Coached by Stefan Leiner...Favorite surfaces are hard and grass; best shots are serve and forehand...Father, Peter, is a salesman and a former football player; mother, Doris, is a nurse and ski instructor; has a younger brother, Christian...Graduated from high school in September 1997...Self-described as funny and friendly with a good sense of humor...Superstitious about wearing the same shirt (washed!), and putting on finger tape...Admires her mother because she’s always in a good mood and tries to help everybody, and Nelson Mandela as a great man...Tennis player admired is Thomas Muster as a great fighter and worker, and the best comeback player ever after his knee injury...Favorite place to visit is Sydney...Other sports interests include skiing, in-line skating, swimming and biking...Favorite book is Der Alchemist; favorite movies are Wild Things and The Game; favorite actors are Tom Cruise and Meg Ryan.
• In juniors, won the Austrian Championship 1992-94 and the European Championship doubles title in 1995
SINGLESWinner (2): 2002 - Casablanca; 2001 - ITF/Tbilibi-GEO; 2000 - Bogota; 1999 - ITF/Bytom-POL;1998 - ITF/Tashkent-UZB; 1996 - ITF/Amazonas-BRA, ITF/Tashkent-UZB.Finalist (1): 1999 - Sao Paulo.DOUBLESWinner (6): 2003 - Estoril, Bol (both w/Mandula); 2002 - Vienna, Casablanca (both w/Mandula); 2001 - Tashkent (w/Mandula); 1999 - Tashkent (w/Koulikovskaya).Finalist (6): 2003 - Hobart (w/Schett), Acapulco (w/Mandula); 2002 - Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Mandula); 2000 - Auckland (w/Schwartz), Bratislava (w/Mandula); 1999 - Pattaya City (w/Koulikovskaya).ADDITIONALAustrian Fed Cup Team 2000-04. Austrian Olympic Team 2000.
1993 - Ret. in 1r qualifying match at Kirchheim, her first ITF Circuit match1994 - Went 5-8 on ITF Circuit1995 - Runner-up at ITF/Salzburg-AUT and ITF/Salzburg 2-AUT; won first ITF Circuit doubles title1996 - Contested first Tour qualifying at Linz and later made Tour debut at Palermo as a LL; won consecutive ITF Circuit singles titles1997 - Reached one ITF Circuit singles final1998 - Won ITF/Tashkent-UZB; reached 2r at Rosmalen and contested first Grand Slam qualifying at US Open1999 - First Top 100 finish; reached first Tour singles title at Sao Paulo (d. No. 1 Smashnova in 1r; l. to Zuluaga 75 third set); broke into Top 100 on August 16 at No. 99; in doubles, won first Tour title at Tashkent and later finished runner-up at Pattaya City (both w/Kulikovskaya)2000 - Career-best season to date in singles, collecting first Tour singles title, debuting at all four Grand Slams and achieving best singles ranking; won Bogota unseeded, d. No. 1 seed Plischke in SF and Garbin in final; on April 24, reached career-high singles ranking of No. 65; in Wimbledon debut, reached 3r (l. to Osterloh 86 third set); represented Austria for the first time in Fed Cup and at the Sydney Olympics (l.2r to Sanchez-Vicario); doubles runner-up at Auckland (w/Schwartz) and Bratislava (w/Mandula)2001 - Won ITF/Tbilisi-GEO and second Tour title at Tashkent (w/Mandula)2002 - Season highlight was second Tour singles title at Casablanca (d. Koukalova in final); earlier, reached SF of hometown event, Vienna, as a qualifier (d. world No. 13 Farina Elia en route for first Top 20 win); also reached SF at Helsinki; in Fed Cup, won doubles rubber in Austria’s win over Croatia to reach World Group SF; in doubles, won Vienna and Casablanca and reached final at Tokyo [Princess Cup] (all w/Mandula)2003 - Apart from SF finish at Doha, did not win consecutive Tour matches all season; runner-up at ITF/Sofia-BUL; best season in doubles, winning Estoril and Bol (both w/Mandula) and reaching final at Hobart (w/Schett) and Acapulco (w/Mandula); reached career-high doubles ranking of No. 22 on May 122004 - Reached 2r at Stockholm (as No.217 qualifier, l. to No.87 Perebiynis); failed to qualify at another Tour event in singles, incl. all four Grand Slams; in doubles, reached SF at Acapulco (w/Gagliardi), Casablanca (w/Cohen-Aloro and Linz (w/Schett), also reached one ITF Circuit doubles final; member of Austrian Fed Cup team that d. Slovak Republic 3-2 in 1r (d. Cervanova/Husarova w/Schwartz), QF team that upset US 4-1 to reach second SF in three years (second upset over the US in as many years and included a doubles win w/Schett over Craybas/Navratilova, for Navratilova's first Fed Cup loss after 40 singles/doubles victories dating back to 1975), and SF team that l. 5-0 to eventual first-time champions Russia (l. to Myskina, and to Kuznetsova/Likhovtseva w/Meusberger)
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