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Born: Bruchsal, Germany

Date of Birth: 4 December 1974

Lives: Salzburg, Austria

Family:Mother:Gerda Father:Edgar Brother:Frank

Height: 5'8

Weight:128lb

 

Favourite author:John Grisham

Favourite film:American Beauty

 

Favourite Actor:Robert De Niro

Favourite groups:
REM and U2

Favourite food:Japanese

 

Favourite cities:Melbourne & Sydney Australia

Hobbies:Basketball, Golf, Music & Internet

Sponsors:Essence, Yonex & Puma

Present Ranking:
20

Highest Ranking:4

Turned pro: January 1989

Grand Slam Highlights:
Australian Open:

F        1996
SF      1998

QF      1991, 1992
4R       1993, 1995, 1997
French Open:

SF       1993
4R       1994, 1995, 1996, 2000
Wimbledon:

4R       1991, 1993, 1995, 2000
US Open:

QF      1999, 2000
4R       1995
Olympics:

QF      1992

Career singles titles:
12

1990:Schenectady
1991:Filderstadt
1993:Kitzbuhel
1994:Styria, Filderstadt, Philadelphia
1995:Leipzig
1996:Rosmalen, Luxembourg, Leipzig
2000:Estoril, Sopot

 

* Captured first title in three-and-a-half years at 2000 Estoril, coming back from down 1-5 in the third set in the final against Nathalie Dechy; title was first on clay in six years 

* Won a second clay court title in 2000 in Sopot, rallying from down 2-5 against Gala Leon Garcia in the final to win 7-6, 6-3

* Became first German woman in five years to reach the semifinals at Hamburg in 2000, upsetting world No. 8 Conchita Martinez in the quarterfinals 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 * Had an 11-match winning streak on clay in the spring of 2000, winning Estoril, three Fed Cup matches and reaching the semifinals in Hamburg

 * Ousted world No. 9 Sandrine Testud in the first round of the 2000 Paris Indoors; defeated No. 8 Conchita Martinez on clay 6-3, 6-1 in 2000 Fed Cup play and was undefeated in Fed Cup singles matches in 2000 

* Withdrew from 2000 Italian Open doubles play with right foot tendinitis; a week later, re-aggravated her right Achilles tendon and withdrew from 2000 Strasbourg 

* Returned to Roland Garros in 2000 for the first time in three years, reaching the fourth round; also reached the fourth round at 2000 Wimbledon, best showing there in five years, and was a mixed doubles semifinalist 

* Returned to the world's Top 10 in the rankings after 2000 Wimbledon on July 10 for the first time in two years and nine months 

* Withdrew from the Los Angeles tournament in August 2000 due to right elbow tendinitis; sprained right wrist during a U.S. Open doubles match and did not play for the remainder of the year 

* Played tournaments in 15 of the last 17 weeks of the 1999 season, only resting in two weeks that there were no open tournaments (weeks of the Fed Cup final and the Grand Slam Cup); this furious schedule helped her to qualify for the season-ending Chase Championships in the last week of qualification, and she then upset ninth ranked Julie Halard-Decugis in the first round of the championships 

* In 10th year at the U.S. Open, reached the quarterfinals for the first time in 1999 with straight-sets upsets over eighth seed Jana Novotna and 15th seed Amelie Mauresmo; repeated her performance there in 2000 

* Ranked No. 29, had to win three qualifying matches to get into the main draw at 1999 San Diego, then ousted 10th-ranked Nathalie Tauziat in the first round and 13th-ranked Barbara Schett in the second before falling to world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport in the quarterfinals 7-5, 7-5; the win over Tauziat was first over a Top 10 player in 10 months and the five straight wins was her best streak in a year and a half 

* As a wild card into 1999 Filderstadt, upset seventh seed Julie Halard-Decugis in the first round and continued to the semifinals; a month later, reached second Tier II semifinal of the year in Leipzig 

* Seeded 10th, reached third career Grand Slam semifinal at 1998 Australian Open; defeated third seed Amanda Coetzer in the fourth round and seventh seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the quarterfinals before falling to world No. 1 Martina Hingis in three sets 

* Underwent foot surgery in April 1998 for an Achilles tendon injury and was out four months, missing Roland Garros and Wimbledon 

* Reached first-ever Grand Slam final at 1996 Australian Open; seeded eighth, upset second seed Conchita Martinez in the quarterfinals and downed No. 16 Amanda Coetzer in the semifinals; fell to co-No. 1 Monica Seles in the final 

* Won first-ever grass court title at 1996 Rosmalen, defeating strong grass court player Helena Sukova in final; became 19th player to have won titles on all four surfaces in the Open Era 

* Won third title of 1996 and 10th of career in Luxembourg, marking the second time in career to win three tournaments in one year (1994) 

* After reaching the final at 1996 Filderstadt, including a win over No. 3 Conchita Martinez, world ranking moved up to a career high No. 4 

* Finalist at 1995 season-ending Chase Championships, upsetting fourth seed Mary Pierce, sixth seed Kimiko Date and defeating Brenda Schultz-McCarthy; fell to top seed Steffi Graf in a five-set final (first five-set women's match since the championships final in 1990); qualified for the season-ending Chase Championships as one of the best 16 players of the year five consecutive times 1993-97

* Won 1994 Filderstadt, upsetting Martina Navratilova in quarterfinals and defending champion Mary Pierce in final 

* In 1991, became youngest quarterfinalist at Australian Open (Open Era) at 16-years, seven-weeks (surpassed by 15-year-old Martina Hingis in 1996) 

* Unseeded, upset Zina Garrison, Lori McNeil, Natasha Zvereva, Helena Sukova and Martina Navratilova to win 1991 Filderstadt; first time Navratilova lost to an unseeded player in eight years 

* After three qualifying rounds, went on to win first major title at 1990 Schenectady 

* Has earned more than $3 million in career prize money 

* Nominated for 1991 and 1992 Sanex WTA TOUR Most Improved Player Award and 1990 Sanex WTA TOUR Most Impressive Newcomer 

* Coached by Boris Breskvar since February 2000 

* Elected to the Sanex WTA TOUR Players' Council for a second year in 1998/99 * A spokesperson for the Sanex WTA TOUR's F.I.R.S.T. Serve school program

Biography