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Dominique Monami (born 31 May 1973) is a Belgian former professional tennis player. She is her country's first ever top 10 tennis pro.

Dominique Monami
Dominique Van Roost.JPG
Country (sports) Belgium
ResidenceMechelen
Born (1973-05-31) 31 May 1973 (age 46)
Verviers, Liège
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned proJune 1991
RetiredOctober 2000
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize money$2,013,032
Singles
Career record295–182
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 9 (12 October 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1997, 1999)
French Open3R (1997, 1998)
Wimbledon4R (1998, 1999)
US Open3R (1998, 1999)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2000)
Doubles
Career record126–123
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 21
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesBronze medal.svg Bronze medal (2000)
Last updated on: 25 August 2007.

Monami was born in Verviers. In 1995, she married her coach Bart Van Roost, with whom she has a daughter, and played under the name Dominique Van Roost until their divorce in 2003.

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CareerEdit

Van Roost won her first WTA tournament in 1996 in Cardiff (Welsh Open). Before this win, she had been on the ITF tour and had won seven ITF events, five of which in 1990. In 1997 she reached the quarterfinals of that year's Australian Open. Then the following year, Van Roost became the first ever Belgian tennis player (male or female) to reach the top 10 in world tennis rankings.

Van Roost won a total of four WTA singles titles and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 9 in October 1998. In total, she participated in 36 Grand Slam tournaments during her professional career.

Another achievement for Van Roost came during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney where she won the bronze medal in doubles, partnering Els Callens. Also in doubles, she reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 1999 and 2000, and the semifinals of the 2000 US Open.

In November 2000, Van Roost ended her professional tennis career when she became pregnant by Bart van Roost, whom she divorced later in 2003. She became embroiled in political controversy in Belgium because of her name change.[citation needed] She had been criticized in the country for abandoning her Walloon surname and adopting that of her Flemish husband. After her divorce, she reverted to her original last name. Subsequently in 2006, she married Erik Vink, a manager in Sony BMG.

After retiring from playing, Monami became involved in Belgian tennis in various capacities, including as a tournament director (Brussels Open) and as the Belgian Fed Cup captain. She also wrote a book titled Een Kwestie van Karakter (Tout est dans le caractere). Monami was the winner of Belgian Sports Personality of the Year award in 1998.

Significant finalsEdit

OlympicsEdit

Doubles: 1 bronze medalEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 2000 Sydney Hard   Els Callens   Olga Barabanschikova
  Natalia Zvereva
4–6, 6–4, 6–1

WTA career finalsEdit

Legend (Singles)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–3)
Tier III (0–4)
Tier IV (4–5)

Singles: 16 (4 titles, 12 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 17 October 1993 Open Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 30 October 1995 Bell Challenge, Quebec City Carpet (i)   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Winner 1. 19 May 1996 British Clay Court Championships, Cardiff Clay   Laurence Courtois 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 12 January 1997 Tasmanian International, Hobart Hard   Marianne Werdel-Witmeyer 6–3, 6–3
Winner 3. 28 September 1997 Wismilak International, Surabaya Hard   Lenka Němečková 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 20 October 1997 Bell Challenge, Quebec City Carpet (i)   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 5–7
Runner-up 4. 23 November 1997 PTT Pattaya Open, Pattaya City Hard   Henrieta Nagyová 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 5–7
Winner 4. 10 January 1998 ASB Classic, Auckland Hard   Silvia Farina 4–6, 7–6, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 12 January 1998 Hobart International Hard   Patty Schnyder 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 15 February 1998 Open Gaz de France, Paris Carpet (i)   Mary Pierce 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 7. 23 February 1998 Generali Ladies Linz Carpet (i)   Jana Novotná 1–6, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 8. 23 May 1998 Madrid Open Clay   Patty Schnyder 6–3, 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 9. 9 January 1999 ASB Classic, Auckland Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 10. 26 September 1999 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City Carpet (i)   Kim Clijsters 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 11. 24 June 2000 Direct Line International Championships, Eastbourne Grass   Julie Halard-Decugis 6–7(4–7), 4–6
Runner-up 12. 23 July 2000 French Community Championships, Knokke-Heist Clay   Anna Smashnova 2–6, 5–7

Doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 8 May 1993 Belgian Open, Liege Clay   Ann Devries   Radka Bobková
  María José Gaidano
6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 1. 18 July 1993 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel Clay   Li Fang   Maja Murić
  Pavlína Rajzlová
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 16 October 1993 Open Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier Carpet (i)   Janette Husárová   Meredith McGrath
  Claudia Porwik
3–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 3. 26 October 1996 SEAT Open, Luxembourg City Carpet (i)   Barbara Rittner   Kristie Boogert
  Nathalie Tauziat
2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 4 January 1997 ASB Classic, Auckland Hard   Janette Husárová   Aleksandra Olsza
  Elena Pampoulova
6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Runner-up 4. 11 January 1997 Tasmanian International, Hobart Hard   Barbara Rittner   Naoko Kijimuta
  Nana Miyagi
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 5. 22 November 1997 Volvo Women's Open, Pattaya City Hard   Florencia Labat   Kristine Kunce
  Corina Morariu
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 22 May 1998 Madrid Open Clay   Florencia Labat   Rachel McQuillan
  Nicole Pratt
6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 13 August 2000 East West Bank Classic, Los Angeles Hard   Els Callens   Kimberly Po
  Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
6–2, 7–5

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 8 (7–1)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 6 August 1990 Koksijde, Belgium Clay   Magdalena Feistel 6–2, 6–1
Winner 2. 17 September 1990 Napoli, Italy Clay   Klára Bláhová 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 24 September 1990 Napoli, Italy Clay   Catarina Bernstein 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 4. 15 October 1990 Burgdorf, Switzerland Carpet (i)   Sabine Lohmann 5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 5. 22 October 1990 Lyss, Switzerland Clay   Katja Meichelbock 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 12 November 1990 Swindon, United Kingdom Carpet (i)   Sandrine Testud 4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 27 February 1995 Southampton, United Kingdom Carpet (i)   Angela Kerek 0–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 7. 29 September 1996 Limoges, France Hard (i)   Åsa Svensson 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–1

Doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 27 February 1995 Southampton, United Kingdom Carpet (i)   Andrea Temesvari   Seda Noorlander
  Christína Papadáki
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 28 September 1996 Limoges, France Hard (i)   Caroline Dhenin   Natalia Medvedeva
  Larisa Neiland
1–6, 1–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L W%
Australian Open A 4R 2R 1R Q1 2R QF 3R QF 2R 0 / 8 15–8 65%
French Open Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 9 6–9 40%
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R 4R 4R 1R 0 / 9 11–9 55%
US Open 3R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 10 10–10 50%
Year-end championships
Tour Championships A A A A A A A QF QF A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Tier I tournaments
Tokyo Tier II A 1R A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Indian Wells Tier II A 3R 1R 4R 0 / 3 4–3 57%
Miami A A A 2R 3R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 7 5–6 45%
Berlin A A A A A A A 1R 2R A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Rome A A A 1R A A 3R 3R QF 2R 0 / 5 8–5 62%
Montreal / Toronto A 1R A A A A A 2R A 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Moscow T V Not Held Tier III SF A SF A 0 / 2 6–2 75%
Zürich Tier II A A A A 2R QF QF 1R 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Year-end ranking 129 100 59 133 43 46 18 12 14 24

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