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Marcell
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:21 AM
Amelie 'not fit' for the fight

By Margie McDonald
January 11, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Open women's singles champion Amelie Mauresmo has conceded she feels underprepared for her title defence in Melbourne next week.
Although the 27-year-old Frenchwoman would have liked to have survived for another two days at Sydney's Medibank International, she fell to Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 7-5 6-0 in the quarter-finals yesterday.

Mauresmo is more concerned about the work to be done in the next five days before the Australian Open begins on Monday.

"I'm just disappointed about the way I feel. I think there is a lot of work to do in my game physically, and so that's more what I'm concerned about than really the fact that I'm out of the (Sydney) tournament," Mauresmo said.

"I would have loved, of course, to play one or two more matches, but, you know, I still have some work to do."
That work revolves around her court movement and anticipation.

"I still need to work on the quickness around the court and reaction. It's the final part, the final details, which at the end of the day are not details any more but are very important," she said.

At least Mauresmo, the world No.3, did not have to withdraw against Jankovic, which seems to have become the norm at the Olympic complex.

But she was outplayed by the world No.12, who has extended her winning streak to eight after her victory in Auckland last week.


Good run ... Jankovic has won eight matches straight. Pic: Gregg Porteous
However, Jankovic seems to have succumbed to the injury bug.

"If I'm playing tomorrow it will be a tough match, and I injured my leg a little bit. I maybe strained it a little bit," Jankovic, who is scheduled for the sixth match on centre court, said.

But Jankovic was over the moon to have collected her greatest scalp with the win.

"It's unbelievable. I am so happy that I'm doing really well. I couldn't have asked for a better start to the year. I have this confidence so I hope it keeps going in Melbourne," she said.

It's not certain what kind of a guide Sydney is to grand slam fortunes in Melbourne the following week.

In 2002, Jennifer Capriati crashed out in her opening match in Sydney only to beat Martina Hingis and win her second Australian Open title.


Mauresmo won Sydney in 2000 and then fell in the second round in Melbourne.

The other women's semi-final today will be between Kim Clijsters and China's world No.21 Li Na.

Belgian Clijsters could feel the more fresh as she had an easy win over Israel's Shahar Peer, 6-2 6-1.

"I didn't really get tested today. But there is a lot of things that you - when you play a match like this - you don't look at your opponent, you just try to work out things for yourself," Clijsters said.

The youngest player in the draw, 17-year-old Czech Nicole Vaidisova, took the last place in the semi-finals last night, defeating Serbian Ana Ivanovic in straight sets, 6-4 6-2.

hablo
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:25 AM
Mauresmo won Sydney in 2000 and then fell in the second round in Melbourne.

:tape:

Derek.
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:28 AM
Your siggy, hablo. :lol:

Lefty.
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:30 AM
Your siggy, hablo. :lol:

I can't stop laughing at it either! :haha:

hablo
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:30 AM
Your siggy, hablo. :lol:

I'm keeping it till she stops getting bagelled! :o:devil:

Derek.
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:32 AM
I'm keeping it till she stops getting bagelled! :o:devil:


Nicole should have bagelled her at Roland Garros. :rolleyes:

hablo
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:33 AM
Nicole should have of bagelled her at Roland Garros. :rolleyes:

:ras:
Momo should have beaten Nicole in Moscow :o

Derek.
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:35 AM
:ras:
Momo should have beaten Nicole in Moscow :o


Nicole's a fighter. :angel:

Saved MP's. :hearts:

hablo
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:37 AM
Nicole's a fighter. :angel:

Saved MP's. :hearts:

Well I'm glad she beat Ivanovic. :angel:

RenaSlam.
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:37 AM
If 'Serena Williams' replaced 'Amelie Mauresmo' in the title of this thread, the thread would have approximately 234003240234020302 replies, already...

austennis
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:38 AM
Mauresmo.. is going to have big drop in rankings this year i think.. unable to defend her aus and wimbledon wins..

hablo
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:39 AM
If 'Serena Williams' replaced 'Amelie Mauresmo' in the title of this thread, the thread would have approximately 234003240234020302 replies, already...

Well, alot more is expected out of Serena! ;)

alias
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:55 AM
Mauresmo.. is going to have big drop in rankings this year i think.. unable to defend her aus and wimbledon wins..

yep...she won't be winning any more slams...

RenaSlam.
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:44 AM
Tough shit, Mauresmo. That's what the off-season is for.

plantman
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:06 AM
Tough shit, Mauresmo. That's what the off-season is for.

That's not very nice! Would you use that comment towards Serena where it seems more fitting? I think not:rolleyes:

hablo
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:29 AM
Tough shit, Mauresmo. That's what the off-season is for.
Same with your fav! :tape:

partbrit
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:30 AM
Well, just remember...right before the 2005 YEC, she said she was mentally and physically exhausted and didn't know if she could go on.

Another example of "you never know."

meruvien
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:03 AM
Tough shit, Mauresmo. That's what the off-season is for.

