Mauresmo's Next Move
It's amazing how quickly one can go from being the biggest story to barely being mentioned. In 2006, Amelie Mauresmo really silenced the naysayers and buoyed her supporters with her Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Mauresmo started off her 2007 Grand Slam campaign by playing poorly in losing to the hard-hitting left-hander, Lucie Safarova at the Australian Open. However, you have to give Mauresmo credit for going out to play her delayed first round doubles match barely two hours after her frustrating singles loss. Many top players would have withdrawn. Unfortunately, Mauresmo also didn't play very well in the doubles including missing an easy volley to lose the match. An uncharacteristically angry Mauresmo blasted a ball out of Margaret Court Arena before shaking hands with the winners. With Serena back in form, Sharapova gunning for another Grand Slam, Henin on tour again and Clijsters playing for a fairy tale ending, Mauresmo faces stiff competition later this year at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. After her less than dazzling performance at the 2007 Australian Open, Mauresmo’s play at the rest of the 2007 Grand Slams will be even more telling about where her career is headed.