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Julie Halard-Decugis (born September 10, 1970 in VersaillesYvelines) is a former professional female tennis player.

Halard-Decugis lived in La Baule, France during the initial stages of her career and later moved to Pully, Switzerland. She turned professional in June 1987 after winning the French Openjunior singles title in 1986 and 1988 and reaching the Wimbledon junior singles final in 1987. She retired from the WTA Tour tennis circuit at the end of the 2000 season. Her highest WTA Tour singles and doubles rankings was number seven and number one respectively. She had been coached by Arnaud Decugis since 1989.

Halard-Decugis won her first WTA Tour singles title in Puerto Rico. She enjoyed her best season in 1996, when she won her first WTA Tour Tier II singles title in Paris and finished the year with a career-high season-ending singles ranking of number 15 and as the number one singles player from France. This occurred despite the fact that her playing schedule in the second half of 1996 was curtailed because of a wrist injury sustained during the Fed Cup semi-final match against Spain. She only played two tournaments in late 1997 because of injuries.

By winning the singles title in Rosmalen in 1998, she became the 20th player to have won singles titles on all four surfaces in the Open Era. Halard also won the singles and doubles titles in Pattaya that year, and broke into the top 10 singles ranking in August 1999, becoming the fifth Frenchwoman after Françoise DürrMary PierceNathalie Tauziat and Sandrine Testud to do so. In 1999, she won two WTA Tour singles titles and was runner-up on three other occasions. Between November 15, 1999 and January 9, 2000, Halard-Decugis, Nathalie Tauziat,Amélie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce were all ranked inside the singles Top 10, the first time France had four players ranked among the singles Top 10.

2000 was to be the final and perhaps the finest year of Halard's professional playing career. She reached the Australian Open singles quarter-final for the second time, captured the second WTA Tour Tier II title of her career in Eastbourne and reached her career-high singles ranking of number 7 in February. Halard was also runner-up in Tokyo's Princess Cup in the month of October and won the doubles title with Ai Sugiyama. The following week, she won both the singles and doubles titles at the Japan Open in Tokyo, saving three match points in the final to defeat the defending champion Amy Frazier.

On her 30th birthday, Halard won the 2000 US Open women's doubles title with Ai Sugiyama, her only Grand Slam title as a professional. The pair also reached the final at Wimbledon, the semi-final at the French Open and the quarter-final at the Australian Open that year. Halard-Decugis won nine other doubles titles in 2000, five of them with Sugiyama, and became the first Frenchwoman to attain the number one WTA Tour doubles ranking in the Open Era.

Halard-Decugis represented her country in the Federation Cup Fed Cup from 1990 to 2000 and in the Olympics Games in 1992 and 2000.

She married her coach, Arnaud Decugis, on September 22, 1995. Arnaud Decugis is the great nephew of Max Decugis, a leading tennis player from France during the early 20th century. The couple have 2 children: Camille, born February 10, 2002 and another child born in July 2003.

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 [hide*1 Grand Slam women's doubles finals

Grand Slam women's doubles finals[edit]Edit

Win (1)[edit]Edit

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
2000 US Open [1]

Ai Sugiyama

[2]

Cara Black [3]Elena Likhovtseva

6–0, 1–6, 6–1

Runner-up (1)[edit]Edit

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
2000 Wimbledon [4]

Ai Sugiyama

[5]

Serena Williams [6]Venus Williams

6–3, 6–2

WTA Tour singles finals[edit]Edit

Wins (12)[edit]Edit

Legend (Singles)
WTA Championship (0)
Grand Slam (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (2)
Tier III (3)
Tier IV/V (7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (3)
Grass (3)
Carpet (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. October 21, 1991 San JuanPuerto Rico Hard [7]

Amanda Coetzer

7–5, 7–5
2. April 27, 1992 Taranto, Italy Clay [8]

Emanuela Zardo

6–0, 7–5
3. April 25, 1994 Taranto, Italy Clay [9]

Irina Spîrlea

6–2, 6–3
4. May 8, 1995 Prague, Czech Republic Clay [10]

Ludmila Richterová

6–4, 6–4
5. January 8, 1996 Hobart, Australia Hard [11]

Mana Endo

6–1, 6–2
6. February 12, 1996 Paris, France Carpet (i) [12]

Iva Majoli

7–5, 7–64
7. June 15, 1996 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass [13]

Miriam Oremans

6–3, 6–4
8. November 16, 1998 Pattaya CityThailand Hard [14]

Li Fang

6–1, 6–2
9. January 4, 1999 Auckland, New Zealand Hard [15]

Dominique Monami

6–4, 6–1
10. June 7, 1999 Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass [16]

Nathalie Tauziat

6–2, 3–6, 6–4
11. June 19, 2000 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass [17]

Dominique Monami

7–64, 6–4
12. October 9, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard [18]

Amy Frazier

5–7, 7–5, 6–4

Runners-up (9)[edit]Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. October 5, 1987 Athens, Greece Clay [19]

Katerina Maleeva

6–0, 6–1
2. August 5, 1991 Albuquerque, U.S. Hard [20]

Gigi Fernández

6–0, 6–2
3. February 14, 1994 Paris, France Carpet (i) [21]

Martina Navrátilová

7–5, 6–3
4. February 26, 1996 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) [22]

