Good job Mary!:bounce:
2nd round match against Cristina Torres-Valero
41 of 70 = 59 % 56 of 79 = 71 %
Aces 1 1
Double Faults 4 3
Unforced Errors 51 42
Winning % on 1st Serve 28 of 41 = 68 % 34 of 56 = 61 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 15 of 29 = 52 % 8 of 23 = 35 %
Winners (Including Service) 25 16
Break Point Conversions 3 of 7 = 43 % 3 of 5 = 60 %
Net Approaches 13 of 20 = 65 % 4 of 5 = 80 %
Total Points Won 80 69
Fastest Serve 169 KPH 158 KPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 151 KPH 140 KPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 129 KPH 119 KPH
May 29th, 2002, 12:04 PM
Go Mary!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
May 29th, 2002, 12:05 PM
Another pic of today's match
May 29th, 2002, 12:10 PM
hi Motta! :bounce: :D
I love that outfit :eek: :kiss: :eek: :kiss: :eek: :kiss:
reminds you of Roland Garros 2000
May 29th, 2002, 12:12 PM
I loved it too!
She looks better with it.
Mary with fans
May 29th, 2002, 12:14 PM
Did you watch the match?
Here the tv covarege will begin in the next few minutes.
May 29th, 2002, 12:19 PM
May 29th, 2002, 12:36 PM
we don't get coverage until 8am
I hope they at least show her
May 29th, 2002, 01:15 PM
Thanks for the pictures, if you pop over to the picture thread, there will be some more pictures of Mary from the match.
WELL DONE MARY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 29th, 2002, 01:22 PM
Pierce is back
Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Today Mary Pierce made a much-awaited return to the tournament that played host to her last Grand Slam victory.
The Frenchwoman advanced to the second round with a tough straight set victory over Irina Selyutina of Kazakhstan 7-5 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Pierce, now ranked No128, hadn't been back to Roland Garros since her emotional triumph over Spaniard Conchita Martinez in the 2000 final, her second Grand Slam title.
Last year she was forced to skip this event due to a back injury that kept her away from the circuit for most of the season. This year she owes her presence in the main draw to a wildcard awarded to her by the tournament committee.
"I love playing here," said Pierce who was cheered loudly by the public throughout the match, despite notching up an ugly 51 unforced errors. Decked out in a risqué black two-piece outfit that featured a top with see-through panels, Pierce signed many autographs at the end of the match and left the court to rousing applause.
"It's very special to me. I haven't played here in two years and I really missed it," she said.
Pierce's next opponent will be Cristina Torrens Valero, who was an easy winner over Magdalena Grzybowska.
Pierce is making her 12th appearance at Roland Garros.
In 2000 Pierce became the first Frenchwoman since Francoise Durr in 1967 to win the singles title.
Pierce has never been beaten in the first round here.
Pierce converted three of seven break point opportunities.
Pierce hit 25 winners.
Selyutina is making her Roland Garros main draw debut.
This is the first time Selyutina has made the main draw of a Grand Slam event.
Selyutina made 42 unforced errors to Pierce's 51.
MATCH STATS (http://www.frenchopen.org/en/scores/stats/day3/0283ms.html)
May 29th, 2002, 05:04 PM
M. PIERCE/I. Selyutina
Q. The problems you have with your back and wrist, in terms of fitness now, are you back to close to a hundred percent or not?
MARY PIERCE: Well, first of all, I didn't have any problems with my wrist, it was my shoulder and my back. Now they're both fine.
Q. How did you prepare for Roland Garros? Did you take a training course or anything?
MARY PIERCE: I played in Berlin and Rome. I spent last week at Versailles with the Fed Cup team, Amelie Mauresmo and Nathalie Dechy, the coaches. We did everything together. We were all following our own schedules, then we met at lunchtime and dinner time. We had some training sessions together.
Q. How do you feel being back in Paris?
MARY PIERCE: Very happy. I feel great to be here. It's very emotional. I'm always very happy to be here. Last year I was injured, so I was at home. I'm happy to be in good health and able to play here again. Happy to be back at the French Open with my fans and the French public. I really love playing here.
