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There's Something About Mary
Thirty-three of her comrades have deserted, washed aside in the race the sport's ultimate clay-court prize: Mary Pierce remains. In her first major semi-final since capturing the French Open title five years ago, James Buddell expects the 30-year-old to reach the Roland Garros final.
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She may still strut around the court like as if she were on the set of Baywatch, but Pierce has worked hard on regaining her athletic figure.
The former world number three has, with her brother David improved her fitness, energy and speed levels.
Illnesses and injured may have robbed 'The Body' of the speed of her youth, but after 15 years treading the Roland Garros clay Pierce is ready for another tilt at the title.
Victories over three Top 10 players - Vera Zvonareva, Patty Schnyder and Lindsay Davenport - have cast aside any doubt of her ability to play at the top level again.
Now Pierce stands one match away from her third Paris final.
She may have won the 1995 Australian Open but her best results have come in Paris.
She beat Steffi Graf en route to the 1994 French Open final, and in 2000 defeated Martina Hingis in the semi-finals before beating Conchita Martinez for the title. Becoming the first French winner since Francoise Durr in 1967.
It hasn't always been plain sailing in this year's campaign but Pierce has drawn confidence from the support of spectators when she was in trouble against Zvonareva and Schnyder.
Against Davenport, her most convincing victory, Pierce arrived on court with nothing to lose.
She hit 28 winners of the lines and regained the love of a French nation questioning whether she would return to anywhere near her best.
Against Thursday's semi-final opponent Elena Likhovtseva, the Russian 16th seed, Pierce will once again have the support of a 15,000 capacity crowd and millions watching on television.
Four weeks ago, France's last hope at Roland Garros beat Likhovtseva in Berlin 6-2 6-2.