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Coached by Norbert Palmier; a baseliner who prefers hardcourts; introduced to tennis by father at age four...Father, John, and brother Patrick, are teachers, and brother Pascal (sports teacher) played Davis Cup for Luxembourg; motherÆs name is Marguy...Favorites include the color blue, roses, Stephen King novels, Italian and Chinese cuisine and actor George Clooney...Other sports interests include soccer and skiing (enjoys watching basketball)...Passes times by reading and going to the cinema...Relaxes by listening to music...Most memorable experience was brother PatrickÆs recovery from a serious car accident...Has no superstitions, but pet peeve is arrogant or unfriendly people...Considers herself open-minded, sometimes impatient and ambitious...Most admires her grandmother.
Winner (1 WTA Tour): 2004 - Strasbourg; 2002 - ITF/Vaihingen-GER, ITF/Luxembourg-LUX.
Quarterfinalist (2): 2004 - 's-Hertogenbosch; 2003 - Tokyo [Japan Open].
Winner (1): 2004 - Canberra (w/Kostanic).
Finalist (1): 2004 - 's-Hertogenbosch (w/Kostanic), Stanford (w/Benesova).
Luxembourg Fed Cup Team 1998-2003, 2005. Luxembourg Olympic Team 2004.
Career in Review
1998 - First appearances were at ITF/Denain-FRA and Luxembourg qualifying
1999 - Reached two ITF Circuit SF and 2r at Luxembourg qualifying; made Tour doubles debut at Luxembourg; appeared on WTA Rankings on August 30 at No. 718
2000 - Reached first finals at ITF/Rebecq-BEL and ITF/Villenave DÆOrnon-FRA; made Tour debut as a WC ranked No. 572 at Luxembourg, d. No. 126 Poutchek in 1r (reached doubles QF)
2001 - Runner-up at ITF/Redbridge-GBR as a qualifier; played first Grand Slam qualifying at Wimbledon
2002 - Won first pro titles, in singles at ITF/Vaihingen-GER and ITF/Luxembourg-LUX and in doubles at ITF/Buchen-GER (w/Arvidsson); qualified for Bratislava
2003 - First Top 100 finish in career-best season to date; d. world No. 17 Pistolesi (first Top 20 win) en route to US Open 3r (best Grand Slam result); reached first Tour QF at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to eventual champion Sharapova); qualified for Indian Wells, Miami and Palermo; won first pro doubles title at ITF/Ortisei-ITA (w/Henke); reached career-high ranking of No. 75 on September 15
2004 - Best career finish in season highlighted by debut Tour titles in singles and doubles; as unseeded world No.66 at Strasbourg, d. world No.13 (No.2 seed) Sugiyama 57 76(8) 75 in QF and in only second career match vs. a Top 10 player, d. world No.4 (top seed) Davenport 26 60 63 in final; afterwards, on May 24, made Top 50 debut at No.41, also her career-high; also reached QF at 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Medina Garrigues) and 3r at Australian Open (second straight Grand Slam 3r û d. No.21 seed Bovina in 2r, l. to Molik) and Indian Wells (l. to Zvonareva); l. in 1r at Olympics in singles and doubles (w/Kremer); won first Tour doubles title at Canberra (w/Kostanic û first-time partnership), and reached another two finals.
2005 - Disappointing season, best finishes being 2r four times, incl. 's-Hertogenbosch (d. WC M.Navratilova in 1r; l. to No.8 seed and eventual champion Koukalova in 3s in 2r); fell 1r 11 times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Strasbourg, where she was defending champion) and in qualifying seven times (incl. US Open).