Sunday, January 21, 2007

Au Revoir, Amelie

Though Amelie Mauresmo was a superb 22-2 in majors last year, the Frenchwoman couldn't keep her much-anticipated title defense alive on Sunday against up-and-comer Lucie Safarova. The teen dominated Mauresmo in their 6-4, 6-3 affair on Rod Laver arena, vaulting the 70th-ranked Safarova into the quarters.

And for Mauresmo, it's good bye and good luck. Her next stab at a major? The French, in May. I feel as though the demons she seemed so sure to be rid of last year may be creeping back in: her usual delirious performance in Paris and another pressure-filled title defense in London.

Can the girl find her game again?

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