OMG Amélie cried after her loss ...
Translated from "L'Equipe" :
Next Monday, Amélie Mauresmo will be ranked 29, the same ranking she had at the end of 1998, at a time when she was an improving 19 year-old player. Beaten yesterday in two sets (76 75) after a frustrating thriller against the half-retired asian tamarine Tanasugarn (ranked 101), she kept from the champion she was in 2006 the desire to fight, at the same time against herself, her opponent and the wind.
During 2h20, after nihtfall, Loic Courteau, her coach and Michel Franco, her kine watched, frozen and helpless, the deperating and desperate match of their player.
"What can I say ? Courteau said. That Amélie never played well in windy conditions? That the flat shots of Tanasugarn don't fit her game? That she made too many errors especially on crucial points ? There was all of that in the match. It hard ..."
After a quite satsifying first round against young German Lisicki, Mauresmo had on the paper a rather easy match against the 30 year-old Thai, who pays well only on hard surfaces and who almost quit tennis in 2005 to start studying law. With clean flat shots, good movements and some luck, Tanasugarn took advantage of Mauresmo's bad mobility, that caused her to hit so many balls with the border of her raquet.
Until the end, the French could hope to turn things around. In the first set, first of all,she came back from 53 40 0 and managed to play the tie-break. But when she got a set point at 6-5,a miraculous return from Tanasugarn saved her. In the second set, it was mauresmo who won her service game to take the lead 53. But instead of keeping on with the same level, she started making mistakes again and lost the 4 last games.
In tears after he match (which almost never happened to her), Mauresmo didn't have the courage to go to her press conference but promissed to talk about it later. Today perhaps ...
The frenchwoman is certainly asking herself questions after this result, along with the other desillusions she had this year. Why would she have to fight duing more than two hours in the night, in front of 30 frozen supporters with no control on her game? Is it brearable for a 28 year old champion, weakened by a succession of injuries, to keep playing tournaments with no decnt results in months? The last time she lost against a player ranked out of top 100 was in 2003 in 's-Hertogenbosch against Barbara Rittner (102) and the last top 10 beaten by Mauresmo is Kim Clijsters, 53 weeks ago, just before the frenchwoman went through her apendectomy. In the last 8 months, her best perfrmance is sumed up by a fed cup win against Italian plauyer Santangelo (in July 2007).
The accumulation of bad performances never really reached Mauresmo's confidence up to now, even with some severe defeats at the end of last year. She hoped to start 2008 on new basis but today, she's still waiting for the win that will boost her game. However, we shouldn't be surprised if she puts an end to her career in the weeks to come.
Give back 2006 US Open to Justine