I am interested in some old post-match interviews, preferably from the following players: Evert, Navra, Graf, Seles, Sabatini, Sanchez.
I think it would be nice to compare these to current interviews in terms of:
- mentioning of injuries and ailments.
For example, I don't think Graf used to be gracious in defeat, however she rarely mentioned injuries and illnesses either.
Sep 8th, 2007, 09:26 PM
1995 U.S. Open
New York, New York
September 09, 1995
S. Graf defeats M. Seles 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-3
Q. What has the whole experience been here? You have come within one point of being the champion again and you are not.
MONICA SELES: Yeah, well, the first set I think I thought about it too long a little bit although the second set was 6-Love, but I reminiscing so much about that one serve, but -- oh boy, well, there is so many emotions out there today. All through the two weeks, I think both Steffi and I played so well. Running each other around and whenever she hit a winner, she had to hit it perfectly. I did the same thing over myself. It was so close. It is so hard when you lose a match that could have gone either way. It is so hard.
Q. Forehand let you down?
MONICA SELES: I think a little bit. I think a little -- it is hard to say. I just think on the key points, I felt she was getting more of the breaks than I was, and been some close calls, that I think they bothered me a little bit more than they should have.
Q. Were you tired in the third, Monica?
MONICA SELES: Maybe a little bit, yeah. A little. I think I wasn't moving as well, but that is expected. But I still told myself, "just go out there and run for every ball. "
Q. Monica, when you got back to 5-3 and the crowd reacted, you seemed to react to them.
MONICA SELES: Yes. Well, 5-3 I mean, it was hard because it is just one break and the break that I lost my serve which really shouldn't have happened. I was thinking about the overrule -- 15-Love for me, then I was serving. Then he overruled. I think it was, like, very hard for me to get back mentally after that. I was kind of like somebody poured cold ice over me. I was like, okay, not another one, and then I couldn't get going again. That was my feeling.
Q. But when the crowd cheered, when you got back to 5-3, it acted like you kind of smiled, as if --
MONICA SELES: Definitely because -- I think I mean, the electricity at that point, I think they want a longer match or they hope that I would get to 5-4 and break Steffi, but as I was returning today, I don't think I had too big of a chance of doing that. But definitely, the crowd has been amazing throughout the whole two weeks from first Monday night on 'til today, I mean, wow - wish I could take them with me everywhere I play, make it a lot easier, I think.
Q. Where will you play next?
MONICA SELES: Well, I do know I am going to play the Championships, then I think something beforehand, but it is going to depend a lot on my knee also.
Q. Just one tournament, you think?
MONICA SELES: If I can play more, I will definitely play more. But right now, I think my main thing is just to rehabilitate the knee so it gets to the point that I have no pain. After that I am going to rally it.
Q. Do you feel that the lack of tournament play affected you on the biggest points?
MONICA SELES: I don't know. I mean, biggest points were very close. All missing it by this much or not; I think it made -- I think the match would have been very different, probably, if that serve would have been called in, whatever. So a lot of close calls all the way, but I don't know. I mean, Steffi is a player that runs so many balls down that other players won't even go for them. I knew I had to play some great tennis. I think I did play good tennis.
Q. No apprehension or nervousness?
MONICA SELES: I don't think so. Not today.
Q. The gesture dramatically at the chair when the point didn't go your way, did you say anything?
MONICA SELES: If the ball is wide, I know it. But this one, to me, was just so in. It was like clearly in. And I was like, I thought that I won the set pretty much. Then I guess she had a late call or whatever, and it was like, oh, okay, I have to serve a second serve. The emotion is one up. It is like when Steffi had the matchpoint against Gaby, she is already up, but then the umpire said, whatever, I don't know what happened there, but that was my feeling, and it was a little bit bugging me too long, which shouldn't have. But it is easier said that done.
Q. Did you say anything?
MONICA SELES: I don't think he said anything to me. He probably said it was wide, or it was long.
Q. I am asking you what you might have said.
MONICA SELES: I just asked him are you sure. Because I felt that it (Seles giggling) I felt the call -- she made the call, first of all, very late. I thought I was already by the umpire's chair. But whatever, I mean, that is gone, it is gone, so ...
