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Amélie Mauresmo

Amélie Simone Mauresmo (born on 5 July 1979) is a French professional tennis player and is 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.
Mauresmo first attained the top ranking on September 13, 2004, holding it for five weeks on that occasion. She was the fourteenth World No. 1 in women's tennis since the computer rankings began. She is well known for her powerful one-handed backhand (a rarity in women's tennis) and her strong net play. She is coached by Loic Courteau.
Although Mauresmo has been one of the top players for several years, she did not have success in winning Grand Slam events until 2006. Her talents were never questioned, but Mauresmo was criticized for her mental strength after succumbing to nerves in Grand Slams. In consecutive Wimbledon championships, she lost to Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport after leading comfortably. Before her 2006 Australian win, Mauresmo was often touted as "the greatest women's player never to win a Grand Slam." After winning the 2006 Wimbledon title, Mauresmo openly joked, "I don’t want anyone to talk about my nerves any more
Mauresmo is one of the few tennis players, male or female, to have reached the top ranking without first winning a Grand Slam singles event. Other notable players who did so were Belgian Kim Clijsters, who ascended to the top spot in 2003, two years before winning her first Grand Slam singles title at the 2005 US Open, and Ivan Lendl, who first reached number 1 in 1983, before winning any of his eight Grand Slam singles titles.
As a result of her victory in the 2006 Australian Open, there is no women's singles World No. 1 player, past or present, without a Grand Slam championship. In the men's singles, Marcelo Rios of Chile reached no. 1 in 1998 and never won a Grand Slam title.

Grand Slam singles finals

Year Championship Position Opponent Score
2006 Australian Open Champion Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-1, 2-0 retired
2006 Wimbledon Champion Justine Henin-Hardenne 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
1999 Australian Open Runner-Up Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-3

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