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AaronJoyB
Oct 24th, 2005, 01:43 PM
for italian tennis..

WE'LL MISS U!


SILVIA GOOD LUCK IN YOUR NEW LIFE!

Scotso
Oct 24th, 2005, 01:45 PM
:sad:

lionel
Oct 24th, 2005, 01:50 PM
:bigcry:

Thank You, Silvia.

DevilishAttitude
Oct 24th, 2005, 01:50 PM
Ciao Silvia. Nessuno mai dimenticherà l'ammontare di cose che lei ha conseguito nella sua carriera. Lei sarà male mancato

:bigcry: :crying2: :hysteric: :sobbing: :tears: :sad:

And after such a good start to the season too...

Silvia's career

Residence Rome, Italy
Date of Birth April 27, 1972
Birthplace Milan, Italy
Height 5'7 3/4'' (1.72 m)
Weight 137 lbs. (62 kg)
Plays Right-handed
Status Pro

Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles 3
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles 9
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles 2
ITF Women's Circuit doubles titles 6
Prize Money $3,686,992
Win Loss Record - Singles 24-23 469-379
Win Loss Record - Doubles 269-255

WTA Ranking History
Season-Ending Singles 2004-20; 2003-24; 2002-17; 2001-14; 2000-63; 1999-26; 1998-19; 1997-43; 1996-40; 1995-53; 1994-52; 1993-85; 1992-167; 1991-68; 1990-192; 1989-165; 1988-438

Career-High Singles No. 11 (May 20, 2002)
Career-High Doubles No. 24 (June 21, 1999)

Grand Slam (singles) History
WL 05 04 03 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 15-11 4r 4r 2r 3r 3r - 1r 1r 3r 2r 2r 1r - - -
ROLAND GARROS 21-14 3r 2r 3r 4r 4r 3r 3r 3r 3r 2r 1r 2r - 1r 1r
WIMBLEDON 16-14 3r 4r QF 3r 3r 1r 2r 1r 1r 1r 2r 1r 2r 1r -
US OPEN 11-14 1r 3r 2r 4r 1r 1r 2r 3r 2r 1r 1r 2r 1r - 1r

Championships History
WL 04 03 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
Singles 0-2 - - 4r 4r - - - - - - - - - -

SINGLES
Winner (3 WTA Tour): 2003 - Strasbourg; 2002 - Strasbourg; 2001 - Strasbourg; 1993 - ITF/Limoges-FRA; 1991 - ITF/Caltagirone-ITA.
Finalist (10): 2005 - Amelia Island; 2004 - Canberra, Antwerp; 2001 - Gold Coast; 1999 - Prostejov; 1998 - Auckland, Budapest, Warsaw, Luxembourg; 1991 - San Marino.

DOUBLES
Winner (9): 2004 - Warsaw (w/Schiavone); 2001 - Strasbourg (w/Tulyaganova); 2000 - Palermo (w/Grande); 1999 - Auckland (w/Schett), ’s-Hertogenbosch (w/Grande), Portschach (w/Habsudova); 1998 - Prague (w/Habsudova); 1997 - Palermo (w/Schett); 1995 - Maria Lankowitz (w/Temesvari).
Finalist (8): 2005 - Gold Coast (w/Camerin); 2004 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Schiavone); 2003 - Linz (w/Bartoli); 2000 - Hannover (w/Habsudova); 1997 - Gold Coast (w/Dragomir); 1996 - Moscow (w/Schett); 1993 - Palermo (w/B. Schultz); 1990 - Taranto (w/Grande).

ADDITIONAL
Italian Fed Cup Team 1993-95, 1997-2000, 2002, 2004. Italian Olympic Team 1996, 2000, 2004.

