Coached by Patricio Remondegui ... Favorite surface is hard court ... Father, Alessandro, is in banking; mother, Arianna, is an art history teacher; older brother Andrea is a law student, and older sister Adriana plays on the tour; younger sister, Alessia is a student ... Enjoys Italian food ... Favorite movie is Gladiator; favorite author is Agatha Christie ... Other hobbies include football, volleyball, skiing and basketball ... Admires her parents for educating her and for the ideals they instilled in her.
• Won the ETA Masters Under 16s in Prato, Italy.
SINGLESWinner: 2000 - ITF/Gelatina-ITA, ITF/Reggio Calabria-ITA; 1997 - ITF/Catania-ITA 1, ITF/Catania-ITA 2; 1996 - ITF/Bari-ITA, ITF/Camucia-ITA.Finalist (1): 2003 - Casablanca.Semifinalist (2): 2005 - Acapulco, Bangkok.DOUBLESWinner (2): 2005 - Istanbul (w/Marrero); 2004 - Tashkent (w/Ad.Serra Zanetti).Semifinalist (8): 2006 - Canberra (w/Razzano); 2005 - Memphis (w/Ad.Serra Zanetti), Eastbourne (w/Spears), Bangkok (w/Prakusya); 2004 - Seoul (w/Domachowska); 2003 - Casablanca (w/Ad.Serra Zanetti), Eastbourne (w/Foretz); 2001 - Palermo (w/Schmidle).ADDITIONALItalian Fed Cup Team 2002-03.
1995 - Played first ITF Circuit event and Tour qualifying at Palermo.1996 - After winning consecutive ITF titles in Italy, received WC for Tour debut at Palermo.1997 - Won back-to-back ITF titles in Italy.1998 - Qualified for Makarska and Maria Lankowitz (2r at both); runner-up at ITF/Montevideo-URU.1999 - 2r at Bol (d. sister Adriana in 1r in first Tour match against her, becoming 10th pair of sisters in Tour history to play each other in official competition); qualified for Rome and Knokke-Heist; contested first Grand Slam qualifying at Wimbledon.2000 - Won two more ITF titles in Italy; runner-up at ITF/Welwyn-GBR.2001 - Runner-up at ITF/Grado-ITA.2002 - First Top 100 finish; as qualifier, made Grand Slam debut at Australian Open (l. 2r); also qualified for Memphis, Amelia Island, Charleston, Wimbledon, US Open, Bali, Luxembourg; saved 4mp to d. Svensson 10-8 third set in Italy’s 5-0 sweep of Sweden in Fed Cup 1r; on October 28, broke into Top 100 at No.92.2003 - Season highlighted by reaching first Tour singles final at Casablanca, l. to Grande in first all-Italian final since 1991 San Marino (Piccolini d. Farina); qualified for Scottsdale and Indian Wells (d. sister Adriana in 1r); member of Italian Fed Cup team that d. Sweden 3-2 in World Group 1r.2004 - Second Top 100 finish; QF at Palermo and Tashkent; qualified for Canberra, Indian Wells (reaching 2r), US Open (l. 2r) and Luxembourg; also 2r at Australian Open, Bogotá, Cincinnati (as LL, l. to Zvonareva); with sister Adriana, won first Tour doubles title at Tashkent; doubles SF at Seoul (w/Domachowska).2005 - Best season to date, reaching first two Tier III singles SF and capturing second Tour doubles title; ranked No.118 (unseeded) at Acapulco, upset world No.74 (No.8 seed) Llagostera Vives en route to SF, falling to top seed and eventual champion Pennetta; second Tier III singles final of career came later in season at Bangkok as unseeded world No.74, d. No.36 (No.4 seed) Asagoe and No.48 (No.8 seed) Peer en route, falling in 3s to No.9 (top seed) Petrova; QF three times, at Rabat (l. to top seed N.Li), Forest Hills (l. to eventual champion Safarova) and Tashkent (l. to Camerin); won consecutive main draw matches just once more with best career Grand Slam showing at Wimbledon (upset world No.11, No.10 seed Schnyder en route to 3r; l. to Maleeva); 2r at Roland Garros and 1r at Australian Open and US Open; won second Tour doubles title of career at Istanbul (w/Marrero), also SF at Memphis (w/Ad.Serra Zanetti), Eastbourne (w/Spears) and Bangkok (w/Prakusya); reached career-high rankings in both singles (No.64 on November 14) and doubles (No.54 on September 12); withdrew from Hasselt w/wrist injury.
JANUARY - Fell 1r at Gold Coast (l. to Nakamura in 3s), Canberra (l. to Czink) and Australian Open (l. to No.15 seed Schiavone); Canberra doubles SF (w/Razzano); fell in Tokyo [Pan Pacific] qualifying.FEBRUARY - Fell 1r at Bogotá (as No.7 seed, upset by Szavay in 3s) and Acapulco (l. to top seed and eventual runner-up Pennetta).MARCH - Fell to 0-7 in Tour main draws this season with consecutive 1r losses at Indian Wells (l. to Ani in 3s) and Miami (l. to Schruff).APRIL - Won first Tour main draw match of season, reaching 2r at Amelia Island (d. qualifier Sequera in 1r; l. to another qualifier, Ruano Pascual, in 2r); also reached 2r at Charleston (l. to qualifier Vakulenko).MAY - Third consecutive 2r finish at Estoril (upset No.5 seed Dushevina in 1r; l. to Ondraskova); consecutive 1r losses at Prague (l. to Czink in 3s), Rabat (l. to qualifier Kremer) and Roland Garros (l. to WC Molik).JUNE - Fell 1r at Birmingham (l. to Vento-Kabchi); fell in Eastbourne qualifying; fell 1r at Wimbledon (l. to No.8 seed Schnyder in 3s; had upset Schnyder in 1r the year before).JULY - Fell 1r at Palermo (l. to No.7 seed Benesova) and Budapest (l. to Rezai).AUGUST - Withdrew from Stockholm w/right elbow tendonitis.SEPTEMBER - Withdrew from Kolkata w/left knee injury.
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