Getting To Know... Paula Ormaechea
Published April 01, 2012 01:26
March 5, 2012 saw a changing of the guards at the top of South American tennis, as Gisela Dulko was ousted from her near-seven year residency as Argentinian No.1. Her replacement at the summit was a 19-year-old from Buenos Aries named Paula Ormaechea.
While Ormaechea is not a household name just yet, if she carries her early season form - highlighted by a second round appearance on her Grand Slam debut in Australia and a quarterfinal run in Bogotá - this could all be about to change. And prior to the spring clay court season, wtatennis.com sat down with her to try and find out a little more about Argentina's new No.1.
How did you first get into tennis?
PO: When I was three years old. My dad wanted me to get into playing some sports, so he took me and my sister to the sports club to close something to do and we chose tennis because we thought it looked fun, and since then I've never stopped playing.
Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
PO: My dad's name is Marcelo and he sells car parts and things like that. My mother is Mirna and I also have two sisters, Sofia and Valentina, who are both studying.
Who is your coach at the moment?
PO: I have one coach, Federico Paskvan, then I have a fitness coach and also a physiotherapist I've been working with for the last few years.
Who inspired your tennis as you were growing up?
PO: It has always been the Williams sisters, when I started playing I used to try to be a little bit like them as I loved the way they played and their personality. Roger Federer is another player I really look up to and admire.
How would you describe your playing style?
PO: I'm an offensive player and I like to hit the ball really hard. But I like to try and change my game depending on who is in front of me.
What's your favorite surface?
What is the highlight of you career so far?
PO: There are many, but one really memorable moment was when I won my first challenger in Bogotá in 2010. It was my first tournament with Federico as a coach so it was really nice to win in both singles and doubles.
What are your short-term and long-term goals?
PO: This year I would like to be Top 80 and if I could do that it would be great. In the future, my biggest dream has always been to reach No.1 in the world and I hope one day I can get close to that.
What's your favorite tournament?
PO: Oh, Bad Gastein! I loved Bad Gastein last year, it was a really great place.
How did you do in school?
PO: I finished high school. Maybe one day I would like to continue my studies, but for now I am just really focused on tennis.
What do you like to do to relax away from the tennis court?
PO: I like reading and listening to music. I also like any kind of sport and whenever I get the chance to try a new one I will.
How about your favorite book?
PO: Oh, yeah! Harry Potter, I've read all the books and I watched all the movies.
Who is your favorite band at the moment?
Do you like to listen to music before a match?
PO: Yeah, sometimes. It depends, though. I mean I don't do it always but sometimes I think it helps.
If you could meet one person in the world, who would it be?
PO: I would love to meet Federer. It would be great just to have a conversation with him as I have so many questions I'd like to ask him.
What's your most treasured possession?
PO: I have a necklace that my aunt gave me and she died last year so that is really special to me.