Began playing tennis at age 7 1/2 when her father introduced her to the game...Coached by her father, Alexander...Baseline player whose best shot is her forehand and who is comfortable playing on all surfaces...Mother, Stefka, is a fashion designer; father, Alexander, coaches Svetlana and formerly managed a restaurant; has an older brother, Peter...Graduated from high school in 1990...Admires Olympic high jumper Stefka Kostadinova...Likes to visit France, Australia, and the United States...Relaxes by walking in the mountains...Favorite colors are red, white and black; favorite performers are Michel Ovdikov and Osvaldo Rios.
• A strong doubles player with numerous doubles titles on the ITF circuit• Member of the Bulgarian Fed Cup team five years
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 1993 - ITF/Sofia-BUL, ITF/Bourgas-BUL.DOUBLESFinalist: 2005 - ITF/Rockford-USA (w/Cortez), ITF/College Park-USA (w/Harkleroad).Semifinalist (4): 1998 - Gold Coast (w/Pleming), Warsaw (w/Langrova); 1995 - Warsaw (w/Martinek), Essen (w/Jecmenica).ADDITIONALBulgarian Fed Cup Team 1988-89, 1994-96.
1993 - Won first pro title at ITF/Sofia-BUL; won second title three months later in ITF/Bourgas-BUL1997 - As a qualifier, competed in first WTA Tour main draw at Hamburg, falling 1r to Kandarr 61 76; played qualifying at Roland Garros and Wimbledon; reached 3r in doubles at Australian Open with partner Perfetti1998 - As a qualifier, played in first Grand Slam singles main draw at Australian Open2003 - Upset No. 1 seed Martinez Granados in 2r at ITF/Gorizia-ITA before l. in QF to No. 6 seed and eventual tournament champion Castano; upset No. 1 seed Czink en route to SF at ITF/Fontanafredda-ITA; reached QF at ITF/College Park, falling to eventual tournament champion Brandi; reached doubles QF w/Dziamdzenka at ITF/Raleigh-USA; as No. 3 seed, l. in 1r at ITF/Greenville-USA to Safarova; as No. 5 seed, fell 2r at ITF/Lafayette-USA to McCain (reached doubles SF).2005 - Two-time doubles runner-up on ITF Circuit.
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