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Coached by Regis de Camaret since age 13 (first coach was French journalist Francois Xavier D'Eau)...Father, Bernard, sells bathroom fixtures; mother, Regine, is a homemaker; has one brother, Eric, who lives in Montpellier...Was born in Africa and lived there until age 8...Established a tennis academy in Capbreton, France, in 1994...Enjoys listening to music by Whitney Houston and playing golf...Follows local Bordeaux soccer team.
Winner (8): 2001 - Birmingham; 2000 - Paris [Indoors]; 1999 - Moscow, Leipzig; 1997 - Birmingham; 1995 - Eastbourne; 1993 - Quebec City; 1990 - Bayonne.
Finalist (14): 2001 - Dubai; 1999 - Birmingham, Eastbourne; 1998 - Wimbledon, Leipzig; 1997 - Zurich, Chicago; 1996 - Birmingham; 1992 - San Antonio, Bayonne; 1991 - Zurich; 1990 - Wichita; 1988 - Nice, Mahwah.
Winner (25): 2001 - Miami (w/Sánchez-Vicario), Los Angeles (w/Po-Messerli), Leipzig (w/Likhovtseva); 2000 - Eastbourne (w/Sugiyama), Montreal (w/Hingis), Luxembourg (w/Fusai); 1999 - Prostejov, Berlin (both w/Fusai); 1998 - Linz, Strasbourg, New Haven (all w/Fusai); 1997 - Linz, Chicago (both w/Fusai); 1996 - Leipzig, Luxembourg (both w/Boogert); 1995 - Linz (w/McGrath); 1994 - Los Angeles (w/Halard), Quebec City (w/E. Reinach); 1993 - Melbourne (w/Provis); 1991 - Bayonne (w/Tarabini); 1990 - Brighton (w/Sukova); 1989 - Hamburg (w/Demongeot); 1988 - Berlin (w/Demongeot); 1987 - Paris [Indoors], Zurich (both w/Demongeot).
Finalist (33): 2002 - Birmingham (w/Po-Messerli); 2001 - Paris [Indoors], Nice, Birmingham, US Open (all w/Po-Messerli); 2000 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Fusai), Linz (w/Sugiyama); 1999 - Hannover, Rome, Strasbourg (all w/Fusai), Zurich (w/Zvereva); 1998 - Indian Wells, Berlin, San Diego, Tour Championships (all w/Fusai); 1997 - Atlanta, Quebec City, Tour Championships (all w/Fusai), Indian Wells (w/Raymond), Birmingham (w/Wild); 1996 - Paris [Indoors], Indian Wells (both w/Halard-Decugis), Birmingham (w/McNeil), Oakland (w/Spirlea); 1994 - Barcelona (w/Halard-Decugis); 1993 - Quebec City (w/K. Maleeva); 1992 - Barcelona (w/Wiesner); 1991 - Barcelona (w/Wiesner), San Diego (w/G. Fernandez); 1990 - Chicago (w/Sánchez-Vicario); 1989 - Zurich (w/Wiesner); 1988 - Nice, Brighton (both w/Demongeot).
French Fed Cup Team 1985-87, 1989-01. French Olympic Team 1988, 1992, 1996.
Career in Review
1990 - At Bayonne, d. Huber in the final for first WTA singles title
1995 - Won Eastbourne for first-ever grass court title
1997 - Saved 3mp against Testud to reach Wimbledon QF; trailing double-match point in the third set, play was suspended due to rain, but when play resumed she won four straight points and won the match 10 games later 46 75 12-10; capped off a tremendous latter part of the year by qualifying for the season-ending championships in singles and doubles, upsetting world No. 4 Coetzer and No. 6 Majoli to reach the singles SF and was a finalist in doubles w/Fusai; made Fed Cup history in France's 1r win over Japan, d. Sawamatsu, 75 46 17-15; the final set was the longest set ever in Fed Cup singles; the 54 games in the match tie the record for the most games in a rubber; with an undefeated record in both singles and doubles in 1997, helped France go on to claim its first Fed Cup title
1998 - Reached first Grand Slam final in 43 attempts at Wimbledon at the age of 30, the first French woman to reach the Wimbledon final since Lenglen in 1925 and, as world No. 15, the lowest-ranked player to reach the final there in the Open Era; fell to No. 3 seed Novotna in the final; at the Grand Slam Cup, ousted world No. 2 Davenport 1r
1998 - Cracked the Top 10 for the first time at age 30
1999 - Staged a turnaround halfway through the season after reaching the QF just once in first 11
tournaments: went on to win two tournaments, reach two other finals and three SF, winning 11 of 13 matches at one stretch; qualified for the season-ending championships, where she was a SF; a week after her 32nd birthday, won the biggest title of her career at Tier I Moscow;; became the third-oldest player (behind Evert and Navratilova) to win a Tier I event since 1981; two weeks later won Leipzig, the first time in her 13-year career to win more than one WTA Tour singles title in the same year
2000 - At age 32 years, six months, world ranking reached a career-high No. 3, making her the oldest woman to debut in the Top 3 and the fourth-oldest to be ranked in the Top 3; d. world No. 4 defending champion S. Williams to win Paris [Indoors] in her home country; SF in New Haven; enjoyed successful fall indoor season, reaching the SF in Filderstadt, Moscow and Philadelphia; d. world No. 9 Sanchez-Vicario (first time after 11 previous losses), to reach US Open QF; captured doubles titles at Eastbourne and the Canadian Open; topped the $5-million mark in career prize money
2001 - Elected not to play the Australian Open; at Paris [Indoors], saved 10mp to defeat Dechy en route to a SF finish; finalist at Dubai; competed in her 18th Roland Garros, an all-time record at the tournament; collected the eighth singles title of her career, and third on grass, at Birmingham to re-enter the Top 10 and become the oldest winner of a singles title since 1994 at 33 years, 8 months; also reached the doubles final; reached Wimbledon QF for a fifth time, becoming the oldest female Grand Slam tournament QF at 33 years, 8 months since Navratilova in 1994; in her QF loss to eventual champion V. Williams, trailed 1-5 and saved seven set points before falling 75 61; finished 2001 with 112 career grass-court match wins, fifth on the Open Era list (Navratilova-309, Evert-207, Shriver-188 and Sukova-125); ousted Dokic and world No. 5 Clijsters to reach the Los Angeles SF; won 600th career singles match en route to 4r finish at the US Open, the 11th player to reach that milestone in the Open Era; also was doubles runner-up; SF at Leipzig and doubles winner; reached SF at Zurich, d. Testud in QF; at 34 years, 12 days became the fourth-oldest player to qualify in singles for the season-ending championships (nineth time) and also qualified in doubles for the seventh year, l. 1r in both; ret. from singles competition after the season but plans to play select doubles tournaments in 2002; in doubles, won Miami with Sanchez-Vicario, won Los Angeles and reached three finals with Po-Messerli, and won Leipzig with Likhovtseva; has won at least one doubles title nine straight years and 14 of the last 15 years; reached a career-high No. 3 doubles ranking on Oct. 8
2002 - Doubles finalist at Birmingham and quarterfinalist at Wimbledon w/Po-Messerli