The former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion has had a wonderful career, but there's been a lack of fire in her recent performances.
'Mauresmo has a 495-199 winning record on the WTA tour and I feel it would be a good time to retire from playing once she has reached 500'
There is no doubting that Amelie Mauresmo has been France's best woman ternnis player over the past 15 years since she turned professional in 1993 at only 14 years of age.
She took over from Sandrine Testud, Mary Pierce and Natalie Tauziat as a superstar in her country, amid numerous stories of her off court 'lesbian' private life, which surely didn't help in her rise up the rankings.
Mauresmo currently lies in 27th spot in the world rankings, having been a former No.1 on the WTA tour, first achieved back in 2004. She had her worst season of the last 10 years in 2007, dropping out of the top 10 and failing to survive past the 4th round in any of the four Grand Slams that season.
This must be difficult for a player who is so used to playing in the latter stages of these events, having won Wimbledon and the Australian Open back in 2006. Before these Grand Slam victories Mauresmo had under-achieved, and most people would say the French star was even lucky to win in Melbourne due to the retirement of both her opponents in the semis and final. She has only won 24 career titles, which is some way behind fellow No.1 players of recent times.
In 2008 Mauresmo, although reaching three singles quarter-finals, has failed to go any further in what can only be described as 'unimportant' tournments compared to what she is used to winning.
She has been lucky to even win the nine matches that she has this season, often more through the poor play of her opponents rather than her own quality. Defeats against players she would normally trounce, such as Casey Dellacqua (ranked 78) and Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand (101) have raised the question why Mauresmo hasn't hung up her tennis racket for good and left the sport while she is still at the top. Maybe deep down she feels this slump in form is just a temporary thing and she still has good tennis to play – I doubt it.
Mauresmo has a 495-199 winning record on the WTA tour and I feel it would be a good time to retire from playing once she has reached 500 career victories and maybe say 'au revoir' at her home tournament in Roland Garros at the French Open in a few months time.
Having earned more than $13,000,000 in prize money Mauresmo is one of the richest women in the game, but I feel only a career in TV and media is the way forward for the French player.
One glimmer of hope for Mauresmo, if she continues to fight on, is the comeback of Lindsay Davenport. Davenport, now in her 30s, came back to the tour late last year after giving birth to her first child. She’s had good success, winning three small tournaments so far in her comeback.
The difference is that Davenport is enjoying herself and has no pressure on her shoulders. She's having fun, something Mauresmo has struggled with throughout her career. The likes of Tatiana Golovin, Marion Bartoli and Alize Cornet are the new faces of French Tennis.
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