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CB
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:26 PM
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PAOLA SUAREZ

Nationality ARG
Residence Munro, Argentina
Date of Birth June 23, 1976
Birthplace Pergamino, Argentina
Height 5'7'' (1.70 m)
Weight 141 lbs. (64 kg)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status Pro (March 1, 1994)
Sanex WTA Tour singles titles 2
Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles 20
Grand Slam titles 1 doubles
ITF Womens Circuit singles titles 12
Prize Money 2001 $468,102
Career Prize Money End of 2001 $1,429,082
Win Loss Record 2001 - Singles 29-15
Career Win Loss Record End of 2001- Singles 245-152

SANEX WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
2001-27; 2000-37; 1999-72; 1998-85; 1997-115; 1996-59; 1995-130; 1994-110; 1993-269; 1992-241; 1991-580

HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
No. 22 (January 29-February 4, 2001; April 2-15, 2001)

HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING
No. 4 (January 29-February 4, 2001; July 9-August 26, 2001)

GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) HISTORY
W-L 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
AUSTRALIAN 5-6 1r 4r 1r 1r 2r 2r -- -- -- -- -- --
ROLAND GARROS 5-8 -- 2r 1r 2r 2r 1r 2r 2r 1r -- -- --
WIMBLEDON 2-7 -- 1r 3r 1r 1r 1r 1r -- 1r -- -- --
UNITED STATES 5-8 -- 1r 1r 2r 1r 3r 2r 1r 2r -- -- --




SANEX CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
SINGLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DOUBLES 1-2 SF QF -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER (2 Sanex WTA TOUR): 2001 - Bogota; 1999 - ITF/Bueno Aires 3-ARG; 1998 - Bogota, ITF/Santiago-CHI, ITF/Montevideo-URU, ITF/Buenos Aires-ARG; 1995 - ITF/Buenos Aires-ARG II; 1993 - ITF/La Plata-ARG; 1992 - ITF/Lerida-ESP, ITF/Balaguer-ESP, ITF/Barcelona-ESP [May], ITF/Tortosa-ESP; 1991 - ITF/Buenos Aires-ARG, ITF/Florianapo-BRA
FINALIST (4): 2002 - Acapulco; 2001 - Auckland; 2000 - Sao Paulo; 1999 - Madrid
SEMIFINALIST (7): 2001 - Acapulco, Vienna; 2000 - Amelia Island, Sopot; 1999 - Bogota; 1996 - Bol; 1994 - Prague

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
WINNER (20): 2002 - Bogota (w/Ruano Pascual), Acapulco (Ruano Pascual); 2001 - Roland Garros (w/Ruano Pascual), Madrid (w/Ruano Pascual), Vienna (w/Tarabini); 2000 - Bogota (w/Montalvo), Sao Paulo (w/Montalvo), Hilton Head (w/Ruano Pascual), Klagenfurt (w/Montalvo), Sopot (w/Ruano Pascual); 1999 - Madrid (w/Ruano Pascual), Sopot (w/Montalvo), Sao Paulo (w/Montalvo); 1998 - Hobart (w/Ruano Pascual), Bogota (w/Husarova), Budapest (w/Ruano Pascual), Bol (w/Montalvo), Italian Open (w/Ruano Pascual), Maria Lankowitz (w/Montalvo); 1996 - Bol (w/Montalvo)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - MIXED DOUBLES
FINALIST (2): 2002 - Australian Open (w/Etlis); 2001 - Roland Garros (w/Oncins)

ADDITIONAL
Argentine Fed Cup Team 1996, 1999, 2001. Argentine Olympic Team 1996, 2000.

2002 IN DETAIL
* January - Seeded second, upset in 2r of Hobart by Alina Jidkova; top seeded with partner Virginia Ruano Pascual, lost in SF at Hobart against wild card team Catherine Barclay and Christina Wheeler; ranked No. 31, upset by No. 95-ranked Martina Muller 6-3, 6-4 in 1r of Australian Open and reached the final in mixed doubles with partner Etlis
* February - Seeded third and ranked No. 49, reached QF at Bogota before falling to No. 285-ranked wild card and eventual tournament champion Fabiola Zuluaga, and won doubles title with partner Ruano Pascual; ranked No. 61 and seeded seventh, reached final at Acapulco without dropping a set and by passing former No. 3-ranked Amanda Coetzer and No. 14-ranked top seed Elena Dementieva back-to-back before falling to No. 79-ranked ranked Katarina Srebotnik 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2 - won Acapulco doubles with partner Ruano Pascual
* March - Ranked No. 53, was upset in 1r of Indian Wells by No. 81-ranked Tatiana Poutchek 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2 and reached doubles SF with partner Virginia Ruano Pascual; at Miami, ranked No. 58, defeated No. 88-ranked Miriam Oremans 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in 1r and No. 29-ranked 25th seed Rita Grande 6-3, 6-3 in her opening match (following a 1r bye) before falling 3r to No. 5-ranked fourth seed Kim Clijsters 6-4, 6-4; reached doubles final at Miami with partner Ruano Pascual

