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While on the road, coached by mother, Samantha Stevenson; formerly coached by Peter Fischer, Robert Lansdorp, Del Little, Larry Easley ... Grew up playing on hardcourts in Southern California (from age of nine) ... Mother was sports writer from 1970-2000 ... Lists Court, Graf as role models for their performance under pressure ... Childhood friends with Williams sisters from age of eight; played against Venus at 9 and 10 ... Other interests include singing, dancing; wants to attend Yale School of Drama after tennis career ... Favorite recording artists are Eva Cassidy, Frank Sinatra, Alicia Keys ... Reads a book a day; likes English royal history, chick lit and high brow including Meg Cabot and F. Scott Fitzgerald ... Considers Meryl Streep her acting role model, Sarah Jessica Parker a fashion icon ... Lists most important city as NYC.
Winner: 1998 - ITF/Midland, MI-USA.
Finalist (2): 2002 - Memphis, Linz.
Semifinalist (2): 2003 - Scottsdale; 1999 - Wimbledon.
Quarterfinalist (12): 2002 - Sydney, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Québec City, Filderstadt, Zürich; 2001 - Oklahoma City, Québec City, Linz; 2000 - Sydney; 1999 - Oklahoma City, Birmingham; 1998 - Québec City.
Winner (1): 2002 - Leipzig (w/S.Williams).
American Fed Cup Team 2003; American Pan American Team 1999.
Career in Review
1996 - Played first event of career at Indian Wells, falling 1r (as unranked WC).
1997 - Played two Tour events at Indian Wells and San Diego, falling 1r at both (as WC); fell in Tour qualifying once.
1998 - Reached QF at Québec City (l. to Dechy) and 2r at Stanford; fell 1r five times (incl. in Grand Slam debut at US Open); fell in Tour qualifying four times; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
1999 - Career breakthrough at Wimbledon, reaching SF (was first female qualifier in tournament's history to reach SF and second player overall after McEnroe-1977; by reaching SF in Wimbledon debut equaled the feats of Evert, Kournikova; notched wins over Raymond (saved mp), No.11 seed Halard-Decugis and Dokic en route, falling to eventual champion Davenport); turned pro during the Wimbledon fortnight; afterwards, surged into Top 50 for first time (rose from No.86 to No.36); QF twice, at Oklahoma (l. to V.Williams) and Birmingham (ret. vs. Serna); had first three Top 20 wins, at Birmingham (No.14 Van Roost), Wimbledon (No.18 Halard-Decugis) and Philadelphia (No.17 Huber); reached 2r three times; fell 1r five times (incl. US Open) and in Tour qualifying five times (incl. Australian Open).
2000 - Reached QF at Sydney (d. No.8 Schett en route for first Top 10 win; l. to Kournikova); reached 2r seven times; fell 1r 17 times (incl. all four majors) and in Tour qualifying once.
2001 - Reached QF three times, at Oklahoma City (l. to Seles), Québec City (l. to Shaughnessy) and Linz (l. to Dokic); reached 3r twice and 2r five times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon); fell 1r five times (incl. other two majors) and in Tour qualifying eight times.
2002 - Best season to date, finishing at No.18; reached first two Tour singles finals at Memphis (l. to Raymond 76 third set; held 5mp) and Linz (l. to Henin); QF five times, at Sydney (l. to Shaughnessy), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Seles 76(9) 76(9); held 3sp in first set and 8sp in second set), Québec City (l. to Farina Elia), Filderstadt (l. to Hantuchova) and Zürich (l. to Martínez); reached 4r twice, 3r twice and 2r five times; fell 1r eight times (incl. all four majors); had five Top 10 wins, at Sydney (No.2 Capriati), Filderstadt (No.3 Capriati), Zürich (No.6 Dokic) and Linz (No.3 Capriati, No.9 Hantuchova); made Top 20 debut on October 28 (after Linz; rose from No.22 to No.18); also earned alternate spot at Tour Championships (after withdrawals of Hingis, Mauresmo); won first Tour doubles title at Leipzig (w/S.Williams).
2003 - Reached SF at Scottsdale (l. to Sugiyama 76 third set; held 3mp); reached 3r once and 2r 14 times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r 10 times (incl. other three majors); stuggled with injuries during season (shoulder, back and foot) that hampered her in defending 2002 results (ended at No.82).
2004 - First non-Top 100 finish in six years in injury-plagued season; fell 1r in all seven Tour main draws (incl. Australian Open, US Open) and in Tour qualifying nine times (incl. Wimbledon); on September 21, underwent right shoulder surgery.
2005 - Returned to Tour during summer hardcourt season from 2004 surgery, falling 1r in lone Tour main draw at Stanford (as WC, l. to Hantuchova) and in Tour qualifying six times; continued rehabilitation of right shoulder at season's end.
2006 - Fell 1r in four Tour main draws contested and in Tour qualifying five times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); right shoulder problems continued throughout season (incl. forcing retirement from 1r match at Cincinnati vs. Mirza).
2007 - Successfully finished rehabilitation assignments from Kevin Wilk of Champions Sports Medicine, Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Jeff Dugas of Birmingham Sports Medicine; Tour Sports Medicine Staff monitored assignments (following labral Type II repair in September 2004, a baseball pitcher-type rehabilitation protocol was completed at 12, 18, 24 and 36-month rotations); will play a full schedule in 2008.
2008 - Reached 2r in lone Tour main draw at Charleston (as qualifier, l. to top seed Jankovic); fell in Tour qualifying 10 times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); also played on ITF Circuit.