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Cara Black
Cara Black Acura Classic 2007.jpg
Country  Zimbabwe
Residence London, England
Date of birth February 17, 1979 (1979-02-17) (age 31)
Place of birth Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (then a colony of the United Kingdom)
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5+12 in)
Weight 55 kg (120 lb)
Turned pro 1998
Plays Right; Two-handed backhand
Career prize money $ 5,866,727
Singles
Career record 312–239
Career titles 1 (6 in ITF)
Highest ranking No. 31 (March 15, 1999)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 2nd (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)
French Open 4th (2001)
Wimbledon 3rd (1998, 2003, 2005)
US Open 2nd (1998, 2002, 2004)
Major tournaments
Olympic Games 2r (2004)
Doubles
Career record 602–238
Career titles 53 (10 in ITF)
Highest ranking No. 1 (October 17, 2005)
Australian Open W (2007)
French Open F (2005)
Wimbledon W (2004, 2005, 2007)
US Open W (2008)
WTA Championships W (2007, 2008)
Mixed Doubles
Career record
Career titles
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open W (2010)
French Open W (2002)
Wimbledon W (2004)
US Open W (2008)
Last updated on: 14 September 2009.

Cara Black (born February 17, 1979 in Harare, Zimbabwe) is a professional female tennis player from Zimbabwe. She is one of the most succesful ever doubles players, having won over 70 titles including womens and mixed doubles titles in 3 of the 4 grand slams. She is the current world No. 2 in women's doubles.

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Career

As the daughter of Don and Velia Black, the tennis-playing Cara is the younger sister of Wayne Black and Byron Black, both professional male tennis players. All three compete mostly in doubles; Wayne was the 2001 US Open and 2005 Australian Open champion and Byron was the 1994 French Open winner.

Cara has won five Grand Slam women's doubles titles in her career: Wimbledon 2004, 2005, and 2007; Australian Open 2007; and US Open 2008. She reached the 2000 U.S. Open doubles final with Elena Likhovtseva. She has also won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, two of them partnering with her brother Wayne: the 2002 French Open and the 2004 Wimbledon Championships (they reached the final of the 2004 French Open and the semifinals of the 2003 French Open and 2003 U.S. Open); and most recently the 2008 U.S. Open with Leander Paes of India.

In August 2005, Black announced that she would marry her longtime boyfriend, Australian mental and fitness trainer Brett Stephens.[1] In November that year, Black was runner-up in the WTA Championships doubles title. Australian Samantha Stosur and American Lisa Raymond defeated Australian Rennae Stubbs and Black 6–7 (5–7), 7–5, 6–4.[2]

2007 saw Black come back to partner Liezel Huber. They came together successfully, winning the 2007 Australian Open and triumphing at Wimbledon. The team ended the year as the number one team, winning the year-end championships over Katarina Srebotnik and Ai Sugiyama 5–7, 6–3, [10-8].[3]

Black represented Zimbabwe at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[4] She lost to 2nd seeded Jelena Janković from Serbia in the first round on August 11, 2008. She teamed up with Leander Paes from India for the mixed doubles at the US Open, triumphing over Liezel Huber and Jamie Murray in the finals.

2009 did not see her best performances with five doubles titles leading to the year end championships in Doha, Qatar. She defended her World No. 1 title in doubles from sisters Serena Williams and Venus Williams by advancing to the final round of the year-end championships. Should she have lost in the semifinal and the sisters won the tournament, she would have lost her World No. 1 title.

Black started 2010 strongly by winning two tournaments leading up to the 2010 Australian Open, coming to the slam with an unbeaten record. Black made it to the finals in both the womens doubles and mixed doubles. She and Huber lost the women's doubles final to Venus and Serena Williams in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. However she and Leander Paes won the mixed doubles in straight sets. The victory marked Black's first ever mixed doubles victory at the Australian Open. The victory also made her achieve a Career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 9 (5 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2000 US Open Hard Russia Elena Likhovtseva France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–0, 1–6, 6–1
Winner 2004 Wimbledon Grass Australia Rennae Stubbs United States Liezel Huber
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 2005 French Open Clay South Africa Liezel Huber Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 2005 Wimbledon (2) Grass South Africa Liezel Huber Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
France Amélie Mauresmo
6–2, 6–1
Winner 2007 Australian Open Hard South Africa Liezel Huber Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
6–4, 6–7(4), 6–1
Winner 2007 Wimbledon (3) Grass South Africa Liezel Huber Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Japan Ai Sugiyama
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2008 US Open Hard United States Liezel Huber United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 2009 US Open Hard United States Liezel Huber United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2010 Australian Open Hard United States Liezel Huber United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6-4, 6-3

