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Coached by Lillian Rios; first coached by father ... Began playing tennis at age 4 ... Parents, William and Christine, work for General Motors; is youngest of five children ... Enjoys being outdoors, relaxing at home or spending time with family when not on Tour; also enjoys movies, cooking, shopping for the latest trends and cheering on the Houston Rockets and Astros ... Favorite cuisine is Mexican ... Music of choice is R&B, hip hop and gospel.
Winner: 2001 - ITF/Albuquerque-USA.
Finalist (1): 2004 - Tokyo [Japan Open].
Quarterfinalist (7): 2005 - Istanbul, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Philadelphia; 2004 - Stanford, New Haven; 1999 - QuTbec City.
Finalist (1): 2005 - ITF/Surbiton-GBR (w/Hopkins); 2004 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Hopkins).
Semifinalist (8): 2006 - Hobart (w/Santangelo), Paris [Indoors] (w/Garbin), Birmingham (w/Mattek); 2005 - Pattaya City (w/Hopkins). 2004 - Memphis (w/Embry), Seoul (w/Sequera), QuTbec City (w/Hopkins); 2003 - Charleston (w/Harkleroad).
United States Fed Cup Team, 2005-06.
Career in Review
1993 - Did not qualify at two Tour events; debuted on ITF Circuit at four events.
1994 - Tour debut at Stratton (l. 1r to Sßnchez-Vicario); l. in qualifying at US Open, Miami; one ITF final.
1995 - Did not qualify at four Tour events, incl. US Open; reached one ITF final.
1996 - Did not qualify at US Open, Oklahoma City.
1997 - Unable to qualify at four Tour events (US Open fourth time).
1998 - Played three Tour events; lost 1r at Miami and US Open (Grand Slam debut); won 1r match as a LL at QuTbec City (d. Shaughnessy); did not qualify at five other Tour events; reached two ITF finals.
1999 - Five Tour events, incl. US Open (l. 1r), reaching first Tour QF (at QuTbec City, as qualifier); did not qualify at 10 other Tour events (incl. three Grand Slams).
2000 - Competed at nine Tour events, as a qualifier six times (including debut Wimbledon: l. 1r), l. 1r at US Open; 2r three times on Tour; did not qualify eight times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros).
2001 - Played at Miami and Toronto [Canadian Open]; failed to qualify at 10 Tour events, including last three Grand Slams; at 12 ITF events, claimed first title and reached two finals.
2002 - Recorded first Grand Slam match win at US Open (d. Leon Garcia; l. to No.7 seed Clijsters).
2003 - Made Australian Open debut (l. 1r); Charleston SF in doubles (career best) w/Harkleroad; 2r as qualifier at Toronto [Canadian Open] (l. to Zvonareva).
2004 - First Top 50 finish; Tour QF at Stanford (l. to eventual champion Davenport in 3s; afterwards on July 19, made Top 100 debut at No.83 aged 28 years, one month) and New Haven (stunned No.7 Sharapova 63 26 62 en route - her first Top 10 win - l. to eventual champion Bovina); at Tokyo [Japan Open], career-first Tour singles final (l. to Sharapova), also first career doubles final (w/Hopkins); broke into Top 50 at No.50 on November 8; doubles SF at Memphis (w/Embry), Seoul (w/Sequera) and QuTbec City (w/Hopkins).
2005 - Second straight Top 100 finish, reaching four Tour singles QF; first three QF came mid-season, at Istanbul (l. to Smashnova), Birmingham (l. to Jankovic) and Eastbourne (LL; l. to eventual winner Clijsters); eighth career Tour singles QF came at end of year in Philadelphia (l. to eventual champion Mauresmo); won main draw matches three other times, at Australian Open (l. 2r to Dechy), Wimbledon (career-best Grand Slam showing, reaching 3r before falling to Dementieva) and San Diego (d. No.16 Zvonareva for lone Top 20 win of season; l. to Karatantcheva); 1r in Roland Garros debut (l. to Petrova) and US Open (l. to Mirza in 3s); was first year of career to play main draws at all four majors; one doubles SF, at Pattaya City (w/Hopkins); in Fed Cup, was 0-1 in USAÆs 4-1 World Group I SF loss to Russia (l. 75 64 to Dementieva, having led 5-1 first set); withdrew from Cincinnati w/right forearm injury.