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Mauresmo hopes to avoid return to bad old days

Amelie Mauresmo hopes her heart-breaking Wimbledon exit will not signal a return to the old days of demoralising self-doubt.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2007 18:52 IST

Amelie Mauresmo is desperately hoping her heart-breaking Wimbledon exit will not signal a return to the bad old days of demoralising self-doubt.

The reiging champion was knocked out of this year's championship in the fourth round by Czech teenager Nicola Vaidisova on Tuesday, a result which followed a fourth round exit at the Australian Open, where she was also defending champion, and a third round defeat at Roland Garros.

The 27-year-old had also missed two months of the season to recover from an appendix operation.

"You never know how you are going to improve, how you are going to get the confidence back," said the world number four.

"It's always few details, a few shots here and there and then the confidence can get back. Unfortunately it was not the case today.

Sometimes it can go quickly.

"But it's not happening to me right now."

Mauresmo, who lost 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 6-1 to the 14th seeded Vaidiosva, was dogged by errors, sending down 13 double faults.

Such a hit-and-miss experience has been typical of 2007 for the former world number one, a year which has seen her win just one tournment.

"After this match it's tough to say I made progress," she said.

"But the overall grass court season (she was runner-up in Eastbourne to Justine Henin) and here was a little bit better than the clay, that's for sure.

"But considering today's match, it's tough to stay on the positive side."

Vaidisova will be playing her first All England Club quarter-final where she will face Serbian sixth seed Ana Ivanovic while Mauresmo plans for the hard court season in the United States.

The Frenchwoman was brutal in her assessment of her Centre Court defeat, a match interrupted three times by rain and spread over four hours.

"Everything went wrong, it was a shitty match," admitted Mauresmo.

"My serve wasn't working well and I had some ups and downs throughout the first week. That showed more today because I was playing a better opponent."

"I have been struggling to get my confidence back - that's an explanation towards the tennis I produced today. I'm disappointed to lose but especially with the way I wasn't able to play, that was even more frustrating."

Vaidisova recovered from 3-5 down in the first set and saved three set points in the tiebreak before she wrapped up the 64-minute opener.

The 18-year-old Czech is getting used to fighting back against the Frenchwoman having won their quarter-final clash in Moscow last year in three sets having trailed 6-1, 5-2 at one stage.

"I have great respect for Amelie but when you are on the court, you try not to think about who is standing on the other side of the net," said the teenager.

Tuesday's opening set was a nervy affair featuring six breaks of serve and the now routine rain suspension which came with Mauresmo 4-2 ahead.

There was even a comic turn at the start of the second set when experienced umpire Kim Craven temporarily forgot whose turn it was to serve.

The second set suffered two more rain interruptions before Mauresmo, who had broken to lead 3-2, served it out in the 10th game to level the fourth round encounter.

Vaidisova, showing greater variety in her game, grabbed a break in the second game of the decider on her way to a 3-0 lead and had a point to go 4-0 on the back of a 12th double fault from the champion.

Mauresmo rescued the situation but was broken again in the sixth game through a 13th double fault.

She received a warning for ball abuse in the seventh game before the blonde Czech claimed victory when her opponent netted a forehand after 2hr 19min on Centre Court encounter spread over four, rain-hit hours.

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