CAREER IN REVIEW
2001
* Reached career-high rankings in singles (22) and doubles (4)
* Fourth career singles F at Auckland; Continued her strong start at the Australian Open, upsetting world No. 7 Pierce to reach 4r, her best Grand Slam showing, and reach a career-high No. 22 world ranking
* Captured her second Sanex WTA Tour singles title at Bogota, the site of her first title three years earlier, and reached the doubles final
* Singles SF and doubles F at Acapulco; also doubles finalist at Indian Wells, Charleston, Bogota and the Italian Open
* After falling in five doubles finals, won her first title of the year in Madrid with partner Ruano Pascual after saving three match points in the final to d. top seeds and defending champions Raymond/Stubbs
* Won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, capturing the doubles title with Ruano Pascual, with whom she had been runner-up the previous year; also reached the finals of the mixed doubles
* At Vienna, d. 21st-ranked and defending champion Schett en route to SF, and won the doubles title with Tarabini; In Fed Cup competition, won both her singles matches against Germany in three sets, including a 4-6, 6-3, 12-10 win over Huber, to lead Argentina into the final round
* Qualified for the season-ending championships in doubles with Ruano Pascual, reaching the SF where she injured her ankle and was forced to retire the match
* Injuries - Withdrew from Hamburg in May due to a right wrist injury; was out most of August with a left shoulder injury, playing the U.S. Open but then withdrawing from tournaments again later with the shoulder injury; during her SF doubles match at the season-ending championships, injured her ankle and was forced to retire
2000
* Singles finalist and doubles winner at Sao Paulo; Ranked 62nd, captured first career win over a Top 10 player at Amelia Island, d. No. 6 Serena Williams 6-3, 4-6, 5-2 (Williams retired with left knee tendinitis) and later in the tournament reached first Tier II SF by ousting No. 14 Kournikova; ranking broke into the world's Top 50 for the first time at No. 44; Continued excellent clay-court play at German Open, upsetting ninth seed Mauresmo to reach the 3r; third SF of the year came at Sopot and won the doubles title, her fifth of the year; Doubles finalist at Roland Garros and QF at Wimbledon with Ruano Pascual
* Capped off a successful season in doubles by qualifying for the season-ending championships with Ruano Pascual as one of the top eight teams of the year
1999
* As a lucky loser into Madrid, reached the singles final with wins over world No. 11 and defending champion Schnyder, No. 23 Rubin and No. 26 Serna, and won the doubles title
1998
* Captured first singles title on the Sanex WTA Tour at Bogota and won the doubles title; Won Italian Open doubles
1995
* As a qualifier ranked No. 173, upset 12th-ranked M.J. Fernandez in 1r of Roland Garros, handing Fernandez her first opening-round loss in a Grand Slam in six years

AWARDS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS
* In junior competition, was finalist at 1992 Roland Garros; competed in team competitions at the 1992 Sunshine Cup and World Cup

PERSONAL
Coached by Daniel Pereya; Father, Orlando, is a clerk; mother, Rosa Dupuy, is a homemaker; brother, Horacio, is a student...Graduated from high school in 1994...Most memorable experience was playing in the final of 1992 Roland Garros juniors...Favorites include the movie The Firm, the book Anne Frank's Diary, and the song Hero...Other sports interest is in artistic gymnastics...Enjoys dancing and listening to music...Likes to visit Bariloche, Argentina, where her graduation class took a trip...Self-described as introverted, crazy and honest...Admires her coach and Pete Sampras.

CB
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:34 PM
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ROSSANA NEFFA-DE LOS RIOS

Nationality PAR
Residence Asuncion, Paraguay and Miami, Florida, USA
Date of Birth September 16, 1975
Birthplace Asuncion, Paraguay
Height 5'7'' (1.70 m)
Weight 120 lbs. (54.5 kg)
Plays Right-handed
Status Pro
Sanex WTA Tour singles titles 0
Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles 0
Grand Slam titles 0
ITF Womens Circuit singles titles 4

SANEX WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
2001-51; 2000-77; 1999-275; 1998-N/R; 1997-N/R; 1996-N/R; 1995-N/R; 1994-455; 1993-117; 1992-188; 1991-262; 1990-660

HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
No. 51 (November 12-18, 2001)

HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING
No. 145 (October 8-14, 2001)

