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Coached by Milos Sarbajic...Favorite surface is Rebound Ace; names best shot as her serve; plays all-court style of game...Father, Lutz, is a planner; mother, Petra (nee Vogt), is a teacher; mother was 1969 European track champion in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 100x4 meter relay in Athens; parents play tennis as a hobby...Is naturally left-handed, but plays tennis right-handed...Enjoys horseback riding, drawing, reading, seeing friends and walking her dog...Favorite movie is Life is Beautiful; favorite books are Ansichten eines Clowns and Le Petit Prince...Favorite places to visit are India and South America...Interrupted her German studies to train at a gymnasium in 1996; went back to school in 1999-2000 to study for pre-university exams in July 2000 and did not play tournaments for three months (Feb.-April 2000) while in school...Admires, among others, Nelson Mandela, Che Guevara, Itzhak Rabin, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi...Favorite tournaments are in Australia because of the beaches and the Rebound Ace courts...Self-described as chaotic.
Semifinalist (2): 2001 - Estoril; 1996 - Palermo.
Quarterfinalist (5): 2001 - Stanford; 2000 - Warsaw; 1997 - Amelia Island; 1995 - Hamburg, Warsaw.
Quarterfinalist (13): 2001 - Canberra (w/Casoni); 2000 - Gold Coast (w/Jeyaseelan), Warsaw (w/Babel); 1999 - Bogota (w/Labat), Estoril (w/Dokic), Budapest (w/Wagner), Birmingham (w/Golarsa), Luxembourg (w/Pitkowski); 1998 - Madrid (w/Makarova), Istanbul (w/Lubiani), Quebec City (w/Gagliardi); 1997 - Rosmalen (w/DeVille); 1995 - Maria Lankowitz (w/Meier).
German Fed Cup Team 1998-99. German Olympic Team 2000.
Career in Review
1995 - In fourth career WTA Tour main draw event, reached QF at Hamburg as a qualifier and world No. 278; upset No. 6 seed and world No. 13 Schultz-McCarthy in 2r; ranking jumped 150 spots to No.128; at next tournament, Berlin, upset world No. 14 Sukova; ranking broke Top 100 for first time at No. 98
1996 - As world No. 99, upset No. 15 Coetzer to reach 3r at German Open
1997 - As a LL at Amelia Island won three matches to reach QF
1998 - As world No. 102, collected first win over a Top 10 player in 1r of Fed Cup, d. world No. 8 C. Martinez of Spain; reached 3r at Miami as a qualifier, including a win over world No. 24 Schultz-McCarthy, before falling to No. 3 Novotna in 3s
2000 - En route to 4r finish at Australian Open, nicknamed 'Houdini' by German press for escaping defeat and winning six straight three-set matches (including qualifying rounds) and saving 9mp during the tournament: saved eight to d. Yoshida in 2r of qualifying and saved another one in 1r of main draw against Australian WC Dowse; did not play tournaments from February-April while studying for pre-university exams; upset No. 15 seed Likhovtseva en route to a 3r finish at the Olympic Games
2001 - In first six months of season, saw ranking go from a low of No. 88 to a career high of No. 43; reached second SF of career and first in five years at Estoril, upsetting No. 2 seed and world No. 17 Maleeva and No. 8 seed Garbin en route; recorded one of biggest upsets of Roland Garros, coming back from down 1-5 in second set to d. world No. 5 Mauresmo of France 75 75 in 1r; Mauresmo had a 31-3 record coming into tournament, best among any player in Top 20, and had won four tournaments in 2001; withdrew from Vienna with a right wrist injury; upset No. 6 seed and world No. 20 Frazier to reach QF at Stanford
2002 - Started new season with 1r loss to Osterloh at Canberra; ranked No. 75, had disappointing 60 61 1r loss to world No. 98 Llagostera Vives at Australian Open; lost 1r at Doha to WC Mouhtassine; as world No. 82, d. No. 110 Kuti Kis 64 76(3) at Acapulco before falling to No. 109 qualifier Loit 36 64 63; at Miami, as world No. 77, lost 1r 60 63 to No. 46 Gagliardi; d. No. 8 seed Schwartz in 1r at Budapest before falling to Kuti Kis; at Roland Garros, d. WC Andretto 63 60 before falling in 3s to No. 17 seed Tanasugarn; reached 2r at Wimbledon; upset No. 4 seed Arn in 1r at Palermo before l. to qualifier Sysoeva in 2r; was a LL into Sopot, where she d. WC Diaz-Oliva before falling to No. 8 seed Serna in 3s
2003 - Withdrew from tournaments with recurring right wrist inflammation; reached 2r at Bogota, where she l. to No. 2 seed Srebotnik 62 67 76.