Parents are Johannes and Elisabeth; brother George, is a doctor; entire family plays recreational tennis...Favorites include the movie Schindler’s List, actors Harrison Ford and Gwyneth Paltrow and the book Die Schachnovelle...Enjoys listening to U2 and the soul music of India Aire...Admires playing style of Stefan Edberg.
• Named TENNIS Magazine 1999 Most Improved Player
SINGLESWinner (3 WTA Tour): 2000 - Klagenfurt; 1997 - Maria Lankowitz; 1996 - Palermo; 1992 - TF/Zaragoza-ESP.Finalist (3): 1999 - Moscow; 1998 - Palermo, Boston.DOUBLESWinner (10): 2004 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Schnyder), Budapest (w/Mandula), Stockholm (w/Molik); 2003 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Schnyder); 2002 - Hamburg (w/Hingis); 2001 - Sydney (w/Kournikova); 1999 - Auckland (w/Farina Elia); 1998 - Hamburg (w/Schnyder); 1997 - Palermo (w/Farina Elia); 1996 - Palermo (w/Husarova).Finalist (9): 2004 - Hobart (w/Callens); 2003 - Hobart (w/Wartusch); 2001 - Auckland (w/Gagliardi); 2000 - Klagenfurt (w/Schnyder), Filderstadt (w/Sanchez-Vicario); 1999 - Hilton Head (w/Schnyder); 1998 - Amelia Island (w/Schnyder), Palermo (w/Schnyder); 1996 - Moscow (w/Farina Elia).MIXED DOUBLESFinalist (1): 2001 - Australian Open (w/Eagle).ADDITIONALAustrian Fed Cup Team 1993-2002, 2004. Austrian Olympic Team 2000.
1990 - Received WC into qualifying for Kitzbuhel1991 - Made Tour debut at Kitzbuhel as a WC; reached QF at ITF/Lyss-SUI1992 - Won first pro singles title at ITF/Zaragoza-ESP1993 - Broke into Top 200, reaching QF at Kitzbuhel (d. world No. 17 K. Maleeva) and Montpellier, both times as a qualifier; also qualified for San Marino1994 - Played first Grand Slam qualifying at Australian Open; made Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros as a qualifier; reached first WTA Tour SF at Linz (d. world No. 26 K. Maleeva); on April 4, broke into Top 100 at No. 99; reached QF at Tokyo [Japan Open] and Prague1995 - Reached Palermo SF, Prague QF and Miami 3r; played first Fed Cup singles rubbers for Austria vs. USA1996 - First Top 50 finish at No. 38; at Palermo, won first Tour singles title (d. Hack in final) and first doubles title (w/Husarova); reached first Tier I SF at Moscow; won first Grand Slam matches en route to Australian Open 4r; d. world No. 8 Mag. Maleeva (first Top 10 victory) in reaching Amelia Island QF1997 - Won second Tour singles title at Maria Lankowitz in native Austria; reached Palermo SF for third straight year (l. to Testud 76 third set) and Hamburg QF, Miami 4r and Australian Open 3r1998 - Reached consecutive finals at Palermo and Boston (l. to de Swardt after leading 5-1 and holding mp in third set), SF at Hamburg and Madrid and QF at Hobart, Maria Lankowitz and Zurich; won Hamburg doubles title (w/Schndyer)1999 - First Top 10 finish, winning $725,865 (career-best to date) and scoring 47 Tour singles wins (equal fourth on Tour for season); d. world No. 9 C. Martinez and No. 4 Sanchez-Vicario en route to Sydney SF (l. to No. 2 Hingis 76 third set); reached first Tier I final at Moscow and Grand Slam QF at US Open; broke into Top 10 at career-high No. 7 following US Open (September 13); reached SF at Auckland and Hamburg; qualified for season-ending Championships debut (d. Sanchez-Vicario en route to QF) and Grand Slam Cup2000 - Won third career Tour singles title at Klagenfurt; reached Australian Open and Roland Garros 4r (l. to Sanchez-Vicario in 3s both times); d. No. 5 seed Coetzer and No. 3 Tauziat en route to Zurich SF; reached six more QF; struggled with nagging injuries; withdrew from Paris and Hannover in February w/stomach muscle injury; retired at Hamburg and withdrew from Strasbourg in May with sinus infection; retired vs. Davenport at Linz with infected right toe2001 - Semifinalist at Doha (l. to Hingis) and quarterfinalist at Vienna and Moscow; reached 4r at Roland Garros (d. world No. 2 V. Williams in 1r for first victory in six meetings vs. a world No. 2), 4r at US Open and 3r at Australian Open and Wimbledon; won Sydney doubles title (w/Kournikova), reaching career-high No. 8 doubles ranking afterwards (January 15); Australian Open mixed doubles runner-up (w/Eagle)2002 - Seventh consecutive Top 50 finish; reached five QF, incl. Canadian Open (d. world No. 15 Rubin and No. 7 Clijsters, marking fourth time in career to d. two Top 20 players in one tournament) and 3r at Australian Open; won Hamburg doubles (w/Hingis)2003 - Apart from reaching Madrid SF (first in more than two years), Gold Coast QF and Roland Garros 3r did not win consecutive matches all season; in doubles, won Paris [Indoors] (w/Schnyder) and reached Hobart final (w/Wartusch)2004 - As world No.77 at Indian Wells, d. No.40 (No.29 seed) Likhovtseva 46 75 63 and No.13 (No.8 seed) Suarez 63 64 (first Top 20 win in nearly 18 months) en route to 4r, but l. to No.20 (No.11 seed) C.Martinez 61 62; QF at Estoril (l. to Marrero) and and s'Hertogenbosch (l. to eventual finalist Koukalova); reached 2r seven times (incl. Australian Open) and l. in 1r eight times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open), also failing to qualify at three Tour events; in doubles, won titles at Paris [Indoors] (defended w/Schnyder), Budapest (w/Mandula) and Stockholm (won 10th career doubles title in first-time pairing w/Molik), finalist at Hobart (w/Callens), and SF at 's-Hertogenbosch, Los Angeles, US Open (all w/Schnyder) and Linz (w/Wartusch); member of Austrian Fed Cup team that d. Slovak Republic 3-2 in 1r (d. Husarova, Sucha), and of QF team that upset US team 4-1 to reach second SF in three years (second upset over the US in as many years - d. Rubin and Raymond in singles, and w/Wartusch, d. Craybas/Navratilova for Navratilova's first Fed Cup loss after 40 singles/doubles victories dating back to 1975); announced plans to retire following the 2005 Australian Open.2005 - Played final professional event at Australian Open, picking up last victory with defeat of wild card Welford in 1r; fell to No.26 seed Hantuchova, 64 60 in 2r in last singles match.
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