| LONDON, June 13
LONDON, June 13 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
"It's been a tough year, but I'm looking forward to a better
second part of the year."