Q. Physically things seem better. What about technically? What would you say your status was?
MARY PIERCE: Well, I'm doing better and better, technically speaking. It's hard to score. But with each match, I'm feeling better and better now. I'm not in the same position I was two years back, but I feel my game is coming back with each match.
Q. Yesterday there was a surprise defeat of Justine Henin. She was in your part of the draw. Does that open any prospects for you?
MARY PIERCE: Well, of course, things will be easier for me since she was knocked out. But I'm not thinking that far ahead. I've got another match yet, and I'm taking things match by match.
Q. How did you feel when you weren't playing? Did you feel isolated? Did you feel alone over the last two years? You've had a lot of physical problems.
MARY PIERCE: It's true there were tough times, somewhat frustrating times. But I try to stay positive and take things day to day, and do what I had to do each day. I tried to improve a little bit each day.
Q. Could you tell us with whom you're training and for how long? Is it Bobby Bank?
MARY PIERCE: Since February we've been working together.
Q. What has he done for you?
MARY PIERCE: Well, everybody works differently, of course. They do things differently. Bobby is very nice, he's very professional, highly organized. He's really passionate about what he does. We try and look at the little things in detail. We see where I was two years ago, what I should do to be better. We work on the strong points as well as the weak points.
Q. What about your opponent? Could you tell us something about her? Was she easy to play? You won 7-5, 7-5. I don't know whether the score really reflected the physicalness of the match. You seemed to be down a few points, then you came back.
MARY PIERCE: Well, I have to give my opponent credit because it's not easy perhaps to play me in France, here at home. Everybody is for me and therefore against her. But she fought right till the end. She didn't give anything away, not even when I was leading 3-Love in the second set. She stayed right in the match until the end.
Q. There was one game in which you made two or three errors in the second set at 4-3, then she caught up at 4-4. The points seemed to be easy to play. What was going through your head at that time?
MARY PIERCE: Well, I tried to think of what I do when I'm playing my best tennis, hitting the ball. That's one of my strong points. That is my strength. That's what I try to do. When we're 4-All, for instance, in the second set, I tried to take my game to her.
Q. When you lost the easy points, was it because you were unfocused?
MARY PIERCE: No. Perhaps I'm just a human, and I do make mistakes from time to time. There was a little bit of wind today and things were whirling around a little bit. I don't know. Sometimes people make mistakes.
Q. In the next round you'll be playing Torrens Valero. Do you know her? Have you played against her?
MARY PIERCE: Yes, I already played against her. I don't know how many times. There are no easy matches here.
May 29th, 2002, 09:01 PM
Concentration !!! Patience !!!
The temperature was 15°c a little cold, balls were heavy, everytime Mary hit powerful shots Irina was overpowered, when Mary was the boss on court everything was fine for her.
Mary walked on court very concentrate, during the 4th first games, mary was a bit anxious, you could see it very easily.
Mary's backhand is still so powerful, it helped her the whole match, she made a few mistake with it.
Her forehand was not as good as her backhand but she launch some good shots.
Mary's serve was not very good in first set between 40 and 45 % .
She was not sure when she was in front of the net, she made a lot of mistake but did really good smashes (beside one).
She was talking to herself and made some frustrations moves.
She was not concentrate the whole match and you could see it cause each time she was not, Irina was back at the score.
I really think Mary is getting in better shape cause she was able to run pretty good at the end of first set and second set, not like before yet but it's coming back. I think she lose some pounds, she looks better than she was in Sarasota.
She needs to be patient, she could win this match very easily if she had waited a bit more on each shots.
There are some journalists comments about Mary !!
"Here she goes, look Mary is forcing Irina to do sightseeing of Suzanne Lenglhen court, left and right, left and right"
"Irina will surely knows the whole court after the match".
The crowd was great today, it was children's day !!!
They were cheering Mary in good and bad moments, when she needs it, the children were screaming her name to encourage her. After the match Mary signed autograph more than 10 minutes (record of the day).
One word about her ITW, (I think it was the most important)
"I'm happy to be back"