Tennis: Mauresmo maintains strong form

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The Australian Open finalist Amelie Mauresmo reached her second consecutive WTA Tour final when she beat Belgium's Dominique Van Roost 6-0 7-6 in the Paris Open. It follows her impressive victory over the world No 1, Martina Hingis, in Friday's quarter-finals. The sixth-seeded Frenchwoman won the first eight games before her third-seeded opponent reacted. Van Roost forced a second set tie-break but handed Mauresmo victory at 7-5 when she netted a forehand. She will face Serena Williams in today's final, after the American beat Nathalie Dechy of France, 6-1 6-4 in the other semi. Mauresmo said: "I have beaten two No 1 players this year and that can only build confidence. The first set today was one of the best I have ever played." The Belgian said Mauresmo benefited from the home support. "I was a bit nervous because of the crowd," van Roost said. "I didn't handle it very well. As I speak French I understood everything." Mauresmo is expecting a tough final. She said: "Serena is like a bulldozer. She goes for a winner with every shot."

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