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Sesil Karatantcheva was born in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Her father was a Bulgarian National Champion, who placed seventh in World Cup of Rowing, and her mother a volleyball player was also a Bulgarian Nacional Champion. Sisters are Gabriele and Elia. She didn't like tennis at first, when her father introduced her to game at 5 1/2 years of age.
2003 - She played her first professional tournament in September 2003 in Sofia, Bulgaria at the age of 14. The next week, she won her first professional tournament title in Volos, Greece. Karatantcheva played in six ITF Circuits events in 2003, winning three and reaching the final of a fourth. Appeared on WTA Tour Rankings at world No. 620 on Oct. 20.
2004 - As 14-year-old world No.282 WC at Indian Wells, defeated No.120 Stevenson and upset No.25 Serna and lost in 3rd to No.24 Sharapova in 3 sets. As No.210 qualifier at Vancouver, defeated No.144 Yoshida and No.87 Groenefeld to reach first Tour QF (lost to No.114 Pin in 3 sets). Made Grand Slam debut as No.180 qualifier at US Open, lost to eventual champion world No.9 Kuznetsova. As No.168 qualifier at Tokyo, defeated No.60 Parra Santonja and lost on 2nd round to No.95 Kapros. As No.154 Quebec City qualifier, reached second Tour QF of season and career by defeating No.51 Washington and No.75 Perry (lost to No.80 Sucha). On November 8, reached career-high No.127. On ITF Circuit, won $50K ITF/Palm Beach Gardens-USA (fourth title of career).
2005 - As qualifier at Gold Coast, reached third career Tour QF (defeated Camerin in first round and No.7 seed Likhovtseva) before falling to No.2 seed Schnyder. Made debut at Australian Open as qualifier, falling to No.4 seed Sharapova in first round. Won first round match at Memphis (defeated No.278 Noorlander), but fell to No.141 Jackson in second round. Won opening round match at Indian Wells, defeating Weingartner in three sets before second round loss to world No.1 Davenport. As wild card at Miami, lost to Peschke in first round. Reached QF in debut appearance at Roland Garros, becoming the youngest female to reach QF of a Grand Slam tournamente since Martina Hingis in 1996 (15 years, 10 months). Defeated Bondarenko and No.19 seed Asagoe before scoring best-career victory in three sets against No.11 seed Venus Williams, followed with forth round victory against Gagliardi before three-set loss to No.16 Likhovtseva. Makes giant leap in rankings on June 6, moving from No.98 to career-best No.51. Reached second round in Wimbledon before losing to Sharapova.