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Mauresmo Withdraws From Fed Cup Semifinal

Mauresmo Withdraws From Fed Cup Semifinal

Photo By Susan Mullane By Tennis Week
11/17/2004

Defending Fed Cup champion France will be without its best player when it faces Spain in the Fed Cup semifinals later this month. Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from the Fed Cup final four today, citing the need to take time off and prepare for January's Australian Open.
"I will not take part in the Fed Cup," Mauresmo said in a statement on her official web site Amelie-Mauresmo.com. "This decision was extremely hard to take. But my objective is to win a Grand Slam, so I had to do it."

French Fed Cup captain Guy Forget has not yet announced a replacement for the former Australian Open finalist. Former French Open champion Mary Pierce, Nathalie Dechy and 16-year-old Tatiana Golovin form the French squad. France meets Spain in the first best-of-five match semifinal with two singles matches scheduled for Wednesday, November 24th followed by two singles and a doubles match set for Thursday, November 25th. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Maria Antonia Sanchez Lorenzo, Virginia Ruano Pascual and Marta Marrero form the Spanish squad captained by Miguel Margets.

The second-ranked Mauresmo set securing the year-end top spot and winning Fed Cup as her primary goals for the final month of the season, but her bid to attain the No. 1 rank was denied by Serena Williams, who beat Mauresmo in Sunday's WTA Tour championships semifinal.

The winner of the France-Spain semifinal will take on either host Russia or Austria in the Fed Cup final at the Krylatskoe Ice Stadium in Moscow.

A pair of Grand Slam champions — Roland Garros champion Anastasia Myskina and U.S. Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova — lead Russia, which will play without Wimbledon winner Maria Sharapova and two-time Grand Slam finalist Elena Dementieva. Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev, who led the Russian Davis Cup team to its first Davis Cup championship against host France in 2002, chose Vera Zvonareva and Elena Likhovtseva to round out the Russian squad. Ranked third in the world in doubles, Likhovtseva partnered Kuznetsova to reach the semifinals of the year-end WTA Tour Championships where the second-seeded pair fell to Nadia Petrova and Meghann Shaughnessy Sunday night.

Russia is an overwhelming favorite to reach the final as it hosts an Austrian squad of Sybille Bammer, Yvonne Meusburger, Patricia Wartusch and Daniela Kix. Austrian veteran Barbara Schett, who announced she will retire after the 2005 Australian Open, was forced to withdraw from the team after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in her right ankle.

Under Fed Cup regulations, a nation may change up to two nominations until one hour before the draw, which will be held on Tuesday, November 23rd. For more information, please visit the official Fed Cup web site.
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Forget is furious and very disapointed ! (even if he's one of her closets friends), and lots people are shoked by her decision.
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I've got to say that I'm pretty disappointed in Amelie too. She only said a few days ago that her priortites this year were to become world number one, retain the Fed Cup and to get a Grand Slam. Although I can understand a little that Amelie wants to concentrate on being ready for next year, its such a shame that one of the most ardent supporters of the Fed Cup has decided its not a priority for her anymore.


I also thought she let Mary down at the Olympics in the doubles to concentrate on her own chances of a medal, but that's another story......

I just hope that for Amelie's sake, she doesn't put even more pressure on herself at the Grand Slams through decisions like these. It reminds me a bit of Lendl when he so desperately wanted to win Wimbledon, his whole season revolved around it - at the expense of other tournaments - like the French Open.

Amelie talks a good fight "I'm the player to beat at the YEC" but still hasn't delivered yet. IMO the last thing she needs to do is heap yet more pressure on herself and upset those people who have supported her and stood by her for the past few years.
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I've said it elsewhere but I'll say it here too...

I was shocked but pleased with this decision. She's played a hell of a lot of tennis as of late and needs to rest a bit and also to work on serve, shots, strategy, etc.

She's really accomplished a lot this year and has paid her dues to France. If she's the ONLY player they have that can bring it home to France, that's not saying much about the rest of the team now is it? I don't understand why this is all on her shoulders.

