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Coached by Samuel Sumyk ... Father, Ching, passed away in 1999 and serves as her inspiration and gives her strength in every aspect of life and tennis; mother's name is Mei; sister's name is Helen (played tennis at UCLA); parents are from Taiwan ... Meilen means beautiful in Mandarin Chinese, which she speaks fluently ... Graduated high school in 1995 ... Enjoys shopping, going to the movies and hanging out with friends.
Winner (1): 2001 - Auckland; 2000 - ITF/Los Gatos, CA-USA, ITF/Santa Clara, CA-USA; 1996 - ITF/Santa Clara, CA-USA, ITF/Lakeland, FL-USA.
Semifinalist (3): 2007 - Memphis; 2006 - Birmingham; 2000 - Québec City.
Quarterfinalist (12): 2007 - Forest Hills, Portoroz; 2005 - Portoroz; 2004 - Auckland; 2002 - Hobart; 2001 - Nice, Hawaii, Tokyo [Princess Cup], Luxembourg; 1999 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1998 - Pattaya City; 1994 - Philadelphia.
Winner (4): 2006 - ITF/Midland, MI-USA (w/Sequera); 2004 - Memphis (w/Svensson); 2003 - Birmingham (w/Callens); 2002 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Dechy), Waikoloa (w/Vento-Kabchi); 1999 - ITF/Atlanta, GA-USA (w/Nemeckova); 1996 - ITF/Santa Clara, CA-USA (w/Wainwright), ITF/Cergy Pontois-FRA (w/Lettiere).
Finalist (6): 2007 - Sydney (w/Bartoli), Birmingham (w/Sun); 2003 - Québec City (w/Callens); 2002 - Antwerp, Bratislava (both w/Dechy); 2001 - Bratislava (w/Dechy).
American Fed Cup Team, 2007.
Career in Review
1994 - Played first three Tour main draws as 16-year-old WC, falling 1r at US Open (l. to Farina Elia) and Oakland (l. to McGrath) but reaching QF at Philadelphia (d. No.16 Coetzer en route for first Top 20 win; l. to Pierce); afterwards on November 14, rose from No.604 to No.156.
1995 - First full year on Tour; fell in Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open qualifying.
1996 - Fell in Roland Garros and US Open qualifying; won two singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
1997 - Played all four Grand Slams in a year for first time, reaching 2r at Australian Open and US Open; made Top 100 debut on February 24 (moving from No.112 to No.97).
1998 - Missed seven months mid-year and fell out of Top 600 but finished at No.204 after reaching QF at Pattaya City.
1999 - Reached third QF at Tokyo [Japan Open]; won one ITF Circuit doubles title.
2000 - Reached first SF at Québec City (d. No.18 Halard-Decugis en route; l. to Rubin); won two ITF Circuit singles titles.
2001 - Best season to date, winning first career Tour singles title at Auckland (d. Suárez in final; dedicated title to father who passed away in 1999); QF four times, at Nice (d. No.19 Frazier for third career Top 20 win), Hawaii, Tokyo [Princess Cup] and Luxembourg; made Top 50 debut on February 19 (after Nice; rose from No.51 to No.44), then reached what would be her career-high for nearly six years on June 25 (spending a week at No.36).
2002 - QF at Hobart; first (and so far only) Grand Slam 3r at Wimbledon (l. to Tanasugarn); won two Tour doubles titles.
2003 - Won one Tour doubles title; suffered heat exhaustion following win over Mattek in Miami 1r and left court on a stretcher.
2004 - QF at Auckland; won fourth career Tour doubles title.
2005 - Reached first Tour singles QF in 18 months at Portoroz; surpassed $1 million in career prize money.
2006 - First Top 100 finish in four years; reached second career Tour singles SF at Birmingham (as qualifier; l. to Zvonareva 57 64 63, having led 75 42); after 2r finish at Wimbledon, returned to Top 100 for first time since April 2003; won one ITF Circuit doubles title; withdrew from Bali w/thoracic spine dysfunction and from Québec City w/back injury.
2007 - Second Top 50 finish of career in season highlighted by third Tour singles SF of career at Memphis (d. No.8 seed Craybas; l. to top seed Peer) and QF at Forest Hills (as No.2 seed, l. to Dechy in 3s) and Portoroz (l. to top seed and eventual champion Golovin); reached 3r once, at Amelia Island (l. to V.Williams); reached 2r 12 times, incl. Australian Open (l. to No.16 seed Peer), Roland Garros (l. to No.21 seed Sugiyama in 3s) and Wimbledon (l. to No.6 seed Ivanovic); fell 1r six times, incl. US Open (l. to No.18 seed Peer); fell in qualifying three times; on June 11 (after 2r finish at Birmingham), rose to No.35 for one week, surpassing previous career-high of No.36 (set in 2001); two-time doubles runner-up, at Sydney (w/Bartoli) and Birmingham (w/Sun), beating Black/Huber en route to both finals; went 0-1 in USA's 3-2 Fed Cup World Group SF loss to Russia (l. to Petrova); withdrew from Acapulco w/viral illness, from Strasbourg w/right hip strain, prior to 's-Hertogenbosch 2r match vs. Jankovic w/left groin strain and from Cincinnati w/left wrist injury.