Amelie Mauresmo, known for her powerful one-handed backhand, is a popular French tennis pro. She was born in Saint Germain en Laye in 1979. She was introduced to the game at a young age of 4 only. She won Junior French Open and Wimbledon titles as a junior pro and was named Junior World Champion in 1996 by International Tennis Federation.
Mauresmo was unseeded in 1999 but still managed to reach the Australian Open final. She had to beat three seeded players to reach the final which she did in style. It was this championship that made her a true internationally popular tennis star.
Mauresmo won the Fed Cup for France in 2003, while winning more matches than any other French player. She never looked back from there and went on to win silver at 2004 Olympics.
Mauresmo went on to win WTA Tough Championship, held in Los Angeles, California. She also managed to grab Telecom Italia Masters Roma. She played the five consecutive finals at the championship but won only two out them. However, she grabbed her first title of the year at Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium. In the same year, she won her first Grand Slam title in Australian Open, Melbourne.
Mauresmo climbed to 2nd WTA rank in 2004 from her 109th rank in 1999 but she couldn’t maintain it for long. She slid back to 21st rank of WTA in 2009 only.
The era of 2010-2000 in women French Open tennis tournaments had many different tennis players winning the title. Among these names, famous female tennis player, Justine Henin-Hardenne ruled this decade and claimed many French Open titles. Henin Hardene owns 7 Grand Slams out of which she has won four French Open grand slam titles. Henin’s mental toughness and her variety of game has helped her win not only on clay but on other courts as well. Legendary players like Navratilova, Agassi and McEnroe have considered Henin Hardenne as the best female tennis player of the present era. She was also included in the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” in 2011 by TIME.
The list of female winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 2010-2000 is as follow:
Year 2010-2000 French Open Tennis Singles Women Winners:
- French Open winner (female)-2010: Francesca Schiavon
- French Open winner (female)-2009: Svetlana Kuznetsova
- French Open winner (female)-2008: Ana Ivanovic
- French Open winner (female)-2007: Justine Henin
- French Open winner (female)-2006: Justine Henin-Hardenne
- French Open winner (female)-2005: Justine Henin-Hardenne
- French Open winner (female)-2004: Anastasia Myskina
- French Open winner (female)-2003: Justine Henin-Hardenne
- French Open winner (female)-2002: Serena Williams
- French Open winner (female)-2001: Jennifer Capriati
- French Open winner (female)-2000: Mary Pierce
Year 2010-2000 French Open Tennis Singles Women Runner-up:
- French Open runner-up (female)-2010: Samjantha Stosur
- French Open runner-up (female)-2009: Dinara Safina
- French Open runner-up (female)-2008: Dinara Safina
- French Open runner-up (female)-2007: Ana Ivanovic
- French Open runner-up (female)-2006: Svetlana Kuznetsova
- French Open runner-up (female)-2005: Mary Piece
- French Open runner-up (female)-2004: Elena Dementieva
- French Open runner-up (female)-2003: Kim Clijsters
- French Open runner-up (male)-2002: Venus Williams
- French Open runner-up (female)-2001: Martina Hingis
- French Open runner-up (female)-2000: Conchita Martinez
Australian Open 2011 women’s singles title has been a very special event as famous female tennis player Kim Clijsters won her first ever Australian Open women’s title and Li Na, the opponent of Kim Clijsters in Australian Open 2011 finale, was the first Chinese player to reach the finals of any grand slam. The Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters won her first Australian Open title by defeating China’s Li Na by fighting back into a thrilling match. Kim lost the first set to Li who clinched the first set 6-3. But later on Kim Clijsters fought back bravely and claimed the second set. Although second set turned out to be very competitive for both the players. In second set, Li again took the lead by 3-2 but Clijsters leveled the game and claimed the second set. With this come back, Kim Clijsters got much needed confidence and won the third and deciding set 6-3. The finale of Australian Open 2011 women’s singles event thrilled the spectators and ended the first grand slam of the year 2011.
Many of you might not that it was Kim’s fourth Grand Slam title in her successful tennis career. She announced her retirement in 2007 but made her way back in 2009. It was in 2009 that she bagged US Open 2009 Championship title, only to become the first seeded player and wildcard to win the grand slam title. Kim Clijsters also became first mother to have won a Grand Slam title after Goolagong in 1980. In June 2001, Kim Clijsters was named in the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” feature of TIME.
Year 2007 was a surprise as Gonzalez made his way into the final against Federer, where the King Fed won the championship (his 10th Grand Slam title). Year 2006 was again the year of Federer where he got emotionala fter receiving his trophy from Australia’s greatest player Rod Laver.
A look into the 2006-2007 Australian Open could be concluded in one post. Some of the incidents worth highlighting and information about Australian Open 2006-2007 are as follows:
1) In the 2006 Australian Open, Razvan Sabau, Filippo Volandri, Mariano Zabaleta and Marcos Daniel retired from in the first round.
2) In the 2006 Australian Open, 7 Australian tennis players, 12 American tennis players and 2 British tennis players participated. Among these, only nine players managed to progress into the second round and four to the third round.
3) The 2006 Australian Open tennis championship was won by greatest tennis player Roger Federer. It was his seventh career Grand Slam title.
4) In the 2006 Australian Open tournament, 34 tie-breaks were played.
5) The defending champions of the 2007 Australian Open title were famous female tennis player Amelie Mauresmo and best male tennis player Roger Federer. Amelie won her first Grand Slam title in 2006 at the Australian Open event.
6) In the 2007 Australian Open, only two Australian tennis players (Wayne Arthurs and Lleyton) and one Australian player (Alicia Molik) made their way to the third round. Nearly 10 Australian tennis players lost in first two rounds of the 2007 Australian Open.
7) The 2007 Australian Open saw record tie-breakers in first round of men’s title. Among the players, hottest male tennis player Andy Roddick won the longest tie-break against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by 20-18.
In tennis, it can be interesting to reflect on past events. Many notable occurrences take place within a particular Grand Slam. There are certain facts and records that are overlooked by many of us but they do make for interesting parts of the tournament. Australian Open is one such grand slams that has offered several different records, events and facts that will definitely interest any avid tennis fan.
Here is the information and facts detail about Australian Open 2004:
1) Names previously unknown to tennis fans, Nenad Zimonjic and Elena Bovina won the open mixed doubles title of the 2004 Australian Open.
2) Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra won the 2004 Australian Open doubles title for the second year, beating the Bryan brothers in the final.
3) Famous female tennis player Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from the 2004 Australian Open quarter final while she was among the top ten female tennis players at that time.
4) Three American famous female singles tennis players Lindsay Davenport, Lisa Raymond and Chanda Rubin made their way into the Round of 16 of Australian Open 2004.
5) Four American men singles tennis players Andy Roddick, Robby Ginepri, Andre Agassi and James Blake reached the Round of 16 in the 2004 Australian Open.
6) Justine Henin-Hardenne, being the top seed player in 2004, won the third Grand Slam, i.e. Australian Open 2004 after defeating Kim Clijsters.
7) Russian male tennis player Marat Safin snapped the 26-match win streak of Agassi at the Australian Open by defeating Agassi in the thrilling semi-final of Australian Open 2004.
8) Among the top ten seeded male tennis players in 2004, Carlos Moya withdrew before the the 2004 Australian Open event.