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Managed by Robert Kaplan...Father, Bohumil, is an administrator; mother, Sona, is a math analyst...Likes music, reading, in-line skating and skiing...Competed in rhythmic gymnastics as a child...Favorite actor is Harrison Ford; favorite city is New York; favorite movies are Pretty Woman and Jerry Maguire...Likes to spend as much time as possible with grandparents, and also likes to drive fast with loud music on...Enjoys organizing her apartment...Choice for best athlete is Carl Lewis.
Winner (1 WTA Tour): 1999 - Portschach; 1998 - ITF/Bad Gogging-GER; 1997 - ITF/Prostejov-CZE; 1995 - ITF/Prostejov-CZE; 1994 - ITF/Prerov-CZE; 1990 - ITF/Katowice-POL; 1989 - ITF/Budapest-HUN.
Finalist (4): 1999 - Sopot; 1997 - Linz; 1996 - German Open, Luxembourg.
Semifinalist (11): 2000 - Bratislava; 1997 - Budapest; 1996 - Warsaw, Miami, Los Angeles; 1994 - Italian Open, Filderstadt, Essen; 1992 - Osaka; 1991 - Phoenix, Nashville.
Winner (6): 2000 - Bratislava (Hantuchova); 1999 - Portschach (w/Farina); 1998 - Prague (w/Farina), Warsaw (w/Lugina); 1997 - Prague (w/Dragomir); 1996 - Karlovy Vary (w/Sukova).
Finalist (6): 2001 - Dubai (w/Carlsson); 2000 - Hannover (w/Farina), s'Hertogenbosch (w/Barclay); 1997 - Rosmalen (w/Labat); 1994 - Styria (w/Fusai); 1992 - European Open (w/Werdel).
Semifinalist (1): 2001 - Wimbledon (w/Rikl).
Quarterfinalist (2): 2001 - Roland Garros (w/Rikl); 2000 - US Open (w/Rikl).
Slovak Fed Cup Team 1994-2001. Slovak Olympic Team 1996, 2000.
Career in Review
1994 - At Filderstadt, as a qualifier ranked No. 61, upset No. 3-ranked Conchita Martinez in the QF to become the lowest-ranked player since computer rankings began in 1975 to defeat a reigning Wimbledon champion (record was eclipsed in 1999 by Ludmila Cervanova)
1996 - Had breakthrough year with five wins over Top 10 players; reached first Grand Slam QF at Roland Garros including wins over No. 15 seed Hingis and No. 6 seed Huber; lost to eventual finalist Sanchez-Vicario 62 67 10-8; first player from Slovakia to reach a Grand Slam QF; ranked No. 54, reached first WTA Tour final at German Open, upsetting No. 5-ranked Huber, No. 13 Pierce and No. 17 Hingis; fell to co-No. 1 Steffi Graf 46 62 75; at Miami, ranked No. 98, upset No. 3-ranked Sanchez-Vicario in 2r en route to the SF; qualified for season-ending championships as one of Top 16 players of the year
1997 - After reaching final at Linz, became first woman player from Slovakia to be ranked in Top 10; also topped $1 million in career prize money
1998 - Won both her matches to lead the Slovak Republic over Belgium in Fed Cup play to qualify for 1999 World Group I; helped Slovakia win its first Hopman Cup title; teaming up with Karol Kucera, the pair played through qualifying to reach the main draw
1999 - Won first singles title on WTA Tour at Portschach, swept singles and doubles, one of five players in 1999 to do so (others were Hingis, Davenport, Sanchez-Vicario and S. Williams); reached second final in two weeks at Sopot, falling to No. 3 seed Martinez; led the Slovak Republic to the Fed Cup SF by winning both her singles matches and the doubles against Switzerland
2000 - Reached first SF of year in hometown of Bratislava after upsetting No. 2 seed Kremer and countrywoman Nagyova, and won doubles title; at Indian Wells, collected first win over a Top 10 player since October 1996 (and first over a Top 5 player since May 1996) by d. world No. 5 Tauziat to reach 4r; in the Olympic Games, upset world No. 6 C. Martinez to reach 3r; also a member of 1996 Slovak Olympic team
2001 - Qualified for German Open and reached 2r before falling to world No. 2 V. Williams; finalist at ITF/Marseille-FRA, falling in a third-set tie-break; reached mixed doubles SF at Wimbledon; at US Open, won a third-set tie-break over Gagliardi in 1r and then fell to No. 11 seed Dementieva 76 57 60