Taught herself how to play tennis at 9 years of age...Coached by Landonio Stefano...Enjoys reading books by Sidney Sheldon (in Italian)...Favorite musicians are Bryan Adams and Elton John...Likes pizza and pasta...Plays soccer and goes snow skiing and wind surfing when not on tour; also likes to visit beaches in Porto Cervo, Italy...Has a horse, Okrand, which she has shown in dressage and jumping competitions...Has attended university in Milan, studying graphic design...Is a part-time journalist, contributing to Italian tennis newspapers and magazines.
• Has career wins over Novotna, Garrison, Wiesner and Rittner• In juniors, reached the finals of the 1985 Italian Open• Elected to the WTA Tour Players Association Board of Directors in 1996/97
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 1997 - ITF/Cergy-Pontoise-FRA; 1990 - ITF/Bari-ITA, ITF/Arzachena-ITA; 1985 - ITF/Atlantic Beach-USA, ITF/Monviso-ITA.Finalist (1): 1988 - Athens.Semifinalist (2): 1998 - Istanbul; 1992 - Cesena.DOUBLESWinner (6): 1999 - Antwerp (w/Srebotnik); 1995 - Oklahoma City (w/Arendt); 1994 - Brisbane (w/Medvedeva); 1993 - Brighton (w/Medvedeva); 1991 - Bol (w/Mag. Maleeva); 1989 - Sofia (w/Garrone).Finalist (8): 1995 - Auckland (w/Vis), Puerto Rico (w/Wild), Zagreb (w/Spirlea); 1994 - Prague (w/Boogert), Moscow (w/Vis); 1993 - Prague (w/Vis); 1991 - Taranto (w/Grossman); 1990 - Italian Open (w/Garrone).MIXED DOUBLESSemifinalist (1): 1996 - Wimbledon (w/van Rensburg).ADDITIONALItalian Fed Cup Team 1990, 1995, 1998. Italian Olympic Team 1996.
1989 - Was two points away from biggest victory of career against Evert in QF of Wimbledon before Evert rallied for a 63 26 75 triumph; Golarsa was first Italian woman to reach a Wimbledon QF since 19331996 - Unseeded, reached mixed doubles SF at Wimbledon with Van Rensburg, upsetting ninth seeds in 1r; fell to top seeds in 3s1997 - Won first singles title in seven years at ITF/Cergy-Pontoise-FRA, d. top seed Anne-Gaelle Sidot in final 46 75 761998 - Enjoyed best US Open result in five years and won a Grand Slam match for first time in over a year, advancing to 3r; at Birmingham, a grass court event, d. Chladkova and No. 10 seed Tanasugarn to reach 3r; made first singles SF appearance in six years at Istanbul, taking out No. 2 seed Appelmans in 1r and No. 6 seed Smashnova in QF1999 - Reached 3r at Wimbledon2000 - Off the Tour in due to injury
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