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Paola Suárez
Country  Argentina
Residence Munro, Argentina
Date of birth 23 June 1976 (1976-06-23) (age 33)
Place of birth Pergamino, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Turned pro 1 March 1991
Plays Right
Career prize money US$4,976,426
Singles
Career record 360–228
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 9 (7 June 2004)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 4r (2001)
French Open SF (2004)
Wimbledon QF (2004)
US Open QF (2003)
Doubles
Career record 466–168 (73.5%)
Career titles 39
Highest ranking 1 (9 September 2002 to September 2005)
Australian Open W (2004)
French Open W (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005)
Wimbledon F (2002, 2003, 2006)
US Open W (2002, 2003, 2004)
Last updated on: 1 August 2006.
Olympic medal record
Women's tennis
Competitor for  Argentina
Bronze 2004 Athens Women's doubles

Paola Suárez (born 23 June 1976 in Pergamino, Buenos Aires, Argentina) was a top 10 tennis player in the early 2000s. She gained prominence in 2004 by reaching the finals of nine straight WTA doubles tournaments, and by reaching the singles semifinals of the French Open tournament, held in Paris.

"La Negra" Suárez began playing professional tennis at the age of fifteen, in 1991. In 1994, she joined the professional tour as a singles player. It wasn't until the 2000s, however, that she became an international figure in her sport, by reaching the semis of the aforementioned French Open, a prestigious grand slam tournament.

Suárez won four WTA titles (2004 Canberra, 2003 Vienna, 1998 & 2001 Bogotá) and 12 other minor tournaments. In 2004, Paola hoped to obtain the French Open title that would become her first grand slam championship, but lost in the semi-finals against Elena Dementieva. That year, she was ranked number nine in the world among women tennis players by the WTA, which has been her highest ranking as a singles player thus far. That same year, she won the bronze medal in women's doubles at the 2004 Athens Olympics with Patricia Tarabini.

But it was in doubles where she had the best results, playing with Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in 32 of her 39 titles. They won several tournaments, including the French Open on four occasions, the US Open three times, the Australian Open in 2004, and many others. With Virginia, they were the No. 1 female couple for 3 consecutive years since 9 September 2002 (WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year 2002, 2003 and 2004). They also reached nine straight Grand Slam finals, two short of Navratilova-Shriver's 11 straight Slam finals.

In 2005 she announced her retirement for 2006 for personal reasons, and that until then she will only play a few tournaments. On this she commented: "[...]if you want to be a tennis player you have to do it full time. I did it for 11 years, I lived only for tennis and I don't regret it. But that's it. Play to suffer is not worthy". In June 2005 she went on labrum hip clinical intervention, with a recovering time of 3 to 4 months. She restarted playing in Sydney in January 2006 with Ruano Pascual, reaching the final, but suffered calf muscle injury short after. Later that same year, she also reached the final of Wimbledon with Ruano Pascual, marking her third appearance in a Wimbledon final.

Paola returned to the circuit with a victory over Dinara Safina, ranked 15, in the San Diego's singles tournament.

On 1 September 2007, Paola played her last professional tennis match. At the US Open, she retired from tennis after losing a mixed doubles second round match. She partnered Kevin Ullyett and lost to Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber, 7–5, 6–4.

In her career, Suárez has earned $4,837,968 dollars, with four single WTA titles, and 8 doubles grand slams.

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Grand Slam finals

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Women's doubles (14)

Wins (8)

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
2001 French Open Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
2002 French Open (2) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
2002 US Open Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Elena Dementieva
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
2003 US Open (2) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–2
2004 Australian Open Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
2004 French Open (3) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 6–3
2004 US Open (3) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 7–5
2005 French Open (4) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3

Runner-ups (6)

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
2000 French Open Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Switzerland Martina Hingis
France Mary Pierce
6–2, 6–4
2002 Wimbledon Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 7–5
2003 Australian Open Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
2003 French Open (2) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–7, 6–2, 9–7
2003 Wimbledon (2) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–4
2006 Wimbledon (3) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual People's Republic of China Zi Yan
People's Republic of China Jie Zheng
6–3, 3–6, 6–2

Mixed doubles (2)

