View Full Version : Amelie's transcribed, recorded BBC interview

Jul 5th, 2002, 09:30 PM
Starts with an answer from Amelie.

A. Yeah, of course, I mean it was a great thing for me to be in the semi-final today, uhhhhm...I played some great game, you know, to go through the different rounds, and uhh, and you know, of course, a little bit disappointed with, with the loss today, but that's the way it is.

Q. She's just such a tough competitor, though, isn't she?

A. Yeah, I mean, she was just, uhh, too good for me, and uhh, there is nothing to say about it.

Q. You take a lot of encouragement away, though, from this tournament for the rest of the year, I would assume.

A. Of course, yeah, I haven't reached a semi-final in a Grand Slam for three years, so, it feels good, you know. And, I hope, I really hope it's going to give me some confidence for the rest of the year for the U.S., uhhh, US. Open and all the other tournaments, so we'll see.

Q. And, give us a thought on the final, Williams against Williams. Who would your money be on?

A. Oof, I don't know. No, I don't know. I think, uhhh, I guess they are playing, both of them, very good tennis and uhhh, you can't really say who is going to win. It was Serena at the French, maybe Venus here. I don't know. We'll see.

Q. It is such an intriguing encounter, isn't it, when you get two sisters playing in the final. They're both, obviously, so close, as well, and they're both such brilliant players. It's an extraordinary situation, isn't it.

A. I think it must be tough for them, to, to have to play each other for the second time, or the third time in a Grand Slam final, but, you know, they're there, they've reached the first and second place in the world, so that's what they will have to do.

I transcribed it. That's all of it It's the only one I found. She sounds upbeat and nice. You can find it and listen to the Real Player interview on the Tennis Page of the BBC on-line: (look upper right)


Where Caroline Cheese got her quotes, I don't know. Here is all I can find of her posted story:

Beaten Wimbledon semi-finalist Amelie Mauresmo believes the current domination of women's tennis by the Williams sisters is becoming detrimental to the game.

Frenchwoman Mauresmo was thrashed 6-2 6-1 by Serena Williams in the second semi after Venus had cruised past Justine Henin in the first.

Serena is now the world number one with Venus close behind, and the pair have contested three of the last four Grand Slam finals.

"I think people are going to get bored of it," she said of the prospect of a future dominated by the sisters.

"I'm not counting how many people since yesterday told me: 'We don't want an all-Williams final.'

"To me, it's a little bit sad for women's tennis but maybe it's not the point of view of everybody."

Afterwards, she was asked which sister would prevail in Saturday's final to which she would only reply: "You have to ask them for that."

news.bbc.co.uk/sport/hi/english/tennis/wimbledon/newsid_2095000/2095382.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport/hi/english/tennis/wimbledon/newsid_2095000/2095382.stm)

I followed the other links but didn't find any mention of match-fixing, but did find that the BBC had used Amelie's "people are going to get bored with it...etc....", in brief, to create a discussion thread that got a little testy.

Jul 5th, 2002, 09:32 PM
A. Oof, I don't know. No, I don't know. I think, uhhh, I guess they are playing, both of them, very good tennis and uhhh, you can't really say who is going to win. It was Serena at the French, maybe Venus here. I don't know. We'll see.

maybe they took this and manipulated it as she saying they are fixing?
if you want you can make anything out of something!

Jul 5th, 2002, 09:33 PM
I'm sorry that I said that Amelie was petty, tacky and small because I believed that other post without checking it out. I'm going to go edit it.

Jul 5th, 2002, 10:47 PM
Bella the match fixing quote is supposedly from a French TV interview not wimbledon or the BBC.

Jul 5th, 2002, 10:56 PM
Here's another article I found Its from the AGE its australian and I don't know if its like the times or the national enquire so take it with a grain of salt.


Mauresmo accuses Williams sisters of sharing spoils
By Linda Pearce
July 6 2002

The theory that results between the Williams sisters are predetermined has been given new life at Wimbledon by beaten Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, who predicted a Venus victory in tonight's final, on the basis that Serena won their previous match at the French Open.

"I think they arrange it," Mauresmo said in an interview with French TV. "I don't have any proof, but when you see the final in Roland Garros, you can think that it could be arranged. Maybe they can exchange and it will be Venus' turn now."

