Powerful, fast baseline player who prefers clay courts...Father, Vlado, is a tennis club director; mother, Bosiljka, works for a newspaper; has an older sister, Slavica, who is a former tennis coach...Graduated from high school in 1995...Goal is to reach the Top 15...One of her all-time greatest experiences was participating in the 2000 Olympics...Admires tennis player Patrick Rafter for his personality and his behavior on the court...Self-described as sentimental, stubborn, open with people and likes to be around happy people...Likes to visit Melbourne because of the kind and friendly people there, and also for the shopping; also likes to visit the rest of Australia, and would like to visit Harare and Zimbabwe...Enjoys watching movies, listening to music, studying languages, reading and spending time with niece and friends...Interests include fitness and shopping...Favorite color is sky blue; favorite movie is Gladiator; favorite actor is Keanu Reeves.
• In juniors, was world No. 3; 15-time champion in Croatia/Yugoslavia; 1993 Mediterranean Games Gold Medalist in doubles
SINGLESWinner (2): 2000 - Gold Coast, Strasbourg; 1996 - ITF/Makarska-CRO.Finalist (4): 2002 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1999 - ’s-Hertogenbosch, Portschach; 1996 - Bol.Semifinalist (10): 2002 - Auckland, Warsaw; 2001 - Porto; 1999 - Warsaw, Sopot, Knokke-Heist, Pattaya City; 1998 - Bol, Pattaya City; 1996 - Maria Lankowitz.DOUBLESWinner (1): 2003 - Sopot (w/Perebiynis).Finalist (3): 2005 - Pattaya City (w/Domachowska); 2003 - Helsinki (w/Perebiynis); 2002 - Warsaw (w/Kulikovskaya).Semifinalist (7): 2004 - Casablanca (w/Ani), Sopot (w/Cohen-Aloro), Tashkent (w/Beygelzimer); 2003 - Bol (w/Fattakhetdinova); 2002 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Razzano), Pattaya City (w/Weingartner); 1999 - Bol (w/Pisnik).ADDITIONALCroatian Fed Cup Team for nine years. Croatian Olympic Team 2000.
1991 - Debuted at ITF/Beograd-YUG1992 - Reached one ITF Circuit SF1993 - Played first Tour events, qualifying for Lucerne and Essen1994 - Qualified for Palermo, reaching 2r1995 - Qualified for Zagreb, Palermo and Maria Lankowitz1996 - First Top 100 finish, improving from No. 269 to No. 97; in successive weeks, won first pro title at ITF/Makarska-CRO then reached first Tour singles final as a WC at Bol (l. to Pizzichini); also reached SF at Maria Lankowitz and QF at Karlovy Vary; played first Grand Slam qualifying at Wimbledon1997 - Made Grand Slam debut at Australian Open; reached 2r at Roland Garros; suffered right shoulder injury after US Open and was out remainder of season1998 - Reached SF at Bol (as a qualifier) and Pattaya City; qualified for Wimbledon, Maria Lankowitz and Warsaw; runner-up at ITF/Budapest-HUN1999 - First Top 30 finish in first season played exclusively on WTA Tour; runner-up at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Brandi in 3s) and Portschach (l. to Habsudova in 3s); reached another four SF; doubles semifinalist at Bol (w/Pisnik); became Croatian No. 1 following 3r finish at Roland Garros (Grand Slam first); ranked No. 82, was two points from beating world No. 6 V. Williams before falling 97 third set2000 - Career-best season to date, winning first two Tour singles titles and breaking into Top 20; won Gold Coast with three-set Top 20 wins over No. 12 Kournikova in QF, No. 17 Sanchez-Vicario in SF and No. 15 C. Martinez 60 06 64 in final; scored first Top 10 win en route to Strasbourg title, d. world No. 7 Tauziat in QF (d. Kuti Kis in final); afterwards (May 29), broke into Top 20 at No. 18; reached 2r at Sydney Olympics (l. to Farina Elia in 3s); reached 3r at Miami, Amelia Island, Berlin (held two set points on world No. 1 Hingis before falling 76(3) 63), Birmingham, Wimbledon and Canadian Open2001 - Best Tour results were SF finish at Porto and QF at Gold Coast; qualified for Tokyo [Princess Cup], l. 2r to world No. 19 Sanchez-Vicario 97 in third set tie-break2002 - On February 25, returned to Top 100 after seven-month absence, reaching Auckland SF as a qualifier and Memphis QF; after Warsaw SF appearance, did not win consecutive main draw matches in next 10 events before reaching Tokyo [Japan Open] final; d. No. 1 seed Sugiyama in QF after trailing 63 31 then fell in final to Craybas after leading 4-0 third set; also reached QF at Pattaya City; first-time Tour doubles runner-up at Warsaw (w/Kulikovskaya)2003 - Sixth Top 100 finish; reached QF at Hyderabad, Estoril, Bol and Helsinki (d. world No. 17 Schnyder in 1r); reached consecutive doubles finals (w/Perebiynis), winning Sopot and finishing runners-up in Helsinki2004 - Season highlighted by QF appearance at Seoul (l. to eventual finalist Domachowska in 3s) and 3r at Indian Wells (as qualifier, ret. vs. No.23 Zuluaga in second set with left calf strain) and Roland Garros (equal-best performance there, l. to S.Williams); made 2r at Wimbledon (l. to No.14 seed Farina Elia, afterwards on July 5 returning to Top 100 at No.99), and in US Open 1r, l. to No.29 seed Daniilidou 36 63 75; reached three doubles SF with various partners, and on June 7 reached career-high doubles ranking of No.54; surpassed $1-million mark in career earnings.2005 - Reached fourth career Tour doubles final at Pattaya City (w/Domachowska); reached 2r three times in singles, incl. Tier I Indian Wells; fell 1r three times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros) and in qualifying 15 times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open).
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