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Old Jul 1st, 2003, 08:11 AM   #1
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Silvia is confident!

Silvia Farina Elia - Day 7
Monday, June 30, 2003

S. FARINA ELIA/P. Suarez

7-5, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. Congratulations with your win. It was a tight match?

SILVIA FARINA ELIA: It was difficult match, a lot of the emotion today. And, you know, we had - both of us had a lot of chances to go to reach a quarterfinal, so that was why it was difficult match, you know, so...

First time for me, so...

Q. Your first time. How does it feel?

SILVIA FARINA ELIA: Great (smiling).

Q. You have the hope of the whole Italian nation on your shoulders. Does it do something for you?

SILVIA FARINA ELIA: Well, no, I feel great - I mean, especially for me, but of course for the Italian generally, Italian tennis.

But for me, special moment because is first time. Special moment because it's Wimbledon, that I didn't expect it to be -- to reach a quarterfinal here. So it's more important.

Q. So how come you did this on grass?

SILVIA FARINA ELIA: How come, a lot of good matches, good wining, especially the big one against strong player.

And, of course, I'm in good moment for me, good confidence, but I hope to do better again.

Q. You never won from Clijsters?

SILVIA FARINA ELIA: No, but I always play tough matches, so of course -- I don't go on court just to be a loser.


Q. You're playing Kim Clijsters on one of the big courts, Centre Court or Court 1. Does it put all pressure on Clijsters, or is there a lot of pressure on you?

SILVIA FARINA ELIA: Is no pressure, you have just to play the match. I mean, is not -- you are not gonna die, you know? It's just a game.

Of course important day, but, well, I hope to be on a show court because today was very terrible for both of us, you know? Like coming back and playing on no show court, was very difficult to play out there. So I hope to be on a good court. Italian, you know, fans can watch me, finally, and enjoy.

Q. It's very late now. Are you not too tired? Because tomorrow, another game.

SILVIA FARINA ELIA: No, I mean, as soon -- I am doing well. I'm not thinking about the -- I had two days to recover from last week, so I don't feel very tired.

Q. You made it tough on Clijsters the previous two matches. Is there a reason for that? Do you like playing her?

SILVIA FARINA ELIA: Well, I see, you know, today everybody's hitting hard the ball, and I'm trying to use more slice on this grass. So it helps a lot, especially when it's new balls.

And of course she's another player, comparing last year. But, come on...

We'll see (smiling).
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Old Jul 1st, 2003, 01:38 PM   #2
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I like Silvia a lot. She is very pretty and has a stylish game which I only got to see once she was beating Miss Chanda. It was very emotional and proved to me that her win over Lindsay in Eastbourne was no fluke. Don't think she will beat Kim and frankly that is alright cuz she would be lost in a semifinal against Venus.
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