Began playing tennis at age 8; introduced to the game by her school teacher...Coached by Massimo Bontempi...Prefers clay and hard courts...Father, Ilario, is a university researcher; mother, Angela, is a mathematics teacher; younger brother, Lorenzo, is a student...Nickname is 'Gas'...Has a Samoyed dog named Antea...Favorite flower is the rose...Favorite movie is Sliding Doors...Enjoys swimming, in-line skating and shopping, especially for shoes and rings...Likes to relax by listening to music or watching movies...Favorite city is Paris.
SINGLESWinner: 1999 - ITF/Istanbul-TUR; 1997 - ITF/Makarska 1-CRO; 1996 - ITF/Catania 1-ITA; 1995 - ITF/Marina di Mas-ITA.Quarterfinalist (1): 2000 - Italian Open; 1999 - Palermo.DOUBLESWinner (3): 2006 - ITF/Saguenay-CAN, ITF/St.Georges de Beauce-CAN (both w/Brianti); 2005 - Palermo (w/Koryttseva), ITF/Redbridge-GBR (w/Lubiani), ITF/Catania-ITA (w/Brianti), ITF/Campobasso-ITA (w/Mouhtassine), ITF/Gorizia-ITA (w/Sulpizio), ITF/Rimini-ITA (w/Koryttseva); 2001 - Gold Coast (w/Husarova); 2000 - Knokke-Heist (w/Tulyaganova).Finalist: 1994 - Palermo (w/Canepa).Semifinalist: 2000 - Tashkent (w/Ostrovskaya); 1995 - Palermo (w/Canepi).ADDITIONALItalian Fed Cup Team 2000-2001.
1999 - Reached first QF on WTA Tour at Palermo as a qualifier, falling to No. 5 seed Srebotnik in 3s; cracked world's Top 200 at No. 198 for the first time on July 5, after winning fourth career ITF Circuit event at ITF/Istanbul-TUR, d. Begerow 75 16 64 in final; ranking jumped over 40 places as a result of win2000 - Captured first doubles title on WTA Tour at Knokke-Heist with partner Tulyaganova; as a WC, ranked No. 128, reached second WTA Tour QF, and first at a Tier I event, in her home country's championships, the Italian Open, upsetting No. 22-ranked Van Roost in 2r for her career-best win; lost in QF to No. 43 Morariu 36 64 75; ranking jumped to No. 100; reached 3r in Grand Slam debut, Roland Garros, and US Open; entered Top 100 in for first time on July 12 at No. 852001 - Won doubles title at Gold Coast with first-time partner Husarova2002 - Won ITF doubles title (w/Hopmans) at Rockford, Illinois, USA, when WC opponents Middleton/Rippner retired injured in final2003 - Won ITF/Fano-ITA doubles w/Martinez Granados; reached QF at ITF/Grado-ITA and SF in doubles w/Disderi; as No. 7 seed, reached QF at ITF/Caserta-ITA, l. to No. 2 seed Jugic-Salkic, and won doubles w/Ani2004 - On Tour, l. 1r as No.244 WC at Palermo to No.135 Martinez Granados, also l. in qualifying at Rome; reached five doubles finals on ITF Circuit, winning three.2005 - In singles, fell in Tour qualifying at Rome, Istanbul and Palermo (only three Tour appearances); solid year in doubles, winning third career Tour doubles title at Palermo (w/Koryttseva) as well as five ITF Circuit doubles titles.
FEBRUARY - Won 26th and 27th career ITF Circuit doubles titles at $25K ITF/Saguenay-CAN and $25K ITF/St.Georges de Beauce-CAN (both w/Brianti).
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