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Jana Kandarr (born 21 September 1976 in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, East Germany) is a German former professional tennis player. Kandarr is notable for playing with her right hand, even though she is left-handed.
|Born||21 September 1976|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Retired||2005 (last match)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||184 - 211|
|Highest ranking||No. 43 (11 June 2001)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2000)|
|French Open||2R (1997, 2001, 2002)|
|Wimbledon||2R (1995, 2000, 2001, 2002)|
|US Open||2R (2000)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2000)|
|Highest ranking||No. 108 (7 February 2000)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2000)|
|French Open||1R (2000)|
Kandarr moved with her parents from Halle to Karlsruhe after the German reunification. Her mother Petra Vogt was Sports Person of the Year in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in 1969. Jana Kandarr was practicing for some years in Unterhaching before she went professional in 1994.
The biggest success of her 10-year-long career was her participation in the Australian Open in 2000, where she made the final sixteen, coming through the qualifying tournament and winning six three-set matches in a row before being forced to retire against ninth seed Julie Halard-Decugis. Also in 2000, she reached the last sixteen at the Sydney Olympics, losing to the second seed and eventual winner Venus Williams. By the end of the year, Kandarr was ranked as the No. 1 German player overall.
The furthest Kandarr advanced at a WTA tournament was the semifinals of Palermo in 1996 and Estoril in 2001. She reached her highest placing in the world ranking on 11 June 2001 - after a victory against world No. 5 Amélie Mauresmo in the first round of the French Open. After the tournament she was listed as 43rd.
Kandarr ended her professional career in 2005. Although she still plays competitive tennis occasionally in the women's tennis Bundesliga for TC 1899 Blau-Weiss Berlin.
Having stopped school in 1996 to play tennis, she only graduated in 2000. From the winter semester of 2002/03, she has been studying geoscience and biology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, while living in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Her hobbies are horse riding, reading and going to the theater.