Murray Needs To Have Faith In Mauresmo

Martina Navratilova who is considered as one of the greatest tennis players of all time has said that the tuning between Andy Murray and his new coach Amelie Mauresmo would be good only if the former shows full faith in the abilities of the latter and gives her a lot of respect.

Murray has decided to work with Mauresmo for a short period of time first. After that, he would sit and assess her work and then, would make the call if he has to appoint her on a permanent basis or not.

In the past, there have not been too many instances of a male player appointing a female coach. So, it’s hard to predict if Murray-Mauresmo partnership is going to be successful or not, but, one thing is for sure that both these personalities are brilliant professionals and thus, would try to give it their best shot.

Mauresmo has already helped a couple of players work on the weak aspects of their game and those players were benefitted a lot from that. Marion Bartoli’s name is the one in that list. She had spent a bit of time with Mauresmo before the Wimbledon Championships last year and ended up winning it. So, the 34 year old Frenchwoman has a bit of a good reputation as coach.

Talking about the chances of Murray achieving success under the guidance of Mauresmo, Navratilova said, “That will happen only if Andy shows trust in Amelie and listens to her.”

“Also, you can’t look towards your coach for an answer for every bad thing that happens to you on the court. Andy had the tendency to do that some time back. But, with Ivan, he was completely different and he needs to be the same with Amelie as well.”

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Svetlana Kuznetsova suffers due to her injury in French Open 2014

Simona Halep clearly destroyed and exploited Svetlana Kuznetsova more so as she was suffering from a thigh injury. Coming to the quarter finals itself was an achievement for Kuznetsova due to her injury. It was her cyclist thigh that did not worked in her favor.

The match was delayed due to rain but Kuznetsova could not find her rhythm back on the court as Halep defeated her in one hour and nineteen minutes in straight sets. The score card read as 6-2, 6-2. Throughout the match Svetlana Kuznetsova looked shaky as she was having problems with her thigh and she even took a medical time out. Her thigh was strapped and it was the same part that is troubling her for past few months. She tried her level best to return the opponent’s serve fiercely but her own serve proved a disaster. To be able to complete and compete in a situation when one is injured requires lot of effort from her part. Practically it was just her one leg that was doing all the work as possible.

Her opponent proved stronger than her as she added injury to the already injured opponent by exploiting her. Kuznetsova lacked the aggression and speed of Halep. It was certainly not the best day for her. Kuznetsova won the French Open title 5 years back. She was also one of the favorites at Rolland Garros but like other top seeds she too fell like a pack of cards along with others. It is just that she should take chances in the upcoming grand slam but for that too she needs to address her injury and pay full attention in its healing procedure and come back strongly after the recovery into Wimbledon 2014.

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Nadal Defeats Djokovic For French Open

Rafael Nadal defeated the Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic in the final match at Roland Garros to win the French Open singles title for the 9th time in his career.

It’s a miraculous achievement for any player especially in such a competitive era of tennis.

Nadal hadn’t shown great form on clay courts coming into this tournament and thus, a lot of people believed that he might not be able to defend his crown yet again at Roland Garros, but, the Spaniard proved all of those people wrong as he almost steam rolled  over Novak Djokovic yesterday after losing the first set.

Speaking in the post match interview, Nadal said, “I had the strong desire to get better of him. I wanted this title badly. I was having a few problems, but, I was able to get through because of my mental strength.”

On the other hand, Djokovic was disappointed as hell after losing another opportunity to complete his career Grand Slam and becoming the first ranked player in the world. He even cried a little bit during the presentation ceremony which suggested how much he was hurting.

In the last few matches played between these two players, it was Djokovic who had been dominating and thus, there was a belief among the fans that he would push Nadal to the limits again, but, it wasn’t to be.

The Serb definitely looked a better player in the opening set, but, once, Nadal got himself going, it was all about him.  He didn’t let the match drift away thereafter.

The crowd also, unsurprisingly, was more in the favour of Nadal than Djokovic. With every point that the reigning champion was winning, a loud cheer was coming off.

The heat might also be a factor behind the defeat of Djokovic who clearly seemed to be struggling in the decider, but, the credit can’t be taken away from Nadal who was simply sensational on the day.

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