Paola Suarez 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" Suarez 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.
Suarez won four WTA titles 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.
Ole 2005, on her retirement
Paola and Virginia
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