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tennisIlove09
May 21st, 2005, 11:47 PM
Mauresmo aims for maiden Slam at French OpenMay 21, 2005



PARIS (Ticker) - World No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/166/) believes she has what it takes to win the French Open title on home soil.

Mauresmo, who beat Switzerland's Patty Schnyder (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/92/) to win the Rome Master Series event last weekend, is seen as the likeliest Frenchwoman to lift the trophy since Mary Pierce (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/160/) did in 2000.

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The late withdrawal of fourth-seeded American Serena Williams (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/134/) because of a recurrent ankle injury could boost her chances to win the tournament this year, although second seed and Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/403/) will be hoping for a good run as she looks to try and prise the world No. 1 spot away from American Lindsay Davenport (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/93/).

Defending champion Anastasia Myskina (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/101/) also will be eager to retain her crown despite winning only one tournament since last year's French Open trophy.

But Mauresmo, who regularly has suffered from the pressure in the French capital, insists she has never felt better mentally and physically ahead of the French Open.

"My game in Rome was very aggressive and attacking," said Mauresmo, who is being motivated by 1983 French Open winner Yannick Noah and regular coach Loic Courteau. "My objective is Roland Garros is to play the right way, that's simple. Tactically I know how to play tennis on clay, I've proved it many times.

"The mentality and spirit I had before the Rome event could well suit me in Roland Garros, too. My preparation this year has been slightly different, although - like last year - I come to Paris with the Rome title in the bag."

Courteau was absent in Rome and Mauresmo believes the fact she managed to win the trophy on her own has helped her reach another mental level, which will be precious in Paris.

"I was not expecting it (the Rome title) but it turned out very important for me because I managed to cope with everything on my own," she said. "It was good to take more responsibilities and make my own choices.

"I know it's possible for me to win the tournament - I am part of the best players in the world. But playing my game is the priority and then I will see where this takes me."

Mauresmo is convinced competition once again will be fierce on the French red clay with the likes of Belgian talent Justine Henin-Hardenne (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/319/), the 2003 champion who won three claycourt events this season, or Sharapova posing threats. "Justine was not in Rome but she's been playing extremely well on clay this year," Mauresmo said. "Patty Schnyder has also showed her potential, not to mention Kim (Clijsters), although I don't know what she's going to do with her knee. "The Russians will be present there, with especially Sharapova, who is aiming at dethroning Davenport. The tournament, I believe, is more open than ever."

skanky~skanketta
May 21st, 2005, 11:50 PM
i wish her well. but i think she'll crumble under the pressure. but hopefully, she'll crumble under justine's great play instead.:devil:

nah, j/k.

personally i feel that she should aim for Wimbledon or the AO, cuz she has better chances there, but if she feels confident, good for her!if she wins, all the burdens she's been carrying will dissapear and she could just be the next best thing.

ezekiel
May 21st, 2005, 11:59 PM
she is a choker and she knows the feeling :devil: