Analysing Mary's year
Please don't take this badly... And I will write in English so everyone can follow (si les français ne comprennent pas quelque chose il faut me dire).
It is the end of the year so it is time to analyse Mary's performance in 2004... It wasn't brilliant I must say...
She had almost the same record win-losses as in 2003 (one more win and the same amount of losses), which is not good. Mary was supposed to be returning...
It is true that she won a tournament, the first one after RG 2000 and the first one in grass, but we must remember it was only a Tier III.
Other highlights, she made the finals of her first tournament in the Paris indoors Open in February, the fourth round of the US Open.
Pierce has beaten quality players like Venus Williams and Nadia Petrova at the Olympics and Maria Sharapova in the US Open, plus one of her nemesis, Paola Suarez, at Filderstadt.
But... There is a big but... Mary lost in a humiliating form to Akiko Morigami in Charleston, Virginia Ruano Pascual in Wimbledon, Gisela Dulko in San Diego, Sandra Mamic in Moscow, Fabiola Zuluaga in Zurich, Dally Randrianteffy in Luxembourg and Alina Jidkova in Québec. And, worst, some of this girls believe they earned their victory... Those are way too many losses to almost unknows in only one year. Plus, is seems Mary has lost her aura of respect of top player and Grand Slam winner.
It is true that the main characteristic in Mary is her hability to win a big tournament in one week and then lose to no one in the first round the following week. But it has happen several times this year.
I believe in her and I am almost sure she will win one more Grand Slam, but her mental strenght and game focus must no be of a newcomer on the tour but of a great champion she is.
If I was Mary I would skip the Fed Cup final this season, unless all the team would be in favour of her appearance, get my head together and star the year by winning the Aussie back...
Please don't feel this is a Pierce's demolition.
Cheers, and good luck Mary!