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Coached by Nic Marchand; formerly coached by Jan Kurz from June 1991-January 1993; fitness coach is Michael Diehl, whom she married in early 2000...Father, Karl, is a pharmacist; motherÆs name is Mechthild; sister, Susane, works for German TV...Enjoys playing soccer, listening to music and cooking...Favorites include the movie Good Will Hunting, actor Robin Williams, book The Horse Whisperer and the song I Will Survive...Likes driving fast cars (has a black turbo Opel Calibria)...Has a German Shepherd named Jr...Favorite places to visit are Sydney and Quebec...Most memorable tennis experience was playing on the German Fed Cup team in 1995...Admired Mother Teresa for her social work...Tennis player most admired is Martina Navratilova.
Winner (2): 2001 - Antwerp; 1992 - Schenectady; 1990 - ITF/Sandnes-NOR; 1989 - ITF/Fez-MAR.
Finalist (3): 1995 - Linz; 1993 - San Marino; 1991 - St. Petersburg.
Semifinalist (4): 2000 - Luxembourg; 1999 - Knokke-Heist; 1998 - Palermo; 1992 - Essen.
Winner (3): 2002 - Dubai (w/Vento-Kabchi); 2001 - Estoril (w/Hrdlickova); 1992 - Essen (w/K. Maleeva).
Finalist (10): 2002 - Estoril (w/Vento Kabchi), Luxembourg (w/Hrdlickova); 2001 - Hamburg (w/Hrdlickova), Leipzig (w/Hrdlickova); 1997 - Hobart (w/Van Roost); 1996 - Palermo (w/Labat), Luxembourg (w/van Roost); 1993 - San Marino (w/Labat), Schenectady (w/Labat); 1992 - Rome (w/K. Maleeva).
German Fed Cup Team 1991-95, 1997, 2000-02, 2004. German Olympic Team 1992.
Career in Review
1988 - Played first ITF Circuit events
1989 - Played first Tour qualifying at Filderstadt; won first singles title at ITF/Fez-MAR
1990 - Made Tour debut as WC into Hamburg, reaching 2r; ranked No. 178, d. world No. 25 Magers 75 third set to reach Leipzig 2r; won second pro title at ITF/Stavanger-NOR; improved 242 spots to No. 107
1991 - Debuted at all four Grand Slams, reaching 2r at Australian Open and 3r at US Open; broke into Top 100 on February 4 at No. 99; reached first Tour QF at Wellington then her first final at St Petersburg (l. to Neiland in 3s); went on to reach two more QF at Leipzig (d. world No. 13 Meshki for first Top 20 win, breaking into Top 50 afterwards on October 7 at No. 40) and San Juan; also reached 3r at Miami and Rome; made Fed Cup playing debut for Germany; first Top 100 finish at No. 43
1992 - Won career-first Tour singles title at Schenectady, d. defending champion Schultz-McCarthy in final; also reached SF at Essen, QF at Boca Raton, 4r at Miami and 3r at Wimbledon, Sydney, Berlin and Barcelona Olympics; won first Tour doubles title at Essen (w/K. Maleeva); helped Germany d. Spain to win its second Fed Cup title
1993 - Reached career-high singles ranking of No. 24 on February 1; runner-up at San Marino and quarterfinalist at Sydney, Boca Raton, Leipzig and Filderstadt
1994 - Fourth consecutive Top 50 finish; reached 3r at all four Grand Slams and six QF; scored three Top 20 wins during season; fourth consecutive Top 50 finish
1995 - Reached fourth career singles final at Linz (l. to world No. 5 Novotna in 3s) and QF at Delray Beach, Zagreb and Hamburg (l. to world No. 8 Mag. Maleeva 76 third set)
1996 - Quarterfinalist at Essen; reached Grand Slam 4r for first time at Roland Garros (d. world No. 14 Pierce in 3r)
1997 - Reached Linz QF; l. to world No. 4 Novotna 75 third set in Berlin 2r
1998 - Reached first SF in three years at Palermo; underwent right foot surgery in November and was out of action for three months
1999 - Semifinalist at Knokke-Heist and quarterfinalist at Hannover; d. world No. 13 Van Roost in 1r of Indian Wells
2000 - Off Tour February-April due to right ankle surgery; reached SF at Luxembourg (l. to Capriati in 3s) and final at ITF/Liege-BEL (l. to Henin); first finish outside Top 100 in 10 years
2001 - Won first singles title in eight years, nine months at Antwerp, the longest gap between titles in the Open Era; ended similarly long wait for second Tour doubles title, winning Estoril (w/Hrdlickova) nine years, two months since first title (1992 Essen) w/Hrdlickova; equaled best Grand Slam performance by reaching Australian Open 4r; 10th Top 100 finish from past 11 years
2002 - In doubles, won third career title at Dubai (w/Vento-Kabchi) and finished runner-up at Estoril (both w/Vento-Kabchi); reached QF at Sopot and Leipzig
2003 - At Indian Wells, d. world No. 9 Dokic for career-first Top 10 win (l. in 3r to C. Martinez); as main draw alternate at Æs-Hertogenbosch, reached first SF since Antwerp title in May 2001, d. world No. 6 Mauresmo 75 third set for career-best win (l. to eventual champion Clijsters)
2004 - Qualified and reached 2r at Roland Garros (as world No.155, d. No.69 Schett, l. to No.11 seed Kuznetsova), l. in 1r at Palermo, and failed to qualify at three events (incl. Wimbledon and US Open); member of German Fed Cup team that l. to France 5-0 in 1r (l. to Mauresmo); reached doubles SF at Palermo (w/Groenefeld); withdrew from Vancouver with right knee injury