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

Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual-2009-Sep-06.jpg
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceMadrid
Born (1973-09-21) 21 September 1973 (age 45)
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
Career titles3 WTA, 4 ITF
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
Career titles43 WTA, 10 ITF
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
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 has moderate success in singles, winning three career titles and reaching two Grand Slam quarterfinals and a top-30 ranking, but she has been far more successful in doubles where she has won 43 titles, including 11 Grand Slam titles: ten women's doubles (eight partnering Paola Suárez of Argentina, and two partnering Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain) and one mixed doubles (partnering Tomás Carbonell of Spain).

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

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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: 16 (10–6)Edit

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

Mixed doubles: 1 (1–0)Edit

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 Championship 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 (3–0)Edit

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, Cardiff Clay   Alexia Dechaume-Balleret 6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 2. 26 April 1998 Budapest Grand Prix Clay   Silvia Farina Elia 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 12 October 2003 Tashkent Open Hard   Saori Obata 6–2, 7–6(2)

Doubles: 60 (33–27)Edit

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 Hard   Paola Suárez   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Janette Husárová
7–6(6), 6–3
Winner 2. 26 April 1998 Budapest Grand Prix Clay   Paola Suárez   Cătălina Cristea
  Laura Montalvo
4–6, 6–1, 6–1
Winner 3. 10 May 1998 Rome Masters Clay   Paola Suárez   Amanda Coetzer
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(1), 6–4
Runner-up 1. 25 April 1999 Budapest Grand Prix Clay   Laura Montalvo   Evgenia Kulikovskaya
  Sandra Načuk
3–6, 4–6
Winner 4. 23 May 1999 Madrid Open Clay   Paola Suárez   María Fernanda Landa
  Marlene Weingärtner
6–2, 0–6, 6–0
Winner 5. 23 April 2000 Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head Clay   Paola Suárez   Conchita Martínez
  Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 10 July 2000 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo Clay   Ruxandra Dragomir   Silvia Farina Elia
  Rita Grande
4–6, 6–0, 6–7(6)
Winner 6. 23 July 2000 Orange Prokom Open, Sopot Clay   Paola Suárez   Åsa Carlsson
  Rita Grande
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 21 August 2000 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven Hard   Paola Suárez   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 7 January 2001 Hobart International Hard   Ruxandra Dragomir   Elena Likhovtseva
  Cara Black
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 4 March 2001 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco 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 Hard   Paola Suárez   Nicole Arendt
  Ai Sugiyama
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 22 April 2001 Family Circle Cup, Charleston Clay   Paola Suárez   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 6–7(5), 3–6
Winner 7. 20 May 2001 Belgian Open, Antwerp Clay   Els Callens   Kristie Boogert
  Miriam Oremans
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 26 May 2001 Madrid Open Clay   Paola Suárez   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 2–6, 7–6(4)
Winner 9. 22 July 2001 French Community Championships, Knokke-Heist Clay   Magüi Serna   Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie
  Andreea Vanc
6–4, 6–3
Winner 10. 24 February 2002 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá Clay   Paola Suárez   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–1
Winner 11. 3 March 2002 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco Clay   Paola Suárez   Tina Križan
  Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 8. 1 April 2002 Sony Ericcson Open, Miami Hard   Paola Suárez   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
6–7(4), 7–6(4), 3–6
Winner 12. 19 May 2002 Rome Masters Clay   Paola Suárez   Conchita Martínez
  Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 6–4
Winner 13. 18 August 2002 Canada Masters, Montreal Hard   Paola Suárez   Rika Fujiwara
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 7–6(4)
Winner 14. 14 September 2002 Brasil Open, Bahia Hard   Paola Suárez   Émilie Loit
  Rossana de los Ríos
6–4, 6–1
Winner 15. 29 September 2002 Wismilak International, Bali Hard   Cara Black   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–3
Winner 16. 13 April 2003 Family Circle Cup, Charleston Clay   Paola Suárez   Janette Husárová
  Conchita Martínez
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 20 April 2003 MPS Group Championships, Amelia Island Clay   Paola Suárez   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
5–7, 2–6