Apparently during the off season she was ill during the physical preparation and then had a leg injury (pulled muscle)

Marcus1979
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:25 AM
I am confident she can bounce back

she was awful against Ivanovic in first round of SYdney last year and won Melbourne 2 weeks later

piercerocks
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:17 AM
she'll be fine. it'll take her to the second week of AO to regain her form, though

sperona
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:44 AM
don't worry she has a few days to recover her tennis and form :devil:
you'll see:lol:

senorgato
Jan 11th, 2007, 07:17 AM
with that attitude, she'll be gone by the 4th rd, if not sooner. I think the Amelie of old is back in full force.

Slumpsova
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:26 AM
I'm keeping it till she stops getting bagelled! :o:devil:
oh dear, i bet you have to keep it forever b/c she won't :p

Il Primo!
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:12 AM
Always the same shit. She said the same at Madrid and she played out of her mind (e.g against Kim and JHH)
She tends to complain a lot about her preparation but trust me, she's gonna make something at Melbourne. Im expecting at least a final. Only Sharapova could beat her

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:45 AM
i think she will be fine

Ben.
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:51 AM
what's all the panic ppl :rolleyes: amelie will be okay, she always rises up to the challenge whenever a slam event is just around the corner :)

volta
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:56 AM
Apparently during the off season she was ill during the physical preparation and then had a leg injury (pulled muscle)

ouch that sounds painfull

mauresmofan
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:00 AM
I think her honesty is refreshing. I'm sure she'll struggle during the first few matches but wins can really do wonders for your confidence. If she can get her game into a groove she'll be tough to stop because that surface really suits her game. I put Clijsters as the favourite for the title - I think she's the most prepared out of everyone and she'll be really motivated.

BARBIE
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:04 AM
She will be fine in AO.

Nobody expected her to go beyond the RR in YEC last year, yet she reached the final after losing to Nadia and beating Martina and JHH in the RR and Kim in the semis.

Vamos.
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:12 AM
At least Mauresmo has an off-season RenaSlam, Serena's seasons are just generally one big, lazy off-season. She still doesn't manage to stay in shape. Life is tough I guess, huh?

new-york
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:23 AM
Well I'm glad she beat Ivanovic. :angel:


:ras:.

moby
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:26 PM
She could simply be trying to take the pressure off herself. It's been a trend with recent slam champions. :shrug:

I would certainly be surprised if she didn't at least reach the semis.

katya
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:54 PM
Well, it's not working very well. She should be used to pressure now.

Sonja
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:55 PM
I agree with her; she isn't prepared. She shouldn't be satisfied with her performance and shouldn't be overconfident. She's going to need to be wary and want it 293948234987 times more.

I'd rather her be aware, than have her ass handed to her in the early rounds and have her say, "duhhhhh, I just don't know".

PLP
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:10 PM
These are very smart comments by Momo IMO. She has ALL of the pressure on her this year after winning 2 of the slams last year, everyone wants to beat her. I think everything she can do to take the pressure off of herself the better!

That said, it does seem that she isn't quite prepared and I am glad that she knows it. As long as she doesn't draw one of a handful of dangerous floaters in her first 2 rds she should be able to play herself into shape by the 3rd rd and then be a force to be reckoned with!

The draw is coming out so soon!!!!!...6 hours maybe?! :rocker2:

esquímaux
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:14 PM
:tape:
:lol::tape:

anlavalle
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:38 PM
well, i only hope she is healthy but seriously Amelie, stop with the bagels :help:

jazar
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:47 PM
she isnt prepared, she hasnt had enough matches, but she will still do well, although not as well as last year

Vamos.
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Bagels are just part of Amelie's tennis, those long backswings make her game incredibly erratic and, as we have all witnessed, she can just go missing. She also isn't happy with her footwork I read, so I think this comment is both true and cunning. Cunning because Amelie, as far as the eye can see, really does not handle pressure well and she is using an old trick to take a bit of the pressure off of her. I have followed Amelie for several years now and I don't think she is going to make a good defense of her titles this year, Semi-Finals and Finals quite possibly but I really envisage a Grand-Slamless year for Amelie in 2007, I think Cljisters and Sharapova are really going to dominate. I have a tiny feeling that Henin is going to do the double though:

French Open (again, boring)
Wimbledon...career slam!

GQGuy1
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:31 PM
I'm sorry to say but Momo isn't all that good anyway and to be honest had both Venus and Serena been healthy she wouldn't even won a slam.

Mina Vagante
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:36 PM
i think she's doing an andy murray , where she sys' im underprepared' 'i dont expect to win' but then when they do there like' oh i didnt expect it', but i dont think she is underprepared she played some matches

Mina Vagante
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:37 PM
I'm sorry to say but Momo isn't all that good anyway and to be honest had both Venus and Serena been healthy she wouldn't even won a slam.

oo i like this theory

Kart
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:55 PM
Amelie has shown over the last twelve months that she can produce her best tennis at the big tournaments.

Hopefully that trend will continue in Oz this year.

Vamos.
Jan 12th, 2007, 12:23 PM
[QUOTE=GQGuy1;9789269]I'm sorry to say but Momo isn't all that good anyway and to be honest had both Venus and Serena been healthy she wouldn't even won a slam.[/QUOTE

She could take Venus at Wimbledon and you know it, Amelie, on her day, at Wimbledon is out of this world. S & V? Bye V!

Hugo24
Jan 12th, 2007, 12:41 PM
I think Amelie will be fine at the AO she has always done good their sh will be fine . and Ame can beat both the Williams sisters and she plays a great tnnis game