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Coached by Louise Pleming ... Father is Damir; mother is Liliana; younger brother is Savo ... Emigrated to Australia from Serbia with family in 1994 ... Enjoys shopping, music, the beach ... Likes to visit Rome, Paris ... Self-described as friendly, outgoing, open ... Most memorable experience was playing at 2000 Olympics ... Tennis player most admired is Steffi Graf.
Winner (6): 2011 - Kuala Lumpur; 2002 - Sarasota, Birmingham; 2001 - Rome, Tokyo [Princess Cup], Moscow.
Finalist (8): 2011 - 's-Hertogenbosch; 2003 - Zürich; 2002 - Paris [Indoors], Strasbourg, San Diego; 2001 - Bahia, Zürich, Linz.
Winner (4): 2002 - Sarasota (w/Likhovtseva), Los Angeles (w/Clijsters), Linz (w/Petrova); 2001 - Linz (w/Petrova).
Finalist (6): 2003 - Rome (w/Petrova); 2002 - Moscow, Zürich (both w/Petrova); 2001 - Roland Garros (w/Martínez), New Haven (w/Petrova); 1999 - Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Coetzer).
Australian Fed Cup Team, 1999-2000, 2009, 2012; Serbia & Montenegro Fed Cup Team, 2004; Australian Olympic Team, 2000.
Career in Review
2015 - Did not play.
2014 - Played one doubles match at Australian Open (w/Sanders - l. 1r).
2013 - Did not play.
2012 - Played nine events in first three and a half months of season, reached 2r three times (incl. Australian Open) and falling 1r six times; retired in Indian Wells 1r and Charleston 1r matches w/right wrist injury, then missed rest of season w/same injury (withdrew from Barcelona).
2011 - Another Top 100 season; won sixth WTA title at Kuala Lumpur (d. Safarova in final; first WTA title in almost nine years); runner-up at 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Vinci in final); QF at Paris [Indoors] (l. to Clijsters); reached 2r four times (incl. Australian Open, US Open); fell 1r 10 times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying twice; struggled w/several ailments, namely illness (withdrew from Fès and Oeiras), hamstring injury (withdrew from Budapest, Bad Gastein and Baku) and right shoulder injury (retired in Toronto 1r then withdrew from Dallas, Tashkent and Seoul).
2010 - Reached 2r once; fell 1r four times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros) and in qualifying three times (incl. other two majors); won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2009 - First Top 100 season since 2003 (finishing No.57); reached fourth Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (as No.187-ranked WC, d. Paszek in 1r for first Grand Slam main draw match win since 2003, then d. seeds in 2r, 3r and 4r before falling to Safina); rose from No.187 to No.91 on February 2, her 277th week in Top 100 (first 276 came consecutively from July 5, 1999 to October 17, 2004) and remained in Top 100 through November 9 year-end rankings; in rest of season, reached 2r twice (incl. Roland Garros - ret. vs. Dementieva w/low back injury) but falling 1r six times (incl. other two majors); won two singles titles on ITF Circuit at end of season.
2008 - Reached 2r once; fell 1r twice and in qualifying once (Australian Open); won three singles titles on ITF Circuit; began season unranked but finished No.178.
2007 - Made lone appearance of year at ITF/Rome-Panda 2-ITA (l. 1r).
2006 - Fell 1r twice (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying once (Wimbledon).
2005 - Reached 2r twice; fell 1r three times and in qualifying once.
2004 - First non-Top 100 finish in six years; SF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Davenport); reached 4r once and 2r five times; fell 1r nine times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open); withdrew from four summer hardcourt events for rest and recovery and from five fall events w/right elbow injury; lost last nine matches of season.
2003 - Finished at No.15; runner-up at Zürich (l. to Henin in final); SF at Warsaw (l. to Mauresmo); QF seven times at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Paris [Indoors], Miami, Charleston, Vienna, Stanford and Linz; reached 3r five times (incl. Wimbledon) and 2r nine times (incl. Roland Garros, US Open); fell 1r seven times.
2002 - Second Top 10 season; won two WTA titles at Sarasota (d. Panova in final) and Birmingham (d. Myskina in final); runner-up three times at Paris [Indoors] (withdrew vs. V.Williams in final w/right thigh strain), Strasbourg (l. to Farina Elia in final) and San Diego (l. to V.Williams in final); SF six times at Amelia Island (ret. vs. Henin), Hamburg (ret. vs. Clijsters), Los Angeles (l. to Rubin), Montréal (ret. vs. Capriati), Bahia (l. to Myskina) and Tokyo [Princess Cup] (l. to Clijsters); QF four times at Roland Garros (l. to Capriati), Stanford, Linz and WTA Finals (l. to S.Williams); reached 3r five times (incl. Wimbledon) and 2r nine times (incl. US Open); made Top 5 debut on July 29 (after Stanford; rose from No.6 to No.5) and set career-high No.4 on August 19 (after Montréal); won three WTA doubles titles.
2001 - First Top 10 season; won first three WTA titles at Rome (d. Mauresmo in final), Tokyo [Princess Cup] (d. Sánchez-Vicario in final) and Moscow (d. Dementieva in final); runner-up three times at Bahia (l. to Seles in final), Zürich and Linz (l. to Davenport in both finals); SF three times at Hamburg (l. to V.Williams), 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Clijsters) and Sopot (l. to Leon García); QF three times at Miami, New Haven and WTA Finals (l. to Davenport); made Top 20 debut on May 21 (after Rome; rose from No.23 to No.18) and Top 10 debut on October 8 (after Moscow; rose from No.11 to No.10); reached 4r twice (Wimbledon, US Open), 3r five times (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r four times; fell 1r three times (incl. Australian Open); won one WTA doubles title.
2000 - SF twice at Wimbledon (first female Australian Grand Slam semifinalist since Provis at 1988 Roland Garros; l. to Davenport) and Olympics (l. to Dementieva; l. to Seles in bronze medal match); QF five times at Hilton Head, Rome, Tokyo [Princess Cup], Shanghai and Leipzig; reached 4r once (US Open), 3r twice and 2r six times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r four times (incl. Australian Open).
1999 - Breakthrough season; QF three times, most notably at Wimbledon (as No.129 qualifier, scored one of Open Era's biggest upsets, beating World No.1 Hingis 62 60 in 1r, eventually falling to Stevenson; third time since event began in 1884 that No.1 seed lost first round, after Smith-1962 and Graf-1994; also lowest-ranked player to beat a No.1 seed at a Grand Slam in Open Era; after Wimbledon, rose from No.129 to No.37, her Top 100 and Top 50 debuts); other two QFs came at Cairo and Warsaw; best result in seven other WTA main draws was 3r at Australian Open (as WC; l. to Hingis), reaching 2r once and falling 1r five times (incl. Roland Garros, US Open); fell in qualifying four times.
1998 - Played first WTA main draw at Pattaya City, falling 1r (as qualifier).
1997 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.