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Began playing at age 8...Coached by Nick Kelaidis...Considers backhand best shot...Prefers hard-court surface...Family includes parents (father accompanies her on tour), brother, Laetitia, and sister, Lisa...Enjoys reading (favorite author is Victor Hugo) and basket-weaving...Favorite movie is Silence of the Lambs; favorite actor is Harrison Ford; favorite foods include pasta; favorite city is Miami.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 2001 - ITF/Columbus-USA; 1994 - ITF/Fayetteville, NC-USA, ITF/La Plata- ARG; 1993 - ITF/Bari-ITA; 1991 - ITF/Cluj Napoca-ROM, ITF/Ben Aknoun-ALG.
Quarterfinalist (3): 1998 - Oklahoma City, Bol; 1995 - Hilton Head.
Semifinalist (3): 1997 - Strasbourg (w/Dechy); 1995 - Beijing (w/Pitkowski), Surabaya (w/Pitkowski).
Career in Review
1991 - Won two ITF Circuit singles titles
1993 - Won one ITF Circuit singles titles
1994 - Won two ITF Circuit singles titles
1995 - As a qualifier ranked No. 135, earned biggest career victory at Hilton Head, upsetting No. 7 Sabatini en route to QF; the performance marked her first QF on the WTA Tour
1998 - As a qualifier at Oklahoma City ranked No. 104, reached second career QF on the Tour and first in three years with an upset of No. 44th-ranked, No. 6 seed Frazier; suffered a torn ligament in her knee at Birmingham, forcing her to withdraw from Wimbledon and miss two months
1999 - Ranked No. 120, upset world No. 27 Raymond in 1r of Australian Open
2001 - Defeated the top three seeds to win a ITF/Columbus-USA