Coached by Simone Restelli...Baseline player who prefers hard, indoor courts; favorite shot is her backhand...Mother, Marzia, has a restaurant; father, Attilio, is a building constructor; older brother, Massimiliano, works in his mother's restaurant and introduced Valentina to tennis and still practices with her...Plays guitar...Favorite city to visit is Rio de Janeiro to see the 'Cristo' and because the beaches are so nice...Most memorable experience was playing Wimbledon for the first time...Describes herself as a friendly person who likes to have fun...Admires her mother and wants to be like her: sweet and helping people...Likes Andre Agassi's game...Graduated from high school in 1998...Favorite movie is Seven; favorite actor is Brad Pitt; favorite author is Wilburn Smith.
• In juniors, won the 1997 Italian Championships singles and doubles titles; participated in the European Cup and Mediterranean Games; defeated No. 1 junior player Dokic en route to the SF at an international junior tournament in Prato; also reached SF at an international junior tournament in Florence
SINGLESWinner: 2001 - ITF/Grado-ITA; 1999 - ITF/Le Havre-FRA; 1998 - ITF/Sao Paulo-BRA.DOUBLESWinner: 2006 - ITF/Catania-ITA (w/Lubiani), ITF/Monteroni d'Arbia-ITA (w/Vedy); 2005 - ITF/San Luis Potosi 2-MEX (w/Lubiani).Quarterfinalist (2): 2002 - Porto (w/Oracova), Casablanca (w/Mouhtassine).
1998 - Unseeded, won first pro title at ITF/Sao Paulo-BRA with wins over four seeds1999 - Won ITF/Le Havre-FRA, d. No. 7 seed in final2001 - Won three matches to qualify for first WTA Tour main draw at Madrid, l. to Grande in 3s; unseeded, won third ITF title at ITF/Grado-ITA with wins over two seeds; failed to qualify for Wimbledon and US Open2002 - Qualified for second WTA Tour event at Porto, falling 1r to fellow qualifier Kanepi.2005 - Won second ITF Circuit doubles title of career at $25K ITF/San Luis Potosi 2-MEX (w/Lubiani).
JANUARY - Singles runner-up at $25K ITF/Fort Walton Beach, FL-USA (l. to Arn in final).FEBRUARY - Fell 1r at Bogotá (as qualifier, l. to No.8 seed and eventual semifinalist Sanchez Lorenzo).MAY - Won third career ITF Circuit doubles title at $25K ITF/Catania-ITA (w/Lubiani).JULY - Won second ITF Circuit doubles title of year (fourth of career) at $25K ITF/Monteroni d'Arbia-ITA (w/Vedy).
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