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Luisa Stefani
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Stefani at the 2019 French Open
Full name Luisa Veras Stefani
Country  Brazil
Residence Wesley Chapel, Florida, U.S.
Born 9 August 1997 (1997-08-09) (age 24)
São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.68 m
Plays Right (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $327,373
Singles
Career record 84–63 (57.14%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 431 (20 May 2019)
Current ranking No. 803 (9 August 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Junior 2R (2015)
French Open Junior 2R (2014, 2015)
Wimbledon Junior 1R (2014, 2015)
US Open Junior 1R (2014, 2015)
Doubles
Career record 172–76 (69.35%)
Career titles 2 WTA, 2 WTA 125K, 15 ITF
Highest ranking No. 22 (9 August 2021)
Current ranking No. 22 (9 August 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2020, 2021)
French Open 3R (2020)
Wimbledon 1R (2021)
US Open QF (2020)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Bronze medal.svg (2020)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2021)
Wimbledon 2R (2021)
Team Competitions
Fed Cup 9–2
Last updated on: 10 August 2021.

Luisa Veras Stefani (born 9 August 1997) is a Brazilian tennis player.

On 9 August 2021, she peaked at No. 22 in the WTA doubles rankings. On 20 May 2019, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 431. She achieved a career-high junior ranking of No. 10, on 30 March 2015.

Stefani is coached by Sanjay Singh from India, with whom she trains at the Saddlebrook Academies.

Stefani is an Olympic bronze medallist from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the doubles event. She partnered Laura Pigossi to defeat Veronika Kudermetova and defending gold medallist Elena Vesnina to win the bronze medal. Stefani and Pigossi became the first Brazilians to obtain an Olympic medal in tennis in history, surpassing Fernando Meligeni's campaign that took 4th place in 1996. The medal was one of the most unexpected: the Brazilians got an Olympic spot at the last minute, confirmed on 16 July 2021, one week before the 2020 Games opening, with Luísa Stefani ranked No. 23 in the doubles ranking and Pigossi only at No. 190. Although the Brazilian pair played together for the first time, during the campaign they managed to save eight match-points. In addition to the four in the bronze medal match, they saved another four in the match against Czech duo Karolina Pliskova and Marketa Vondrousova in the round of 16.

Professional career

Stefani made her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the 2015 Brasil Tennis Cup where she received a singles main-draw wildcard. She attended Pepperdine University and had been ranked as high as No. 2 in the ITA rankings. She also was named the 2015 ITA National Rookie of the Year and compiled a 40–6 record in her freshman season. Her biggest career college achievement is reaching the semifinals of the 2015 NCAA Singles Championships, where she lost to eventual champion Danielle Collins.

2019

Her Grand Slam main-draw debut was at 2019 French Open, partnering Australian Astra Sharma in doubles.

In September 2019, with Hayley Carter as partner, she reached the first WTA doubles final at the Korea Open and, the following week, won the first WTA title at the Tashkent Open. With these campaigns, she entered the top 100 and reached a career-high ranking in doubles of No. 75 on 21 October 2019. Thereafter, Stefani established a fixed partnership with Carter.

2020

In 2020, the Stefani/Carter duo reached the Australian Open third round, won the Challenger Series title in Newport, reached the Dubai quarterfinals in February, and won the Lexington Open in August. With that, they entered the top 40 for the first time.

At the US Open, she had her best Grand Slam campaign in her career, reaching the quarterfinals, defeating the No. 6 seeds Japan duo Shuko Aoyama/Ena Shibahara in the round of 16. It has been 38 years since a female doubles player from Brazil have gone as far in a Grand Slam tournament (the last time that Brazilians were in the quarterfinals was in Wimbledon in 1982: Patricia Medrado and Claudia Monteiro).

At the Italian Open, she had another great tournament, reaching the semifinals and losing only to the top seeds. She reached her first Premier final in October 2020, in Ostrava, playing with Gabriela Dabrowski.

2021

Luisa Stefani em 2021
Stefani at Tokyo 2020

Stefani and Carter had their best result at the WTA 1000-level by reaching the final in doubles at the Miami Open seeded eighth where they were defeated by the fifth-seeded Japanese duo of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara.

