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Coached by Hugo Lecoq; formerly coached by Loic Courteau (from Rome in May 2002 until September 2008) ... Mother is Françoise; father, Francis, passed away on March 12, 2004; has older brother, Fabien, an engineer like his father ... Says she decided just before age 4 to play tennis after watching Yannick Noah win 1983 Roland Garros on TV; was very honored when Noah picked her to compete on the 1998 French Fed Cup team ... Likes speed of downhill skiing, go karts, horseback riding, water surfing in Biarritz and listening to music by Dido ... Has two Golden Retrievers (a mother and son) ... Enjoys red wine and has a wine cellar at home ... Best memory of career is becoming the first French player to reach No.1 (in September 2004).

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Career Highlights

Winner (25): 2009 - Paris [Indoors]; 2007 - Antwerp; 2006 - Australian Open, Paris [Indoors], Antwerp, Wimbledon; 2005 - Antwerp, Rome, Philadelphia, Tour Championships; 2004 - Berlin, Rome, Montréal, Linz, Philadelphia; 2003 - Warsaw, Philadelphia; 2002 - Dubai, Montréal; 2001 - Paris [Indoors], Nice, Amelia Island, Berlin; 2000 - Sydney; 1999 - Bratislava; 1997 - ITF/Thessaloniki-GRE; 1995 - ITF/St.Raphael-FRA.
Finalist (23): 2007 - Dubai, Strasbourg, Eastbourne; 2006 - Doha, Beijing, Tour Championships; 2005 - Paris [Indoors], New Haven, Filderstadt; 2004 - Sydney, Amelia Island, Olympics, Filderstadt; 2003 - Paris [Indoors], Rome, Moscow, Tour Championships; 2001 - Rome; 2000 - Bol, Rome; 1999 - Australian Open, Paris [Indoors]; 1998 - Berlin.

Winner (3): 2009 - Miami (w/Kuznetsova); 2006 - Eastbourne (w/Kuznetsova); 2000 - Linz (w/Rubin); 1995 - ITF/Le Touquet-FRA (w/Wainwright), ITF/Saint Raphael-FRA (w/Quillot).
Finalist (1): 2005 - Wimbledon (w/Kuznetsova).

French Fed Cup Team, 1998-99, 2001-09; French Olympic Team, 2000, 2004.

Career in Review

1993 - Played first event of career on ITF Circuit in France.

1994 - Continued to play on ITF Circuit.

1995 - Played first Tour main draw at Roland Garros, falling 1r (was WC into qualifying); won one singles title and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

1996 - Won first Tour main draw matches at Roland Garros (l. 2r) and Rosmalen (l. 2r); fell in Tour qualifying twice (incl. Australian Open).

1997 - Played six Tour main draws, reaching 2r four times, incl. Roland Garros (as WC, l. to Graf); fell in Australian Open and Wimbledon qualifying; won one singles title on ITF Circuit; made Top 100 debut on December 22 (at No.100).

1998 - First Top 100 season; reached first Tour singles final at Berlin (ranked No.65, saved mp vs. Nola in qualifying, then d. No.2 Davenport and No.3 Novotna en route; l. to Martínez); QF twice, at Prague and New Haven; played all four Grand Slams for first time, best results being 3r at Australian Open and US Open.

1999 - First Top 10 season; reached first Grand Slam final at Australian Open (saved mp in 1r win over Morariu, then made it all the way to final; l. to Hingis); also won first Tour singles title at Bratislava (d. Clijsters in final), finished runner-up at Paris [Indoors] (l. to S.Williams); SF twice, at Rome and Linz; QF twice, at New Haven and Tokyo [Princess Cup]; made Top 10 debut on May 10; fell 1r in first Tour Championships (l. to Davenport); sprained right ankle in doubles at Roland Garros, missing Wimbledon as a result.

2000 - Finished at No.16 after season highlighted by second Tour singles title at Sydney (d. Davenport in final); was only player to d. Davenport between September 1999-April 2000; runner-up twice, at Bol (l. to Pisnik in final) and Rome (l. to Seles in final); SF twice, at Hannover (l. to S.Williams) and Moscow (l. to Hingis); best Grand Slam was 4r at Roland Garros (l. to Seles); won one Tour doubles title; ret. in Indian Wells 2r w/back injury and was off Tour for seven weeks; withdrew from all events in July and August (incl. US Open) w/back injury and from Tour Championships w/left leg injury.

