Mauresmo's playing better than Serena

Originally Published: November 13, 2004
By Pam Shriver | Special to
LOS ANGELES -- With No. 1 Lindsay Davenport missing out on qualifying for the semifinals, the No. 1 ranking is in Amelie Mauresmo's reach.

Today, we'll test how much she's feeling the pressure of going for No. 1. Mauresmo stays in the running for year-end No. 1 if she defeats Serena Williams in their semifinal.

Williams had a hard time in her match against Davenport on Saturday afternoon. It seemed as though Williams knew she just needed to win one set to qualify for the semifinals. She should play a better and a more complete match in the semifinals.

A top player on the women's tennis tour more than 15 years, Pam Shriver hosts ESPN's women's tennis telecasts. She also appears as a sideline reporter on select men's matches.