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Introduced to tennis at age 4 by her father, Joost, a tennis coach and her coach; fitness trainer is Sjouke Tel...Baseline player who likes to come into the net; favorite surface is hard court...Mother, Hanny, is a human resource manager; is 'aunty' to two boys, sons of her older sister, Janine...Graduated high school in 1993...Favorites include R and pop music, singer Celine Dion, actors Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt...Favorite cuisine is Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Mexican, and likes pancakes...Hobbies include reading, golf, listening to music, fashion and watching sports, especially soccer...Most memorable experiences were becoming Dutch champion for the first time, winning first ITF Women's Circuit titles, and winning first match at a Grand Slam...Is crazy about tennis and loves winning matches; is extra motivated to work hard after a loss...Steffi Graf has been a long-time idol but it's good that there are so many good up-and-coming players; admires Patrick Rafter and Andre Agassi for the way they play and behave on court...Goals include reaching the Top 50, being successful on the Dutch Fed Cup team and playing in the highest German league, Bundesliga.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 2000 - ITF/Pamplona-ESP, ITF/Naples-USA; 1999 - ITF/Jaffa-ISR; 1998 - ITF/Velp-NED; 1994 - ITF/Flensberg-GER, ITF/Poiters-FRA; 1993 - ITF/Velp-NED, ITF/Horb-GER.
Semifinalist (1): 1995 - Zagreb (w/de Weille).
Career in Review
1993 - Won back-to-back ITF Circuit events at ITF/Velp-NED and ITF/Horb-GER, her fourth and fifth tournaments on the pro tour (swept singles and doubles at Horb)
1994 - Won back-to-back ITF titles: ITF/Flensburg-GER, d. three seeds, including No. 1 Bobkova, and ITF/Poiters-FRA, d. two seeds
1995 - First appearance on the WTA Tour came at Jakarta (l. 1r to Grossi 16 63 62, qualified for the Australian Open, her Grand Slam debut; first match-win on the WTA Tour came at Oklahoma City, d. Radford 64 62; l. to Frazier 46 76(5) 62
2000 - As a qualifier at Wimbledon, her first WTA Tour main draw appearance in five years and second career Grand Slam, won 1r match and improved ranking from No. 186 to No. 135, best then in five years; also qualified for Luxembourg, losing in 1r
2001 - Played Australian Open for first time in six years and also played Wimbledon, marking first time to play in two Grand Slam main draws in one year; reached final of ITF/Minneapolis-USA and won doubles title; reached singles SF and won doubles at ITF/Midland-USA; achieved career-highest rankings in 2001: No. 92 in singles and No. 106 in doubles