ohhhhhhh I like that!!
Practice makes perfect - Thanks for the photos linnie
May 20th, 2004, 08:42 PM
She and Loic are wearing the same outfit - wonder if they planned it! :lol:
French tennis player Amelie Mauresmo smiles during an exhibition training with children at Jean Bouin stadium in Paris, May 22, 2004. Mauresmo is among the favourites for the women's singles title at the French tennis Open championships which starts May 24, 2004.
:eek: Mon dieu, that was a bit scary!! Anabel was playing very well in the second set though (I hope she doesn't give Arantxa Parra Santonja too many tips for Amélie's next match... ;) ) Although Anabel had cramp in the final set, Amélie was really fighting so hard and looking very determined!! (Yannick Noah was in the crowd watching the match.)
May 27th, 2004, 11:14 AM
She does know how to frighten us, doesn't she? ;) But the first set was good. She just has to stay consistent. Has anyone seen Aranxta Parra Santonja play? What's her game like?
Yep, Yannick was there, and so was Guy. And Amélie's mother, Françoise, who may not be an exemplary specimen of motherhood, but Amélie looks a lot like her, except for Françoise's poorly-dyed short blonde hair.
:haha: @ Bite Me!
May 27th, 2004, 10:19 PM
VIN ROUGE! Linnie ;)
May 28th, 2004, 01:03 AM
:bounce: Bonne Chance Amélie au troisième tour!! :bounce:
May 28th, 2004, 02:18 AM
ALLEZ AU JUS!!!
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ!!!
May 28th, 2004, 02:17 PM
Bonne chance today Amelie!
May 28th, 2004, 03:30 PM
A bit of a struggle at the start of the third round but I stay confident!!!
COME ON AMELIE!!!!!!!
Mauresmo keeps French hopes alive
By Araz Gulekjian
Sunday, May 30, 2004
Third seeded Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo set up a quarter final clash with Russian Elena Dementieva after her 6-1 6-2 dismantling of Bulgarian Magdalena Maleeva on Sunday.
An entire nation holds its breath as the Frenchwoman now heads into the second week with her best chance ever to capture her first Grand Slam crown and emulate childhood idol Yannick Noah.
Noah was the last Frenchman to win at Roland Garros in 1983.
“It’s good to be in the quarter finals but I want to go further,” Mauresmo said.
The feisty Dementieva will attempt to derail her in her march. The 22-year-old Russian, who had never progressed past the round of 16 here in six attempts, posted an upset victory over fifth-seeded American veteran Lindsay Davenport.
The 27-year-old American was never able to make a dent in the Russian’s armour because of an ailing right knee she tweaked in her match.
Dementieva appreciates the daunting task that now awaits her, but is looking forward to showcasing her talent, possibly on a big show court.
“It’s going to be very difficult to play against her here in Paris,” said Dementieva. “She’s in great shape. It’s going to be very difficult for me.
“She has great support from the public. Maybe for the first time, I’m going to play on center court. I never played there so I’m very excited about it.”
Dementieva and Mauresmo have played each other seven times with the Frenchwoman leading their rivalry 5-2. She beat the Russian for the last time at the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles last November.
“We know each other pretty well for having competed many times,” Mauresmo said. “I’ll have to stay alert, play with discipline and not let her dictate play.”
With her draw wide open now after World No1 Justine Henin-Hardenne’s early defeat along with Davenport’s downfall, Mauresmo has a golden opportunity to slide right into the final for a possible clash with one of the mighty US players, the Williams sisters or Jennifer Capriati.
Davenport is adamant that Mauresmo could beat anyone, making the French woman the clear favorite alongside US rival Venus Williams.
“I think Amelie is playing very, very well,” Davenport said. “People make their breakthrough sooner or later to win a Grand Slam. It certainly seems like in my mind, it’s her and Venus as the top two favorites right now.”
"Venus seemed like she was getting back right before she got hurt in the final of Berlin. She seemed to find her range again and be really dominant. Serena (sister Serena Williams) is still looking for it.”
“I see those four. The top two, I would see Venus and Amelie. And then Serena and Jennier (Capriati). It’s going to be interesting to see. They all have an equal shot.”
