Father is Somsak, mother is Vathana; has two brothers (James, Mark) and one sister (Lena) ... Began playing at age 7; introduced by parents at local park ... Speaks English, Laotian ... Favorite movies are chick flicks ... Favorite type of music is indie/rock; favorite band is Coldplay ... Other sports interests are bouldering, rock climbing ... Enjoys music, shopping ... Favorite city is London ... Admires parents ... Favorite events are Wimbledon, US Open.
DOUBLESFinalist (1): 2013 - Florianopolis (w/Savinykh).ADDITIONALBritish Fed Cup Team, 2001, 2003-12; British Olympic Team, 2012.
- Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Great Britain in 1999; played first WTA qualifying at Wimbledon in 2000; played first WTA main draw at Wimbledon in 2001 (as WC).- Singles highlights were seven WTA SFs, one in 2007 (Kolkata), three in 2009 (Auckland, Memphis and Warsaw), two in 2010 (Memphis and Luxembourg) and one more in 2011 (Luxembourg); was the only Brit to reach any WTA SFs in the 20-year period between June 1992 and July 2012 (Jo Durie reached SFs at 1992 Birmingham, then Keothavong did it seven times in next 20 years, then Laura Robson reached SFs at 2012 Palermo).- Best Grand Slam result was 3r finish at 2008 US Open (l. to Dementieva).- Had one Top 20 win (No.16 Cibulkova at 2012 Pattaya City) and three more Top 30 wins (No.27 Schiavone at 2008 US Open, No.25 Szavay at 2009 Hobart and No.23 Ivanovic at 2011 Luxembourg).- Made Top 100 debut May 19, 2008 (rose from No.126 to No.97) and Top 50 debut on February 23, 2009 (rose from No.52 to No.48 - No.48 was career-high, and first British woman in Top 50 since 1993).- Doubles highlight was one WTA final at 2013 Florianopolis (w/Savinykh - l. to Medina Garrigues/Shvedova).- Represented Great Britain at London Olympics in 2012 (in singles and in doubles w/Baltacha).- Also won 20 singles titles and 8 doubles titles on ITF Circuit.- Last WTA event was Wimbledon in 2013 - last singles match was 1r (l. to Muguruza) and final match of professional career was doubles 1r (w/Konta - l. to Errani/Vinci).- Announced retirement on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
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