Published July 22, 2009 06:27
PARIS, France - Nathalie Dechy, who made it as high as No.11 in the world in singles and No.8 in the world in doubles during her career, announced she is retiring from professional tennis Tuesday, adding she is expecting her first child and will be focusing on her family life moving forward.
Dechy's singles achievements on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour included one title (2003 Gold Coast) and another four finals (2000 Oklahoma City, 2000 Estoril, 2004 New Haven, 2008 Cincinnati). Her best Grand Slam result was the semifinals of the 2005 Australian Open, where she fell to Lindsay Davenport in a tight three-setter. She also had 12 wins over Top 10 players (including one in 2006 over then-world No.1 Amélie Mauresmo).
Dechy was also a force to be reckoned with in doubles, winning seven titles (including back-to-back US Opens in 2006 and 2007, with Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina, respectively). She won a third Grand Slam title in mixed doubles, at the 2007 French Open (with Andy Ram).
Dechy, who turned 30 earlier this year, had one quarterfinal finish in singles this year, in front of her home crowd at Paris [Indoors]; she had two Top 20 wins to go with that, over Patty Schnyder and Dominika Cibulkova. She had three doubles titles with Mara Santangelo, at Auckland, Monterrey and Strasbourg.
On the July 20 rankings, Dechy was No.88 in singles and No.33 in doubles.