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swiss
Mar 29th, 2005, 03:18 PM
allez allez keep your title :bounce:

:hatoff: Linnie and Sonja

Jenny.C.Fan
Apr 1st, 2005, 11:03 AM
Allez amelie :)

Wombat
Apr 6th, 2005, 08:34 AM
Go Amelie!

LesViolettes
Apr 7th, 2005, 12:40 AM
Tous ses chemins mènent à Rome ? C'est chouette. Comme ça elle peut manger la pizza quand elle veut. Allez Amélie, bonne chance ! (Pour le tournoi soit. Si ce n'était pas clair. Oui donc, euh, je sais plus quoi dire.)

Sadka
Apr 22nd, 2005, 12:00 PM
:worship: gO gO mOmO !!

suzie
May 10th, 2005, 08:22 PM
ALLEZ!

Linnie
May 10th, 2005, 11:04 PM
:hatoff: swiss ;)

:banana: ALLEZ!!! :yippee:

Lapin
May 11th, 2005, 12:49 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Bonne Chance Amélie!! ALLEZ!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Sonja
May 11th, 2005, 02:42 AM
Vous pouvez le faire Amélie!

*Jean*
May 11th, 2005, 04:50 AM
Tous ses chemins mènent à Rome ? C'est chouette. Comme ça elle peut manger la pizza quand elle veut. Allez Amélie, bonne chance ! (Pour le tournoi soit. Si ce n'était pas clair. Oui donc, euh, je sais plus quoi dire.)

Ouias ouais arrete toi là :)

Allez ma Mamélie que z'aime d'amur :p:)

swiss
May 11th, 2005, 10:18 AM
:hatoff: swiss ;)

:banana: ALLEZ!!! :yippee:


:wavey: Linnie :bigwave:
tough, tough to be a fan nowadays :drool:

Sonja
May 11th, 2005, 04:12 PM
One step forward on the long road to Rome ;)

But a damned good one - very satisfied with that win today!

améliemomo
May 11th, 2005, 06:36 PM
Allez Amélie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nice win today.

suzie
May 12th, 2005, 12:11 PM
Keep the good spirits and the good serve! :p

ALLEZ!

Sonja
May 12th, 2005, 03:19 PM
An article from the Telegraph (thanks to linnie)

http://www.sport.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2005/05/12/stmaur12.xml&sSheet=/sport/2005/05/12/ixsport.html

Coach forces Mauresmo to go solo
By Alix Ramsay in Rome
(Filed: 12/05/2005)

Being a coach is often a thankless task - if the player does well, the player is a genius; if the player does badly, the coach is an idiot.

Lois Courteau, the man charged with helping Amelie Mauresmo to fulfil her dream of a French Open title, has had enough. He has sent Mauresmo to the Italian Open to defend her title on her own while he sits at home sipping red wine and reading the newspaper.

The temporary split is, he thinks, for Mauresmo's own good. As she was losing to Nadia Petrova in Berlin last week, Courteau realised his player had no clue what she wanted to do next. Listening to his words of wisdom before the match and then calling on her own experience during it, she was tying herself in knots. It was time the French No 1 worked it out herself.

The plan has clearly worked - Mauresmo sailed past Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-0 and enjoyed every second of her time on court. The Australian is no claycourt player and, much as Mauresmo would never say so, her 65-minute work-out was no more than a public practice session. The strained abdominal muscles that kept her out of the Warsaw tournament a fortnight ago appear to have healed and her serve is back to something like its best.

"Today it was much better and more consistent," she said. "I think I played a real claycourt game today, with a lot of spin, and I tried to come in when I was able to."

The trick for Mauresmo is to learn to enjoy being at Roland Garros. Time and again she has arrived in Paris as the woman to beat and then frozen the moment her toes touch the French clay. Courteau is hoping that if he keeps his distance this week, Mauresmo will learn to handle the pressure by herself and, just maybe, she might learn to relax enough to play well at the Open this month.

Just to bolster her confidence even further, Yannick Noah has offered his help in the final preparations for Paris and may turn up here if Mauresmo reaches the latter stages of the tournament.

JPrince
May 12th, 2005, 03:28 PM
Interesting article Sonja. I think the time away from Loic is indeed helping Amelie. I don't think she feels the pressure of being watched and analyzed everytime she steps on court. Maybe Loic will keep drinking his Merlot, pass out, and never wake up for the French and miss that too! Allez Amelie! :drink:

hablo
May 12th, 2005, 04:26 PM
An article from the Telegraph (thanks to linnie)

http://www.sport.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2005/05/12/stmaur12.xml&sSheet=/sport/2005/05/12/ixsport.html

Coach forces Mauresmo to go solo
By Alix Ramsay in Rome
(Filed: 12/05/2005)

Being a coach is often a thankless task - if the player does well, the player is a genius; if the player does badly, the coach is an idiot.

Lois Courteau, the man charged with helping Amelie Mauresmo to fulfil her dream of a French Open title, has had enough. He has sent Mauresmo to the Italian Open to defend her title on her own while he sits at home sipping red wine and reading the newspaper.

The temporary split is, he thinks, for Mauresmo's own good. As she was losing to Nadia Petrova in Berlin last week, Courteau realised his player had no clue what she wanted to do next. Listening to his words of wisdom before the match and then calling on her own experience during it, she was tying herself in knots. It was time the French No 1 worked it out herself.

The plan has clearly worked - Mauresmo sailed past Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-0 and enjoyed every second of her time on court. The Australian is no claycourt player and, much as Mauresmo would never say so, her 65-minute work-out was no more than a public practice session. The strained abdominal muscles that kept her out of the Warsaw tournament a fortnight ago appear to have healed and her serve is back to something like its best.

"Today it was much better and more consistent," she said. "I think I played a real claycourt game today, with a lot of spin, and I tried to come in when I was able to."

The trick for Mauresmo is to learn to enjoy being at Roland Garros. Time and again she has arrived in Paris as the woman to beat and then frozen the moment her toes touch the French clay. Courteau is hoping that if he keeps his distance this week, Mauresmo will learn to handle the pressure by herself and, just maybe, she might learn to relax enough to play well at the Open this month.

Just to bolster her confidence even further, Yannick Noah has offered his help in the final preparations for Paris and may turn up here if Mauresmo reaches the latter stages of the tournament.

Wow. pretty shocking tactic to get Momo going again!!! I hope Yannick Noah comes to the tournie and offers some advice!!!!! :angel:

griffin
May 12th, 2005, 05:16 PM
interesting.

But here's a thought - if sorting out Loic's advice and her own instinct was a cluster-fu, what will it do to add Yannick to the mix?

JPrince
May 12th, 2005, 05:56 PM
interesting.

But here's a thought - if sorting out Loic's advice and her own instinct was a cluster-fu, what will it do to add Yannick to the mix?


Good point Griffin. Makes you wonder if Yannick will be more harm than help since there is this confusing cluster of coaching advice vs. Amelie's own instinct. Guess only time will tell.

suzie
May 13th, 2005, 08:34 AM
ALLEZ!!! Bonne Chance!

améliemomo
May 13th, 2005, 10:11 AM
Go To the Semis Amé!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

galadriel
May 14th, 2005, 09:37 AM
Go Momo !!!!!!

suzie
May 14th, 2005, 11:02 AM
Go Go! Good luck!

mauresmofan
May 14th, 2005, 05:44 PM
I don't know what to make of it - anyway she's in the final again in Rome so lets just enjoy this tournament before we all go grey from watching Amélie going through her peaks and troughs at the French!

Linnie
May 14th, 2005, 05:52 PM
Maybe RG should be moved to Rome ;)

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/XDS103051410_1024x768.jpg

Linnie
May 15th, 2005, 01:54 PM
http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/XDS112051509_1024x768.jpg
:tape: :haha:

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/XDS114051509_1024x768.jpg
AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis

mauresmofan
May 15th, 2005, 04:49 PM
OMG what a picture Linnie - LMAO

Great performance Momo - good luck in Paris!

stenen
May 15th, 2005, 06:48 PM
Amélie defends Rome (rtsp://realserver.tf1.fr/eurosport/2005/05/15/rome_final_20173_1_16_12017_0_240x180.smil) video clip

Amélie interviewed from Rome on Stade. (http://stade2.france2.fr/video/stade2i_20050515.asx)

Linnie
May 15th, 2005, 07:20 PM
Thanks! :wavey:

Also: http://stade2.france2.fr/video/stade2h_20050515.asx

She does a strip-tease after the final :eek: :drool: :hearts:

stenen
May 15th, 2005, 07:46 PM
Thanks! :wavey:

Also: http://stade2.france2.fr/video/stade2h_20050515.asx

She does a strip-tease after the final :eek: :drool: :hearts:

:wavey: Thanks back. I was just about to post that in momosapiens but you beat me to it. :lol:

Lapin
May 16th, 2005, 02:28 PM
What a great match! :bounce: I must admit I was a bit worried during the first set, but then Patty is probably one of the trickiest players to beat on the WTA Tour! It was so nice to see how Amélie worked really hard to get back into the match, (amusing to see her argue with the umpire, good for her! :yeah: :devil: ;) ) Great that she didn't lose her concentration at this point, as she was just getting back into the match when it happened...

