The Times of India
Mary Pierce pens a tell-all
PARIS: An abusive father overshadows her as a teen. But she shoots to fame as a young woman, only to suffer career-threatening injuries.
Just when the world had written her off, she stages a comeback and makes a nation proud.
Sound like good book material?
"It would make a really amazing story, that's for sure," Mary Pierce said.
For now, she said she has "no idea" if there's an autobiography in her future. But if she undertook a book, Pierce said she would expose herself and write about the bad times as well as the good.
"I think it could also help other people," said Pierce, who has rediscovered her peak form at the age of 30.
When she faces Justine Henin-Hardenne in the French Open final today, Pierce will be the oldest women's Grand Slam finalist since Martina Navratilova was runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994 at age 37.
Troubled as a teen by a tumultuous relationship with her father, who was banned by the WTA Tour for four years, Pierce rose to third in the rankings at age 20 when she won the 1995 Australian Open.
The next breakthrough came in 2000, when the Roland Garros title helped her finally win over French fans who had jeered her in the past and mocked her American accent.
Injuries then sent her sinking out of the top 200, and next week she'll return to the top 20 for the first time since June 2001. She has been reconciled with her father and speaks warmly of the family support she receives.
"I do feel like I've been stretched to my limits," Pierce said. "But I think that's where you have the greatest chances for growth."
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