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Mauresmo set to defend Wimbledon

The defending champion who injured her groin at the French Open, says she is healthy and ready.

sports Updated: Jun 22, 2007 18:57 IST

Amelie Mauresmo is healthy and ready to defend her Wimbledon title.

The fourth-ranked Frenchwoman, who injured her groin and lost in the third round at the French Open, said on Tuesday that she is feeling better.

"I had some trouble recovering from the injury I got in Paris, but I'm feeling much better now and really looking forward to playing some matches on grass," Mauresmo said at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Eastbourne.

"I did not touch the racket for about 10 days and I only started to play again a week ago."

Mauresmo, who beat top-ranked Justine Henin in 2006 final at Wimbledon, said she considered pulling out of the Grand Slam tournament last year after losing in the first round at Eastbourne.

"I remember last year after I lost here in Eastbourne how I was mentally," Mauresmo said. "I almost thought there's no point for me to go to Wimbledon if I play this way, so I'm feeling much better now."

Ahead of this year's tournament at the All England Club, which starts Monday, Mauresmo is trying to follow the same routine.

"We have got the same house," Mauresmo said. "When you have good feelings in some places you want to find them again.

First Published: Jun 20, 2007 14:31 IST