Winner 17. 11 May 2003 German Open, Berlin Clay   Paola Suárez   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 18. 23 August 2003 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven Hard   Paola Suárez   Alicia Molik
  Magüi Serna
7–6(6), 6–3
Runner-up 10. 19 October 2003 Zurich Open 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 Hard   Paola Suárez   Mervana Jugić-Salkić
  Jelena Kostanić Tošić
6–7(6), 6–3, 1–6
Winner 20. 21 March 2004 Pacific Life Open, Indian Wells Hard   Paola Suárez   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–2
Winner 21. 18 April 2004 Family Circle Cup, Charleston Clay   Paola Suárez   Martina Navratilova
  Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 12. 10 May 2004 Rome Masters Clay   Paola Suárez   Nadia Petrova
  Meghann Shaughnessy
6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. 19 July 2004 JPMorgan Chase Open, Los Angeles Hard   Conchita Martínez   Nadia Petrova
  Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(2), 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 14. 26 July 2004 Acura Classic, San Diego Hard   Paola Suárez   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 17 October 2004 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Carpet   Paola Suárez   Anastasia Myskina
  Vera Zvonareva
3–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner-up 16. 24 October 2004 Zurich Open Hard (i)   Paola Suárez   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 4–6
Winner 22. 31 October 2004 Fortis Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg City Hard (i)   Paola Suárez   Jill Craybas
  Marlene Weingärtner
6–1, 6–7(1), 6–3
Winner 23. 5 March 2005 Dubai Tennis Championships Hard   Paola Suárez   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Alicia Molik
6–7(7), 6–2, 6–1
Winner 24. 19 March 2005 Pacific Life Open, Indian Wells Hard   Paola Suárez   Nadia Petrova
  Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(3), 6–1
Winner 25. 17 April 2005 Family Circle Cup, Charleston Clay   Conchita Martínez   Iveta Benešová
  Květa Peschke
6–1, 6–4
Winner 26. 7 August 2005 Acura Classic, San Diego Hard   Conchita Martínez   Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
6–7(7), 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 17. 15 August 2005 Canada Masters, Toronto Hard   Conchita Martínez   Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Martina Navratilova
7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 18. 9 October 2005 Bangkok Open Hard   Conchita Martínez   Shinobu Asagoe
  Gisela Dulko
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 19. 30 October 2005 Generali Ladies Linz Hard (i)   Conchita Martínez   Gisela Dulko
  Květa Peschke
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 20. 17 January 2006 Medibank International, Sydney Hard   Paola Suárez   Corina Morariu
  Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 21. 18 March 2006 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Meghann Shaughnessy   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 22. 16 April 2006 Family Circle Cup, Charleston Clay   Meghann Shaughnessy   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
6–3, 1–6, 1–6
Winner 27. 13 August 2006 East West Bank Classic, Los Angeles Hard   Paola Suárez   Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–4
Winner 28. 24 September 2006 China Open, Beijing Hard   Paola Suárez   Anna Chakvetadze
  Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–4
Winner 29. 1 October 2006 Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships, Seoul Hard   Paola Suárez   Chia-jung Chuang
  Mariana Díaz Oliva
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 23. 13 January 2007 Hobart International Hard   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Elena Likhovtseva
  Elena Vesnina
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 24. 9 April 2007 Bausch & Lomb Championships, Amelia Island Clay   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Mara Santangelo
  Katarina Srebotnik
3–6, 6–7(4)
Runner-up 25. 18 June 2007 Ordina Open, ‘s-Hertogenbosch Grass   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
5–7, 2–6
Winner 30. 5 August 2007 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm Hard   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Chan Chin-wei
  Tetiana Luzhanska
6–1, 5–7, [10–6]
Winner 31. 11 January 2008 Hobart International Hard   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Eleni Daniilidou
  Jasmin Wöhr
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 26. 15 June 2008 DFS Classic, Birmingham Grass   Séverine Brémond   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
2–6, 1–6
Winner 32. 27 July 2008 Banka Koper Slovenia Open, Portorož Hard   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Vera Dushevina
  Ekaterina Makarova
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 27. 6 April 2009 Andalucia Tennis Experience, Marbella Clay   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Klaudia Jans
  Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 3–6
Winner 33. 22 May 2010 Polsat Warsaw Open Clay   Meghann Shaughnessy   Cara Black
  Yan Zi
6–3, 6–4

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

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