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Tennis Fool
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:25 PM
ELENA DEMENTIEVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What was your plan today?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: You know, I was thinking to play pretty much the same game that I play against Venus. But I feel like I was tired today on the court and couldn't move as well as I can. So it was difficult, you know, to be on the court today for me.

But I'm satisfied with the results for this tournament, you know. I had, you know, couple very good matches and, you know, I'm glad to be in the final. Maybe I didn't play my best today, but, you know, I'm glad I'm lost so easy because now I'm gonna work better on my serve, I'm gonna improve my game. I mean, she's a great player. You know, just amazing how well she play after this break.

Q. You got your toss under control, but the serve's still giving you trouble.

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yes.

Q. What is Olga's plan to try and improve that?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: To change my toss.

Q. In what way?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Try to do it little bit in front of me, not behind.

Q. How did you develop that bad habit?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I had a problem with my shoulder and I used to play for a long time with an injured shoulder. That kind of serve, the slice serve, that's the only thing I could do, you know. That's just begin to be a habit for me, a bad habit.

Q. Were you a bit nervous playing in a final?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No, I wasn't nervous at all, you know. I had nothing to lose, and I was already satisfied with the result. So, you know, just a little upset that I was tired, couldn't play as good as I can.

But anyway, you know, it was a good tournament for me.

Q. You played both Williams sisters. What's the difference in playing them?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: You know, Serena has a better serve, definitely. She moves better. They play pretty much the same game, you know. I mean, I wouldn't change my plan, you know, by playing against Venus or Serena.

Q. Do you think Serena attacked your second serve better than Venus did?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah, but, I mean, I wasn't ready for the next shot. I couldn't move as well as I can. That was, you know, the thing.

Q. Last year in Paris indoors, were you physically okay at that tournament?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Where?

Q. Paris last February. Not this year, last year, when you played Mauresmo. Were you fit for that match?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: When I was 6-love, 6-love, you mean?

Q. Yeah?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No, I was injured. But I don't like to retire. I like to play no matter what. Even if I have something, you know, I try to play always.

Q. Was it embarrassing?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: What?

Q. The match.

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No. No, it wasn't. I mean, that's good that she beat me so easily, like I said. Because now I'm gonna work better, you know. I'm gonna improve my game. You know, I realize if I want to win a tournament, even a Grand Slam, I have to be stronger, you know, I have to play better in a final and not like today. I don't need to be tired, you know, in this final round, the most important moment of the tournament.

Q. What does it say if you can take eight months off and sort of breeze through?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: It's unbelievable to me, you know. It's unbelievable. She was, you know, very strong on the court, moving well. She had a couple problems, you know, in the beginning of the tournament, and maybe in the second round.

But, I mean, she came through very strong and, you know, she's a great player.

Q. If she was playing Justine today instead of Elena, do you think her game is strong enough to have won today?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Who, Justine's game?

Q. No, if she was playing Justine in the final instead of you, would Serena's game be strong enough to win this tournament today?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Why are you asking me this question (laughing)? She is not in the final.

Q. Just trying to get a sense of how strong you think Serena's game is right now after eight months off.

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: She has to play her to see how well she is, I don't know.

Tratree
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:29 PM
Nice interview, Elena. She was very complimentary to Serena and honestly discussed her serving problems.

sartrista7
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:29 PM
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: No. No, it wasn't. I mean, that's good that she beat me so easily, like I said. Because now I'm gonna work better, you know. I'm gonna improve my game. You know, I realize if I want to win a tournament, even a Grand Slam, I have to be stronger, you know, I have to play better in a final and not like today. I don't need to be tired, you know, in this final round, the most important moment of the tournament.


Atta girl :yeah: That's the spirit... turn this experience into something positive. I just hope she means it.

Vass22
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:32 PM
Those reporters seem to aim to embarass Elena even more. What did they want her to say? "I suck big time, don't ven compare Justine to me"? Anyway, she didn't make any excuses, and that's nice. Look at my sig. to know how I feel.

pav
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:33 PM
A lot of "you knows" but at least She evened it up at the end with an "I don't know"

GoDominique
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:34 PM
She more or less admits that she didn't have a game plan today, and that became obvious very soon.

SJW
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:35 PM
nice interview :yeah:

Tennis Fool
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:55 PM
She more or less admits that she didn't have a game plan today, and that became obvious very soon.
Her game play was to beat Serena the way she beat Venus.

Mathijs
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:58 PM
Nice interview, and nice to see how Elena gives her fans new hope :worship:

GoDominique
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:58 PM
Her game play was to beat Serena the way she beat Venus.
That's not a plan, that's nonsense.

Brαm
Apr 3rd, 2004, 07:01 PM
24 "You know"s :lol:

Not in Jennifer's or Kim's league yet, though :p

vettipooh
Apr 3rd, 2004, 07:04 PM
That's not a plan, that's nonsense. :lol: :haha: :haha:

Vass22
Apr 3rd, 2004, 07:15 PM
24 "You know"s :lol:

Not in Jennifer's or Kim's league yet, though :p

What was the last time you had a press conference right after you lost a Tier1 final 6-1 6-1? She knows how to play tennis, she doesn't have to know how to talk.

Tennis Fool
Apr 3rd, 2004, 07:16 PM
She knows how to play tennis, she doesn't have to know how to talk.
Vass, I think I know what you meant, but it made me :lol:

pav
Apr 3rd, 2004, 07:23 PM
I'll have You know that the counting and cataloging of "You knows" in press conferences is a very serious and respected sport you know, in its own.. ah You know right, and You must know, You know, that its not to be belittled You know there's points up for grabs ,You know!

CC
Apr 3rd, 2004, 07:35 PM
Just how many days did she get to rest up for this match? She must have been extremely tired.

tennischick
Apr 3rd, 2004, 07:42 PM
there's nothing for her to be embarassed about -- she beat the fucking Venus Williams with the same deficient toss and serve. Venus of course can feel free to hang her head in shame -- especially after the clinic Serena conducted today. LOL!! ;)

azinna
Apr 3rd, 2004, 08:05 PM
V really did miss a golden oppty to reach her first final of the year. Perhaps Elena played better against Venus than she did now. But it's logical to think that, by taking care of her own service games, Rena applied the requisite pressure on Elena's. This Venus wasn't able to do. She needs to make practice a priority now: it's the only way she'd get her serve and strokes straigthened out.

for-sure
Apr 3rd, 2004, 08:07 PM
Q. If she was playing Justine today instead of Elena, do you think her game is strong enough to have won today?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Who, Justine's game?

Q. No, if she was playing Justine in the final instead of you, would Serena's game be strong enough to win this tournament today?

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Why are you asking me this question (laughing)? She is not in the final.

Q. Just trying to get a sense of how strong you think Serena's game is right now after eight months off.

ELENA DEMENTIEVA: She has to play her to see how well she is, I don't know

Good Girl! love Elena!
I smell a Justine 2! Work Hard Elena and come back strong!

Dava
Apr 3rd, 2004, 09:58 PM
I liek some of the positive comments from Elena in this interview. At least shes not in denial and will continues to work, and regonizes that tier ones and grand slam titles are the enxt area of her career which she needs to focus on.

bandabou
Apr 3rd, 2004, 10:04 PM
Still can´t believe how this girl nearly beat Venus in straigths and ended up beating her still.... has the gap between the two sisters become this huge?! Only shows, not everything that works against Venus is gonna work against Serena. Serena doesn´t mess around with second-serves..just the way it is.