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Started playing tennis with family at age 9...Considered her best surface to be hard court, and best shot to be backhand...Married Bart Van Roost in late 1995; maiden name is Monami...Father, Andre, is a doctor; mother's name is Louise Anne; has one older sister, Anne-Francoise, who teaches art and sculpture...Enjoys playing golf and cooking...Hobbies include watching films and listening to music...Favorite color is blue...Would like to learn Spanish..Said that "The (2000) Olympic Games was my biggest achievement in tennis, ahead of getting into the Top 10. As an athlete, it's the highest level you can reach and I am very proud of winning a bronze medal for my country."
Winner (4 WTA Tour): 1998 - Auckland; 1997 - Hobart, Surabaya; 1996 - Cardiff, ITF/Limoges-FRA; 1995 - ITF/Southampton-GBR; 1990 - ITF/Napoli I-ITA, ITF/Napoli II-ITA, ITF/Koksijde-BEL, ITF/Burgdorf-SUI, ITF/Lyss-SUI.
Finalist (12): 2000 - Eastbourne, Knokke-Heist; 1999 - Auckland, Luxembourg; 1998 - Hobart, Paris [Indoors], Linz, Madrid; 1997 - Quebec City, Pattaya City; 1995 - Quebec City; 1993 - Montpellier.
Winner (4): 2000 - Los Angeles (w/Callens); 1998 - Madrid (w/Labat); 1997 - Auckland (w/Husarova); 1993 - Kitzbuhel (w/F. Li).
Finalist (5): 1997 - Hobart (w/Rittner), Pattaya City (w/Labat); 1996 - Luxembourg (w/Rittner); 1993 - Belgian Open (w/S. de Vries), Montpellier (w/Husarova).
Career in Review
1990 - Won five consecutive ITF Circuit events in three different European countries - Belgium, Italy and Switzerland
1997 - D. world No. 2 Sanchez Vicario in 3r of Australian Open; also upset No. 15 seed Rubin 4r to reach first career Grand Slam QF; forced to ret. in QF match against MJ Fernandez due to an abdominal strain; after l. in the final of Quebec City, immediately raced to the airport to fly to Moscow, where she upset world No. 12 A. Huber 1r and No. 7 Spirlea to reach the SF and a world ranking of No. 20
1998 - Won fourth career singles title in first week of season, taking the crown in Auckland; saved 2mp against her in the final to d. Farina; the following week, reached the final at Hobart; with back-to-back wins over No. 1 Hingis and No. 5 V. Williams to reach the SF of Filderstadt, became first Belgian player to be ranked in the world's Top 10, at No. 9; win over Hingis ended her reign at No. 1 after 80 weeks; qualified for season-ending championships for the first time as one of the Top 16 players for the year; upset world No. 8 C. Martinez 1r (qualified again in 1999 and reached the QF); crossed million-dollar mark in career earnings
1999 - Collected wins over Kournikova, Schett, Halard-Decugis and Tauziat; started off season by reaching the final in Auckland; reached second career Grand Slam QF at the 1999 Australian Open; reached 4r at Wimbledon for the second consecutive year; in Luxembourg, reached final for second time during season, moving back into the world Top 10; continued successful autumn by reaching SF at Tier I Moscow with an upset over world No. 9 Halard-Decugis
2000 - On October 19, announced immediate retirement from WTA Tour except to play doubles in season-ending Championships; won final match, the Fed Cup SF doubles in Belgium's loss to the United States; was a two-time Olympian, winning Belgium's first Olympic tennis medal with Callens in doubles and reaching singles QF; at Sydney, upset world No. 10 Coetzer after trailing 60 52, winning 06 75 64 (ret. during QF match with a hamstring injury); upset Coetzer again at Indian Wells after l. the first set 61, and continued to the 4r before ret. during match; off the tour for about two months in the spring due to mother's illness and death; returned at the Italian Open, d. Spirlea 1r; in her third tournament after returning, stunned world No. 2 Davenport 1r at Roland Garros on her 27th birthday, only the second time since 1925 that the No. 2 seed had l. 1r, and handed Davenport her first Grand Slam 1r loss in seven years; ranking jumped from No. 22 to No. 16; finalist at Eastbourne, d. top seed and world No. 2 Davenport in the QF to become one of five players to d. Davenport in back-to-back matches; reached second final in three tournaments at Knokke-Heist; captured fourth career doubles title, and first in two years, at Los Angeles with partner Callens, then paired with her a few weeks later to reach US Open SF; w/Callens, capped off a successful doubles season by qualifying for the season-ending Championships for the first time in doubles, then upsetting the top seeds to reach the SF