Following her arrival in the United States, Anna exploded onto the tennis
scene, making her the internationally recognized tennis star she is today.
At age 14, she became the youngest player ever to win a Fed Cup match.
She then went on to win the European Championships and the Italian Open
Junior tournament. Anna also beat out the competition to win the prestigious
Junior Orange Bowl, becoming the youngest player ever to win the 18 and
under division at that tournament. By the end of the year, Anna was crowned
the ITF World Champion.
After her success in the juniors, Anna turned pro in 1995. She won two
ITF singles tournaments, the 1st in Midland, Michigan, and the 2nd in
Rockford, Illinois. Anna then battled through four qualifying rounds at
the U.S. Open to eventually reach the fourth round of the main draw in
her first-ever Grand Slam Tournament where she lost to Steffi Graff. At
the end of 1996, Anna was the recipient of the prestigious Sanex WTA Tour
Most Impressive Newcomer Award.
In 1997, Anna reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon and became the 2nd
woman in the Open Era, next to Chris Evert, to reach the Wimbledon Semi's
in her career debut. A year later, Anna broke into the world's top 20
at #16. At The Lipton Championships in Key Biscayne, Florida, Anna defeated
four consecutive top 10 players in a four day period during a single tournament,
an unprecedented achievement that no other female tennis player has accomplished
to date. Three months later, she beat Steffi Graff on grass, a feat only
two other players accomplished in the 1990's. That same week, Anna broke
into the top 10 for the first time in her career. At the end of 1998,
Anna finished the year at #13 in the world in singles and #10 in doubles.
Her career continued to bloom during the next two years, with a year end
ranking of #12 in singles and #1 in doubles in 1999, and #8 in singles
and #4 in doubles in 2000.
Anna has defeated many of the world's top players who have competed on
the women's tour, including Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graff, Monica Seles,
Jennifer Capriati, Arantxa Sanchez and Martina Hingis. These impressive
wins, along with Anna's consistent top 10 rankings, two Grand Slam doubles
titles at the 1999 and 2002 Australian Open, and 3 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles
Finals, have more than proven her ability to excel in both singles and
doubles on the WTA Tour.