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Rollo Jun 11th, 2008 10:23 PM

Latin/South American women in Tennis
I found this online and thought it would be a good start to celebrate Latin American women in tennis.

Here are South American women who entered the French Open. The year marks the first time they played Roland Garros


1 María Weiss-1948
2 Elena Lehman-1952
3 Nora Somoza-1961
4 Mabel Bove-1961
5 Norma Baylón-1963
6 Ana María Bocio-1964
7 Raquel Giscafré-1965
8 Mabel Vrankovich-1967
9 Ana de Maulhardt Covadini-1969
10 Ana María Arias-1969
11 Elvira Weisenberger-1974
12 Ana María Pinto Bravo-1974
13 Beatriz Araujo-1975
14 Susana Villaverde-1976
15 Viviana González-1977
16 Claudia Casablanca-1977
17 Ivana Madruga-1978
18 Emilse Raponi-1979
19 Adriana Villagrán-1979
20 Liliana Guissanni-1981
21 Gabriela Sabatini-1985
22 María Pérez Roldán-1986
23 Mercedes Paz-1986
24 Patricia Tarabini-1986
25 Bettina Fulco-1987
26 Andrea Tiezzi-1988
27 Federica Haumuller-1990
28 Florencia Labat-1990
29 Cristina Tessi-1992
30 María Luciana Reynares-1992
31 Inés Gorrochategui-1992
32 María José Gaidano-1993
33 Paola Suárez-1994
34 Mariana Díaz Oliva-1997
35 María Emilia Salerni-2001
36 Clarisa Fernández-2002
37 Natalia Gussoni-2003
38 Gisela Dulko-2003


1 Ingrid Metzner-1956
2 María Esther Bueno-1957
3 María de Amorim-1978
4 Maureen Schwartz-1965
5 Vera Lucia Cleto-1967
6 María Cristina Borba Díaz-1968
7 Susana Peterson01968
8 Patricia Medrano01978
9 Claudia Moteiro-1981
10 Niege Dias-1986
11 Gisele Miro-1987
12 Luciana Corsato-1988
13 Andrea Vieira-1989


1 Anita Liziana-1935
2 Carmen Ibarra-1958
3 María Tort de Ayala-1959
4 Margarita Bender-1962
5 Patricia Rodríguez-1968
6 Silvia Urroz-1977


1 Paola Palacios-1966
2 María Isabel Fernández de Soto-1971
3 Fabiola Zuluaga-1999
4 Catalina Castaño-2001


1 Monia Rho-1974


1 Margarita Zuleta-1965 (=Margarita Bender of Chile)
2 María Eugenia Guzmán-1966


1 Lili de Álvarez-1925
2 M. Rosenbaum-1925
3 Fondorona-1925
4 Bella Pons-1927
5 Pilar Barril-1953
6 T. Villarnau-1955
7 María Josefa de Riva-1955
8 Carmen Coronado-1961
9 Ana María Estalella-1961
10 Mercedes Solzona-1962
11 Marta Pombo de Peredo-1964
12 Carmen Mandarino-1968
13 María José Aubet-1968
14 Carmen Pérez-1973
15 María Victoria Baldovino-1974
16 Conchita Martínez-1988
17 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario-1988
18 Inmaculada Varas-1989
19 Ángela Montolia-1994
20 Virginia Ruano Pascual-1995
21 Neus Avila-1995
22 Gala León García-1996
23 María Antonia Sánchez Lorenzo-1996
24 Cristina Torrens Valero-1997
25 María Luisa Serna-1997
26 Ana Alcazar-1998
27 Magui Serna-2000
28 Marta Marrero-2000
29 Conchita Martínez Granados-2001
30 Eva Bes-2001
31 María José Martínez Sánchez-2001
32 Nuria Llagostera Vives-2001
33 Clara Suárez Navarro-2004
34 Anabel Medina Garrigues-2004
35 Arantxa Parra Santoja-2004
36 Lourdes Dominguez Lino-2005
37 Laura Pous Tio- 2006