CAREER IN REVIEW
1988 - Played first ITF Circuit events and WTA Tour qualifying
1989 - Played first Tour events in Taranto (reaching QF) and Rome (reaching 2r)
1990 - Reached first pro singles final at ITF/Putignano-ITA and won first three ITF Circuit doubles titles
1991 - Won first ITF Circuit singles title at ITF/Caltagirone-ITA and reached first Tour final (San Marino; d. No. 1 seed Reggi en route); broke into Top 100 at No. 88 on July 22; played first Grand Slams at Roland Garros and US Open; first Top 100 finish
1992 - Reached third career Tour SF at Palermo
1993 - Ranked No. 174, qualified for Miami, reaching 3r; won second pro title at ITF/Limoges-FRA; reached QF at Taranto; upset world No. 20 McNeil in Rome 1r
1994 - Captured first Top 10 victory at Roland Garros, d. world No. 8 Sabatini in 1r; two weeks later, topped world No. 6 Date en route to Eastbourne QF; also reached Kitzbuhel SF
1995 - Broke into Top 50 on February 13 at No. 49; reached SF at Auckland and Hilton Head (d. world No. 17 McNeil); collected first Tour doubles title at Maria Lankowitz (w/Temesvari)
1996 - Ranked No. 55, d. world No. 16 Hingis in 2r of Paris [Indoors], reaching SF; also reached SF at Palermo; d. Kournikova in Zurich en route to QF; reached 4r at Miami; represented Italy at Atlanta Olympics, reaching singles 2r; first Top 50 finish at No. 40
1997 - Reached back-to-back 3r at Grand Slams (Australian, Roland Garros) for first time in career; quarterfinalist at Palermo
1998 - Breakthrough season, reaching four finals - Auckland (d. No. 1 seed Testud in SF), Budapest, Warsaw and Luxembourg (d. No. 1 seed Tauziat and No. 3 seed Spirlea, but had to retire vs. Pierce in final with groin strain); after Luxembourg (November 2), broke into Top 20 for first time at No. 19, becoming first Italian woman in Top 20 since Reggi in June 1990; scored two Top 10 wins (d. world No. 5 Coetzer en route to Miami QF; d. No. 9 Tauziat in Luxembourg SF); ranked No. 24 in Moscow 1r, ended Kournikova’s nearly two-year long streak of not losing to anyone ranked outside Top 15 (first time in Kournikova’s pro career she lost to someone ranked lower than her); first Top 20 finish
1999 - Reached sixth Tour singles final at Prostejov (l. to Nagyova) and one SF (Auckland); won three doubles titles; at Roland Garros, d. Sugiyama 64 67 11-9 in three hours, 29 minutes in 2r, the third-longest Roland Garros women’s match on record; won both singles rubbers against defending champions Spain to lead Italy to its first Fed Cup SF, then captured career-best win over world No. 5 Seles in Italy’s loss to USA; d. Novotna in Filderstadt 1r, the former Wimbledon champion’s last pro match; injured left knee during 1r match at Linz in October; retired the match and did not play remainder of season
2000 - Fell outside Top 50 for first time since October 1997; missed Australian Open due to left knee injury, returning in February at Paris [Indoor]; reached SF at Estoril and Palermo (also won doubles title w/Grande); reached Roland Garros 3r (l. to eventual runner-up C. Martinez); reached 3r at Sydney Olympics
2001 - Playing her eighth Tour final, won first career singles title at Strasbourg; d. world No. 11 Tauziat in SF after trailing 63 42; d. world No. 18 A. Huber in final in 3s; also won eighth Tour doubles title (w/Tulyaganova); at Roland Garros, d. No. 13 seed Mag. Maleeva in 1r and went on to become one of three Italian women (alongside Grande and Schiavone) to reach 4r, a Grand Slam Open Era first; afterwards, re-entered Top 20 at No. 18, up from No. 86 eight months previously; runner-up at Gold Coast unseeded, (l. to Henin); semifinalist in Porto, Sopot and Moscow (first Tier I SF); in Nice, d. world No. 5 C. Martinez, first win over C. Martinez in seven matches and equaling her career-best win; reached eight other QF; capped best season by becoming first Italian since Reggi in 1987 to qualify in singles for season-ending Championships (l. 1r to eventual champion S. Williams); second Top 20 finish
2002 - Reached career-high No. 11 on May 20, the same week she successfully defended her Strasbourg title (d. Dokic in final in 3s); reached SF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Quebec City and six QF, five of them Tier II; also reached 4r at Indian Wells, Miami, Roland Garros and US Open and 3r at Australian Open, Berlin, Rome and Wimbledon; qualified for season-ending Championships for second time (l. 1r to Capriati); third Top 20 finish
2003 - Season highlighted by third consecutive Strasbourg title (d. qualifier Sprem in final) and reaching career-first Grand Slam QF at Wimbledon, her 40th major and 12th Wimbledon (d. world No. 8 Rubin in 3r for 10th career Top 10 win; l. to No. 2 Clijsters in 3s); also reached Eastbourne SF, d. world No. 5 Davenport in 2r 64 36 76(3) (fourth Top 5 win), having led 5-1 third set and holding 5 mp before Davenport held 3 mp at 6-5; doubles runner-up at Linz (w/Bartoli); withdrew from Charleston and Amelia Island due to back and right leg injury
2004 - Fourth Top 20 finish; reached Canberra final as No.3 seed, l. to No.2 seed Suarez (led 5-2 in third set and held 5 mp, l. 36 64 76(5) after saving 2 mp); as No.8 seed at Antwerp, l. to No.2 Clijsters in final, surpassing $3 million mark in career earnings; reached SF at Strasbourg (as three-time defending champion, l. to top seed Davenport), Stockholm (l. to No.3 seed Molik) and Luxembourg (l. again to No.2 seed Molik); also made QF at Paris [Indoors] (led eventual champion Clijsters 63 52 before losing in 3s), Doha (l. to Capriati), Amelia Island (l. to Mauresmo), Warsaw (l. to Kuznetsova) and Rome (d. No.19 Sharapova in 3r to reach first QF there in 15th appearance, l. 61 26 75 to eventual champion Mauresmo after leading 5-3 in third set); made 4r at Australian Open (l. to eventual finalist Clijsters) and Wimbledon (l. to Mauresmo); went 1-0 in 3-1 1r Fed Cup win vs. Czech Republic (d. Koukalova – replaced from second singles match due to fever), and 1-1 in 3-2 QF Fed Cup loss to France (d. Loit, l. to Mauresmo); represented Italy at Olympics in singles (l. 2r) and doubles (w/Schiavone, l. 2r); w/Schiavone, won doubles title at Warsaw for first doubles title in three years; also reached Roland Garros QF; withdrew from Dubai for rest and recovery


