 1992
Retired2010
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$6,076,081
Singles
Career record395–353 (52.8%)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 28 (12 April 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2003)
French OpenQF (1995)
Wimbledon4R (1998)
US Open3R (1998, 1999, 2001)
Doubles
Career record596–272 (68.7%)
Career titles43
Highest rankingNo. 1 (8 September 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2004)
French OpenW (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
WimbledonF (2002, 2003, 2006)
US OpenW (2002, 2003, 2004)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (2003)
Olympic GamesSilver medal.svg Silver medal (2004, 2008)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2004)
French OpenW (2001)
WimbledonSF (2009)
US OpenQF (2003)

She had moderate success in singles, winning three career titles as well as reaching two Grand Slam quarterfinals and a top-30 ranking, but she had been far more successful in doubles. She won 43 career doubles titles, including eleven at Grand Slam tournaments: ten in women's doubles (eight partnering Paola Suárez, and two partnering Anabel Medina Garrigues) and one in mixed doubles (partnering Tomás Carbonell).

Between 2002 and 2004, Virginia and Paola reached nine consecutive Grand Slam tournament finals (won five) and they reached at least the semifinals of the last twelve Grand Slam tournaments they played in. Their winning run came to an end when they lost in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Personal lifeEdit

Her father, Juan Manuel, works for Iberia Airlines; her mother, Virginia, is a housewife. Her brother, Juan Ramon, is a tennis pro at a club and also serves as her coach and her sister, Marbella, works in administration. Initially, she hyphenated her family names, but she has omitted the hyphen since 1998.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 10 titles, 6 runner-upsEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2000 French Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Martina Hingis
  Mary Pierce
2–6, 4–6
Win 2001 French Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Jelena Dokić
  Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
Win 2002 French Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
Loss 2002 Wimbledon Grass   Paola Suárez   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
2–6, 5–7
Win 2002 US Open Hard   Paola Suárez   Elena Dementieva
  Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
Loss 2003 Australian Open Hard   Paola Suárez   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Loss 2003 French Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
7–6(5), 2–6, 7–9
Loss 2003 Wimbledon Grass   Paola Suárez   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 4–6
Win 2003 US Open Hard   Paola Suárez   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–3
Win 2004 Australian Open Hard   Paola Suárez   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
Win 2004 French Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 6–3
Win 2004 US Open Hard   Paola Suárez   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 7–5
Win 2005 French Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 2006 Wimbledon Grass   Paola Suárez   Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
3–6, 6–3, 2–6
Win 2008 French Open Clay   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Casey Dellacqua
  Francesca Schiavone
2–6, 7–5, 6–4
Win 2009 French Open Clay   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Victoria Azarenka
  Elena Vesnina
6–1, 6–1

Mixed doubles: 1 titleEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2001 French Open Clay   Tomás Carbonell   Jaime Oncins
  Paola Suárez
7–5, 6–3

Summer OlympicsEdit

Doubles: 2 silver medalsEdit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 2004 Athens Hard   Conchita Martínez   Sun Tiantian
  Li Ting
3–6, 3–6
Silver 2008 Beijing Hard   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
2–6, 0–6

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 3 titlesEdit

Legend
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV & V (3–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 18 May 1997 Welsh International Open, UK Clay   Alexia Dechaume-Balleret 6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 2. 26 April 1998 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay   Silvia Farina Elia 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 12 October 2003 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Hard   Saori Obata 6–2, 7–6(2)

