Baseliner who prefers backhand and serve; likes hard and grass courts ... Began playing at age 4 with sister and parents; mother, Mar¡a Del Carmen Mart¡n, is an accounting teacher; father, Abelardo Salerni, is in public administration; has two brothers, Fernando and Luciano, and two sisters, Mariana and Natalia ... Nickname is Pitu ... Most memorable experience was being at 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney ... Most admires mother because she knows how to love ... Tennis player most admired is Steffi Graf ... Says tennis is a passion inside her ... Favorite city is hometown of Rafaela ... Favorite movie is Sixth Sense and favorite actor is Sean Connery.
- Stellar junior career included singles titles at 2000 Wimbledon and 2000 US Open (d. Perebiynis in both finals) and doubles titles at 1999 Wimbledon (w/Bedanova) and 2000 US Open (w/Dulko); also singles runner-up at 2000 Roland Garros (l. to Razzano); named ITF Junior World Champion in 2000.
SINGLESWinner: 2009 - ITF/Lima-PER; 2007 - ITF/La Palma-ESP, ITF/Cuneo-ITA; 2006 - ITF/Midland, MI-USA; 2004 - ITF/Ashland, KY-USA; 2000 - ITF/San Severo-ITA, ITF/Caserta-ITA, ITF/Horb-GER, ITF/Ettenheim-GER; 1999 - ITF/Asunci¢n-PAR, ITF/Montevideo-URU, ITF/Santiago-CHI.Finalist (1): 2008 - Bogota.Semifinalist (2): 2004 - Hobart, Qu‚bec City.Quarterfinalist (3): 2007 - Beijing; 2002 - Bogot ; 2001 - Casablanca.DOUBLESWinner (2): 2009 - ITF/Lima-PER (w/Jara Lozano); 2007 - ITF/Monzon-ESP (w/Cabeza Candela); 2006 - ITF/Rockford, IL-USA (w/Alves); 2004 - Qu‚bec City (w/Gullickson), ITF/Ashland, KY-USA (w/Kloesel); 2003 - Casablanca, ITF/Bromma-SWE (both w/Dulko), ITF/Galatina-ITA (w/Parra Santonja); 2001 - ITF/Orbetello-ITA (w/Tarabini); 2000 - ITF/Horb-GER (w/Bandurowska).Finalist (4): 2005 - Cincinnati (w/Peschke); 2002 - Amelia Island (w/Svensson), Qu‚bec City (w/Zuluaga); 2001 - Casablanca (w/Mart¡nez S nchez).ADDITIONALArgentine Fed Cup Team, 2000-03, 2005, 2008; Argentine Olympic Team, 2000.
1999 - Played first three events of career on ITF Circuit in South America, winning singles titles at all three.2000 - Played first two Tour main draws, reaching 2r at Olympics (as WC, d. Zvereva in 1r; l. to Schett) and falling 1r at Pattaya City (as qualifier; l. to Kostanic Tosic); fell in Tour qualifying at Kuala Lampur; won four singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.2001 - Reached first career Tour singles QF at Casablanca; debuted at Roland Garros (as qualifier; l. to Clijsters in 1r), Wimbledon (l. to S nchez-Vicario in 1r) and US Open (l. to Huber in 1r); fell in Australian Open qualifying; made Top 100 debut on July 30 (rising from No.102 to No.100; spent one week there); won one ITF Circuit doubles title.2002 - Reached second Tour singles QF at Bogot ; fell 1r in both Grand Slams played, at Australian Open (on debut as qualifier; l. to Tulyaganova) and US Open (also as qualifier; l. to Black); fell in Roland Garros qualifying; spent four more weeks in Top 100 between February 25 and April 7 (incl. one week at career-high No.95).2003 - Fell 1r in both Grand Slams played, at Australian Open (as qualifier; l. to Husarova) and US Open (as qualifier; l. to Farina Elia); fell in Roland Garros and Wimbledon qualifying; won first Tour doubles title at Casablanca (w/Dulko); also won two ITF Circuit doubles titles.2004 - Strong start to season, reaching first Tour singles SF at Hobart (as qualifier, d. Kuznetsova en route; l. to Frazier); missed six months w/elbow injury (underwent surgery); strong results upon return, reaching second Tour singles SF (l. to Sucha) and second Tour doubles title (w/Gullickson), both at Qu‚bec City; and winning one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.2005 - Best Tour results were 2r finishes at Pattaya City (l. to Li) and US Open (as qualifier; l. to Hantuchova); fell in Roland Garros qualifying.2006 - Fell in qualifying at first three Grand Slams; won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit (career tallies now stand at nine and six, respectively); withdrew from Bogot and Acapulco w/right elbow injury and from Guangzhou w/right foot injury.2007 - First Top 100 finish in season highlighted by third career Tour singles SF at Fes (as qualifier, d. top seed Mirza en route; ret. vs. Wozniak w/right low back sprain) and first Tier II QF at Beijing (as LL; l. to No.6 seed and eventual champion Szavay); on September 24, made Top 100 return (rose from No.113 to No.92 and remained inside Top 100 rest of season; was first time in Top 100 since April 2002, having dropped out of Top 300 since); in four other Tour main draws, reached 2r at Barcelona (as qualifier; l. to No.4 seed Kanepi) and Bad Gastein (l. to No.8 seed Dom¡nguez Lino in 3s) but fell 1r at Guangzhou (l. to No.3 seed Peng) and Bangkok (as qualifier; l. to No.5 seed Cibulkova in 3s); fell in Tour qualifying eight times, incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open; on ITF Circuit, won two singles titles and one doubles title; withdrew from Bali w/right ankle sprain.2008 - Reached first Tour singles final at Bogota (d. No.2 seed Cornet en route, falling to qualifier Llagostera Vives); fell 1r seven times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros) and in Tour qualifying three times; withdrew from all post-Roland Garros events w/right foot injury.
JANUARY - Did not play.FEBRUARY - Fell 1r at Bogota (as WC, l. to Ani 75 third set); fell in Acapulco qualifying.MARCH - Won ITF/Lima-PER singles and doubles title (w/Jara Lozano).APRIL - Fell in Marbella qualifying.MAY - Reached 2r at Estoril (l. to No.2 seed Kirilenko); fell in Strasbourg qualifying.
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