Mauresmo hoping for Wimbledon miracle
</IMG>Tears have been shed at the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, while personal tragedy hasn't seemed to hinder Amelie Mauresmo's fine form outside of the major arena. While the 24-year-old may be unable to explain her psychological frailty, she has turned her sights overseas in search of her first big win.
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"Maybe the solution lies abroad. Maybe I just have to try and win a grand slam elsewhere to ever have a chance of one day winning here," Mauresmo said after her Parisian jinx struck again earlier this month.
</IMG> Her coach, Loic Courteau, agrees.
"In Paris, the emotional side is too important. Elsewhere, she could start anew."
On paper, the Frenchwoman's best surface is clay. She grew up on it and won her two titles in 2004 on the red dirt.
</IMG>This year's Roland Garros had seemed to offer her best chance ever to win a Grand Slam, given the absence of Kim Clijsters and the poor form of Justine Henin-Hardenne and the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus.
Mauresmo's best Grand Slam result to date remains a lost final in Melbourne in 1999.
But her grass credentials are real.
She reached the semi-finals in her last appearance in Wimbledon in 2002, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams.
She also won the junior tournament in 1996, proof of her ability to do well on the surface.
</IMG> Now, with both Belgians missing the tournament while Venus and Serena are still striving for their best form, the Frenchwoman has more than an outside chance.
Her preparation for the French was far too serious, far too tense, Courteau told French daily Le Figaro
"There was no pleasure whatsoever. We must change the trend.
And nothing can help better than the Wimbledon grass," he said.
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