Posted: 27 December 2005 at 11:59pm | IP Logged
Residence Hyderabad, India
Date of Birth November 15, 1986
Birthplace Mumbai, India
Height 5'7 1/2" (1.53m)
Weight 130 lbs. (59kg)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
WTA Tour singles titles 1   ; 1
WTA Tour doubles titles 0   ; 1
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles 0   ; 12
ITF Women's Circuit doubles titles 0   ; 4
Prize Money $254,415   ; $300,855
Win Loss Record - Singles 33-20 129-40
Win Loss Record - Doubles 10-9 & nbsp; 60-31
Current WTA Tour Rankings - As of 12/19/2005
Singles Porsche Race - Singles Doubles
34 34 &n bsp;113
WTA Ranking History
Season-Ending Singles 2004-206; 2003-399; 2002-837; 2001-987
Career-High Singles No. 31 (October 10, 2005)
Career-High Doubles No. 109 (October 17, 2005)
Racquet: Head Flexpoint Instinct
2005 IN DETAIL
JANUARY - Had successful Grand Slam debut at Australian Open as wild card, reaching 3r with victories against wild card Watson, Mandula before falling to No.7 seed Serena Williams; became first Indian woman to reach 3r at Grand Slam event; helped improve ranking from No.166 to No.132.
FEBRUARY - In only fifth main draw Tour event, captures first career title in home country of India at Hyderabad Open, defeating No.9 seed A.Bondarenko in championship match; becomes first Indian women to capture Tour singles title; defeats Sescioreanu (100th career victory), No.4 seed Zheng, Obziler and No.8 seed Kirilenko en route to championship match; breaks into Top 100 for first time at No.99 on Feb. 14 rankings; withdrew from Bogota following week due to right ankle sprain.
MARCH - As wild card at Dubai, defeated Kostanic in 1r and followed with straight sets upset of No.4 seed Kuznetsova in next match before straight sets loss to Jankovic; attracted large crowds to her matches all week in Dubai; continues climb in rankings on March 7 to new best of No.77; as wild card at Miami, fell to Sanchez Lorenzo in 1r.
APRIL - Withdrew from Rabat due to ankle injury.
MAY - Made debut at Roland Garros, falling to No.30 seed Dulko in 1r.
JUNE - At Birmingham, defeated Schaul in 1r, but fell to No.3 seed Jankovic in next match; made debut at Wimbledon, defeating Morigami in 1r before three set loss to No.5 seed Kuznetsova in 2r.
JULY - Reached third QF of year at Cincinnati, defeating No.7 seed Groenefeld and Brandi before falling to Morigami; reached second doubles SF of season at Cincinnati (w/Fedak); reaches new career-high of No.64 on July 25 rankings; lost in last round of qualifying at Stanford, but reached main draw as lucky loser and defeated wild card Daniilidou in 1r before loss to No.2 seed Venus Williams in 2r.
AUGUST - Continued move closer to Top 50, reaching new career-best of No.59 on August 1; qualified for main draw at San Diego and reached 3r with victories vs. qualifier Garbin and No.4 seed Petrova before three-set loss to Morigami; becomes first Indian player to ever crack Top 50 in rankings on August 8 after improving from No.59 to No.48; fell to Benesova in three sets in 1r at Los Angeles; reached second career Tour final as No.3 seed at Forest Hills, falling to Safarova in championship match, 36 75 64; defeated Peer, Vinci and wild card Glatch to reach final; continued climb in rankings, reaching new career-high at No.42 on August 29.
SEPTEMBER - Made debut at US Open, becoming first Indian woman to reach 4r at Grand Slam event, defeating Washington, Camerin and Bartoli before loss to top seed Sharapova; makes Top 40 debut on September 12 rankings at No.34; as No.8 seed at Bali, lost to Bychkova in 1r; as No.3 seed at Kolkata, defeated qualifier Namigata in 1r, but fell to Czink in three sets in 2r; reached SF in doubles at Kolkata (w/Ruano Pascual).
OCTOBER - Reached first Tier III SF as No.8 seed at Tokyo [Japan Open], upsetting top seed Zvonareva in QF before falling to No.3 seed and eventual runner-up Golovin 62 64 (was down 5-0 and 2 mp in second set before almost evening it up); afterwards on October 10, moved from No.37 to a new career-high of No.31; also reached Tokyo [Japan Open] doubles SF (w/Peer), her third Tour doubles SF of the season; reached 2r at Bangkok (as No.5 seed, d. Nagyova in 1r but retired at beginning of second set in 2r vs. Yuan due to low back strain).
Coached by her father, Imran and John Farrington ... Began playing tennis at age 6 ... father, Imran, is a builder, and mother, Naseema, works in printing business ... has one sister, Anam ... favorite colors are red and black ... likes movie Ocean's 11 and actors Brad Pitt and Hugh Grant ... likes listening to hip hop, including Eminem ... also likes playing cricket and swimming ... most admires Gandhi ... also admires tennis play of Steffi Graf.