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Coached by Blaz Trupej...Began playing tennis at age 10...Favorite surface is grass; favorite shot is the volley...Mother, Vida, is a kindergarten teacher; fatherÆs name is Bojan; has a younger brother, Miha...Most memorable experience was playing on WimbledonÆs Court No. 1...Describes herself as shy...Admires her mother for how she treats people and for always being there for her...Tennis players admired include Martina Navratilova and Patrick Rafter...Says her hometown of Ljubljana, Slovenia, is the best, and also likes to visit Rome...Favorite movies are Top Gun and Dangerous Minds, likes actors Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, and authors John Grisham and Nicolas Evans.
Winner (1 WTA Tour): 2002 - Bratislava; 2001 - ITF/Ortisei-ITA, ITF/Modena-ITA, ITF/Ettenheim-GER; 2000 - ITF/Biella-ITA.
Semifinalist (1): 2002 - Porto.
Quarterfinalist (6): 2003 - Strasbourg, Vienna; 2002 - Doha, Estoril, Bahia, Moscow.
Winner (2): 2003 - Strasbourg (w/Jeyaseelan); 2002 - Bratislava (w/Nagyova).
Finalist (1): 2002 - Strasbourg (w/Dhenin).
Semifinalist (2): 2003 - Gold Coast (Vinci), Antwerp (w/Schnyder).
Slovenian Fed Cup Team 1999-2002, 2004. Slovenian Olympic Team 2004.
Career in Review
1996 - Contested two ITF Circuit events, reaching QF at ITF/Saint Raphael-FRA
1997 - Contested six ITF Circuit events, reaching two QF
1998 - Reached first ITF Circuit final at ITF/San Severino-ITA
1999 - Played full season on ITF Circuit and reached SF at consecutive events and four QF
2000 - Captured first professional title at ITF/Biella-ITA and runner-up at ITF/Fano-ITA; played first Tour qualifying, incl. US Open
2001 - First Top 100 finish; won second pro title at ITF/Ortisei-ITA; qualified at Roland Garros for Grand Slam debut (l. 1r to Rittner) and at Wimbledon, falling 1r to world No. 23 Schett 86 third set; won back-to-back $50,000 ITF Circuit titles at ITF/Modena-ITA and ITF/Ettenheim-GER; broke into Top 100 on July 30 at No. 97; in US Open debut, d. world No. 16 Farina Elia (first Top 20 win) en route to Grand Slam-best 3r finish (l. to Testud)
2002 - Breakthrough season, beginning with first Tour QF appearance at Doha, followed by first SF appearance at Porto and capped by winning first Tour singles title at Bratislava, winning both singles and doubles (w/Nagyova); also reached QF at Estoril, Bahia and first Tier I QF at Moscow; equaled best Grand Slam performance by reaching Wimbledon 3r (l. to Hantuchova); in Fed Cup, won two singles rubbers to lead Slovenia over Ukraine for first-ever World Group berth in 2003
2003 - Second Top 100 finish; collected first match wins at Australian Open and US Open (l. 2r at both); QF appearances at Strasbourg and Vienna for career total of six QF at Tour events; won doubles titles at Strasbourg (w/Jeyaseelan) and Roland Garros QF (w/Nagyova); reached career-high rankings in singles (No. 38) and doubles (No. 34) and earned career-best $218,702
2004 - Withdrew from Acapulco, Indian Wells, Miami, Casablanca and Estoril due to continuing left wrist injury; member of Slovenian Fed Cup team that was d. 4-1 in 1r by the United States; as world No.263 at Olympics, d. No.53 Obata in 1r, l. to former world No.1 and defending gold medalist V. Williams 60 60, also l. in 1r of doubles (w/Pisnik).
2005 - Contested six Tour events (w/special ranking), reaching 2r once at Prague (d. qualifier Tu in 1r; ret. during second set of 2r match vs. No.2 seed Koukalova w/left elbow sprain); fell 1r four times and in qualifying once; right shoulder injury forced withdrawal from 's-Hertogenbosch; withdrew from Budapest due to left shoulder injury.