Began playing tennis at age 3 with her parents on their court at home...Coached by her father, Philip de Villiers...Has an all-court style of game; the serve is her best weapon...Given name is Esms, but goes by the nickname Nannie...Father, Philip, is a doctor who also coaches her and farms with ostriches; mother, Esm, is a housewife; older brother, Rocco, is an ostrich farm manager; has an older sister, Elke, and a younger sister, Igna...Whole family plays tennis...Graduated from high school in 1993...Likes to visit the family farm in Namibia as it's in the middle of nowhere, is beautiful and makes her realize how unimportant money and possessions are...Self-described as far too talkative but fun and always happy...Admires her parents for always knowing how to handle tough situations while loving each other with a love to be admired...Hobbies include playing the piano...Other sports interests are field hockey, javelin and swimming.
• A strong doubles player, has numerous doubles titles on the ITF Circuit• In juniors, in 1994, won Wimbledon doubles title, doubles finalist at US Open, doubles semifinalist at Roland Garros, and reached the singles QF at the Roland Garros
SINGLESWinner: 1997 - ITF/Dalby-AUS, ITF/Easton-USA; 1994 - ITF/Bracknell-GBR, ITF/Horb-GER.DOUBLESWinner (1): 2002 - Canberra (w/Selyutina).Finalist (2): 2002 - Waikoloa (w/Selyutina); 2001 - Canberra (w/Ellwood).Semifinalist (4): 2002 - 's-Hertogenbosch (w/Grandin); 2001 - Leipzig (w/Martincova); 1999 - Hobart (w/Melicharova); 1998 - Auckland (w/Jones).MIXED DOUBLESSemifinalist (1): 1999 - Roland Garros (w/Stafford).Quarterfinalist (2): 2001 - Wimbledon (w/Wakefield); 2000 - Roland Garros (w/Aspelin).ADDITIONALSouth African Fed Cup Team 1995.
1994 - First full year on ITF Circuit; world ranking improved by more than 600 spots; won two pro singles titles and reached one additional final1997 - In a three week stretch playing the ITF Circuit in Australia, won one singles title, two doubles titles and reached two other singles finals; swept singles and doubles crowns at ITF/Easton-USA1999 - Reached second doubles SF on WTA Tour at Hobart w/Melicharova; reached mixed doubles SF at Roland Garros with Grant Stafford2001 - Reached first doubles final on WTA Tour at Canberra w/Ellwood, falling to top seeds 64 76; reached mixed doubles QF at Wimbledon2002 - W/Selyutina at Canberra, won first-ever WTA Tour doubles title by passing the No. 1 seeds Likhovtseva/Loit in QF; doubles finalist for second time in 2002 at Waikoloa w/Selyutina, d. No. 1 seeds Callens/Schett in SF before falling to No. 2 seeds Tu/Vento-Kabchi
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