Mauresmo huints niot all's well between her and Henin-Hardenne
Posted at 7:17am on 22 Feb 2006
The Australian Tennis Open champion Amelie Mauresmo has hinted relations between her and Justine Henin-Hardenne might not be good after the Belgian's failure to complete the final at last month's grand slam in Melbourne.
When she was asked if she'd been disappointed at Henin-Hardenne allegedly not apologising, Mauresmo said she had her own opinions but wanted to keep them to herself and didn't want to get into a controversy.
Henin-Hardenne's decision she was too ill to keep playing when she was 6-1 2-0 down in the final attracted widespread criticism.
She and Mauresmo should meet again in the semi-finals of the Dubai WTA event on Saturday.
Mauresmo seeks to avoid controversy
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Posted: 21-Feb-2006 23:57 hrs
Amelie Mauresmo smiles after winning the Proximus Diamond Games tournament on February 19. Mauresmo hinted that relations between her and Justine Henin-Hardenne might not be well following the Belgian's failure to complete last month's Australian Open final in Melbourne.
Amelie Mauresmo, the Australian Open champion from France, hinted that relations between her and Justine Henin-Hardenne might not be well following the Belgian's failure to complete the final at last month's Grand Slam in Melbourne.
Asked if she had been disappointed at Henin-Hardenne allegedly not apologising, Mauresmo said: "My reactions are still the same, meaning I don't want to get into a controversy on this.
"I have my opinions but I want to keep it personal. If I have some things to say it's not to you guys I want to say them.
"You can write what you want, or say what you want, or suggest things in the paper, but I don't want to get into the controversy.
"Because it (winning the Australian Open) is and was my joy and I don't want anything to interrupt that."
Henin-Hardenne's retirement mid-way through the second set in Melbourne may be related to the viral problem which she first suffered since 2004. After an exhausting campaign while winning the 2005 French Open, she claimed she would never be the same again.
However, after pulling out of the WTA Tour year-end championships in Los Angeles in November and taking an extended off-season break, Henin-Hardenne came back well to reach the Australian Open final.
There she suffered an illness which may be a continuing legacy of the problem, for Henin-Hardenne's appearance here in the Dubai Open on Wednesday is her first competition since the setback.
She and Mauresmo should meet again on Saturday's semi-finals. Asked how she would feel about that, Mauresmo said: "I played Kim (Clijsters) again last week just after the Australian Open. You get to play a lot of the time the same players week after week.
"But it's OK with me. I just hope I can recover to play my first two matches," she added, referring to the tough schedule which saw her win her third tournament in succession in Paris on Sunday.
"Then we could meet in the semi-final. You guys are going to have a lot to talk about if that happens."