LAST UPDATED - October 9, 2000

Biography of Sandrine Testud

---Reached her first Tier I final at 2000 Pan Pacific and cracked the Top 10 in the world rankings for the first time following the tournament on February 7, 2000

---Won her second career doubles title at 2000 Paris Indoors with Julie Halard-Decugis

---Saved three match points to defeat Tamarine Tanasugarn to reach the fourth round at the 2000 Australian Open; saved two match points against Serena Williams to reach the fourth round of the 1999 Australian Open, joining three other Frenchwomen in the last 16, a Grand Slam Open Era record and the first time since the 1954 French Open

---Rallied from down 1-5 in the third set to upset world No. 4 Serena Williams en route to the semifinals at 1999 Filderstadt, falling in three sets to No. 1 Martina Hingis

---Was the only player to defeat Serena Williams twice in 1999

---Continued her successful 1999 autumn as a finalist at Linz, including a three-set quarterfinal win over seventh-ranked Nathalie Tauziat, and defeated seventh seed Dominique Van Roost to reach the quarterfinals in Philadelphia

---Withdrew from tournaments in Cairo and Bol in late April 1999 due to a left Achilles tendon injury

---Defeated Iva Majoli 6-1, 6-1 and Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals at 1999 Stanford before falling to fourth seed Amanda Coetzer in three sets; the following week in San Diego, reached the quarterfinals with straight-set wins over countrywoman Amelie Mauresmo and eighth-ranked Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

---Doubles runner-up at the 1999 U.S. Open with Chanda Rubin; unseeded, they upset the third, sixth and seventh seeds, saving three match points in the quarterfinals against third seeds Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu, with Davenport serving at 5-4, 40-love in the third set

---Collected first doubles title of her career at 1999 Filderstadt with partner Chanda Rubin; later reached third doubles final in 1999 with Rubin in Philadelphia

---Reached a career-high ranking of No. 11 in February 1998

---In a field that included nine of the top 10 players in the world, won her biggest career title at 1998 Filderstadt with wins over Anke Huber, Serena Williams, Dominique Van Roost, and world No. 2 Lindsay Davenport in the final to win a Porsche; became the third unseeded champion in the 21-year history of the event

---Ousted fourth seed Iva Majoli in the second round of the 1997 U.S. Open and continued on to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal; seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam at 1998 Australian Open (seeded ninth), where she reached her second consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal; reached her fifth straight fourth-round or better in a Grand Slam at 1998 Wimbledon

---Defeated seventh-ranked Monica Seles to reach the quarterfinals at the 1998 Italian Open

---Served the fourth-fastest serve on the Tour in 1998 at Roland Garros, 114.4 miles per hour (184 Km/h) Enjoyed a breakthrough year on the tour in 1997, moving up from No. 41 in the world to No. 13

---Came from match point down to defeat second seed Monica Seles in the third round of 1997 Wimbledon, her third win over a Top 5 player in 1997; lost in the fourth round to compatriot Nathalie Tauziat after holding match point

---Captured first career title on the WTA TOUR at 1997 Paleramo; won her semifinal match over Barbara Schett 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(12-10)

---Clinched France's first Fed Cup title by coming back against The Netherlands' Miriam Oremans in the final to win 0-6, 6-3, 6-3; also defeated Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in the final tie; had an overall 1997 Fed Cup record of 3-1 in singles

---Capped off a stellar 1997 season by qualifying for the season-ending Chase Championships as one of the 16 best players of the year; qualified again in 1998 and was two points away from defeating world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport in the first round before falling in three sets; qualified for a third consecutive year in 1999 and lost to world No. 1 Martina Hingis 7-6, 7-6 in the first round

---Joined the Million Dollar Club in career prize money in 1997

---Started playing at age 9-and-a-half


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