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DelMonte
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:28 AM
Source: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/09/12/1094927432974.html#

Mauresmo defends her rise to the top
Paris
September 13, 2004

Newly crowned world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo has hit back at critics who claim she needs to have won a grand slam title to justify being called the sport's best player.

Mauresmo, 25, deposed Justine Henin-Hardenne at the top of the WTA rankings on Friday without having to lift a racquet when her rival for top place, Lindsay Davenport, was knocked out of the US Open in the semi-finals by Svetlana Kuznetsova.

"The points system has existed for 30 years and it's not for me to criticise it," said Mauresmo, the first Frenchwoman to hold top spot. "This is something I want to keep.

"It has happened for me. I couldn't achieve it before because of injury, but it is something I have searched for."

Mauresmo's best grand slam performance remains her Australian Open runner-up spot in 1999.

This year, she was a semi-finalist at the French Open and Wimbledon.

Having lost in the quarter-finals at the US Open on Wednesday to Elena Dementieva, she admitted it was an agonising wait for her to discover whether she would become the new world No.1.

"Since losing to Dementieva, I had been very tense and impatient," Mauresmo said. "The waiting was terrible. I was obsessed with the world No.1 place being so close.

"I didn't see the first two sets of the Kuznetsova-Davenport match and when I switched on the television, they were in the final set. At the end, I said: 'That's it, it's happened.' It was my dream for two-and-a-half years. I was very emotional. It hasn't really sunk in yet."

Mauresmo said she hoped to inspire more French youngsters to take up the sport.

"I am very proud to be the first Frenchwoman to be No.1 and I would like to inspire young players and show them it is possible," she said. "I can't compare what being No.1 is like to winning a grand slam, but I hope so soon."

- AFP

Chance
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:53 AM
bizarre

~ The Leopard ~
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:58 AM
Amelie is sometimes too candid for her own good. I would have been getting obsessive, too, but it might not be a good idea to admit it. :lol:

Still, she's always been very open and honest. It's one of the things I like about her.

Greenout
Sep 13th, 2004, 12:02 PM
How can you not like this person? She's too real, and let's keep it
that way. :yeah:

jimbo mack
Sep 13th, 2004, 02:14 PM
to me,mary pierce is the most successful french woman cuz of her multiple slam titles

but nevertheless, amelie's consistency has earnt her the number 1 ranking

Lapin
Sep 13th, 2004, 02:51 PM
Still, she's always been very open and honest. It's one of the things I like about her.
Me too!! :D and I'm so happy for her!! :bounce:

hingis-seles
Sep 13th, 2004, 02:55 PM
I love Amelie's candor in this article. Makes me want to root for her even more. :D

Harju.
Sep 13th, 2004, 03:39 PM
:lol: :yeah: Momo rocks :rocker2:

MinnyGophers
Sep 13th, 2004, 04:54 PM
love momo

Mariangelina
Sep 14th, 2004, 10:13 AM
:worship: Yeah, love her candor. I'm sick of formulaic little answers about things like this. :hug:

Jakeev
Sep 14th, 2004, 01:57 PM
I guess what critics want Amelie to say are, "I don't deserve to be number one," or "If I could give it back I would" or even, "I am embarrased to be number one without winning a Grand Slam."

Give me a f&^)ing break. It is not Amelie's fault in the first place the ranking system is the way it is. The fact remains, she is the worlds top ranked player and if critics like or it or not, that is not going to change until the next few tournaments in the fall.

I'm actually not a big fan of Amelie, but I have always respected her and I do so even more now with her comments.

switz
Sep 14th, 2004, 02:07 PM
she didn't make the RG semis if memory serves. you would think they would actually check facts like this especially in a story of this nature.

GoDominique
Sep 14th, 2004, 02:14 PM
:unsure:

ys
Sep 14th, 2004, 02:21 PM
She is very nice and honest..

It is not her fault that she became top-ranked player when she should not have become one.. It is system's fault.. And she has every reason to celebrate.

