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Was coached by Rainer Hofmann, an IT specialist she married December 5, 2003 at health resort Baden-Baden in Germany ... Has two cats (Mister and Gizmo) and a dog (Australian shepherd named Tucker) ... Loves Australia; would like to live there after tennis career ... Lives at the Zürichsee and likes to have fun on the lake with their speedboat, because it’s the best way to relax ... Also likes to read and watch DVDs ... Other interests include skiing, billiards, golf, football and Photo Play computer games ... Favorite book is the biography of Nelson Mandela ... Admires the work of Jean Ziegler (Swiss UN human rights ambassador) and Michael Moore ... With husband, is writing an autobiographical book called "The White Mile".
Winner (11): 2008 - Bali; 2005 - Gold Coast, Cincinnati; 2002 - Zürich; 2001 - Pattaya City; 1999 - Gold Coast; 1998 - Hobart, Hannover, Madrid, Maria Lankowitz, Palermo.
Finalist (16): 2010 - Budapest, Linz; 2009 - Budapest; 2008 - Bangalore; 2007 - San Diego, Linz; 2006 - Charleston, Stanford; 2005 - Rome, Zürich, Linz; 2002 - Charleston; 2001 - Vienna; 2000 - Klagenfurt; 1998 - Grand Slam Cup; 1996 - Karlovy Vary.
Winner (5): 2008 - Stuttgart (w/Groenefeld); 2004 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Schett); 2003 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Schett); 2002 - Antwerp (w/Maleeva); 1998 - Hamburg (w/Schett).
Finalist (11): 2009 - Charleston (w/Dekmeijere), Istanbul (w/Goerges); 2008 - Zürich (w/Groenefeld); 2005 - Amelia Island (w/Peschke); 2004 - Linz (w/Dechy); 2003 - Bol (w/Gagliardi); 2001 - Luxembourg (w/Lamade); 2000 - Klagenfurt (w/Schett); 1999 - Hilton Head (w/Schett); 1998 - Amelia Island, Palermo (both w/Schett).
Swiss Fed Cup Team, 1996-98, 2000, 2002-04, 2007-10; Swiss Olympic Team, 1996, 2004, 2008.
Career in Review
1993 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.
1994 - Played first WTA qualifying at Lucerne and Zürich; continued to play on ITF Circuit.
1995 - Played first WTA main draw at Zürich, reaching 2r (as WC); won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.
1996 - Reached first WTA final at Karlovy Vary (l. to Dragomir Ilie); made Top 100 debut on April 29 (rose from No.144 to No.100).
1997 - SF at Rome (l. to Martínez); QF twice; reached first Grand Slam 4r at Australian Open (l. to Fernandez); made Top 50 debut on January 27 (after Australian Open; rose from No.63 to No.48).
1998 - Won first five WTA titles at Hobart (d. Van Roost in final), Hannover (d. Novotna in final), Madrid (d. Van Roost in final), Maria Lankowitz (d. Leon García in final) and Palermo (d. Schett in final); runner-up once, at Grand Slam Cup (l. to V.Williams); SF at Hamburg (l. to Novotna); QF three times, incl. first Grand Slam QFs at Roland Garros (l. to Sánchez-Vicario) and US Open (l. to Novotna); made Top 20 debut on February 23 (rose from No.25 to No.18) and Top 10 debut on August 10 (rose from No.11 to No.10); qualified for WTA Championships (l. 1r to Hingis).
1999 - Won sixth WTA title at Gold Coast (d. Pierce in final); SF at Hilton Head (l. to Kournikova); QF four times; fell out of Top 20 by season's end.
2000 - Runner-up at Klagenfurt (l. to Schett); QF six times.
2001 - Won seventh WTA title at Pattaya City (d. Nagyova in final); runner-up at Vienna (l. to Tulyaganova); SF at Gold Coast (l. to Farina Elia); QF once; nearly fell out of Top 50 in October.
