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Q. Like we says in Canada, Mary, it is the fun?
MP. Yes, it is very fun. I enjoy it a lot. I like playing here. I feel that this tournament make me get out the best of myself, my game and everything... There is something here, with the public, the atmosphere, I feel that I play for people, for country, I do not want to play badly or to lose. I do not how to say..... I do not want to disappoint them or let them think I'm give them up, I have maybe more motivation.
Q. Do you think you did today your best performance since the beginning of the year?
MP. I do not know. I always have things to criticize on my game. I think that I was not rather aggressive, that I a little held my shots. I did not go enough to the net. I wanted to go a little more. I feel that I did not serve very good first serves, sometimes. I did not move as well as I would love. But otherwise, it is well ; I won and it is really all which counts in the end of day. I am always in the tournament!
Q. Can the fact to have arrived here without pressure allow you possibly to go very far?
MP. Yes, maybe. But I arrive on all the tournaments without pressure. I can not say that all the tournaments are similar, in a way they are, but Roland Garros is always different from all the other tournaments. It is something very special for me, RG has a very special place in my heart. I do not put pressure on myself. Never.
Q. How did you feel during last year, when you were not able to play here?
MP. Not very well. My back was hurting me, every day I had pains in the back. It is not pleasant, and then I was not able to be here and defend my title. It was difficult for me to look at it on TV, because I wanted to be there so much and I could not! I tried really to remain positive and to say myself that in the life, everything arrives for a reason. One year later, I am there and healthy.
Q Mary, which gives you most emotion? Is it to have played your first match, your very first match yesterday, or to have played on center court today?
MP. Who gave me more emotion.... It is really difficult. Yesterday, it was first match for 2 years. It is something! And today, it was second match but first match on center court since I won, and I looked forward really to finding the center court atmosphere. So, the two, but differently.
Q. Do you think that it is better that it happened so, would not it have been too difficult to find center court from the first match?
MP. I do not know, maybe too much emotion in one step, i will never knows.
Q. Yesterday, Kuerten had trouble on center court, returned in his match. Have you the impression to be at Roland Garros with a supplementary motivation, because you have already won? It give yourself a supplementary motivation with regard to the other tournaments? do you feel that you have more motivation ?
MP. Because I won, in a sense, it still gives me the motivation to win, because I lived something incredible, wonderful. Naturally, I want to redo the same thing, to relive the same thing, it is certain.
Q. If Virginia Razzano wins her match, you will play her in the next tour. It will remind you good memories. Do you see there a good sign?
You think that it is a good sign who will remind you your tournement 2 years ago?
MP. Because I played against her here 2 years ago?
I do not even remember. I know that I played against her but....
Q. Yes, the year of the title!
MP. Then it is well , it is maybe a good sign.
Q. Except your back you can briefly summarize all the wounds which you had for 2 years: the foot, the stomach....
MP. There was my right shoulder, the back, later, this year, when I played again, I had a strain of the left ischio, then a problem of ankle and finally a strain of abdominal muscles in Melbourne ; that's all.
Q. You have recover now?
MP. Yes, for the moment, I hope that is going to stay like that. I touch some wood, It is a part of the sport, I try to be healthy, to take care of me, to make trainings, care, all that it is necessary.
Q Mary Pierce, we do not stop asking you questions, do you want to say anything to us, without us asking you questions?
MP. I am not use to it, I answer questions usually !
Really, I do not have anything to say furthermore than what I said right now and what I say since I am here. I like playing here, it is something extraordinary that I am going never to forget. I am going to have memories all my life of Roland Garros, the public, the atmosphere here. It is something that I would like to share with the public and I feel it more and more.
It is something that I make with pleasure at the same time, I feel that the public has the enjoyment to share it with me.
Q. Are you going to watch the match of football tomorrow, France / Senegal?
MP. I wish good chance the team of France, but I don't really like football. I am more US .
Q. 15 days ago in Rome, you said that the most difficult for you was to have patience to return at your best level, certain times you made very good matches, you had the impression that it was there and, sometimes, the next match, you played a match and it did not work any more. With regard to Rome, do you feel that things progressed and that you can require more from yourself?
MP. Yes, I feel better in the mental, physical age, my game... Less than days ago or there are heights and bottom. It is more constant. It is true that it is better than two weeks ago.
Q. You said that you wanted to share with the public, that you felt the public coming towards you, it is not you who made a small step towards the public. Who changed in Mary Pierce in 2 years?
MP. I think that it is for 2 or 3 years that with the public, maybe 3 years, that change. It is better. It is much more pleasant for me, it is sure and I think it was also because I open myself a little more towards the public, to share that with them. They are there, they look at me and why not to share that with those that encourage me and that support me until the end.