On the Court
Made her debut in 1999 on the ITF circuit at age 15, going 1-3. Played in the qualifying round of the Australian Open in 2006, losing to No. 142 Louise Latimer. Won five ITF tournaments in 2001, going 36-11 overall. Got her first main draw wild card in 2002 at Gold Coast, losing in the first round to Anastasia Myskina. Playing almost exclusively at the ITF level, struggled to a 24-27 record.
Had her first breakout on tour in 2003, reching the third round of the Australian Open by upsetting No. 37 Conchita Martinez in the first round. Climbed into the top 200 with the push. Played mostly ITF events during the spring, losing in the first round of qualifying at Roland Garros and the first round of the main draw at Wimbledon. Lost in the second qualifying round at the US Open to finish the year 20-24.
Reached the semifinals at Gold Coast to start 2004, then the quarterfinals at Acapulco and the third round at Indian Wells. After a second-round appearance at Budapest, she cracked the Top 100 for the first time at No. 98. Received a main draw wild card at Roland Garros, but lost in the first round. Made it through two rounds of qualifying and into the third round at Birmingham. Lost in the first round of the 2004 Olympics at Athens. Made the second round of the US Open and finished the year ranked inside the Top 70 at 41-28.
Exploded out fo the gate in 2005, reaching the finals of Gold Coast and Sydney back to back to climb into the Top 50. Reached the second round of the French Open, but cooled off considerably after that, ending the year just inside the Top 50 with a 23-25 record.
Did not play Gold Coast and fell in the first round at Sydney to start 2006, dropping her all the way to No. 98 entering the Australian Open. Reached the fourth round of the Australian Open thanks to a second-round upset of No. 22 Ana Ivanovic to jump back to 72nd. Reached the finals at Prague to move back to No. 50 then rose to No. 36 with limited success in the US Open Series before jumping to 30th following a trip to the New Haven semifinals. Finished the year 33-26.
Went three rounds deep in most tournaments she played in 2007, including the French Open, but was injured at the US Open and missed the entire rest of the season, finishing 17-18.
Lost all of her points with the injury, and by the time she returend to the court in 2008, she was down to 154th in the world and playing ITF action. First WTA tournament back was Rome in May, where she reached the second round, a feat she repeated at Roland Garros, upsetting No. 18 Shahar Peer in the first round. Rejoined the Top 100 by reaching the semifinals at Eastbourne. Reached the finals at Seoul and finished the season 27-16.
Reached the third round of the 2009 Australian Open to move up to No. 42, then impressed at Miami, defeating No. 2 Dinara Safina en route to the quarterfinals, bumping herself up to No. 31 in the world. After an unimpressive start to the clay court season, she caught fire at Roland Garros, taking out No. 4 Elena Dementieva in the third round and ultimately reaching the semifinals, where she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Spring-boarded from No. 32 to No. 18 with the victory. Proceeded to shine in the US Open Series, reaching the Stanford semifinals and th Los Angeles final. Won Osaka near the end of the season to finish the year inside the Top 15 with a 38-20 mark.
Joined the Top 10 for the first time after making a semifinalist appearance at Indian Wells and followed it with one at Miami. Won Charleston over Vera Zvonareva, then reached the finals at Stuttgart to jump to eighth. At the French Open, shocked No. 1 seed Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-7(2), 8-6, then upset No. 4 Jelena Jankovic in the semifinals to reach her first Grand Slam final, where she was defeated by No. 17 Francesca Schiavone. Climbed to No. 7 in the world with the run, briefly climbing as high as No. 5 and reaching the US Open quarterfinals. Qualified for the tour championships for the first time and reached the semifinals before losing to Clijsters, wrapping up a dazzling 47-19 campaign.
Did not reach a final in 2011 until Rome in May, losing to Sharapova. Was upset in the third round of the French Open by Gisela Dulko to fall back from 6th to 10th. Was upset in the first round of Wimbledon by No. 262 Melinda Czink. Rebounded to reach the Rogers Cup finals, then turned up the heat at the US Open, defeating No. 2 Zvonareva in the quarterfinals and routing heavy favorite Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the final for her first Grand Slam title, moving back up to No. 7 in the process.
Started the 2012 season off slowly before reaching the finals at Doha, losing to No. 1 Azarenka in mid-February. Reached the French Open semifinals before being upset by No. 24 Sara Errani. Lost in the US Oepn quarterfinals to Azarenka to drop back to No. 9. Went 0-2 at the WTA Championships to end the year 44-24.
Grand Slam Titles Won (1): Singles - 2011 US Open
Year-End Singles Rankings: 2012: 9
Off the Court
Is the daughter of Tony and Dianne, and has brothers named Daniel and Dominic. Began playing tennis at age eight. Is a fan of Steffi Graf.