Stefani had to pass on the 2021 French Open after being forced to endure an emergency appendicitis surgery. With Carter getting a season-ending injury at Wimbledon, Stefani announced she would spend the rest of the year with Gabriela Dabrowski.

During the Olympics, Stefani won a bronze medal, partnering Laura Pigossi. They beat Russians Elena Vesnina and Veronika Kudermetova after saving 4 match points in the final super tiebreak.

Performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Doubles

Tournament 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 3R 0 / 2 4–2
French Open 1R 3R A 0 / 2 2–2
Wimbledon A NH A 0 / 0 0–0
US Open A QF 0 / 1 3–1
Win–Loss 0–1 7–3 2–1 0 / 5 9–5
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open A 1R QF 0 / 2 2–2
Indian Wells Open A NH 0 / 0 0–0
Miami Open A NH F 0 / 1 4–1
Madrid Open A NH 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Italian Open A SF 2R 0 / 2 4–2
Canadian Open A NH QF 0 / 1 2–0
Cincinnati Open A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Wuhan Open A NH 0 / 0 0–0
China Open A NH 0 / 0 0–0
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 75 33

Significant finals

Olympics medal matches

Doubles: 1 (1 Bronze medal)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 2021 Tokyo Olympics 2020, Japan Hard Brazil Laura Pigossi Russia Veronika Kudermetova
Russia Elena Vesnina
4–6, 6–4, [11–9]

WTA 1000 tournaments

Doubles: 1 runner-up

Result Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2021 Miami Open Hard United States Hayley Carter Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Ena Shibahara
2–6, 5–7

WTA career finals

Doubles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 / WTA 1000 (0–1)
Premier / WTA 500 (0–4)
International / WTA 250 (2–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–6)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2019 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard United States Hayley Carter Spain Lara Arruabarrena
Germany Tatjana Maria
6–7(7), 6–3, [7–10]
Win 1–1 Sep 2019 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard United States Hayley Carter Slovenia Dalila Jakupović
United States Sabrina Santamaria
6–3, 7–6(4)
Win 2–1 Aug 2020 Lexington Open, United States International Hard United States Hayley Carter Czech Republic Marie Bouzková
Switzerland Jil Teichmann
6–1, 7–5
Loss 2–2 Sep 2020 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France International Clay United States Hayley Carter United States Nicole Melichar
Netherlands Demi Schuurs
4–6, 3–6
Loss 2–3 Oct 2020 Ostrava Open, Czech Republic Premier Hard (i) Canada Gabriela Dabrowski Belgium Elise Mertens
Belarus Aryna Sabalenka
1–6, 3–6
Loss 2–4 Jan 2021 Abu Dhabi Open, United Arab Emirates WTA 500 Hard United States Hayley Carter Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Ena Shibahara
6–7(5), 4–6
Loss 2–5 Feb 2021 Adelaide International, Australia WTA 500 Hard United States Hayley Carter Chile Alexa Guarachi
United States Desirae Krawczyk
7–6(4), 4–6, [3–10]
Loss 2–6 Apr 2021 Miami Open, United States WTA 1000 Hard United States Hayley Carter Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Ena Shibahara
2–6, 5–7
Loss 2–7 Aug 2021 Silicon Valley Classic, United States WTA 500 Hard Canada Gabriela Dabrowski Croatia Darija Jurak
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
1–6, 5–7

WTA 125K series finals

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2019 WTA 125 Houston, United States Hard Australia Ellen Perez Canada Sharon Fichman
Japan Ena Shibahara
1–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Win 2–0 Feb 2020 WTA 125 Newport Beach, United States Hard United States Hayley Carter Belgium Marie Benoît
France Jessika Ponchet
6–1, 6–3
Loss 2–1 May 2021 WTA 125 Saint-Malo, France Clay United States Hayley Carter United States Kaitlyn Christian
United States Sabrina Santamaria
6–7(4–7), 6–4, [5–10]

