Coached by Fernando Garcia Lleo...A baseline player who prefers grass courts; has a strong serve...Given name is Maria Luisa, but prefers nickname Magui...Mother, Concepcion Barrera Godoy, is a housewife; father, Ulpiano Serna Ramirez, is a businessman; has two older brothers, Ulpi and Raul, and an older sister, Palmira...Enjoys visiting Rome for its culture...Has been studying sports management in Barcelona since 1998...Self-described as a little bit shy and happy...Admires Pete Sampras’ game...Favorite movie is Jerry Maguire; favorite actors are Tom Cruise, Chris O’Donnell, Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts; favorite singers are Madonna and Jennifer Lopez...Other sports interests include basketball and football...Relaxes by swimming and playing golf.
• Member of the 2001 Tour Players’ Committee• Tour mentor was Mercedes Paz in the Partners for Success Alumni program• In juniors, reached 1996 Wimbledon final, 1995 Roland Garros SF and 1996 Roland Garros QF
SINGLESWinner (3): 2003 - Estoril, Budapest; 2002 - Estoril; 1996 - ITF/Valladolid-ESP, ITF/Wahlscheid-GER, ITF/Athens-GRE 3; 1995 - ITF/Mallorca-ESP 4; 1994 - ITF/Gaborone-BOT, ITF/Harare-ZIM.Finalist (3): 2002 - Porto; 2001 - Porto, Eastbourne.Semifinalist (2): 2000 - Knokke-Heist; 1999 - Birmingham.DOUBLESWinner (2): 2004 - Eastbourne (w/Molik); 2001 - Knokke-Heist (w/Ruano Pascual).Finalist (4): 2003 - Eastbourne (w/Capriati), New Haven (w/Molik); 2002 - Porto (w/Boogert); 2000 - Rome (w/Sanchez-Vicario).Semifinalist (13): 2004 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Vento-Kabchi), New Haven (w/Molik); 2003 - Paris [Indoors], Warsaw (both w/Boogert), Zurich (w/Molik); 2002 - Australian Open (w/Martinez), Brussels (w/Ruano Pascual), Luxembourg (w/Boogert); 2001 - Gold Coast (w/Schnyder), Madrid (w/Arendt), Basel (w/Hantuchova), Moscow (w/Montalvo); 1999 - Leipzig (w/Nagyova).ADDITIONALSpanish Fed Cup Team 1997-2000, 2002-03. Spanish Olympic Team 2000, 2004.
1993 - Played first two ITF Circuit events1994 - Won first two ITF singles titles consecutively at ITF/Gaborone-BOT and ITF/Harare-ZIM1995 - Reached four ITF Circuit finals, winning ITF/Mallorca 4-ESP1996 - Won ITF/Athens 3-GRE; ranking jumped 219 spots to finish at No. 1381997 - Played all four Grand Slams for first time, reaching 3r of Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon and 4r US Open; made Fed Cup singles debut for Spain in 1r tie vs. Belgium; finished ranked No. 41, up 97 spots in 12 months1998 - Ranked No. 52, earned biggest win to date at Hilton Head, ousting world No. 3 Novotna; recorded second Top 10 win in Moscow, d. world No. 9 Schnyder to reach QF; reached QF at Eastbourne and 4r at Wimbledon; d. world No. 7 Graf in straight sets to reach Canadian Open QF; won two singles and a doubles rubber to lead Spain to 3-2 win over Germany in Fed Cup 1r1999 - Reached career-first SF at Birmingham (l. to No. 1 seed Tauziat in 3s)2000 - Reached first Grand Slam QF at Wimbledon, upsetting No. 3 seed Pierce for second time in a Grand Slam (1998 Roland Garros); win over world No. 3 Pierce in 2r marked earliest exit at Wimbledon of a reigning Roland Garros champion and equaled her career-best win; reached 4r at US Open; reached career-first Tour doubles final at Rome (w/Sanchez-Vicario)2001 - Reached first two Tour singles finals of career (Porto and Eastbourne) and won first doubles title (Knokke-Heist w/Ruano Pascual); reached career-high No. 21 on April 162002 - Season highlighted by career-first Tour singles title; after falling to compatriot Montolio 75 third set in Porto final, followed up the next week by claiming Estoril crown, losing one set en route (d. An. Barna in final); played Fed Cup singles in World group 1r win over Hungary and in final loss to Slovakia (replacing injured Sanchez-Vicario on opening day); in doubles, runner-up at Porto (w/Boogert) and three-time semifinalist, incl. Australian Open (w/C. Martinez)2003 - Seventh consecutive Top 50 finish and highest-ever at No. 22 (one spot below career-high of 2001); won back-to-back titles at Estoril (as defending champion; d. Schruff in final) and Budapest (d. Molik in final in 3s); also reached QF at Canberra, Paris [Indoors], Warsaw and New Haven (d. world No. 11 Mag. Maleeva for second straight week, following 2r win at Canadian Open) and 4r at Indian Wells and Roland Garros; scored in doubles, runner-up at Eastbourne (WC team w/Capriati) and New Haven (w/Molik)2004 - Injury-interrupted season, and first non-Top 100 finish in eight years after ranking Top 20 in January; started with QF finish at Gold Coast, afterwards (January 12), breaking into Top 20 at career-high No.19; also made QF at Vienna (l. to Smashnova) and 3r at Miami and Wimbledon (d. No.30 seed Daniilidou, l. to top seed S.Williams); after Wimbledon, did not win consecutive matches for rest of season; in doubles (w/Molik), won second career title at Eastbourne, also SF at New Haven, and Paris [Indoors] (w/Vento-Kabchi); l. in singles 1r at Olympics; withdrew from Estoril, Warsaw, Berlin, Stanford, Los Angeles, San Diego, Montreal and Sopot with left shoulder injury.2005 - Reached first Tour QF since Vienna in 2004 at Pattaya City; defeated Czink in 1r and advanced to QF when No.2 seed Bartoli retired with acute stomach illness but fell to No.8 seed Ruano Pascual in next match; fell 1r at both Australian Open (l. to No.22 seed Maleeva) and Miami (qualified but fell to Irvin in 1r).
MARCH - Singles runner-up at $25K ITF/Telde-ESP (l. to Rezai in final).
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