Vanessa Menga

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Vanessa Menga
Country (sports)  Brazil
Residence São Paulo, Brazil
Born (1976-10-10) 10 October 1976 (age 41)
São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1995
Retired 2003
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $139,973
Career record 185 - 186
Career titles 0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking 163 (February 22, 1999)
Career record 267 - 148
Career titles 0 WTA, 33 ITF
Highest ranking 93 (June 7, 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open R3 (1999)
Wimbledon R1 (1999)
US Open R1 (1999)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon R2 (1999)
Vanessa Menga
Medal record
Women's Tennis
Representing  Brazil
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1999 Winnipeg Women's Doubles

Vanessa Menga (born October 10, 1976) is a former professional tennis player from Brazil.

Born in São Paulo, she started playing tennis at the age of 4, when she went to an academy along with her father. At the age of 14, Menga went to train tennis in Barcelona, where she won her first doubles championship.

She's the only Brazilian female tennis player to play in two Summer Olympic Games, Atlanta 1996 (doubles with Miriam D’Agostini, falling in Round 1), and Sydney 2000 (with Joana Cortez, falling in Round 2). Menga was also in two Pan American Games, Mar Del Plata 1995 and Winnipeg 1999, where she won the doubles Gold medal with Joana Cortez.

In 2001, Menga posed for Playboy Brazil. In 2003, she retired from tennis after a motorcycle accident which left her for eight months without playing. Menga now has an institute in São Paulo where she teaches tennis to over 200 children, and participates in other charity projects.


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