Doubles: 33 titles, 27 runner-upsEdit

Legend before 2009 Legend starting in 2009
WTA Championships (1–0)
Tier I (11–11) Premier Mandatory (0–0)
Tier II (5–6) Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier III (7–4) Premier (1–0)
Tier IV & V (8–5) International (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 January 1998 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Paola Suárez   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Janette Husárová
7–6(6), 6–3
Winner 2. 26 April 1998 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay   Paola Suárez   Cătălina Cristea
  Laura Montalvo
4–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 3. 10 May 1998 Rome Masters, Italy Clay   Paola Suárez   Amanda Coetzer
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(1), 6–4
Runner-up 1. 25 April 1999 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay   Laura Montalvo   Evgenia Kulikovskaya
  Sandra Načuk
3–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 23 May 1999 Madrid Open, Spain Clay   Paola Suárez   María Fernanda Landa
  Marlene Weingärtner
6–2, 0–6, 6–0
Winner 5. 23 April 2000 Family Circle Cup, United States Clay   Paola Suárez   Conchita Martínez
  Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 10 July 2000 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo,
Italy
Clay   Ruxandra Dragomir   Silvia Farina Elia
  Rita Grande
4–6, 6–0, 6–7(6)
Winner 6. 23 July 2000 Warsaw Open, Poland Clay   Paola Suárez   Åsa Carlsson
  Rita Grande
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 21 August 2000 Connecticut Open, U.S. Hard   Paola Suárez   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 7 January 2001 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Ruxandra Dragomir   Elena Likhovtseva
  Cara Black
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 4 March 2001 Mexican Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Anabel Medina Garrigues
  María José Martínez Sánchez
4–6, 7–6(5), 5–7
Runner-up 6. 11 March 2001 Indian Wells Masters, U.S. Hard   Paola Suárez   Nicole Arendt
  Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 22 April 2001 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay   Paola Suárez   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 6–7(5), 3–6
Winner 7. 20 May 2001 Belgian Open Clay   Els Callens   Kristie Boogert
  Miriam Oremans
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 26 May 2001 Madrid Open, Spain Clay   Paola Suárez   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 2–6, 7–6(4)
Winner 9. 22 July 2001 French Community Championships, Belgium Clay   Magüi Serna   Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie
  Andreea Vanc
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 24 February 2002 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia Clay   Paola Suárez   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–1
Winner 11. 3 March 2002 Mexican Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 8. 1 April 2002 Miami Open, U.S. Hard   Paola Suárez   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–7(4), 7–6(4), 3–6
Winner 12. 19 May 2002 Rome Masters, Italy Clay   Paola Suárez   Conchita Martínez
  Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 6–4
Winner 13. 18 August 2002 Canada Masters Hard   Paola Suárez   Rika Fujiwara
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 7–6(4)
Winner 14. 14 September 2002 Brasil Open Hard   Paola Suárez   Émilie Loit
  Rossana de los Ríos
6–4, 6–1
Winner 15. 29 September 2002 Bali International, Indonesia Hard   Cara Black   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–3
Winner 16. 13 April 2003 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay   Paola Suárez   Janette Husárová
  Conchita Martínez
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 20 April 2003 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay   Paola Suárez   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
5–7, 2–6
Winner 17. 11 May 2003 German Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 18. 23 August 2003 New Haven Open, U.S. Hard   Paola Suárez   Alicia Molik
  Magüi Serna
7–6(6), 6–3
Runner-up 10. 19 October 2003 Zurich Open, Switzerland Hard (i)   Paola Suárez   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
6–7(3), 2–6
Winner 19. 10 November 2003 WTA Tour Championships,
Los Angeles
Hard (i)   Paola Suárez   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 5 January 2004 Auckland Open, New Zealand Hard   Paola Suárez   Mervana Jugić-Salkić
