Federer wasn't the only player to win three majors in 2004. Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual (near right) and Argentina's Paola Su�rez took the Australian, French and U.S. Open doubles titles. Neither player is a singles star, but their partnership is fast becoming one of the most successful in women's tennis history. Since beginning their alliance in 1998, Ruano Pascual and Su�rez have won more than two dozen titles, including seven majors. Amazingly, they have appeared in the doubles final at 10 of the last 11 Slams.
Neither player has much pop on her serve or is a gifted volleyer. Instead they often pin themselves to the baseline, relying on passing shots and lobs to win points. They compete like hell and have an on-court synchronicity that eludes teams composed of superior individual players. "I can't explain it," says Su�rez. "Maybe we are showing that there are different ways to play good doubles."