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The Nathalie Dechy cheering thread

Nathalie,the second french players dreams of one day being the first.Here we'll follow and cheer her in her way up!!


ALLEZ NATHALIE!!!!!



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Player Profile - Nathalie Dechy

(WTATOUR exclusive by Reven Oliver) - One can't help but wonder what is going on behind the shy facade that is so evident in Nathalie Dechy. Surely she has not gained her career high ranking of No. 28 at the tender age 20 by being as amiable as she is off-court. Behind the chocolate eyes and timid smile is a determined and very intelligent young lady. She likes to relax by reading a novel but much prefers to delve into a biography, having recently finished reading that of Ghandi, or modern history. She is currently reading about life in Egypt. Nathalie has always enjoyed an easy comprehension of mathematics and remembers fondly participating in math classes taught by her father. In fact it was her advanced reading skills and proficiency in mathematics which propelled her two grade levels when she was a child, allowing her to graduate from high school two years early.

Nathalie was born on the island of Guadeloupe which is a territory of France, located in the Carribean. The family had relocated there while Nathalie's father completed his military service. They enjoyed the lifestyle enough to remain an extra year after her father's duties to the French government were fulfilled. Ironically, Nathalie has never returned to the place of her birth. She now calls Paris home although she escapes the city on the rare occasions her schedule permits to be with her family who live approximately two hours away. Dechy's best results have come in those places she "feels at home". This past February at The Paris Indoors, she upset countrywoman Sandrine Testud and Iva Majoli en route to her second semifinal appearance on the WTA TOUR. It was on those same courts in Paris that three years earlier she advanced thru the qualifying event before upsetting Lori McNeil and Nathalie Tauziat to reach the quarterfinal. It was only Dechy's third professional tournament. She has also recorded impressive results in Canada. Her mother, a French Canadian from Montreal, has an abundance of family who come out to support her. It was at the Canadian Open in Montreal that Dechy defeated Venus Williams in 1997 and she turned in her first semifinal appearance in Quebec City last October.

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Nathalie just beat Koulikovskaya 6-2,6-1

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Dechy win sets up rematch
Top-seeded Clijsters lost to Frenchwoman in last year’s event
March 10 2003
By Patti Myers
The Desert Sun

INDIAN WELLS -- Nathalie Dechy smiles when she talks about the Pacific Life Open.

The tournament has been good for her, and she has fourth-round appearances on her resume to show for it.

Dechy is on track toward another late-round appearance following Sunday’s 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Italy’s Silvia Farina Elia.

The 21st-ranked Italian has always been a tough opponent for Dechy, who is ranked No. 22 in the world. However, she now leads the series 4-2.

"It’s a good tournament that I like,’’ Dechy said of her fourth appearance in Indian Wells. "It’s always good to come here, to have this great place here. It’s so calm, like peaceful. You’re there just to play tennis and focus on the tennis.

"Yeah, I like this place. I always did some great matches. I had some great victories. Why not keep going?"

Dechy will have a chance to pull another upset Tuesday when she meets top-seeded Kim Clijsters.

Clijsters, the top seed a year ago as well, was on the losing end of last year’s second-round match against Dechy (6-2, 7-5). The 24-year-old Frenchwoman said that match is sure to be in the back of her mind -- and Clijster’s as well.

"Both of us will have this match in a little corner of our mind,’’ she said. "It won’t be the same because Kim -- since that match -- has won a lot of matches and is now the No. 3 in the world, has won more championships.

"On the court, it’s going to be really tough for sure. But I’m happy to play against her for sure."

Still, during Sunday’s match, Dechy had to overcome Farina Elia. She doesn’t have an answer for all of the tough matches she’s had against Farina Elia.

"Maybe she likes my game," Dechy said. "She’s really hard -- it’s hard to win a point against her because she moves really well. She changes the pace. Her balls are always well-placed in the court. It’s a game that bothers me a little bit, so I had to be really careful on her."

Farina Elia started well Sunday, and Dechy found herself trailing for most of the first set. She admitted she had to fight to stay in the match and grab a point at a time.

The turning point came in the second set.

"In the beginning of the second set, I start to feel really better, like try to move much better, to hit the ball better," she said.

Dechy tried desperately to step up in the court, go to the net and alter the pace of the game.

"On the first set, I was always behind my line,’’ she said. "She was like the boss on the court, making me run. In the second set, it started to change."

Dechylikes where her game is going and has played solid tennis already this season, winning her first career WTA Tour title at Gold Coast in Australia.

"For the last few months, my tennis has been improving a lot," she said. "There are more and more players, top 20, top 30, who are able to play well and beat the top 10."

Dechy gets her chance to do just that Tuesday against Clijsters, a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Italy’s Francesca Schiavone.
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Je t'aime Nathalie! (lol I think that's right)

First caught sight of her in 1998 when she played Martina Hingis (and a tough match at that!), but haven't really followed her results until 2000. And since then I have become a fan. She seems really down to earth and plays tennis for the love of the game. I absolutely love that smile of hers and she is also a beautiful players (cute french accent) Even though she has beaten my fave SO many times last year lol, there are no sour grapes at all. Now Im so happy that she finally won her 1st singles title this year and IMO it can only get better. (She's also only the 3rd player to take Clijsters to 3 sets this year, the others are Serena and Ai!) Allez NAT!

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