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Jan 5th, 2002, 09:42 AM
From Sydney Morning Herald:

Mauresmo sets her sights on No1
by Ben Wyld

Yesterday Amelie Mauresmo planned an early morning trek to Bondi Beach to watch the sunrise across the Pacific Ocean. It's an apt metaphor for the 22-year-old Frenchwoman, who declared she wants to rise to the top of women's tennis and finish 2002 with her first grand slam win.

"I want to be No 1, it's very tough to say to yourself you want to be No 1 but now I can say it," she said.

Next week, world No 9 Mauresmo returns to the scene of her most significant tournament win, the 2000 adidas International, where she defeated three of the world's top five ranked players, including consecutive wins over Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport.

"It was a huge tournament for me," she said. "I wasn't expecting it at all ... it proved to me I was able to play at a top level."

Mauresmo backed up that performance with an upset win over Monica Seles in Sydney last year, on her way to the semi-final which she had to default due to a back injury.

Her game is unique to the women's tour. Not just for that one-handed backhand, but an aggressive all-round game that combines power with a variety of spin to take the ball out of her opponent's strike-zone.

"My versatility is a huge weapon for me," Mauresmo said. "The other girls hit with a lot of power, of course, but there's not a lot of variety in the game.

"I think when I'm able to mix it up, hitting balls at different heights, I can be successful. I'm trying to use it as much as I can."

Mauresmo stands out in this year's field, which is dominated by power hitters and boasts six of the top 10 women in the world and three other past champions.

In the absence of world No 1 Lindsay Davenport, who withdrew from the tournament yesterday with a knee injury, fellow American Jennifer Capriati, the 1993 NSW Open champion, returns to Sydney anxious to recapture the form that carried her to victories at the Australian and French opens last year.

After briefly claiming the No 1 ranking, Capriati laboured to three wins against two losses to close the season.

Defending champion Martina Hingis is making a comeback from an ankle injury and unless the former world No 1 unveils a different strategy to counter stronger-hitting opponents, her tournament drought, which extends back to February last year, is likely to continue.

Serena Williams, and Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, are each capable of posting a tournament win, while 1998 champion Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario has shown good early-season form at the Hopman Cup.

Wildcard entrant Anna Kournikova comes to Sydney still without a tournament win following her semi-final defeat in Auckland yesterday

Jan 5th, 2002, 06:45 PM

Hey Kuilli, you forgot the photo! Thanks for posting this in here :)

Jan 5th, 2002, 06:49 PM
I think she can do it :bounce: She only needs more constancy in her game.

Jan 7th, 2002, 07:09 AM

From L'Equipe T.V. :)

Jan 7th, 2002, 02:18 PM
Thanks Lapin! :)

Here is another article about Momo:


Refreshed Mauresmo primed for Open

SEVEN months after the trauma of her French Open first-round disaster, Amelie Mauresmo has poked her head above the parapet and declared herself an Australian Open title chance.

Mauresmo admitted after her winning start to the adidas International in Sydney that the past six months of her 2001 campaign crumbled under the pain and embarrassment of her first-round loss in Paris to German Jana Kandarr.
Mauresmo, a sensitive and deep-thinking soul, was devastated at how she had built up French hopes with a binge of four titles in five lead-up events and how they greeted her defeat with loud disapproval.

Mauresmo, ranked ninth from her June high-water mark of No. 5, likes where she is sitting in Australian Open calculations - in the wings as the centre-stage spotlight fixes on the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati and the injury query hanging over Lindsay Davenport.

It's just how she enjoyed the 1999 summer, when she stunned women's tennis with her powerhouse displays to win the Sydney title and upend Davenport on the way to an Australian Open final defeat by Martina Hingis.

"My goal is to win the Australian Open," said Mauresmo, after saving two second-set points to put away rising Czech teenager Daja Bedanova 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

"I've had a good rest and good preparation. I know what I have to do, which wasn't the case two or three years ago," she said.

Mauresmo took a mysterious withdrawal from the Eastbourne tournament, citing exhaustion, cleaned out her locker after three rounds at Wimbledon and withdrew from two more subsequent events as her season petered out without a post-Paris finish better than the quarter-finals.

"I probably let things come to my mind (after the French Open), being out of the tournament in the first round," said Mauresmo, 22. "You can be disappointed, but you have to keep working, which I maybe didn't do enough in the second half of the year."

Mauresmo's win came in one of only two main-draw matches played yesterday.

The other involved two Gold Coast quarter-finalists from last week, with Slovenia's Tina Pisnik grabbing a 6-2 6-3 win over Japan's Ai Sugiyama.

Mauresmo will discover her second-round opponent when Adelaide wildcard Jaslyn Hewitt, the 18-year-old sister of Lleyton Hewitt, makes her WTA Tour debut against the cagey South African Amanda Coetzer.

Jan 7th, 2002, 02:25 PM
And another picture from Daily Telegraph:


Jan 7th, 2002, 08:00 PM
Thanks Kuilli! I love how positive she sounds! :)

Amelie's second round opponent is Amanda Coetzer, but I don't think she is scheduled to play until Tuesday.

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Feb 5th, 2002, 07:37 PM
You can do it Momo!
We beleive in you!!!

Feb 5th, 2002, 09:59 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:


Come on Mo, you can do it!

Feb 6th, 2002, 07:28 PM
:bounce: She can do it :bounce:

Feb 23rd, 2002, 02:49 AM
Dont kid ureselves She cant and she wont.

Feb 23rd, 2002, 08:28 AM
Who pulled your chain? :mad:

Why would you want to come into a positive thread filled with people who are minding their own business and not bothering you at all -- people who have never done anything to you -- and make a negative, smartass comment like that? :fiery:

I hate Hingis more than any player on tour, and think it will be a cold day in hell before she's ever #1 in the world again, but I don't feel the need to go into the Hingis threads and put down her fans who think she will regain the #1 ranking! Everyone has hope for their favorite player, and there's nothing wrong with that!

Bottom line... None of us Momo fans go into Hingis threads and try to start trouble! We stick to ourselves and mind our own business! And I'd very much appreciate it if you would do the same, and stay out of our threads with your pissy attitude! :fiery:

Feb 23rd, 2002, 09:12 AM
I bet he's just pissed off 'cause of this....



Feb 23rd, 2002, 09:29 AM
ROFLMAO!! http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/rotfl.gif

That could be it! LOL http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/lol.gif

Feb 23rd, 2002, 10:23 AM
http://www.freakygamers.com/smilies/s2/contrib/dday/yes.gif ;)