2005 IN DETAIL
JANUARY - Reached SF in first event of season at Gold Coast, before falling to No.65-ranked Stosur in three sets; teamed with countrywoman Camerin to reach final in doubles (l. to Likhovtseva/Maleeva); followed by reaching QF as top seed in Canberra, defeating Panova and Groenefeld before straight sets loss to Fedak; reached 4r at Australian Open for second straight year by defeating Schruff, Domachowska and qualifier Baltacha before three-set loss to No.4 Sharapova.

FEBRUARY - As No.7 seed at Paris [Indoors], reached QF with victories against Koukalova (60 60) and Razzano before suffering right shoulder injury that forced retirement midway through QF match against Golovin; was also No.7 seed at Doha, but fell to countrywoman Schiavone in first match.

MARCH - Ends nine-match losing streak to Venus Williams, defeating No.5 seed in 1r at Dubai before falling to Jankovic in next round.

APRIL - Reached second career Tier II final at Amelia Island, falling to world No.1 Davenport in championship match; defeated Garbin, Medina Garrigues and No.8 seed Schnyder in early rounds; saved three match points in second set against No.2 seed Serena Williams to prevail in tie-break and force third set before Williams retired from match due to left ankle sprain; also defeated Razzano in SF; as No.12 seed at Charleston, fell to Kostanic in 1r; as No.8 seed at Warsaw, reached QF with victories against lucky loser Pastikova and qualifier Ondraskova before straight sets defeat to No.2 seed Kuznetsova; withdrew from Berlin due to left knee muscle strain.

MAY - Makes way into 3r at Rome, defeating Kirilenko and qualifier Cohen-Aloro before falling in straight sets to No.2 seed Mauresmo; as No.3 seed and three-time champion at Strasbourg, was upset by Randriantefy in 1r match at event; as No.18 seed at Roland Garros, reached 3r for eighth time in last nine years, defeating Kremer and Parra Santonja before loss to No.16 seed Likhovtseva; as No.18 seed at Roland Garros, reached at least 3r for eighth time in last nine years, defeating Kremer and Parra Santonja before falling in straight sets to No.16 seed Likhovtseva.

JUNE - At Eastbourne, fell to Razzano in 1r; reached 3r at Wimbledon for fifth straight year as No.22 seed, defeating Sucha and Vento-Kabchi before three-set loss to No.13 seed Likhovtseva.

JULY - As top seed at Palermo, retired in 1r match against No.128-ranked Pironkova due to right shoulder injury; injury suffered in Palermo also forces withdrawal from scheduled trip following week to Budapest and Stockholm.

AUGUST - In New Haven, lost to lucky loser Kirilenko in 1r.

SEPTEMBER - At US Open, fell in 1r in Grand Slam action for first time in last 16 Slams played, losing to Granville in straight sets; as top seed at Portoroz, was upset by No.174-ranked Henke in 1r; as No.8 seed at Luxembourg, fell to Smashnova in 1r, 62 60.

OCTOBER - Lost seventh and eighth consecutive Tour matches at Filderstadt (l. to Likhovtseva in 1r in three sets) and Moscow (l. to eventual semifinalist Safina); at Zurich, advanced past 1r when Likhovtseva retired down 26 64 20 with injury, falling in 2r (l. to No.7 seed and eventual semifinalist Myskina).


PERSONAL
Mother introduced her to tennis at age 10...Coached by husband Francesco Elia...All-court style; best shot is forehand...Married on September 22, 1999...Parents, Carlo and Aida, are insurance agents and both play recreational tennis; sister, Olga, is also an insurance agent; brother, Enrico, restores furniture...Between tournaments likes to go to the beach...Hobbies include listening to music (especially Italian) and watching movies (especially dramas)...Favorite actors are Tom Cruise and Kevin Costner...Enjoys soccer, in-line skating and skiing...Favorite food is properly-cooked Italian pasta and pizza.