Mixed doubles: 7 (4 titles, 3 runner-ups)

By winning the 2010 Australian Open title, Black completed the mixed doubles Career Grand Slam. She became the sixth female player in history to achieve this.

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 2002 French Open Clay Zimbabwe Wayne Black Russia Elena Bovina
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2004 French Open Clay Zimbabwe Wayne Black France Tatiana Golovin
France Richard Gasquet
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2004 Wimbledon Grass Zimbabwe Wayne Black Australia Alicia Molik
Australia Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 7–6(8), 6–4
Winner 2008 US Open Hard India Leander Paes United States Liezel Huber
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
7–6(6), 6–4
Runner-up 2009 Wimbledon Grass India Leander Paes Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2009 US Open Hard India Leander Paes United States Carly Gullickson
United States Travis Parrot
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2010 Australian Open Hard India Leander Paes Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinsky
7–5, 6–3

WTA Titles (70)

Singles (7)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tour Championships (0)
Tier I Event (0)
Tier II Event (0)
Tier III Event (0)
Tier IV Event (1)
ITF Circuit (6)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
1. March 19, 1995 BotswanaGaborone Hard FinlandLinda Jansson 6–4 6–2
2. March 26, 1995 ZimbabweHarare Hard South AfricaKaren Van Der Merwe 6–1, 6–2
3. May 12, 1996 SlovakiaNitra Clay SlovakiaZuzana Valekova walkover
4. February 2, 1997 United StatesMission Hard United StatesKeri Phebus 6–3, 6–3
5. March 30, 1997 FranceDinard Clay Indoors FranceMagalie Lamarre 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
6. October 3, 1999 United StatesSanta Clara Hard IsraelAnna Smashnova 6–2, 6–1
7. September 15, 2002 United StatesWaikoloa Hard United StatesLisa Raymond 7–6, 6–4

Doubles (63)

