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Virginia Ruano Pascual

Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual-2009-Sep-06.jpg
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceMadrid
Born (1973-09-21) 21 September 1973 (age 47)
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
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)
Medal record
Representing  Spain
Olympic Games
Silver medal - second place Doubles
Silver medal - second place Doubles
Mediterranean Games
Silver medal - second place Singles
Bronze medal - third place Doubles

Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spanish pronunciation: [bi?'xinja 'rwano pas'kwal]; born 21 September 1973) is a Spanish former professional tennis player.

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 life

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 finals

Doubles: 10 titles, 6 runner-ups

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2000 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Switzerland Martina Hingis
France Mary Pierce
2-6, 4-6
Win 2001 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Doki?
Spain Conchita Martínez
6-2, 6-1
Win 2002 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6-4, 6-2
Loss 2002 Wimbledon Grass Argentina Paola Suárez United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
2-6, 5-7
Win 2002 US Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Elena Dementieva
Slovakia Janette Husárová
6-2, 6-1
Loss 2003 Australian Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6-4, 4-6, 3-6
Loss 2003 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
7-6(5), 2-6, 7-9
Loss 2003 Wimbledon Grass Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
4-6, 4-6
Win 2003 US Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
6-2, 6-3
Win 2004 Australian Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6-4, 6-3
Win 2004 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6-0, 6-3
Win 2004 US Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6-4, 7-5
Win 2005 French Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Loss 2006 Wimbledon Grass Argentina Paola Suárez China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
3-6, 6-3, 2-6
Win 2008 French Open Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Australia Casey Dellacqua
Italy Francesca Schiavone
2-6, 7-5, 6-4
Win 2009 French Open Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Elena Vesnina
6-1, 6-1