2001 - Second Top 10 season; won four Tour singles titles, first three in a row at Paris [Indoors] (d. A.Huber in final), Nice (d. Maleeva in final) and Amelia Island (d. Coetzer in final), then fell in QF at Charleston (l. to Hingis; snapped 16-match win streak) before winning Berlin (d. Capriati in final); runner-up once, at Rome (l. to Dokic in final); made Top 5 debut afterwards on May 21 (rose from No.6 to No.5); fell 1r at Roland Garros (l. to Kandarr); also SF at Sydney (withdrew vs. Davenport w/back injury); QF three more times, at New Haven, US Open (l. to Capriati) and Filderstadt; fell 1r at Tour Championships (l. to Testud).

2002 - Third Top 10 season; won two Tour singles titles, at Dubai (d. Testud in final) and Montréal (d. Capriati in final); SF six times, most notably at Wimbledon (l. to S.Williams) and US Open (l. to V.Williams) but also at Paris [Indoors], Antwerp (l. to V.Williams both times), Moscow (l. to Maleeva) and Filderstadt (l. to Clijsters); QF six times, most notably Australian Open (l. to Capriati) but also Sydney, Berlin, Rome, 's-Hertogenbosch and New Haven; withdrew from Zürich and Tour Championships w/right knee injury.

2003 - First Top 5 season; won two Tour singles titles, at Warsaw (won when V.Williams ret. w/abdominal strain) and Philadelphia (d. Myskina in final); runner-up four times, at Paris [Indoors] (l. to S.Williams in final), Rome (l. to Clijsters in final), Moscow (l. to Myskina in final) and Tour Championships (1-2 in RR; d. Henin in SF, falling to Clijsters in final); SF three times, QF five times (incl. first QF in nine Roland Garros tries, also US Open); returned from four-month injury break to begin year in February at Paris [Indoors]; was only player in 2003 to beat both Williams sisters; won all eight of her Fed Cup matches, leading France to its second Fed Cup title; withdrew from Wimbledon w/right rib muscle injury.

2004 - Another Top 5 season; after US Open on September 13, rose to No.1 (first player from France male or female to achieve the feat, staying there five weeks before Davenport took it back on October 18); won five Tour singles titles, at Berlin (won when V.Williams withdrew w/ankle injury), Rome (d. Capriati in final), Montréal (d. Likhovtseva in final), Linz (d. Bovina in final) and Philadelphia (d. Zvonareva in final); was third player ever to win Berlin and Rome in same year (Graf-1987, Seles-1990); runner-up three times, at Sydney (l. to Henin in final), Amelia Island (l. to Davenport) and Filderstadt (first event as No.1; ret. vs. Davenport in final w/left adductor strain); SF three times, at Eastbourne (l. to Hantuchova), Wimbledon (l. to S.Williams), and Tour Championships (went 3-0 in RR, incl. win over eventual champion Sharapova; l. to S.Williams in SF); QF four times, incl. Roland Garros, US Open, Australian Open (withdrew prior to QF vs. Zuluaga w/back injury); only one pre-QF loss in 16 events, at San Diego (l. 2r); withdrew from Paris [Indoors], Antwerp, Dubai, Doha, Indian Wells w/back injury suffered at Australian Open, also causing withdrawal from Charleston.

2005 - Another Top 5 season; won four Tour singles titles, at Antwerp (d. V.Williams in final), Rome (d. Schnyder in final), Philadelphia (d. Dementieva in final) and finally Tour Championships (went 2-1 in RR, only loss coming to Pierce; d. Sharapova in SF and Pierce in final); first French champion in first all-French final in event's history; runner-up three times, at Paris [Indoors] (l. to Safina in final), New Haven and Filderstadt (l. to Davenport in both finals); SF four times, at Doha (l. to Molik), Miami (l. to Clijsters), Wimbledon (l. to Davenport) and Toronto (l. to Henin); QF three times, at Australian Open (l. to S.Williams), Berlin and US Open (l. to Pierce); five pre-QF losses in 19 events, incl. Roland Garros (l. to Ivanovic in 3r).