Q. As well as you played here, do you expect that you can play considerably or somewhat better on a regular basis?
MONICA SELES: I think only time can tell that. I was very surprised by Toronto, and definitely here also. It has been very exciting to me playing again, and just being out there feeling everything once again what was such a routine before. As long as I keep having fun, that is what is going to matter to me the most.
Q. The first set was so close, second set wasn't. Why do you think that was so?
MONICA SELES: I don't know. I think the second set when we had that long first game was kind of a changing game. I didn't feel that I won the second set as easily as the score suggested; not at all. But I just took it as it was. But maybe because I was a little bit mad about losing first, I just said, heck, with it, I am just going to play this one as it goes so...
Q. You seemed very happy with your tournament even though you lost today. Would you be happy with the same result at Australia, for example?
MONICA SELES: I don't know. It is a long way off. I mean, I have a few more months to Australia. But -- the two tournaments I played this year I came in with a different mentality; was just really happy to be playing out there, and not so much about expecting to win a tournament, but I surprised myself, I think, both times, and now I feel maybe okay, I can play pretty good, still, and just going out there playing it. That is about it all.
Q. What did you guys say to each other at the net and during the trophy presentation, you were also there chating. What were you saying?
MONICA SELES: I don't know. First -- I want to ask Steffi if that is okay to tell you guys, I don't know, because I feel bad. I have this confidentiality thing maybe too much going, but it was just really -- I mean, Steffi said very nice things. I said back to her; talked about -- I shouldn't say that.
Q. We won't tell. Just between us. That was a joke.
MONICA SELES: Just really nice. I don't know. I mean, Steffi is a very private person. We didn't talk about anything big. Really about New York and how she loves spending time here and how I loved it also here and how both of us played a great match. She said she played great and I played great and I said the same thing - that type of conversation.
Q. Was this a Steffi Graf you can remember, is she better than she was?
MONICA SELES: I think Steffi played great. I mean, she was running balls down that very few people even go for them; not even hit them back and she wasn't making too many unforced errors and I felt her serve was going very well today. Very hard time returning especially in the first set and then again in the third set. But not playing Steffi for such a long time, it is hard to remember what was going on then, but we always played close matches and she played better on the key points today.
Q. There is a new sponsorship announcement about the Tour. Would you comment on that?
MONICA SELES: I think it is very exciting. I think -- I just heard a very little about it. But if that would happen, I think it would be wonderful. Wow, we have been trying to get a sponsor for quite sometime and if they would come -- I don't know if whatever -- I mean, I think it is great for women's tennis, wow.
Q. What about the fact that your return might have affected somebody's interest?
MONICA SELES: I think hopefully women's tennis is going up now with all the excitement with Steffi and myself playing these great matches; then Mary, Arantxa, and those guys, Conchita, I think now women's tennis is going up. There are going to be some great matches and I think the future looks very bright.
Q. How about your -- I am just going to keep asking.
MONICA SELES: You see, for me it is very hard to say, okay, my return contributed to it, because I don't know-- I think the excitement that it brought with the fans and everything probably helped a little bit. But I think women's tennis is a Tour with or without Monica, but I do hope it brought some excitement with me coming back and playing tennis again. (Seles giggles).
Q. Can you just step back a little bit and do you think it helps women's tennis credibility just a little bit that you didn't win this tournament immediately after coming back?
MONICA SELES: Oh, I don't think some. I mean, going in today's match, I really didn't think about that at all. I was just doing my best that I can.
Q. Now, that is over.
MONICA SELES: Today, okay. I think it was so close, that it could could have gone either way and I don't think -- no, I don't think so. No.
Q. You don't think it would have taken some of the shine off what they have done?
MONICA SELES: I don't think so, no.
Q. Earlier in your comeback you were saying again and again, "wow, wow, wow."
MONICA SELES: (Seles giggling) My favorite word the last three weeks. (Seles giggling).
Q. If there is one word or one phrase aside from, "wow," to capture your U.S. Open and your feelings what would that word or phrase be?
MONICA SELES: I don't know, I mean, ectatical, maybe. (Seles giggling) I can't think of dictionary words here. - I have been reading this heavy dictionary with all neat words - It has been just been -- really, the last three weeks have been amazing, absolutely from being on the tennis court and playing some great tennis and off the court also, going anywhere, the support that I felt through the fans, I just felt, "wow," I made the right decision which helped me tremendously. And my parents supported me all the way too. The -- just wherever I went, the people have been so nice. I never kind of had that before. Like in a restaurant or anywhere just walking down the street and of course, on the tennis court, so that has been the best part of it for me.
