Dominique Van Roost
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Dominique Van Roost
Dominique Monami
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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 WTA, 7 ITF
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 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesBronze medal.svg Bronze medal (2000)

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

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.

Career

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

Monami 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, Monami 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.[] 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 awarded Belgian Sports Personality of the Year in 1998.

Significant finals

Olympics

Doubles: 1 bronze medal

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

WTA career finals

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)

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

Doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runner-ups)

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

ITF finals

Singles (7-1)

$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 Poland Magdalena Feistel 6-2, 6-1
Winner 2. 17 September 1990 Napoli, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Klára Bláhová 6-3, 6-2
Winner 3. 24 September 1990 Napoli, Italy Clay Sweden Catarina Bernstein 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Winner 4. 15 October 1990 Burgdorf, Switzerland Carpet (i) West Germany Sabine Lohmann 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
Winner 5. 22 October 1990 Lyss, Switzerland Clay West Germany Katja Meichelbock 6-2, 6-2
Runner-up 1. 12 November 1990 Swindon, Great Britain Carpet (i) France Sandrine Testud 4-6, 4-6
Winner 6. 27 February 1995 Southampton, Great Britain Carpet (i) Germany Angela Kerek 0-6, 6-4, 6-3
Winner 7. 29 September 1996 Limoges, France Hard (i) Sweden Åsa Carlsson 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-1

Doubles (1-1)

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

Singles performance timeline

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

Statistics

References

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Not given
Belgian Sports Personality of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Luc Van Lierde


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