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The Kristina Brandi Thread

This is for my dear Kristina!

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SINGLES - Winner (1 WTA Tour): 2003 - ITF/Charlottesville-USA, ITF/Surbiton-GBR, ITF/College Park-USA, ITF/Louisville-USA, ITF/Peachtree City-USA, ITF/Albuquerque-USA, ITF/Troy-USA; 1999 - 's-Hertogenbosch, ITF/Salt Lake City-USA; 1998 - ITF/Clearwater-USA, ITF/Phoenix-USA, ITF/Peachtree City-USA, ITF/Austin-USA; 1994 - ITF/Indianapolis-USA.
ADDITIONAL: Puerto Rican Fed Cup Team 2003.

CAREER IN REVIEW1991 - Competed in Puerto Rico qualifying
1992 - Competed in qualifying at three WTA Tour events (including Puerto Rico again), obtaining a WTA Ranking of No. 610 on October 5
1993 - Reached one ITF Circuit SF (competed at eight events) and failed to qualify for Puerto Rico (third try)
1994 - Won first pro titles at ITF/Indianapolis-USA, sweeping singles and doubles (w/K. Miller); reached finals at three other ITF Circuit events (one singles, two doubles)
1995 - Reached one ITF Circuit final
1996 - Reached two ITF Circuit SF
1997 - As a world No. 148 qualifier, reached 3r at Australian Open, upsetting world No. 58 Begerow and world No. 122 Van Lottum before l. to world No. 27 Dragomir; reached final at an ITF Circuit event
1998 - Became first American woman to win four USTA events in a single year, with titles at ITF/Clearwater-USA, ITF/Phoenix-USA, ITF/Peachtree City-USA and ITF/Austin-USA
1999 - Won first title on WTA Tour at 's-Hertogenbosch, a grass court event, collecting first win over a Top 20 player, Van Roost, in the QF; captured sixth ITF Circuit title at ITF/Salt Lake City-USA
2000 - Collected first win over a Top 10 player at Australian Open, upsetting world No. 10 Coetzer 2r and then world No. 20 Dragomir to reach first Grand Slam 4r; following tournament, ranking jumped from No. 54 to No. 38; continued strong Grand Slam season by reaching the 4r at Wimbledon; continued grass court success, reaching SF in 's-Hertogenbosch, including a 60 61 win over No. 6 seed Dokic 2r; reached Birmingham QF
2001 - Retired from QF match at Hobart with a leg injury, and withdrew from Oklahoma City singles due to a virus; upset No. 4 seed, world No. 22 Frazier in 1r at Madrid; at Birmingham (grass-court), d. 2000 finalist and No. 5 seed Tanasugarn to reach QF; continued strong grass-court play at 's-Hertogenbosch, d. the No. 8 seed in 1r en route to a QF finish; withdrew from 2r match at Los Angeles and from next several tournaments, including US Open, due to right wrist tendonitis
2002 - Ranked No. 77, upset world No. 35 and No. 4 seed C. Martinez in straight sets at Auckland, l. 2r to Gagliardi; as world No. 82, retired injured in 1r of Indian Wells to world No. 60 WC Srebotnik at 3-6; reached doubles final at ITF/Peachtree-USA w/Baker
2003 - Won seven ITF Circuit singles titles, bringing career total to 12: upset No. 1 seed CHO in final at ITF/Subiton-GBR; reached doubles final at ITF/College Park-USA w/Grant; won ITF/Louisville-USA by eliminating three seeds en route (including No. 1 seed Reeves); as No. 1 seed, won second ITF/Peachtree City-USA (won title in 1998); as No. 5 seed, won ITF/Albuquerque-USA; as No. 3 seed, won ITF/Troy-USA; as No. 1 seed at ITF/Paducah-USA, retired injured in 1r vs. Lee-Waters; reached world No. 77 on October 27, her best ranking since Feb. 25, 2002, when she was No. 75

2003 IN DETAILApril - Reached SF at ITF/Jackson-USA
May - Won ITF/Charlottesville-USA and ITF/Subiton-GBR (upset No. 1 seed CHO in final)
July - Won ITF/College Park-USA and reached doubles final w/Grant; reached SF at ITF/Oyster Bay-USA; won ITF/Louisville-USA (10th ITF Circuit singles title) by eliminating three seeds en route (including No. 1 seed Reeves)
September - As No. 1 seed, won ITF/Peachtree City-USA (also won title in 1998); as No. 8 seed, reached SF at ITF/Columbus-USA; best ranking since May 2002 came September 29 at No. 90; as No. 5 seed, won ITF/Albuquerque-USA for 12th singles title of career; as No. 3 seed, won seventh ITF Circuit singles title of 2003 at ITF/Troy-USA
October - As No. 1 seed at ITF/Paducah-USA, retired injured in 1r vs. Lee-Waters; as world No. 77, l. 1r at Quebec City to world No. 53 and No. 4 seed Granville

PERSONALCoached by father, Joe, who played on the men's tour and also coached Pete Sampras in 1989-91; mother, Jane, is a developmental specialist for children; has younger brother, Stephen, who is a professional skateboarder; both parents played college tennis; uncle, Andy Brandi, was women's tennis coach at the University of Florida for 17 years...Graduated from Bradenton Academy in 1995 and was on the Director's List with and A average...Was featured in a fitness program for American cable TV network, Lifetime...Does community service by speaking at schools...Enjoys writing and has written feature articles for CNN Web site and CBS Web site to the game by Harry Hopman, who gave Kristina her first racquet.

AWARDS• In 2003, won seven ITF singles titles in six months (Charlottsville, Surbiton, Peachtree, Louisville, College Park, Albuquerque, Troy)• In junior competition, ranked either No. 1 or 2 in Florida in all age groups; won National Clay Courts 14s; runner-up in National Hardcourts 14s and 18s; and was part of the USA's Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup team in 1992

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Kristina Won her first Qualifying match at the US Open 6-2, 6-3.

Just two more to go!
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I think Kristina is cool too.

So charmedRic have you ever met her in person?
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I did meet her at the Pittsburgh ITF event a while ago, but I'm yet to fully engage her in a conversation. Now that she has had such a great start to the seaso I doubt she'll be doing the ITF tour so I might have to use the 'fellow puertorican' card to get ato talk to her.

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