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Introduced to tennis by father at age 12...Coached by Pipo Maresma...Favorite surface is clay...Nickname is Geli...Fathers name is Bernardo; mothers name is Angeles Andreu; has two older sisters, Cristina and Olga...Is studying to be a German teacher or translator, complemented by Arabic, at the University of Barcelona...Enjoys reading books on the history of literature, playing piano and studying Arabic language and culture...Likes many different musicians but favorite is Eric Clapton...Likes to visit Greece, for its history...Has two dogs, five cats and an exotic bird.

Career Highlights

Winner (3 WTA Tour): 2002 - Porto; 2001 - Estoril, Bol; 2000 - ITF/Marseille-FRA; 1999 - ITF/Mallorca-ESP 1, ITF/Mallorca-ESP 2, ITF/Athens-GRE, ITF/Marseille-FRA, ITF/Edinburgh-GBR; 1998 - ITF/Getxo-ESP, ITF/Gerona-ESP; 1995 - ITF/Barcelona-ESP [June]; 1994 - ITF/Valencia-ESP, ITF/Barcelona-ESP 2; 1993 - ITF/Barcelona-ESP 1.
Finalist (2): 2001 - Madrid; 1999 - Palermo.
Semifinalist (2): 2000 - Budapest, Klagenfurt.
Quarterfinalist (12): 2002 - Dubai, Estoril; 2001 - Acapulco, Budapest, Knokke-Heist; 2000 - Estoril, Bol, Antwerp, Madrid; 1996 - Hamburg; 1995 - Maria Lankowitz; 1994 - Houston.

Spanish Fed Cup Team 1994, 2002.

Career in Review

1990 - Played first ITF Circuit event at ITF/Lerida-ESP
1991 - Reached first SF at ITF/Tortosa-ESP
1992 - Reached SF at ITF/Santander-ESP and played first Tour qualifying at Barcelona; improved season-ending ranking 278 spots to No. 397
1993 - Reached four consecutive ITF finals, winning first professional title at ITF/Barcelona-ESP
1994 - Playing in first Grand Slams; as a world No. 210 qualifier, upset No. 11 Davenport en route to Houston QF; won ITF/Valencia-ESP as a qualifier and ITF/Hebron-ESP; spent four weeks in Top 100, one in July, one in August and two in December; season-ending ranking rose 197 spots to No. 105
1995 - Competed in first Australian Open; qualified for home Tour event in Barcelona, reaching 2r; defended ITF/Hebron-ESP title
1996 - Ranked world No. 145, d. No. 7 seed Wiesner to reach Hamburg QF
1997 - Qualified for Miami and Amelia Island (l. 2r to Majoli)
1998 - Missed first half of season due to injury; won ITF/Gexto-ESP and ITF/Gerona-ESP
1999 - First Top 100 finish at No. 60; on 5 July, rose to No. 92, first time in Top 100 in four-and-a-half years; recorded impressive 62-15 W-L record in professional matches, tallying 48-8 on clay; won five ITF titles, reached first Tour singles final at Palermo (l. in 3s to Myskina) and reached US Open 3r, her best Grand Slam appearance
2000 - Reached SF at Budapest and Klagenfurt and QF at Estoril and Bol; first time playing all four Grand Slams, reaching 2r at Australian Open and Roland Garros; won 12th career ITF Circuit title at ITF/Marseille-FRA
2001 - After 10 years on Tour, having never reached a Tour singles final, won two titles within a four-week period; at Estoril, unseeded, d. world No. 20 Henin in SF and Bovina in final; at Bol, saved 2 mp in QF vs. Pisnik, then d. world No. 20 Testud in SF and Diaz-Oliva in final; ranking improved from No. 51 to No.32 in those four weeks; reached third final of season and fourth of career at Madrid (l. to No. 2 seed Sanchez-Vicario); ended season at career-high No. 23
2002 - Started new season as No. 1 seed in Auckland but l. 1r to Jidkova; also lost 1r at Sydney to WC Kournikova; upset in 1r Australian Open by Weingartner; fell 1r to No. 8 seed Farina Elia in Paris {Indoors}; as No. 5 seed, upset in Doha 1r by Myskina; reached Dubai QF, l. to No. 2 seed Seles; fell 2r at Indian Wells to eventual semifinalist Gagliardi; seeded No. 21 at Miami, l. opening match (2r) to Rittner in 3s; as No. 2 seed at Porto, captured third career title (d. Serna in final); QF loss at Estoril (as No. 1 seed) was start of 14-match losing streak, taking in 1r losses at Roland Garros (l. to Seles in 3s after holding a point for a 76(4) 4-3 lead when the match was interrupted by rain), Wimbledon and US Open; in that time, ranking fell from No. 24 to No. 107; stopped 14-match losing streak with QF finish at ITF/Fano-ITA