Amélie has something to Celebrate...

© PANORAMIC Amélie has something to Celebrate...
Mélanie PONTET
Wednesday 04 Febuary 2009 at 18h08
Amélie Mauresmo has two things to celebrate in 2009: her thirtieth birthday and her tenth consecutive showing at the Open GDF SUEZ.  Who's to say this former world number 1 wouldn't use the festive occasion to win her third title in Coubertin ?  

She has gotten used to this annual February meeting and has grown especially fond of it.  This year, Amélie Mauresmo will once again be there delighting the Parisian fans.  A third Coubertin crown after her wins in 2001 and 2006 wouldn't be a bad birthday present either. In her tenth consecutive appearance here, Amélie will be hoping her candles won't be blown out until late in the week. In fact, seeing her in the final should come as no surprise.

The Team GDF SUEZ player has partnered with Hugo Lecoq this season.  It looks like she's gotten over the injuries that ruined much of the 2008 season.  More importantly, the former world number one is hungry and motivated, and has recaptured the game and technique that shot her to the top of women's tennis in 2006.  With a more imposing return game, the Frenchwoman made it to the semifinals in Brisbane and then fell to Bellorussia's Azarenka in the third round of the Australian Open.  Amélie is determined to make her thirtieth year one of surprises.  Could her fetish tournament in Coubertin be the place to start ?

As she approaches the thirty year-old mark, Amélie Mauresmo is set to play in her tenth consecutive Open GDF SUEZ in 2009.  And the former world number one could very well use the festive occasion to take the Coubertin crown for a third time.

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