2006 - Best season to date, winning first two Grand Slams and holding No.1 for most of year; won Australian Open (was leading 61 20 in final when Henin ret. w/GI illness; was second-longest wait for first major, in 32nd attempt) and Wimbledon (d. Henin 26 63 64 in final); was first French Wimbledon champion in Open Era; now 2-1 in Grand Slam singles finals; other two Tour singles titles of season came at Paris [Indoors] (d. Pierce in final) and Antwerp (d. Clijsters in final); runner-up three times, at Doha (l. to Petrova in final), Beijing (l. to Kuznetsova in final) and Tour Championships (went 2-1 in RR; d. Clijsters in SF, falling to Henin in final); SF three times, at Miami (l. to Kuznetsova), Berlin (l. to Henin) and US Open (l. to Sharapova); QF four times, at Dubai (l. to Kuznetsova; snapped 16-match win streak dating back to Australian Open), New Haven, Moscow and Zürich (withdrew w/right shoulder injury); only three pre-QF losses in 17 events, incl. Roland Garros (l. to Vaidisova in 4r); began season at No.3, rising to No.2 on January 30 (after Australian Open) and returning to No.1 on March 20, remaining there for 34 more weeks, bringing career tally to 39 (Henin regained it on November 6 year-end rankings); won one Tour doubles title.

2007 - First non-Top 10 finish in seven years after season marred by two separate injury lay-offs; won one Tour singles title at Antwerp (d. Clijsters in final; third straight title there, winning diamond-studded racquet); runner-up three times, at Dubai (l. to Henin in final), Strasbourg (l. to Medina Garrigues in final) and Eastbourne (l. to Henin in final); SF once, at Paris [Indoors] (l. to Petrova); QF twice, at Sydney and Beijing; eight pre-QF losses in 15 events, incl. Australian Open (l. to Safarova in 4r), Roland Garros (l. to Safarova in 3r) and Wimbledon (l. to Vaidisova in 4r); first lay-off came in spring: on March 18 underwent an emergency appendectomy and withdrew from Miami, Amelia Island and Charleston (missed two months in total); second lay-off came in summer: after going 1-1 in France's 3-2 Fed Cup World Group SF loss to Italy, withdrew from Toronto and US Open w/right adductor strain (missed nine weeks in total); having begun season at No.3, dropped from No.4 to No.6 on July 9 (after Wimbledon; had spent 191 consecutive weeks inside Top 5) and from No.7 to No.11 on September 10 (after US Open; had spent 270 straight weeks inside Top 10); dropped to No.18 on November 12 year-end rankings (lowest since February 11, 2001).

2008 - First non-Top 20 season in 10 years (finishing at No.24); SF twice, at Cincinnati (l. to Dechy) and New Haven (l. to Chakvetadze); QF five times, at Gold Coast, Paris [Indoors], Dubai, Amelia Island and Luxembourg; reached 4r once (US Open) and 3r four times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon); fell 1r or 2r seven times, incl. Roland Garros (l. to Suárez Navarro in 2r); member of French Fed Cup team that d. Japan 4-1 in World Group Play-off (went 2-0); ret. in Eastbourne 2r w/left thigh injury; withdrew from Sydney w/right thigh strain and from Berlin and Rome w/right rib muscle injury.

2009 - Second straight near-Top 20 season, highlighted by 25th Tour singles title at Paris [Indoors] (as No.8 seed, d. No.4 seed A.Radwanska, No.2 seed Jankovic and No.3 seed Dementieva in QF, SF and final; was first Tour singles title in almost exactly two years); SF three times, at Brisbane (as No.5 seed, d. top seed Ivanovic en route; ret. vs. No.3 seed Bartoli w/left thigh strain), Madrid (d. No.15 seed Zheng and No.3 seed Dementieva en route; l. to No.9 seed Wozniacki) and New Haven (as No.8 seed, d. top seed Kuznetsova en route; l. to Vesnina in 3s); reached 4r twice, at Miami (as No.20 seed, d. No.15 seed Pennetta en route; l. to Stosur) and Wimbledon (as No.17 seed, d. No.15 seed Pennetta en route; l. to top seed Safina in 3s); reached 3r twice, at Australian Open (as No.20 seed, l. to No.13 seed Azarenka) and Indian Wells (as No.17 seed, l. to Li); fell 1r or 2r five times, incl. Roland Garros (as No.16 seed, l. to Groenefeld in 1r) and US Open (as No.17 seed, l. to Wozniak in 2r); won third Tour doubles title at Miami (w/Kuznetsova); member of French Fed Cup team that l. to Italy 5-0 in World Group 1r (went 0-2) but d. Slovakia 3-2 in Play-off (went 3-0); withdrew from Sydney w/left thigh strain and from Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Beijing w/abdominal injury.