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tennisIlove09
May 14th, 2003, 06:13 PM
Mauresmo Rolls Into Rome's Round Of 16


Photo By Cynthia Lum By Richard Pagliaro
05/14/2003

In recent years, Amelie Mauresmo has been betrayed by a brittle body so prone to injury you almost expect her to carry a medical bag along with her racquet bag onto the court. Since she became the second French woman to reach the Australian Open final when she was runner-up to Martina Hingis in 1999, Mauresmo has produced some memorable moments on the court and has been plagued by persistent pain as well.

The 23-year-old Mauresmo underwent knee surgery last November and has been bothered by recurring back, leg and arm injuries during the past three years.

Today, she supplied her own proven panacea for pain — an impressive victory. The fourth-seeded French woman defeated Lina Krasnoroutskaya, 6-2, 7-6, to secure a spot in the round of 16 at the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome.

A Rome runner-up in both 2000 and 2001, Mauresmo showed her vast variety of strokes in a strong first set as she kept Krasnoroutskaya on the defensive with taut topspin forehands and a beautiful backhand that she alternately hit with slice and topspin.

The 19-year-old Russian, who reached the Roland Garros quarterfinals two years ago, rallied behind a strong serve and more consistent baseline play in the second set. Taking a 4-2 lead in the tiebreaker, Krasnoroutskaya relinquished the lead and her confidence by flailing a forehand into the net and following with a double fault.

On Mauresmo's first match point, Krasnoroutskaya, who seemed to have trouble digging Mauresmo's low slice shots off the dirt, guided a backhand into the net to hand Mauresmo the victory.

In tomorrow's round of 16 match, Mauresmo will meet either 16th-seeded Anna Pistolesi, whose husband and coach, Claudio Pistolesi was a once one of Italy's top players, or Italian Flavia Pennetta.

Linnie
May 14th, 2003, 06:21 PM
Why is that every single article about Amélie in Tennis Week mentions "knee surgery", when she's had no such thing? :rolleyes:

Thanks for the article!