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (5)
WTA Championships (2)
Tier I Event (12) Premier Mandatory (1)
Tier II Event (20) Premier 5 (2)
Tier III Event (3) Premier (2)
Tier IV-V Event (4) International (2)
ITF Circuit (10)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1. Mar. 27, 1994 Kenya Nairobi Hard South Africa Nannie de Villiers GermanySybille Seyfried
SpainMagüi Serna
6–2, 6–2
2. Apr. 2, 1995 Kenya Nairobi Hard Australia Elissa Burton South AfricaLucinda Gibbs
South AfricaGiselle Swart
6–3, 6–2
3. Apr. 21, 1996 France Gelos Clay India Nirupama Vaidyanathan FranceAmélie Mauresmo
FranceIsabelle Taesch
7–6, 6–3
4. Nov. 11, 1996 Brazil São Paulo Clay Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina SlovakiaĽudmila Cervanová
SlovakiaZuzana Valeková
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
5. Nov. 18, 1996 Brazil São Paulo Clay Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina BrazilMiriam D’Agostini
BrazilVanessa Menga
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
6. Jan. 6, 1997 United States Delray Beach Hard Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina United StatesBrie Rippner
United StatesPaige Yaroshuk
6–3, 6–3
7. Apr. 7, 1997 Greece Athens Clay Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina HungaryVirag Csurgo
BulgariaSvetlana Krivencheva
6–3, 6–4
8. Aug. 18, 1997 Ukraine Kiev Clay Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina RussiaNatalia Egorova
RussiaOlga Ivanova
6–2, 6–4
9. Sep. 22, 1997 Argentina Tucumán Clay Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina BrazilMiriam D’Agostini
BrazilVanessa Menga
6–3, 6–1
10. Sep. 28, 1998 United States Santa Clara Hard Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina CanadaMaureen Drake
United StatesLindsay Lee-Waters
6–4, 5–7, 6–3
11. Jan. 3, 2000 New Zealand Auckland Hard France Alexandra Fusai AustriaBarbara Schwartz
AustriaPatricia Wartusch
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
12. Jan. 7, 2001 Australia Hobart Hard Russia Elena Likhovtseva RomaniaRuxandra Dragomir
SpainVirginia Ruano Pascual
6–4, 6–1
13. Apr. 30, 2001 Germany Hamburg Clay Russia Elena Likhovtseva Czech RepublicKvěta Hrdličková
GermanyBarbara Rittner
6–2, 4–6, 6–2
14. May 14, 2001 Italy Rome Clay Russia Elena Likhovtseva ArgentinaPaola Suárez
ArgentinaPatricia Tarabini
6–1, 6–1
15. Jun. 11, 2001 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass Russia Elena Likhovtseva United StatesKimberly Po
FranceNathalie Tauziat
6–1, 6–1
16. Jul. 30, 2001 United States San Diego Hard Russia Elena Likhovtseva SwitzerlandMartina Hingis
RussiaAnna Kournikova
6–4, 1–6, 6–4
17. Aug. 19, 2001 United States New Haven Hard Russia Elena Likhovtseva YugoslaviaJelena Dokić
RussiaNadia Petrova
6–0, 3–6, 6–2
18. Sep. 17, 2001 Japan Tokyo (Princess) Hard (I) South Africa Liezel Huber BelgiumKim Clijsters
JapanAi Sugiyama
6–1, 6–3
19. Apr. 1, 2002 Portugal Porto Clay Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina NetherlandsKristie Boogert
SpainMagüi Serna
7–6, 6–4
20. Sep. 23, 2002 Indonesia Bali Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual RussiaSvetlana Kuznetsova
SpainArantxa Sánchez-Vicario
6–2, 6–3
21. Jan. 6, 2003 Australia Hobart Hard Russia Elena Likhovtseva AustriaBarbara Schett
AustriaPatricia Wartusch
7–5, 7–6
22. Jul. 21, 2003 United States Stanford Hard United States Lisa Raymond South KoreaYoon-Jeong Cho
ItalyFrancesca Schiavone
7–6, 6–1
23. Jan. 12, 2004 Australia Sydney Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs RussiaDinara Safina
United StatesMeghann Shaughnessy
7–5, 3–6, 6–4
24. Feb. 3, 2004 Japan Tokyo Carpet (i) Australia Rennae Stubbs RussiaElena Likhovtseva
BulgariaMagdalena Maleeva
6–0, 6–1
25. Feb. 16, 2004 Belgium Antwerp Hard (i) Belgium Els Callens SwitzerlandMyriam Casanova
GreeceEleni Daniilidou
6–2, 6–1
26. Jun. 21, 2004 United Kingdom Wimbledon Grass Australia Rennae Stubbs South AfricaLiezel Huber
JapanAi Sugiyama
6–3, 7–6
27. Jul. 26, 2004 United States San Diego Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs SpainVirginia Ruano Pascual
ArgentinaPaola Suárez
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
28. Oct. 4, 2004 Germany Filderstadt Hard (i) Australia Rennae Stubbs GermanyAnna-Lena Grönefeld
GermanyJulia Schruff
6–3, 6–2
29. Oct. 18, 2004 Switzerland Zürich Hard (i) Australia Rennae Stubbs SpainVirginia Ruano Pascual
ArgentinaPaola Suárez
6–4, 6–4
30. Feb. 14, 2005 Belgium Antwerp Hard (I) Belgium Els Callens SpainAnabel Medina Garrigues
RussiaDinara Safina
3–6, 6–4, 6–4
31. May 9, 2005 Italy Rome Clay South Africa Liezel Huber RussiaMaria Kirilenko
