Lindsay Davenport hopes the pressure once again affects Amelie Mauresmo in the heat of a grand slam semi-final.
The pair meet today with 1999 champion Davenport keeping her fingers crossed that Mauresmo - three times a losing semi-finalist in grand slams - falls short of her best.
Asked if that inability to cope with high-pressure situations could come into play again, Davenport said: "Well I hope so. I hope that definitely comes into play.
"Besides the fact that I'm going to play her, I do believe in her, and I do believe that she is good enough and strong enough to one day come through these situations. I hope it's not Thursday, but . . .
"We'll see what happens if it gets close. I'm certainly going to do my best and keep trying and hanging in there even if I'm down against her.
"But I will say she does seem a little bit more relaxed this year than I have seen her."
The 29-year-old American, who considered retirement after her semi-final exit to Maria Sharapova last year, had a 7-6, 6-3 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova and added: "It's going to be a totally different match-up than any of the girls I've played here so far.
"I'm going to see somebody at the net trying to come in all the time. I'm going to see a lot of slice backhands; I'm going to see some serve and volleys. In that regard, I think I do have to take into consideration how my opponent is going to play." However, she added: "I've always believed that if I can return well and serve well and do those couple of things well on grass that I'm going to be OK.
"I'm going to have to probably aim my returns a little bit differently because she will be coming in."
Mauresmo, who overcame Russia's Anastasia Myskina in straight sets in the quarter- finals and also teamed up with Kuznetsova to win in yesterday's women's doubles, believes she will provide a different type of test to any Davenport has faced here this year.
Mauresmo said: "Lindsay has been serving pretty well since the beginning of the tournament and returning pretty aggressively also.
"But she hasn't played probably the type of game that I play. So we'll see maybe how she reacts to that."
Davenport leads 8-3 in meetings with Mauresmo, with two walkovers, and the French star said: "She served pretty well every time. I think she has a huge serve.
"Really, when she's on her rhythm on that side of the game, she's tough to beat.
"But I have nothing to lose, really. I just focus on my game. Because I think when I'm able to really play my game, it's very effective, whichever the player is on the other part of the net."
In the other semi-final, defending champion Sharapova faces two-time winner Venus Williams who has belied her status as 14th seed to qualify for the last four.
Williams struck down Mary Pierce 6-0, 7-6 in the previous round and Sharapova, conqueror of Nadia Petrova, is prepared for a tough physical battle, saying: "She has a big game, you know, she is a great fighter. So every time we play we always have really tough matches.
"I just have to go out and battle it out and see who can come out and win the fight.
"I think the main thing is she is a good athlete, she gets a lot of balls back and she's very tough.
"Mentally you've got to be ready for an extra ball."
Williams is well aware of the challenge she faces against the 18-year-old Russian who won her maiden Wimbledon crown by beating her sister Serena in last year's final.
Williams said: "She definitely strikes the ball well and is a very determined player. She is just a good player all around."