Pierce not ready to retire yet

Updated: January 4, 2009, 11:54 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Two-time Grand Slam champion Mary Pierce isn't ready to hang up her racket just yet.

Despite being sidelined by a knee injury since 2006, the Frenchwoman told sports daily L'Equipe that she'd like to play again at the French Open.

"I care about Roland Garros. If I could stand in center court for one match, that would already be a big victory," she said.

Pierce, who turns 34 next month, won the French Open in 2000 and the Australian Open in 1995. She ruptured a ligament in her left knee in October 2006 in Linz, Austria, in a match against Vera Zvonareva. She hasn't competed professionally since.

"I don't feel it's the right moment [to announce my retirement]," she told L'Equipe, adding that her left leg is weak but tests indicate her knee has recovered.


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