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Father is Dovik (computer software specialist); mother is Aliza (housewife) ... Began playing at age 6 by joining older siblings, brother Shlomi and sister Shani, in tennis lessons ... Loves visiting US, reading, romance movies and being at home with family and friends ... Also really enjoys baking and trying new food, especially because of travelling to new cultures and experiencing the local food and spices… Commenced mandatory Israeli Army military training in November 2005 ... Led 2010's March Of The Living, remembering 6 million victims of the Holocaust by marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau (asked by head of Jewish Agency for Israel to lead march of officials and 10,000 students from around the world) ... Awards received include Athlete of the Year in Israel (2006, 2007); Kids' Favorite Athlete of the Year in Israel (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009); Woman of the Year in Press (2009); and Key Person in Media at ceremony of Israeli Organization of Public Relations and Spokespeople.
Winner (5): 2013 - 125/Suzhou; 2009 - Guangzhou, Tashkent; 2006 - Pattaya City, Prague, Istanbul.
Finalist (4): 2013 - Baku; 2011 - College Park; 2010 - Hobart; 2007 - Memphis.
Winner (3): 2007 - Stanford (w/Mirza); 2006 - Prague (w/Bartoli), Stanford (w/Groenefeld).
Finalist (6): 2014 - Nürnberg, Baku (both w/Olaru); 2013 - Brussels (w/Dabrowski); 2010 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Peng); 2009 - Indian Wells (w/Dulko); 2008 - Australian Open (w/Azarenka); 2007 - Luxembourg (w/Azarenka).
Israeli Fed Cup Team, 2002-14; Israeli Olympic Team, 2008, 2012.
Career in Review
2015 - Reached 2r once; fell 1r twice and in qualifying 10 times (incl. all four majors); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2014 - QF three times at Katowice, Marrakech and Baku; reached 2r four times (incl. US Open); fell 1r 11 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying eight times.
2013 - Another Top 100 season; runner-up at Baku (l. to Svitolina in final); QF twice at Katowice and Budapest; reached 2r twice (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r nine times (incl. Roland Garros) and in qualifying seven times (incl. other two majors); won one WTA 125K singles title; withdrew from Tashkent and Osaka w/left foot injury.
2012 - Another Top 100 season; SF at Hobart (l. to Wickmayer); reached 3r once and 2r 10 times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros); fell 1r 10 times (incl. other two majors and Olympics); missed all post-US Open events w/left hamstring injury (withdrew from Tashkent, Guangzhou and Osaka).
2011 - Another Top 50 season; runner-up at College Park (l. to Petrova in final); QF twice at Dubai and Indian Wells; reached 3r four times (incl. Australian Open) and 2r seven times (incl. US Open and Brisbane - l. to Safarova 36 61 75; held mp at 5-4 third set); fell 1r seven times (incl. other two majors); raised the bar on Israeli ranking record on January 10 (rose to No.12 after Brisbane) and again on January 31 (rose to No.11 after Australian Open); was one win from cracking Top 10 at Charleston in April (would have risen to No.10 if won 3r match there against Goerges); withdrew from Linz and Luxembourg w/low back injury.
2010 - Third Top 20 season; runner-up at Hobart (l. to A.Bondarenko in final); SF six times at Auckland (l. to Wickmayer), Dubai (l. to V.Williams), Stuttgart (l. to Henin), Madrid (l. to V.Williams), Beijing (l. to Wozniacki) and Osaka (l. to Date-Krumm); QF twice at Paris [Indoors] and San Diego; reached 4r three times (incl. Roland Garros, US Open), 3r four times (incl. Australian Open) and 2r three times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r twice; raised the bar on Israeli ranking record on June 7 (rose to No.14) and again on October 11 (rose to No.13).
2009 - Another Top 50 season; won two WTA titles at Guangzhou (d. Brianti in final) and Tashkent (d. Amanmuradova in final); SF three times at Pattaya City (l. to Zvonareva), Oeiras (ret. vs. Wickmayer w/right foot injury) and Luxembourg (l. to Lisicki); QF twice at Auckland and Budapest; reached 4r once, 3r twice (incl. US Open) and 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r seven times (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying twice; fell in RR stage at Bali (went 1-1); withdrew from Roland Garros w/foot injury; missed Dubai due to denial of visa.
2008 - Another Top 50 season; SF twice at Gold Coast (l. to Azarenka) and Memphis (l. to Govortsova); QF twice at Prague and Seoul; reached 4r twice (incl. Wimbledon), 3r three times (incl. Australian Open) and 2r five times (incl. Olympics); fell 1r six times (incl. Roland Garros, US Open).
2007 - Second Top 20 season; runner-up at Memphis (l. to V.Williams in final); SF twice at Gold Coast (l. to Safina) and Miami (l. to S.Williams); QF six times at Sydney, Australian Open (first Grand Slam QF; l. to S.Williams), Indian Wells, Eastbourne, US Open (second Grand Slam QF; l. to Chakvetadze) and Bangkok; reached 4r once (Roland Garros), 3r three times (incl. Wimbledon) and 2r six times; fell 1r three times; equalled Smashnova's Israeli ranking record of No.15 on January 29 (after Australian Open); won one WTA doubles title.
2006 - First Top 20 season; won first three WTA titles at Pattaya City (d. Kostanic Tosic in final), Prague (d. Stosur in final) and Istanbul (d. Myskina in final); SF at Canberra (l. to Medina Garrigues); QF at Montréal; reached 4r three times (incl. Roland Garros, US Open), 3r once and 2r eight times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r six times (incl. Australian Open); made Top 20 debut on November 13 (No.21 to No.20); won two WTA doubles titles.
2005 - First Top 50 season; QF five times at Auckland, Pattaya City, Istanbul, Cincinnati and Bangkok; reached 3r three times (incl. Roland Garros and US Open) and 2r six times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r six times and in qualifying once (Australian Open); made Top 100 debut on April 18 (rose from No.105 to No.98) and Top 50 debut on September 12 (rose from No.60 to No.47); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2004 - Played first three WTA main draws, reaching QF once (Seoul) and 2r once; fell 1r once and in qualifying four times (incl. US Open); won two singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2003 - Won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2002 - Continued to play on ITF Circuit.
2001 - Played first event of career at ITF/Ashkelon-ISR.