On the Court
Made her ITF debut in 2000, going 0-2 at age 15. Made her WTA debut at Nice in February of 2001, winning a qualifying match then losing the second one. Was granted a main draw wild card to the French Open and lost in the first round, 6-4, 6-3. The rest of her schedule was ITF events and she finished the season 28-8. Debuted at the Australian Open with a main draw wild card in 2002 and lost in three sets to No. 50 Tina Pisnik. Made it to the third round of qualifiers at Strasbourg, then lost in the first round again at the French Open, this time in three sets. Received a qualifying bid to the US Open and won three qualifier matches to enter the main field. Defeated No. 28 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the first round for her first WTA victory, then upset No. 70 Rossana De Los Rios in the second round. Was defeated handily by No. 10 Lindsay Davenport in the third round, but the accomplishment saw her jump 101 spots in the rankings to No. 130. Did not see another WTA main draw in 2002.
Began the 2003 season playing a full tour schedule and went through three rounds of qualifying to reach the semifinals at Canberra, defeating four players ranked in the Top 100 to rise to No. 92 in the world. Surprised again once she reached American soil, reaching the second round and Indian Wells, then the quarterfinals at Miami, knocking out Davenport with a 6-0, RET victory that saw her rise to No. 65 in the world. Garnered her first Grand Slam victory at the French Open, defeating Rossana De Los Rios in straight sets. Made her Wimbledon debut and lost to No. 9 Daniela Hantuchova in the first round. Entered the top 50 for the first time after reaching the third round at San Diego. Finished the season 35-26.
Reached the semifinals at Auckland to begin 2004, but fell back to No. 70 after skipping Miami. Scored a win over No. 20 Chanda Rubin in the first round at Wimbledon, eventually making the third round. Had a strong performance at San Diego, with three wins over Top 25 players - two of them ranked in the Top 13. Also reached the semifinals at Cincinnati to return to No. 50. Reached the second round of the US Open to climb to No. 42.
Returned to the Auckland semifinals in 2005, and reached the second round of the Australian Open to join the Top 40 for the first time. Crept into the Top 30 after reaching the Eastbourne quarterfinals and the second round at Wimbledon. Made the third round at the US Open, finishing the season 35-26.
Celebrated her first WTA tournament victory at Auckland to begin the 2006 season, defeating Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-3 to rise to No. 28. Did not reach another quarterfinal until Birmingham in June. Reached her second final of the year at Bali, defeating No. 8 Patty Schnyder in the semifinals before falling to No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. Stayed hot in the fall, reaching the Seoul semifinals, then winning the Japan Open to move up to No. 18. Concluded the year by winning Quebec City to finish with a 45-28 record.
Lost 11 of her first 18 matches in 2007 before reaching the Estoril quarterfinals. Followed that with a trip to the finals at Prague, the semifinals at Strasbourg, then reached the fourth round of the French Open. After consecutive semifinals at Birmingham and Eastbourne, she entered Wimbledon as the No. 18 seed, and started her most impressive run to date, beating No. 3 Jelena Jankovic in the fourth round and No. 1 Justine Henin in the semifinals before falling to Venus Williams in the final. Jumped to No. 11 in the world on that effort. After the slow start, finished the season with 40 wins in her final 60 matches to qualify for the Tour Championships, where she went 1-1, retiring due to injury against Jankovic.
Fell out of the Top 10 after losing in the second round at Miami in March of 2008. Moved up to No. 9 following a third-round appearance at Rome. Lost in the third round at Wimbledon to fall back to No. 15, but bounced back to reach the Stanford final and the Montreal semifinals. Finished the year 19-16 and in the Top 20.
Rocketed out of the gate in 2009, reaching the Brisbane final and the Australian Open quarterfinals, complete with a win over No. 1 Jankovic. Won her first title since 2006 at Monterrey, defeating Na Li in the final. After a sluggish summer, won Stanford over No. 3 Venus Williams. Reached at least the quarterfinals of four tournaments on the Asian swing to finish the season 49-22, ranked just outside the Top 10.
Had her most consistent start to a season in 2010, going 10-4 through the first three months including a semifinal run at Miami. Did not reach a final the whole year, but was in four semifinals and finished the season 34-21.
Reached at least the quarterfinals of four of her first six tournaments in 2011, then fought to the Indian Wells final, knocking off No. 2 Kim Clijsters before losing to No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, which put her back in the Top 10 for the first time since 2008. After reaching the Strasbourg final, she had her best performance to date at Roland Garros, reaching the semifinals and moving up to No. 9. At Wimbledon, reached the quarterfinals, then the finals at Stanford. After falling out of the Top 10, regained No. 9 by winning Osaka over No. 6 Samantha Stosur, the top seed. Defeated Victoria Azarenka in the first round of the WTA Championships, finishing the season with a career best 58-25 record.
Reached the finals of Paris in 2012 to climb to No. 7 in the world.
Grand Slam Titles Won: Singles (1) - Wimbledon, 2013
Year-End Singles Rankings: 2012: 11
Off the Court
Is the daughter of Walter and Sophie, and has a brother named Franck who is in the French Army. Began playing tennis at age six. Formerly coached by her father. Has two pet cats and is a huge fan of soccer.