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Began playing tennis at age 4 when her father introduced her to the game at his tennis school...Coached by Markus Hornig and her father, Wolfram Schmidle...A baseline player whose best shot is her backhand and who prefers carpet or clay surfaces...Maiden name is Schmidle...Parents are Susanne and Wolfram Schmidle, who both play tennis...Graduated from high school in 1996...Likes to visit Berlin, where she has an apartment...Admires Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich and tennis player Boris Becker...Self-described as sometimes comical, impulsive and friendly...Favorite color is black; favorite movie is Jerry Maguire; favorite actor is Tom Cruise; favorite book is And They Wanted to Change the World...Other sports interests are skiing, ballet and boxing...Likes being a pro tennis player because she loves tennis and likes working hard.

Career Highlights

Winner (0 WTA Tour): 2003 - ITF/Amiens-FRA; 1997 - ITF/Flensburg-GER; 1996 - ITF/Barcelona-ESP.

Semifinalist (2): 2001 - Palermo (w/An. Serra-Zanetti); 1999 - Bol (w/Schwartz).
Quarterfinalist (3): 2000 - Antwerp (w/Kovalchuk), Palermo (w/Reeves); 1997 - Palermo (w/Meier).

Career in Review

1996 - Seeded No. 5, won first ITF Circuit event at ITF/Barcelona-ESP without the loss of a set
1997 - Unseeded, won second pro singles title at ITF/Flensburg-GER; the win vaulted her ranking 25 spots to No. 159; reached the final as the No. 7 seed at ITF/Rostock-GER
2003 - Won ITF/Amiens-FRA, upsetting No. 1 seed en route