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Began playing tennis at age 6...Favorite surface is grass; has a serve-and-volley game; best shots are serve and forehand...Father, Nico, is an accountant; mother, Petro, is a nurse; has two younger sisters, Sonja and Nicolene; everybody in the family plays tennis...Most memorable experience was playing against three Top 10 players (in singles and doubles) on her birthday at 1998 Wimbledon...Self-described as friendly and positive...Admires the Lord, without whom she would not be playing tennis...Tennis player most admired is Martina Navratilova for the way she went after her goals and achieved them...Other sports interests are golf and fishing...Hobbies are athletics, playing netball and computer games...Favorite television show is Friends; favorite actor is Richard Gere.
Winner: 2006 - ITF/Pretoria-RSA; 2005 - ITF/Porto Santo-POR, ITF/Porto Santo3-POR; 1997 - ITF/Frinton-GBR, ITF/Dublin-IRL, ITF/Ilkley-GBR, ITF/Kyoto-JPN, ITF/Saga-JPN; 1996 - ITF/Ilkley-GBR.
Winner: 2006 - ITF/Lagos 2-NGR (w/Szatmari), ITF/Pretoria-RSA (w/Caffa); 2005 - ITF/Tipton-GBR (w/O'Brien), ITF/Bath1-GBR (w/South), ITF/Porto Santo3-POR (w/Balk), ITF/Monzon-ESP (w/Antypina), ITF/Lagos 1-NGR (w/Velasco-Andreu).
Semifinalist (3): 2003 - Budapest (w/Freye); 2000 - Hilton Head (w/Miyagi); 1999 - Quebec City (w/Miyagi).
Career in Review
1997 - In a four-week span in July-August, reached final of four ITF Circuit events, winning three consecutively (had a 16-match win-streak); won ITF/Kyoto-JPN and following week won ITF/Saga-JPN
1998 - Won three matches to qualify for first Grand Slam main draw at Wimbledon, then reached 3r
1999 - Unseeded, upset No. 4 seed L. Golarsa to reach final of ITF/Surbiton-GBR
2003 - Reached Budapest doubles SF w/Freye, her first WTA Tour doubles appearance since 2002 Roland Garros (last singles appearance was 2001 US Open qualifying); won ITF/Allentown-USA doubles w/Gers; won ITF/Baltimore-USA doubles w/Etienne; won ITF/Harrisburg-USA w/Muller; reached final at ITF/Cardiff-GBR w/Gers.
2005 - Won two ITF Circuit singles titles (bringing career tally to eight) and five ITF Circuit doubles titles (bringing career tally to 25).