Coached by Florenta Mihai (1977 Roland Garros finalist) and Gica Vaideanu, both from Romania...Started playing at age 8...Married husband, Florent Ilie, in early 2001; father, Nicolae, owns a shop; mother, Maria, travels to some tournaments...Other athletic interests include skiing, swimming and soccer...Favorite actors are Demi Moore and Richard Gere...Favorite food is Chinese; favorite movie is Ghost...Her pet dogs, Cukie and Buddy, are special and always at home waiting for me where she likes to play with them whenever she can.
• In junior competition, won 1990 Roland Garros doubles with Irina Spirlea
SINGLESWinner (4): 1998 - ITF/Prostejov-CZE; 1997 - Rosmalen; 1996 - Budapest, Karlovy Vary, Pattaya City; 1992 - ITF/Klagenfurt-AUT, ITF/Le Havre-FRA; 1991 - ITF/Supetar-YUG; 1990 - ITF/Rebecq-BEL, ITF/Rabac-YUG, ITF/Mali Losinj-YUG.Finalist (4): 2000 - 's-Hertogenbosch; 1999 - Amelia Island; 1997 - Hamburg; 1995 - Maria Lankowitz. Semifinalist (7): 2001 - Hobart; 1999 - German Open, New Haven; 1997 - Warsaw, Pattaya City; 1996 - Rosmalen; 1993 - Curitiba.DOUBLESWinner (5): 2001 - 's-Hertogenbosch (w/Petrova); 1997 - Prague (w/Habsudova), Warsaw (w/Gorrochategui); 1995 - Bournemouth (w/Grossman); 1994 - Palermo (w/Garrone).Finalist (5): 2001 - Hobart (Ruano Pascual), Knokke-Heist (w/Vanc); 2000 - Palermo (w/Ruano Pascual); 1997 - Gold Coast (w/Farina), Hamburg (w/Majoli).ADDITIONALRomanian Fed Cup Team 1991-92, 1999. Romanian Olympic Team 1996, 2000.
1990 - Competed exclusively on ITF Circuit, winning first pro titles at second, fourth and fifth events; ending season with a 25-6 w-l record in nine events and finished debut year in Top 3001991 - Competed at 13 ITF Circuit events, winning second event of season and fourth title overall; participated in first Fed Cup1992 - In 13 ITF Circuit appearances, reached three finals (winning two, one as a qualifier; won first Fed Cup match1993 - Debuted on WTA Tour at Linz as a WC; in 15 starts did not surpass 2r except at Roland Garros (l. 4r to world No. 3 Sanchez-Vicario) and Curitiba (ret. against top seed Hack in SF leading 3-0 third set); finished season ranked No. 741994 - As in 1993, best performance of season came at Roland Garros (reached 4r again, d. No. 13 seed Mag. Maleeva), followed by Prague (QF) - both clay court events1995 - Reached first WTA Tour final, at Maria Lankowitz (l. to top seed Wiesner), cracking Top 50 for first time; reached QF at Barcelona and 4r at Roland Garros for third time, d. No. 16 seed Sawamatsu1996 - Won three titles on WTA Tour (first in career), at Budapest (d. top seed Julie Halard-Decugis in QF) and at Karlovy Vary; reached SF at Rosmalen (l. to Huber to 3s), QF in Hamburg and 3r at Wimbledon (l. to Novotna); competed in first Olympics; finished season at No. 251997 - At Rosmalen, won fourth career title (first on grass) to reach career-high ranking of No. 15; also reached Hamburg final (without dropping a set; l. to Majoli) and d. Majoli en route to QF Italian Open; broke through Grand Slam 4r at Roland Garros by reaching QF (d. world No. 15 Habsudova) and reached career-first 4r at Australian Open ((l. to eventual champion Hingis); first Top 20 finish in career-best season1998 - Matched 1997 Australian Open effort by reaching 4r; upset world No. 14 Testud en route to 3r at Hilton Head; won 200th career singles match with 1r win over Cacic at Amelia Island; after defeating Capriati in 1r of Italian Open, d. world No. 4 Coetzer, for career-best win; played one ITF Circuit event during season (in Prostejov) and won singles title1999 - Tore through field at Amelia Island, upsetting No. 8 seed Schett, No. 9 seed Kournikova and No. 11-Serna (all in straight sets) to reach first Tour final in two years (l. to No. 2 seed Seles); SF at German Open (d. world No. 4 Novotna in 2r, equaling career-best win), and SF at New Haven (l. to top seed and former world No. 1 Davenport); following New Haven, entered Top 25 for first time in 15 months and finished season in Top 20 for second time2000 - Reached one final, at 's-Hertogenbosch, with wins over world No. 10, No. 2 seed Testud in QF, and defending champion Brandi in SF (ret. vs. world No. 1 top-seed Hingis, with a toe injury suffered in QF); at Hilton Head, upset world No. 14 Kournikova to reach QF; reached 4r at Roland Garros for sixth time in eight years (l. to world No. 1 Hingis 63 06 61) had fifth consecutive Top 50 finish2001 - Upset No. 4 seed Sidot to reach SF at Hobart and reached doubles final (w/Ruano Pascual); captured first doubles title in four years at 's-Hertogenbosch w/Petrova (first-time partner); withdrew from Birmingham with ankle injury; lost 11 of last 12 matches before taking a break after 1r loss at Basel in August2002 - Was off Tour all year due to a severe right ankle injury2003 - Did not play until April: with a special ranking of No. 111, and competing for first time since August 2001, suffered back-to-back 1r losses: at Casablanca, to No. 3 seed and world No. 64 Nagyova and at Budapest to qualifier Gajdosova2004 - Using a SR of No.111, reached 2r at Miami as qualifier (d. No.98 Ondraskova in 1r, l. to No.8 Dementieva), but l. in 1r twice (incl. at Australian Open to Davenport), failing to qualify at six other events; on ITF Circuit, reached five doubles finals, winning three.2005 - Reached SF in doubles (w/Chladkova) at Warsaw.
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