Tennis-Mauresmo confident of shaking off thigh injury

LONDON, June 13 Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:54pm BST

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LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo expressed confidence on Wednesday that she will make a full recovery from the thigh injury which hampered her French Open challenge in time to defend her title.

The French world number four, who lost to Czech Lucie Safarova in the third round at Roland Garros, said she was still undecided about playing in Eastbourne next week.

She has less than a fortnight to get back to full fitness in time for the only grasscourt grand slam.

"It's better, I had some trouble during the French Open but I hit the ball for the first time yesterday since then at the British Embassy in Paris, the only grass court in France," she told reporters at a clothing launch on top of a multi-storey car park near Wembley Stadium.

"I had the usual treatment, there was a little tear so we had to make sure it went away and not start playing too early and make it worse. It's not there yet, I still need a few days to get confidence back in my movement."

Mauresmo claimed the second grand slam title of her career at Wimbledon last year, beating Belgian Justine Henin in the final after winning the 2006 Australian Open when Henin retired in the final.

However, this year has been a difficult one for the 29-year-old who missed two months of the year with acute appendicitis. However, despite the injury in Paris she said missing Wimbledon had not crossed her mind.

"I knew I had three weeks between my last match at the French and Wimbledon so there was no way I was not going to be there," she said.

"I'm looking forward to having some more matches, maybe at Eastbourne next week but, if I'm not ready, definitely at Wimbledon.

"It's been a tough year, but I'm looking forward to a better second part of the year."

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