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Coached by Benny Sims since May 1998 ... Father, Edward, is a judge; mother, Bernadette, is a retired teacher; older sister, La Shon, is a teacher; younger brother, Edward, attended Louisiana State University on a tennis scholarship and plans to play professionally ... Graduated from Episcopal School of Acadiana in 1993 with honors ... Enjoys reading, watching sports events, especially ice skating, and horseback riding ... Considers Bo Jackson the best all-around athlete ... Highly involved in local and state communities, often conducting clinics (at least a dozen a year), including one in October 1997 to introduce tennis to minority females; a member of Athletes Against Drugs, for which she makes appearances; Wheelchair Tennis spokeswoman for 1993; involved with ChildrenÆs Museum, American Heart Association and Special Olympics causes ... Donated funds to Bishop Charity Fund, an organization in her hometown which benefits the needy ... Supports the WomenÆs Sports Foundation with yearly appearances at its Women and Girls in Sports Day ... Made appearance on behalf of the United Negro College Fund along with Rosie Casals, Zina Garrison and others ... Hosts an annual clinic in New Orleans for about 1,500 children ... Donated more than $12,000 to support wheelchair tennis, the American Tennis Association and to start a grassroots tennis program at two Louisiana schools ... Established the Chanda Rubin Foundation in association with the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation, and proposed a tennis gala fund-raiser for the foundation which will work to promote tennis and education by providing funding specifically for youth playing opportunities and scholarships; objectives include supporting the above programs monetarily and adding at least three more schools per year to the grassroots tennis program; one of the current commitments of The Chanda Rubin Foundation is sponsoring a circuit of eight ITF Juior tournaments called the Chanda Rubin ITF Circuit û in six years, it has grown to encompass tournaments throughout the United States.
Winner (7): 2003 - Madrid, Eastbourne; 2002 - Eastbourne, Los Angeles; 2000 - QuTbec City; 1999 - Hobart; 1997 - Linz; 1996 - ITF/Salzburg 2-AUT; 1995 - ITF/Midland-USA.
Winner (10): 2000 - Stanford (w/Testud), Linz (w/Mauresmo); 1999 - Filderstadt (w/Testud); 1996 - Australian Open, Amelia Island (both w/Sanchez-Vicario), Oklahoma City, Indian Wells (both w/Schultz-McCarthy); 1995 - Prague (w/Wild); 1994 - Hobart (w/Wild); 1993 - Tokyo [Nichirei] (w/Raymond).
Semifinalist (1): 1995 - US Open (w/MacPhie).
United States Fed Cup Team 1995-97, 1999, 2003, 2004. United States Olympic Team 1996, 2004. United States Pan American Team 1995.
Career in Review
1990 - Played first ITF Circuit events, Tour qualifying at Miami and US Open WC (l. 1r).
1991 - First Top 100 finish; WC into Miami (l. to No.4 Sabatini); 2r at Amelia Island as WC (l. to No.13 Sukova in 3s); turned pro at age 15 at US Open, d. Farina Elia (l. to Van Roost); as No.138 qualifier, reached first Tour final next event at Phoenix (l. to Appelmans); afterwards on November 4, broke into Top 100 at No.76.
1992 - Played all four Grand Slams in one season for first time; reached 3r at Boca Raton (l. to No.3 Sabatini) and 4r at US Open.
1993 - Reached QF at Hilton Head (d. Davenport) and SF at Birmingham, d. No.2 seed Coetzer to break into Top 50 for first time on June 14 at No.49; also reached US Open 3r; won first Tour doubles title at Tokyo [Nichirei] (w/Raymond).
1994 - First Top 50 finish; reached second career final at Chicago (l. to Zvereva); reached SF at Hobart, Delray Beach (d. Majoli 60 60), Lucerne and QuTbec City; reached 4r at Australian Open (d. No.12 seed Coetzer, l. to No.3 seed Martfnez); QF at Amelia Island (l. to Navratilova) and Philadelphia (l. to Sabatini).
1995 - First Top 20 finish; reached Tier II finals at Eastbourne (d. No.6 Date; l. to Tauziat 75 third set) and Los Angeles (d. No.8 Sabatini for first win in seven meetings, and No.2 Sßnchez-Vicario for first win in five, l. to Martfnez in 3s); epic wins in Grand Slams, scoring first Top 5 win in Roland Garros 3r, d. world No.5 Novotna 86 third set after trailing 0-5, 0-40, saved 9mp (l. in first Grand Slam QF to Sßnchez-Vicario); at Wimbledon, d. Hy-Boulais 76(4) 67(5) 17-15, a record for most games in a Grand Slam womenÆs singles match (58) and a Wimbledon record for longest final set (two hours, four minutes) and games in a set (32); won first pro singles title at ITF/Midland-USA; also reached SF at Filderstadt and Znrich, l. to eventual champion Majoli both times; qualified for first season-ending Championships (l. 1r to MJ Fernandez in 3s).
1996 û Reached career-high No.6 on April 8, finished No.12 after injury-plagued season; Grand Slam SF debut at Australian Open, d. No.7 Sabatini in 4r and No.3 Sßnchez-Vicario in QF (64 26 16-14 QF win was longest-ever womenÆs match at Australian Open, lasting three hours, 33 minutes û third set lasted two hours, 22 minutes, the match setting Open Era Australian Open records for most games (48) and final set games (30)), in SF, came within two points of upsetting eventual champion Seles, leading 5-2 final set; broke into Top 10 for first time afterwards on January 29 at No.10; won first Grand Slam title by winning Australian Open doubles (w/Sßnchez-Vicario û first-time partner); reached final at Miami, d. No.6 Sabatini before falling to No.1 Graf; reached career-high ranking of No.6 on April 8; out of action from April due to fracture of the hook of the hamate bone in right hand suffered at Miami; returned at Eastbourne in June but retired after one set of first match vs. Raymond; underwent surgery in August to remove the hook of the hamate bone; returned in November at Oakland, then reached Philadelphia QF and won ITF/Salzburg-AUT (d. Lucic in final).
1997 - Season highlighted by career-first Tour singles title at Linz (d. No.4 Novotna in SF and No.11 Habsudova in final); ranking improved from No.32 to No.22; helped USA win its first Hopman Cup title in Perth (w/Gimelstob), then reached Australian Open 4r; also reached 4r at Indian Wells (l. to No.5 Martfnez after holding 5mp) and QuTbec City SF; played first-ever match on new Arthur Ashe Stadium at US Open (l. 1r to Tanasugarn); pushed Graf to 3s in Berlin 2r.
1998 - Reached seventh career final and first of three-in-a-row at QuTbec City (l. to Snyder 76 third set); ranked No.78 in May, lowest since March 1993, but finished No.34, reaching QF at Madrid and Rosmalen; d. No.14 Huber in Sydney 1r.
1999 - Captured second career title at Hobart as No.5 seed (d. Grande in final); extended win streak to eight with 4r finish at Australian Open; runner-up at QuTbec City (l. to Capriati in 3s); at Indian Wells, reached first Tier I SF since 1996 Miami, where she originally injured her hand (d. Hingis for first win over reigning No.1 in eight attempts, l. to Graf in 3s after being up a break in second and third sets); also reached Madrid SF (l. to Sußrez in 3s); as an alternate in Fed Cup 1r, d. Majoli 10-8 third set and won other singles and doubles rubbers to help USA d. Croatia 5-0; doubles runner-up at US Open (w/Testud).
2000 - Third Top 20 finish, first in four years; reached two singles finals, incl. at Hobart as defending champion (l. to Clijsters) in January and in November winning third career title in third straight QuTbec City final (d. Capriati in final, reversing result of 1999 final); improved to No.11, a four-year high; also reached SF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (d. Coetzer, reentered Top 20 soon after, first time since January 1997), Eastbourne and Linz and QF at Roland Garros (first Grand Slam QF in over four years), Indian Wells, Stanford and Znrich; qualified for season-ending Championships for first time since 1995, seeded No.8 but was hampered by a left knee injury during 1r loss to Coetzer.
2001 - Underwent arthroscopic surgery on left knee for a meniscus tear after Australian Open; withdrew from Hamburg, Rome and Roland Garros due to a strained left Achilles tendon suffered in Charleston, although she played in Berlin between those tournaments (l. 1r); returned from left Achilles tendon injury at Eastbourne, d. Top 30 players Martfnez and Raymond en route to first SF of season; made QF at Stanford and 3r at US Open (l. to Mauresmo); in doubles w/Callens, d. No.9 seeds Williams/Williams to reach QF, handing the sisters their only loss in last seven Grand Slam tournaments entered since 1999 Australian Open SF (not including walkovers); at Filderstadt, d. No.18 Schett in 1r for first Top 20 win of year (l. to No.7 Henin in 3s); d. No.4 seed Tauziat (saving mp) en route to Linz QF; withdrew from QuTbec City w/left knee injury.
