Amelie Mauresmo of France played in her first tournament as a HEAD player at the Open Gaz de France. Mauresmo beat Nathalie Dechy and Anna Chakvetaze to reach the semifinals of the tournament with her HEAD Flexpoint Radical MP. In the semifinal Mauresmo had a 2 hours and 42 minutes battle against her Russian opponent Nadja Petrova before she was finally defeated 5-7 6-4 7-6(7).
Mauresmo, ranked world No. 3 has won 23 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles, including the 2006 Australian Open. She is a member of the French Fed Cup Team and competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics as a member of the French Olympic Team.
Meanwhile, at the Pattaya Open in Thailand, HEAD player Sania Mirza fought through to the semifinals, defeating Italy's Mara Santangelo 6-4, 7-6. Originally from Mumbai, India, Mirza is the first ever Indian to break into the top-50 WTA rankings. She also became the first Indian woman to win a WTA tournament when she won the Hyderabad Open trophy in February 2005. With her at every step of the way was her HEAD Flexpoint Instinct.
Flexpoint is a racquet technology that offers players of all levels power in control. Two precisely engineered control holes located at the three o’clock and nine o’clock positions of the frame are cradled within dimples to create flexibility by reducing beam height.