from the Auckland web site:
Rezai Ready For Match Of Her Life
Black will be back - not Cara Black but the stunning outfit worn by France’s Aravene Rezai in yesterday’s semifinal win over Kiwi wildcard Marina Erakovic.
“I will be wearing black again tomorrow
,” said Rezai as she looked ahead to today’s final with ASB Classic marquee player Lindsay Davenport. “Today it was great. I’m in New Zealand why not wear black?
“I was playing well. Not as good as yesterday
[when she ousted third seed Katarina Srebotnik on Thursday] when every ball I hit was in.”
Rezai is under no illusion of the enormity of the task confronting her in the Sovereign Singles final but she is not letting that faze her.
“I respect every player
,” she said. “Lindsay Davenport was No 1. I’m not scared about that. It will be better to play her than Marina Erakovic.”
A reference to the crowd support behind the New Zealander yesterday.
“I don’t really have a tactic. I just want to play.”
Rezai, the last-but-one player to get direct entry into the singles draw, has yet to drop a set. Her closet battle was with two-time ASB Classic winner Eleni Daniilidou which she won 7-5 6-4.
She said she is not thinking about her only previous WTA final in which she was forced to retire. Her focus solely on today’s game and the chance to go stroke-for-stroke with one of the greats.
“The people here are very relaxed. They are cool.”
Davenport, who has dropped just one set en route to today’s showdown — the second set against fifth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues — admitted she was going to spend some time watching yesterday’s second semifinal.
“I will probably give it more attention than usual as I haven’t seen either of them [Rezai and Erakovic] play,” said Davenport.
She left the media conference giving the gathered journalists the feeling she was not, however, overly concerned.
hopefully the "All black Aravane"
will prevail tomorrow