Date of Birth November 12, 1984
Birthplace Si Chuan, China
Height 5' 7 1/2" (1.71 m)
Weight 121 1/2 lbs. (55 kg)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status Pro (Feb. 2003)
Current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings - As of 8/29/2005
Porsche Race - Singles 166
WTA Ranking History
Season-Ending Singles 2004-248; 2003-179; 2002-299; 2001-468; 2000-642
Career-High Singles No. 153 (February 23, 2004)
Career-High Doubles No. 29 (January 17, 2005)
Finalist (0): 2005 - ITF/Beijing-CHN.
Quarterfinalist (1): 2003 - Tokyo [Japan Open].
Winner (2 WTA Tour): 2005 - Hobart (w/Zheng), Hyderabad (w/Zheng), ITF/Beijing-CHN (w/Zheng).
Finalist: 2005 - ITF/Washington, DC-USA (w/Hopkins).
Semifinalist (8): 2005 - Dubai (w/Zheng); 2004 - Hyderabad (w/Zheng), Birmingham (w/Zheng), Guangzhou (w/Zheng); 2003 - Shanghai (w/Zheng), Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Zheng), Quebec City (w/Zheng); 2002 - Vienna (w/Zheng).
Chinese Fed Cup Team 2003. Chinese Olympic Team 2004.
CAREER IN REVIEW
2000 - Debuted on ITF Circuit at six Chinese events, reaching one singles SF and one doubles final w/Zheng
2001 - Received a qualifying WC at Shanghai and l. in final round; reached three ITF Circuit QF, including at $25K ITF/Hangzhou-CHN as a LL, and won first ITF Circuit doubles title w/Zheng
2002 - As a world No. 298 Shanghai qualifier, l. 1r to No. 65 Widjaja; started season by reaching ITF/Hull-GBR final; reached 2r at $50K ITF/Fukuoka-JPN as a LL and SF at $25K ITF/Beijing-CHN; won seven ITF Circuit doubles titles, all w/Zheng, and reached one other final together
2003 - As a world No. 252 qualifier at Palermo, l. 1r to No. 34 Schiavone; as a world No. 215 LL at Tokyo [Japan Open], reached first WTA Tour QF by upsetting No. 52 Harkleroad, l. to No. 122 countrywoman Zheng; competed in first Grand Slam qualifying (US Open), l. 2r; reached two $50K ITF Circuit SF and won five ITF Circuit doubles titles w/Zheng, bringing their total together to more than a dozen
2004 - On Tour, l. in 1r four times (incl. at Berlin, as world No.167 qualifier, l. to No.28 Bovina 67(5) 75 62), and failed to qualify for nine events (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon); in doubles (w/Zheng), reached three SF and two QF (incl. Australian Open - d. No.5 seeds Black/Stubbs en route, and Olympics); reached two doubles finals on ITF Circuit, winning one
2005 IN DETAIL
JANUARY - As qualifier, lost to Golovin in first main draw match of season at Gold Coast; won first career doubles title at Hobart (w/Zheng), defeating No.2 seeds Medina Garrigues/Safina in final.
FEBRUARY - Captured second doubles title of season with Zheng at Hyderabad, defeating No.2 seeded countrywomen Li/Sun in championship match.
MARCH - Reached SF in doubles at Dubai (w/Zheng).
MAY - As qualifier at Rabat, defeated Uberoi in 1r match before loss to No.7 seed Parra Santonja in next round.
JUNE - Finished as singles runner-up and won doubles title (w/Zheng) at $50K ITF/Beijing-CHN, losing to Li in singles final.
JULY - Defeated No.4 seed Domachowska in 1r at Modena, but lost to Mamic in three sets in next match.
AUGUST - Reached doubles final (w/Hopkins) at $75K ITF/Washington, DC-USA.
Coached by Wang Liang Zuo...Mother introduced her to tennis at age six (neither parent plays); played at the Si Chuan Sport Academy...Father, Yan Chang Ming, is a manager, and mother, Meng Xiu Mei, is a primary school teacher...Has a cat named Mi Mi...Favorites include the color red, the movie Lord of the Rings, Chinese music and food, author Xin Ling Ji Tang, and all handsome actors!...Other sport interests include basketball and swimming...Relaxes by listening to music, visiting an amusement park or singing...Favorite city is Cheng Du because that is where her family lives...Considers herself talkative and impatient...Admires her father's intelligence and Jimmy Connor's sense of humor.