View Full Version : Wow, very telling statement from Mauresmo

Jun 4th, 2003, 02:03 AM
They showed part of her press conference on ESPN and she said, "When Serena plays her best, I have no chance to beat her. However, she cannot play her best everyday, although she does quite often."

Shocking stuff from Mauresmo admitting that Serena has to be below par in order for her to win...

Steffica Greles
Jun 4th, 2003, 02:08 AM
Thing is, Mauresmo's a coward.

Her serve today was diabolical. She didn't have a chance serving like that - that's for sure!

But she was serving abysmally from the beginning, so she came out in the wrong frame of mind.

I tend to agree with what she's saying, however - but I don't think Amelie's ever tested the heights Serena can go to enough to make a judgement.

Sam L
Jun 4th, 2003, 02:18 AM
Maybe that's why she lost, because she doesn't believe that she could beat Serena when she's at her best? :confused:

Jun 4th, 2003, 02:21 AM
I am a Serena fan, but even I find that quite shocking. I mean, if she feels she has no chance, then why not just GO FOR IT! I mean, if she feels she's going to go down, then go down with a fight. Swing loosely and just go for the shots. I mean, ANYTHING would've been more of a showing and a challenge than what she did today. But I don't blame her. I mean, I know it's easier said than done. But I wish she just believed that she did have a chance. And use that to fight. Oh well. :rolleyes:

Serendy Willick
Jun 4th, 2003, 02:24 AM
I'm not buying it people. Didnt this woman just beat Serena a couple of weeks ago? Wasnt she the one at the beginning of the tournement offering scouting reports on how to beat Serena? It wasnt that long ago that she was constantly giving Serena trouble in matches. The woman got outplayed as simple as that. Give credit where it is flucking due folks.

Randy H
Jun 4th, 2003, 02:34 AM
IMO these comments are Amelie's way of deflecting the fact that she simply didn't handle the pressure at home today against Serena.

Serena played well, no doubt about that, but come on - Amelie hardly even gave herself a chance to get into the match and test Serena out.

Unfortunately Amelie has not performed up to par when it's counted at Roland Garros yet, and I am sure it is not easy for her, let alone anyone, but I don't think that using this excuse is the right answer. I don't think saying she couldn't take the pressure is good either, but perhaps she should have said that she simply didn't find her A game today, because she clearly didn't.

Better luck next year Amelie, believe in yourself :)

Jun 4th, 2003, 02:53 AM
Amelie played poorly today that's for sure. I know she can play a lot better and force Serena to beat her. Her serve was a laugh and her shots were tentative for the most part, save a few brilliant points that she was able to win.

Jun 4th, 2003, 03:34 AM
In all honesty, I feel bad for Amelie. How can one person be expected to carry such a burden for a whole nation? What about the men, does the French crowd put them under as much pressure as they do Amelie? The sad part is that she may never win the French Open because that feeling of being responsible to win her country's tournament will always make her nervous, hence, impeding her performance.

Jun 4th, 2003, 05:01 AM
Come on!! You guys know that if Serena plays her best.. it's almost impossbile for an Amelie to beat her.. :rolleyes: Moreover, amelie played poorly.. what do u expect her to say.. :rolleyes:

Jun 4th, 2003, 05:07 AM
I have to agree that if you think you're going down anyway just go for it! Wasn't it Amelie who said last year that she was aiming for the #3 ranking? If you're going out with a negative mind set no kidding you're gonna get nailed.

Jun 4th, 2003, 05:08 AM
If she feels that way, fine, but that's just something you don't say out loud! She basically told Serena, "You'll beat me if you play your normal game or better. I only have a chance when you're playing below your average game." That only fuels Serena's confidence against Amelie. When the #5 player in the world has such a defeatist attitude against Serena, that doesn't say much for the chances of the other players below her.

