Kristina Brandi (born March 29, 1977) is a former Puerto Rican tennis player. She was the first tennis player representing Puerto Rico to win a singles match in an Olympic tennis tournament.
|Country (sports)||Puerto Rico|
|Born||March 29, 1977|
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Career titles||1 WTA, 16 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 27 (December 4, 2000)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2000)|
|French Open||2R (2000, 2005)|
|US Open||2R (1996, 2000, 2004)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2004)|
|Career titles||1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 246 (June 19, 1995)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2006)|
|French Open||1R (2005)|
|US Open||1R (1999, 2005)|
Some of Brandi's career highlights: She achieved her best ranking in singles of 27 on 4 December 2000, and her high rank for doubles of 246 in June 1995. Brandi won one career singles title, in 1999 on grass at 's Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.
Brandi was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she became interested in the sport of tennis at an early age. She made her professional debut in 1995 when she was 17 years old. Her father is Joe Brandi, who coached Pete Sampras.
In 2003, Brandi won the most titles of any woman on the "USTA Circuit". She took home trophies from six events. Brandi was a member of the 2003 Puerto Rican Fed Cup team where she captured the singles championship at the $75k event in Albuquerque, New Mexico plus, the $50k event in Troy, Alabama and $25k in Peachtree City, Georgia.
Brandi represented Puerto Rico in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She became the first tennis player representing Puerto Rico to win a singles match in an Olympic tournament when she beat Jelena Kostanić from Croatia (7–5, 6–1). She lost in the second round to Russian Anastasia Myskina.
Brandi defended her ITF-Surbiton title defeating Laura Granville from the U.S. Brandi's grass-court season plans for 2006 at the WTA Tour-level included the main draw of the Birmingham tournament as well as the qualifying tournament at Eastbourne before heading to compete in the Wimbledon Championships main draw.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||20 June 1999||Tier III||Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands||Grass||Silvija Talaja||6–0, 3–6, 6–1|
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 25 (16 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit
|Winner||1.||4 July 1994||ITF Indianapolis, United States||Hard||Mashona Washington||6–1, 6–3|
|Runner-up||2.||25 July 1994||ITF Roanoke, United States||Hard||Keiko Nagatomi||6–7, 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||9 October 1995||ITF Sedona, United States||Hard||Tami Whitlinger||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||6 April 1997||ITF Phoenix, United States||Hard||Li Fang||1–6, 2–6|
|Winner||5.||26 January 1998||ITF Clearwater, United States||Hard||Mashona Washington||6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||6.||5 April 1998||ITF Phoenix, United States||Hard||Lilia Osterloh||6–0, 6–4|
|Winner||7.||20 July 1998||ITF Peachtree City, United States||Hard||Anne Kremer||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||8.||2 August 1998||ITF Salt Lake City, United States||Hard||Mariaan de Swardt||2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||9.||1 November 1998||ITF Austin, United States||Hard||Meilen Tu||3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||10.||1 August 1999||ITF Salt Lake City, United States||Hard||Li Fang||6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||11.||30 April 2000||ITF Sarasota, United States||Hard||Meghann Shaughnessy||1–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||12.||4 June 2001||ITF Surbiton, United Kingdom||Grass||Rika Fujiwara||3–6, 3–6|
|Winner||13.||13 May 2003||ITF Charlottesville, United States||Clay||Christina Wheeler||4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||14.||8 June 2003||ITF Surbiton, United Kingdom||Grass||Cho Yoon-jeong||6–1, 6–3|
|Winner||15.||8 July 2003||ITF College Park, United States||Hard||Lioudmila Skavronskaia||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||16.||28 July 2003||ITF Louisville, United States||Hard||Shenay Perry||3–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||17.||14 September 2003||ITF Peachtree City, United States||Hard||Allison Bradshaw||6–0, 6–1|
|Winner||18.||22 September 2003||ITF Albuquerque, United States||Hard||Milagros Sequera||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||19.||5 October 2003||ITF Troy, United States||Hard||Maria Elena Camerin||7–6(7), 6–3|
|Runner-up||20.||19 October 2003||ITF Sedona, United States||Hard||Samantha Reeves||5–7, 6–1, 4–6|
|Winner||21.||4 June 2005||ITF Surbiton, United Kingdom||Grass||Laura Granville||6–3, 6–1|
|Runner-up||22.||2 October 2005||ITF Ashland, United States||Hard||Napaporn Tongsalee||4–6, 6–2, 4–6|
|Winner||23.||16 October 2005||ITF San Francisco, United States||Hard||Lilia Osterloh||5–7, 6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||24.||10 June 2006||ITF Surbiton, United Kingdom||Grass||Laura Granville||7–5, 6–0|
|Runner-up||25.||19 September 2006||ITF Albuquerque, United States||Hard||Ahsha Rolle||2–6, 4–6|
Doubles: 6 (1 title, 5 runner-ups)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||20 June 1994||ITF Hilton Head, United States||Clay||Karin Miller|| Angela Lettiere
|6–4, 2–6, 6–7|
|Winner||2.||4 July 1994||ITF Indianapolis, United States||Hard||Karin Miller|| Angela Lettiere
|6–2, 4–6, 7–6|
|Runner-up||3.||25 July 1994||ITF Roanoke, United States||Hard||Karin Miller|| Gail Biggs
|6–4, 3–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||4.||1 February 1998||ITF Clearwater, United States||Hard||Karin Miller|| Maureen Drake
|6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||5.||10 September 2002||ITF Peachtree City, United States||Hard||Allison Baker|| Jennifer Russell
|Runner-up||6.||8 July 2003||ITF College Park, United States||Hard||Kim Grant|| Jennifer Russell
|2–6, 6–4, 5–7|
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