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Mar 18th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Shaughnessy resurgence in Scottsdale

Arizona resident Meghann Shaughnessy is one of the WTA’s more intriguing figures. After drawing her family’s ire by leaving home in her early teens with coach Rafael Font de Mora, to whom she later became engaged, the American became one of the tour’s rising stars in 2001, climbing to 11th spot in the world ranking.

Last year Shaughnessy slid backwards, playing mediocre tennis and falling to the 30s. The Arizona Republic, which is one of the rare sources of information about the usually secretive Shaughnessy, revealed this week that it was a year of turmoil on and off the court for her. Her controversial relationship with Font de Mora came to an end, as the two decided to part ways in every respect after the U.S. Open. "When you are together professionally and personally, where you separate the line is not easy," Font de Mora told the Arizona newspaper. "We were at a stage in life where we had to separate in both areas.”

However, Shaughnessy decided to return to Font de Mora -- but as a coach only -- toward the end of the season, and the results have finally started to come. Notably, she won the Canberra tournament and reached the Australian Open quarterfinals in January. And in Scottsdale she has performed well, knocking off Jelena Dokic (admittedly a popular sport these days) and reaching the semifinals.

We had noticed during the Australian Open that Meghann appeared to have transformed her physique, and Shaughnessy confirmed this in Scottsdale. In an effort to keep up with the power game now in vogue on the women’s tour, she has added 20 pounds of muscle to her formerly slender frame, and now pounds her serve at a more than respectable 115 mph. "I worked a bunch on strength, endurance, explosiveness, flexibility, injury prevention,” said Shaughnessy. “I spent hours in the gym every day and felt really confident starting the year."

If Meghann Shaughnessy keeps going in this direction, we would not be surprised to see her knocking at the door of the top ten before the year is out.

auntie janie
Mar 18th, 2003, 05:05 PM
Thanks for the article. Nice to see Meg back on track. :)

Brian Stewart
Mar 18th, 2003, 11:55 PM
It was good to see her with a bit more meat on her this year. The added strength and endurance has to help her confidence.

Mar 18th, 2003, 11:59 PM
Meg should be uber-confident with that body... she's smokin'.

Mar 19th, 2003, 03:13 AM
Thanks for the article! I didn't realize her and Rafael split! :( He helped her transform into the player she is today..but I can understand that. She's back with him as her coach now and she is doing very well..and he's such a good coach too, in every match he takes notes (like Bovina's coach). I can definitely see her doing some major damage. :)

BTW, wow 20 pounds of muscle!? You go girl! lmao :D

~ The Leopard ~
Mar 19th, 2003, 03:41 AM
BTW, wow 20 pounds of muscle!? You go girl! lmao :D

And it looks great on her. :bounce:

Mar 19th, 2003, 02:29 PM
If only Lindsay can add twenty pounds of muscle too. I see her doing damage on the tour. some players thrive off of others and that is what keeps them going. I think the Martina Hingis-Davenport rivalry and the battle for number one is what kept Lindsay going and the fact that this is no longer present Lindsay has trouble getting back to the focus of where she should be. She is used to competing on the technical terms and not the power terms and hence her mental game. Now Lindsay has to incorporate speed along with making shots from every angle and always hitting the extra shot. she has yet to fully incorporate that into her game. I see her getting the number one ranking again if she does this and she can do it.