Q. Do you think in some way that through all this trauma all this difficulty that Monica Seles is somehow a better person now at this point than she was?
MONICA SELES: I don't know. I mean, I still think I am probably the same one, some things probably changed, maybe a little bit more respected than beforehand, I think. But I like to think that -- I have grown and I am sure next year, wow, how stupid I was this year and each year later on. But for me, what happened in Hamburg, it was an experience, but I try to put it back and then move on.
Q. Monica, there has been a lot of attention paid to Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras as rivalries. Do you think that Steffi and your rivalry will be approaching that same height?
MONICA SELES: I think so. I think it already has; in the past also. The great matches Steffi and I play, we are both players that hit the ball really hard, so there is going to be some very strong tennis out there. There is no question. That is a little different because it is two Americans, but this one, I am sure, in the states might not be as big as if it was in Seles/Capriati or Anke Huber against Steffi Graf, but I still think you -- I mean, if Steffi and I are going to keep playing each other and all these tournaments, definitely, I think, definitely has the potential, if not, it is already there.
Q. Where was today's in the eleven matches?
MONICA SELES: I am sorry?
Q. The quality of today, where does this stand in the rivalry, this match today?
MONICA SELES: Okay. Okay. I do not remember so much of the past, because last time I played Steffi was Australian Open. Almost three years ago though this day. And -- but it did feel like playing Steffi, I mean, the way she was serving, giving balls back, so it is hard for me to compare it because of not playing her for such a long time.
Q. Did it mean more that you were playing Steffi in the final instead of say Gaby or somebody else?
MONICA SELES: No, because I just try to look at them as a tennis player; that is what we are all, and I just said, go out there, do the best whoever it was, from the beginning of the tournament. I tried to take each match at a time and 'til the end also.
Q: Thank you all very much.
Sep 8th, 2007, 09:35 PM
U.S. OPEN (http://www.asapsports.com/show_events.php?category=7&year=1992&title=U.S.+OPEN)
Q. Tell us what happened, Steffi.
STEFFI GRAF: She played a very solid match. I mean, she didn't really give me any points. I think when it was really important, especially in the first set in the tiebreaker when I had my chances, I just -- I don't know, I just didn't take them. It was difficult to do anything, because I wasn't playing good enough to really hurt her.
Q. How is your health?
STEFFI GRAF: My health is perfect.
Q. Steffi, 5-All in the tiebreak, you thought that ball was good?
STEFFI GRAF: It was a very close ball. I mean, it is very difficult to say. Difficult to tell.
Q. She said in here-- she said she plays aggressive. She thought she surprised you. Do you believe she plays aggressive?
STEFFI GRAF: She has played more aggressive against me than she did today. But she played awfully solid. I think that was definitely her biggest strengths. She really kept the ball in play and really ran down some great shots.
Q. Tell us about her being a hardcourt player.
STEFFI GRAF: She moves much better on it than she has done before, and she plays the points a lot smarter.
Q. You seemed annoyed at questions regarding your shoulder throughout the tournament. You also said earlier in the tournament that shots coming in an unorthodox angles could cause --
STEFFI GRAF: I have no problems at all. I have no pain. I'm perfectly fine. Nothing that hurt today.
Q. Are you tired of tennis right now?
STEFFI GRAF: Tired of tennis?
STEFFI GRAF: No, I am not. I am just disappointed the way I played this tournament. I think I played not up to the standard that I wanted to play. So I was really disappointed.
Q. Did you feel yourself losing confidence in your forehand in that second set?
STEFFI GRAF: Well, I just didn't feel comfortable about what I was doing. I mean, like everything, at times I served well, sometimes I served bad. Like everything was on and off, really I didn't know what to rely on.
Q. Is that this match or the entire tournament, Steffi?
STEFFI GRAF: The entire tournament.
Q. When you go into a match like this, sort of feeling a little unsure; how did that affect you today?
STEFFI GRAF: Well, I think at times you don't go for the shots that you want to go to. You don't want to hit them too hard. You just put them in the court, which then you miss some easy shots. You don't really follow through into your shots anymore. That is what happened.
