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Giving something back: Andrea with Chris Evert during a visit to a children's cancer ward in America last year

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Within 18 months Andrea had become the youngest seeded player in Wimbledon history and reached the semi-final of the US Open. But with such success came inevitable problems.  More of the article can be found at: