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Began playing at age 3; favorite surface is clay; best shot is serve ... Nickname is Tax ... Favorite cities are Bologna for its food, Milan for shopping ... Hobbies include surfing the net, listening to music, going to movies; other sports interests include beach tennis, kitesurfing ... Favorite book is Instant Love ... Favorite actor is Brad Pitt ... Tennis player most admired is Justine Henin for her comeback ... Most memorable experience was vacation she spent with Flavia Pennetta ... Enjoys eating at restaurants with friends and going dancing.
Winner (1): 2008 - ITF/Rome-Tiro A Volo-ITA, ITF/Cuneo-ITA; 2006 - ITF/Barcelona-ESP; 2003 - ITF/Cuneo-ITA; 2001 - ITF/Caserta-ITA; 2000 - Budapest; 1999 - ITF/Civitanova-ITA, ITF/Manila-PHI; 1998 - ITF/New Delhi 2-IND; 1997 - ITF/Novi Sad-SRB; 1996 - ITF/Catania 2-ITA.
Finalist (4): 2007 - Bogotá; 2006 - Palermo; 2005 - Modena; 2000 - Bogotá.
Winner (11): 2010 - Budapest, Prague, Luxembourg, ITF/Torhout 2-BEL (all w/Bacsinszky); 2009 - ITF/Marseille-FRA (w/Salerni), ITF/Sofia-BUL, ITF/Saint Malo-FRA, ITF/Ortisei-ITA (all w/Bacsinszky); 2005 - Canberra (w/Krizan); 2003 - Canberra (w/Loit); 2002 - Hobart (w/Grande), Bol (w/Widjaja); 2001 - Bogotá, Budapest, Palermo (all w/Husarova); 2000 - Warsaw (w/Husarova), ITF/Dubai-UAE (w/Marosi); 1999 - ITF/Rhodes-GRE (w/Hopmans); 1998 - ITF/Athens 2-GRE, ITF/Orbetello-ITA (both w/Canepa); 1997 - ITF/Novi Sad-SRB (w/Guardigli); 1996 - ITF/Catania 2-ITA (w/Guardigli).
Finalist (7): 2010 - Sydney (w/Petrova), Barcelona, Bad Gastein (both w/Bacsinszky); 2007 - Berlin, Rome (both w/Vinci); 2002 - Brussels (w/Sánchez-Vicario), New Haven (w/Husarova).
Italian Fed Cup Team, 1999-2000, 2003-05, 2007-08; Italian Olympic Team, 2000, 2004.
Career in Review
- Best singles results were one WTA title at 2000 Budapest (d. Boogert in final) and four more WTA finals, at 2000 Bogotá (l. to Wartusch), 2005 Modena (ret. vs. Smashnova w/heat illness), 2006 Palermo (l. to Medina Garrigues) and 2007 Bogotá (ret. vs. Vinci w/GI illness); SF seven times, one in 2000 (Estoril), three in 2002 (Bol, Tashkent, Sopot), one in 2006 (Portoroz), one in 2007 (Gold Coast) and one in 2009 (Palermo); QF 17 times, incl. three Premiers at 2005 Los Angeles, 2007 Miami and 2010 Paris [Indoors]; best Grand Slam was 4r at 2007 French Open (l. to Vaidisova); had two Top 10 wins, No.4 Seles (2001 Indian Wells) and No.1 Henin (2004 French Open - first Italian ever to beat a reigning No.1); career-high was No.22.
- Best doubles results were 11 WTA titles and seven WTA finals; career-high was No.25.
- Won 10 singles titles and 11 doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
- Last tournament played was 2011 Australian Open.