TENNIS | FRENCH OPEN

This Breakthrough Effort Was about Dropping 10 Games in Six Matches…

… And 12 in the seventh and decisive encounter.

Vickey Maverick.
SportsRaid
Published in
5 min readJun 7, 2024

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Mary Pierce [Photograph: Bill Mitchell — Wikimedia Commons]

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that, in the final analysis, Mary Pierce had an underwhelming career. The Frenchwoman never quite entirely justified her immense potential and ended up underachieving to a considerable extent. That being said, even though her career lacked consistency, there were intermittent moments when Pierce impressed with high-quality performances, befitting her talent.

If there’s one tournament where the Montreal-born was the most consistent, it would have to be the French Open. It was at Roland Garros, where Pierce had her best match record (44–14). It was in the French capital where she not only had her best win percentage (76) in a major tournament, but also the best in any big-ticket competition that she featured in on at least 10 occasions during the course of her career.

Three of Pierce’s six appearances in a Grand Slam final came at the French Open. As such, it comes across as anything but a surprise that Roland Garros was also the stage for the Canada-born Frenchwoman’s breakthrough effort. The same included a series of impressive performances that didn’t quite have a desired ending.

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Vickey Maverick.
SportsRaid

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