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Pierce struggles with 'the vision thing'
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By RICK NELSON
April 9 2003
The Post and Courier
If it seems like Mary Pierce is always coming back from some problem
or another -- well, that's because she is.
Pierce, a two-time Grand Slam winner, has spent much of the last two
years battling various ailments, ranging from abdominal strains to
ankle problems, a bad rotator cuff and a sore back.
The 2000 Family Circle champ is dealing with a new problem now as
she seeks a return to the top of women's tennis. Pierce had laser
eye surgery recently, but the results have not been 2-0/20.
She played last week in Sarasota for the first time since February,
and struggled with her vision while losing her second match.
"It didn't correct my vision 100 percent, only 50 percent," Pierce
said after a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 48 Nicole Pratt on Tuesday. "So
to play tennis, I'm better off with my contacts, because it's
preferable to see 2-0/20 when you are playing a professional sport,
especially when balls are coming fast at you."
Against Pratt, Pierce played without her contacts. At Sarasota, she
tried it both ways.
"It's not the best right now," said Pierce, currently ranked No.
43. "Today I didn't play with them in, so I'm just trying to figure