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Began playing tennis at age 8, when a tennis teacher picked her to play because she could run fast...Coached by her husband, Xu Xin...A baseline player who prefers hard courts......Married Xu Xin, a tennis coach, on December 8, 1997...Father's name is Zong Yi; mother's name is Gui-Lan Chen; has an older sister, Xiao-Ying Yi...Favorites include tulips, the colors blue and purple, the movie Life, seafood and carbonated soft drinks...Enjoys listening to music and shopping...Likes to visit Thailand, the United States and Hong Kong...Admires the games of Sampras and Agassi.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 2000 - ITF/Chengdu City-CHN, ITF/Haikou-CHN, ITF/Ca La Canada-USA; 1999 - ITF/Brisbane-AUS; 1998 - ITF/Qing Dao-CHN; 1997 - ITF/Beijing-CHN; 1995 - ITF/Salisbury-USA, ITF/Tianjin-CHN; 1994 - ITF/Zaragoza-ESP, ITF/Alicante-ESP; 1993 - ITF/Beijing-CHN; 1992 - ITF/Bangkok-THA, ITF/Solo-INA.
Finalist (2): 1995 - Surabaya, Pattaya City.
Semifinalist (1): 2000 - Tashkent.
Quarterfinalist (1): 1998 - Pattaya City (w/L. Li).
Chinese Fed Cup Team 1991, 1993, 1995, 2000. Chinese Olympic Team 1996, 2000.
Career in Review
1992 - First pro title came at ITF/Bangkok-THA; as world No. 444, did not drop a set until the 67(2) 63 60 final against L. Chen; won a second ITF title the following month at ITF/Solo-INA without dropping a set in five matches, including the final, a rematch against L. Chen which she won 63 64
1994 - Debuted on WTA Tour at Beijing as world No. 399, l. in 1r to L. Tang 75 61
1995 - Came on strong late in year, reaching first two WTA Tour finals back-to-back; in Surabaya, upset No. 8 seed Miyagi 1r and d. F. Li and Krizan en route to final; in next tournament, Pattaya City, reached the final unseeded with wins over M. Tang and Kijimuta before falling to top seed Paulus; ranking cracked Top 100 for first time after Pattaya City performance and improved 253 spots during 1995
1996 - At Roland Garros, d. Capriati in 1r, Capriati's first Grand Slam event since the 1993 US Open; as a LL, upset No. 12 seed Garrison in 1r at Indian Wells; fought back after l. first set 60 for a 06 61 64 victory
2000 - Ranking reached No. 70 on September 25; just one place short of matching her career-high in 1996; as an Australian Open WC, her first Grand Slam tournament since 1996, equaled best Grand Slam result ever by a Chinese player by reaching the 3r before falling to Capriati; reached first SF in five years at Tashkent
2001 - Retired during 2r match at Australian Open