  Jelena Kostanić Tošić
6–7(6), 6–3, 1–6
Winner 20. 21 March 2004 Indian Wells Open, U.S. Hard   Paola Suárez   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–2
Winner 21. 18 April 2004 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay   Paola Suárez   Martina Navratilova
  Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 12. 10 May 2004 Rome Masters, Italy Clay   Paola Suárez   Nadia Petrova
  Meghann Shaughnessy
6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. 19 July 2004 LA Championships, U.S. Hard   Conchita Martínez   Nadia Petrova
  Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(2), 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14. 26 July 2004 San Diego Open, U.S. Hard   Paola Suárez   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 17 October 2004 Kremlin Cup, Russia Carpet   Paola Suárez   Anastasia Myskina
  Vera Zvonareva
3–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 16. 24 October 2004 Zurich Open, Switzerland Hard (i)   Paola Suárez   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 4–6
Winner 22. 31 October 2004 Luxembourg Open Hard (i)   Paola Suárez   Jill Craybas
  Marlene Weingärtner
6–1, 6–7(1), 6–3
Winner 23. 5 March 2005 Dubai Tennis Championships, UAE Hard   Paola Suárez   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Alicia Molik
6–7(7), 6–2, 6–1
Winner 24. 19 March 2005 Indian Wells Open, U.S. Hard   Paola Suárez   Nadia Petrova
  Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(3), 6–1
Winner 25. 17 April 2005 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay   Conchita Martínez   Iveta Benešová
  Květa Peschke
6–1, 6–4
Winner 26. 7 August 2005 San Diego Open, U.S. Hard   Conchita Martínez   Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
6–7(7), 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 17. 15 August 2005 Canada Masters Hard   Conchita Martínez   Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Martina Navratilova
7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 18. 9 October 2005 Bangkok Open, Thailand Hard   Conchita Martínez   Shinobu Asagoe
  Gisela Dulko
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 19. 30 October 2005 Generali Ladies Linz, Austria Hard (i)   Conchita Martínez   Gisela Dulko
  Květa Peschke
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 20. 17 January 2006 Sydney International, Australia Hard   Paola Suárez   Corina Morariu
  Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 21. 18 March 2006 Indian Wells Masters, U.S. Hard   Meghann Shaughnessy   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 22. 16 April 2006 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay   Meghann Shaughnessy   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
6–3, 1–6, 1–6
Winner 27. 13 August 2006 Stanford Classic, U.S. Hard   Paola Suárez   Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–4
Winner 28. 24 September 2006 China Open Hard   Paola Suárez   Anna Chakvetadze
  Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–4
Winner 29. 1 October 2006 Korea Open Hard   Paola Suárez   Chia-jung Chuang
  Mariana Díaz Oliva
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 23. 13 January 2007 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Elena Likhovtseva
  Elena Vesnina
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 24. 9 April 2007 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Mara Santangelo
  Katarina Srebotnik
3–6, 6–7(4)
Runner-up 25. 18 June 2007 Rosmalen Open, Netherlands Grass   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
5–7, 2–6
Winner 30. 5 August 2007 Nordic Light Open, Sweden Hard   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Chan Chin-wei
  Tetiana Luzhanska
6–1, 5–7, [10–6]
Winner 31. 11 January 2008 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Eleni Daniilidou
  Jasmin Wöhr
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 26. 15 June 2008 Birmingham Classic, UK Grass   Séverine Brémond   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
2–6, 1–6
Winner 32. 27 July 2008 Slovenia Open Hard   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Vera Dushevina
  Ekaterina Makarova
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 27. 6 April 2009 Andalucia Tennis Experience, Spain Clay   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Klaudia Jans
  Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 3–6
Winner 33. 22 May 2010 Warsaw Open, Poland Clay   Meghann Shaughnessy   Cara Black
  Yan Zi
6–3, 6–4

