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Coached by Dirk Dier ... Mother is Marie-Louise (teacher); father is Hans (surgeon); brothers are Philipp and Bastian ... Introduced to tennis at age 5 by father and brother ... Favorite tournament is Roland Garros ... Other sports interests include handball, basketball ... Favorite place to visit is home ... Enjoys music, reading, watching TV, seeing friends ... Closely follows German soap opera "Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten" ... Admires Steffi Graf.
Winner (1): 2006 - Acapulco.
Finalist (3): 2005 - Pattaya City, Beijing, Luxembourg.
Winner (17): 2019 - Charleston (w/Rosolska); 2018 - Stuttgart (w/Atawo); 2017 - Prague (w/Peschke); 2014 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Peschke); 2013 - Brussels (w/Peschke); 2012 - Linz (w/Peschke); 2010 - Copenhagen (w/Goerges); 2009 - Brisbane (w/King), Linz (w/Srebotnik); 2008 - Stuttgart (w/Schnyder), Québec City (w/King); 2007 - Sydney (w/Shaughnessy); 2006 - Acapulco (w/Shaughnessy), Stanford (w/Peer); 2005 - Pattaya City (w/Bartoli), Toronto (w/Navratilova), Bali (w/Shaughnessy).
Finalist (26): 2019 - Doha, Rome, Birmingham, Toronto, Cincinnati (all w/Schuurs); 2017 - Toronto (w/Peschke); 2016 - Linz (w/Peschke); 2013 - Brisbane, Nürnberg, Toronto, Cincinnati (all w/Peschke); 2012 - Paris [Indoors], Bad Gastein (both w/Martic), Stuttgart (w/Goerges), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Peschke); 2011 - Monterrey (w/King), Linz (w/Goerges); 2010 - Monterrey (w/King); 2008 - Zürich (w/Schnyder); 2006 - San Diego (w/Shaughnessy), Montréal (w/Black), Luxembourg (w/Huber); 2004 - Stockholm, Cincinnati (both w/Gagliardi), Vancouver (w/Callens), Filderstadt (w/Schruff).
Winner (2): 2014 - Roland Garros (w/Rojer); 2009 - Wimbledon (w/Knowles).
Finalist (1): 2017 - Roland Garros (w/Farrah)
German Fed Cup Team, 2004-10, 2012-14, 2016, 2018; German Olympic Team, 2012.
Career in Review
2014 - Won one WTA doubles title.
2013 - Won one WTA doubles title.
2012 - First season played exclusively in doubles; won one WTA doubles title.
2011 - Fell 1r twice and in qualifying nine times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open); won one singles title and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2010 - Reached 3r once and 2r twice; fell 1r eight times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon) and in qualifying three times (incl. US Open); won one WTA doubles title; won one doubles title on ITF Circuit; missed three months between March and June w/left foot injury (withdrew from Indian Wells, Miami, Marbella, Barcelona, Estoril, Strasbourg, Roland Garros, Birmingham and 's-Hertogenbosch).
2009 - Another Top 100 season; SF three times at Oeiras (l. to Makarova), Palermo (l. to Errani) and Seoul (l. to Medina Garrigues); QF at Bad Gastein; reached 3r once and 2r five times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r 13 times (incl. other three majors and Monterrey - l. to Zahlavova Strycova 63 26 76(4); held 2mp at 5-3 third set) and in qualifying once; won two WTA doubles titles; won first Grand Slam mixed doubles title at Wimbledon (w/Knowles); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2008 - Another Top 100 season; QF at Budapest; reached 4r once (US Open) and 2r twice; fell 1r three times and in qualifying once; won two WTA doubles titles; won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2007 - Reached 2r four times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r 11 times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon); won one WTA doubles title; did not play from August to December (played one ITF Circuit event at end of year).
2006 - First Top 20 season (finishing No.19); won first WTA title at Acapulco (d. Pennetta in final); SF twice at Charleston (l. to Petrova) and Istanbul (l. to Peer); QF five times at Indian Wells, Amelia Island, Roland Garros (l. to Henin; first Grand Slam QF), Eastbourne and Stanford; reached 3r three times and 2r five times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r 11 times (incl. other two majors); won two WTA doubles titles; set career-highs in both singles (No.14 on April 17) and doubles (No.7 on March 6).
2005 - Near-Top 20 season (finishing No.21); runner-up three times at Pattaya City (l. to Martínez in final), Beijing (l. to Kirilenko in final) and Luxembourg (l. to Clijsters in final); SF twice at Hyderabad (withdrew w/right knee sprain) and Stanford (l. to Clijsters); QF twice at Istanbul and New Haven; reached 3r three times (Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open) and 2r nine times; fell 1r seven times (incl. Wimbledon); made Top 50 debut on February 7 (after Pattaya City; rose from No.58 to No.45) and Top 20 debut on October 3 (after Luxembourg; rose from No.23 to No.19); won three WTA doubles titles; made doubles Top 10 debut on September 19 (at No.10).
2004 - First Top 100 season; QF at Palermo; reached 2r five times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r nine times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open) and in qualifying seven times (incl. Australian Open); made Top 100 debut on April 19 (rose from No.103 to No.100); won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2003 - Played first six WTA main draws, reaching 2r three times (Bol, Bali, Leipzig) but falling 1r three times; fell in qualifying five times (incl. US Open); won four singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2002 - Played first WTA qualifying at Hamburg and Filderstadt (both as WC); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2001 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Germany.