GRAND SLAM HISTORY - SINGLES
W-L 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
AUSTRALIAN 2-3 2r 2r -- -- -- -- -- -- 1r -- -- --
ROLAND GARROS 4-2 -- 2r 4r -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
WIMBLEDON 0-2 -- 1r 1r -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
UNITED STATES 0-3 -- 1r 1r -- -- -- -- -- -- 1r -- --



SANEX CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
SINGLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DOUBLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER (0 Sanex WTA Tour): 1999 - ITF/Buenos Aires 2-ARG; 1992 - ITF/S Maria Capua-ITA; 1991 - ITF/Francavilla-ITA, ITF/Lima-PER
SEMIFINALIST (2): 2001 - Bahia, Pattaya
QUARTERFINALIST (4): 2002 - Bogota; 2001 - Madrid, Knokke-Heist; 1993 - Puerto Rico

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS- MIXED DOUBLES
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ADDITIONAL
Paraguayan Fed Cup Team 1991-92. Paraguayan Olympic Team 1992, 2000. Paraguayan Pan American Team 1999.

2002 IN DETAIL
* January - Made her season debut in Canberra and l. to No. 6 seed Schnyder 6-4, 6-4; ranked No. 62, d. No. 180-ranked Elena Tatarkova 6-3, 6-2 before falling to No. 19-ranked fifteenth seed Amanda Coetzer 6-3, 6-1 at the Australian Open
* February - L. 1r at Antwerp to No. 111-ranked qualifier Zsofia Gubacsi 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-5; seeded fifth and ranked No. 60, reached QF of Bogota before falling to No. 30-ranked top seed Cristina Torrens Valero; ranked No. 62, lost 1r at Acapulco to No. 61-ranked seventh seed (and eventual tournament finalist) Paola Suarez 6-1, 6-3
* March - Ranked No. 52, passed No. 179-ranked wild card Laura Granville 6-4, 6-0 in 1r of Indian Wells before falling to No. 43-ranked 30th seed Adriana Serra Zanetti 6-3, 6-3; at Miami, ranked No. 56, was upset in 1r by No. 108-ranked qualifier Janet Lee 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(1)

CAREER IN REVIEW
2001
* Won back-to-back matches for the first time in 2001 at Madrid, when she defeated Torrens Valero 6-1, 6-0 in the 1r and then recorded her career-best win over world No. 6 Seles to reach the QF, her first in eight years, and it marked the first time in Seles's career to lose three consecutive matches (Scottsdale, Indian Wells, Madrid)
* Reached the third QF of her Tour career and second of the year at Knokke-Heist after upsetting second seed Farina Elia
* First-time semifinalist on the Sanex WTA Tour at Bahia, defeating 16th-ranked Farina Elia in the QF for the second time in 2001
* Finished the season by reaching her second SF of the year and her career in Pattaya and reaching a career-high ranking of No. 51
2000
* As a qualifier ranked No. 151 and playing in her first Grand Slam main draw in six years, upset world No. 10 Coetzer 7-5, 6-7(4-7), 6-4 to reach 4r at Roland Garros and collect first win over a Top 10 player; along with Marrero, marked first time two women qualifiers reached the round of 16; first woman from Paraguay to reach 3r or better at a Grand Slam
* As a wild card into the Olympic Games, became the first Paraguayan player to win an Olympic tennis match; received a walkover into the 3r from injured top seed Davenport, and held a set point in the first set and led 5-2 in the second before falling to Dokic 7-6, 7-5
1999
* Unranked, returned to professional tennis in June after a five-year absence (left following Amelia Island in 1994, to get married); compiled a 31-9 win-loss record and a rank of No. 275 by season's end
1993
* First match win on the Sanex WTA Tour was at the Italian Open when she defeated Hy in the 1r 6-0, 6-3; First appearance on the Sanex WTA Tour came at Miami as a qualifier; fell 1r to Kelesi 6-7(6-8), 6-3, 6-4
1991
* First pro title came at an ITF event in Francavilla (ITA)

AWARDS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS
* No. 1-ranked junior player in 1992
* Won Roland Garros junior championships in 1992

PERSONAL
Husband is Gustavo Neffa, a professional football player; daughter's name is Ana Paula Neffa-de los Rios.