SpainAnabel Medina Garrigues
6–0, 4–6, 6–1
32. Jun. 20, 2005 United Kingdom Wimbledon Grass South Africa Liezel Huber RussiaSvetlana Kuznetsova
FranceAmélie Mauresmo
6–2, 6–1
33. Jul. 25, 2005 United States Stanford Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs RussiaElena Likhovtseva
RussiaVera Zvonareva
6–3, 7–5
34. Oct. 17, 2005 Switzerland Zürich Hard (I) Australia Rennae Stubbs SlovakiaDaniela Hantuchová
JapanAi Sugiyama
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
35. Oct. 31, 2005 United States Philadelphia Hard (I) Australia Rennae Stubbs United StatesLisa Raymond
AustraliaSamantha Stosur
6–4, 7–6
36. Jul. 31, 2006 United States San Diego Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs GermanyAnna-Lena Grönefeld
United StatesMeghann Shaughnessy
6–2, 6–2
37. Oct. 16, 2006 Switzerland Zürich Hard (I) Australia Rennae Stubbs South AfricaLiezel Huber
SloveniaKatarina Srebotnik
7–5, 7–5
38. Jan. 15, 2007 Australia Melbourne Hard South Africa Liezel Huber Chinese TaipeiYung-Jan Chan
Chinese TaipeiChia-Jung Chuang
6–4, 6–7, 6–1
39. Feb. 5, 2007 France Paris Carpet South Africa Liezel Huber Czech RepublicGabriela Navrátilová
Czech RepublicVladimíra Uhlířová
6–2, 6–0
40. Feb. 12, 2007 Belgium Antwerp Hard (I) South Africa Liezel Huber RussiaElena Likhovtseva
RussiaElena Vesnina
7–5, 4–6, 6–1
41. Feb. 19, 2007 United Arab Emirates Dubai Hard South Africa Liezel Huber RussiaSvetlana Kuznetsova
AustraliaAlicia Molik
7–6, 6–4
42. Jun. 25, 2007 United Kingdom Wimbledon Grass South Africa Liezel Huber SloveniaKatarina Srebotnik
JapanAi Sugiyama
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
43. Jul. 30, 2007 United States San Diego Hard United States Liezel Huber BelarusVictoria Azarenka
RussiaAnna Chakvetadze
7–5, 6–4
44. Oct. 8, 2007 Russia Moscow Carpet (i) United States Liezel Huber BelarusVictoria Azarenka
BelarusTatiana Poutchek
4–6, 6–1, [10-7]
45. Oct. 28, 2007 Austria Linz Hard (i) United States Liezel Huber SloveniaKatarina Srebotnik
JapanAi Sugiyama
6–2, 3–6, [10-8]
46. Nov. 11, 2007 Spain Madrid Hard (i) United States Liezel Huber SloveniaKatarina Srebotnik
JapanAi Sugiyama
5–7, 6–3, [10-8]
47. Feb. 17, 2008 Belgium Antwerp Hard (i) United States Liezel Huber Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–1, 6–3
48. Mar. 1, 2008 United Arab Emirates Dubai Hard United States Liezel Huber People's Republic of China Yan Zi
People's Republic of China Zheng Jie
7–5, 6–2
49. May 11, 2008 Germany Berlin Clay United States Liezel Huber Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
3–6, 6–2, [10-2]
50. June 15, 2008 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass United States Liezel Huber Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
France Séverine Brémond
6–2, 6–1
51. June 21, 2008 United Kingdom Eastbourne Grass United States Liezel Huber Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 6–0, [10-8]
52. July 20, 2008 United States Stanford Hard United States Liezel Huber Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
6–4, 6–3
53. August 3, 2008 Canada Montreal Hard United States Liezel Huber Russia Maria Kirilenko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–1, 6–1
54. August, 2008 United States US Open Hard United States Liezel Huber Australia Samantha Stosur
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 7–6
55. October 19, 2008 Switzerland Zurich Hard (I) United States Liezel Huber Germany Anna-Lena Groenefeld
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
6–1, 7–6(3)
56. November 9, 2008 Qatar Doha Hard (i) United States Liezel Huber Czech RepublicKveta Peschke
AustraliaRennae Stubbs
6–1, 7–5
57. February 15, 2009 France Paris Hard (i) United States Liezel Huber Czech RepublicKveta Peschke
United StatesLisa Raymond
6–4, 3–6, [10–4]
58. February 21, 2009 United Arab Emirates Dubai Hard United States Liezel Huber Russia Maria Kirilenko
Poland Agnieszka Radwanska
6–3, 6–3
59. May 16, 2009 Spain Madrid Clay United States Liezel Huber Czech Republic Kveta Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
4–6, 6–3, [10–6]
60 June 14, 2009 United Kingdom Birmingham Grass United States Liezel Huber United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
6–1, 6–4
61 August 16, 2009 United States Cincinnati Hard United States Liezel Huber Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
6–3, 0–6, [10–2]
62 January 9, 2010 New Zealand Auckland Hard United States Liezel Huber South Africa Natalie Grandin
United States Laura Granville
7–6(4), 6–2
63 January 15, 2010 Australia Sydney Hard United States Liezel Huber Italy Tathiana Garbin
Russia Nadia Petrova
6-1, 3-6, [10-3]

