No.1 Spotlight: Amélie Mauresmo
Published June 24, 2013 12:00
For much of her career, Amélie Mauresmo carried the unfortunate label as tennis' nearly woman. Since bursting onto the scene with a run to the final of the 1999 Australian Open, the elegant Frenchwoman had failed to convert her prodigious talent into titles that mattered.
By the time the 2006 Australian Open rolled around, Mauresmo was pushing 27 and in terms of breaking her major duck, time did not appear to be on her side. Yet, at the affectionately dubbed Happy Slam, Mauresmo finally had her happy ending, lifting her first major at the 32nd time of asking.
She did not have to wait long for Grand Slam number two. Six months later she prevailed in the battle of the brilliant backhands to defeat great rival Justine Henin in the Wimbledon final. While she never managed to replicate these successes in the pressure cooker of Roland Garros, by the time she hung up her racquets for good, Mauresmo had amassed 25 titles, 39 weeks at the top of the rankings and an Olympic silver medal.
• Also among her 25 WTA titles was a triumph at the 2005 WTA Championships
• Rose to No.1 on September 13, 2004 for five weeks and again in 2006 for 34 weeks; first French player, man or woman, to reach No.1
• Silver medalist at 2004 Athens Olympics
• Ranked in year-end Top 10 every year from 2001-06
• Helped France to Fed Cup title in 2003
• Won WTA's Comeback Player Of The Year Award in 2003
• Won WTA's Player Of The Year Award in 2006
• Received Legion of Honor in 2007, presented in Paris by French President Jacques Chirac
• Named captain of French Fed Cup Team in 2012