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In 1999, the then unseeded Mauresmo reached the Australian Open final with wins over three seeds (including world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport), before falling to No. 2 Martina Hingis; she was only the second Frenchwoman to reach the Australian Open final dating back to 1922 (Mary Pierce won it in 1995) and third Frenchwoman to reach any Grand Slam final in the Open Era. She lost in the final to Hingis but later in the year, soundly defeated her en route to the final of the Paris [Indoors] event.
It was after her surprise upset of Davenport at the semi-finals of the Australian Open that Mauresmo came out as a lesbian to the international press. Unlike the comings-out of players like Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, Mauresmo experienced neither public fallout nor loss of any lucrative commercial endorsements from her sponsors; she received tremendous support from the French public, and sports companies Nike and Dunlop continue to sponsor and use her in many of their commercials.
On September 13 2004 she became the first French tennis player to become number one since computer rankings began in the 1970s. She is one of the few players to reach the top spot without first winning a Grand Slam event; other notable players who did so were Belgian Kim Clijsters and Ivan Lendl, who first reached number 1 in 1983, before winning any of his eight Grand Slam titles.
|Grand Slam (0)|
|WTA Championships (0)|
|Tier I Event (5)|
|WTA Tour (11)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||1999-18-10||Bratislava||Hard||Kim Clijsters (Belgium)||6-3 6-3|
|2.||2000-10-01||Sydney||Hard||Lindsay Davenport (USA)||7-6 6-4|
|3.||2001-05-02||Paris||Hard||Anke Huber (Germany)||7-6 6-1|
|4.||2001-12-02||Nice||Carpet||Magdalena Maleeva (Bulgaria)||6-2 6-0|
|5.||2001-09-04||Amelia Island||Clay||Amanda Coetzer (South Africa)||6-4 7-5|
|6.||2001-07-05||Berlin||Clay||Jennifer Capriati (USA)||6-4 2-6 6-3|
|7.||2002-18-02||Dubai||Hard||Sandrine Testud (France)||6-4 7-6|
|8.||2002-12-08||Montreal||Hard||Jennifer Capriati (USA)||6-4 6-1|
|9.||2003-28-04||Warsaw||Clay||Venus Williams (USA)||6-7 6-0 3-0 RET|
|10.||2003-27-10||Philadelphia||Hard||Anastasia Myskina (Russia)||5-7 6-0 6-2|
|11.||2004-03-05||Berlin||Clay||Venus Williams (USA)||W/O|
|12.||2004-05-10||Rome||Clay||Jennifer Capriati (USA)||3-6 6-3 7-6|
|13.||2004-08-02||Montreal||Hard||Elena Likhovtseva (Russia)||6-1 6-0|
|14.||2004-10-18||Linz||Hard||Elena Bovina (Russia)||6-2 6-0|
|15.||2004-10-25||Philadelphia||Hard||Vera Zvonareva (Russia)||3-6 6-2 6-2|
|16.||2005-02-14||Antwerp||Hard||Venus Williams (USA)||4-6 7-5 6-4|
Mentionable Runner-up Performances
- 2000 - Linz (with Rubin).
- French Fed Cup Team 1998-99, 2001-04.
- French Olympic Team 2000, 2004
- Amélie Mauresmo's Official site (in French)
- Women's Tennis Association - Amélie Mauresmo's Profile (in English)
- Fed Cup - Amélie Mauresmo's Profile (in English)
- Amélie Mauresmo - The Fanpage (in English)
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