Grand Slam record

Australian Open

French Open

  • Women's Doubles runner-up: 2005 (with Liezel Huber)
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 2002 (with Wayne Black)

Wimbledon

  • Women's Doubles champion: 2004 (with Rennae Stubbs), 2005, 2007 (both with Liezel Huber)
  • Mixed Doubles champion: 2004 (with Wayne Black)

US Open

Performance timelines

Women's doubles

Cara Black in Tokyo 2009

This timeline is valid as of July 5, 2008.

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 2R QF W QF QF F 1 / 12 19-10
French Open A 1R 2R 3R 3R SF 3R F QF SF SF SF 0 / 11 28-11
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R SF 3R W W SF W SF SF 3 / 12 37-9
U.S. Open 1R 1R F SF SF SF 3R QF QF 2R W F 1 / 12 36-11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 4 / 42 N/A
Grand Slam Win-Loss 0–2 2–4 6–4 8–2 10-4 12-4 10-3 15-3 13-4 18-2 17-3 16-4 N / A 115-37
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A QF F F SF F F F W W F 2 / 9 11-7
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R QF 2R 2R 2R A A 2R QF 0 / 11 11-11
Miami A SF 2R QF 2R 2R 1R A 1R F F 2R 0 / 10 17-10
Madrid Not Held W 1 / 1 4-0
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I QF 0 / 1 1–1
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Held Not Tier I W SF 1 / 2 6-1
Rome A 1R 2R SF SF 2R 1R W SF SF QF QF 2 / 11 17-12
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I W 1 / 1 4–0
Montréal/Toronto A 1R QF SF 2R 2R A QF F F W SF 1 / 9 16-13
Tokyo A A QF 1R 1R QF W QF F A A SF 1 / 7 12-7
Former WTA Tier I Tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)
Charleston A 2R A A A QF SF A A SF SF NM5 0 / 5 8-7
Moscow SF A A 1R A SF A F 1R W F 1 / 7 14-6
Doha NH Not Tier I F Not
Held
NH 0 / 1 3–1
Berlin A 2R 2R F SF A QF F 2R SF SF 1 / 9 19-12
San Diego A QF SF W SF SF W SF W W Not
Held
NM5 4 / 9 24-7
Zürich A A QF A A SF W W W SF NH NH 3 / 6 16-3
Career statistics
Finals reached 0 0 1 7 2 2 7 6 2 3 4 7 3 N / A 44
Tournaments Won 0 0 1 7 2 2 7 6 2 9 10 5 2 N / A 54
Overall Win-Loss 18-19 28-26 32-21 52-20 46-20 48-26 45-17 59-20 43-22 69-14 66-14 23-8 13-1 N / A 593-234
Year End Ranking 153 48 14 3 9 9 3 1 5 1 1 1 N/A N/A

Mixed doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Australian Open A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R QF 1R 1R QF 2R W 1 / 11 13-10
French Open A 3R 3R 1R 1R W SF F 2R 1R 2R 2R 1 / 11 17-10
Wimbledon 3R 3R 2R 3R 2R 3R W 2R SF QF 3R F 1 / 12 30-11
U.S. Open A 2R 2R QF QF SF 2R 2R 1R 1R W F 1 / 11 20-10
Grand Slam MDR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 1 4 / 45 N / A
Grand Slam Win-Loss 2–1 5–3 5–4 4–4 3–4 11-3 12-3 8–4 6–4 3–4 11-3 10-4 5-0 67-35

References

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