Ekkekko
Sep 14th, 2004, 03:15 PM
She is very nice and honest..
:yeah:

but

It is not her fault that she became top-ranked player when she should not have become one.. It is system's fault.. And she has every reason to celebrate.:rolleyes:

Hulet
Sep 14th, 2004, 03:42 PM
Ha ha. She sounds very much like my roommate.

harloo
Sep 14th, 2004, 03:46 PM
Everybody seemed to question Kim's #1 spot without winning a slam, so expect nothing different in this scenario.

IMO Amelie has had plenty of chances to win a slam and for some reason she has not been able to get over that final hurdle. I don't know if having the #1 spot will give her new confidence. As a matter of fact, I think she will be more nervous like she was in her match against Elena at the US Open.

The pressure of holding the top spot and being the hunted is tremendous. But who knows, maybe it's a good thing for her.

This also reminds me of Hingis having the #1 spot without a slam at the end of her career. I do agree that the system is set up where the most tournaments played is rewarded heavily. So it's not her fault that she has the #1 spot.

griffin
Sep 14th, 2004, 04:18 PM
Everybody seemed to question Kim's #1 spot without winning a slam, so expect nothing different in this scenario.


Who said we expected anything different? ;) (my response hasn't changed, either)

ys
Sep 14th, 2004, 04:41 PM
Everybody seemed to question Kim's #1 spot without winning a slam, so expect nothing different in this scenario.
Kim was at least VERY close to winning Slam, and her Slam-winning potential has never been in question.

the cat
Sep 14th, 2004, 04:51 PM
Amelie's comments let us know that she really wanted to become #1. But the #1 ranking isn't as important as a grand slam singles title and I hope Momo wins a grand slam in her career. She has the game to do it but something always seems to go wrong. Maybe becoming #1 for the first time will give her an inner confidence she didn't have before. I just hope Momo doesn't over value becoming #1 on the computer for the first time.

p1
Sep 14th, 2004, 10:49 PM
Respect her comments !!

hotandspicey
Sep 14th, 2004, 11:19 PM
Oh well!!C'est la vie!

hy2pt0
Sep 15th, 2004, 01:19 AM
She said it well.....criticize the ranking system.....not her. If the system put her there, she deserves to be there just as much as every other player who has been number one under the same ranking system.

And I agree with y'all that her honesty and candor are good qualities....she's being real.

VW#1
Sep 15th, 2004, 03:41 AM
I guess what critics want Amelie to say are, "I don't deserve to be number one," or "If I could give it back I would" or even, "I am embarrased to be number one without winning a Grand Slam."

Give me a f&^)ing break. It is not Amelie's fault in the first place the ranking system is the way it is. The fact remains, she is the worlds top ranked player and if critics like or it or not, that is not going to change until the next few tournaments in the fall.

I'm actually not a big fan of Amelie, but I have always respected her and I do so even more now with her comments.



No what the critics want is a ranking system that is dependable and is accurate. Even with all the injuries this year, Mauresmo still isn't the best player in the world. If you took a poll right now and let people pick who they thought has been the best player in the world the last 52 weeks I thinl Justine Henin Hardenne would win in a landslide. The only other person who would probably come even close is Lindsay Davenport. People keep saying it's not her fault it's not her fault, which i totally agree with, but how can anyone say she is deserving of the number one? She has been to one slam final her ENTIRE career so far. Kim Clijsters is the weakest number one of the other 13, and she is miles and miles ahead of Amelie Mauresmo. It's just a little disheartening to me to see Amelie Mauresmo at the top of the game. The woman has a beautiful game and certainly a game worthy of number one, but the truth is we haven't seen it. Beating Elena Likhovtseva is great and all, but when you are playing against someone who is injured and sick (like Dementieva was) and she is still the aggressor on the court, that is not playing like a number one. I hope that Amelie can win a slam some day very soon, because she is taking a lot of flak for it, but she does not deserve the ranking.

franny
Sep 15th, 2004, 05:07 AM
My god, it's ok for her to enjoy being number 1 but the whole, "waiting anxiously and agonizing over Davenport's final matches" is just pathetic. I love Momo and all, ya'll know that, but one should not so publicly admit to wishing someone else would lose. She really should not have come out and said that, she should have just said something like, "it's always been a dream of mine, and for it to finally happen is a great honor." Instead she tells the world that she was hoping Davenport loses just so she can become the new number 1. Momo, too much information.