CB
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:36 PM
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Mariana Diaz-Oliva
Nationality ARG
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of Birth March 11, 1976
Birthplace Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 5'7 3/4'' (1.72 m)
Weight 141 lbs. (64 kg)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status Pro (September 1992)
Sanex WTA Tour singles titles 0
Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles 0
Grand Slam titles 0
ITF Womens Circuit singles titles 14
Prize Money 2001 $152,917
Career Prize Money End of 2001 $489,916
Win Loss Record 2001 - Singles 26-27
Career Win Loss Record End of 2001- Singles 257-169

Sanex WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
2000-118; 1999-108; 1998-96 (Injury Ranking: 86); 1997-105; 1996-127; 1995-198; 1994-290; 1993-253

HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
n/a

HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING
n/a

GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) HISTORY
W-L 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93
AUSTRALIAN 2-5 2r 2r 1r 1r 1r -- -- -- -- --
ROLAND GARROS 4-4 -- 2r -- 2r 3r 1r -- -- -- --
WIMBLEDON 2-4 -- 1r -- 2r 2r 1r -- -- -- --
UNITED STATES 0-3 -- 1r -- -- 1r 1r -- -- -- --



SANEX CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93
SINGLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DOUBLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER (0 Sanex WTA Tour): 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 (1): 2001 - Bol
SEMIFINALIST (2): 2001 - Bogota; 1999 - Estoril
QUARTERFINALIST (4): 2001 - Acapulco, Sopot; 2000 - Palermo; 1998 - Bol

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
QUARTERFINALIST (7): 2001 - Amelia Island (w/Weingartner), Sopot (w/de los Rios), Basel (w/de los Rios), Bali (w/Weingartner); 2000 - Hamburg (w/Nola); 1998 - Bogota (w/Plischke); 1997 - Strasbourg (w/Endo)

ADDITIONAL
Argentine Fed Cup Team 1997-99. Argentine Pan American Team 1999.

2002 IN DETAIL
* January - Ranked No. 55 and seeded eighth, started new season with back-to-back 1r losses, first by qualifier Silvia Talaja 7-6(5), 7-5 at Auckland and then by Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 6-2 at Hobart; No. 61, upset No. 32-ranked Cristina Torrens Valero 7-5, 6-4 in 1r of Australian Open, before falling to No. 51-ranked Martina Sucha 6-1, 7-5; ranked No. 66 and seeded eighth, lost 1r at Acapulco 6-1, 6-2 to No. 80-ranked Anna Kournikova
* March - Ranked No. 80, lost in 1r of Indian Wells 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 to No. 83-ranked Martina Muller; at Miami, ranked No. 81, defeated No. 140-ranked Fabiola Zuluaga 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4 and upset No. 31-ranked 27th seed Henrieta Nagyova in her opening match (following a 1r bye), before retiring at 2-6, 0-1 with a lower back strain during a 3r-match against Venus Williams

CAREER IN REVIEW
2001
* Played in all four Grand Slam main draws for the first time since 1998
* Reached her second Sanex WTA Tour SF at Bogota with wins over seventh seed Sylvia Plischke and defending champion Patricia Wartusch
* Quarterfinalist at Acapulco; One of two qualifiers to reach the third round at Miami with an upset of 31st seed Cara Black in the second round
* Finalist for the first time on the tour at Bol, upsetting world No. 15 Kim Clijsters in the semifinals after trailing 0-6, 0-2 for her career-best win
2000
* At Palermo, reached the third QF of career
* Won 14th title on the ITF Women's Circuit, and first in three years, in Tbilisi (GEO)
1999
* Upset third seed Anne Kremer to reach her first SF on the Sanex WTA Tour at Estoril
* Representing Argentina, captured the singles and doubles bronze medals at the Pan American Games
1998
* Upset the eighth seed at Bol to reach first QF on the Sanex WTA Tour
* Won three qualifying matches to gain entry into Roland Garros and went on to reach the third round, recording first match wins in a Grand Slam and reaching a then career-high ranking of No. 78
1997
* Stretched Roland Garros winner and fifth-ranked Iva Majoli to three sets in the first round of Wimbledon before losing

AWARDS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS
* In junior competition, was the South American champion in 1993; world junior ITF ranking of No. 4 in 1993; part of the winning teams in the 1993 Continental Cup and South American Cup
* Member of the 2001 Sanex WTA Tour Players' Committee; elected to the Players' Council in 2001
* Wrote a tennis instruction book that was published in English in 2001
* Through the 2001 season, has 14 doubles titles on the ITF circuit

PERSONAL
Coached by Gaston Mazieres; does off-court training with Juan Pablo Sangalli...A baseline player who prefers red clay; strongest shot is the 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 the final for the first time on the Tour at 2001 Bol after coming back from 0- 6, 0-2 down to upset world No. 15 Kim Clijsters in the semifinals...Other sports interest is field hockey...Enjoys doing crossword puzzles, reading and baking desserts...Favorite movie is My Life; favorite actor is Robin Williams; favorite book is The Greatest Miracle.

