Amelie MauresmoUpdated: Jan 20, 2007 15:34 IST
Amélie Mauresmo is a French tennis player and a former World No. 1. She is currently the third ranked player in the world. She has won two Grand Slam singles titles, the 2006 Australian Open and 2006 Wimbledon.
Although Mauresmo has been one of the top players for several years, she did not have success in winning Grand Slam events until 2006.
At the 2006 Australian Open, Mauresmo captured her first Grand Slam singles title when Henin-Hardenne retired in the second round due to stomach problem in the final. Mauresmo was leading in the sets.
Mauresmo then won her next two tournaments, the Paris Indoor (defeating Mary Pierce in the final) and the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp (winning the final against Kim Clijsters).
Mauresmo returned to the No. 1 ranking on March 20, 2006.
As of late March 2006, Mauresmo had won a tour-leading three tournaments in the season, with wins in 19 of her 22 matches. This included a 16-match winning streak that began at the Australian Open and ended in the Dubai tournament.
Mauresmo has long struggled at her nation's major. She has never made it beyond the quarters at Roland Garros in 12 career appearances. In 2006, Mauresmo continued to disappoint falling prey to Czech teen Nicole Vaidišová 6-7(5-7), 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round.
Mauresmo was the top seed at The Championships, Wimbledon, despite a first round loss at the warm-up Eastbourne event. Mauresmo defeated Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The victory was Mauresmo's second Grand Slam singles title and first title on grass.
At the 2006 US Open, Mauresmo lost to Maria Sharapova in a semifinal 6-0, 4-6, 6-0. It was the first time in the open era that a female semifinalist here lost two sets at love.
Mauresmo then reached the final of the China Open, succumbing to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-0. During the tournament, Mauresmo won 137 ranking points to help preserve her World No. 1 ranking and ended a nine match losing streak to Davenport.
First Published: Jan 19, 2007 13:02 IST