Q. Do you know why you didn't play as well as you wanted?
STEFFI GRAF: I have no idea. I practiced hard before the tournament. I mean, as hard as I could, and I don't know why it didn't get together.
Q. Do you experience-- when you have had an injury and then it is better, is there ever a psychological leftover, like if you had to change your emotion? Is it hard if get back into your game, even though you are healthy?
STEFFI GRAF: Actually, it is true what you are saying, but I don't think it has really affected me.
Q. Is there a need to, say, play differently, as opposed to basically the way you have playing in terms of tactics?
STEFFI GRAF: I definitely didn't use good tactic today. Some important shots, I approached her backhand; played a little too much on her backhand in the beginning. I definitely made some wrong choices today. I realize that I just couldn't do anything.
Q. Steffi, the last when you played Pam Shriver, she said that it seems to other players that you are happier. She said at Wimbledon it seemed to them like you enjoyed it more than any other time, she said, when you were winning everything; you didn't seem as happy as you did this summer. And I don't think we asked you about that then. Do you agree with her? Is it true?
STEFFI GRAF: Well, it definitely, it is true. I mean, as long as I play well, I am definitely feeling happy and enjoying things a lot more than I have done in the past. But I can't say for this tournament.
Q. Where was the last tournament that you felt this way where you didn't really like the way you were playing?
STEFFI GRAF: That is a good question. I think it was earlier this year when I wasn't too happy about my matches; was Boca Raton, Key Biscayne, these tournaments,.
Q. How did you get over it? Did you see it as a slump, or very temporary, or what?
STEFFI GRAF: I mean, it happens, I mean, you just -- I think tennis is a very difficult sport in that way, because it is just-- you can play great; then you can play bad for a few days and then things don't get together. That is what happened. Next time it will be all right.
Q. Steffi, there was a time you were working on your backhand to see if you can change it a little bit, become more offensive. Does a match like this tell you maybe you should go back to it again to see if you can work on it again?
STEFFI GRAF: The last few months show that my backhand slice was actually-- that is a very strong weapon, and if it works well, like it did -- like the last, four, five tournaments, it is good enough. But if it works like this when I don't really step in, then I definitely should have taken more possibilities to go ahead and go for the shots.
Q. This is the last major, Steffi, would you reflect back on the three that you have played, how did you like them; what is your feelings about the whole year of the Majors?
STEFFI GRAF: The Majors. I mean, definitely the one stands out is Wimbledon other than -- that is the best I played for a long time. French was incredible finals, which -- I don't want to look back.
Q. Forgetting mistakes and strategies today, were you more nervous than usual? I saw in the tiebreaker mistakes?
STEFFI GRAF: Yeah, just more nervous, I don't know, at some point I actually-- I really have to say, I mean, I didn't felt nervous, but just didn't -- I didn't really know what to do really. I mean, I just -- especially my serve, I mean, like get it inside, or I was trying to kick it up. I was trying to do things instead of just playing the points, and on some points I really have to say, especially in the tiebreaker when I was leading 4-3, then I made a doublefault. I think that was -- I wasn't nervous then, but it is just -- it was a bad point to play that time.
Q. If this were her game, how far would she go, like, say, this game of Arantxa against a usual Monica game, how would you look at the rest of the tournament?
STEFFI GRAF: I think Monica is going to win it now, that is for sure.
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Sep 8th, 2007, 09:37 PM
U.S. OPEN (http://www.asapsports.com/show_events.php?category=7&year=1992&title=U.S.+OPEN)
Q. How do you think you played today?
</B>ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, I think that at the beginning I was a little bit-- maybe a little nervous, because I don't know, it's a Grand Slam final and maybe I wanted to try to win the point very quick and make a lot of mistakes, and the first five games they gone very quick, but after that, I realized that what I was doing wrong and I start playing better, and then I won three games; then I have some opportunities to go 5-4, and I miss a very easy volley that give me advantage and I think that in the second set, I continue play, but maybe I wanted to try to be; trying to win the point very fast and make more errors. I think she played really well, and she didn't miss much, but I think I miss more today than the other matches, but I feel that I came back playing pretty good, and she played better than me and she won.
Q. Did waiting for that men's match to end-- did that bother you at all?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, a little bit. It was taking very long and we have to wait and wait. And probably, yeah, I was ready to play and we have to wait. So maybe it affect me a little bit. But that was not the reason, maybe, that why I played like this. But a little bit, yeah, it affect me a little bit.
