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waratahsrock
Apr 8th, 2005, 11:49 PM
Pierce Eyes Third Grand Slam


09/04/2005
Simon Cambers

Mary Pierce believes she could still challenge for a third grand slam title despite losing to Serena Williams in the third round of the Amelia Island Championship on Friday.

The 30-year-old has struggled with injuries since winning the French Open in 2000, reaching just one grand slam quarter-final since.

However she showed enough in her 7-6 6-4 defeat by Williams to suggest that she could still challenge for major honours.

"I know I can lift my game when I need to because I've done it many times before," said the Frenchwoman. "If I could have one more run at a grand slam, that'd be really nice."

Pierce has teamed up again with her long-term coach Nick Bollettieri in Florida, and the hard work she has put in is already showing signs of fruition.

Seemingly over the shoulder injury that sidelined her at the Australian Open, Pierce looked rejuvenated and close to her best for long periods against Williams, and only a strong comeback from the American denied her victory.

"There's really no secret to it," Pierce said. "I've been working really really hard to get my fitness level up, and it's paying off.

"Physically I feel great. I've just been working really hard with my brother (David), and with Nick. Nick's really excited, I'm really excited about it and I'm really enjoying being on the court again.

"There's still room for improvement, but in general I think I'm playing great and I feel like I can compete with the top girls. It's good to have a taste of it."

Though Pierce made her grand slam breakthrough at the Australian Open in 1995, when she beat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain in the final, clay has always been her favourite surface.

If she is to have one more grand slam run, therefore, logic says it will be at the French Open where she still enjoys outstanding support.

"This (Amelia Island) is my first claycourt tournament and Roland Garros is definitely my goal," she said.

"That's six weeks away so it's very exciting. I've had a lot of great moments on the court and that's what motivates me, keeps me going."

Source: http://xtramsn.co.nz/sport/0,,12048-4273804,00.html

badunka
Apr 8th, 2005, 11:57 PM
I hope so. that really would be seomthing for her to make a run.

kabuki
Apr 9th, 2005, 12:21 AM
Shooo. Those some big eyes, too.

Berlin_Calling
Apr 9th, 2005, 12:41 AM
I believe in Mary all thew way!

JenFan75
Apr 9th, 2005, 01:26 AM
I would love to see Mary make a run...maybe even win it!

Happy Guy
Apr 9th, 2005, 01:43 AM
Last time when Mary won the French, that was five years from the Australian crown. Now we are in 2005, five years after the French. I never realise she still has the desire to win a Slam, but I am so happy to read this article! Who knows? Even in 2000 she won the French while no one would have thought about it!

thelittlestelf
Apr 9th, 2005, 01:46 AM
No one hits as hard as Mary when she's on.

If she can be on for 7, or at least the last 5 matches she could win!

Oneofakind0490
Apr 9th, 2005, 01:48 AM
Go Mary. Next week in Charleston lets get back to your Hilton Head 2000 and win that title and show the world you are a threat. Then go win Roland Garros.

Scotso
Apr 9th, 2005, 02:54 AM
Allez Mary! I'd love to see her make another run at the French... or maybe the US Open :)

Andy.
Apr 9th, 2005, 03:08 AM
Come on Mary she can do it. One more Slam would be awesome

vogus
Apr 9th, 2005, 03:38 AM
there's no way Pierce is going to win another Slam at this late stage, but at least she has a good attitude and can still be a force to reckon with when she's having an "on" day.

slice
Apr 9th, 2005, 04:15 AM
i think not after her oz open performance :tape:

switz
Apr 9th, 2005, 04:22 AM
i think not after her oz open performance :tape:

although it doesn't surpirse that you can't read i should point that mary had a shoulder injury from after the US Open last to year til after the Aus Open.

mary really seems to have goteen her consistency back. winning a slam is going to be tough for sure but i won't put it past her because she seems really determined for the first time in a while and is putting it on the line after just saying for a few years that she was happy to just be playing.

ceiling_fan
Apr 9th, 2005, 04:25 AM
go mary... best 'eyeballs' ever

PointBlank
Apr 9th, 2005, 04:27 AM
Maybe if she wins RG this year they will finally start saying she was the last French to win RG..they still say Noah was the last French to win RG..Hello he wasnt born there either :rolleyes:..Ignorence.

slice
Apr 9th, 2005, 04:41 AM
although it doesn't surpirse that you can't read i should point that mary had a shoulder injury from after the US Open last to year til after the Aus Open.

mary really seems to have goteen her consistency back. winning a slam is going to be tough for sure but i won't put it past her because she seems really determined for the first time in a while and is putting it on the line after just saying for a few years that she was happy to just be playing.

actually there was nothing wrong with her at the oz open, she just played like shit to the point that she was laughing at herself.

you think you know everything switz, but clearly you don't :rolleyes:

Chet
Apr 9th, 2005, 05:16 AM
I can still remember getting into the same lift as Mary Pierce in Melbourne during the Aus Open. She was staying at the same serviced apartments as I was. I was quite excited when I saw it was her but didn't ask her for an autorgraph as it was around 12 midnight! Good luck to her at the French Open!