2002 - Underwent left knee surgery in mid-January, and despite playing only first tournament of season in Berlin in May, recorded best season in six years; improved from No.69 (lowest since 1998) in May to No.13 by yearÆs end; won two titles, her first Tier II at Eastbourne (only second unseeded champion in tournamentÆs 27-year history and two spots higher than lowest-ranked winner No.39 McGrath in 1994) and Los Angeles (d. world No.1 S.Williams in QF after trailing 4-1 third set, No.5 Dokic and No.9 Davenport in final, trailing 5-4 second set û first win over Davenport since 1995), lowest seed (No.12) to win there in 21-year history; runner-up at Madrid (only third tournament back), d. No.2 seed and six-time former champion Sßnchez-Vicario in 2r (first meeting since epic 1996 Australian Open QF; l. to Seles); SF at Linz (d. No.8 Dokic, l. to eventual winner Henin); won most Grand Slam matches since 1995, reaching 4r at Roland Garros (l. to V.Williams), Wimbledon (l. to S.Williams) and US Open (l. to No.2 V.Williams 62 46 75 after trailing 4-1 third set, was two points from victory on WilliamsÆ serve in 10th game û first player to take a set from Williams in the event since 2000 SF vs. Hingis).
2003 - Most consistent year of career; first Top 10 finish (No.9) after 12 years as a pro; won 45 matches in a season for first time (45-20), won almost $1 million in a single season for first time and reached 12 QF in 21 starts, incl. five finals; won two titles û Madrid (first on clay) and defended a title for the first time at Eastbourne (incl. comeback SF win over Capriati, saving 2mp with Capriati leading 62 53, 40-15 û one of 10 occasions in 2003 a player came from mp down to win a Tour singles title); on March 17, rose from No.12 to No.10, first time in Top 10 since September 1996; on June 9, rose to No.7, one spot below career-high of May/June 1996; post-US Open, runner-up consecutive weeks in Bali and Shanghai (l. to Dementieva each time, who also ended her chances of qualifying for SF at season-ending Championships after Rubin led 64 52, 30-15 serving); also runner-up at Luxembourg (l. to three-time defending champion Clijsters) and narrowly missed qualifying for Championships until V.Williams withdrew; SF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Seles in 3s) and Miami (d. Mauresmo and Henin-Hardenne û Henin-HardenneÆs earliest loss of season û for loss of just seven games in two matches before falling to Capriati) and QF at Roland Garros (l. to Henin-Hardenne), career fourth at a Grand Slam and first in three years.
2004 - Second non-Top 50 finish in 11 years in injury-plagued season; reached QF at Sydney (l. to No.1 Henin-Hardenne in 3s), 4r at Australian Open (l. to Myskina in 3s) and SF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], but withdrew prior to SF vs. Maleeva due to reaggravation of left knee injury; returned to action three months later, losing opening round at Vienna and Wimbledon; 1-1 in USAÆs 4-1 Fed Cup QF loss to Austria; reached five consecutive 3r afterwards at Los Angeles (l. to Dementieva), San Diego, MontrTal [Canadian Open] (l. both to Myskina), Olympics (l. to Mauresmo) and US Open (l. to V.Williams); finished season with 1r loss at Bali; at Olympics in doubles, l. in 1r (w/V.Williams) to eventual gold medalists T.Li/Sun of China; withdrew from Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Berlin, Rome, Roland Garros and Eastbourne w/inflammation in left knee, and from Filderstadt, Moscow and Znrich after undergoing left knee surgery.
2005 - Injury-plagued season, contesting only three events; played first tournament of 2005 at Strasbourg after recovering from 2004 knee surgery, falling in 1r to Zheng, then fell in Roland Garros qualifying the next week; only other event was Cincinnati (d. Granville in 1r for only match win this season; l. to No.4 seed and eventual semifinalist Hantuchova 62 75 in 2r, making a late surge from a one-break deficit in the second set); prior to Strasbourg, had withdrawn from Australian Open, Acapulco, Indian Wells, Amelia Island, Charleston, Berlin and Rome w/left knee injury; between Roland Garros and Cincinnati, withdrew from Birmingham and Eastbourne w/left knee injury; after contesting Cincinnati, withdrew from San Diego, Los Angeles, Toronto [Canadian Open] and Linz w/left ankle injury, and from Filderstadt w/left knee injury; granted a Special Injury Ranking of No.29 for entry purposes.