Birth Date: 17/02/1979
Birth Place: Salisbury, Zimbabwe
Plays: Right Handed – Two-handed Backhand
Game-Style: Attacking Baseliner
Favourite Surface: Grass
Age Started Tennis: 4
Turned Pro: 1998
In her career to date, Cara, one of the all-time great doubles specialists, has won 10 women’s doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slam titles and has also achieved the career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. Her 5 women’s doubles titles being: Wimbledon (three times), Australia and the US. Her mixed doubles titles being: Australia, France, Wimbledon (twice) and the US. These wins span the years 2002 to 2010. In the singles rankings she has achieved a high of world no. 31, and she has competed in all the Grand Slams. She has achieved 1 WTA singles title and 6 ITF titles. In 2008 Cara represented Zimbabwe in the Beijing Olympics.
Cara partnered Liezel Huber to a number of women’s doubles successes world-wide. This number one rated partnership won 4 Grand Slams together – Wimbledon (twice) and the Australian and US Opens, as well as reaching 3 semis. She has also successfully partnered with Elena Likhovtseva, Irina Selyutina, Rennae Stubbs, Anastasia Rodionova, Shaha Pe’er, Elena Vesnina, Zi Yan, Lisa Raymond, Daniela Hantuchova, Marina Erakovic and Sania Mirza. Cara won Wimbledon with Rennae Stubbs and was runner up at Flushing meadows with Elena Likhovtseva.
She has notably partnered her brother, Wayne, as well as Leander Paes to outstanding mixed doubles success. With Wayne she won at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and was runner up at Roland Garros too. With Leander Paes she won the Australian and US Opens and Wimbledon and was runner up in France, the US and Wimbledon.
Returning to the WTA Tour after a break in 2012 (giving birth to her son, Lachlan) Cara initially partnered Irina Rodionova to the title at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. She then partnered Marina Erakovic for the clay court season and beyond, including Wimbledon and the US Open. After Flushing Meadows Cara partnered Sana Mirza at two WTA Premier events in Japan and China, helping her achieve no. 14 ranking in her comeback year.
Year to Date
This year Cara has featured on the Women’s Tour in Sydney and Auckland, successfully partnering Sania Mirza. She then reached the quarter final of the Australia Open with the same partner, losing narrowly to Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. She also partnered Jamie Murray in the mixed doubles event. Cara then went on to make the quarters at the Qatar Total event, with Sania Mirza, in Doha, losing very narrowly to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Nadia Petrova.
Cara was born in Zimbabwe to parents Donald and Velia Black. She is sister to Wayne and Byron who have achieved considerable tennis success of their own, notably at doubles – with Wayne winning the US and Australian Opens and Byron the French. Cara is married to former Australian Rules footballer and now trainer, Brett Stephens, and they have a baby boy, Lachlan. Outside of tennis her interests include music, snow boarding and surfing.