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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 July 2006, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK
Tracy Austin on Wimbledon

Tracy Austin
By Tracy Austin
BBC Sport tennis pundit

Amelie Mauresmo can go on to win more Grand Slams now - she will have the confidence to do it because of the way she's done it at Wimbledon.

Amelie Mauresmo gets possessive with the trophy
The victory clearly meant a lot to Mauresmo

She's experienced that feeling of fighting for the last point, of fighting your opponent and of fighting your own nerves when serving for the match at 5-4.

And that has to be even sweeter than winning the Australian Open when Justine Henin-Hardenne withdrew with a stomach upset.

Mauresmo said she felt like a Grand Slam champion already, but this has to be more satisfying - you can't put a price on going to shake your opponent's hand after winning the last point.

I think Henin-Hardenne is the toughest competitor out there. She's like a bulldog and refuses to give away easy points, so all the more credit to Mauresmo.

When you win a Grand Slam, it's a little bit like a wedding. Everything happens so quickly and you want to try to savour every moment. I hope she can.

Mauresmo was very emotional when she won and the fans relate to that. It shows how much it meant to her.

She looked so natural at the net unlike a lot of the women players these days. Not only do most of them not have good technique, but they don't know where to place themselves on the court - Mauresmo makes all of that look easy.

Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne
Henin-Hardenne paid the price for a string of unforced errors

She's found a great coach in Loic Courteau and that seems to work really well. He's improved her serve, shortened her backswing and they've matured together.

Henin-Hardenne started the match superbly and Mauresmo had to find a way to change that momentum around in the second set.

I do think Henin-Hardenne left the door open a little bit with a few unforced errors at the start of the second set though.

But she will get more chances to win at Wimbledon and complete her career Grand Slam. She has the game to win on grass.

Tracy Austin was speaking to Sue Barker on BBC One's Wimbledon 2006 programme.

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Wimbledon final photos
08 Jul 06 |  Tennis


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