CAREER IN REVIEW
1990 - Made debut at ITF/Ashkelon 2-ISR, reaching SF
1991 - Turned pro on January 1; ranked No. 405, made Tour debut at St Petersburg (l. 1r to Durie); reached final of ITF/Ramat Hasharon 3-ISR
1992 - Qualified for Auckland and Wellington
1993 - Won first professional singles title at ITF/Erlangen-GER as a LL
1994 - First Top 100 finish at No. 48; ranked No. 94, d. world No. 5 Novotna in 1r of Roland Garros (first Top 5 win); d. world No. 15 McNeil in 1r of US Open
1995 - Defeated No. 14 seed Frazier 61 62 to reach 4r at Roland Garros
1996 - Upset No. 12 seed Zvereva in 1r of Australian Open
1997 - Won ITF/Jaffa-ISR, her second pro title
1998 - Reached 4r at Roland Garros, equaling career-best Grand Slam showing; won three ITF Circuit titles and reached first Tour SF at Sopot; improved from No. 140 to No. 50
1999 - Won first WTA Tour title at Tashkent (d. Courtois in final); also won ITF/Largo, FL-USA, her sixth ITF Circuit title
2000 - Won second career title at Knokke-Heist, d. No. 1 seed and world No. 16 Van Roost in final; also reached SF at Strasbourg and Palermo and QF at Auckland, Hannover (first Tier I QF) and Shanghai; reached Wimbledon 3r for first time
2001 - Reached SF at Basel and QF at Bol, Antwerp and Vienna; runner-up at $50,000 ITF/Fano-ITA and $75,000 ITF/Bordeaux-FRA
2002 - Fifth Top 50 finish but first in Top 20 following breakthrough season, winning four singles titles and scoring first Top 5 win in eight years; started season with 10-match win streak, winning Auckland (d. No. 5 seed Panova in final) and Canberra (d. No. 1 seed Tanasugarn in final) in consecutive weeks (unseeded at both); improved ranking from No. 88 to No. 55 in two weeks; other titles came at Vienna (d. world No. 18 Schnyder in QF and No. 17 Tulyaganova in final) and Shanghai (d. Kournikova in final); after Vienna (June 17), passed $1 million in career earnings and broke into Top 20 at No. 17; scored career-best Tier I results, reaching first QF at Indian Wells (d. world No. 13 Shaughnessy) and then first SF at Berlin (first Israeli Tier I semifinalist), d. world No. 3 Clijsters in 2r for first Top 5 win since 1994 Roland Garros (No. 5 Novotna); also d. world No. 7 Henin en route to Miami 3r; throughout season, scored nine Top 20 wins, three of them Top 10; debuted at season-ending Championships, falling 1r to world No. 1 and defending champion S. Williams 62 62; earned a career-high $392,911
2003 - Second Top 20 finish; reached career-high ranking of No. 15 on February 3; enjoyed hot streak in August, winning consecutive clay titles at Sopot (d. Koukalova in final) and Helsinki (d. qualifier Kostanic in final after trailing 64 42), improving to 8-0 lifetime in career finals; extended win streak to 12 by reaching New Haven QF, d. world No. 8 Myskina in 1r and No. 14 Zvonareva in 2r (l. to No. 7 Capriati in 3s); vs. Zvonareva, scored greatest match comeback of her career, trailing 60 51, 0-30 (serving) before winning 06 76(5) 62; also reached SF of Auckland (retiring vs. Cho with leg cramps due to heat illness) and second career Tier I at Moscow (d. Russians Petrova, Kuznetsova and Bovina before falling to Myskina); all four QF appearances were at Tier II events; reached 3r at Australian Open, best Grand Slam result in two-and-a-half years; l. to Mauresmo three consecutive weeks (Warsaw QF, Berlin 3r, Rome 3r); in Linz QF, Zvonareva gained revenge for New Haven loss, winning 75 third set after trailing 5-1 and saving 3 mp (one each at 5-2, 5-3 and 5-4); withdrew from Canberra while recovering from heat illness suffered in Auckland
2004 - Seventh Top 50 finish at No.32, winning title at Vienna; as No.2 seed, d. three seeds (No.7 Serna, No.5 Frazier and No.6 Molik) in last three rounds to win ninth career Tour title at Vienna, improving record in Tour finals to perfect 9-0; reached QF at Sydney (l. to Schiavone), Warsaw (l. to Zvonareva), Rome (l. to Capriati) and Stanford (l. to V.Williams); reached 3r six other times, incl. Indian Wells, Miami and Roland Garros (retired with cramps leading 60 67(2) 10 vs. eventual finalist and No.10 Dementieva, after leading 60 20 and having been 2-0 lifetime against the Russian previously); biggest win of year in 1r of Filderstadt, d. No.14 Sugiyama (ret. from 2r vs. Zuluaga with left groin strain); represented Israel at Olympics in singles (l. 1r to Garbin); ret. in 1r vs. Golovin at Paris [Indoors] with muscle cramping and in 2r vs. Kleinova at Stockholm with right hamstring tendonitis.
2005 - Eighth Top 50 finish, highlighted by 10th and 11th career Tour singles titles; captured Tier IV clay court titles at Modena (seeded No.5, upset No.2 seed Pennetta 75 63 in SF, winning title when Garbin ret. down 3-0 in first-set tie-break w/heat illness) and Budapest (as top seed, d. Casta±o in final; dropped 12 games in five matches, tying her for least amount of games lost en route to a title in 2005); maintained perfect record in career Tour singles finals, improving to 11-0; SF at Istanbul (as No.3 seed, l. to No.2 seed Vaidisova in 3s); 3r twice, at Australian Open (as No.27 seed, l. to No.8 seed V.Williams) and Miami (as No.30 seed, l. to top seed Mauresmo); 2r eight times, incl. Rome (d. No.18 Likhovtseva in 1r for best win of season), Roland Garros (d. No.18 Jankovic in 1r for equal-best win of season) and US Open (l. to No.23 seed Golovin); only 1r loss at a major came at Wimbledon (l. to No.13 seed Likhovtseva; was ninth 1r loss in 11 career appearances); surpassed $2 million in career earnings; withdrew from Indian Wells w/illness.
2006 - Ninth consecutive (and 11th overall) Top 100 finish for Israeli veteran; season highlighted by 12th career Tour singles title run at Budapest (as No.8 seed, upset top seed Castaño in QF and No.5 seed Domínguez Lino 61 63 in final; improved to 12-0 lifetime in Tour singles finals; was her first ever successful Tour singles title defense); perfect record blemished with first ever runner-up finish, at Forest Hills (d. Sucha in QF for 400th career singles match win en route to final, falling 16 60 64 to Shaughnessy); 3r twice, at Indian Wells (l. to Groenefeld in 3s) and Berlin (l. to Schnyder); 2r five times; fell 1r eight times, incl. all four Grand Slams; captured seventh career ITF Circuit singles title at $75K ITF/Prostejov-CZE; struggled with injuries throughout season – ret. during 2r at Acapuclo w/heat illness and from Miami 1r w/right wrist injury, withdrawing from San Diego and Los Angeles w/right shoulder injury and from Portoroz w/foot injury; 1r loss to Schnyder at US Open was last match played in 2006.
Last edited by King Aaron; Oct 13th, 2007 at 05:49 PM.