I like Amelie, but that crap she said last year at Wimby about her goal being to become #3 in the world (behind V and S) and now this makes me wonder if she can overcome her mental blocks and become a GS champion.

Jun 4th, 2003, 05:12 AM
talking about mental blocks.. not everyday even a GS champion are in her good forms.. there ups and downs.. perhaps obviously today was amelie's bad form..

yeah, i'm kinda agree with you in the first part, she was obviously lost before playing.. what matters most in a match si confidence.. faith!!

go hingis
Jun 4th, 2003, 07:40 AM
Serena is confident and killing everyone's ass.

Amelia should feel the same way about her own game the way Serena did before she was winning grandslam, eg: "you should see me on the practice court, I'm 100%, now I just have to bring it into my matches" and she did, Amelia going to get nowhere near Serena with this mind set.

Jun 4th, 2003, 08:04 AM
I dont see the big deal. Amelie said that in a press conference BEFORE the match (when no comments were made here) as well as one after. In her opinion, Serena is the best player in the world, and she is not. If the best player in the world plays at their best it stands to reason she will not be able to beat her.

Jun 4th, 2003, 08:05 AM
Serena is confident and killing everyone's ass.

Amelia should feel the same way about her own game the way Serena did before she was winning grandslam, eg: "you should see me on the practice court, I'm 100%, now I just have to bring it into my matches" and she did, Amelia going to get nowhere near Serena with this mind set.
You can't even spell her name right...

Jun 4th, 2003, 08:06 AM
You go JonBcn :bounce:

Jun 4th, 2003, 08:55 AM
it's just a totally wrong attitude from momo. If you go on court, then you have to believe in yourself and play your best tennis. Other topplayers know that Serena is the best player in the world, but they also know she's human and she can lose too.

Can hardly believe that Momo said that..you know you are going to lose if you don't even believe in yourself.

Jun 4th, 2003, 09:10 AM
it's ridiculous :o

and the crap serena is number 1 and so she is right?

come at that way people always stay number 1 except when they burn out (and even then it still takes a player with mentality to stop it)

Jun 4th, 2003, 09:10 AM
you never know, momo might end up being virginia wade no.2. cant imagine that day.

Jun 4th, 2003, 09:14 AM
and there was a thread about it before the match!

Jun 4th, 2003, 11:53 AM
Of course if you think you cant, you won't.
But she knows that she has to be at her best to have a chance of beating Serena. Which obviously she wasn't.

Jun 4th, 2003, 12:21 PM
Serena has obviously done a very good job of intimidating Amelie. That is somewhat surprising, since Amelie had just beaten her and on the same surface.

Amelie in general has not done well before French audiences and she continues with this problem. I also think, however, that the problem is not confined to her Roland Garros appearances.

She is obviously an extremely talented player, but she has never lived up to her potential. It has been four years since she reached a grand slam final. She has never won any of the really big tournaments, and this is despite the fact that she is strong enough to hit with the power players.

Amelie does not seem to believe in herself enough in really big match situations. She may get over that, she may not.

Jun 4th, 2003, 02:50 PM
This is ridiculous. She says she can beat Serena, she gets slagged. She says when Serena is on she can't beat her, she gets slagged. (but hey, what else is new - swap the subjects and the partisans and the equation still works)

The quote is actually from a few days ago. And if you bother to read the whole thing, she's also noting that Serena, like all humans, can't be 100% 100% of the time - translation, she's not unbeatable, they all have a chance.

Jun 4th, 2003, 02:58 PM
Not wise to say, but all the players know Serena at her best is unbeatable...that's what's made her the #1 player.

Lindsay said basically the same thing. I think they all think the key is to hang in there and wait til she cools off, which almost always happens, and take your chance. That seems to be Henin's gameplan.

The only player I've ever seen take it to Serena when she's playing well is Venus at this years A.O., and she still lost because she didn't have the guts to finish her off.

Serena is not only the #1 player on the tour, but she's also the best. That's been a rare thing since 97.