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Claudine Schaul (born 20 August 1983 in Luxembourg City) is a former tennis player from Luxembourg.

Claudine Schaul
Fed Cup Group I 2012 Europe Africa day 1 Claudine Schaul 001.JPG
Country (sports) Luxembourg
ResidenceGarnich
Born (1983-08-20) 20 August 1983 (age 36)
Luxembourg City
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2002
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 542,184
Singles
Career record304–293
Career titles1 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 41 (24 May 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2004)
French Open1R (2004, 2005)
Wimbledon1R (2004, 2005)
US Open3R (2003)
Doubles
Career record81–110
Career titles1 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 71 (8 November 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2005)
French Open1R (2004, 2005)
US Open2R (2004)

Her career-high singles ranking as of January 2016 was world No. 41, which was achieved on 24 May 2004, and No. 71 for doubles achieved on 8 November 2004.

Schaul first played for the Luxembourg Fed Cup team in 1998, and where she has a W/L record of 39–39.

CareerEdit

Her father and brother are sports teachers and introduced her to tennis when she was four years old.[1]

2003Edit

A year after turning pro, Schaul made it to the third round of the US Open after upsetting former No. 15 Anna Smashnova 7–6 (7–5), 6–2 in round 1 as well as beating Samantha Reeves 6–1, 4–6, 6–3 in round 2, before losing her match versus Dinara Safina 4–6, 5–7.

2004Edit

In January 2004, Schaul was able to win her first Doubles title in Canberra, Australia, partnering Jelena Kostanić Tošić. Shortly after, Schaul made it to the third round of the Australian Open before losing to Alicia Molik.

Later that year in May, Schaul managed to win her first WTA title at Strasbourg, defeating Lindsay Davenport 2–6, 6–0, 6–3 in the final.[2]

Due to her strong performances at the Australian Open and the Internationaux de Strasbourg, Schaul was awarded the honour of being the flag bearer for Luxembourg at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Athens. At the Olympics, she lost her first-round game 1–6, 1–6 against Daniela Hantuchová.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournamnent Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 22 May 2004 Strasbourg, France Clay   Lindsay Davenport 2–6, 6–0, 6–3

Doubles: 3 (1–2)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 17 January 2004 Canberra, Australia Hard   Jelena Kostanić   Caroline Dhenin
  Lisa McShea
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 2. 19 June 2004 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Jelena Kostanić   Lisa McShea
  Milagros Sequera
6–7(3–7), 3–6
Runner-up 3. 18 July 2004 Stanford, United States Hard   Iveta Benešová   Eleni Daniilidou
  Nicole Pratt
2–6, 4–6

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles (4–6)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 13 August 2000 Rebecq, Belgium Clay   Caroline Maes 6–1, 6–7(8–6), 3–6
Runner-up 2. 12 November 2000 Villenave-d'Ornon, France Clay (I)   Caroline Maes 0–4, 1–4, 5–4, 1–4
Runner-up 3. 11 Feb 2001 Redbridge, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Eva Dyrberg 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 19 Mar 2002 La Canada, United States Hard   Laura Granville 6–1, 2–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 7 July 2002 Vaihingen, Germany Clay   Stephanie Gehrlein 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 22 September 2002 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Clay   Nathalie Viérin 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 15 June 2003 Marseille, France Clay   Arantxa Parra Santonja 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 26 February 2006 St. Paul, United States Hard (i)   Milagros Sequera 1–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 17 August 2008 Koksijde, Belgium Clay   Daniëlle Harmsen 7–6(7–2), 7–6(9–7)
Winner 4. 25 January 2009 Wrexham, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Constance Sibille 6–1, 3–6, 6–4

Doubles (3–4)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 3 March 2002 Buchen, Germany Carpet (i)   Sofia Arvidsson   Anna Bastrikova
  Claudia Kardys
6–0, 7–5
Runner-up 1. 8 September 2002 Denain, France Clay   Yuliya Beygelzimer   Olga Blahotová
  Gabriela Navrátilová
3–6, 0–6
Winner 2. 2 February 2003 Urtijëi, Italy Carpet (i)   Vanessa Henke   Olga Blahotová
  Gabriela Navrátilová
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 29 July 2006 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay   Lina Stančiūtė   Erica Krauth
  Frederica Piedade
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 28 July 2007 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay   Martina Müller   Anastasiya Yakimova
  Carla Suárez Navarro
7–6(7–4), 1–6, 6–7(1–7)
Runner-up 4. 3 August 2008 Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay   Anna Floris   Simona Dobrá
  Tereza Hladíková
1–6, 6–4, [8–10]
Winner 3. 17 January 2009 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Sandra Klemenschits   Nicolette van Uitert
  Viktoria Yemialyanava
6–3, 4–6, [10–7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Claudine Schaul". Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Schaul downs Davenport". BBC News. Retrieved 7 December 2011.

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