Runner-ups (2)

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
2000 French Open Brazil Jaime Oncins Spain Tomas Carbonell
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
7–5, 6–3
2002 Australian Open Argentina Gastón Etlis Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 6–2

WTA tour titles

Singles (16)

Legend (Singles)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (2)
Tier IV and V (2)
Grand Slam Title (0)
WTA Tour Championship (0)
ITF Circuit (12)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 20 October 1991 Buenos Aires Clay Argentina Maria Luciana Reynares 2–6, 7–6, 6–1
2. 10 November 1991 Florianopolis, Brazil Clay Argentina Cintia Tortorella 6–3, 6–4
3. 3 May 1992 Lerida, Spain Clay France Sarah Pitkowski 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
4. 10 May 1992 Balaguer, Spain Clay Bulgaria Svetlana Krivencheva 3–6, 6–3, 6–0
5. 17 May 1992 Barcelona Clay Australia Catherine Barclay 6–4, 6–1
6. 24 May 1992 Tortosa, Spain Clay Ukraine Irina Sukhova 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
7. 21 November 1993 La Plata, Argentina Clay Belgium Vanessa Mathys 7–6, 6–3
8. 19 November 1995 Buenos Aires Clay Brazil Miriam D’Agostini 6–2, 6–1
9. 22 February 1998 Bogotá, Colombia Clay CanadaSonya Jeyaseelan 6–3, 6–4
10. 11 October 1998 Santiago, Chile Clay Spain Conchita Martínez Granados 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
11. 25 October 1998 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay Italy Antonella Serra Zanetti 7–5, 6–4
12. 22 November 1998 Buenos Aires Clay Romania Andreea Vanc 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
13. 19 September 1999 Buenos Aires Clay Argentina Florencia Labat 6–0, 7–5
14. 25 February 2001 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Hungary Rita Kuti Kis 6–2, 6–4
15. 14 June 2003 Vienna Clay Croatia Karolina Šprem 7–6, 2–6, 6–4
16. 17 January 2004 Canberra, Australia Hard ItalySilvia Farina Elia 3–6, 6–4, 7–6