Forget knew it was coming, she'd given him advance notice, but held off with her final decision until after the YEC so he had some time to prepare to add another member.

Now its time to focus on herself. I just think she's tired both mentally and physically and sometimes one has to put oneself first.

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I've said it elsewhere but I'll say it here too...

I was shocked but pleased with this decision. She's played a hell of a lot of tennis as of late and needs to rest a bit and also to work on serve, shots, strategy, etc.

She's really accomplished a lot this year and has paid her dues to France. If she's the ONLY player they have that can bring it home to France, that's not saying much about the rest of the team now is it? I don't understand why this is all on her shoulders.

Forget knew it was coming, she'd given him advance notice, but held off with her final decision until after the YEC so he had some time to prepare to add another member.

Now its time to focus on herself. I just think she's tired both mentally and physically and sometimes one has to put oneself first.
Couldn't have said it better myself.

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I also thought she let Mary down at the Olympics in the doubles to concentrate on her own chances of a medal, but that's another story......
Erm, I was under the impression that Mary was still playing singles at that point, and that Amelie pulling out of doubles possibly benefited both. Of course, I would have been under the WRONG impression.
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It's a good decision for her I think, (sorry for anyone who was going to be in Moscow and hoping to see Amélie). All the top players have done this at various times: Justine, Kim, Venus, Serena, Lindsay etc., when Fed Cup didn't fit into their schedule. Last year Amélie had such a short break over the winter, and it just wasn't enough; it maybe could have been the reason that she got injured at the Aus. Open. (She's not playing the Ciney Exhibition this year just before Christmas either, presumably for the same reason.)

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I've got to say that I'm pretty disappointed in Amelie too. She only said a few days ago that her priortites this year were to become world number one, retain the Fed Cup and to get a Grand Slam. Although I can understand a little that Amelie wants to concentrate on being ready for next year, its such a shame that one of the most ardent supporters of the Fed Cup has decided its not a priority for her anymore.


I also thought she let Mary down at the Olympics in the doubles to concentrate on her own chances of a medal, but that's another story......

I just hope that for Amelie's sake, she doesn't put even more pressure on herself at the Grand Slams through decisions like these. It reminds me a bit of Lendl when he so desperately wanted to win Wimbledon, his whole season revolved around it - at the expense of other tournaments - like the French Open.

Amelie talks a good fight "I'm the player to beat at the YEC" but still hasn't delivered yet. IMO the last thing she needs to do is heap yet more pressure on herself and upset those people who have supported her and stood by her for the past few years.

I agree with all your words ali! As an Amélie fan, I am FURIOUS AND VERY DISAPPOINTED too for many reasons....not only because of the Fed Cup situation or her perfomance against Serena at the Masters...it's for other reasons more .... ...

I think maybe she has become very big headed since she got to No1. Amélie's way is selfish and cowardly for many reasons...I have lost part of my respect for her as a tennis player....

the solution is not more hard training or improving her serve or her muscles or her shots....that's not the real problem! She needs work in a group, with Guy Forget...her great and loyal friend, fight for France, with her spiritual brother, and her friends from French team! To be part of a team, a family and recover in with the help of her love of tennis and the pleasure she gets from playing! To play for the love of the sport...enjoy the shots and enjoy the play, but not for not obtains points for her ranking, number one spot, GS, or money

It's not important whether france win the Fed Cup or not - the important thing is being part of the team! Amélie was the spiritual guide for the French team...imagine how it feels now for Guy and her friends from French team (and for a lot of her fans include me)


I don't know what has happened in Amélie's head, but I think that she has psychological problems and maybe she has bad advisors.....not a good circle of friends around her!

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If Amelie is so focused on the #1 ranking, why is she playing the Hong Kong exhibition at the beginning of the year?
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To get some 'unpressured' match practice, against good opposition (Svetlana, Maria & Venus), before Sydney and the Aus Open I would guess.
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