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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 2006, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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So what do you think was the turning point for Mauresmo?

There can be no doubt Mauresmo no longer is the choker and chronic underachiever we all knew from previous episodes; now she's no less than the WTA Tour's top dawg, and wins her matches displaying remarkable mental toughness.

There was a turning point - most commentators believe it was the YEC 2005 final, where Mauresmo rallied from a set down to beat a top-form Pierce.

Other may claim it was only after the AO that Mauresmo finally got the weight of unfulfilled expectations off her back with her first GS win.

My contention is that the turning point was actually before that - at the Philadelphia final against Dementieva last year, just before the YEC. By watching Dementieva choke badly when she was two points away from the title, Mauresmo finally learned what all chokers seem to forget: that no matter how nervous you feel, chances are your opponent feels just the same, if not worse. That moment was the turning point.

So I would like to know what other people here think about the transformation of Amelie Mauresmo. Vote and speak your mind.

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old Feb 20th, 2006, 12:12 AM
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in my opinion ,the turning point(though it's a big word) for her was when she lost the Fed Cup and then had all those losses in first round (against Schiavone and Srebotnik).....so even before the Philadelphia tournament.

you often learn way more from your losses than from your wins.

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Good point. Kim not turning up mentally for the YEC also showed there was the possibility of getting by players who had the H2H over her without actually needing to beat them. The old blocks to her passage are looking shaky. Its also something to do with the Fed Cup -after that horror she might have fallen apart but actually went the other way - something big and positive happened there.

Its also a habit - winning and pulling through are becoming normal to her.

She's also been lucky that the players who fight to wins over her and force her into the territory where she has breakdowns are just not doing it. Mary runs out of steam by the finals, Justine retires, Kim isn't her normal consistent self, Serena, Jen and Venus are nowhere in sight, Elena lacks consistency, Nadia chokes even more, Maria doesn't like her game, Lindsay hasn't made it to play her, Patty looks tired...
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She's also been lucky that the players who fight to wins over her and force her into the territory where she has breakdowns are just not doing it. Mary runs out of steam by the finals, Justine retires, Kim isn't her normal consistent self, Serena, Jen and Venus are nowhere in sight, Elena lacks consistency, Nadia chokes even more, Maria doesn't like her game, Lindsay hasn't made it to play her, Patty looks tired...

well ,what 's the point,even if Amelie would have beaten her,you would have found an excuse for Lindsay....
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I dont believe a person can change in a heartbeat thanks to the sheer power of will or somekind of revelation. Near death expierience or sudden fear can do that but it is not the case here. I guess there was no turning point here also but a slow process

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well ,what 's the point,even if Amelie would have beaten her,you would have found an excuse for Lindsay....
Playing like rubbish or not playing at all is hardly an excuse. Its a circumstance which Momo has risen to and taken advantage of. Fact is we know now Momo can win but we havn't actually seen her win against someone in her class coming at her playing at their best too. We knew she could beat Maria but not how her nerves will hold against an on form top player. We just don't know how Momo reacts to that degree of pressure as we havn't seen anyone provide it. Last person who did - Mary in the YEC first meeting - beat Momo.

Lindsay is an interesting case because she ought to win just on their H2H playing well and she is relatively fit more often than a lot of top 10 players - but Lindsay also has a lot of Momo's old physical and mental problems winning. A match-up betwen those two might really show who has mastered their nerves.
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Injuries taking its toll on other players like the Williams sisters and Justine.

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I agree that it was the Fed Cup loss and the 2 first round losses that forced her to regroup and reflect.
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Perhaps it was her slump and Mary Pierce's success that allowed her to take some pressure off herself. Suddenly she wasn't the great hope of France, and she could enjoy herself a little more.

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definitely her squeaking by Pierce in the final of the YEC



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YEC she had some great wins there and that go the confidence ball rolling.

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perhaps her loss to invanovic at sydney was the turning point and she had somethin to prove to the younger girls on tour :S just an idea lol
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