ITF Circuit finals

Doubles: 22 (15 titles, 7 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2013 ITF São Paulo, Brazil 10,000 Clay Brazil Nathália Rossi Brazil Laura Pigossi
Argentina Carolina Zeballos
3–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Jul 2016 ITF Campos do Jordão, Brazil 25,000 Hard Brazil Maria Fernanda Alves Brazil Ingrid Gamarra Martins
Brazil Laura Pigossi
3–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Win 1–2 Sep 2016 ITF Atlanta, United States 50,000 Hard United States Ingrid Neel United States Alexandra Stevenson
United States Taylor Townsend
4–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Loss 1–3 Jun 2017 ITF Sumter, United States 25,000 Hard Australia Ellen Perez United States Kaitlyn Christian
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
2–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Win 2–3 Jun 2017 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard Australia Ellen Perez United States Francesca Di Lorenzo
United States Julia Elbaba
6–3, 6–4
Loss 2–4 Jul 2017 ITF Auburn, United States 25,000 Hard Australia Ellen Perez United States Emina Bektas
Chile Alexa Guarachi
6–4, 4–6, [5–10]
Win 3–4 Jul 2017 ITF Knokke, Belgium 15,000 Clay United States Quinn Gleason Switzerland Leonie Küng
Belgium Axana Mareen
6–4, 7–5
Win 4–4 Jul 2017 ITF Brussels, Belgium 15,000 Clay United States Quinn Gleason Belgium Deborah Kerfs
France Priscilla Heise
6–3, 6–2
Win 5–4 Aug 2017 ITF El Espinar, Spain 25,000 Hard United States Quinn Gleason Turkey Ayla Aksu
Netherlands Bibiane Schoofs
6–3, 6–2
Win 6–4 Oct 2017 ITF Seville, Spain 25,000 Clay Mexico Renata Zarazúa Spain Estrella Cabeza Candela
Venezuela Andrea Gámiz
7–6(2), 7–6(3)
Win 7–4 Nov 2017 ITF Sant Cugat, Spain 25,000 Clay Mexico Renata Zarazúa Serbia Olga Danilović
Spain Guiomar Maristany
Zuleta de Reales
6–1, 6–4
Win 8–4 Dec 2017 ITF Castellón, Spain 15,000 Clay Spain Yvonne Cavallé Reimers People's Republic of China Ren Jiaqi
People's Republic of China Wang Xiyu
6–3, 6–1
Win 9–4 Jun 2018 ITF Sumter, United States 25,000 Hard Australia Astra Sharma United States Julia Elbaba
People's Republic of China Xu Shilin
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 9–5 Sep 2018 ITF Templeton, United States 60,000 Hard United States Quinn Gleason United States Asia Muhammad
United States Maria Sanchez
7–6(4), 2–6, [8–10]
Loss 9–6 Oct 2018 ITF Stockton, United States 60,000 Hard United States Quinn Gleason United States Hayley Carter
United States Ena Shibahara
5–7, 7–5, [7–10]
Win 10–6 Nov 2018 ITF Colina, Chile 60,000 Clay United States Quinn Gleason Chile Bárbara Gatica
Brazil Rebeca Pereira
6–0, 4–6, [10–7]
Win 11–6 Jan 2019 ITF Petit-Bourg, France
(Guadeloupe)
25,000 Hard United States Quinn Gleason Montenegro Vladica Babić
Netherlands Rosalie van der Hoek
7–5, 6–4
Win 12–6 Mar 2019 ITF São Paulo, Brazil 25,000 Clay Brazil Paula Cristina Gonçalves Italy Martina Di Giuseppe
Brazil Thaisa Grana Pedretti
6–7(4), 6–0, [10–8]
Win 13–6 Mar 2019 ITF Curitiba, Brazil 25,000 Clay Brazil Paula Cristina Gonçalves Georgia (country) Ekaterine Gorgodze
Chile Daniela Seguel
6–7(3), 7–6(0), [10–2]
Loss 13–7 May 2019 ITF Cagnes-sur-Mer, France 80,000 Clay Brazil Beatriz Haddad Maia Russia Anna Blinkova
Switzerland Xenia Knoll
6–4, 2–6, [12–14]
Win 14–7 Jun 2019 ITF Ilkley, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass Brazil Beatriz Haddad Maia Australia Ellen Perez
Australia Arina Rodionova
6–4, 6–7(5), [10–4]
Win 15–7 Nov 2019 ITF Colina, Chile 60,000 Clay United States Hayley Carter Kazakhstan Anna Danilina
Switzerland Conny Perrin
5–7, 6–3, [10–6]
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