Mercedes Paz
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Mercedes Paz
Mercedes Paz
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceTucumán, Argentina
Born (1966-06-27) 27 June 1966 (age 54)
Tucumán
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1984
Retired1998
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,154,319
Singles
Career record280-279
Career titles3 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 28 (29 April 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1991, 1992, 1995)
French Open4R (1986, 1990)
Wimbledon2R (1994, 1996)
US Open2R (1985, 1987, 1988)
Doubles
Career record385-245
Career titles22 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 12 (24 September 1990)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1991, 1992)
French OpenSF (1991)
WimbledonQF (1990)
US OpenSF (1991)

Mercedes María Paz (Spanish pronunciation: [me?'seðez ma'?i.a 'pas]; born 27 June 1966) is a former professional tennis player from Argentina, who won three singles titles during her career on the WTA Tour. She reached her highest career ranking of 28 on April 29, 1991. Her best Grand Slam finish was the fourth round at the 1986 French Open and the 1990 French Open.

Paz unexpectedly defeated defending champion Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the second round of the 1990 French Open. Later that year, at the Virginia Slims of Worcester, Paz also defeated Sánchez Vicario in the round of 16. Five years before, in the semifinals of the 1985 Brazil Open, she beat top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini en route to beating Peruvian Laura Arraya for the title. In so doing, Paz became the first Argentinian woman to capture a major WTA event. In addition to wins over Sánchez Vicario and Sabatini, she also defeated top-seeded Jana Novotná in three sets to reach the semifinals of the Belgian Ladies Open in Brussels in 1989. The previous year, at the 1988 Hilton Head tournament, Paz had defeated Novotná in the round of 32 for the first time.

WTA Tour finals

Singles 6 (3-3)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Virginia Slims (1/1)
Tier I (0/0)
Tier II (0/0)
Tier III (0/0)
Tier IV & V (2/2)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Mar 1985 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Peru Laura Arraya 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Loss 1. Oct 1986 Singapore Hard (i) United States Gigi Fernández 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Loss 2. Oct 1988 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard Australia Anne Minter 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Win 2. Nov 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Canada Rene Simpson 7-5, 6-2
Loss 3. Jul 1989 Brussels, Belgium Clay Czechoslovakia Radka Zrubáková 7-6(8-6), 6-4
Win 3. May 1990 Strasbourg, France Clay United States Ann Grossman 6-2, 6-3

Doubles 40 (22-18)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/1)
Virginia Slims (7/2)
Tier I (0/1)
Tier II (1/5)
Tier III (2/1)
Tier IV & V (12/8)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Oct 1984 Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Ronni Reis Argentina Emilse Raponi-Longo
Argentina Adriana Villagrán
6-4, 7-5
Win 2. Mar 1985 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini Hungary Csilla Bartos
Brazil Neige Dias
7-5, 6-4
Win 3. Aug 1985 Monticello, USA Hard Argentina Gabriela Sabatini Czechoslovakia Kate?ina Böhmová
Czechoslovakia Andrea Holíková
5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Win 4. Nov 1986 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard United States Lori McNeil United States Gigi Fernández
United States Robin White
6-2, 3-6, 6-4
Win 5. Dec 1986 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay United States Lori McNeil Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Netherlands Nicole Muns-Jagerman
6-1, 2-6, 6-1
Loss 1. Mar 1987 Wild Dunes, USA Clay United States Candy Reynolds Peru Laura Arraya
Denmark Tine Scheuer-Larsen
6-4, 6-4
Win 6. Apr 1987 Hilton Head, USA Clay West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Zina Garrison
United States Lori McNeil
7-6(8-6), 7-5
Win 7. Nov 1987 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini Canada Jill Hetherington
Switzerland Christiane Jolissaint
6-2, 6-2
Loss 2. Dec 1987 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Canada Jill Hetherington United States Katrina Adams
United States Cheryl Jones
6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Win 8. Jul 1988 Båstad, Sweden Clay Italy Sandra Cecchini Italy Linda Ferrando
Italy Silvia La Fratta
6-0, 6-2
Win 9. Jul 1988 Brussels, Belgium Clay Denmark Tine Scheuer-Larsen Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva
Italy Raffaella Reggi
7-6(7-3), 6-1
Win 10. Nov 1988 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Argentina Bettina Fulco Netherlands Carin Bakkum
Netherlands Simone Schilder
6-3, 6-4
Win 11. May 1989 Taranto, Italy Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Gole? France Sophie Amiach
France Emmanuelle Derly
6-2, 6-2
Loss 3. May 1989 Rome, Italy Clay Netherlands Manon Bollegraf Australia Elizabeth Smylie
Australia Janine Thompson
6-4, 6-3
Win 12. May 1989 Strasbourg, France Clay Austria Judith Wiesner South Africa Lise Gregory
United States Gretchen Magers
6-3, 6-3
Loss 4. Jul 1989 Arcachon, France Clay Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy Italy Sandra Cecchini
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6-3, 7-6(7-5)
Winner 13. Jul 1989 Brussels, Belgium Clay Netherlands Manon Bollegraf Netherlands Carin Bakkum
Netherlands Simone Schilder
6-1, 6-2
Win 14. Jul 1989 Båstad, Sweden Clay Denmark Tine Scheuer-Larsen Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Gole?
Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva
6-2, 7-5
Win 15. Dec 1989 Guarujá, Brazil Hard Argentina Patricia Tarabini Brazil Cláudia Chabalgoity
Brazil Luciana Corsato
6-2, 6-2
Loss 5. Apr 1990 Hilton Head, USA Clay Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva United States Martina Navratilova
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6-2, 6-1
Win 16. Apr 1990 Amelia Island, USA Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Czechoslovakia Regina Kordová
Hungary Andrea Temesvári
7-6(7-5), 6-4
Win 17. Apr 1990 Tampa, USA Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Peru Laura Arraya
Italy Sandra Cecchini
6-2, 6-0
Win 18. Apr 1990 Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Gole?
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6-7(7-9), 6-2, 6-1
Win 19. Jul 1990 Båstad, Sweden Clay Denmark Tine Scheuer-Larsen Netherlands Carin Bakkum
Netherlands Nicole Muns-Jagerman
6-3, 6-7(10-12), 6-2
Loss 6. Aug 1990 Manhattan Beach, USA Hard Argentina Gabriela Sabatini United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Loss 7. Oct 1990 Filderstadt, West Germany Hard (i) Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Mary Joe Fernández
United States Zina Garrison
7-5, 6-3
Loss 8. Nov 1990 New York, USA Carpet Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
7-6(7-4), 6-4
Loss 9. Apr 1991 Amelia Island, USA Clay Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Loss 10. May 1991 Strasbourg, France Clay Netherlands Manon Bollegraf United States Lori McNeil
United States Stephanie Rehe
6-7(2-7), 6-4, 6-4
Loss 11. Jul 1991 Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Laura Garrone Czechoslovakia Petra Langrová
France Mary Pierce
6-3, 6-7(5-7), 6-3
Loss 12. Jul 1991 San Marino Clay Italy Laura Garrone Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
Japan Akemi Nishiya
6-0, 6-3
Loss 13. Nov 1991 Indianapolis, USA Hard (i) United States Katrina Adams United States Patty Fendick
United States Gigi Fernández
6-4, 6-2
Win 20. Dec 1991 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui United States Renata Baranski
United States Laura Glitz
6-2, 6-2
Loss 14. May 1992 Strasbourg, France Clay United States Lori McNeil United States Patty Fendick
Czechoslovakia Andrea Strnadová
6-3, 6-4
Loss 15. Aug 1992 San Diego, USA Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6-1, 6-4
Loss 16. Apr 1993 Taranto, Italy Clay Czech Republic Petra Langrová United States Debbie Graham
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
6-0, 6-4
Loss 17. Jul 1993 Stratton Mountain, USA Hard Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere Australia Elizabeth Smylie
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6-1, 6-2
Win 21. Jan 1994 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Canada Patricia Hy Australia Jenny Byrne
Australia Julie Richardson
6-4, 7-6(7-3)
Win 22. Apr 1995 Zagreb, Croatia Clay Canada Rene Simpson Italy Laura Golarsa
Romania Irina Spîrlea
7-5, 6-2
Loss 18. Jul 1997 Palermo, Italy Clay Argentina Florencia Labat Italy Silvia Farina Elia
Austria Barbara Schett
2-6, 6-1, 6-4

