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Andy.
Dec 21st, 2004, 10:28 PM
Good news guys
Pierce returning to Auckland

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Dec 22, 2004

Former Grand Slam winner Mary Pierce is returning to play the ASB Classic in Auckland next month.

Pierce, who is now ranked 29 in the world, last played the event in 2003.

Tournament director Richard Palmer says they are delighted to have Pierce back.

"She's a great ambassador for the game and proved during the year she is a classy player with wins over a number of top ten players and current Grand Slam champions," he said.

"She is very fit and ready to play a full season on the WTA Tour in 2005.

"Having Mary in the tournament strengthens the event even more making the top three seeds - Amy Frazier, Jelena Jankovic and Pierce all inside the top 30, while all eight seeds are now inside the top 50 which is something which doesn't happen that often," he added.

Pierce, a former world No.3 has two Grand Slam singles titles to her credit (http://toolbar.desktoptraffic.net/cgi-bin//ezlclk.fcgi?id=8), having won the Australian Open in 1995 and Roland Garros in 2000. She was also a finalist at Roland Garros in 1994 and the Australian Open in 1997.

Aside from appearing in Grand Slam finals the French woman has reached the quarter finals of Grand Slams on seven other occasions and has over US$7 million dollars in official prizemoney.

Pierce has a total of 16 singles titles to her credit winning an event every year from 1991-2000.

TV ONE will have coverage of the event.

Source: RNZ/ONE Sport Headlines


Thats terrific news if she does well it will really help kick off 2005 and her confidence in style.

Mark Spruce
Dec 22nd, 2004, 01:38 AM
wheeeeeeee thanks so much for the article. Where did you get it from.

Mark

Scotso
Dec 22nd, 2004, 04:40 AM
She's gonna tear it up.

MaryBigFan
Dec 22nd, 2004, 07:13 AM
Cool! Can't wait!

NicoMary
Dec 22nd, 2004, 01:06 PM
great news:hearts: :worship: :bounce: ...

but the problem is that mary is still injured...

she couldn't take part of a boxing match for fun with tatiana golovin..;
her shoulder is still painfulll..;
so this is not a really good news...:tape:

the good point is that mary has done a terrific road, really hard, with tatiana Golovin and Mauresmo and she was second just behind mauresmo....:worship:

Mark Spruce
Dec 22nd, 2004, 03:28 PM
I hope that she can sort the shoulder out soon

regards

mark

p.s GOD Please help our Mary out !!!!!

AK-DH Fan
Dec 22nd, 2004, 04:56 PM
Glad she's playing here. And yeah, I hope her shoulder us okay. When did she box Tati?

Mark Spruce
Dec 23rd, 2004, 01:20 AM
Yeah would love to know more about this boxing match ???

Mark

Piotrek
Dec 23rd, 2004, 01:07 PM
Good luck Mary in Auckland.

NicoMary
Dec 23rd, 2004, 04:15 PM
young french tennis player are also training with amélie, Mary and Tatinana..;and one of the exercices was a boxing match :eek: :worship: but not real ones just for fun...


they explained that boxing is a beat king of tennis...because in all cases the goal is to "destroy" your oponent

Mark Spruce
Dec 24th, 2004, 01:53 AM
Hi Nicolas,

Thanks for that. I wonder if the players would think of wearing a SUMO WRESTLING suit for fun. I have always fancied trying that.

Lets all wish Mary a HAPPY 2005 off and on court.

Mark

Wojtek
Dec 24th, 2004, 06:57 AM
Great news



Allez Mary

Mark Spruce
Dec 24th, 2004, 11:34 AM
Tennis: Pierce adds class to ASB Classic
http://media.apn.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/marypierce.JPGMary Pierce has some big scalps this year. Picture / Reuters
22.12.04
By David Leggat

Confirmation that two-time Grand Slam champion Mary Pierce will play next month’s international women’s tournament is a timely shot in the arm for the event.

The 29-year-old Pierce, who played in the ASB Classic last year, is expected to slot in as third seed for the US$140,000 ($196,000) tournament, starting on January 3.

The classic was short on pulling power, especially when set alongside the high quality Heineken Open men’s event starting the following week, and Pierce will be the star attraction.

She is fitter than on her previous visit to Auckland, when she reached the last 16. She has had an impressive list of scalps this year, in which she won her 16th WTA singles title, at s’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.

That was her first title since 2000, the year she won an emotional French Open, her second Grand Slam crown to sit alongside the Australian Open of 1995.

In Paris she became the first Frenchwoman to win at Roland Garros since Francoise Durr in 1967.

Pierce, who has pocketed more than US$7 million in a career in which her first WTA title was won at Palermo in 1991, has recovered from a late season shoulder injury. Had it not been for that layoff, she may have pushed her way into the world top 20.

As it is, Pierce is eyeing a concerted campaign next year to rejoin the world’s elite players and has been training at altitude in the United States in preparation for a big push in the New Year.

Classic tournament director Richard Palmer is delighted Pierce is back, not only from an on-court perspective but also remembering her willingness to make a contribution in the promotional elements of 2003’s event.

"She was brilliant, very amenable to doing the extra things," Palmer said last night. "She’s someone who has the ability to win at the top level and she’s beaten a lot of top players this year. We’re delighted to have Mary back."

Her scalps this year include Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova in the third round of the US Open, and world No 12 Russian Nadia Petrova and former world No 1 Venus Williams in successive rounds at the Olympic Games before losing to eventual winner Justine Henin-Hardenne in the quarter-finals.

Pierce’s presence also ensures the eight seeds are all inside the world top 50.

The field is headed by American Amy Frazier, world No 26, with young Serbian Jelena Jankovic, No 28, second followed by Pierce.

SpremPierceLover
Dec 26th, 2004, 11:26 PM
:rolleyes: Great :bounce: :lol: Mary is so nice, she should be in every tournament only for her stimulating appearance...(in all ways) !!!:hearts: :kiss:

Quote:
Originally Posted by shirgan
Mary Pierce will also participate

http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb...+Enters+Classic (http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb_bank_classic/shownews.php#Mary+Pierce+Enters+Classic)

Mark Spruce
Dec 27th, 2004, 01:08 AM
Thanks for the link.

regards

Mark
:rolleyes: Great :bounce: :lol: Mary is so nice, she should be in every tournament only for her stimulating appearance...(in all ways) !!!:hearts: :kiss:

Quote:
Originally Posted by shirgan
Mary Pierce will also participate

http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb...+Enters+Classic (http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb_bank_classic/shownews.php#Mary+Pierce+Enters+Classic)