at age 15, qualified and made it to the fourth round of the
1996 . Open, her first Grand Slam. A year later, she became
only the second woman in the Open era (after Chris Evert)
to reach the semifinals in her Wimbledon debut. In 98
she beat four Top 10 players in as many days to reach her
first career final, in Miami. Three months later, she beat
Steffi Graf on grass, something only two others accomplished
in the 1990s.