Saturday, December 5, 2009

Goodbye Amelie

Women's Tennis was poorer by a beautiful player today, Amelie Mauresmo, when she announced her retirement.
Of course tennis followers had been expecting this one way or the other. Either she would revamp and declare to the world she is ready to work hard again or accept that yes it is becoming tougher and retire gracefully.

For a long time Amelie was considered a choker, you could defeat her from any point in the match, you could expect her to collapse at any point in time, a trap of her own making, but finally in the year of 2006 and at the age 26 she convincingly conquered her demons when she beat Justine Henin at Wimbledon, her 2nd major title. She will always be an inspiration to me!

Although after 2006 she never really won any significant title, she was always a beauty to watch. In an era where power and baseline bashing rule, her's was a game made up of all this and complemented by a beautiful one handed backhand, classy volleys and rare athleticism.
Thanks Amelie we will miss you!

Here is a very nice article written by Perotta, sums up her career and legacy