Great pictures Wolfgang!
Here's an interview with Babsi after her final singles match
D. HANTUCHOVA/B. Schett
6 4, 6 0
An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: Obviously, as you all know, it was Barbara's last singles match. She still has mixed doubles.
Questions for Barbara, please.
Q. How does it feel to be making a decision to quit, and why did you do it here so early in the season? Is that something you planned?
BARBARA SCHETT: Well, the decision was made already kind of middle of last year. I thought if I'm not improving, if the passion is not coming back, then I definitely want to quit. I always thought that I should be ranked much higher than I was at the end now.
Yeah, it was for me, it was a clear decision. Even if I would have played really well here, I would have stayed with that decision. I played Australia because it was my favorite tournament, favorite Grand Slam tournament especially. And, yeah, to escape a little bit from the winter in Austria. Yeah, I always loved it here. That's why I wanted to quit here.
Q. How emotional was the second set for you?
BARBARA SCHETT: Not very emotional until she had match point, then suddenly I was I don't know I had tears in my eyes. I was like, "Oh, my God. Where does that come from now?"
I knew that sooner or later I was going to realize, "Okay, this is going to be my last this is going to be the last point of my career." It's been what I've been doing for all my life. Yeah, I just suddenly realized that and it was very emotional.
Q. Were they tears of joy or tears of happiness?
BARBARA SCHETT: Both (laughter). Both, I would say. I had a great time. I mean, I think I'm very happy about my career. Of course, it's going to be something completely new now. I think it's going to be a big change, very exciting (smiling).
Q. What will you be doing now?
BARBARA SCHETT: I'm going to take maybe a few months off and then I'm still going to be involved in tennis in some kind of a way, maybe like working at a tournament in Austria, in Linz, or maybe do some commentating. I don't know, I'll find out in the next few months. I'm going to see what options I have and what I'm interested in.
But I'm definitely going to stay involved in tennis.