Q. What did you do all that time waiting?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, I mean, I warmed up this morning at 12:00 because I knew it was going to be a long match. But I didn't expect it to be as long as it was, so I mean, I warm up and I was waiting, because, I mean, Edberg was up and then Chang came back, so I think that I was waiting in the lockerroom, then, I move again to be warm before going to the court and be ready for the match, but it takes very long. That was a little bit of the reason why maybe it did a little bit to me.
Q. Did you eat? Did you watch TV?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: I eat something. I was listening to music. I didn't watch TV; didn't watch the match, only when it was match point for Edberg; then Chang came back, so I just waited. I was ready to go to the court; then finally they played five sets. I was waiting, but I didn't watch the match at all. I think it was a very long wait, and that you know, also a little bit affect me.
Q. Before when you were talking about the match you were sort of forcing the points; trying to make something there when there wasn't, because you were impatient; you--
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Me?
Q. You said you wanted to hurry up and make a point.
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Yeah, I was moving the ball, but I wanted to try to win the point very quick, you know, like when I have a sure ball yesterday, I tried to finish it off, moving her around and wait until I have the right opportunity. I was a little bit maybe in a rush and I knew what I have to do, maybe I wanted to do it too fast and too quick, so I make a lot of mistakes, and errors. She makes a good groundstroke, good shots and I have to move. She played well, but I think I didn't play as well as I played the other matches against Steffi or Manuela.
Q. Do you think because you beat her just a short time ago that it gave her added incentive to beat you today?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, I mean, I think that when I beat her give me a lot of confidence, but every match is different, for sure maybe she knows what she have to do to beat me this time, and I mean, she go to the court, she was really aggressive and she put all the shots that she just played, but I was not the same as I was like when I beat her the last time. So that makes a difference, why the match was like that.
Q. How did Monica play?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: No, I mean, when we played last time it was also the same match, but I was more patient and I get on the right opportunities. That makes the difference. Today I was doing the same, but I wanted to try to win the point very quick so I make a lot of errors. That give the advantage to her to go 5-Love. I relax and concentrate better, but it was too much advantage already for her.
Q. She had said, Arantxa, last year when she won this tournament, that she was going to try to work on her serve and volley game. Do you -- I know she beat you this time. But does it seem like her serve and volley game is any different?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: No. I mean, no. No, I mean, I didn't think that she served one serve and volley. I didn't see her coming to the net. She waits and hits it with the groundstrokes; then come in, but never serve and volley, so I am surprised that she said that she is going to do that, I didn't see her at all.
Q. If she could serve and volley, would she be totally unbeatable?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, I have to see that to see how she doing. I had cannot imagine. I know that she is playing the baseline and she is waiting until she has the opportunities, so it is completely thing different, but it will be interesting to see that to change this game. But I don't think that she will do that. I mean, she is good with the ways she is now and I don't think she will change serve and volley.
Q. When she had the volley today she didn't do too well. How hard is it to bring her up to net to put her in that position?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, it is not hard. You just have to be patient and moving the ball and bring her to the net and just pass her. I have some shots that I hit like -- not a drop shot but short ball and she coming in and then I miss the next shot, so I mean, I think his volley is not as good, so you have to mix it up, the game, and be very consistent, and I was not like this today, so that makes the difference. But I mean, she is very tough at the baseline, but I mean his net game is not really good, I think.
Q. Arantxa, a lot of people have said if had you win another Grand Slam it will probably be the French. Do you feel that this tournament proved something for you even though you didn't win? Did it do anything for your image, as not just a clay court--
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Of course. I am really happy. I had a great tournament. I am really happy with my success. I have great wins. I am not only a clay court player when I win the French. I realize that I am a very tough player and I can also play well in this surface and have regular wins like other tournaments like the same surface. That means a lot to me going to this final and it is like a dream come to reality. I say I like to be in the U.S. Open final and I was today, and I was a little bit nervous. Maybe that also was not good for my game, but I think I have a great tournament and I am really happy. I will try next year, but it means a lot to me to be in this final. I am really happy.
Q. Who gave you the rose Arantxa; the rose that you carried in?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: One fan.
Q. Is that your dog that you brought in?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Yes.
Q. What is its name?
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Roland.