1 Yola Ramírez-1957
2 Rosie Reyes -1957
3 Marta Hernández-1958
4 Elena Subicarts-1964
5 patricai Reyes-1965
5 Olga Montaño-1967
6 Patricia Montaño-1967
7 Angélica Gavaldón -1990


1 Rosanna de los Ríos-2000


1 Virginia Cáceres-1968
2 Pilar Vásquez-1981
3 Laura Arraya-1982


1 Gigi Fernandez-1986
2 Kristina Brandi-1997


1 Estrella Puete-1958
2 Fiorella Bonicelli-1968

1 Franboise Savy-1964
2 María Alejandra Vento-1998
3 Milagros Sequera-

gabybackhand Jun 12th, 2008 12:29 AM

Re: Latin/South American women in Tennis
Interesting thread Rollo. I'm just not sure about Arantxa, IIRC she made her debut at her most successful Slam in 1987, at 15 years old. Didn't she lose to Gabriela Sabatini at the quarters?
BTW, it is Colombia, not Columbia; I guess you got a bit confused :wavey:

Rollo Jun 12th, 2008 02:07 PM

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Thanks for the correction on Colombia!

The source is off on a few of the years-even some names need correcting. For now though I think it's a good overview of most of the women from Spain, Central, and South America who have played in a Grand Slam.

Nacho Jun 12th, 2008 05:59 PM

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Ok I got angry for a moment when I saw Spain listed as a south american country :lol:

good thread rollo :yeah: but is this main draw debuts or are qualies also included?

Some correction about the spanish girls:
Serna made her debut in 1997
Eva Bes in 1998
Medina Garrigues in 2001
Lourdes Dominguez Lino in 2006

sonfo is currently making a compilation of the results of the spanish girls at the slams, so I'm sure he'll give us more info ;)

btw this is totally offtopic but I think Maria Weiss became a nationalized Spanish citizen in the 50's

Rollo Jun 13th, 2008 10:12 PM

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Thanks for the comments Nacho-I included Spain as it was on the original list. Think of it as a compliment, Spain is the "mother" of all of the others, right?;)

Maybe "Hispanic" would have been the best word to employ rather than "Latin/South American"-of course if Spain is on the list with Spanish speaking nations maybe Portugal should also be added.

I'll add in those corrections when I have time-keep them coming!

Regarding Maria Weiss-it's not off topic at all! Yes, she did become a Spanish citizen sometime in the 1950s I believe. Maria was a good friend of Evita Peron, so after the fall of Juan Peron maybe she wasn't so welcome in Argentina?

If my memory is correct Maria's husband died at a young age-he was a spanish tennis player. Somewhere in my photo collection I have a picture of Maria, she was quite a dish!

Sonf@ Jun 13th, 2008 11:11 PM

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oh my fucking god.

i'm reading a biography on maria weiss and i'm just :eek:

she was born on the 29th of January of 1918 and was given the name of Maria Luisa Terán.

Apparently she was forced to quit Argentina after the militar revolution. The argentinian federation tried to get her away from international competitions, but the itf refused to remove her from the draws so she exiled herself in Spain at the end of 1955.

Her husband, heraldo weiss, was argentinian aswell. She had met him during a trip on train in 1940. He was the Argentinian Davis Cup captain, so it's proven that she didn't marry a spanish guy but got the the passport after coming here to start up a new life.

She came back to argentina in 1959 but couldn't compete officially because her rivals wouldn't show up so she had to retire.

On the 8th of December of 1984, Maria Weiss threw herself from the seventh floor of a building in Mar del Plata. She was only 66 and it hadn't even passed a month since her mother's death.

The article mentions that she played a huge number of tournaments/matches (the article says that they were tournaments but i think it's just too much). She won 832 of 1100 matches/tournament/whatever between singles, doubles and mixed doubles as well as the Wimbledon plate.