SelesFan70
Apr 9th, 2005, 05:27 AM
Just stay injury free, Mary! Good luck to you! :yeah:

waratahsrock
Apr 9th, 2005, 05:54 AM
actually there was nothing wrong with her at the oz open, she just played like shit to the point that she was laughing at herself.

you think you know everything switz, but clearly you don't :rolleyes:

Whilst Mary was at Melbourne, although she was eliminated early, she came out to the practice courts and had a few intensive training sessions. She spent a lot of time working on her game - and was happy to talk to the fans afterwards aswell!

Good luck Mary!

stenen
Apr 9th, 2005, 09:23 AM
actually there was nothing wrong with her at the oz open, she just played like shit to the point that she was laughing at herself.

you think you know everything switz, but clearly you don't :rolleyes:

She just had recovered from her shoulder injury and simply wasn't fit enough to play better at AO. Already in Paris she played a lot better and her games is still getting better.
If she keeps up this improvement I don't see why she wouldn't be able to stir up things a little at GS.
Go Mary!

stenen
Apr 9th, 2005, 09:37 AM
Allez Mary! I'd love to see her make another run at the French... or maybe the US Open :)

So would I. For some reason I see her having a better chance at RG.

controlfreak
Apr 9th, 2005, 10:11 AM
lol! I know Mary has a GSOH but this article just takes the biscuit! :bowdown:

SM
Apr 9th, 2005, 10:30 AM
well its good she believes...i can see her making the second week with that attitude but winning might be out of the question

HumptyDumpty
Apr 9th, 2005, 10:45 AM
No one hits as hard as Mary when she's on.

If she can be on for 7, or at least the last 5 matches she could win!


With this logic we could suggest that even V. Williams might win another slam ...

:lol:

jimbo mack
Apr 9th, 2005, 10:53 AM
she can do it- she's done it twice before

she needs to get more confidence first though i think in matches

Billy Moonshine
Apr 9th, 2005, 10:53 AM
She would have to play out of her mind and be super fit. If so, she could do it. Lots of the girls get injured and withdraw/lose early. She could get lucky.
She´s done it before when she was written off, she could do it again.

gmak
Apr 9th, 2005, 11:28 AM
mary :D :hug: i believe in you

she's had two very good tourneys in a row pushing Maria and Serena along the way..

mauresmofan
Apr 9th, 2005, 12:33 PM
I think it's a fair judgement - when Maam plays great there are very few who can stop her. Serena played brilliantly yesterday and won 7-6 6-4 against her so yes I believe Maam has a legitimate shot at Roland Garros!

tennislover
Apr 9th, 2005, 12:53 PM
another slam????????????????????????? :eek:
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Darop.
Apr 9th, 2005, 12:55 PM
another slam????????????????????????? :eek:
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

:ras:


Good luck Mary :D

I think she could still make it...

Leo_DFP
Apr 9th, 2005, 02:01 PM
I love the attitude! She's had some bad luck with draws this year but seems to be getting her form back now. Hopefully she can have a great clay court season like in 2000. Good luck in Charleston, babe! :kiss:

Steffica Greles
Apr 9th, 2005, 02:06 PM
Mary can certainly walk the walk. And now she's talking the talk.

She's just gotta put the two together...;) :lol:

HumptyDumpty
Apr 9th, 2005, 02:30 PM
:ras:


Good luck Mary :D

I think she could still make it...



Farina Elia could win French Open ....

:)

RenaSlam.
Apr 9th, 2005, 02:31 PM
I'm sure no one on this board would oppose another GS run for Mary...Sharapova, Williams, Russian, USA fans alike. GO MARY!

aimee20
Apr 9th, 2005, 02:34 PM
with good attitude and a convincing draw anything could happen.
and she has shown us so many times in her career that she can still beat any top players. They (top player) were all at least once beaten by her.
she seems to have extra motivation when playing with them. the problem is she always has unbelievable loss to low rank player as well. that's what keep her away from no1 spot in the past. (and that's why so many people have written her off) and I'm really happy to see her set goal for another slam.
that's what she or any athletes need. aim high and make it happen.
As a fan , now i even like her more good luck Mary :hearts:

Edman
Apr 9th, 2005, 02:38 PM
I am really glad she can say like this.
That means she really has that confidence and aspiration.
She has the power to win another GS,which is determined heavily on whether she is afraid of facing the top players or not. She can beat any girls,so GO,MarY,i am looking forward to seeing your appearance on French Open and see you claim the Single Title~

firefly_ac
Apr 9th, 2005, 03:39 PM
GO! QUEEN OF PARIS!