2002 - Won eighth WTA title at Zürich (d. Davenport 67(5) 76(8) 63 in final; saved mp down 7-6 in second set tie-break); runner-up at Charleston (l. to Majoli in final); SF at Antwerp (l. to Henin); QF six times; qualified for second WTA Championships (l. 1r to V.Williams); returned to Top 20 by year's end.
2003 - SF three times, at Gold Coast (l. to Mikaelian), Sopot (l. to Smashnova) and Linz (l. to Petrova); QF four times.
2004 - SF four times, at Australian Open (first Grand Slam SF; l. to Clijsters), Charleston (l. to Martínez), Birmingham (l. to Sharapova) and Zürich (l. to Molik); QF twice.
2005 - First Top 10 season; won ninth and 10th WTA titles at Gold Coast (d. Stosur in final) and Cincinnati (d. Morigami in final); runner-up three times, at Rome (l. to Mauresmo in final), Zürich (l. to Davenport in final) and Linz (l. to Petrova in final); SF five times, at Dubai (l. to Davenport), Charleston (l. to Dementieva), Berlin (l. to Henin), Stanford (l. to V.Williams 26 76(4) 62; held 5mp in second set) and Bali (ret. vs. Schiavone w/heat illness); QF five times, incl. Australian Open (l. to Dechy); qualified for third WTA Championships, falling in RR stage (went 1-2 in RR); cut ranking in half from start to end of season - began at No.14 then returned to Top 10 (at No.10) on May 16 (after Rome), moving back to prior career-high No.8 on October 31 (after Linz) and surpassing that over six years later by moving to No.7 on November 14 (after WTA Championships).
2006 - Second straight Top 10 season; runner-up twice, at Charleston (l. to Petrova in final) and Stanford (l. to Clijsters in final); SF six times, at Paris [Indoors] (l. to Pierce), Cincinnati (l. to Srebotnik 46 63 76(6); held mp in tie-break), San Diego (l. to Sharapova), Bali (l. to Bartoli), Stuttgart (l. to Golovin) and Linz (l. to Sharapova); QF seven times, incl. Australian Open (l. to Mauresmo) and Berlin (l. to Li 26 76(3) 76(1); held 4-1 lead and 3mp in second set and 5-2 lead in third); remained in Top 10 entire season.
2007 - Runner-up twice, at San Diego (l. to Sharapova in final) and Linz (l. to Hantuchova in final); SF at Rome (l. to Jankovic); QF seven times, incl. Doha (l. to Henin 36 64 75; held 5-3 third set lead w/mp at 5-4) and Istanbul (withdrew prior to match w/right thigh strain); best Grand Slam results were 4r finishes at Australian Open (l. to Chakvetadze), Roland Garros (l. to Sharapova 36 64 97 in 4r; held 2mp third set) and Wimbledon (l. to Henin in 4r; was first time in 12 appearances there to reach 4r).
2008 - Won 11th WTA title at Bali (d. Paszek in final); runner-up at Bangalore (l. to S.Williams in final); SF at Gold Coast (l. to Li); QF six times, incl. Roland Garros (l. to Ivanovic) and US Open (l. to Dementieva).
2009 - Runner-up at Budapest (l. to Szavay in final); SF at Madrid (l. to Safina); QF twice, incl. Palermo (ret. vs. Groenefeld w/left hip flexor strain).
2010 - Runner-up twice, at Budapest (l. to Szavay in final) and Linz (l. to Ivanovic in final); SF at Prague (l. to Zahlavova Strycova); QF once; reached 3r three times, incl. US Open (l. to Wickmayer 76(5) 36 76(6); held mp at 6-5 in third set tie-break); reached 2r seven times; fell 1r five times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon); withdrew from Australian Open w/left foot tendonitis and from Tashkent w/right Achilles injury.
2011 - Played nine events, reaching 3r once (Dubai) and 2r once (Miami) but falling 1r seven times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros); announced retirement at Roland Garros on Saturday, May 28, 2011.