Doubles

Legend
Grand Slam (8)
WTA Championships (1)
Tier I (9)
Tier II (5)
Tier III (10)
Tier IV & V (11)
ITF Titles (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1. 17 May 1992 Barcelona, Spain Clay Argentina Pamela Zingman Spain Rosa Bielsa
Spain Gala Leon Garcia
6–4, 6–2
2. 17 October 1993 Santiago, Chile Clay Argentina Pamela Zingman Chile Barbara Castro
Ecuador Maria-Dolores Campana
6–1, 3–6, 6–0
3. 29 October 1995 Buenos Aires Clay Argentina Cintia Tortorella Argentina Mariana Díaz-Oliva
Argentina Mariana Lopez Palacios
6–2, 6–2
4. 17 December 1995 Tucuman, Argentina Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Paraguay Larissa Schaerer
Argentina Veronica Stele
6–2, 7–6(4)
5. 11 February 1996 Mar del Plata, Argentina Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Austria Marion Maruska
France Noelle Van Lottum
6–3, 6–1
6. 5 May 1996 Bol, Croatia Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo France Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
France Alexandra Fusai
6–7(5), 6–3, 6–4
7. 18 January 1998 Hobart, Australia Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual France Julie Halard-Decugis
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7–6(6), 6–3
8. 22 February 1998 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Slovakia Janette Husárová United States Melissa Mazzotta
Russia Ekaterina Sysoeva
3–6 6–2 6–3
9. 26 April 1998 Budapest Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Romania Cătălina Cristea
Argentina Laura Montalvo
4–6, 6–1, 6–1
10. 3 May 1998 Bol, Croatia Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo South Africa Joannette Kruger
Croatia Mirjana Lučić
retired
11. 10 May 1998 Rome Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(1), 6–4
12. 12 July 1998 Maria Lankowitz, Austria Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Slovenia Tina Krizan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–2
13. 11 October 1998 Santiago, Chile Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Brazil Miriam D’Agostini
Hungary Katalin Marosi
6–1, 6–2
14. 25 October 1998 Montevideo, Uruguay Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Spain Eva Bes
Argentina Maria Fernanda Landa
6–2, 6–2
15. 23 May 1999 Madrid Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Argentina Maria Fernanda Landa
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6–2, 0–6, 6–0
16. 18 July 1999 Sopot, Poland Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Spain Gala Leon Garcia
Spain Maria Sánchez Lorenzo
6–4, 6–3
17. 10 October 1999 São Paulo Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Slovakia Janette Husárová
Argentina Florencia Labat
6–7(1), 7–5, 7–5
18. 13 February 2000 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Hungary Rita Kuti-Kis
Hungary Petra Mandula
6–4, 6–2
19. 20 February 2000 São Paulo Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Slovakia Janette Husárová
Argentina Florencia Labat
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
20. 23 April 2000 Hilton Head, South Carolina, U.S. Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–3
21. 16 July 2000 Klagenfurt, Austria Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Austria Barbara Schett
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
7–6(5), 6–1
22. 23 July 2000 Sopot, Poland Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Italy Rita Grande
7–5, 6–1
23. 26 May 2001 Madrid Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 2–6, 7–6(4)
24. 10 June 2001 French Open, Paris Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–2, 6–1
25. 15 July 2001 Vienna Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini Germany Vanessa Henke
Czech Republic Lenka Nemeckova
6–4, 6–2
26. 24 February 2002 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Slovenia Tina Krizan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–1
27. 3 March 2002 Acapulco Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Slovenia Tina Krizan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 6–1
28. 19 May 2002 Rome Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6–3, 6–4
29. 9 June 2002 French Open, Paris Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–2
30. 18 August 2002 Montreal Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Japan Rika Fujiwara
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 7–6(4)
31. 8 September 2002 US Open, New York City Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Elena Dementieva
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6–2, 6–1
32. 14 September 2002 Bahia, Brazil Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual France Émilie Loit
Paraguay Rossana de los Ríos
6–4, 6–1
33. 13 April 2003 Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Slovakia Janette Husárová
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–0, 6–3
34. 11 May 2003 Berlin Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
35. 23 August 2003 New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Australia Alicia Molik
Spain Magüi Serna
7–6(6), 6–3
36. 7 September 2003 US Open, New York City Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–3
37. 10 November 2003 Los Angeles Hard (I) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
38. 1 February 2004 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–3
39. 21 March 2004 Indian Wells, California, U.S. Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–1, 6–2
40. 18 April 2004 Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Martina Navratilova
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
41. 3 June 2004 French Open, Paris Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–0 6–3
42. 11 September 2004 US Open, New York City Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–4 7–5
43. 31 October 2004 Luxembourg Hard (I) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual United States Jill Craybas
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6–1, 6–7(1), 6–3
44. 5 March 2005 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Australia Alicia Molik
6–7(7), 6–2, 6–1
45. 19 March 2005 Indian Wells, California, U.S. Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(3,) 6–1
46. 4 June 2005 French Open, Paris Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
47. 13 August 2006 Los Angeles Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–4
48. 24 September 2006 Beijing Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Anna Chakvetadze
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–4
49. 1 October 2006 Seoul Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Chinese Taipei Chia-Jung Chuang
Argentina Mariana Díaz-Oliva
6–2, 6–3
50. 6 January 2007 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Slovakia Janette Husárová Chinese Taipei Su-Wei Hsieh
India Shikha Uberoi
6–0, 6–2
51. 25 February 2007 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino Italy Flavia Pennetta
Italy Roberta Vinci
1–6, 6–3, 11-9 (tiebreak)

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline

Note: if not otherwise noted, tournament played with Ruano Pascual

Tournament 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 Career
Australian Open 1R QF - W F 3R QF 2R 2R 2R QF - 1
French Open 1R3 2R W W F W W F 2R 2R 1R1 1R1 4
Wimbledon 1R4 F - SF F F SF QF 3R 2R 1R 1R1 0
US Open 1R5 QF - W W W 3R 1R 2R SF 2R 1R2 3
WTA Tour Championships - - - SF W QF SF QF - - - - 1
  1. with Laura Montalvo
  2. with Maja Muric
  3. with Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  4. with Tathiana Garbin
  5. with Roberta Vinci

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