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Sep 8th, 2007, 09:38 PM
U.S. OPEN (http://www.asapsports.com/show_events.php?category=7&year=1992&title=U.S.+OPEN)
Q. Gaby, lately you became a better player when you became more aggressive. You came to the net more and such. Do you think Mary Joe is doing the same thing now?
GABRIELA SABATINI: Yeah. I think that is the reason why she is beating me sometimes. She has been playing like that, trying to come to the net and I tried to do that too, of course, she didn't give me many chances. She was playing very deep. Especially at the end in the last set. I have few chances there and I was a little disappointed, I couldn't make those games. She was smarter at the end.
Q. The way you reacted at the end, it looked like you have a lot of respect for her, you have known each other a long time?
GABRIELA SABATINI: Yeah, I mean, we are good friends. I think she is a great person. Yeah, we have -- we are friends.
Q. Gaby, do you wish you had played more tournaments, looking back now over the summer?
GABRIELA SABATINI: I don't know. I think, you know, both things are good. Probably to take some time off, and probably next time I will try to play one more tournament or something. But it is good to try, and I mean, I am not regretting anything.
Q. Looking back at the match, what would you have liked to do differently?
GABRIELA SABATINI: Probably I would try to change the beginning of the match. I didn't know what happened. I felt I was there mentally, I was eager to -- I was prepared and suddenly she was 5-Love and I didn't know what was happening. So that is the thing I would change.
Q. What did you do different in the second set?
GABRIELA SABATINI: I don't know, I guess I was -- I tried to hit a little bit more my serve, my first serve and I tried to come in a little bit more, but it was a strange match. I don't know.
Q. How disappointing is it for you?
GABRIELA SABATINI: Well, it is disappointing, of course, you know, this is a good tournament for me. I like it very much, and I wanted to do well here, you know, it is a big disappointment.
Q. How do you think she will do against Seles?
GABRIELA SABATINI: I guess Seles, she will probably be aggressive; she is going to try to go for the shots. I think she was very close to beat Monica a few times, and if she take risk, she could play a good match, she could win, yeah.
Q. She says she has used you as a model of being more aggressive, coming in and trying to change her game because she feels like what you did two years ago is a perfect example of what she needs to do. Have you two ever spoken about it? How do you think she is progressing?
GABRIELA SABATINI: No. We don't talk about it. It is not usual to do this. We never talk about it. But I think she has improved a lot, her game, she is coming more to the net and she knows that she needs to do that against some players, against me.
Q. Thank you.
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Sep 8th, 2007, 09:40 PM
U.S. OPEN (http://www.asapsports.com/show_events.php?category=7&year=1992&title=U.S.+OPEN)
September 3, 1992
Martina Navratilova (http://www.asapsports.com/show_player.php?id=12281)
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Q. Did you feel that it slipped away when you failed to get those two break points in the fifth game of the third set?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Well, I guess eve eventually it turned out that way. I mean, I lost three games from having game break points or game points, and you can't do that and get away with that. I was holding comfortably, at break points on her serve in two games, and then was up 40-Love on my serve;, played a lousy approach and a lousy volley. She hit a great passing shot at 40-15 and I don't remember what happened at 40-30, but you know, then she started just hitting really, really good shots, and you know, the luck just didn't go my way today. If ever I lost a match by a few inches, today was the day. Couple of huge points at that breakpoint at 15-40, mine was out by about inch or two, and on break points against me, hers caught the back of the line, you know, it is just one of those days. You can't give away so many break points or game points and hope top win a match against a player as good as Maggie. I just didn't close the door when I had the opportunities. God knows I had the opportunities.
Q. At the changeover, third set, after the first game, what were you telling yourself?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Not much. I was thinking about how to hold serve on the next game. I was mad that those break points went away. I came in, I didn't hit at the approach. She hit one down the line; one crosscourt. I was not reacting to the ball very well today at the net. I felt really sluggish at the net. At that point, I was ticked off that I lost the game, but I said, okay, that one is behind. You can't do anything about it. Get on with the next one and I held at 15 next game.
