Coached by brother, Vincenzo ‘Vinz’ Grande...Father, Ciro, works for an auto maker; mother, Carla, is a homemaker; brother also teaches tennis at a club...Has a red cat named Boris, as in Becker...Favorite singers are Alicia Keys and Michael Jackson...Most memorable experience was a vacation she spent with Tathiana ‘Tax’ Garbin and Flavia Pennetta...Admires the late Mother Teresa.
• In juniors, was finalist at 1993 Wimbledon and QF at 1993 US Open
SINGLESWinner (3 WTA Tour): 2003 - Casablanca; 2001 - Hobart, Bratislava; 1993 - ITF/ Vilamoura-POR.Finalist (1): 1999 - Hobart.Semifinalist (9): 2004 - Casablanca; 2002 - Bratislava; 2001 - Shanghai; 2000 - Oklahoma City; 1999 - Kuala Lumpur; 1997 - Jakarta, Cardiff; 1995 - Pattaya City; 1994 - Taipei.DOUBLESWinner (5): 2002 - Hobart (w/Garbin); 2001 - Auckland (w/Fusai); 2000 - Hobart (w/Loit), Palermo (w/Farina); 1999 - ’s-Hertogenbosch (w/Farina).Finalist (7): 2003 - Madrid (w/Widjaja); 2001 - Porto (w/Fusai); 2000 - Gold Coast (w/Appelmans), Sopot (w/Carlsson), Shanghai (w/Shaughnessy); 1997 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Fusai); 1990 - Taranto (w/Farina).MIXED DOUBLESSemifinalist (1): 2004 - Australian Open (w/Rodriquez)ADDITIONALItalian Fed Cup Team 1994, 1998-2000, 2002-03. Italian Olympic Team 1996, 2000.
1990 - Played first ITF Circuit events and Tour qualifying1991 - Made Tour debut at Taranto; received WC into Rome1992 - Reached two ITF Circuit QF1993 - Won first pro title at ITF/Vilamoura-POR and reached two other ITF Circuit finals; improved ranking from No. 443 to No. 1831994 - Won first Tour main draw match at Brisbane; reached first Tour SF at Taipei1995 - Made Grand Slam debut at US Open as a qualifier, reaching 2r (l. to world No. 1 Graf); reached Pattaya City SF; broke into Top 100 on August 14 at No. 981996 - Reached 3r at Australian Open (d. world No. 19 Raymond in 1r for first Top 20 win) and 4r at US Open; broke into Top 50 at No. 50 on February 5; l. 1r of Atlanta Olympics to Hy-Boulais1997 - Scored first Top 10 win, d. world No. 10 Pierce en route to Canadian Open QF (first Tier I QF); also reached SF at Jakarta and Cardiff1998 - Reached Tokyo [Pan Pacific] QF and Miami 4r1999 - Reached first Tour singles final at Hobart (l. to Rubin) and won first Tour doubles title at ’s-Hertogenbosch (w/Ruano Pascual); d. Ruano Pascual to lead Italy to its first Fed Cup World Group SF; reached Kuala Lumpur SF and doubles QF at Roland Garros (w/Callens)2000 - Reached Oklahoma City SF; won doubles titles at Hobart (w/Loit) and Palermo (w/Farina Elia) and reached another two finals (Gold Coast w/Appelmans and Sopot w/Svensson); reached 2r at Sydney Olympics (l. to Dokic)2001 - Career-best season to date; won first two Tour singles titles at Hobart (d. Hopkins in final) and Bratislava (d. Sucha in final); reached consecutive Grand Slam 4r at Australian Open and Roland Garros (one of three Italians in 4r alongside Farina Elia and Schiavone, a Grand Slam Open Era first); reached Shanghai SF and three more QF; after Roland Garros, surpassed $1 million in career prize money; made debut at season-ending Championships in doubles (w/Fusai), having won Auckland, reached Porto final and another six SF; finished season at career-high world No. 24, her seventh consecutive Top 100 finish and first in Top 302002 - Third Top 50 finish; reached SF at Bratislava, QF at Hobart and Los Angeles (d. world No. 16 Mag. Maleeva) and 4r at Australian Open for second straight year (l. to world No. 1 and eventual champion Capriati 63 76(9)); in doubles, won Hobart (w/Garbin) and reached Roland Garros QF (w/Schnyder)2003 - Ninth consecutive Top 100 finish; won third career Tour singles title at Casablanca, d. An. Serra Zanetti in first all-Italian Tour final since 1991 San Marino (Piccolini d. Farina); scored two Top 20 wins, d. No. 17 Farina Elia in Paris [Indoors] 1r and No. 20 Bovina in Roland Garros 2r; doubles runner-up at Madrid (w/Widjaja); member of Italian Fed Cup team that lost 5-0 in World Group QF to USA2004 - First non-Top 100 finish in 10 years; reached SF at Casablanca (l. to eventual champion Loit), QF at Vancouver and Wimbledon 4r (equal career-best Grand Slam performance and best there, l. to No.9 seed Suarez in 3s); qualified for Tier I events at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Miami (reached 2r); in doubles, reached SF at Auckland (w/Daniilidou) and Palermo (w/Pennetta).2005 - Right elbow injury forced withdrawal from Australian Open and Rabat; at US Open, fell to Pastikova in 1r in three sets.
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