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Amelie Again: Mauresmo Extends Win Streak To 15 With Third Title Of Season

Amelie Again: Mauresmo Extends Win Streak To 15 With Third Title Of Season

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02/20/2006


A season that started with loss has become a victory tour for Amelie Mauresmo. The reigning Australian Open champion claimed her third championship of the season and extended her win streak to 15 matches with today's 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over top-ranked Kim Clijsters in the Proximus Diamond Games final in Antwerp.




Mauresmo, who beat Venus Williams, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, in the 2005 Antwerp final, stretched her winning streak to eight matches at this event.

"Once I found my rhythm I made very few mistakes," said Mauresmo, who raised her record to 10-1 in Antwerp. "I had a tough start to the match, but I was just trying to hang in there. When I got the break back early in the second set it began to turn my way, and I increased in confidence, and got better and better. It was a little disappointing for everyone, for sure, it’s understandable. But I think the crowd enjoyed the match, and I didn’t spoil my party!"

Successfully defending her Antwerp title in front of a festive crowd of 14,000 fans, the second-ranked Mauresmo crept closer to surpassing Clijsters and regaining the top spot she held in 2004. Should Mauresmo reach the final in Dubai next week she will ascend to the No. 1 ranking.

"I just take it one tournament at a time and I know I will be tired when I get to Dubai, so who knows," Mauresmo said. "Yes, it would be a nice bonus to be number one, but it won't be on my mind."

Clijsters had winning on her mind as she broke serve twice to take the opening set. But the U.S. Open champion, who was playing her first tournament since suffering strained ligaments in her ankle that forced her to retire from last month's Australian Open semifinal against Mauresmo, fell victim to fatigue and Mauresmo's superior serving in the final two sets. Mauresmo hit six aces against three double faults and saved the lone break point she faced during the final two sets. Clijsters committed seven double faults and surrendered serve four times in the final two sets.

"I think I played one set too many this week," said 2004 Antwerp champion Clijsters. "Up a set and a break I felt good, but from then on I started to feel a bit tired, and Amélie improved her game."

The match between the top-ranked Clijsters and world No.2 Mauresmo was the 102nd meeting in Tour history between the world's top two, and marked just the 37th time the lower-ranked woman won, according to the WTA Tour.

Prior to last November's Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships final against fellow French woman Mary Pierce, Mauresmo had earned a reputation as a supremely gifted player prone to periods of mental lapses and emotional frailties in major matches. She closed out a hard-fought 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Pierce to win the Championships and called the victory "a breakthrough" in her post-match press conference. Opening the season with a straight-sets loss to Ana Ivanovic in Sydney, Mauresmo has not lost a match since and with today's title she become the fastest woman ever to earn $1 million in season earnings.

The 26-year-old Mauresmo has won five of the past six tournaments she's entered — Philadelphia, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships, the Australian Open, last week's Paris indoors and Antwerp — winning 23 of her last 25 matches in that span. " It's been a great start to the year, and I hope I can keep it going, obviously," said Mauresmo, who was ranked No.1 in the world for five weeks late in the 2004 season. "It would be great to get (to No. 1) again, but if it happens next week, or in a few weeks, that doesn’t matter." For complete stats from the final, please visit Proximus Diamond Games.com.
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So Kim was tired?

Also, Mauresmo, she is on fire!

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so she *is* playing dubai

i hope she doesn't burn out
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so she *is* playing dubai

i hope she doesn't burn out
Yeah however if each time she gets to play only on thursday...thanks to all those byes...
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Go Ame, at last after all the doubters even dared to criticise her AO win she has beaten a fit Kim. I'm pleased its nice to see a player I follow do well, although I did fell for Kim today losing in front of her home crowd.

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Amelie Again: Mauresmo Extends Win Streak To 15 With Third Title Of Season

Photo By Ron Angle By Tennis Week
02/20/2006


A season that started with loss has become a victory tour for Amelie Mauresmo. The reigning Australian Open champion claimed her third championship of the season and extended her win streak to 15 matches with today's 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over top-ranked Kim Clijsters in the Proximus Diamond Games final in Antwerp.



Mauresmo, who beat Venus Williams, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, in the 2005 Antwerp final, stretched her winning streak to eight matches at this event.

"Once I found my rhythm I made very few mistakes," said Mauresmo, who raised her record to 10-1 in Antwerp. "I had a tough start to the match, but I was just trying to hang in there. When I got the break back early in the second set it began to turn my way, and I increased in confidence, and got better and better. It was a little disappointing for everyone, for sure, it’s understandable. But I think the crowd enjoyed the match, and I didn’t spoil my party!"

Successfully defending her Antwerp title in front of a festive crowd of 14,000 fans, the second-ranked Mauresmo crept closer to surpassing Clijsters and regaining the top spot she held in 2004. Should Mauresmo reach the final in Dubai next week she will ascend to the No. 1 ranking.

"I just take it one tournament at a time and I know I will be tired when I get to Dubai, so who knows," Mauresmo said. "Yes, it would be a nice bonus to be number one, but it won't be on my mind."

Clijsters had winning on her mind as she broke serve twice to take the opening set. But the U.S. Open champion, who was playing her first tournament since suffering strained ligaments in her ankle that forced her to retire from last month's Australian Open semifinal against Mauresmo, fell victim to fatigue and Mauresmo's superior serving in the final two sets. Mauresmo hit six aces against three double faults and saved the lone break point she faced during the final two sets. Clijsters committed seven double faults and surrendered serve four times in the final two sets.

"I think I played one set too many this week," said 2004 Antwerp champion Clijsters. "Up a set and a break I felt good, but from then on I started to feel a bit tired, and Amélie improved her game."

The match between the top-ranked Clijsters and world No.2 Mauresmo was the 102nd meeting in Tour history between the world's top two, and marked just the 37th time the lower-ranked woman won, according to the WTA Tour.

Prior to last November's Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships final against fellow French woman Mary Pierce, Mauresmo had earned a reputation as a supremely gifted player prone to periods of mental lapses and emotional frailties in major matches. She closed out a hard-fought 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Pierce to win the Championships and called the victory "a breakthrough" in her post-match press conference. Opening the season with a straight-sets loss to Ana Ivanovic in Sydney, Mauresmo has not lost a match since and with today's title she become the fastest woman ever to earn $1 million in season earnings.

The 26-year-old Mauresmo has won five of the past six tournaments she's entered — Philadelphia, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships, the Australian Open, last week's Paris indoors and Antwerp — winning 23 of her last 25 matches in that span. " It's been a great start to the year, and I hope I can keep it going, obviously," said Mauresmo, who was ranked No.1 in the world for five weeks late in the 2004 season. "It would be great to get (to No. 1) again, but if it happens next week, or in a few weeks, that doesn’t matter." For complete stats from the final, please visit Proximus Diamond Games.com.
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