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Began playing tennis at age 4 when her mother introduced her to the game; from ages 4-6 she hit against a wall, and at age 6 began working with a coach...An all-court player whose best shot is her forehand and who prefers hard courts...Nickname is Piti...Mother, Simona, who won a bronze medal in handball in the 1972 Olympic Games, passed away in 1995; father, Mircea, was a football player on the Romanian national team and is now president of the Romanian Football Federation; has an older brother, Dan, who is a university student... Likes to visit Barcelona and Paris... Admires former players Steffi Graf and Ilie Nastase... Self-described as ambitious, friendly, outgoing and innocent... Hobbies include jet skiing, doing crossword puzzles, reading, going to the cinema, music and playing video games... Won't reveal her superstition, but says she has one like all players... Other sports interests include football and skiing... Favorite movie are The Devil's Advocate and Silence of the Lambs; favorite actors are Meg Ryan and Al Pacino... Has a Dalmatian named Bianca... Favorite color is light blue (turquoise) and loves sushi.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 1998 - ITF/Valladolid-ESP; 1996 - ITF/Sunderland-GBR; 1995 - ITF/Bari-ITA, ITF/Cluj-ROM.
Quarterfinalist (2): 1999 - Tashkent; 1998 - Bol.
Semifinalist (1): 2002 - Porto (w/Riera).
Romanian Fed Cup Team 1996-99, 2003.
Career in Review
1995 - Won first pro singles title at ITF/Bari-ITA, with a win over Panova, followed by her second one five months later at ITF/Cluj-ROM
1997 - Played in first Grand Slam qualifying rounds at all four Grand Slams; broke into Top 200 with several good runs: in March, reached a final, SF and QF at three consecutive ITF Circuit events, bringing world ranking up to No. 179, and in July, reached another final followed by a SF in Istanbul where she d. top seed Gersi, bringing ranking to No. 142
1998 - Broke into Top 100; played in US Open; as a qualifier, reached first QF on WTA Tour at Bol before falling to top seed Kruger in 3s; ranking improved from No. 150 to No. 136; won fourth career ITF Circuit title at ITF/Valladolid-ESP
1999 - Competed in first Australian Open and Roland Garros; reached second career QF at Tashkent with an upset of No. 5 seed Ad. Serra-Zanetti; ousted No. 6 seed Cocheteux in 1r of Bol
2002 - Ranked No. 279, qualified for Bogota and l. 1r to fellow No. 221 qualifier Vanc 36 64 75; reached career-first doubles SF at Porto with Riera
2003 - As a qualifier, upset No. 1 seed Washington in 2r at ITF/Caserta-ITA