Allez Mary a Roland Garros!!:bounce:
Me too! But I not hope you will be defeat by Serena Williams & injury again!! Mary Pierce! :sad:
May 26th, 2003, 10:19 AM
May 26th, 2003, 01:50 PM
I want to hear on tonight news 27, 28 and 29 women seeds ousted from RG 2003.
Dally and Emilie did it, come on Mary you can overpower Fernandez too
:angel: :angel: :angel:
May 26th, 2003, 02:16 PM
Just asking a favour please, if anyone could save the nET CAM pics of Mary from her match today.
As I won't be able to be online when the match is happening.
My mail address is email@example.com
Thanks for listening
May 26th, 2003, 05:23 PM
May 26th, 2003, 05:45 PM
6-2 6-4 and Mary did not win
Please Mary do not give up.
We are all behind you
May 26th, 2003, 06:31 PM
Pierce says "Aurevoir" for another year
By Benjamin Waldbaum
Monday, May 26, 2003
Just like last year, Mary Pierce came into this year's French Open with little match practice behind her. Unlike last year though, when she nonetheless made the quarters, she was unable to shake the cobwebs from her game this afternoon, bowing out of the tournament at the very first hurdle. Clarisa Fernandez, from Argentina, showed no mercy, dispatching the 2000 champion 6/2 6/3 in just over an hour.
Suzanne-Lenglen court was packed for the much-awaited return of prodigal daughter Mary Pierce. The fact that the world No46 was taking on last year's surprise semi finalist added extra spice to an encounter that most experts expected to be long and tightly fought.
How wrong they were. In a one-way affair, Pierce never managed to raise her game to former heights and was given the run-around by a far more mobile opponent.
Returning from a groin injury picked up in Rome, and with just eight victories in 15 matches this year, she simply lacked the cutting edge to trouble a player of Fernandez' class. The Argentinean's confidence was reflected in her serve (four aces, 60 per cent of first serves in) and speed around the court, which enabled her to manoeuvre her more illustrious opponent into point-losing positions. Pierce was very soon 0/3 down in the first set and responded by charging the net in an attempt to destabilise her younger adversary. The tactic partially worked, as it helped her to win two games, but was not enough to prevent her losing the set 2/6 in 30 minutes.
Things looked more promising for coach René Moller's protégé at the start of the second set. She took a 3/1 lead, only to concede five games in a row and hand victory to her opponent.
So for the first time in her Roland-Garros singles career, Pierce today tasted bitter first-round defeat, and she struggled to hide her disappointment after the match: "I wasn't in the game. Clarisa served well. I am very upset. I'm not discouraged, but this is very tough."
To suffer ignominious first-round failure just three years after her triumph in the final is a bitter pill to swallow – but Pierce will be back, and she might achieve glory again were she ever to arrive in Paris on the back of a sustained period of full fitness.
May 27th, 2003, 04:46 AM
I have updated my site, with pics of Mary from todays match, including the net cams I got as well
CHECK THE OUT !!!!!!!!!!!! (http://www.mary-pierce.org/updated_news_for_the_site.htm)
May 27th, 2003, 04:47 AM
Q. There were some shots you hit today that were like 2000 all over again. I was wondering if that's encouraging for you or frustrating to know you can still hit those shots, but the results aren't there for you?
MARY PIERCE: I don't really think I hit that many good shots today, but thanks (smiling).
I don't know. I don't think I really hit that many. Might have been a couple, but I don't remember them.
Q. What keeps you going? You've had so many injuries and whatnot.
MARY PIERCE: Well, just basically there's a few things. The fact for me really is that, you know, when I won the French Open, I really started feeling like I was starting to play my best tennis - starting to. You know, that was very exciting for me to know that I had so much more room for improvement. I know that that's still there. You know, I don't think I've played my best tennis yet.
MODERATOR: Questions in French.
Q. What were your ambitions before you came here? You've been playing quite well on clay in one tournament, then a little bit less well. What were your expectations here?
MARY PIERCE: When I come to a tournament, I always try to do my best, whatever the tournament. It's always the case.
Q. When you heard that you were playing Clarisa, who did quite well here last year, had a good season, what did you think about that? What did you think about the draw?
MARY PIERCE: It's difficult to know the strong points and weak points of your opponent. I always try to play my game and think about what I need to do to play.
Q. When you play well on clay at the beginning of this season, did you find that encouraging? Did you think you could do the same here?
MARY PIERCE: Yes, yes, of course, I thought it was encouraging. I did begin to play well. I had the feeling that my game was really coming back. I had a good feeling. I thought it was very encouraging.
Q. How did you feel physically? We saw you make faces at the very beginning of the game. What was that about?
MARY PIERCE: No, it was nothing physical. It was the shots that were making me make faces.
Q. You just said to an English question that you haven't played your best tennis yet, you have room for improvement. What next? What are you going to do now to make that improvement?
MARY PIERCE: Well, there's no secret. In order to improve your game, you need to work on it, as I've done in the past.