I'm not really sure about that note. The article also mentions that she was once considered a top 20 player so those numbers seem to be pretty huge.

To finish, it also says that Maria caused a revolution in Wimbledon for wearing a lace edging culotte which was apparently a huge success.

that said, I think I might just have to add her results from 1956 to 1958

chris whiteside Jun 14th, 2008 09:04 AM

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I was thinking Portugal should be included if Spain was but if it is being defined as "Latin" then surely Italians would qualify?

I presume the Mexican Senorita "Patricia" Reyes is the person whom I have always thought was Rosa Maria "Rosie" Reyes who later married the French player Pierre Darmon?

LegionArgentina Jun 14th, 2008 02:18 PM

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Yes María was not allowed to play during the goverment of Aramburu,because was an active peronista.
Arumburu said that she could not play tennis for 99 years something quite redicouls of course.

Rollo Jun 14th, 2008 04:58 PM

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I presume the Mexican Senorita "Patricia" Reyes is the person whom I have always thought was Rosa Maria "Rosie" Reyes who later married the French player Pierre Darmon?
Correct Chris. She later played for France, but was 1/2 of the best Mexican doubles team ever. The "smiling senoritas" were popular wherever they went.

Rollo Jun 14th, 2008 05:03 PM

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Thank you so much Sonfo for uncovering more on Maria Teran Weiss. It sounds as if she had to endure so much sorrow. I was wrong about Heraldo's nationality, but I'm nearly certain he died at a young age, making Maria a widow.

Jah Rastafari--that's a beautiful picture that IMO, captures some of her allure.

Regarding her status-she was often a top twenty player for sure. I believe she made the quarters at the French one year-but don't quote me on it!

I AM CERTAIN she won the River Plate (Rio Plata) event many times. Her finals opponent was often a Ms Piedrola.

Sonf@ Jun 14th, 2008 10:29 PM

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She was twice or even three times quarterfinalist at the FO

I think she reached Wimbledon quarters aswell, or at least the fourth round once

Just to go on with the issue

I left a post in the Roland Garros singles results regarding the World Hardcourts Championships, could you please give me some more information about it? I also guess that you'll be very interested on the link ;)

also, I'm looking forward to hear more about the spanish tennis players because I'm kind of writing a guide to feminine tennis in Spain and I'd like to have more information on the older players. Any help is appreciated ;)

Sonf@ Jun 14th, 2008 10:30 PM

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And yes, I think Maria Teran's husband died in the early 50's or even late 40's but I'll have to dig more on it

Rollo Jun 15th, 2008 12:58 AM

Re: Latin/South American women in Tennis

And yes, I think Maria Teran's husband died in the early 50's or even late 40's but I'll have to dig more on it
She was certainly a widow by 1955, when it was rumoured she was about to become Juan Peron's third wife. That would have made her first lady of Argentina!

If it's ok with everyone I may create a separate thread for Weiss.

Sonfro-when I have time I will look into your post on the World Hard Court Chmps.

austinrunner Jun 15th, 2008 08:08 AM

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I would add Francisca Subirana, who was the runner-up at the 1920 World Hard Court Championships (the true forerunner to the French Open).

She was born in 1900 and had an interesting life after retiring from tennis. In 1924, she married Dr. Ricardo Wolf, a German Jew, in Cuba. They resided there for many years and supported the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro. Castro appointed Wolf as ambassador to Israel in 1961, a post he held until Cuba severed diplomatic relations in 1973. Instead of returning to Cuba, they remained in Israel (defected?) for the rest of their lives, dieing within a month of each other in 1981. In 1975, they established the Wolf Foundation with a donation of $10 million. One of the purposes of the foundation is to "award prizes to outstanding scientists and artists ... for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples...."

Nacho Jun 18th, 2008 01:56 PM

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Here's a pic of Pilar Barril playing Wimbledon in 1956. Her skirt was very popular at the time :yeah:

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