ITF finalsEdit

$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 7 (4–3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 30 March 1992 ITF Moncalieri, Italy Clay   Isabel Cueto 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 26 July 1992 ITF Bilbao, Spain Clay   Claire Wegink 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 26 June 1994 ITF Valladolid, Spain Clay   Cristina Torrens Valero 3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 19 March 1995 ITF Zaragoza, Spain Clay   Magüi Serna 2–6, 7–6, 6–2
Winner 3. 18 August 1996 ITF Bronx, United States Hard   Amélie Mauresmo 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 15 May 2000 ITF Porto, Portugal Clay   María Sánchez Lorenzo 4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 4. 29 April 2001 ITF Sarasota, United States Clay   Maria Elena Camerin 6–0, 6–3

Doubles: 18 (10–8)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 14 August 1989 ITF Gangi, Italy Hard   Neus Ávila   Doris Iotti
  Nelly Pardo
6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 11 September 1989 ITF Pamplona, Spain Hard   Eva Bes   Cláudia Chabalgoity
  Ana Segura
3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 18 September 1989 ITF Porto, Portugal Clay   Inmaculada Varas   Janet Souto
  Rosa Bielsa
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 14 May 1990 ITF Cascais, Portugal Clay   Eva Bes   Simone Schilder
  Caroline Vis
3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 30 July 1990 ITF Vigo, Spain Clay   Eva Bes   María José Llorca
  Ana Segura
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 5 November 1990 ITF Lleida, Spain Clay   Eva Bes   Ana Larrakoetxea
  Silvia Ramón-Cortés
6–2, 1–6, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 18 March 1991 ITF Alicante, Spain Clay   Eva Bes   Rosa Bielsa
  Silvia Ramón-Cortés
3–6, 6–0, 5–7
Winner 3. 8 April 1991 ITF Turin, Italy Clay   Eva Bes   Lucie Šteflová
  Helena Vildová
6–7, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 4. 6 May 1991 ITF Porto, Portugal Clay   Eva Bes   Mariaan de Swardt
  Yael Segal
6–3, 7–5
Winner 5. 16 June 1991 ITF Mantua, Italy Clay   Marion Maruska   Yone Kamio
  Hiromi Nagano
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 6. 5 August 1991 ITF Vigo, Spain Clay   Eva Bes   Anne Aallonen
  Belinda Borneo
7–6(6), 7–5
Winner 7. 24 February 1992 ITF Valencia, Spain Clay   Estefanía Bottini   Petra Holubová
  Markéta Štusková
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 6 April 1992 ITF Caserta, Italy Clay   Estefanía Bottini   Radka Bobková
  Jana Pospíšilová
3–6, 6–2, 6–7
Winner 8. 10 May 1992 ITF Porto, Portugal Clay   Michelle Jaggard-Lai   Jennifer Fuchs
  Maria Strandlund
6–3, 7–5
Winner 9. 20 July 1992 ITF Bilbao, Spain Clay   Eva Bes   Jessica Emmons
  Clare Thompson
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 22 February 1993 ITF Valencia, Spain Clay   Eva Bes   Gaby Coorengel
  Amy van Buuren
4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 8. 28 February 1994 ITF Madrid, Spain Clay   Noelia Pérez Peñate   Vanessa Castellano
  Yolanda Clemot
6–2, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 10. 2 October 1995 ITF Lerida, Spain Clay   Karine Quentrec   Patricia Aznar
  Eva Bes
7–6(5), 6–0

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Australian Open A A 1R A 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R QF 2R 1R 4R 2R 3R 2R A
French Open LQ LQ LQ QF 1R 3R 3R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R LQ 1R 2R LQ
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 2R 4R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 2R LQ A
US Open 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R A A

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A A A A QF 2R 2R 2R QF 3R F W 1R QF 1R SF 3R 3R 1 / 14 32–13
French Open A A 1R 2R 2R A A 1R 2R 2R F W W F W W 2R QF W W 1R 6 / 17 55–11
Wimbledon A A A A A A 1R 1R 2R 3R QF SF F F SF A F 3R 3R SF 2R 0 / 14 38–14
US Open A A 2R A 1R A 1R 2R SF 2R 1R 3R W W W SF QF 3R SF 3R A 3 / 16 42–13

AwardsEdit

  • Named WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year for third straight year for 2004 with partner Paola Suárez.
  • With partner Paola Suárez, received Premio Consagración Clarín al Mérito Deportivo 2003, an award presented to Argentine athletes for their achievements
  • With partner Paola Suárez, named 2002 WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year and 2002 ITF Women's Doubles World Champions
  • In 1993 helped Spain recapture the Fed Cup title and defended it in 1994

External linksEdit