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Began playing tennis at age 7 1/2 when her father introduced her to the game...Coached by her father, Alexander...Baseline player whose best shot is her forehand and who is comfortable playing on all surfaces...Mother, Stefka, is a fashion designer; father, Alexander, coaches Svetlana and formerly managed a restaurant; has an older brother, Peter...Graduated from high school in 1990...Admires Olympic high jumper Stefka Kostadinova...Likes to visit France, Australia, and the United States...Relaxes by walking in the mountains...Favorite colors are red, white and black; favorite performers are Michel Ovdikov and Osvaldo Rios.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 1993 - ITF/Sofia-BUL, ITF/Bourgas-BUL.
Finalist: 2005 - ITF/Rockford-USA (w/Cortez), ITF/College Park-USA (w/Harkleroad).
Semifinalist (4): 1998 - Gold Coast (w/Pleming), Warsaw (w/Langrova); 1995 - Warsaw (w/Martinek), Essen (w/Jecmenica).
Bulgarian Fed Cup Team 1988-89, 1994-96.
Career in Review
1993 - Won first pro title at ITF/Sofia-BUL; won second title three months later in ITF/Bourgas-BUL
1997 - As a qualifier, competed in first WTA Tour main draw at Hamburg, falling 1r to Kandarr 61 76; played qualifying at Roland Garros and Wimbledon; reached 3r in doubles at Australian Open with partner Perfetti
1998 - As a qualifier, played in first Grand Slam singles main draw at Australian Open
2003 - Upset No. 1 seed Martinez Granados in 2r at ITF/Gorizia-ITA before l. in QF to No. 6 seed and eventual tournament champion Castano; upset No. 1 seed Czink en route to SF at ITF/Fontanafredda-ITA; reached QF at ITF/College Park, falling to eventual tournament champion Brandi; reached doubles QF w/Dziamdzenka at ITF/Raleigh-USA; as No. 3 seed, l. in 1r at ITF/Greenville-USA to Safarova; as No. 5 seed, fell 2r at ITF/Lafayette-USA to McCain (reached doubles SF).
2005 - Two-time doubles runner-up on ITF Circuit.