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In-love Mauresmo spells trouble for Williams




PARIS (AFP) - Serena and Venus Williams know they had better watch out for Amelie Mauresmo when the French Open draw is made.

The 23-year-old Frenchwoman has beaten both the Williams' sisters in the last month and puts her new-found form down to her love life.

Mauresmo says she struggled to cope with the media storm she created when she admitted at the Australian Open in 1999 she was homosexual.

And last year a serious knee ligament injury almost forced her out of the game.

Now she is fit and healthy and ready for a fresh assault on the Roland Garros clay courts which she has rarely mastered.

"I'm in love," she told Paris Match magazine. "I've been lucky to meet Pascale who's made me feel strong and beautiful. For someone like me who is never stable it's made me serene."

Maursemo's 1999 Australian Open semi-final win over Lindsay Davenport was only the seventh time an unseeded player had upset a Grand Slam No. 1 seed.

Her broad shoulders made her the butt of players' jokes at Melbourne in 1999 but the then 19-year-old handled the situation admirably and has no regrets about coming out.

"I'm very proud to have revealed my homosexuality. If that helps others in my situation, it's great," she said.

"I'm more sure of myself now."

Last week she fought back from a set down to beat Serena Williams for the first time in six matches at the Italia Masters final in Rome after beating former world No 1 Jennifer Capriati in the second round.

Williams' only other loss this year came against Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final of a tournament in Charleston, South Carolina last month.

Mauresmo has been plagued by injuries over the last few years and was sidelined for four months with a knee injury at the end of last year.

Her first tournament of the year was in February when she lost to Serena Williams in the Paris Open final.

A drained Mauresmo lost the Rome final to Kim Clijsters and that win enabled the Belgian to stay No 2 in the world, ahead of Venus, which should force the Williams' sisters into the same half of the draw for Roland Garros.

"I'm trying not to put any pressure on myself this year," said Mauresmo who has never got beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros.

"But I believe I have a way of beating the Williams."
 

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The 23-year-old Frenchwoman has beaten both the Williams' sisters in the last month and puts her new-found form down to her love life.
I stopped reading right there, b/c they are giving wrong info - venus retired with injury and was not beaten by amelie.
 

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"But I believe I have a way of beating the Williams."

I do admire Amelie, but I think that she can be bold with her words. She may have had wins over Venus and Serena this season, but to say that she has a way of beating the Williams?! She needs to do it more than once and more consistently to make such statements. Right now, with the H2Hs the way they stand...I'd say that she's still far behind "beating" the Williams.
 

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eta psi said:
I stopped reading right there, b/c they are giving wrong info - venus retired with injury and was not beaten by amelie.
Such ignorant. :eek:
 

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Maursemo's 1999 Australian Open semi-final win over Lindsay Davenport was only the seventh time an unseeded player had upset a Grand Slam No. 1 seed.
OMG I witnessed at least another one, the Qualifier Dokic at 1999 Wimbledon. :eek:
 

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"But I believe I have a way of beating the Williams."

I do admire Amelie, but I think that she can be bold with her words. She may have had wins over Venus and Serena this season, but to say that she has a way of beating the Williams?! She needs to do it more than once and more consistently to make such statements. Right now, with the H2Hs the way they stand...I'd say that she's still far behind "beating" the Williams.
:worship:
 

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Isn't Pascale a boys name?
 

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Pascale is a man????
Yay Amelie ;)
 

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Pascal is a boys name, Pascale is for girls. It's pronounced the same way though.
 

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Beggin' Beguine said:
Pascal is a boys name, Pascale is for girls. It's pronounced the same way though.
R U Sure :eek: :eek: :eek:
 

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Indeed there are misstatements in this article! It wasn't a knee ligament injury, it was a knee cartilege injury ;)
 

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Once and if she starts beating them on hard-courts and grass, then she can say she knows how to beat them. Both victories over Venus and Serena came on clay. Will see how she makes out this summer. I believe she can trouble them, especially Venus, but she needs to bring the results, and them will see.
 

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vs1 said:
"But I believe I have a way of beating the Williams."

I do admire Amelie, but I think that she can be bold with her words. She may have had wins over Venus and Serena this season, but to say that she has a way of beating the Williams?! She needs to do it more than once and more consistently to make such statements. Right now, with the H2Hs the way they stand...I'd say that she's still far behind "beating" the Williams.
personally i think she can make that statement, but she will have to back it up saying as in the next time they play. but also you could argue it, her plan must be to get her to a third set, and at 3-3 win the next three games like she said she could. but also she will have the image in the first set, where serena killed her, didn't even let ameile play her game, and only winning 4 points all together in that set. that tells Amelie if Serena plays like this, she has no chance in hell. Also for Lindsay Davenport. But over and over again, what gets me the most (and only b/c fans always overlook these comments and act like they've never been said) Amelie says she just had to hope serena let up, make errors, then she knew she had a chance. Similar thing said by Lindsay D, Kim has said it against Venus and Serena. Is it clear? you can only beat a williams unless they are off? Damn that says somethin about your game vs. theirs doesn't it :)
 
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