Coached by Gerald Mandl...Father, Edgar, and mother, Gerda, own apartments and a variety store; has an older brother, Frank...Purchased a house in Majorca in 2001...Graduated from high school in July 1991...Travels with a computer to keep in touch with family and friends...Enjoys playing basketball...Likes to read novels and listen to music...Favorite cuisine is Japanese, especially sushi...Favorite cities are Melbourne and Sydney, Australia...In 2002, began working with the German Federation and became co-tournament director for tour event in Filderstadt.
• Nominated for 1991 and 1992 WTA Tour Most Improved Player Award and 1990 WTA Tour Most Impressive Newcomer• Elected to the WTA Tour Players' Council for a second year in 1998/99• Was a spokesperson for the WTA Tour's F.I.R.S.T. Serve school program
SINGLESWinner (12): 2000 - Estoril, Sopot; 1996 - Rosmalen, Leipzig, Luxembourg; 1995 - Leipzig; 1994 - Styria, Filderstadt, Philadelphia; 1993 - Kitzbuhel; 1991 - Filderstadt; 1990 - Schenectady.FINALIST (11): 2001 - Paris [Indoors], Strasbourg; 1997 - Paris [Indoors], Toronto; 1996 - Australian Open, Los Angeles, Filderstadt; 1995 - Tour Championships; 1993 - Sydney, Brighton; 1990 - Bayonne.DOUBLESWinner (1): 1997 - Hamburg (w/Pierce).Finalist (3): 1999 - Sydney (w/M.J. Fernandez), Moscow (w/Halard-Decugis); 1993 - Brighton (w/Neiland).ADDITIONALGerman Fed Cup Team 1990-98, 2000-01. German Olympic Team 1992, 1996.
• Earned more than $3 million in career prize money1990 - After three qualifying rounds, went on to win first major title at Schenectady1991 - Became youngest QF at Australian Open (Open Era) at 16-years, seven-weeks (surpassed by 15-year-old Martina Hingis in 1996); unseeded, upset Garrison, McNeil, Zvereva, Sukova and Navratilova to win 1991 Filderstadt; first time Navratilova lost to an unseeded player in eight years1994 - Won Filderstadt, upsetting Navratilova in QF and defending champion Pierce in final1995 - Finalist at 1995 season-ending championships, upsetting No. 4 seed Pierce, No. 6 seed Date and d. Schultz-McCarthy; fell to top seed Graf in a five-set final (first five-set women's match since the championships final in 1990); qualified for season-ending championships as one of the best 16 players of the year five consecutive times 1993-971996 - Reached first-ever Grand Slam final at 1996 Australian Open; seeded No. 8, upset No. 2 seed C. Martinez in QF and downed No. 16 Amanda Coetzer in SF; fell to co-No. 1 Seles in final; won first-ever grass court title at Rosmalen, d. strong grass-court player Sukova in final; became 19th player to win titles on all four surfaces in Open Era; won third title of year and 10th of career in Luxembourg, marking the second time in career to win three tournaments in one year (1994); after reaching final at Filderstadt, including a win over No. 3 C. Martinez, world ranking moved up to a career high No. 41998 - Seeded No. 10, reached third career Grand Slam SF at Australian Open; d. No. 3 seed Coetzer 4r and No. 7 seed Sanchez-Vicario in QF before falling to world No. 1 Hingis in 3s; underwent foot surgery in April for an Achilles tendon injury and was out four months, missing Roland Garros and Wimbledon1999 - Played tournaments in 15 of the last 17 weeks of the season, only resting in two weeks that there were no open tournaments (weeks of the Fed Cup final and the Grand Slam Cup); full schedule helped her qualify for season-ending championships the last week of qualification, and she then upset world No. 9 Halard-Decugis 1r; In 10th year at US Open, reached QF for first time with straight-sets upsets over No. 8 seed Novotna and No. 15 seed Mauresmo; repeated her performance there in 2000; ranked No. 29, qualified for San Diego, then ousted world No. 10 Tauziat 1r and No. 13 Schett 2r before falling to world No. 1 Davenport in QF 75 75; win over Tauziat was first over a Top 10 player in 10 months and the five straight wins was her best streak in a year and a half; as a WC at Filderstadt, upset No. 7 seed Halard-Decugis 1r and continued to SF; a month later, reached second Tier II SF of the year in Leipzig2000 - Captured first title in three-and-a-half years at Estoril, coming back from down 1-5 third set in the final against Dechy; title was first on clay in six years; won another clay court title at Sopot, rallying from down 2-5 against Leon Garcia in final to win 76 63; became first German woman in five years to reach SF at Hamburg, upsetting world No. 8 C. Martinez in QF 67 76 62; had an 11-match win-streak on clay in the spring, winning Estoril, three Fed Cup matches and reaching SF in Hamburg; ousted world No. 9 Testud in 1r at Paris [Indoors]; d. No. 8 C. Martinez on clay 63 61 in Fed Cup play and was undefeated in Fed Cup singles matches in 2000; withdrew from Italian Open doubles play with right foot tendonitis; a week later, re-aggravated her right Achilles tendon and withdrew from Strasbourg; returned to Roland Garros for first time in three years, reaching 4r; also reached 4r at Wimbledon, best showing there in five years, and was a mixed doubles SF; returned to world Top 10 after Wimbledon on July 10 for first time in two years and nine months; withdrew from the Los Angeles tournament in August due to right elbow tendonitis; sprained right wrist during a US Open doubles match and did not play for remainder of year2001 - Retired from the Tour after the season-ending championships; missed Australian Open due to a sprained right wrist suffered at the 2000 US Open; finalist at Paris [Indoors], her first tournament in five months due to a sprained right wrist; had considered retiring from tennis during the injury layoff; reached SF the following week at Nice; continued strong season in Miami, where she reached QF at the tournament for first time in five years and held a set point on world No. 1 Hingis; d. world No. 12 Tauziat 4r; withdrew from Hamburg and Berlin in May due to a left foot injury, and withdrew from doubles at Vienna in July with a lower back strain; reached second final of 2001, both in France, at Strasbourg, falling to Farina Elia; had 4r finish at Wimbledon after ousting No. 10 seed Dementieva 60 62 before falling to eventual finalist Henin in 3s; upset world No. 7 Mauresmo, avenging two losses earlier in the year, en route to a SF finish at the Canadian Open before falling in 3s to world No. 3 Capriati, and her ranking reentered the Top 20; again stretched Capriati to 3s a week later in New Haven, winning the first set at love
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