*muackS! :P

Ellery
Apr 9th, 2005, 03:46 PM
Go Mary!

Scobby- Doo
Apr 9th, 2005, 03:50 PM
She just must get to the final and then play against Kim- the title is her!

uNIVERSEmAN
Apr 9th, 2005, 04:08 PM
She's really eyeing her next buffett.

uNIVERSEmAN
Apr 9th, 2005, 04:09 PM
Mary, Queen of Doughnuts.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:02 PM
I'll believe Mary has a shot when she actually BEATS a big name player. Right now she's taking them all to close matches. She's given Mauresmo, Sharapova, and Serena all they can handle this year. Serena was the only she played on a clay court though.

Look it at this way. Clay is pretty much the worst and/or least preferred surface for all the top players on tour. Davenport, Venus, Serena, Maria...and Amelie just doesn't do Roland Garros. Mary's also capable of taking out the "second tier" on clay in Myskina, Dementieva, and Kuznetsova when she's on.

I think Mary would have to be playing her best tennis and get a relatively kind draw to win, but I'm picking her as a sure favorite for the second week. When she's fully on her game on clay, Kim Clijsters is the only person I could see stopping her.

xcrtbckhnd
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:07 PM
I would love to see Mary go far at the FO!!!! Go for it Mary!!!!

vogus
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:16 PM
Look it at this way. Clay is pretty much the worst and/or least preferred surface for all the top players on tour. Davenport, Venus, Serena, Maria...and Amelie just doesn't do Roland Garros. Mary's also capable of taking out the "second tier" on clay in Myskina, Dementieva, and Kuznetsova when she's on.
.


Myskina is a question mark right now but, but Pierce isn't going to beat Dementieva or Sveta when their games are on. Their best tennis is a level above Mary's these days.

harloo
Apr 9th, 2005, 10:33 PM
mary will have to be very tough to win RG, but she can do it. IMO RG is her best shot. I think H-H, or Kim are one's to beat on clay. You can add Serena in there, but this is clearly not her best surface.

raquel
Apr 9th, 2005, 11:01 PM
It's great to hear that Mary is so positive, still has goals and is still excited about being on the tour. I've always liked Mary and I'll be cheering her on during the clay court season. I just hope she gets better draws than Amelia Island. When Mary's healthy she doesn't often lose to players ranked below her and if she can get some good draws she can do damage during the clay court season. I hope so anyway - allez Mary! :D

ms_nut
Apr 10th, 2005, 04:49 AM
Good to see Mary deal with her fitness w/ Nick.
I love that she still has the desire to win and get back in shape.
Hopefully she can do some damage this year too.

Rub
Apr 10th, 2005, 07:43 AM
i honestly think she wouldn't even reach the 2nd week of the FO. sorry mary, but the competition is really getting too tough...

hingis-seles
Apr 10th, 2005, 08:47 AM
Go Mary! Go Mary! Go Mary!

:hearts:

Libertango
Apr 10th, 2005, 09:51 AM
I'd love Mary to win another slam, or least get back to near her best, and challenge!! She's so exciting to watch and so impressive when she's "on". I'm glad she's working on her fitness.

Funny you know, I wouldn't have said clay is her best surface, but thinking about it she has won RG, finalist once before (beating Graf!) and has beaten ASV and Monica back-to-back on clay losing just 3 games between them!! WOW!! :worship:

aimee20
Apr 11th, 2005, 05:28 AM
i honestly think she wouldn't even reach the 2nd week of the FO. sorry mary, but the competition is really getting too tough...

i honestly think that you didn't even watch tennis last year.
or maybe you don't wath tennis that much. but I don't blame you I know it's really rare to see woman tennis on tv coverage in Bangkok.

Berlin_Calling
Jun 4th, 2005, 12:38 AM
i honestly think she wouldn't even reach the 2nd week of the FO. sorry mary, but the competition is really getting too tough...

:)

auntie janie
Jun 4th, 2005, 12:42 AM
Cool! For once, one of these old-thread revivals actually makes sense!

Bilbo123
Jun 4th, 2005, 01:01 AM
my chance of dating paris hilton within the next 24h is higher than pierce beat henin-hardenne on clay in a grand slam final

auntie janie
Jun 4th, 2005, 01:04 AM
But she's in the final. Already totally amazing.

What I love is reading all these posts by fans who believed in Mary. Very heartwarming! :hearts:

WhatTheDeuce
Jun 4th, 2005, 01:05 AM
:haha: This is great.

Scotso
Jun 4th, 2005, 03:03 AM
great find, Chrispy.

Scotso
Jun 4th, 2005, 03:04 AM
my chance of dating paris hilton within the next 24h is higher than pierce beat henin-hardenne on clay in a grand slam final

Mary Pierce has a greater chance of going undefeated for the next 20 years than you have of getting a date with ANYONE.