Fans love Mary
Thursday, June 6, 2002
Popular Frenchwoman Mary Pierce was presented with the Sanex Fans Award on Tuesday, after being voted by the public as the nicest and most natural player of the tournament.
Pierce received the award during a ceremony held at the Sanex stand. It was a nice consolation for the 2000 winner, who earlier that day had suffered a crushing 6-1 6-1 quarterfinal loss to the American Serena Williams.
Of 70,352 votes registered, Pierce collected 16,180 or approximately 23 per cent. Right behind her was Amélie Mauresmo (13,023 votes or 18 per cent) and Jennifer Capriati (11,256 votes or 16 per cent). Following them were Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Monica Seles and Venus Williams.
The votes were registered in three ways: 27,200 on the Sanex stand, 25,102 through the press and 18,050 on the Internet.
The trophy confirms that Pierce's popularity at Roland Garros has not waned, despite her long-time absence from the courts due to injuries. Pierce gained the overwhelming crowd support in all of her matches this tournament, and posted a great result, despite her lack of preparation.
Yes! Of course she deserves that award and many more. ALLEZ MARY!!!!!!