Barbara Paulus

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Barbara Paulus
Country (sports) Austria
ResidenceHinterbrühl
Born (1970-09-01) 1 September 1970 (age 48)
Vienna
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Turned proJuly 1986
Retired2001
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize money$1,294,945
Singles
Career record280–166
Career titles6 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 10 (18 November 1996)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1990, 1995)
French Open4R (1997)
Wimbledon2R (1995, 1997)
US Open4R (1989, 1990)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1990, 1996)
Olympic Games3R (1988)
Doubles
Career record26–43
Career titles1 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 83 (17 July 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1990)
French Open1R (1989)
Wimbledon1R (1990)
US Open1R (1989, 1990)
Team competitions
Fed CupRecord 9–13

Barbara Paulus (born 1 September 1970) is a former professional top-ten tennis player from Austria. She began playing on the WTA Tour in 1986 and retired in 2001. During her career, she won a total of seven WTA tournaments (six singles titles, one doubles title). Paulus competed for the Austria Fed Cup team on 21 occasions in singles and doubles, winning nine of her 22 matches.

Career[edit]

Paulus is one of the most successful Austrian female tennis players, being one of only two to be ranked in the top 10 (along with Barbara Schett), despite having a career plagued with injuries, she won six singles titles and one doubles title on the WTA Tour. Her best results include victories over Chris Evert, Mary Pierce, Gabriela Sabatini, Conchita Martínez, and Jana Novotná.[2]

After reaching as high as No. 12 in the world in 1990,[2] she sustained injuries to her knee and both wrists which required her to have surgery and kept her sidelined for many months through 1992 and 1993.[2][3] Her comeback from injury eventually bore her much success, with four WTA titles between 1995 and 1997, a top-ten ranking, and reaching her biggest career final at the Tier I Family Circle Cup, where she lost in three sets to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.[4]

Her career effectively ended in 1998 after an elbow injury, though she made a brief return in 2001.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • 1990: Golden Needle Award from Austrian Tennis Federation[6]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 17 (6–11)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–1)
Tier II (0–1)
Tier III (2–5)
Tier IV (3–2)
Tier V (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–4)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (5–5)
Carpet (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 16 May 1988 Geneva Clay United States Lori McNeil 6–4, 5–7, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 8 August 1988 Sofia Hard Spain Conchita Martínez 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 10 July 1989 Arcachon Clay Austria Judith Wiesner 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 6–1
Runner-up 3. 8 January 1990 Sydney Hard Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 2. 21 May 1990 Swiss Open, Geneva Clay Canada Helen Kelesi 2–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 4. 9 July 1990 Palermo Clay West Germany Isabel Cueto 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 15 October 1990 Filderstadt Hard (i) United States Mary Joe Fernández 6–1, 6–3
Winner 3. 11 September 1995 Warsaw Clay France Alexandra Fusai 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–1
Winner 4. 13 November 1995 Pattaya Hard China Yi Jingqian 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 1 January 1996 Auckland Hard United States Sandra Cacic 6–3, 1–6, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1 April 1996 Hilton Head Island Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 20 May 1996 Strasbourg Clay United States Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 5. 5 August 1996 Maria Lankowitz Clay Italy Sandra Cecchini 40–15 ret.
Runner-up 9. 16 September 1996 Warsaw Clay Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová 3–6, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 28 October 1996 Moscow Carpet (i) Spain Conchita Martínez 6–1, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 6. 21 July 1997 Warsaw Clay Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 20 October 1997 Luxembourg Carpet (i) South Africa Amanda Coetzer 6–4, 3–6, 7–5

Doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 8 August 1988 Vitosha New Otani Open, Sofia Hard Spain Conchita Martínez Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sabrina Goleš
Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva
1–6, 6–1, 6–4

ITF finals[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (2–3)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 16 November 1987 Wels, Austria Hard (i) Czechoslovakia Denisa Krajčovičová 6–2, 6–2
Runner–up 1. 27 September 1993 Kirchheim, Austria Clay Belgium Laurence Courtois 1–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 29 August 1994 Maribor, Slovenia Hard (i) Germany Maja Zivec-Skulj 4–6, 6–4, 6–0
Runner–up 2. 4 March 1996 Prostějov, Czech Republic Hard (i) Switzerland Martina Hingis 1–6, 4–6
Runner–up 3. 27 January 1996 Prostějov, Czech Republic Carpet (i) Slovakia Karina Habšudová 7–6(9–7), 1–6, 3–6

Doubles (0–2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 25 August 1986 Wels, Austria Clay Austria Bettina Diesner Hong Kong Paulette Moreno
Austria Karin Oberleitner
5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 2. 16 November 1987 Wels, Austria Hard (i) Austria Petra Schwarz Austria Petra Hentschl
Germany Eva Maria Schuerhoff
4–6, 4–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barbara Paulus at the ITF official website
  2. ^ a b c "Barbara Paulus".
  3. ^ "Pierce, Martinez advance in Italian Open".
  4. ^ "LaChappa Remains Hospitalized".
  5. ^ ""Ich stand nie gerne im Rampenlicht"".
  6. ^ Barbara Paulus at the WTA Tour's official website

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