Began playing tennis at the age of eight with her family, copying her two older sisters who played tennis...Also excelled at soccer...Family lives in Boone, North Carolina...Father's name is Jack, mother is Jill; has two older sisters, Amy and Brittany...Hobbies include watching classic movies like Gone With the Wind, bargain hunting, modeling and interior decorating...Favorites include Thai food, border collies (family has one named Panda), dancing, listening to Andrea Bocelli, spending time with her sisters and receiving funny e-mails from her dad...Listens to 'techno' music on her Walkman to pump herself up before a match...Favorite tennis player is Andre Agassi; admired Arthur Ashe...Attended Monona Grove High School until March of 1995, and graduated from the Van Der Meer Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA, in 1997...When interviewed by MTV Sports, compared her game to the band Pearl Jam because they are a versatile band, playing slow and fast songs, and she is a versatile player, hitting hard and slow balls with topspin and slice.
• In juniors, reached singles QF and doubles final at 1996 Wimbledon; was finalist at 1996 USTA National Girls’ 18 Championships, losing to doubles partner Osterloh, with whom she won doubles title; won 1996 Easter Bowl girls’ 18s, defeating Mary Carlisle White 60 60 in the final; was singles finalist and doubles winner at 1996 Banana Bowl; member of the United States National Team in 1995 and 1996; ranked No. 1 in the United States 18-and-under division in 1996; represented the United States on ITF Connolly Cup Team
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 2003 - ITF/Sedona-USA; 2001 - ITFWest Columbia-USA.Quarterfinalist (3): 2002 - Hawaii; 2001 - Bahia, Quebec City.DOUBLESWinner (2): 2005 - ITF/Lexington, KY-USA (w/Castellvi); 2002 - Quebec City (w/Steck); 2001 - Quebec City (w/Ad. Serra-Zanetti).Finalist (1): 2002 - Canberra (w/Serra-Zanetti).Semifinalist (3): 2003 - Bogota (w/Marosi), Quebec City (w/Miyagi); 1999 - Bogota (w/Bes).
1995 - Debuted on ITF Circuit as a qualifier at ITF/Lakeland-USA1996 - Contested qualifying at Hilton Head and US Open1997 - Reached four ITF Circuit singles finals (three consecutively); won first pro doubles title at ITF/Little Rock-USA (w/A. Jensen)1998 - Debuted at all four Grand Slams, pushing world No. 15 Testud to 3s in Roland Garros 1r; also qualified for Auckland (Tour debut) and Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; runner-up at ITF/Midland-USA1999 - Reached 2r at Australian and US Opens2000 - Qualified for Canadian Open2001 - Reached career-first Tour QF in consecutive weeks, Bahia and Quebec City, where she won first Tour doubles title (w/Ad. Serra Zanetti); won first pro singles title at ITF/West Columbia-USA2002 - Successfully defended Quebec City doubles title (w/Steck); reached QF at Hawaii2003 - First Top 100 finish; reached first-ever Tour SF at Bol and recorded best Grand Slam result to date, reaching Wimbledon 3r (l. to Clijsters); won second ITF Circuit singles title at ITF/Sedona-USA2004 - Reached 2r at Indian Wells (as world No.82, l. to top seed and eventual champion Henin-Hardenne), Charleston (as No.92, d. No.50 Granville but l. to eventual champion V.Williams) and Rome (as No.92 qualifier, upset No.30 Raymond but l. to No.20 Schiavone); l. in 1r nine times, incl. at Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and failed to qualify at five Tour events and US Open.2005 - Won doubles title (w/Castellvi) at $50K ITF/Lexington, KY-USA.
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