AWARDS
• In junior competition, won 1990 Rome singles; in doubles, was finalist at 1989 Roland Garros (w/Caverzasio), a SF at 1989 US Open (w/Caverzasio), and a SF at 1990 US Open (w/Baudone)

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2 Retirements of my faves within a week :(

:bowdown:

Duramont
Oct 24th, 2005, 01:57 PM
Ciao to Silvietta! :bigcry: :bigwave:

Shonami Slam
Oct 24th, 2005, 01:59 PM
Ciao Silvia, Your'e part of what i think when someone says the word "tennis".
I'll miss those mountain-legs, the fantastic single-handed backhand, the adorable rare smiles.
please enjoy yourself. you will be terribly missed. :hug:

esquímaux
Oct 24th, 2005, 01:59 PM
Silvia is throwing in the towel! ARE YOU SERIOUS! :hysteric: :sad:

jimbo mack
Oct 24th, 2005, 02:04 PM
:sad:

enjoy post tennis life silvia

thankyou for your entertaining matches

:wavey:

HectorMagnus
Oct 24th, 2005, 02:04 PM
bye Silvietta :hug:

all the best :yeah:


thanks for so many great matches :worship: :worship:

Andy.
Oct 24th, 2005, 02:12 PM
Well done on a great and long career Silvia i hope life after tennis treats you well.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Oct 24th, 2005, 02:14 PM
Thank you!!

With Very Best Wishes to You!!

esquímaux
Oct 24th, 2005, 02:15 PM
Best wishes babe! :bigwave:

Slumpsova
Oct 24th, 2005, 02:22 PM
good luck Silvia :wavey:

you can apply to be tournament director at Strasbourg and name it SFE Open ;)

tobi
Oct 24th, 2005, 02:24 PM
Good Bye Silvia :sobbing: :wavey:

I will miss her very much :sobbing:

Enjoy your life after tennis :hug:

Alvarillo
Oct 24th, 2005, 02:24 PM
ciao Silvia :sad: :sad: :sad:
this season is :mad: everyone retires !

skanky~skanketta
Oct 24th, 2005, 03:58 PM
:sobbing:

i'll miss u loads silvia!:hug:

Hercules
Oct 24th, 2005, 04:03 PM
Good luck in your new life, Silivi !!!

Dementinator
Oct 24th, 2005, 04:05 PM
bye bye silvie u will be missed

lynch79
Oct 24th, 2005, 04:41 PM
Ciao Silvia, ora goditi la vita fuori dal mondo del tennis! Ci mancherai troppo, sei una tennista elegante e carismatica.

LefandePatty
Oct 24th, 2005, 04:50 PM
Silvia :bigcry:
Maggie and now Silvia, pffff what a sad season :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:
Enjoy your new life :hug:

gorecki
Oct 24th, 2005, 05:12 PM
:sad: :hug: :wavey: Silvia

crazillo
Oct 24th, 2005, 05:17 PM
Silvia lost by the same score as Maggie. :sad: BYE!

rrfnpump
Oct 24th, 2005, 05:25 PM
:tears:

will it really be the end I still cannot believe it
it went too fast :sad:

New
Oct 24th, 2005, 05:29 PM
:sad: Silvia!!! We'll miss you...


All the best!!!


(one heartache after another) :sad:

jimbo mack
Oct 24th, 2005, 05:31 PM
i remember when i first watched her. it was in zurich quarter-finals 1996 and she lost to huber 6/1 6/1. i never thought then she would be future world number 11 but i'm glad she was

Darop.
Oct 24th, 2005, 05:59 PM
Addio Silvia...

Even though I'll still hear alot from her on italian eurosport and other italian sports channels, it won't be the same to not see her name in the draws anymore...

Italy thanks you for paving the way for all the other players :D

Shooter
Oct 24th, 2005, 06:05 PM
Silvia Farina Elia - Acura Classic 2003

http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/SD03/FarinaElia_02.jpg http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/SD03/FarinaElia_03.jpg

Natarajasana
Oct 24th, 2005, 06:10 PM
She'll be missed! :sad: All the best in the future!

Drake1980
Oct 24th, 2005, 06:36 PM
I will miss you Silvia. Good luck.

Carmen Mairena
Oct 24th, 2005, 07:06 PM
Un bacio Silvia! :kiss:

Another loss for tennis... :awww: :sobbing: :crying2:

cindy
Oct 24th, 2005, 07:11 PM
it's so sad...we will never see her playing tennis again...we'll miss you silvia thx for what you've done for the tennis in italia (my mum is italian so I realy think it)
the other italian tennis player can't compare to you...you are the best
thx again...all the best in the future