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Coached by Regis de Camaret...Baseline player who prefers hard courts; best shot is forehand...Father, Jean-Luc, is a superintendent; mother's name is Danielle; has two older brothers, Geoffroy and Nicolas, and an older sister, Audrey...Self-described as obliging, funny and a perfectionist...Admires Steffi Graf for her game and personality...Favorite city to visit is Paris...Other sports interests include skating and gymnastics.
Winner: 1998 - ITF/Southampton-GBR; 1996 - ITF/Wurzberg-GER, ITF/Cardiff-GBR, ITF/Cergy-Pontoise-FRA; 1995 - ITF/Flensburg-GER; 1994 - ITF/Casablanca-MAR, ITF/Nottingham-GBR.
Semifinalist (6): 2000 - Hannover; 1999 - Canadian Open; 1997 - Gold Coast, Hamburg, Luxembourg; 1996 - Luxembourg.
Quarterfinalist (13): 2001 - Hobart, Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; 2000 - Paris [Indoors], Birmingham, Luxembourg, Filderstadt, Bratislava; 1999 - Leipzig; 1998 - Hobart, Stanford, Leipzig; 1997 - Hobart, Hannover.
Winner (2): 2001 - Nice (w/Loit); 2000 - Leipzig (w/Sanchez-Vicario).
Finalist (2): 2000 - Los Angeles (w/Po), Zurich (w/Po). Semifinalist (10): 2001 - Hobart (w/Callens), Hamburg (w/Tatarkova), Birmingham (w/Pratt); 2000 - Estoril (w/Boogert), Canadian Open (w/Po); 1999 - Hilton Head (w/Fusai), Los Angeles (w/Po), Luxembourg (w/Oremans), Filderstadt (w/Po); 1998 - Linz (w/Wagner).
Quarterfinalist (1): 2001 - US Open (w/Stolle).
French Fed Cup Team 1997.
Career in Review
1996 - As world No. 87, d. No. 15 countrywoman Halard-Decugis, en route to reaching first WTA Tour SF l. to top seed Huber 64 76
1997 - Reached SF at Gold Coast and Hamburg, ousting world No. 14 Schultz-McCarthy, and QF in Hobart and Hannover, where she d. No. 18 Appelmans; repeated stunning success at 1996 Luxembourg by upsetting two higher-ranked players to reach the SF; a member of the 1997 French Fed Cup Team that won title for first time
1998 - Had a breakthrough tournament at Leipzig, d. world No. 27 countrywoman Mauresmo 1r, then collecting best career win over world No. 4 and top seed Sanchez-Vicario to reach QF
1999 - As world No. 49 at Canadian Open, d. No. 9 Coetzer (second win over a Top 10 player), No. 24 Frazier, No. 30 Sugiyama and No. 34 Nagyova to reach first SF at a Tier I event; d. No. 17 Huber in 1r at Linz, and one week later ousted No. 12 Van Roost in Leipzig to reach QF
2000 - Captured first doubles title on WTA Tour at Leipzig w/Sanchez-Vicario; d. world No. 19 Huber to reach the QF at Paris [Indoors]; a week later, reached third career SF at a Tier II or higher event in Hannover, falling in a third-set tie-break to Chladkova after saving 1mp second set and holding three in the third set; ousted No. 10 seed Capriati in 1r of Italian Open and then d. Raymond before falling to eventual champion Seles in 3s; played well on grass, reaching the QF at Birmingham, where she rallied from down 75 52 against world No. 7 top seed Tauziat to win the second set and lead 5-2 in the third and hold 2mp before falling in a third-set tie-break; at Wimbledon, d. Kournikova to reach the 3r, her best result in five appearances; surpassed the million dollar mark in career prize money
2001 - Upset No. 6 seed Likhovtseva to reach QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], a Tier I event; two weeks later in Nice, in her home country of France, came close to d. world No. 3 V. Williams before falling 76 76 and won the doubles title, her second, with French partner Loit
2002 - Received WC spot at Paris [Indoors], falling 1r 63 67(3) 76(5) to Kremer; as a world No. 211 WC at Roland Garros, collected first Grand Slam match win in nearly two years over No. 17 Mag. Maleeva 62 64, l. 2r to Neffa-de los Rios