Second final this year when Amélie has come back from a set and a break down; it was the same in Antwerp! :bigclap: Super to see her so happy after the match, did anyone see the presentation ceremony? I see from the pics on G**** I***** that she was spraying champagne over everyone again!! (and throwing her shirt into the crowd!! :lol: )



There's an post match interview on the Italian Open website:
15/05/2005 16:49 - MAURESMO: 'NOW I BELIEVE IN MYSELF'



Rome 2005 champion Amelie Mauresmo reflects on the last week and gives advice to young would-be professionals

Question: Amelie, were you aware of the sort of jinx, I guess it is, that there have been nine straight years without a champion defending successfully here?

Amelie Mauresmo: I just heard that after I won (smiling). Yeah, I'm very proud of doing that really because it's a great, big tournament, it's a very strong draw, and I really came here not having a good rythm on the clay courts. I thinK as the tournament went on, I felt stronger and stronger.

And again today, even though I had a really bad start in the first set, beginning of the second set, I was really able to come back pretty strong and I made sure I hung in there. I stayed there to fight. And bit by bit I came back pretty strongly in that second set.

Q: Will you dedicate this victory to someone in particular?

AM: No not really. i think all the people that are helping me, they know that it's their job and that it's their title also. They're here with me all year long. Even if my coach is not here this week, he's part of this, of course.

Q: With all this fight and determination, which is very nice to see, can this be translated into Paris?

AM: Well I hope so. I really came here without a good rythm. I just took it as a relaxed tournament and then finally I'm here with the trophy on the last day. So it's pretty strange.

Maybe I should do that at every tournament - especially in the Grand Slams and the French Open.

Q: What happened in the second set when you decided to sprint?

Well already after the very last game of the first set and the first few games of the second set I was starting to move a little better because I wasn't moving at all, and I put the ball back in, made her work at least to get the points because I was giving her too many free points in the first set.

So I knew that maybe I would have an opportunity to come back and if it didn't happen, it didn't happen. But I had this opportunity and I took it.

So I think I did great today even though I started badly.

Q: What did she do that bothered you most?

AM: She has a very special game you know, not like most of the other players. She's able to put a lot of spin [on the ball], slicing. We saw her with a lot of dropshots on the backhand side as well. She also sometimes comes in, and is not afraid to do some dropshot volleys or stuff like that. She is really able to do many different things, and we don't see these players very often.

Q: Do you think she is one of the players that can win Roland Garros, or no?

AM: I said she's playing great tennis since the beginning of the clay court season and we've got to look for her not only today but also at the French Open. Because physically she's pretty fit, pretty strong. She has a good eye, seeing the ball very well, and knowing the game also pretty well.

So yeah, very dangerous.

Q: How many players do you see as favourites to win Roland Garros?

AM: I think we've seen maybe Sharapova, Patty has been playing well. Kuznetsova is really able to play great on clay. We've seen Justine in great shape before you know, in Berlin and the tournaments before, I don't know what Kim is gonna be like with her knee, but...And the Williamses, you just never know. So yeah there's a lot of contenders.

Q: You've become a role model not only in France but here in Rome to young people all over the world. Could you take a moment to tell kids what you're learning, how to be successfull on court?

AM: Trust, be confident in yourself. I didn't have that a few years ago, a couple of years ago. I'm really starting to have more and more confidence in myself, believing in what I do, doing it 100%.

I think really what I've achieved in the last couple of years is the result of all this, putting together all these little details. And of course, sometimes you have downs, you cannot always be so positive all the time. But really enjoying is also, you know, very important, because you cannot achieve what you want without enjoying yourself.

Thanks for all the pics and video links folks!! :D

suzie
May 16th, 2005, 03:07 PM
She looks great with a trophy! :worship: What a win! :yeah:

Merci for pics, links, interviews! ;)