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I'm a proven winner now, says Mauresmo

The second Grand Slam of the season is about to witness a different Mauresmo, buoyed by recent victories.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 12:06 IST

Until now, treatment by a dentist without anesthetic would have held more appeal for Amelie Mauresmo than a stroll onto Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros.

The French Open has been a cruel testing ground for the world number one, no harsher than 2005 when she entered the tournament as one of the favourites only to crumble in the third round at the hands of Ana Ivanovic.

But 12 months on, the second Grand Slam of the season is about to witness a very different Mauresmo, buoyed by victories in the end-of-season championships in Los Angeles, a victory crowned by her Australian Open-winning breakthrough.

"What I acheived in Los Angeles and in Melbourne made me get my goals," said the 25-year-old.

"Since then, I take things differently on the court and also off it. I feel as if I am relieved a bit with my tennis and hopefully that will help me in this tournament which has always been difficult for me."

The triumph in Australia in January has had a drastic, soothing effect on the once brittle psyche of the Frenchwoman.

She is happy to spend more time chatting to the public and even put herself in the firing line by giving an interview to a French psychology magazine.

"I'm more relaxed and easy going and the requests for interviews interested me," she explained.

"I felt like sharing and entering into details of my mental process. It's not often that we have the opportunity of doing that kind of interview."

"I was able to put into words some feelings that were not defined in me. It was a good experience," she said.

First Published: May 27, 2006 12:06 IST