Coached by Gast=n Mazieres; off-court training with Juan Pablo Sangalli ... Baseline player who prefers red clay; strongest shot is forehand ... Mother, Cristina, is a kindergarten director; father, Raul, is an engineer; has an older sister, Paula, a younger sister, Julieta, and a younger brother, Diego ... Graduated from high school in 1994 ... Admires Steffi Graf for overcoming obstacles and remaining No.1 for so long ... Self-described as impulsive, hard-working, responsible, shy, intelligent and disciplined ... Changes her lucky charms every week ... Most memorable experience was reaching a final for the first time on the Tour at 2001 Bol after coming back from 60 20 down to upset Kim Clijsters in SF ... Other sports interest is field hockey ... Enjoys doing crossword puzzles, reading and baking desserts.
• In juniors, was South American champion in 1993; had world junior ITF ranking of No.4 in 1993; part of winning teams in 1993 Continental Cup and South American Cup.• Member of the 2001 Tour Players’ Committee; elected to the Players’ Council in 2001.• Wrote a tennis instruction book that was published in English in 2001.
SINGLESWinner (1): 2004 - ITF/Puebla-MEX; 2002 - Palermo, ITF/St. Gaudens-FRA; 2000 - ITF/Tblisi-GEO; 1997 - ITF/Tucuman-ARG, ITF/Mogi Das Cruzes-BRA; 1996 - ITF/Buenos Aires 3-ARG, ITF/Sao Paolo-BRA; 1995 - ITF/Medellin-COL, ITF/Bucaramanga-COL, TF/Guayaquil-ECU, ITF/Buenos Aires I-ARG, ITF/Sao Paolo-BRA; 1993 - ITF/Dublin-IRL, ITF/Rebecq-BEL, ITF/Koksijde-BEL; 1992 - ITF/Buenos Aires-ARG.Finalist (2): 2003 - Acapulco; 2001 - Bol.Semifinalist (2): 2001 - Bogotá; 1999 - Estoril.DOUBLESFinalist (2): 2006 - Seoul (w/Chuang), Bangkok (w/Grandin).ADDITIONALArgentine Fed Cup Team 1997-99, 2002, 2004-06. Argentine Olympic Team 2004. Argentine Pan American Team 1999.
1991 - ITF Circuit debut.1992 - Won first singles title at ITF/Buenos Aires-ARG.1993 - Reached five consecutive ITF Circuit finals, winning first three.1994 - Played Tour qualifying six times, then had wrist surgery and was off Tour for 13 months.1995 - Returned to Tour in July, reached seven consecutive ITF Circuit finals, winning five.1996 - Tour debut at Karlovy Vary as qualifier; won two ITF Circuit titles.1997 - First Grand Slams at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open; qualified for Rome and Strasbourg, breaking into Top 100 afterwards (May 26) at No.95; 3r at Amelia Island; won two ITF Circuit titles.1998 - Reached first Tour QF at Bol; qualified for Roland Garros and reached 3r; also Wimbledon 2r; had left knee surgery in October after having played just US Open since July (ret. in 1r).1999 - Reached first Tour SF at Estoril; captured singles and doubles bronze medals at Pan American Games; out for four months starting in July with left knee tendonitis.2000 - Palermo QF; won ITF/Tbilisi-GEO.2001 - Career-first Tour singles final at Bol, d. world No.15 Clijsters in SF (first Top 20 win) after trailing 60 20 (l. to Montolio); Bogotá SF and Acapulco QF; on July 9, reached career-high No.42.2002 - Career-first Tour singles title at Palermo (d. Zvonareva in final); won ITF/Saint Gaudens-FRA, QF at Bol; member of Argentine Fed Cup team that l. to France in World Group 1r and d. Hungary to stay in 2003 World Group.2003 – Reached third career final at Acapulco (l.to Coetzer), but after 2r qualifying loss at Indian Wells, withdrew from all tournaments March-September w/left foot stress fracture; played on ITF Circuit to finish season.2004 - Reached 2r five times, incl. Australian Open as qualifier (l. to eventual semifinalist Zuluaga), Indian Wells and Miami; qualified for Bali; member of Argentine Fed Cup team that d. Japan in 1r but l. to Russia in QF; l. 1r at Olympics; on ITF Circuit, reached two SF and five QF.2005 - Best season in four years, highlighted by solid clay court play; four QF on clay, at Estoril (l. to eventual champion Safarova in 3s), Prague (l. to Ondraskova), Modena (l. to Pennetta) and Palermo (l. to eventual champion Medina Garrigues); 3r twice, at Australian Open (equal-best Grand Slam showing; d. No.29 seed Dulko, falling to Kuznetsova) and Indian Wells (d. No.21 seed Dulko; l. to Golovin in 3s); 2r at Roland Garros (l. to eventual semifinalist Likhovtseva), Wimbledon, US Open (l. to eventual semifinalist Dementieva) and Beijing (career-best victory over No.14 Molik in 1r; afterwards on September 26, moved to No.56, her highest ranking in over three-and-a-half years); in Fed Cup, was 1-0 in 3-2 World Group I 1r loss to Spain and 1-2 in 3-2 Play-off loss to Belgium; ret. from Budapest 2r w/right thoracic strain, causing withdrawal at Los Angeles; withdrew from Tashkent and Hasselt w/left wrist injury, and ret. from Philadelphia 1r match w/left wrist sprain.
JANUARY - Fell 1r at Auckland (l. to top seed Petrova), Hobart (as No.6 seed, upset by Foretz in 3s) and Australian Open (l. to Pin in 3s).FEBRUARY - Reached 2r at Bogotá (as No.5 seed, upset by eventual semifinalist Cervanova in 3s), then fell 1r at Acapulco the next week (l. to Shaughnessy).MARCH - Fell 1r at Indian Wells (l. to WC Perry) but reached 2r at Miami (l. to No.7 seed Schnyder).APRIL - Fell 1r at both Amelia Island (l. to Zvonareva) and Charleston (l. to No.9 seed Medina Garrigues in 3s); went 1-2 during Argentina's 3-2 Fed Cup World Group II loss to Croatia.MAY - Reached 2r at Estoril (upset No.9 seed Razzano in 1r; l. to Daniilidou); fell 1r at Prague (l. to Ondraskova in 3s); fell in Rome qualifying; fell 1r at Istanbul (l. to Pironkova in 3s); fell 1r at Roland Garros (l. to Martinez Granados in 3s).JUNE - Consecutive 1r losses, at 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to No.7 seed Dulko) and Wimbledon (l. to No.29 seed Golovin 97 third set).JULY - Fell 1r at Cincinnati (l. to Yuan) and San Diego (as WC, l. to Jackson in 3s).AUGUST - 2r at Los Angeles (l. to Granville).SEPTEMBER - Withdrew from Kolkata w/right wrist injury; at Seoul, fell 1r in singles (l. to Nakamura) but reached first career Tour doubles final (in first time pairing w/Chuang; l. to Ruano Pascual/Suarez).OCTOBER - In last event before retirement, reached 2r in singles (as qualifier, upset No.2 seed Medina Garrigues in 1r; l. to Nakamura) and doubles final (w/Grandin; l. to King/Kostanic in 3s).
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