Coached by Pepo Clavet...Parents Jose and Concepcion own a snack bar named Grand Slam...Has a brother, Jose, and two sisters, Yolanda and Lidia...Introduced to tennis at age 11 by her brother-in-law...Says she likes to “Party, Party, Fiesta, Siesta!”...Self-described as crazy and funny...Enjoys playing on the professional tour because it makes her feel alive...Admires compatriot tennis player Conchita Martinez because she is very nice...Superstitions include using the same locker-room shower after each match she wins and wearing the same skirt...Has no pets (says her family has too many people to have pets)...For more, visit http://es.geocities.com/muchagala.
SINGLESWinner (1): 2000 - Madrid; 1997 - ITF/Budapest-HUN; 1995 - ITF/Barcelona-ESP [May], ITF/Vigo-ESP, ITF/Gexto-ESP; 1993 - ITF/Faro-POR, ITF/Madrid-ESP.Finalist (4): 2001 - Knokke-Heist, Sopot; 2000 - Sopot; 1998 - Maria Lankowitz.Semifinalist (7): 2002 - Hawaii; 2001 - Palermo, Tokyo [Princess Cup]; 2000 - Bol; 1999 - Sao Paulo; 1998 - Makarska, Sopot.DOUBLESFinalist (2): 2000 - Madrid (w/Sanchez Lorenzo); 1999 - Sopot w/Sanchez Lorenzo).ADDITIONALSpanish Fed Cup Team 1996-97, 1999, 2001.
1990 - Played first two ITF Circuit events1991 - Reached QF at ITF/Barcelona-ESP1992 - Reached two consecutive ITF Circuit SF; contested first Tour qualifying at Bayonne1993 - Won first two pro titles at ITF/Faro-POR and ITF/Madrid-ESP1994 - Runner-up at ITF/Alicante-ESP1995 - Won three ITF Circuit events; made Tour debut at Warsaw1996 - First Top 100 finish at No. 85; in Grand Slam debut, reached Roland Garros 4r as a qualifier ranked No. 107 (lowest-ranked player in 4r and first qualifier to reach Roland Garros 4r since 1989); afterwards (June 10), broke into Top 100 at No. 651997 - Reached first three Tour QF at Madrid, Warsaw and Maria Lankowitz and Wimbledon 3r; won ITF/Budapest-HUN1998 - Reached first career final at Maria Lankowitz (l. to Schnyder in 3s); reached Roland Garros 3r (breaking into Top 50 afterwards) and SF at Makarska and Sopot1999 - Scored two Top 10 victories, d. world No. 7 Sanchez-Vicario at Hilton Head and No. 9 Tauziat en route to Roland Garros 4r2000 - Captured first Tour singles title at Madrid (d. Zuluaga in final); runner-up at Sopot (l. to A.Huber) and reached first Tier I QF at German Open; d. No. 13 seed Mauresmo in Wimbledon 1r2001 - Second Top 50 finish and sixth in Top 100; unseeded runner-up at Knokke-Heist and Sopot in consecutive weeks; reached SF at Palermo and Tokyo [Princess Cup]2002 - Reached first QF of season at Helsinki, d. No. 2 seed Majoli (l. to Sucha); semifinalist at Hawaii, d. No. 1 seed Kremer in 1r after trailing 5-1 third set and saving 3 mp; retired during SF vs. eventual champion Black with left shoulder tendonitis2003 - Seventh Top 100 finish after falling as low as No. 144 on March 31; reached back-to-back QF as a qualifier at Casablanca and Bol (d. No. 1 seed Schnyder before retiring in QF due to a dysfunction in her lower back); runner-up at ITF/Denain-FRA by upsetting No. 1 seed Matevzic in 1r (l. to Medina Garrigues); doubles runner-up at ITF/Fano-ITA (w/Salerni)2004 - Reached 3r at Indian Wells (as world No.98, d. No.16 Dokic in 2r, l. to No.142 Irvin) and 2r at Casablanca and Roland Garros (l. to No.30 seed Pierce); l. in 1r five times (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon) and failed to qualify for three Tour events; surpassed $1-million in prize money at Australian Open ($1,004,296)
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