(1983 - )
Stephanie turned professional in 2001 at the age of
18 and is now finding her form on the pro circuit. As of July 8, 2004,
the Parisian native was internationally ranked No. 105 in singles (her
career high was at No. 61 on October 6, 2003) and No. 108 in doubles.
Cohen-Aloro was named to the French Federations Cup team.
A top player on the junior circuit in 1998, Cohen-Aloro missed all of
1999 due to injuries. In 2000, she reached the semifinals in two ITF
events; and then in 2001, just before turning pro, Stephanie won two
ITF events, a singles title in Bangkok and a doubles title in Madrid.
In 2002, Stephanie captured two more ITF events: in Cardiff, Wales,
and in her native France. In the French Open, she was eliminated in
the first round by Mirjana Lucic of Croatia.
In April, 2003, Stephanie enjoyed her best showing
in a WTA tournament. At Estoril, Portugal,
she beat Maria Kirilenko in the first round, 6-2, 6-3, then eliminated
Spaniard Maria Sanchez Lorenzo, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, before a quarterfinal
setback against Magui Serna. At the 2003 French Open, Cohen-Aloro eliminated
Argentine Natali Gussoni, 6-1, 7-5, but fell to Patty Schnyder, 3-6,
6-7, in the second round. Stephanie lost the first round of Wimbledon,
but made the second round at the US Open. She coasted to a 6-2, 6-4
victory over Alina Jidkova before succumbing to Amelie Mauresmo (at
the time ranked No. 6 in the world), 2-6,2-6. Cohen-Aloro's doubles
team with Tatiana Perebiynis of the Ukraine was also eliminated in the
In the 2004 Australian Open, Cohen-Aloro played in both the women's singles and doubles competitions.
In singles, she lost in the first round to American Amy Frazier, 4-6,
7-5, and 3-6. In doubles with partner Magui Serna of Spain, she lost
3-6 and 3-6. It was Stephanie's first time at the Australian Open.
Cohen-Aloro faced a tough first round draw in the 2004 Roland Garros
tournament. She lost to 17th seeded Italian, Francesca Schiavone 6-2,
6-1. Stephanie was optimistic coming in but showed disappointing form
on her home-court. Stephanie and partner Jean-Francois Bachelot were
also knocked out of the mixed doubles event in the first round. The
French player seemed out of sorts in the first round of Wibledon 2004
as well. She was beaten easily by Stephanie Foretz 6-1, 6-3.
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