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Coached by Horst Engel...Father, Mircea, is a computer engineer and her agent; mother, Elena, is an engineer; sister, Adriana, is a pro tennis player...Graduated high school in June 1994...Most memorable experience was departure from communist Romania to live in Germany...Other sports interests include basketball, swimming and ice skating...Enjoys listening to music, reading, writing and shopping...Tennis player most admired is Martina Navratilova because she is a great athlete and fun to watch...Enjoys playing on the Tour because of getting to know so many people and seeing the world...Favorites include the color blue, author Danielle Steele, the book Pot of Gold, the song I Never Knew Love, and musicians Michael Jackson and Roxette...Likes to visit the United States.
Winner: 2000 - ITF/Hayward-USA; 1998 - ITF/Les Contamines-FRA.
Finalist (1): 2002 - Estoril.
Semifinalist (3): 2004 - Tashkent; 2003 - Vienna, Pattaya City.
Quarterfinalist (9): 2005 - Canberra; 2004 - Auckland, Hobart; 2003 - Bali, Luxembourg; 2002 - Gold Coast; 2001 - Casablanca; 2000 - Sao Paulo; 1999 - Estoril.
Semifinalist (4): 2003 - Luxembourg (w/Medina Garrigues); 2001 - Casablanca (w/Stephens), (w/WeingSrtner); 1999 - Auckland (w/K. Miller).
German Fed Cup Team 2002-03, 2005.
Career in Review
1991 - Played first ITF Circuit qualifying events
1992 - Played first ITF Circuit main draws
1993 - Reached first pro singles final at ITF/Vilamoura-POR; played first Tour qualifying at Kitzbuhel; went 0-3 vs. younger sister Adriana in ITF Circuit qualifying but defeated her in Tour qualifying at Essen
1994 - Made Tour debut at Moscow as a LL; played qualifying at another 14 Tour events
1995 - Reached SF at ITF/Szczecin-POL
1996 - Reached two ITF Circuit QF
1997 - Qualified for Palermo, first Tour main draw in nearly three years
1998 - On ITF Circuit, won first pro title at ITF/Les Contamines-FRA and reached another two finals
1999 - Made Grand Slam debut at US Open; as qualifier, reached first Tour QF at Estoril; also qualified for Hamburg and Berlin (Tier I debut)
2000 - Won ITF/Hayward-USA and reached second Tour QF at Sao Paulo; qualified for Hilton Head
2001 - Played in all four Grand Slams for first time, reaching Wimbledon 2r as a qualifier and l. to eventual runner-up S. Williams in 3s in US Open 1r; also reached Casablanca QF
2002 - First season to finish inside Top 100, highlighted by first-ever Tour singles final at Estoril as a qualifier; d. No. 1-seeded defending champion Montolio in QF (l. to Serna); played seven of 21 Tour events as a qualifier; also reached SF at ITF/Bronx-USA and QF at Gold Coast (as a qualifier); pushed world No. 1 S. Williams to 3s in Leipzig 2r; made Fed Cup playing debut for Germany in QF loss to Spain
2003 - First Top 50 finish and first-ever season played exclusively in Tour events and Tour qualifying; reached SF at Vienna (l. to Sußrez in 3s) and Pattaya City (broke into Top 50 afterwards on November 10 at No. 48) and QF at Bali, Shanghai (in consecutive weeks, l. to Rubin both times) and Luxembourg; also reached Australian Open 3r (best Grand Slam result) and pushed eventual champion Henin-Hardenne to 3s in Dubai 2r (led a service break in third set); in doubles, semifinalist at Luxembourg (w/Medina Garrigues)
2004 - Third straight Top 100 finish; reached fourth career Tour SF at Tashkent (l. to Razzano) and QF at Auckland and Hobart; d. two Top 20 players (No.20 Mag.Maleeva in Dubai 1r and No.19 C.Martinez in Doha 1r), l. 2r both times to Kuznetsova; reached career-high No.46 on April 12; withdrew from Indian Wells with bilateral achilles tendonitis.
2005 - Season highlighted by reaching ninth career Tour singles QF at Canberra (l. to Lee-Waters); also 2r at Pattaya City (l. to top seed Zvonareva); fell 1r four times (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying four times (incl. Roland Garros); went 1-0 in singles in Germany's 4-1 victory against Indonesia in Fed Cup action; did not play after Roland Garros for rest of season.