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One or two big wins.According to Courteau, that's what Amelie Mauresmo needs to get back on track following a disastrous 2007 season. Unburdened after winning her first two Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the graceful Mauresmo was supposed to carry that momentum over. It didn't happen. She underwent an emergency appendectomy almost exactly a year ago, was depressed for weeks postsurgery, then missed the U.S. Open with an adductor strain, and was also struggling with motivation. Mauresmo finished the campaign outside the top 10 (No. 18) for the first time since 2000. "After this operation, I know it was bad for her, but she just needs one or two big victories to get the confidence back,'' Loic Courteau said. So far in 2008, Mauresmo, 28, has made three quarterfinals in six tournaments, playing well sporadically -- she took doubles partner and current world No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova to a second-set tiebreak in Dubai last month and stretched No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze to three sets in Paris in February. A week before the Kuznetsova match, though, Mauresmo, who entered Miami ranked 24th, pondered quitting after losing to Thai qualifier Tamarine Tanasugarn in Doha, Qatar.
-- Ravi Ubha