Q. Second set, it was 3-All, then you came out to the net for volley, you miss it. What happened?
MARY PIERCE: I don't remember that point. Sorry.
Q. That's got to be considered a good win, considering she just came off a title run.
MARY PIERCE: Yeah. I was, you know, ready for a battle. I hadn't ever seen her play, had never played her, obviously. She definitely had a great week last week, winning, beating some great players.
I'm feeling pretty good. Yeah, just happy with the way I came out, especially in the beginning, in the first set. I'm really happy with that.
I think also Claudine was probably a little bit tired. It's difficult to come and play a tournament the week right after you win a tournament - especially for her, winning the way she did. Physically, I guess she was not a hundred percent, as well. Probably didn't play as well today as she had last week. I guess that's a good thing for me.
But, no, I'm feeling well.
Q. Does your game automatically go up a level the minute you step on the grounds here?>
MARY PIERCE: It does. It's just something really special about Roland Garros and playing here. It's just funny how it happens for me. When I start playing this tournament, it's amazing. It just brings the best out of me.
Q. Is it confidence more than anything or do things just click on court because you're so familiar with it?
MARY PIERCE: I just love being here, the courts, the balls. Just everything about this setting and the fans. It's always been my favorite tournament.
Q. Are you living in Europe now mostly, Amsterdam?>
MARY PIERCE: Uh-huh.
Q. How did that come about? Why did you make that decision?>
MARY PIERCE: Exactly almost a year ago after this tournament, I started working with Sven Groeneveld, who is my coach at the moment. He's based there, from Amsterdam. I started working with a physical trainer there, as well. He's also in Amsterdam. I just thought that's the best setting for me to be there right now, everybody that I work with, my career is there right now.
I enjoy it. It's a very pretty city. Everyone speaks English. It's a four-hour train ride here to see me family. So it's nice.
Q. There must have been a transition for you personally and culturally to live in Amsterdam. Did it take a while to adjust?
MARY PIERCE: Not at all. It's a really pretty city. There's a lot of water. It's very green, a lot of flowers. I mean, it's important for me to have some water, being from Florida. There's a lot of water there, so that helps.
Yeah, it's a big city, of course, Amsterdam. But it doesn't have that feeling. It's not stressful and busy. That's important. I really like that.
I'm very adaptable. Since a young age, I've practically been traveling my whole life, so it's not difficult for me to adapt to different environments.
Q. What are your thoughts of Martina playing here at the age of 47. There's been some criticism she took a spot away from a younger French player, perhaps. >
MARY PIERCE: Gosh, I don't know anything about that. What can I say to that? I mean, Martina is just amazing, she's an amazing player. Physically how she is at her age, I mean, to be able to play, she can still play really well. Maybe it doesn't feel that she can move as well as she used to.
The game now is different also before when she was dominating. So it's not really for me to say that it's good or bad or anything. It's her own decision and it's the tournament's decision, you know.
Q. Can you say something about a young female player coming up now?
MARY PIERCE: Anyone in particular?
Q. I would say you're part of Seles, Capriati. Do you see any new generation of young female players now coming up?
MARY PIERCE: Oh, well, yeah, definitely. They're all pretty much young now. There's tons of good players. I mean, Justine and Kim are very young still, as well. Gosh, there's just so many that are playing well, young girls.
Q. Are you going to go all the way to the end with the second Grand Slam, French Open? >
MARY PIERCE: What do you mean?
Q. Are you with the confidence on the court that I saw, do you think you're going to go all the way to the end?>
MARY PIERCE: This tournament? Well, I don't think that far ahead, but I always have confidence in myself and feel that I've come here well-prepared. Just like every girl that's in this tournament, we all want to win and do our best. I just take everything day to day and match by match.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.
Q. According to your training before the tournament, were you expecting to play so well? Did you have any doubts? What was your feeling at the beginning of the match?
MARY PIERCE: I was feeling quite well actually. This is a first round. A first round can be very difficult. Claudine just won in Strasbourg. She's just beaten a number of good players. I expected a tough match.
So I think that I started the match very well. The first set I had the feeling that I was playing very well, which is always a very nice feeling. And Claudine, I'm sure, was a bit tired because she played last week, won the tournament, so it's always very difficult to keep going and start another tournament immediately after a victory.
I think it was a first for her actually. I could see that she wasn't doing so well later on in the second set, and I was feeling well.
Q. 4-1, you saved a point against you. Is that because of your concentration?
MARY PIERCE: Yes. Well, I was feeling perhaps not very relaxed in the second set. I wasn't attacking very much. I wasn't hitting the ball as much as I wanted to, as much as I had in the first set. So I made a few unforced errors. 3-1, it was a point for 4-1, and I really needed to win that game. That was very important.
Q. Considering your experience of last year, did you have slight apprehension about coming back here to play?
MARY PIERCE: No, not at all. I think the worst thing that can happen is to lose in the first round, which is what happened to me last year, so I couldn't do worse than that. It was a good opportunity for me to actually gain points, because I couldn't lose any.
Q. Last year when you lost, you decided to go to Amsterdam, you started working with Sven. Do you get the feeling that a year later, you can draw some conclusions about this decision?
MARY PIERCE: Well, time goes so fast. It's difficult to realize it was a year ago. I started thinking yesterday about this and realizing that it had been one year, but I was mostly thinking about my match today.
Q. Amelie is one of the favorites for this tournament. She played yesterday. She played well, but she wasn't perhaps feeling very relaxed. She was maybe a bit nervous because it was a first round. Do you understand that feeling?
MARY PIERCE: Yes. The first round is always the most difficult round, particularly for French players playing here in Roland Garros. We all want to play well, to go far into the tournament.
Amelie is playing very well. She's in excellent shape. She has just won two tournaments in a row. Obviously, she has the most pressure, if you like. There's a lot of expectations for her. I'm sure that she wants to do well in this tournament and that she hopes to win.
So, obviously, that would make her feel a bit nervous.
Q. Before the match, did you study Claudine's style of game?
MARY PIERCE: Well, not much. I saw her training this morning. We trained on the same court. But I was concentrated on my game and following the advice of my coach.
Q. Did you follow Claudine's matches last week, for instance, against Davenport?
MARY PIERCE: No, I didn't watch the matches on television. I just saw the results on the Internet, saw that she won, so I suppose she played well.