Mixed doubles: 1 title

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

Summer Olympics

Doubles: 2 silver medals

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

WTA career finals

Singles: 3 titles

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

Doubles: 33 titles, 27 runner-ups

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 Argentina Paola Suárez France Julie Halard-Decugis
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7-6(6), 6-3
Winner 2. 26 April 1998 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Romania C?t?lina Cristea
Argentina Laura Montalvo
4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Winner 3. 10 May 1998 Rome Masters, Italy Clay Argentina Paola Suárez South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7-6(1), 6-4
Runner-up 1. 25 April 1999 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay Argentina Laura Montalvo Russia Evgenia Kulikovskaya
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sandra Na?uk
3-6, 4-6
Winner 4. 23 May 1999 Madrid Open, Spain Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Argentina María Fernanda Landa
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6-2, 0-6, 6-0
Winner 5. 23 April 2000 Family Circle Cup, United States Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7-5, 6-3
Runner-up 2. 10 July 2000 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo,
Italy
Clay Romania Ruxandra Dragomir Italy Silvia Farina Elia
Italy Rita Grande
4-6, 6-0, 6-7(6)
Winner 6. 23 July 2000 Warsaw Open, Poland Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Italy Rita Grande
7-5, 6-1
Runner-up 3. 21 August 2000 Connecticut Open, U.S. Hard Argentina Paola Suárez France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
4-6, 7-5, 2-6
Runner-up 4. 7 January 2001 Hobart International, Australia Hard Romania Ruxandra Dragomir Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Zimbabwe Cara Black
4-6, 1-6
Runner-up 5. 4 March 2001 Mexican Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
4-6, 7-6(5), 5-7
Runner-up 6. 11 March 2001 Indian Wells Masters, U.S. Hard Argentina Paola Suárez United States Nicole Arendt
Japan Ai Sugiyama
4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 7. 22 April 2001 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7-5, 6-7(5), 3-6
Winner 7. 20 May 2001 Belgian Open Clay Belgium Els Callens Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Winner 8. 26 May 2001 Madrid Open, Spain Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7-5, 2-6, 7-6(4)
Winner 9. 22 July 2001 French Community Championships, Belgium Clay Spain Magüi Serna Romania Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie
Romania Andreea Vanc
6-4, 6-3
Winner 10. 24 February 2002 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Slovenia Tina Kri?an
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6-2, 6-1
Winner 11. 3 March 2002 Mexican Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Slovenia Tina Kri?an
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
7-5, 6-1
Runner-up 8. 1 April 2002 Miami Open, U.S. Hard Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6-7(4), 7-6(4), 3-6
Winner 12. 19 May 2002 Rome Masters, Italy Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6-3, 6-4
Winner 13. 18 August 2002 Canada Masters Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Japan Rika Fujiwara
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6-4, 7-6(4)
Winner 14. 14 September 2002 Brasil Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez France Émilie Loit
Paraguay Rossana de los Ríos
6-4, 6-1
Winner 15. 29 September 2002 Bali International, Indonesia Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6-2, 6-3
Winner 16. 13 April 2003 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Slovakia Janette Husárová
Spain Conchita Martínez
6-0, 6-3
Runner-up 9. 20 April 2003 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
5-7, 2-6
Winner 17. 11 May 2003 German Open Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Winner 18. 23 August 2003 New Haven Open, U.S. Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Australia Alicia Molik
Spain Magüi Serna
7-6(6), 6-3
Runner-up 10. 19 October 2003 Zurich Open, Switzerland Hard (i) Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6-7(3), 2-6
Winner 19. 10 November 2003 WTA Tour Championships,
Los Angeles
Hard (i) Argentina Paola Suárez Belgium Kim Clijsters
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Runner-up 11. 5 January 2004 Auckland Open, New Zealand Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugi?-Salki?
Croatia Jelena Kostani? To?i?
6-7(6), 6-3, 1-6
Winner 20. 21 March 2004 Indian Wells Open, U.S. Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6-1, 6-2
Winner 21. 18 April 2004 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay Argentina Paola Suárez United States Martina Navratilova
United States Lisa Raymond
6-4, 6-1
Runner-up 12. 10 May 2004 Rome Masters, Italy Clay Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
6-2, 3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 13. 19 July 2004 LA Championships, U.S. Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
7-6(2), 4-6, 3-6
Runner-up 14. 26 July 2004 San Diego Open, U.S. Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Runner-up 15. 17 October 2004 Kremlin Cup, Russia Carpet Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Anastasia Myskina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
3-6, 6-4, 2-6
Runner-up 16. 24 October 2004 Zurich Open, Switzerland Hard (i) Argentina Paola Suárez Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
4-6, 4-6
Winner 22. 31 October 2004 Luxembourg Open Hard (i) Argentina Paola Suárez United States Jill Craybas
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6-1, 6-7(1), 6-3
Winner 23. 5 March 2005 Dubai Tennis Championships, UAE Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Australia Alicia Molik
6-7(7), 6-2, 6-1
Winner 24. 19 March 2005 Indian Wells Open, U.S. Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
7-6(3), 6-1
Winner 25. 17 April 2005 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay Spain Conchita Martínez Czech Republic Iveta Bene?ová
Czech Republic Kv?ta Peschke
6-1, 6-4
Winner 26. 7 August 2005 San Diego Open, U.S. Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6-7(7), 6-1, 7-5
Runner-up 17. 15 August 2005 Canada Masters Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Martina Navratilova
7-5, 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 18. 9 October 2005 Bangkok Open, Thailand Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Argentina Gisela Dulko
1-6, 5-7
Runner-up 19. 30 October 2005 Generali Ladies Linz, Austria Hard (i) Spain Conchita Martínez Argentina Gisela Dulko
Czech Republic Kv?ta Peschke
2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 20. 17 January 2006 Sydney International, Australia Hard Argentina Paola Suárez United States Corina Morariu
Australia Rennae Stubbs
3-6, 7-5, 2-6
Runner-up 21. 18 March 2006 Indian Wells Masters, U.S. Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
2-6, 5-7
Runner-up 22. 16 April 2006 Charleston Open, U.S. Clay United States Meghann Shaughnessy United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6-3, 1-6, 1-6
Winner 27. 13 August 2006 Stanford Classic, U.S. Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6-3, 6-4
Winner 28. 24 September 2006 China Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Russia Anna Chakvetadze
Russia Elena Vesnina
6-2, 6-4
Winner 29. 1 October 2006 Korea Open Hard Argentina Paola Suárez Chinese Taipei Chia-jung Chuang
Argentina Mariana Díaz Oliva
6-2, 6-3
Runner-up 23. 13 January 2007 Hobart International, Australia Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Russia Elena Vesnina
4-6, 5-7
Runner-up 24. 9 April 2007 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Italy Mara Santangelo
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
3-6, 6-7(4)
Runner-up 25. 18 June 2007 Rosmalen Open, Netherlands Grass Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
5-7, 2-6
Winner 30. 5 August 2007 Nordic Light Open, Sweden Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Ukraine Tetiana Luzhanska
6-1, 5-7, [10-6]
Winner 31. 11 January 2008 Hobart International, Australia Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Germany Jasmin Wöhr
6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 26. 15 June 2008 Birmingham Classic, UK Grass France Séverine Brémond Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
2-6, 1-6
Winner 32. 27 July 2008 Slovenia Open Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Russia Vera Dushevina
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
6-4, 6-1
Runner-up 27. 6 April 2009 Andalucia Tennis Experience, Spain Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
3-6, 3-6
Winner 33. 22 May 2010 Warsaw Open, Poland Clay United States Meghann Shaughnessy Zimbabwe Cara Black
China Yan Zi
6-3, 6-4

ITF finals

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

Singles: 7 (4-3)

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

Doubles: 18 (10-8)

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

Grand Slam performance timelines

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

Singles

Doubles

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

Awards

  • 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 links


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