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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 August, 2003, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
20 Silvia Farina Elia
Silvia Farina Elia
Born: 27/4/72
Nationality: Italian
Seeded: 20
World ranking: 21
US Open best:
4th round (2002)
Recent record:
2002: 4th round
2001: 1st round
2000: 1st round

Consistency has always been the key to Silvia Farina Elia's place among the world's elite, but injury and loss of form have seen her slip down the rankings this year.

Seeded 13th, she lost to Nicole Pratt in the second round of the Australian Open and in March she was forced to retire in the first round in Miami with heat exhaustion.

Injuries to her back and right leg prevented her competing for much of April, before losing three straight matches on her return.

Born and raised in Italy, it comes as no surprise she prefers to play on clay.

Her only three career titles have all come on that surface in Strasbourg, where she defended her title for the second consecutive time in May.

However, Farina Elia surprised many observers at Wimbledon by reaching the quarter-finals, upsetting Chanda Rubin on the way.

Her hard court form has been less impressive, losing in the first round in San Diego and the third in Los Angeles.

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