CB
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:38 PM
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Maria Emilia Salerni

Nationality ARG
Residence Rafaela, Sante Fe, Argentina
Date of Birth May 14, 1983
Birthplace Rafaela, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 5'8 1/2'' (1.74 m)
Weight 136 1/2 lbs. (62 kg)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status Pro
Sanex WTA Tour singles titles 0
Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles 0
Grand Slam titles 0
ITF Womens Circuit singles titles 7

SANEX WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
2001-123; 2000-206; 1999-460

HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
No. 100 (July 30-August 5, 2001)

HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING
No. 58 (October 22-28, 2001)

GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) HISTORY
W-L 02 01 00 99
AUSTRALIAN 0-1 1r -- -- --
ROLAND GARROS 0-1 -- 1r -- --
WIMBLEDON 0-1 -- 1r -- --
UNITED STATES 0-1 -- 1r -- --



SANEX CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 01 00 99
SINGLES 0-0 -- -- --
DOUBLES 0-0 -- -- --



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER (0 Sanex WTA Tour): 2000 - ITF/San Severo, ITF/Caserta, ITF/Horb, ITF/Ettenheim; 1999 - ITF/Asuncion, ITF/Montevideo, ITF/Santiago
QUARTERFINALIST (2): 2002 - Bogota; 2001 - Casablanca

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
FINALIST (1): 2001 - Casablanca (w/M.J. Martinez)
SEMIFINALIST (6): 2002 - Bogota (w/Montalvo); 2001 - Bogota (w/Sequera), Acapulco (w/Montalvo), Casablanca (w/M.J. Martinez), Zurich (w/Carlsson); 2000 - Kuala Lumpur (w/Hergold)
QUARTERFINALIST (2): 2001 - Italian Open (w/de Lone), Bahia (w/Montalvo)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - MIXED DOUBLES
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ADDITIONAL
Argentine Fed Cup Team 1999-2001. Argentine Olympic Team 2000.

2002 IN DETAIL
* January - After failed attempts to qualify at Auckland and Sydney, succeeded for a spot in the Australian Open, her debut there, but lost 1r 6-3, 6-4 to No. 20-ranked sixteenth seed Iroda Tulyaganova
* February - Received wild card entry into Tokyo [Pan Pacific], losing 1r to Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; ranked No. 113, eliminated No. 71-ranked seventh seed Bianka Lamade 6-1, 6-4 and No. 34-ranked qualifier Lourdes Dominguez Lino 7-6(4), 6-4 before falling in QF at Bogota 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 to No. 145-ranked Catalina Castano, and reached SF in doubles with partner Montalvo; ranked No. 97, qualified at Acapulco and defeated fellow qualifier Nuria Llagostera Vives, ranked No. 113, 6-1, 6-2, before facing No. 14-ranked top seed Elena Dementieva 2r and falling 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-1

CAREER IN REVIEW
2001
* Represented Argentina in the Fed Cup tie against Japan, winning both her singles matches to run her Fed Cup record to 9-0
* Made her Grand Slam main draw debut at Roland Garros by winning three qualifying-round matches
* Upset sixth seed Gagliardi to reach her first QF on the Sanex WTA Tour at Casablanca before falling to eventual champion Gubacsi 0-6, 6-4, 7-6, and reached the doubles final; in the 2r of Fed Cup, helped defeat Germany to lead Argentina to the Fed Cup final round for the first time since 1993
* With partner Carlsson, qualified into the doubles draw at Zurich, then reached her first doubles SF at a Tier I event before l. to champions Davenport/Raymond in three sets
* Represented Argentina at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, upsetting Zvereva first round in three sets before falling to Schett
* Made her Sanex WTA Tour main draw debut at 2000 Pattaya, qualifying for the main draw before losing first round to Kostanic in three sets
* Won seven of the first nine professional ITF Circuit events she played, starting in 1999

AWARDS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS
* In junior competition, won the 2000 Wimbledon and US Open junior titles and was a finalist in the 2000 Roland Garros junior championship; named the 2000 ITF Junior World Champion; led Argentina to victory in the 1999 World Youth Cup under 16 competition

PERSONAL
Coached by former Tour player Patricia Tarabini...Baseline player whose favorite shots are her backhand and serve; likes hard and grass courts...Began playing tennis at age 4 with her sister and parents...Nickname is Pitu...Mother, Maria Del Carmen Martin, is an accounting teacher; father, Abelardo Salerni, is in public administration; has two brothers, Fernando and Luciano, and two sisters, Mariana and Natalia...Most memorable experience was being at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney...Superstition is to serve with the same ball...Describes herself as sincere and responsible...Most admires her mother because she knows how to love...Tennis player most admired is Steffi Graf...Says tennis is a passion inside her...Favorite city is her hometown of Rafaela, Argentina...Favorite movie is Sixth Sense and favorite actor is Sean Connery.