Earlier, Mauresmo had told the English-speaking media that she did not plan to watch the final, the third in 10 months between Venus, the No. 1, and Serena, who will succeed her at the head of the rankings on Monday. Asked to predict the outcome, Mauresmo said: "Well, you have to ask them for that."

It is not the first suggestion of turns being taken, and the major prizes being shared between the sisters, although any such suggestions have always been angrily denied by the Williams family.

Venus has won five of the pair's eight matches, and two of the three grand slam finals, but Serena has won the past two encounters, including last month's French Open decider.



If that controversy was not enough, Serena will contest her first Wimbledon final aware that the German man arrested on Wednesday for stalking her at tournaments on three continents was released by a local magistrate on an $800 13-month good behaviour bond.

Albrecht Stromeyer, 34, of Frankfurt, appeared in the Wimbledon Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with breaching the peace and criminal damage. The prosecutor, Martin Fox, testified that Stromeyer had "a fixation" with Williams, having been detained at the Italian Open in May after also trying to get close to the American at tournaments in Berlin and Arizona.

The Williams family has a full-time bodyguard living in their rented house near the All England Club, but Serena said her on-court performance had not been affected.

"No one ever tells me anything, so I didn't find out," Serena said after her semi-final defeat of Mauresmo. "But, hey, I don't see how it could affect my game, him being arrested. I'm a strong person. I try not to let things like that affect me."

Lleyton Hewitt, meantime, was forced to sweat on another dismal weather forecast before his semi-final match against Tim Henman, scheduled to be played overnight, but turned up the psychological heat a notch by pointing out his much-hyped opponent's age and three previous Wimbledon semi-final appearances.

"How many times has he made the semi-finals here?" Hewitt asked. "This is my first time. I'm 21. I'm sure I'm going to have other chances to do well at Wimbledon. Obviously, he's probably got maybe less chances than I'm going to have in the future.

"So, in that way, I think there's a lot of pressure on him to do well. He's made the semis so many times, and everyone expects so much of him here at Wimbledon. Everyone's been asking the question: `When is he going to finally get through to the final and give himself a chance to win?' "

Hewitt was twice down a break of serve in the deciding set of his quarter-final against Sjeng Schalken, having dominated the match for almost three sets but unable to capitalise on 16 consecutive break points from the start of the third until early in the fifth.

From having four match points to close it out in straight sets, Hewitt was forced to play for almost a further two hours, by which time Henman was already resting after disposing of Andre Sa in four sets.

Hewitt had won all five of his previous matches against fourth-seeded Henman, the most recent in the Queen's Club final a fortnight ago. But the top seed said he had not spoken to Pat Rafter, the 2000-01 finalist, who is back in Australia preparing for the birth of his first child with partner Lara Feltham.

"I'm sure he doesn't want to (chat)," Hewitt said. "Here I'm in the semi-finals at Wimbledon and he could have been No. 2 seed down at the bottom there playing (Nicolas) Lapentti or (David) Nalbandian."

Nalbandian, actually. He is the first South American to reach the semi-finals in 43 years after defeating Lapentti in the quarter-finals. Nalbandian will play Xavier Malisse, the Belgian who ended the run of 1996 champion Richard Krajicek in five sets.

Nalbandian, who was disqualified from junior Wimbledon for being late for his semi-final three years ago, joked that he would sleep at the grounds this year.

Jul 5th, 2002, 11:08 PM
"You have to ask them for that," she replied tersely.

Rocketta: This was mixed into the BBC copy. It was between two lines that were in the story, yet it was not in the actual story. Maybe the poster was trying to make it seem as if the BBC was quoting from a number of sources, but this was clearly presented as part of the BBC story. You have to suspect the poster as making this up, at this point. The French television information appeared then without even a line in between it, making it appear to be part of the BBC story with Caroline Cheese adding information that had been on French television. That's why I said I didn't know where she got her quotes. The one above was clearly planted by someone and presented as Caroline Cheese's story.

Jul 5th, 2002, 11:17 PM
I don't know which article you were referring too? The first time I saw the quote was at another tennis site and they too said in an interview on French TV. The article I posted above says the same thing A French TV interview. If you're talking about "imformative"'s article I don't know. However, I have seen the match fixing quote in a couple of articles. That is all I'm saying. In the article above it clearly says she didn't say it in her english speaking interviews.

Jul 6th, 2002, 03:17 AM
'The Age' is pretty respectable...

Jul 6th, 2002, 03:19 AM
Rachel---Thanks for letting me know about 'The Age'.