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Currently without a coach ... Baseliner whose favorite surface is hard; favorite shot is overhead ... Mother, Françoise, who is French-Canadian, is a sports teacher; father Michel teaches math and tennis; has a younger sister, Isabelle, and an older brother, Nicolas ... Entire family plays tennis ... Married Antoine Maitre-Devallon on September 18, 2004 ... Was born on the French island of Guadeloupe ... Graduated from high school two years early, in 1995 ... Enjoys good food, chocolate and wine ... Likes spending time with children, friends ... Favorite tournament is Montréal.
Official Website: www.nathaliedechy.fr
Winner (1): 2003 - Gold Coast; 1997 - ITF/Bad Gogging-GER.
Finalist (4): 2008 - Cincinnati; 2004 - New Haven; 2000 - Oklahoma City, Estoril.
Semifinalist (16): 2007 - Forest Hills; 2005 - Australian Open, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Québec City; 2004 - Gold Coast, Indian Wells; 2003 - Sarasota; 2002 - Scottsdale, Bratislava; 2001 - Canberra; 2000 - Gold Coast, Strasbourg; 1999 - Paris [Indoors], Bratislava; 1998 - Québec City.
Winner (7): 2009 - Auckland, Monterrey, Strasbourg (all w/Santangelo); 2007 - Rome (w/Santangelo), US Open (w/Safina); 2006 - US Open (w/Zvonareva); 2002 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Tu); 1995 - ITF/Moulins-FRA (w/Tanvier).
Finalist (7): 2009 - Sydney (w/Dellacqua); 2004 - Linz (w/Schnyder); 2003 - Gold Coast, Antwerp (both w/Loit); 2002 - Antwerp, Bratislava (both w/Tu); 2001 - Bratislava (w/Tu).
Winner (1): 2007 - Roland Garros (w/Ram).
Finalist (1): 2009 - Australian Open (w/Ram).
French Fed Cup Team, 2000-09; French Olympic Team, 2000, 2004.
Career in Review
1994 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.
1995 - Played first two Tour main draws, falling 1r at Strasbourg and Roland Garros (in Grand Slam debut as WC); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
1996 - QF twice, at Paris [Indoors] and Surabaya; best Grand Slams were 2r at Roland Garros and US Open; made Top 100 debut on June 10 (after Roland Garros; rose from No.116 to No.95).
1997 - First Top 100 season; played all four Grand Slams in a season for first time, best results being 2r at Wimbledon and US Open; d. V.Williams in Toronto 1r (last match before her breakthrough US Open run); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
1998 - First Top 50 season; SF at Québec City (l. to Rubin); first Grand Slam 4r at US Open (l. to Hingis); made Top 50 debut on November 2 (after Québec City; rose from No.54 to No.47).
1999 - SF twice, at Paris [Indoors] (l. to S.Williams) and Bratislava (l. to Clijsters); another Grand Slam 4r at Wimbledon (l. to Novotna); QF six times, at Gold Coast, Hobart, Prostejov, Strasbourg, Eastbourne (d. No.7 Sánchez-Vicario en route for first Top 10 win) and Filderstadt (d. No.10 Van Roost en route).
2000 - Runner-up twice, at Oklahoma City (l. to Seles in final) and Strasbourg (l. to A.Huber in final); SF twice, at Gold Coast (l. to Martínez) and Strasbourg (l. to Talaja); QF twice, at Paris [Indoors] and Scottsdale; had three more Top 10 wins, at Scottsdale (No.7 Martínez), Indian Wells (No.9 Kournikova) and Miami (No.5 Tauziat); made Top 20 debut on April 17 (after Estoril; rose from No.22 to No.20); following Olympics in September, withdrew from all events w/abdominal strain suffered at US Open.
2001 - Best result was SF at Canberra (l. to Henin).
2002 - First Top 20 season; SF twice, at Scottsdale (l. to Capriati) and Bratislava (l. to Benesova); QF three times, at Canberra, Berlin and Moscow; had one Top 10 win, at Indian Wells (No.3 Clijsters); won one Tour doubles title.
2003 - Won first Tour singles title at Gold Coast (d. Mikaelian in final); SF at Sarasota (l. to Myskina); QF three times, at Antwerp, Scottsdale and Eastbourne; withdrew from Los Angeles and New Haven w/left wrist injury and after withdrawing from US Open 2r w/same injury did not play rest of year.
2004 - Exceptional rebound from injury-plagued 2003; runner-up at New Haven (l. to Bovina in final); SF twice, at Gold Coast (l. to Petrova) and Indian Wells (l. to Davenport); QF twice, at Doha and Miami; had three Top 10 wins, at Sydney (No.9 Sugiyama), New Haven (No.8 Capriati) and Fed Cup (No.5 Kuznetsova).
2005 - Best season to date; reached first Grand Slam SF at Australian Open (d. No.3 Myskina en route; l. to Davenport 26 76(5) 64, having been two points away from win in tie-break); SF three more times, at Strasbourg (l. to Medina Garrigues), Luxembourg (l. to Clijsters) and Québec City (l. to Frazier); QF five times, at Indian Wells, Warsaw, Eastbourne, Stanford and Hasselt.
2006 - Despite pulling out of Gold Coast and Sydney w/left knee injury, rose to new career-high of No.11 for one week on January 9; QF three times, at Charleston, Eastbourne and Luxembourg; had 11th and 12th Top 10 wins at Eastbourne (No.1 Mauresmo; first win over a reigning No.1) and Luxembourg (No.7 Petrova); won first Grand Slam title in doubles at US Open (w/Zvonareva).
2007 - SF at Forest Hills (l. to Dulko); won two Tour doubles titles, at Rome (w/Santangelo) and US Open (w/Safina; second Grand Slam women's doubles title); made doubles Top 10 debut on May 21 (after winning Rome; rose from No.15 to No.8); won Roland Garros mixed doubles title (w/Ram; first Grand Slam mixed doubles title).
2008 - Twelfth consecutive Top 100 season, highlighted by runner-up finish at Cincinnati (d. No.4 seed Srebotnik, No.6 seed Wozniak and No.5 seed Mauresmo en route to final, falling to No.2 seed Petrova; was first Tour singles final in four years) and QF at Québec City (d. No.7 seed Govortsova en route; l. to LL Haynes in 3s); best results in other 14 Tour main draws were seven 2r runs, incl. Roland Garros (l. to Dellacqua) and Wimbledon (l. to top seed Ivanovic 67(2) 76(3) 108; held 2mp at 5-4 second set); fell 1r seven times, incl. Australian Open (l. to No.2 seed Kuznetsova) and US Open (l. to No.32 seed Mauresmo in 3s); fell in Tour qualifying twice; surpassed $4 million in career prize money earnings; member of French Fed Cup team that l. to China 3-2 in World Group 1r (went 1-1) but d. Japan 4-1 in World Group Play-off (went 0-1); withdrew from Sydney w/left quad strain and from Charleston w/fatigue.