V.Williams makes Korea Open semifinals

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Venus Williams said she wasn’t at her best but still won in straight sets Friday in quarterfinal play of the $145,000 Korea Open tennis tournament.

V.Williams goes to Korean Open quarters

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Venus Williams had little trouble Thursday qualifying for the quarterfinals of the $145,000 Korea Open in Seoul.

Kirilenko extends winning streak

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Maria Kirilenko, coming off a tournament victory, recorded a first-round victory Wednesday at the $145,000 Korea Open.

V.Williams wins in Korea Open first round

SEOUL, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Venus Williams claimed an easy first-round victory Tuesday in the first-round action of the $145,000 Korea Open hard-court tennis tournament.

Henin, Jankovic among winners at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Belgium Justine Henin and Serbian Jelena Jankovic were among the early women winners Monday in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Venus Williams off to fast start

SAN DIEGO, July 31 (UPI) -- Venus Williams crushed Anastassia Rodionova Monday in the first round of the $1.34 million Acura Classic in San Diego.

Top women seeds sail in French Open

PARIS, May 30 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion Justine Henin was a straight-set victor Wednesday in the second round of the French Open.

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Sharapova to Istanbul semifinals

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 24 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Maria Sharapova was pushed to a third set Thursday but still advanced to the semifinals of the $200,000 Istanbul Cup tennis tournament.

V. Williams upset in Istanbul second round

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 23 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Venus Williams was upset in second-round play Wednesday at the $200,000 Istanbul Cup clay-court tennis tournament.

S. Williams takes Istanbul first-rounder

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 22 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Venus Williams lost just three games Tuesday in cruising through her first-round match at the $200,000 Istanbul Cup tennis tournament. Williams rolled by Tatiana Poutchek 6-1, 6-2, and earned a second-round pairing against Aravane Rezai in t

Hantuchova rallies for Italian Masters win

ROME, May 14 (UPI) -- No. 9-seeded Daniela Hantuchova dropped the first set Monday before posting a first-round win at the $1.34 million Italian Masters tennis tournament in Rome.

Jankovic advances at Amelia Island

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic was an easy second-round winner Wednesday at the Bausch & Lomb Tennis Championships in Amelia Island, Fla.

Hantuchova opens with win in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova rolled to a straight-set victory Monday in the first round of the $1.34 million Qatar Open.

Santangelo, Mirza win Pattaya openers

BANGKOK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Italian Mara Santangelo and Indian Sania Mirza were among Monday's first-round winners at the Pattaya Women's Open.
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Catalina Castano
Catalina Castano of Columbia returns the ball to Serena Williams (USA), who is seeded at eighth, at the US Open on August 31, 2005 in New York City. Williams ends up defeating Castano 6-2, 6-2. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Catalina Castaño Alvarez (born July 7, 1979 in Pereira, Risaralda) is a professional female Colombian tennis player. On 10 July 2006, Catalina reached her career-high singles ranking: World No. 35. Since November 2006, she is the highest ranked South American female tennis player. She is coached by Peruvian-born British citizen Pablo Giacopelli, who has been her coach since 2004.

She has reached the second round in three of the four Tennis Grand Slams Tournaments (Roland Garros, Australian Open and US Open), but she is yet to claim her first WTA Tour title. She has won six ITF titles in her career.

Castano has defeated top 20 players such as Nicole Vaidišová, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Patty Schnyder, Paola Suárez and Li Na since 2005.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Catalina Castano."
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