Mauresmo: " To continue on my impetus "
Remarks collected by FREDERIC WARINGUEZ
At one week of Roland-Garros, Amélie Mauresmo posts the great form. Even if it failed finally of the tournament of Rome vis-a-vis Kim Clijsters (3-6, 7-6, 6-0), the Frenchwoman practised during one week an excellent tennis which enabled him successively to beat Jennifer Capriati and especially Serena Williams. A first which opens new horizons to him and which must be a springboard for the continuation of its career. Of what in any case to approach the great Parisian appointment with moral of steel.
What prevails at the end of this defeat finally in Rome?
Immediately after the match, I was disappointed a little inevitably. Because I have the feeling which I dominated the match, which I was in control. It is my physique which was missing to me. I pay three weeks of tournaments and two large matches against Capriati and Serena. At the same time, I am very satisfied with my week as well on the level of the play as on my behavior, on the level of the mug. It is really very positive for the continuation, not only of the season on ground, but of the season very short.
Is the defeat against Kim Clijsters thus attenuated by one week very rich?
I believe that disappointment is normal over the blow but one hour or two after the reason takes again the top. What is significant, it is that I garnered much confidence... I know that to 100% of my means, I was above in this final. I dominated, I played just. I had the keys to beat it.
You started to bend at the beginning of the 2nd set...
When I breake at the beginning of the second and that it débreake immediately, I show a little the blow. I supported already a little in the first set at the physical level. I knew that I was a little on the reserve and I ended up cracking. It is like that. It knew to remain in the match, it fought, it clung well when it saw that I lowered a little the foot.
However, you are useful for the match with the end of the 2nd set...
When I am used for 6-5 for the match, the only regret that I can have, it is not to serve enough as first balls. I did not have really occasions. I went forwards to each opportunity but it played well.
And there, tie break...
In the tie break, I knew that it was the moment when never. It was clear that a third set would be difficult because I knew that my reserves were largely started even exhausted completely...
It is your third defeat finally in Rome...
Yes, I know! It is to be wondered whether I would gain one day there. But it is the best week by far than I made in Rome. I am not anxious for the future and I hope that I will manage one day to gain it this tournament!
You played with a binding with the thigh. A wound?
In fact, Saturday after the match against Serena I felt one diminishes on the vast external one on the level of the quadriceps. Before the final I felt it still highly. One worked well above with Jerome Bianchi, one overheated the muscle well. Binding, it was to help me and also prevent something of more serious which could have arrived. I was not constrained whole on the court. With cold, I feel small something but I think that with one day of complete rest, a little recovery activates Tuesday, and while taking again well tennis Wednesday, all will be. I am not anxious.
At all events, it is your victory over Serena Williams which will remain the strong moment of this Roman week...
It is certain. To beat Serena, after having beaten Venus it is significant. It is a barrier which jumps, in fact limits are pushed back. It is really a significant step in my career. It was necessary that that arrives. It was essential to evolve/move, to go further. In any case, now, I know that I am able to do it.
Which is now your program in this last straight line before Roland-Garros?
Initially I will rest a little. I will be in Paris Wednesday to take part in the day organized by Seb (Grosjean) with the association which it sponsors.
Wednesday evening, it will be the inauguration with the Grévin museum of my wax statue. That will be one sympathetic moment. I already saw the statue in February, it was not finished...
Which effect that made be made statufier?
When it was said to me that I had been selected by the committee of the Grévin museum unanimously, I found that super sympathetic. This museum, it reflects France at the sporting, artistic, political level... It is an honor. It is the sign of a certain notoriety, of a certain popularity compared to general public.
For that, it will be necessary to go back to tennis...
Absolutely. From Thursday, I go back under pressure with drives a little more strapping men in optics of Roland. I approach the event with the maximum of confidence. I am satisfied with what I did. Now, I want to continue on my impetus.