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Coached by Luca Castrichella...Began playing tennis at age 8...Favorite surface is clay (because of her knee operations)...Father, Grigorie, is an engineer; mother's name is Maria...Has one sister, Antoaneta, who works as a journalist...Favourite movie is Working Girl...Hobbies include swimming, skiing, cooking, reading and listening to music...Self-described as reliable and funny...Tennis player most admired while growing up was Chris Evert.
Winner: 2002 - ITF/Galatina-ITA; 2001 - ITF/Casale-ITA; 2000 - ITF/Fiumicino-ITA; 1998 - ITF/Carrabba-ITA, ITF/Reggio-ITA, ITF/Suzano-BRA; 1997 - ITF/Milan-ITA, ITF/Sezze-ITA, ITF/Fano-ITA.
Winner (1): 2005 - Strasbourg (w/Andres).
Finalist (3): 2006 - Strasbourg (w/Muller); 2001 - Knokke-Heist (w/Dragomir Ilie); 1999 - Bol (w/Shaughnessy).
Semifinalist (4): 2006 - Warsaw (w/Tu), Hasselt (w/Strycova); 2005 - Modena (w/Andres Rodriguez); 2001 - Sopot (w/Dragomir Ilie).
Romanian Fed Cup Team 1990-91.
Career in Review
1993 - Underwent knee surgery (ligament)
1997 - Underwent knee surgery (cartilage)
1998 - Reached successive ITF Circuit finals in South America (winning ITF/Suzano-BRA, and reaching the finals at ITF/Buenos Aires-ARG); these results propelled her into the world's Top 200 for the first time in her eight-year professional career
1999 - Playing in first WTA Tour main draw tournament of career at Bol, upset world No. 35 Black for career-best win; shortly afterward reached singles ranking of No. 148; also reached doubles final in Bol with Shaughnessy
2000 - D. three seeds to win seventh career title at ITF/Fiumicino-ITA, her sixth home-country title
2001 - With Dragomir Ilie, reached second career doubles final at Knokke-Heist with wins over the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds
2002 - Ranked No. 221, qualified for Bogota and d. fellow qualifier Raluca Sandu 36 64 75 (ranked No. 279) before falling to world No. 49 and No. 3 seed Suarez 63 63; as a qualifier and ranked No. 199, lost 1r to world No. 67 Garbin at Acapulco; collected ninth career at ITF/Galatina-ITA, including a win over No. 2 seed; also won the doubles title
2003 - Withdrew from Bogota, Acapulco and Indian Wells due to surgery to remove a right thyroid nodule; reached three ITF Circuit doubles finals
2004 - As world No.209, l. 1r at Hyderabad in 3s to No.228 Fokina; failed to qualify at Australian Open and three Tour events; reached seven doubles finals on ITF Circuit, winning five.
2005 - Season highlighted by capturing career-first Tour title in doubles, at Strasbourg (w/Andres Rodriguez); also SF at Modena (w/Andres Rodriguez) and Budapest (w/Birnerova); fell in singles qualifying at three Tour events.