Sabine Appelmans

6–2, 6–4
5. May 18, 1998 Strasbourg, France Clay [23]

Irina Spîrlea

7–65, 6–3
6. April 26, 1999 BolCroatia Clay [24]

Corina Morariu

6–2, 6–0
7. May 10, 1999 Berlin, Germany Clay [25]

Martina Hingis

6–0, 6–1
8. August 9, 1999 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard [26]

Serena Williams

6–1, 6–4
9. October 2, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard [27]

Serena Williams

7–5, 6–1

WTA Tour doubles finals[edit]Edit

Wins (15)[edit]Edit

Legend (Singles)
WTA Championship (0)
Grand Slam (1)
Tier I (2)
Tier II (6)
Tier III (4)
Tier IV/V (2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (11)
Clay (1)
Grass (1)
Carpet (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. August 8, 1994 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard [28]

Nathalie Tauziat

[29]

Jana Novotná [30]Lisa Raymond

6–1, 0–6, 6–1
2. September 19, 1994 Tokyo, Japan Hard [31]

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

[32]

Amy Frazier [33]Rika Hiraki

6–1, 0–6, 6–1
3. January 1, 1996 Auckland, New Zealand Hard [34]

Els Callens

[35]

Jill Hetherington [36]Kristine Kunce

6–0, 6–1
4. June 8, 1998 Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass [37]

Els Callens

[38]

Lisa Raymond [39]Rennae Stubbs

2–6, 6–4, 6–4
5. November 16, 1998 Pattaya CityThailand Hard [40]

Els Callens

[41]

Rika Hiraki [42]Aleksandra Olsza

3–6, 6–2, 6–2
6. January 3, 2000 Gold Coast, Australia Hard [43]

Anna Kournikova

[44]

Sabine Appelmans [45]Rita Grande

6–3, 6–0
7. January 10, 2000 Sydney, Australia Hard [46]

Ai Sugiyama

[47]

Martina Hingis [48]Mary Pierce

6–0, 6–3
8. February 7, 2000 Paris, France Carpet (i) [49]

Sandrine Testud

[50]

Émilie Loit [51]Åsa Svensson

3–6, 6–3, 6–4
9. March 20, 2000 Miami, U.S. Hard [52]

Ai Sugiyama

[53]

Nicole Arendt [54]Manon Bollegraf

4–6, 7–5, 6–4
10. May 1, 2000 BolCroatia Clay [55]

Corina Morariu

[56]

Tina Križan [57]Katarina Srebotnik

6–2, 6–2
11. August 21, 2000 New Haven, U.S. Hard [58]

Ai Sugiyama

[59]

Virginia Ruano Pascual [60]Paola Suárez

6–4, 5–7, 6–2
12. August 28, 2000 US Open Hard [61]

Ai Sugiyama

[62]

Cara Black [63]Elena Likhovtseva

6–0, 1–6, 6–1
13. October 2, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard [64]

Ai Sugiyama

[65]

Nana Miyagi [66]Paola Suárez

6–0, 6–2
14. October 9, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard [67]

Corina Morariu

[68]

Tina Križan [69]Katarina Srebotnik

6–1, 6–2
15. October 23, 2000 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) [70]

Ai Sugiyama

[71]

Martina Hingis [72]Anna Kournikova

4–6, 6–4, 7–65

Runners-up (10)[edit]Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. September 16, 1991 Paris, France Clay [73]

Alexia Dechaume

[74]

Petra Langrová [75]Radka Zrubáková

6–4, 6–4
2. April 18, 1994 Barcelona, Spain Clay [76]

Nathalie Tauziat

[77]

Larisa Neiland [78]Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

6–2, 6–4
3. February 12, 1996 Paris, France Carpet (i) [79]

Nathalie Tauziat

[80]

Kristie Boogert [81]Jana Novotná

6–4, 6–3
4. March 4, 1996 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard [82]

Nathalie Tauziat

[83]

Chanda Rubin [84]Brenda Schultz

6–1, 6–4
5. September 15, 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard [85]

Chanda Rubin

[86]

Monica Seles [87]Ai Sugiyama

6–1, 6–0
6. January 5, 1998 Auckland, New Zealand Hard [88]

Janette Husárová

[89]

Nana Miyagi [90]Tamarine Tanasugarn

7–61, 6–4
7. January 12, 1998 Hobart, Australia Hard [91]

Janette Husárová

[92]

Virginia Ruano Pascual [93]Paola Suárez

7–66, 6–3
8. October 18, 1999 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) [94]

Anke Huber

[95]

Lisa Raymond [96]Rennae Stubbs

6–0, 6–1
9. June 26, 2000 Wimbledon Grass [97]

Ai Sugiyama

[98]

Serena Williams [99]Venus Williams

6–3, 6–2
10. August 14, 2000 Montreal, Canada Hard [100]

Ai Sugiyama

[101]

Martina Hingis [102]Nathalie Tauziat

6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R A A 3R QF 0 / 10 10–10
French Open A 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R SF QF 3R A 2R 1R SF 0 / 12 18–12
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R A A QF 2R F 0 / 8 14–8
US Open A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R QF A A 3R 3R W 1 / 8 13–7
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–2 2–3 1–4 1–4 6–4 9–4 4–2 0–0 6–4 5–4 18–3 1 / 38 55–37

Head vs. Head Record[edit]Edit

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