newportThere was Mary Pierce, sitting in the last row at the Sarasota Open, watching Ivo Karlovic play Denys Molchanov, with a female companion. For a few games, I sat down the same row about 20 feet to her right, there was no one between us. In the time I was there, exactly one person approached and asked her for an autograph. Perhaps Pierce was simply not recognized, perhaps nobody remembers the Montreal born blonde beauty who won two major titles. Yes, Pierce won TWO major titles.In 1995 in the finals of the Australia Open, Pierce, the #4 seed, crushed #1 seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 63 62, after blitzing Conchita Martinez 61 62 in the semi.Then in 2000, playing for the French flag, Pierce crushed Conchita again in the French Open final 62 75. Pierce also was a finalist in four other major finals - 2005 US Open, 2005 Roland Garros, 94 Roland Garros, 97 Australian. She also won a major doubles and mixed doubles title. She won 18 singles titles in all, ten in doubles. She played from 1993-2006, reaching #3 in the world in 1995.This was a great champion in a very difficult era, with more major titles than Michael Chang, Gabriela Sabatini, who both have been enshrined into the Newport Hall of Fame. Talk about a great champion who has been forgotten and slipped through the cracks. Mary Pierce deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.