LucasArg
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:38 PM
Nice thread;)

CB
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:40 PM
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Catalina Castano

Residence Sarasota, Florida, USA
Date of Birth July 7, 1979
Birthplace Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Height 5'7 1/2'' (1.71 m)
Weight 132 lbs. (60 kg)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status Pro (January 1998)
Sanex WTA Tour singles titles 0
Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles 0
Grand Slam titles 0
ITF Womens Circuit singles titles 3
Prize Money 2001 $54,036
Career Prize Money End of 2001 $112,634
Win Loss Record 2001 - Singles 18-18
Career Win Loss Record End of 2001- Singles 118-88

Sanex WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
2000-143; 1999-226; 1998-509; 1997-932; 1996-846

HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
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HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING
n/a

GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) HISTORY
W-L 02 01 00 99 98 97 96
AUSTRALIAN 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
ROLAND GARROS 1-1 -- 2r -- -- -- -- --
WIMBLEDON 0-1 -- 1r -- -- -- -- --
UNITED STATES 0-1 -- 1r -- -- -- -- --



SANEX CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 01 00 99 98 97 96
SINGLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- --
DOUBLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- --



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER (0 Sanex WTA Tour): 2000 - ITF/Midlothian-USA, ITF/Cali-COL; 1999 - ITF/Santiago-CHI
SEMIFINALIST (1): 2002 - Bogota
QUARTERFINALIST (1): 2001 - Bogota

ADDITIONAL
Colombian Fed Cup Team 2001.

2002 IN DETAIL
* February - Ranked No. 145, reached SF of Bogota, eliminating No. 42-ranked second seed Gala Leon Garcia en route, and losing to No. 89-ranked Katarina Srebotnik

CAREER IN REVIEW
2001
* In her home country of Colombia at Bogota, upset second seed Corina Morariu to reach her first QF on the Sanex WTA Tour
* Made her Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros, winning her first match; later in the year also made debuts at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open
* Retired in the final of an ITF event in Hallandale Beach (USA)
2000
* Won second pro title at an ITF event in Midlothian (USA)
* Ranked 236, defeated No. 96 Jana Nejedly 6-0, 6-0 in first round of Bogota for her first match win on the Sanex WTA Tour
1999
* Won first pro event at an ITF event in Santiago (CHI) when she was ranked No. 389
* Debuted on the Sanex WTA Tour at Bogota

PERSONAL
Coached by Rene Gomez...Prefers playing on red clay...Began playing at age 10...Father, Augusto, is a lawyer; mother, Maria, is an insurance agent; older sister, Gina, is a dentist; younger sister, Valentina, is a student...Full name is Catalina Castano Alvarez...Graduated from high school in 1995 first in her class...Favorites include the movie The Sixth Sense, the book Amor En Los Tiempos Del Colera and the actors Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts...Enjoys mountain climbing and in-line skating...Likes to read and watch movies...Most memorable experience was being present at her niece's birth.

CB
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:42 PM
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Fabiola Zuluaga

Nationality COL
Residence Bogota, Colombia
Date of Birth January 7, 1979
Birthplace Cucuta, Colombia
Height 5'7 3/4'' (1.72 m)
Weight 141 lbs. (64 kg)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status Pro (February 2, 1994)
Sanex WTA Tour singles titles 3
Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles 0
Grand Slam titles 0
ITF Womens Circuit singles titles 9
Prize Money 2001 $4,300
Career Prize Money End of 2001 $412,056
Win Loss Record 2001 - Singles 6-2
Career Win Loss Record End of 2001- Singles 193-118


Sanex WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
2001-277 (Injury Ranking: 42); 2000-42; 1999-48; 1998-95; 1997-208; 1996-124; 1995-292; 1994-398

HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
No. 31 (July 10-16, 2000)

HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING
No. 128 (February 1-14, 1999)

GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) HISTORY
W-L 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94
AUSTRALIAN 1-1 -- -- 2r -- -- -- -- -- --
ROLAND GARROS 4-2 -- -- 3r 3r -- -- -- -- --
WIMBLEDON 0-1 -- -- -- 1r -- -- -- -- --
UNITED STATES 2-2 -- -- -- 2r 2r -- -- -- --



SANEX CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94
SINGLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DOUBLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER (3 Sanex WTA TOUR): 2002 - Bogota; 2001 - ITF/Hallandale Beach-USA; 1999 - Bogota, Sao Paulo, ITF/Cali-COL; 1998 - ITF/Orbetello-ITA, ITF/Cali-COL, ITF/Bogota-COL; 1997 - ITF/Bogota-COL; 1996 - ITF/Bogota-COL, ITF/Bytom-POL; 1995 - ITF/Cali-COL
FINALIST (1): 2000 - Madrid
SEMIFINALIST (1): 2000 - Italian Open
QUARTERFINALIST (3): 2000 - Quebec City; 1999 - Amelia Island; 1998 - Bogota

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
SEMIFINALIST (1): 1998 - Bogota (w/Mesa)

ADDITIONAL
Colombian Fed Cup Team 1995-2000. Colombian Olympic Team 2000.

