The word is out that Argentine player Paola Suarez, who reached a career high of number 9 in the world in singles, and who was half of the world number one doubles team of Suarez/Ruano Pascual for many years, will retire after the U.S. Open. I have been expecting this for some time, and in fact, I'm surprised she has lasted this long. I remember reading a couple of years ago that she wanted to retire, and Virginia Ruano Pascual had talked her out of it. Suarez has been wrecked by injuries the last couple of years, and Ruano Pascual now plays doubles with Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Suarez retires with 4 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles and 44 doubles titles, including 7 women's doubles Grand Slam titles. She is a 5-time member of the Argentine Fed Cup team, and a 3-time member of the Argentine Olympic team.
Sadly, Suarez lost her first qualifying round at the U.S. Open this week. She will play doubles with Roberta Vinci.