Jana Kandarr

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Jana Kandarr.

Jana Kandarr (born 21 September 1976 in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, East Germany) is a former German professional tennis player. Kandarr is notable for playing with her right hand, even though she is left-handed.

Kandarr moved with her parents from Halle to Karlsruhe after the German reunification. Her mother Petra Vogt was Sports Person of the Year in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in 1969. Jana Kandarr was practicing for some years in Unterhaching before she went professional in 1994.

The biggest success of her 10 year-long career was her participation in the Australian Open in 2000, where she made the final sixteen. Apart from that, she played in the semi-finals of the WTA tournaments of 1996 in Palermo and 2001 in Estoril. She reached her highest placing in the world ranking on 11 June 2001 - after a victory against Amélie Mauresmo in the first round of the French Open, through which she reached the second round. After the tournament she was listed as 43rd.

Jana Kandarr ended her professional career at the end of 2004. She is still playing tennis together with players like Květa Peschke and Bianka Lamade in the women's tennis Bundesliga for TC 1899 Blau-Weiss Berlin.

Having stopped school in 1996 to play tennis, she only graduated in 2000. From the winter semester of 2002/03, she has been studying geoscience and biology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, while living in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Her hobbies are horse riding, reading and going to the theater.

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