2002 IN DETAIL
* February - Ranked No. 285, received a wild-card spot into Bogota (site of her first career title in 1999), and won the tournament for the second time in four years, eliminating No. 30-ranked top seed Cristina Torrens Valero in a SF and unseeded No. 89-ranked Katarina Srebotnik in the final - did not drop a set in any of her five matches en route to the title * March - At Miami, ranked No. 140, lost 1r to No. 81-ranked Mariana Diaz-Oliva 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4

CAREER IN REVIEW
2001
* Missed most of the 2001 season due to two right-shoulder surgeries for the rotator cuff and a fracture, but in her first tournament back in October, won the ITF challenger event in Hallandale Beach (USA)
2000
* As a qualifier ranked 69th, had a tremendous run to her first Tier I SF at the Italian Open with wins over world No. 6 Tauziat (first win over a Top 10 player) and 14th-ranked Halard-Decugis, as well as 16th seed Talaja; ranking jumped to a then career-high No. 41
* The week following her success at Italian Open, reached the final in Madrid with wins over third seed Sugiyama and wildcard Majoli, falling in three sets in the final
* Upset 15th seed Capriati in the 1r of Roland Garros and advanced to the 1r, where she retired during the third set due to a viral illness that also kept her out of Wimbledon two weeks later; returned to competition in the last week of July in Stanford, but also missed the U.S. Open
* At the Olympic Games, in her first match after her illness, ousted ninth seed Mauresmo en route to a 3r showing
1999
* In her hometown of Bogota, upset the first and third seeds en route to her first WTA Tour title
* Collected the second title of her career and of the year at Sao Paulo, upsetting second seed Torrens Valero in the SF and unseeded Wartusch in the final
* Played in three Grand Slam main draws, reaching the 3r at Roland Garros
* Upset 30th seed Majoli in the 2r of Miami, then, in front of a boisterous stadium court night crowd pulling for her, fell to eventual champion V. Williams 6-3, 6-4 in the 3r
1995
* Seeded sixth, won first ITF Women's Circuit title in Cali (COL)

AWARDS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS
* In junior competition, won every tournament on the COSAT circuit under 14s, and four tournaments on the European circuit under 14s

PERSONAL
Coached by Belus Prajoux of Chile...Baseliner who prefers clay courts; her serve is her strongest shot...Mother, Amelia Amado, father, Arles Zuluaga, and brother, Luis, are all certified public accountants...Grew up admiring Gabriela Sabatini...Mother introduced her to tennis at age 7; moved to Nick Bolletteri's Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA, at age 13 (no longer trains there).

CB
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:43 PM
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Clarisa Fernandez

Nationality ARG
Residence Cordoba, Argentina
Date of Birth August 28, 1981
Birthplace Cordoba, Argentina
Height 5'10 1/2'' (1.79 m)
Weight 139 lbs. (63 kg)
Plays Left-handed
Status Pro (1998)
Sanex WTA Tour singles titles 0
Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles 0
Grand Slam titles 0
ITF Womens Circuit singles titles 4
Prize Money 2001 $45,999
Career Prize Money End of 2001 $69,643
Win Loss Record 2001 - Singles 34-19
Career Win Loss Record End of 2001- Singles 94-50


SANEX WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
2001-124; 2000-340; 1999-293; 1998-718

HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
No. 121 (September 10-16, 2001)

HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING
No. 113 (November 5-18, 2001)

GRAND SLAM HISTORY - SINGLES
W-L 02 01 00 99 98 97
AUSTRALIAN 0-1 1r -- -- -- -- --
ROLAND GARROS 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- --
WIMBLEDON 0-1 -- 1r -- -- -- --
UNITED STATES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- --



SANEX CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 01 00 99 98
SINGLES 0-0 -- -- -- --
DOUBLES 0-0 -- -- -- --



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER (0 Sanex WTA Tour): 2001 - ITF/Sao Paulo 1-BRA, ITF/Orbetello-ITA; 1999 - ITF/Sezze-ITA; 1997 - ITF/Montevideo-URU

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
QUARTERFINALIST (1): 2001 - Bogota (w/Cortez), Bahia (w/Cortez)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - MIXED DOUBLES
n/a

ADDITIONAL
Argentine Fed Cup team 2001.

