Coached by John Alexander ... Introduced to tennis by mother at the age of 8 ... Prefers hard courts ... Whole family plays tennis: father, Terence; mother, Sharron; brother, Brodie, who also plays rugby; and, sister, Sheenagh ... Most memorable experience was being in the VIP lounge at a Bon Jovi concert ... Favorite food is Thai ... Other favorites include roses, the color pink and actor John Malkovich.Created and is featured in: www.australianwomenstennis.com
SINGLESThird Round (1): 2000 - Australian Open.DOUBLESWinner (2): 2005 - Sydney, Amelia Island (both w/Stosur).Finalist (1): 2003 - Memphis (w/Jidkova).Semifinalist (8): 2006 - Strasbourg, Portoroz (both w/Gajdosova); 2005 - Wimbledon, Birmingham (both w/Stosur), Bangkok (w/McShea); 2004 - Vancouver (w/Jidkova), Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Stosur); 2002 - Hawaii (w/Jidkova).
1995 - Played first event of career at ITF/Mount Gambier-AUS (l. in qualifying).1996 - Contested seven ITF Circuit events, reaching SF at one.1997 - Made Tour debut at Australian Open (as No.498 WC, l. to No.98 Gorrochategui); on ITF Circuit, reached two singles QF and captured career-first doubles title at $10K ITF/Warwick 1-AUS (w/Musgrave).1998 - Contested Tour qualifying at Hobart and Australian Open; on ITF Circuit, reached one singles final and captured four doubles titles (incl. three w/Molik).1999 - Contested Tour qualifying at four events, incl. Australian Open; won two more ITF doubles titles.2000 - Season highlighted by run to 3r at Australian Open (career-best Grand Slam showing); as No.275 WC, d. No.88 Vento 75 63 in 1r (first career Tour main draw match win) and No.71 Gagliardi 26 64 64 in 2r, before falling to world No.15 (No.13 seed) Sánchez-Vicario 75 61 (was leading 3-0 first set); contested Tour qualifying 15 times, reaching main draw once, at Shanghai (as LL, l. to Nola in 1r); picked up two more ITF Circuit doubles titles; on April 3, made doubles Top 100 debut (at No.100).2001 - Played two Tour main draws, falling 1r at Australian Open (as WC, l. to Bedanova 75 third set) and Stanford (as qualifier, l. to Kandarr); fell in qualifying five times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open).2002 - Again played two Tour main draws, this time 2r at both; at Canberra (as WC), d. No.31 Torrens Valero in 1r (best win to date), falling to Smashnova; at Australian Open (as WC), d. Nejedly 1r, falling to No.10 seed Shaughnessy; career-first Tour doubles SF at Hawaii (w/Jidkova), also won one ITF Circuit doubles title.2003 - Fell 1r as WC at Canberra (to Loit) and failed to qualify at two Tour events (incl. Australian Open); career-first Tour doubles final came at Memphis (w/Jidkova), also 11th career ITF Circuit doubles title at $25K ITF/Mackay-AUS (w/E.Dominikovic).2004 - Reached Tour doubles SF twice, at Vancouver (w/Jidkova) and Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Stosur); failed to qualify three times in singles at Tour events.2005 - Breakthrough season in doubles, capturing first two Tour titles and making Top 20 debut; won first Tour doubles title at Tier II Sydney (w/Stosur) – d. top seeds Raymond/Stubbs 16 76(5) 64 in 1r; received walkovers from Kirilenko/Yakimova in SF (Kirilenko: left knee strain) and Dementieva/Sugiyama in final (Dementieva: heat illness); also won at Tier II Amelia Island (w/Stosur; d. No.2 seeds Raymond/Stubbs 26 76(6) 76(2) en route to final before d. Peschke/Schnyder); reached two grass court SF (w/Stosur), at Birmingham (ret. during second set of SF match when Stosur suffered left thigh strain) and Wimbledon (career-first Grand Slam SF; d. No.4 seeds Petrova/Shaughnessy; l. to No.2 seeds and eventual champions Black/L.Huber); reached SF or better only once with someone other than Stosur, at Tier III Bangkok (w/McShea); in doubles rankings, made Top 50 debut at No.39 on January 17 (after Sydney), then Top 20 debut at No.16 on July 4 (after Wimbledon); in singles, fell in Tour qualifying three times (Doha, Amelia Island, Strasbourg).
JANUARY - Fell 1r in all three Australian swing doubles events contested.MARCH - Fell 2r in doubles at both Indian Wells and Miami.APRIL - Reached 2r in doubles at Amelia Island (w/Pratt; upset Morariu/Stubbs 76(5) 76(20) in 1r, featuring the longest tie-break in Tour history).MAY - Reached first Tour doubles SF of season (and 10th of career) at Strasbourg (w/Gajdosova).SEPTEMBER - Doubles SF at Portoroz (w/Gajdosova).
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