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Mary Pierce

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Mary Pierce (born on January 15, 1975, in Montreal, Canada) is a French-American women's professional tennis player on the WTA tour and the winner of a total of four Grand Slam titles: two in singles; and two in doubles. Pierce plays for France.

In 1995, Pierce won her first Grand Slam title by defeating Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Australian Open. She reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 that year. Pierce also won the Japan Open, defeating Sanchez-Vicario, 6-3, 6-3.

In 1996, Pierce suffered a series of setbacks, including her split with Nick Bollieteri after failing to defend her title at the 1996 Australian Open. Aside from a runner-up finish in Amelia Island and a semifinal finish in Hamburg, the highlight of the year for Pierce was her first appearance in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

In 1997, Pierce was back in the Australian Open singles final, where she lost 6-2, 6-2 to Martina Hingis. She also lost in that year's WTA Tour Championships final to Jana Novotná. Pierce was a member of the French team that won the 1997 Fed Cup and her only title that season was the Italian Open, defeating Conchita Martinez 6-4, 6-0. Pierce also won the Comeback Player of the Year award for ending the year at No. 7 in the world after starting at No. 21.

Pierce then reached the final of the 2005 U.S. Open. In the fourth round, she defeated Henin for the first time in her career and avenged her French Open final defeat by winning 6-3, 6-4. In the quarterfinals, Pierce defeated third seed Amélie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-1 to reach her first U.S. Open semifinal. After the victory, Pierce remarked, "I'm 30 and I have been on the tour for 17 years and there are still firsts for me. That's pretty amazing." She reached the final by defeating Elena Dementieva 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals. In the final, she lost to Kim Clijsters 6-3, 6-1.

The win in Moscow secured her spot at the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles where the top eight singles players in the world competed for the winner's prize of one million dollars. In round-robin play with her assigned group of four players, she won all three matches: against Clijsters in three sets; Mauresmo in three sets; and Dementieva in straight sets. In the semifinals, Pierce beat top-ranked Lindsay Davenport 7-6(5), 7-6(6). However, Pierce lost a close final to Mauresmo.

Pierce did not play again until August because of foot and groin injuries, withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon.

Pierce then lost in the first round of the next three tournaments she played. She was defeated in Luxembourg by Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 6-3, who went on to win the title. Jelena Janković defeated Pierce in Stuttgart 7-6(7), 6-3. And Katarina Srebotnik defeated Pierce in Zurich 6-3, 7-5.

Mary Pierce made an appearance at the 2007 French Open as an avenue on the Roland Garros site was named in her honor - Allée Mary Pierce. Joining her for the dedication ceremony was French Tennis Federation's Christian Bimes and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott. She also helped with the social side to the 2007 French Open, taking part in the post match ceremony after the womens final, dressed in a "Greek-Roman style" outfit.



 


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