Began playing tennis at age 9...Coached by Michael van den Berg...Favorite court surface is clay; backhand slice is best shot...Father, Noud, is a market vendor; mother, Petra, is a housewife; has a younger brother, Gunther...Admires Pete Sampras because he has an all-around game and is quiet...Self-described as a quiet introvert...Graduated from high school in 1993...Likes watchingsports on television...Hobbies include reading, skiing and soccer.
• Netherlands national senior outdoor champion in 1996-97, and 1998 indoor senior champion• In juniors, was Netherlands national champion in 12s, 16s, and 18s
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 2003 - ITF/Cairo 1-EGY, ITF/Cairo 2-EGY; 2001 - ITF/Hechingen-GER; 1999 - ITF/Rhodes-GRE; 1998 - ITF/Batumi-GEO; 1997 - ITF/Bucharest-ROM; 1995 - ITF/Frinton-GBR, ITF/Telford-GBR.Finalist (1): Warsaw.Semifinalist (2): 2000 - Auckland; 1999 - Prostejov.Quarterfinalist (1): 1999 - Budapest.DOUBLESFinalist (1): 2000 - Estoril (w/Torrens-Valero).Semifinalist (1): 2000 - Hamburg (w/Bacheva).ADDITIONALDutch Fed Cup Team 1998-2001, 2003. Dutch Olympic Team 2000.
1995 - Reached final of three consecutive ITF events, winning two1998 - D. world No. 20 Majoli 61 60 in a Fed Cup match1999 - Competed in first Grand Slam tournaments and reached first SF and QF on WTA Tour; as a qualifier, ranked No. 127, at Prostejov d. world No. 11 Van Roost in 2r (64 26 5-2, retired) and went on to reach SF; following the tournament, ranking broke the Top 100 for the first time at No. 93; as a qualifier ranked No. 90 at Linz, ousted world No. 22 Sugiyama in 1r2000 - Unseeded, reached second SF of career on WTA Tour at Auckland; reached first singles final on WTA Tour at Warsaw, upsetting the No. 4 and No. 8 seeds and veteran Dutch countrywoman Oremans en route before falling to Nagyova 26 64 75; reached first doubles final on WTA Tour at Estoril2001 - Ousted No. 7 seed Schiavone in 1r at Knokke-Heist2002 - Won ITF/Rockford-USA doubles (w/Casoni) when wildcard opponents Middleton/Rippner retired injured in final2003 - Won back-to-back ITF events (ITF/Cairo 1-EGY and ITF/Cairo 2-EGY), her first ITF titles in two years; swept singles and doubles (w/Hoogland) at second event
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