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Name: Meghann Shaughnessy                                                               
Born: 13 April 1979 Richmond, Virginia, USA                                             
Meghann Shaughnessy (April 13, 1979) is an American professional tennis player.         
She was born in Richmond, Virginia, and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.       
She achieved a career-high singles ranking of #11 in 2001, and has won six WTA           
Tour singles titles. She is best known for her serve, which is one of the most           
powerful on tour, and has produced as many as 22 aces in a match. Shaughnessy is         
coached by Rafael Font de Mora (managed by him since age 13 and coached by him           
for over 20 years). He has been romantically involved with her since before she         
turned 18.                                                                               
Shaughnessy made her debut on the WTA Tour in 1996 at a tournament in Budapest,         
and broke into the top 100 in 1998. In 2000, Shaughnessy won her first WTA               
singles title at Beijing, defeating Iroda Tulyaganova in the final, and breaking         
into the top fifty. In her breakout year of 2001, Shaughnessy achieved a career-high     
singles ranking of #11, won the second singles title of her career at Quebec             
City, and reached the finals of Hamburg and her home tournament in Scottsdale.           
She also recorded wins over world number five Conchita Martinez, world number           
four Monica Szeles, and world number two Venus Williams.                                 
In 2002, Shaughnessy began the season by reaching the final of Sydney, and               
recaptured her career-high #11 ranking. She also reached the quarterfinals or           
better of four other tournaments that year, with wins over top five players             
Jelena Dokic and Serena Williams. In 2003, Shaughnessy had another excellent             
year, featuring the second year end top twenty finish of her career. Shaughnessy         
captured her third career singles title in Canberra, and also had strong Grand           
Slam results, reaching her first career Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open,       
and reaching the Round of 16 at both the US Open and Australian Open.                   
Shaughnessy also scored one of the biggest upsets of the year, defeating world           
number two Venus Williams in the Round of 16 of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. In         
2004, Shaughnessy produced sub-par results, finishing just inside of the top 40,         
with only one top five win, over Anastasia Myskina in Dubai. However, in 2004           
Shaughnessy produced the best doubles results of her career, winning seven               
tournaments with partner Nadia Petrova, including the WTA Year End Championships         
in Los Angeles. This doubles partnership is now over as Petrova is looking for a         
new partner for 2006.                                                                   
She is no longer romantically involved with her coach, Rafael Font de Mora.             
Their romantic & coaching relationship ended in 2005, with Shaughnessy re-uniting       
with Font de Mora as coach only in late 2006.