Double Grand Slam champion Mary Pierce says she craves a return to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, despite having been away from competitive tennis for nearly three years.
“I feel like I’m hitting it as well as ever” says Pierce.
The Montreal-born Frenchwoman, known for her hard-hitting and the glamour she brought to the court, was last seen smacking tennis balls on the tour at an event in Linz, Austria, in October 2006, when she damaged the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee midway through a second round match with Russian Vera Zvonareva.
Despite nearly 36 months away from the sharp end of the game following ACL surgery, Pierce, now 34, said this week that she reckons her professional days might not be over.
“Playing professionally is something I still want to do and something that I think I still can do,” Pierce told Nickstennispicks.com. “I just love competing at the highest level.”
Following the operation, the blonde right-hander suffered rare surgical reaction-caused setbacks, but is now working hard to get back on court with IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy’s Director of Tennis Performance, Yutaka Nakamura.