2002 IN DETAIL
* January - Qualified for the Australian Open, losing 1r to No. 29-ranked twentieth seed Rita Grande 7-6(4), 6-4


CAREER IN REVIEW
2001
* Won her first event of the year, an ITF event in Sao Paulo (BRA), dropping just 13 games in five matches, and won the doubles title as well
* At Bogota, won three matches to qualify for her first Sanex WTA Tour main draw and advanced to the 2r
* In Fed Cup competition, won a match against Japan 10-8 in the third set to help Argentina advance to the World Group Playoff second round
* Came through qualifying to win an ITF event in Orbetello (ITA), which she calls her most memorable experience; in the SF, defeated world No. 47 and compatriot Mariana Diaz-Oliva; won three matches to qualify for her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon, l. 1r to 12th seed Maleeva
* Advanced to the 2r at Casablanca
* Won a Fed Cup doubles match to help Argentina advance to the Fed Cup finals
2000
* Played in her first Sanex WTA Tour qualifying event at Miami, l. in 1r; played several ITF events
1999
* Won an ITF event in Sezze (ITA) with victories over three seeded players; came through qualifying to reach the final of an ITF event in Thessaloniki (GRE)
1997-98
* Played ITF events sparingly
* Unranked, won the second ITF event she ever entered, a 1997 satellite event in Montevideo (URU), with wins over the Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5 seeds; was runner-up there the following year

AWARDS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS
* In junior competition, represented Argentina in Connolly Cup competition

PERSONAL
Coached by Leonardo Jose Lerda...Prefers hard- and grass-court surfaces; best weapon is her serve...Father's name is Miguel; mother, Graciela, is a lawyer; has one sister, Emilse...Admires Pete Sampras and Martina Navratilova...Favorite tournament is Wimbledon because she likes the grass courts, and her goal is to win Wimbledon and be ranked in the Top 10...Favorite place to visit is Acapulco, Mexico...Favorite movie is The Matrix and favorite actor is Julia Roberts...Likes books by the author Paulo Coello...Has a dog named Daysi.

CB
Apr 5th, 2002, 04:45 PM
Milagros Sequera

Nationality VEN
Residence Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Date of Birth September 30, 1980
Birthplace San Felipe, Yaracuy, Venezuela
Height 5'8 1/4'' (1.73 m)
Weight 134 lbs. (61 kg)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status Pro (January 1, 1999)
Sanex WTA Tour singles titles 0
Sanex WTA Tour doubles titles 0
Grand Slam titles 0
ITF Womens Circuit singles titles 6
Prize Money 2001
Career Prize Money End of 2001
Win Loss Record 2001 - Singles
Career Win Loss Record End of 2001- Singles

SANEX WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
2000-139; 1999-196; 1998-622, 1997-528, 1996-595, 1995-874

HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
n/a

GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) HISTORY
W-L 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95
AUSTRALIAN 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
ROLAND GARROS 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
WIMBLEDON 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
UNITED STATES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



SANEX CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 01 00 99 98 97 96 95
SINGLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DOUBLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER: 2001 - ITF/Dallas-USA; 2000 - ITF/San Luis Potosi-MEX; 1999 - ITF/Easton-USA, ITF/Montreal2-CAN; 1997 - ITF/Santo Domingo-DOM; 1996 - ITF/Tamaulipas-MEX

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
SEMIFINALIST (1): 2001 - Bogota (w/Salerni)

ADDITIONAL
Venezuelan Fed Cup Team 2000-01. Venezuelan Olympic Team 2000.

2002 IN DETAIL
* January - Opened season at Auckland with 1r loss to Jennifer Hopkins 6-2, 67-(5), 6-0; withdrew from Canberra due to a sprained right ankle

CAREER IN REVIEW
* Unseeded, won her sixth ITF title at a 2001 $50,000 event in Dallas (TEX), where she defeated the second and seventh seeds en route to the title
* Ended the final three weeks of the 2000 season with a career-high singles ranking of No. 139
* Captured back-to-back 1999 ITF titles in Easton (USA) and Montreal (CAN); dropped only one set in each event
* Won first pro title at a 1996 ITF event in Tamaulipas (MEX); ranked No. 891, did not drop a set until the final, prevailing 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Aurora Gima
* Recorded career victories over Sanex WTA TOUR players Fabiola Zuluaga and Yuka Yoshida
* In junior competition, reached quarterfinals of 1998 Wimbledon and captured the 22nd International Junior Championships of Venezuela in 1998, taking the titles in both singles and doubles; has represented Venezuela at international competition in the Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 levels
* Favorite surface is hard
* Coached by Patricio Apey
* Introduced to the game at age 7

PERSONAL
Father's name is Ramon, mother is Irma; brother's name is Josuel; sister's name is Maryori...Enjoys listening to music, reading and writing in her spare time...Lists traveling as favorite aspect of being on the tour.