2009, Amelie wins to save France
Daniela Hantuchova's who defeated in 3 sets Alize Cornet
yesterday, was playing and servinf really well today but
Amelie Amelie Mauresmo
was ready for Daniela today.
In the first set
everything was pretty even on both side then Amelie find
a way to break Daniela's serve.
Then won the first
The third set Amelie
was doing well bringing them brought it to 5-2.
Then Daniela was
serving 0 - 30 came back to hold her sever to make it 5-3
forcing Amelie to serve for the match.
It was a dessaster
lost the game
Now all the pressure
on Daniela to briong it to a third set thrn Amelie got a
3 match points then Daniela brought it to 40-30 them
struck another blow
for experience over youth in Limoges on Saturday
afternoon, scoring her first-ever win over Dominika Cibulkova in a match that also went the distance. The
two Fed Cup veterans are, of course, on opposing sides,
which leaves France and the
evenly poised at 1-1 after the first day of their World
charts the right course
Hantuchova put her
side ahead with a dramatic come-from-behind win, grafted
over the course of 2 hours 50 minutes on the clay of the
Palais Des Sports Beaublanc, 67(2) 63 64. In defeating
Cornet, the 26-year-old defied both the rankings
19-year-old Cornet currently sits at No. 15, while the
Slovak is down at No.40 and also the pairs
head-to-head, which stood at 3-2.
And for a while at least, Cornet seemed on course to
maintain her advantage, and notch that elusive first Fed
Cup win. First to admit that the pressure of the occasion
had been a factor in her previous competition losses,
there were no signs of nerves as she broke Hantuchova
twice for 3-0 in the first set. If anything, it was the
26-year-old Slovak who appeared tense.
But the match became competitive when Hantuchova produced
a string of forehand winners to win four games straight,
to move 4-3 on serve. Cornet wasnt able to hold
onto a break at 6-5, but she steadied to take the ensuing
tie-break decisively, for the loss of just two points.
The statistics were telling: Hantuchova had struck 22
winners to Cornets eight, but the good work had
been cancelled out by 21 unforced errors, against six
from Cornets racquet. And the trend continued into
the second set, until the cracks started to show in
delivers the goods
At 3-1 in the second
set, Cornet appeared on course for a morale-boosting win.
However, a loose service game put the scoreline at 3-2
instead of 4-1, and the complexion of the match changed
as Hantuchova surged to make it a set apiece.
Once an exchange of breaks was done with early in the
third, Hantuchovas superior all-court play proved
an asset as she secured the crucial break. Cornet managed
to save match points at 2-5, and retrieve the break, but
after temporarily losing her focus over a line call,
Hantuchova secured the victory in the 10th game.
I dont know why, maybe I was a bit nervous
because I saw the end of the match, because at 3-1 on
serve I knew that was the time to play even better and
get to 4-1, Cornet said. But Daniela started
to make fewer mistakes, and physically it got a bit
tough. I tried to be present at the start of the third
set, but it became a real battle.
Comparing the win to her victory over Conchita Martinez
in the 2002 Fed Cup final, Hantuchova was clearly
relieved. Even after I lost the first set I felt I
was doing the right things, and that it was a matter of
time for things to turn around, she said. I
knew that playing at home was putting her under a little
more pressure. Im just extremely happy because I
gave it everything I put my heart into it because
I was playing for my country.
was a particular blow to the hosts, because on paper at
least, the second singles rubber between 19-year-old
Cibulkova and 29-year-old Mauresmo should also have gone
the Slovaks way. Although not much separates them
in the rankings at no.17 and no.21 respectively,
Cibulkova beat the two-time Grand Slam champion all three
times they played last year. Ahead of the tie, the
19-year-old was justifiably confident she had the measure
of the former world no.1.
But after clinching the first set 6-4, Cibulkova, who has
been under a hip injury cloud, began to fade. I
lost my rhythm early in the second set, she said.
My injury wasnt hurting, but I was a little
tired, and maybe got into a little bit of a panic. And at
that point Amelie started to play really well.
That was all the encouragement Mauresmo needed, as the
Frenchwoman gained in authority for a 46 62 63 win.
She started really well, taking the ball early and
playing aggressively, but I think it was tough for her to
keep it up, she said. I was able to take
control in the second and third sets. I think I served
well, which was a factor because although the court is
clay its pretty fast, so you can do a lot off the
Of the task ahead, Mauresmo added: Alize is
learning about Fed Cup the hard way but she showed today
she is close. She was in control and didnt quite
finish it. In these situations you cant relax and
wait for your opponent to give you the match. Im
sure well all talk tonight.
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