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Coached by Daniel Panajotti ... Baseliner who prefers hardcourts; best shot is drop shot ... Father, Alessandro, is a bank director; mother’s name is Renata; has an older sister, Monique, and an older brother, Alex (a good tennis player) ... Speaks French, Italian, English, Spanish ... Loves spending time with family in Civitavecchia, and going back to Switzerland ... Enjoys relaxing at the beach, taking walks, visiting museums, writing, doing puzzles, patchwork, yoga, café chats with friends, watching DVDs, playing golf and sleeping in on Sundays.
Winner: 2007 - ITF/Rimini-ITA; 2001 - ITF/Largo, FL-USA; 1998 - ITF/Welwyn-GBR; 1997 - ITF/Austin, TX-USA; 1996 - ITF/Florianopolis-BRA, ITF/Salzburg-AUT; 1995 - ITF/Istanbul 2-TUR; 1993 - ITF/Nicolosi-ITA.
Semifinalist (8): 2003 - Auckland, Estoril, Tashkent; 2002 - Indian Wells; 2000 - Sao Paulo; 1999 - Cairo; 1998 - Maria Lankowitz; 1997 - Bol.
Quarterfinalist (11): 2005 - Bogota; 2003 - Madrid, Bali; 2002 - Auckland, Strasbourg; 2001 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1999 - Madrid, 's-Hertogenbosch, Portschach; 1997 - Palermo; 1993 - Karlovy Vary.
Winner (4): 2008 - ITF/Monzon-ESP (w/Fujiwara); 2005 - Bogota (w/Pisnik), Guangzhou (w/Camerin); 2004 - Estoril (w/Husarova), Beijing (w/Safina); 1999 - ITF/Bushey-GBR (w/Marosi), ITF/Dallas, TX-USA (w/Selyutina); 1996 - ITF/Florianopolis-BRA (w/Cianfagna); 1995 - ITF/Marina Di Mas-ITA (w/Grossi); 1993 - ITF/Nicolosi-ITA (w/Sciarpelletti).
Finalist (6): 2006 - Tashkent (w/Camerin); 2004 - Stockholm, Cincinnati (both w/Groenefeld); 2003 - Estoril (w/Ani), Bol (w/Schnyder); 2001 - Auckland (w/Schett).
Swiss Fed Cup Team, 1997-2000, 2003-04; Swiss Olympic Team, 2000, 2008.
Career in Review
1992 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.
1993 - Won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
1994 - Fell in Strasbourg qualifying; continued to play on ITF Circuit.
1995 - Played first three Tour main draws at Zagreb (as qualifier), Nagoya (as qualifier) and Surabaya (fell 1r at all three); fell in Palermo qualifying; won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
1996 - Reached first Tour singles QF at Karlovy Vary (l. to Studenikova in 3s); won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
1997 - Reached first Tour singles SF at Bol (l. to Morariu in 3s) and QF at Palermo (l. to Testud in 3s); 2r twice, at Roland Garros (l. to Van Roost) and Wimbledon (l. to Sanchez-Vicario); fell 1r at Australian Open and US Open; on June 9 (after Roland Garros), rose from No.106 to No.87, her Top 100 debut; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
1998 - SF at Maria Lankowitz (l. to Schnyder); reached 2r at Roland Garros (d. world No.12 Tauziat in 1r for first Top 20 win of career), but fell 1r at other three majors; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
1999 - SF at Cairo (d. world No.17 Zvereva; l. to Sanchez-Vicario) and three QF, at Madrid (l. to Rubin), 's-Hertogenbosch (d. world No.13 Testud; l. to Talaja in 3s) and Portschach (l. to Nagyova); reached 2r at Roland Garros (l. to Plischke), falling 1r at Wimbledon and US Open.
2000 - SF at Sao Paulo (l. to Kuti Kis); reached 2r at Australian Open (l. to Stewart in 3s) and Roland Garros (l. to Seles) but 1r at Wimbledon (l. to Suarez) and US Open (l. to Capriati); member of Swiss Olympic team.
2001 - QF at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Kruger in 3s) and 3r three times, at Australian Open (d. world No.5 Martinez for first Top 10 win of career; l. to Marrero in 3s), Rome (d. world No.13 Clijsters; l. to Suarez) and Wimbledon (l. to S.Williams); fell 1r at Roland Garros and US Open; Tour doubles runner-up at Auckland (w/Schett); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2002 - Reached first Tier I SF at Indian Wells (d. No.15 seed Montolio and No.28 seed Myskina; l. to No.18 seed and eventual champion Hantuchova) and two QF, at Auckland (l. to Kournikova in 3s) and Strasbourg (l. to Shaughnessy in 3s); 2r at Australian Open and Wimbledon but fell 1r at Roland Garros (l. to Dokic) and US Open (l. to Zvonareva); on March 18 (after Indian Wells), rose from No.70 to No.46, her Top 50 debut (reached career-high No.42 on May 13); suffered w/measles and toxoplasmosis mid-season.
2003 - Impressive season in singles and doubles; three singles SF, at Auckland (l. to Daniilidou), Estoril (l. to Schruff) and Tashkent (l. to Obata); two QF also, at Madrid (l. to Sanchez Lorenzo) and Bali (l. to Vento-Kabchi in 3s); reached 4r at Indian Wells (l. to Martinez); 2r at Australian Open (l. to Myskina in 3s), Roland Garros (l. to Martinez) and Wimbledon (l. to Dokic), but fell 1r at US Open (l. to Dokic); in doubles, first Grand Slam SF at Australian Open (w/Mandula), as well as runner-up finishes at Estoril (w/Ani) and Bol (w/Schnyder).
2004 - Season highlighted by stellar doubles results, including winning first Tour titles at Estoril (w/Husarova) and Beijing (w/Safina) and runner-up finishes at Stockholm and Cincinnati (both w/Groenefeld); best singles result was 3r at Wimbledon (d. world No.16 Schnyder en route for sixth career Top 20 win; l. to Golovin in 3s); reached 2r at Australian Open (l. to Myskina) but fell 1r at Roland Garros and US Open.
2005 - Season highlighted by career-best Grand Slam showing at Roland Garros, reaching 4r (in 33rd career major; l. to Karatantcheva) and QF at Bogota (l. to Fernandez); also won two Tour doubles titles, at Bogota (w/Pisnik) and Guangzhou (w/Camerin).
2006 - Season highlighted by doubles runner-up finish at Tashkent (w/Camerin, who had to withdraw prior to final w/right ankle sprain); now 4-6 lifetime in Tour doubles finals; didn't win consecutive main draw matches in singles but pushed top seed and eventual champion Medina Garrigues to 3s in Canberra 1r (held 5-3 lead and 3mp during second set of 46 76(4) 61 loss).
2007 - Best result was 2r at Barcelona (l. to Kudryavtseva); fell 1r at nine other Tour main draws (incl. all four majors); fell in Tour qualifying eight times; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.