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Coached by Rakotonindriana Josoa ... Started playing tennis at age 8 to help her asthma; had previously studied classical dance ... Father, Max, is a sports educator; mother, Olga, is a language professor; sister, Natacha, plays on the pro circuit; sister, Tatum, is a student ... Most memorable experience was holding the Madagascan flag at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta ... Enjoys visiting sites for their history and architecture (especially Florence, Venice, Paris) ... Likes reading (novels, biographies, documentaries or magazines) and movies (comedy, drama and old classical) ... Other sports interests include rhythmic gymnastics and dance competitions (salsa).
Winner: 2003 - ITF/Joue-Les-Tours-FRA; 2002 - ITF/Denain-FRA, ITF/Bordeaux-FRA; 2001 - ITF/Biella-ITA; 2000 - ITF/Joue-Les-Tour/FRA; 1999 - ITF/Le Touquet-FRA; 1993 - ITF/Marseille-FRA.
Semifinalist (2): 2005 - Acapulco, Strasbourg.
Quarterfinalist (5): 2005 - Estoril; 2004 - Luxembourg; 2000 - Knokke-Heist; 1997 - Surabaya; 1996 - Bol.
Madagascar Olympic Team 1992, 1996, 2004.
Career in Review
1991 - Debuted on ITF Circuit at two events, reaching one SF.
1992 - Competed at Barcelona Olympics.
1993 - Won first pro title at ITF/Marseille-FRA.
1994 - Tour debut as a qualifier at Eastbourne.
1995 - Competed at six Tour events, five as qualifier, incl. Grand Slam debut at Australian Open, reaching 3r (l. to eventual champion Pierce); afterwards, ranking jumped 100 spots to crack Top 200 at No.143.
1996 - First Top 100 finish; played all four Grand Slams in one year for first time; reached first Tour QF at Bol; competed in Atlanta Olympics (l. to Date).
1997 - Reached Surabaya QF.
1998 - Did not play.
1999 - Won ITF/Le Touquet-FRA.
2000 - Reached QF at Knokke-Heist as qualifier; won ITF/Joue-Les-Tours-FRA.
2001 - Won ITF/Biella-ITA.
2002 - Qualified for Roland Garros for first time in six years, reaching 2r (l. to eventual champion S.Williams); won ITF/Denain-FRA and ITF/Bordeaux-FRA, returning to Top 100 for first time in nearly six years.
2003 - Competed in all four majors for first time in one season, reaching Roland Garros 3r; also 2r finish at Charleston (l. to S.Williams); won seventh ITF title at ITF/Joue-Les-Tours-FRA.
2004 - Best career-finish; at Luxembourg, reached fourth career Tour QF (d. Pierce en route; l. to Safina); 3r at Charleston (d. Raymond, Sprem in 3s; l. to Kostanic) and Rome (d. No.22 Mag.Maleeva en route for career-best win; l. to top seed S.Williams); l. in 1r at third Olympics contested; reached ITF Circuit finals at $75K ITF/Denain-FRA, $75K ITF/Girona-ESP and $25K ITF/Joue-Les-Tours-FRA.
2005 - Best season to date, highlighted by cracking Top 50 and first two Tour singles SF appearances; reached Tier III clay court SF at Acapulco (as No.5 seed, d. No.3 seed Loit en route; l. to Cervanova in 3s) and Strasbourg (upset No.3 seed Farina Elia en route; l. to Domachowska); shortly after Acapulco on March 7, made career Top 50 debut (at No.48) after 11 years as a professional; also QF at Estoril (l. to N.Li); 3r at Miami (l. to Kuznetsova); 2r seven times, incl. Australian Open (l. to eventual champion S.Williams), Berlin (d. world No.16 Dechy 75 61 en route for career-first Top 20 victory; l. to Shaughnessy) and US Open (l. to top seed Sharapova); fell 1r at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon; withdrew from Palermo w/foot injury.