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Began playing tennis at age 5 because her sisters played...Coached by T.J. Middleton...Prefers hard courts...Father, Alf, is retired; mother, Hilary, is a housewife; has two older sisters, Karen and Ingrid, and an older brother, David...Most memorable experiences are winning the 1995 US Open junior doubles title and meeting former South African President Nelson Mandela...Enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 2001 - ITF/Midlothian-USA; 2000- ITF/Jackson-USA; 1997 - ITF/Lee-on-Solent-GBR; 1996 - ITF/Pretoria-RSA, ITF/Hatfield-GBR.
Winner (1): 2002 - Quebec City (w/Reeves).
Finalist (1): 1999 - Oklahoma City (w/Coetzer).
Semifinalist (3): 2003 - Sydney (w/Coetzer), Memphis (w/Coetzer); 2002 - Amelia Island (w/Coetzer).
Quarterfinalist (1): 2000 - Scottsdale (w/De Villiers).
South African Fed Cup Team 1997-98, 2003.
Career in Review
1998 - Played first Grand Slam qualifying tournament at Wimbledon and played in doubles main draw event; through Nov., had three titles on ITF Circuit
1999 - With veteran countrywoman Coetzer at Oklahoma City, upset No. 4 seeds en route to first doubles final on WTA Tour
2000 - Won fourth career singles title at ITF/Jackson-USA, with wins over the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds; competed in Roland Garros mixed doubles with M. Barnard, losing first match (had a 1r bye) to Callens/Haggard 46 63 64
2002 - As a WC doubles team with Coetzer at Amelia Island, upset world No. 1 team Raymond/Stubbs 1r in a third-set tie-break, then advanced to SF by winning another final-set tie-break; captured first doubles title on the WTA Tour at Quebec City w/Reeves; in singles, won two matches to qualify for first WTA Tour main draw of the year, l. 1r to No. 3 seed Maleeva 64 63
2003 - Reached doubles SF at Sydney with Coetzer.