Day 6 - Mary Pierce Interview
Q. Obviously, it wasn't your best day out there. Could you sort of assess how you thought Venus was moving and striking the ball and sort of where her game was.
MARY PIERCE: Well, I mean, I think it's pretty tough to assess that when there's really not much happening too much out there. You know, I mean, there was maybe, I think, maybe one rally that we had in the whole match or...
So, you know, like you said, it was definitely not my day out there. It's a disappointing loss for me because I really am starting to feel, you know, pretty good physically and also my game, I feel like I'm starting to play well again. You know, my first couple matches here - especially my second one - I thought things were starting to come together.
So just real disappointed about today, not just the fact about losing because that happens, but just the fact about not playing a better match and, you know, think I would have definitely enjoyed it a lot more if I would have played a lot better.
So it's really difficult. You know, Venus
is one of the best players. I mean, just to play against her, you really have to come with your top game so I really just didn't give myself that chance today out there.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French
Q. This match started very rapidly for Venus, 4-0, then you go back 3-2, and we have the feeling that maybe it will balance out. Can you tell us how you felt that moment of the match and when she really got started.
MARY PIERCE: I had great difficulties getting into the match, in all the senses - first of all, the game, the tennis, the way I was hitting the ball, my mental frame of mind. I had great difficulties getting into the match.
I wanted this match badly, and I wanted to have a very good match, so it was a lot of pressure for me. I was not relaxed enough, I was not playing freely, I was not moving well on the court either. It's a great pity, because I had the feeling that my game was improving in the tournament.
Once again, it's proof that when I have certain pressure on me. When I'm thinking too hard that I should win, it's the worst tennis that comes out of me. So I have to be careful what I do and avoid that sort of pressure. But it's not easy because you want to win.
played very solid tennis as well, very steady, so it was difficult, very deep shots. It was very difficult.
Q. First game in the second set we have the feeling that it was tight, that you could get back into the match at that point.
MARY PIERCE: Well, ups and downs. I was there at certain times and I wasn't there at other times. I think that I was quite lucky, because I made quite a lot of unforced errors on easy points. Maybe at 4-0, second set, I felt much more relaxed, strangely enough. Then 3-0, 3-2 I felt good again. Then, again, I put too much pressure on myself and it went bad again.
Q. A year ago you decided to go to live in Amsterdam and work with Sven again. Do you think that maybe you have to think about this again and change objectives and think about it and maybe reshuffle everything?
MARY PIERCE: I don't know. It's early. It's too early to think about all this.
Q. In the short run, what do you want to do, are you going to go straight to England?
MARY PIERCE: No, to England
, no, straightaway. I might stay a few days in France
and visit my family because during the tournament I have no time for that. So these are my plans for the days to come.