Post match interview from RolandGarros.com
Q. Was it an easy match? It went so fast for you.
AMELIE MAURESMO: No. I think, yeah, the score looks easy, but I think these kind of matches are never easy to handle when you get on the court.
I just played a great tennis. You know, I felt that my game again is getting better and better as the matches are going. Yeah, I made it probably look easy.
Q. Obviously, Yannick Noah is one of your big heroes. What about Gabriela Sabatini? Did you ever see her play?
AMELIE MAURESMO: The backhand (smiling)? Actually, I don't think I ever see her play. But, yeah, I liked her game. I liked the way she was playing. But I was more inspired by Yannick than her.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French, please.
Q. Roger Federer talked about the effect of playing on central court and the difficulty with such a big court. You know it quite well. You've been on it for three matches. Do you feel you're at ease with central court?>
AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, yes, I'm feeling better and better on central court. It's true that the conditions are a little bit different in terms of the surface, which is perhaps slightly different from the other courts, but also in terms of the wind.
But each match is a different match, so it's very difficult to say, "I'm in control." We'll have to see. But I do get the feeling that I feel more at ease on that court now.
Q. This sort of match against a well-known player that you must have seen play a number of times, after three matches, isn't it easier, in fact, than the very first rounds?
AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, when I feel that my tennis is sort of fitting in as the matches go along, you feel more and more at ease as the tournament moves forward. I felt well today. It's true that maybe I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I can see there's still a few things I need to work on.
But I do get the feeling that I'm playing better and better. But let's not get excited.
Q. We want to know about those little details you need to work on.
AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, it's really details in terms of the service, in terms of making decisions a little bit quicker - perhaps to attack, for instance. But there's nothing really major that I need to change or work on in my game. It's just a few details.
Q. You played much easier tennis than in the previous rounds, it seemed.
AMELIE MAURESMO: Yes, I think the second set of my previous round, I'd been playing quite well. But, as I said, I'm not going to analyze every match, "How do you manage this? How do you feel?" I just try to get through the matches. In every tournament, you sort of build power as you go along.
Q. Among the different parameters that allow you to play beginning to end, which are the most important?>
AMELIE MAURESMO: Attacking, moving forward, probably trying to impose power in my attack.
Q. At the end, when you left the court, you looked really absolutely delighted. You looked really happy. What was that about? Did it have anything to do with the crowd, as well?>
AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, I think it's everything. It's my relationship with the crowd, it's the way I played. It's a whole lot of things. There's nothing else I need to say. I'm going forward, so that's nice.
Q. Your next opponent is Dementieva, who beat Davenport. You knew this before going on court?>
AMELIE MAURESMO: Yes.
Q. How do you feel about that next match?
AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, I was a little bit surprised about the score. I didn't watch the match. I haven't seen her play over the past week. But this is a player I know quite well. In fact, we've played each other a number of times before, particularly last year. I think it's up to me to impose my strong points, my game, and not let her take the initiative.
Q. Do the weather conditions have any sort of influence on your game?
AMELIE MAURESMO: Maybe. In fact, the court was perhaps a bit slower today. But I usually function quite well. I don't think it makes much of a difference.
:rain: :rain: :rain: Allez Amélie!! You can do it!!!:rain: :rain: :rain:
Jun 1st, 2004, 06:49 PM
Poor dear. :sad: She looked so crushed at the end but was very classy about it. I want to hear what she has to say- it looked to me like her back was hurting her just the way she was serving and not moving so well and grimacing. Of course a lot of it was nerves, but I thought she was in pain. She seemed tired. Poor thing never catches a break, does she? :rain: (Or holds serve)
Kudos to Elena. She was great and didn't let the enthusiastic crowd rattle her. :worship: I think Amélie would have won if she'd been playing better, but it wouldn't have been easy.
But we can take some good out of this match. It's her best performance ever here. She didn't play well, but she still had some great points in there. She was clearly nervous, but she tried so hard. And she saved three match points- and long points, too- before succumbing. I couldn't watch the match points, so I put my head in a bucket. (Don't laugh, I was very nauseated all morning and thought it best to have the bucket at hand) But I'm just feeling sympathy more than anything. She just looked so sad. :crying2:
It's amazing how some people have such bad luck.
Jun 1st, 2004, 07:05 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: I have no words but :sad: :sad: :sad: