Nathalie Dechy

Nathalie Dechy (born 21 February 1979) is a former professional tour tennis player from France.

Nathalie Dechy
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Country (sports) France
ResidenceTournai, Belgium
Born (1979-02-21) 21 February 1979 (age 41)
Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired21 July 2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$4,216,795
Singles
Career record429–337
Career titles1 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 11 (9 January 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (2005)
French Open3R (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)
Wimbledon4R (1999, 2005)
US Open4R (1998, 2005)
Doubles
Career record189–178
Career titles7 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 8 (21 May 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2009)
French OpenQF (2000, 2003, 2006)
WimbledonSF (2008)
US OpenW (2006, 2007)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (2007)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (2003)

Dechy is a three-time doubles Grand Slam champion, winning the 2006 US Open women's doubles title with Vera Zvonareva, the 2007 French Open mixed doubles title with Andy Ram, and the 2007 US Open women's doubles title with Dinara Safina. Her biggest singles achievement is reaching the semifinals of the 2005 Australian Open.

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, she faced World No. 1 and reigning French Open champion Ana Ivanovic. She had a match point during the second before losing 6–7, 7–6, 10–8.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Women's doubles (2 titles)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2006 US Open Hard   Vera Zvonareva   Katarina Srebotnik
  Dinara Safina
7–6(7–5), 7–5
Win 2007 US Open Hard   Dinara Safina   Yung-Jan Chan
  Chia-Jung Chuang
6–4, 6–2

Mixed doubles (1 title)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2007 French Open Clay   Andy Ram   Katarina Srebotnik
  Nenad Zimonjić
7–5, 6–3
Loss 2009 Australian Open Hard   Andy Ram   Sania Mirza
  Mahesh Bhupathi
3–6, 1–6

WTA FinalsEdit

Singles (1-4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 21 February 2000 Oklahoma City, United States Hard (i)   Monica Seles 1–6, 6–7(3)
Runner-up 2 10 April 2000 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Anke Huber 2–6, 6–1, 5–7
Winner 3. 5 January 2003 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 28 August 2004 New Haven, United States Hard   Elena Bovina 2–6, 6–2, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 17 August 2008 Cincinnati, United States Hard   Nadia Petrova 2–6, 1–6

Doubles (7-7)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 15 October 2001 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i)   Meilen Tu   Elena Bovina
  Dája Bedáňová
3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 10 February 2002 Paris, France Carpet   Meilen Tu   Elena Dementieva
  Janette Husárová
Walkover
Runner-up 2. 17 February 2002 Antwerp, Belgium Hard (i)   Meilen Tu   Magdalena Maleeva
  Patty Schnyder
3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6
Runner-up 3. 14 October 2002 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i)   Meilen Tu   Maja Matevžič
  Henrieta Nagyová
4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. 30 December 2002 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Émilie Loit   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Martina Navratilova
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 16 February 2003 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i)   Émilie Loit   Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 25 October 2004 Linz, Austria Hard (i)   Patty Schnyder   Janette Husárová
  Elena Likhovtseva
2–6, 5–7
Winner 2. 10 September 2006 US Open Hard   Vera Zvonareva   Dinara Safina
  Katarina Srebotnik
7–6(7–5), 7–5
Winner 3. 14 May 2007 Rome, Italy Clay   Mara Santangelo   Tathiana Garbin
  Roberta Vinci
6–4, 6–1
Winner 4. 9 September 2007 US Open Hard   Dinara Safina   Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
6–4, 6–2
Winner 5. 5 January 2009 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Mara Santangelo   Nuria Llagostera Vives
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [12–10]
Runner-up 7. 16 January 2009 Sydney, Australia Hard   Casey Dellacqua   Hsieh Su-wei
  Peng Shuai
0–6, 1–6
Winner 6. 2 March 2009 Monterrey, Mexico Hard   Mara Santangelo   Iveta Benešová
  Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 18 May 2009 Strasbourg, France Clay   Mara Santangelo   Claire Feuerstein
  Stéphanie Foretz
6–0, 6–1

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles (1-2)Edit

$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 9 May 1994 Mollet, Spain Clay   Mariam Ramón Climent 0–6, 0–6
Winner 2. 14 December 1997 Bad Gögging, Germany Carpet (i)   Els Callens 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 6 December 1998 Cergy-Pontoise, France Hard (i)   Sarah Pitkowski-Malcor 5–7, 6–3, 6–7(4)

Doubles (1-1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 20 March 1995 Moulins, France Hard   Catherine Tanvier   Jessica Fernandez
  Aarthi Venkatesan
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 29 March 1997 Woodlands, United States Hard   Lea Ghirardi   Els Callens
  Liezel Horn
4–6, 2–6

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Australian Open - - - 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R 4R SF 1R 1R 1R 2R
French Open - 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 3R 3R 3R 1R 3R 3R 2R 2R 1R
Wimbledon - - 1R 2R 1R 4R 3R 2R 3R 3R 3R 4R 1R 1R 2R 1R
US Open - - 2R 2R 4R 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R 4R 1R 1R 1R -
Year-end ranking 586 294 84 90 48 25 27 44 20 29 21 12 51 69 72 n/a

Personal lifeEdit

Dechy was born to a father from continental France and a Canadian mother from the Eastern Townships of Quebec. She holds dual French-Canadian citizenship. On 25 January 2010 she gave birth to a son.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "La championne de tennis Nathalie Dechy est maman !". PurePeople (in French). 5 February 2010.

External linksEdit