ITF Finals

Singles (2-3)

$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 11 June 1984 Lyon, France Clay Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva 6-7, 6-3, 2-6
Runner-up 2. 25 February 1985 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Sweden Helena Dahlström 7-5, 4-6, 4-6
Winner 1. 10 March 1985 Curitiba, Brazil Clay United States Renee Blount 6-1, 6-2
Winner 2. 1 April 1985 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Mariana Pérez Roldán 6-3, 6-2
Runner-up 3. 30 September 1996 Newport Beach, United States Hard Ukraine Elena Brioukhovets 2-6, 4-6

Doubles (9-3)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 29 January 1984 Miami, United States Hard United States Ronni Reis United States Heather Crowe
South Africa Rene Mentz
4-6, 3-6
Winner 1. 11 June 1984 Lyon, France Clay United States Ronni Reis France Isabelle Demongeot
France Nathalie Tauziat
1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Winner 2. 15 November 1993 La Plata, Argentina Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Brazil Cláudia Chabalgoity
Paraguay Larissa Schaerer
6-1, 6-4
Winner 3. 14 November 1994 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Slovakia Patrícia Marková
Japan Yuka Tanaka
6-4, 6-3
Winner 4. 25 February 1996 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Greece Christína Papadáki Hungary Virág Csurgó
Czech Republic Kate?ina Kroupová-?i?ková
7-6, 6-2
Winner 5. 30 September 1996 Newport Beach, United States Hard Canada Rene Simpson United States Erika deLone
Australia Nicole Pratt
6-3, 6-1
Runner-up 2. 20 October 1996 Hayward, United States Hard Australia Annabel Ellwood Canada Jill Hetherington
United States Kathy Rinaldi
5-7, 2-6
Runner-up 3. 23 February 1997 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Netherlands Seda Noorlander
Greece Christína Papadáki
6-7, 6-4, 5-7
Winner 6. 27 July 1997 ?stanbul, Turkey Hard Italy Laura Golarsa Austria Sylvia Plischke
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Winner 7. 5 October 1997 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Argentina Celeste Contín
Argentina Romina Ottoboni
4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Winner 8. 2 November 1997 Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Brazil Miriam D'Agostini
Brazil Vanessa Menga
6-2, 6-0
Winner 9. 27 September 1998 Tucuman, Argentina Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini Argentina Luciana Masante
Argentina Laura Montalvo
5-7, 6-4, 7-6

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