Q. She said she felt that at various times during the match that you were nervous. She mostly cited the doublefaults in the first set. Were you feeling nervous or ill, at least throughout part of the match?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: The first doublefault I was nervous. The second one, I went for. But I just led with my body. It is all technique. Once after that, I don't think I had one doublefault, because I really concentrated on the technical aspects of hitting the second serve, which is for me, I have a tendency to move my body ahead of the ball; that is why all those serves go in the net. The first doublefault, I mean, I don't know. I was nervous, at times. Absolutely.
Q. Why do you think that was so?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Gee, let me see why I could be nervous. I mean, figure it out. Come on. Do I have to spell it out for you? What has she got to lose and what do I have to lose? For her, it's the match of her life. It is a second round match. It could be possibly my last Grand Slam event, I mean, I don't know. She is 18 years old, 19. How old?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: 17. So she is isn't worried about anything. For me, time is running out. So what have I got to be nervous about?
Q. How did the rain break affect you?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Well, it didn't help. Because I was on a roll and I think it would have been better had it not rained, but you know, still, I was pretty comfortable. I had done well before with interruptions when we go into the third set. So I thought I would just still be able to handle myself, and win the match.
Q. Is disappointing too soft of a word to call this loss?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Yeah, I think you could look up in the dictionary probably something stronger than that.
Q. Anything that you might suggest?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: My mind is not working that well right now.
Q. Is there a time when you are out there on the court in a match like this you say, my God, how many of these Maleeva sisters are there?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: I am glad she is the last one. Yeah, you go through-- all these thoughts go through your head. I said, well, I guess I will be one of the few players that had lost to all of them. At least once, anyway. I had beat the mother anyway. I never lost to the mother.
Q. When did you beat Julia?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: In Bulgaria.
Q. You did as a girl?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Yeah, way back, 1970. I didn't beat her badly. She managed to have three daughters after that.
Q. Martina, Thursday when you were promoting the match with Connors, you felt you were playing really good tennis perhaps since 1986. Now, after the loss you are talking about "time is running out," it may be your last Grand Slam. Do you really think that that could quickly go away or that kind of level could just slide?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: My game hasn't gone away that much. I played really well against the top players, but I didn't get a chance to get that far. I think if I had a couple of more simple matches, more simple opponents, perhaps, I could have played my way into the tournament. It is just really rough on me to be able to turn it on and play great tennis, you know, first or second round. And the draw, I think, down the line, I had a good draw about the first few rounds; sure turned out to be pretty tough. If I played obviously like I played in Atlanta, I would have won the match, but also the court was a bit faster. This court is a bit slow. I think it is a bit slower than last year.
Q. How strong a possibility is it that this truly is your Grand Slam? Is that something you might say?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: This truly is my last Grand Slam? You forgot that word, right? You forgot to say "last."
Q. Just because you just said that earlier that it could be.
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: It could be anybody's last Grand Slam. I don't know if I am going to be here tomorrow. You could walk down the street and get hit by a cab. I mean, I am not saying-- obviously, if you are 17, you have a much better chance of being back next year than when you are 35. The time is running out. I don't know how much I have in this head and heart and legs. I don't know. But you know, if I was 17 years old, I certainly wouldn't think that this is my last Grand Slam. Don't read into this that Martina is quitting. I can see the headlines again tomorrow. You know, I am not-- I am planning on playing a full schedule next year. It is pretty hard to think about next year when you lose in the second round like this.
Q. Doesn't the experiences - the way you have maintained your level; obviously, what Connors is doing, lead you to believe that you really can continue to go strong, perhaps, another five years?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: That seems like a lifetime away from me. That is tough to ask right now. You asked me after L.A.; I said, oh, yeah, I could play five more years. Ask me today. I don't know if I could get out of bed tomorrow. That is a pretty low time for me to be contemplating that far into the future, but, you know, I am planning on playing next year. I am planning on playing the rest of this year. That is about all I can tell you right now.
Q. Is this one the worst loss you have had? I don't know how you compare them?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: It is pretty bad, yeah it ranks right up there.
Q. Thank you very much.
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Sep 8th, 2007, 09:43 PM
I can't find any of Chrissie's interview after a loss in a GS
Sep 8th, 2007, 09:44 PM
Wow these are great to read :)
Sep 8th, 2007, 10:03 PM
I didn't beat her badly. She managed to have three daughters after that.
Sep 8th, 2007, 10:36 PM
:haha: @ Martina. As expected, none of the "I played 8.445897%" If I played 9% I would've won. At least so far.