Mauresmo Chokes, Henin Slides By at French Open

Posted on May 29, 2005

French hope Amelie Mauresmo endured another heart-wrenching choke Saturday at the French Open, losing to a player she had beaten three times already this year, 17-year-old Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Serving at 4-5 in the third, Mauresmo immediately went down 0-40 and capped the occasion with a double fault on match point.

"I had a lot of pressure," Mauresmo said. "She had a lot of power. She put a lot of power into her shots...I think that I'm doing quite well. I'm doing things at my own pace. This defeat, compared to previous defeats, previous defeats have been much more frustrating."

Other seeded winners Saturday were world No. 1 threat (2) Maria Sharapova (d. Chakvetadze), (6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. Irvin 6-0 in the third), (7) Nadia Petrova (d. Peer), (10) Justinne Henin-Hardenne (d. Medina Garrigues after dropping the first), (12) Elena Bovina (d. (17) Golovin), and (22) Francesca Schiavone (d. Groenefeld).

"I think she was playing good and I was a little bit surprised by the way she was playing," said Henin-Hardenne, who fell behind 0-5 in the first set against the Spaniard. "I just needed a little bit of time to get used to the rhythm of the match and also to the heat and everything."

In another upset, Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives ousted (13) Nathalie Dechy, while Swiss Emmanuelle Gagliardi came from a set down to defeat Emilie Loit in an all-unseeded.

On court Sunday are (8) Schnyder vs. (21) Pierce, (6) Kuznetsova vs. (10) Henin-Hardenne, (1) Davenport vs. (14) Clijsters, (2) Sharapova vs. Llagostera Vives, Karatantcheva vs. Gagliardi, (4) Dementieva vs. (16) Likhovtseva in an all-Russian, (7) Petrova vs. (12) Bovina in an all-Russian, and (22) Schiavone vs. (29) Ivanovic.