-- 2006 AT A GLANCE --
WTA Tournaments Played: null
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Overall Record (including non-WTA events): null
| CURRENT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS|
• Despite oppressive heat, successfully defended her Australian Open title in a rematch with Martina Hingis. Capriati fought off four match points in the second set to outlast Hingis 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.
• Reached the finals in Scottsdale and Miami losing both tournaments to Serena Williams.
• Failed to defend her French Open title when she lost in the semis to eventual champion Serena Williams. Williams won 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
• Won the ESPY for Best Comeback Athlete.
• Lost the final of the Canadian Open to Amelie Mauresmo, 6-4, 6-1. Mauresmo also proved to be her downfall in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
• Reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships before losing to Serena Williams.
| 2006 TOURNAMENTS|
• After 11 years as a pro, reached her first Grand Slam final and went on to surprise world No. 1 Martina Hingis to win the Australian Open in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. To reach the final, Capriati took out defending champion Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals.
• Won back-to-back Grand Slam titles by defeating Belgian teen Kim Clijsters at the French Open after a nerve-racking third set 1-6, 6-4, 12-10.
• Her hopes of achieving the Grand Slam died with a loss in the semifinals at Wimbledon to Belgian teen Justine Henin 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Capriati maintained that she was still pleased with her year saying, "I mean, it's hard to win one Grand Slam." She also reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open before losing to eventual champion Venus Williams.
• Won a rematch of the Aussie Open final with Martina Hingis on the clay courts at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. Capriati defeated Hingis, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 to take the title.
• Reached the final in Toronto before falling to Serena Williams 6-1, 6-7 (7), 6-3.
• Started off the year by reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal
in nine years at the Australian Open.
• Struggled after splitting with coach Harold Solomon, going winless in the
• After reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon
and the U.S. Open, she captured her first title of the year and
ninth of her career at the Seat Open in Luxembourg in October.
• At Miami, she upset No. 6 Serena Williams to reach the quarterfinals. She reached the semifinals at Zurich and the final of the Bell
Challenge in Quebec City.
• Qualified for the Chase Championships
for the first time since 1992, when she reached the
quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
• Helped the United States defeat Spain 5-0 to win the Fed Cup.
• Enjoyed an eight-match winning streak, which was her best performance in six years. She won her first title in three years at Strasbourg and reached the fourth round of the French Open.
• Took her second title of the year at Quebec City to improve her rank to No. 26 -- the highest it had been in almost three years.
• At the Grand Slams, she reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open and for the first time in six years had a victory at the Australian Open by defeating Evie Dominikovic in the first round.
• Back again, reaches the quarterfinals in Essen, Germany.
• Makes first final in three years at Chicago, defeating No. 13 Maggie Maleeva and co-No. 1 Monica Seles. Lost to No. 5 Jana Novotna.
• Returned to the tour, but lost in the first round at Philadelphia. Dropped out again.
• Dropped out of the tour after U.S. Open.
• Took home the gold medal at the Olympics by defeating Steffi Graf 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
• At Wimbledon became the youngest player to surpass $1 million in career earnings.
• Another record-setting year as she became the youngest female semifinalist at Wimbledon. To get there she defeated Martina Navratilova in the quarterfinal forcing her earliest exit from the grass-court tournament
in 14 years.
• She was again the youngest semifinalist at the U.S. Open.
• The final involving two of the youngest players happened in San Diego when Capriati faced Monica Seles.
• She won her first pro title at the Puerto Rico Open.
• Set more records at age 14: the youngest to be ranked in the Top Ten; youngest Grand Slam semifinalist in the history of the French Open; at Wimbledon both the youngest to win a match in the tournament's history and the youngest seed in Grand Slam history.
• Took the tennis world by storm when she was the youngest player, at age 13, to win the French Open junior title. The record stood until 1993 when Martina Hingis broke it.
• Won the U.S. Open junior title. With partner Meredith McGrath, Capriati won junior doubles titles at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.