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Jelena's interview after her QF win

Q: You started the season late compared to other players, so you must be very happy to be where you are now?

Jelena: Today it was my third match. There were no easy match so far and it's not easy to start a new season on this difficult surface so I'm happy I won today. Last year, I had to take three months off when I was playing well (I don't know what this means), so I'm pleased with the way I started this season.

Q: You got off to a good start. Is that because you have improved your game since last year or you've gotten mentally stronger?

Jelena: Last season, well, going back a year and a half, it was a very tough season. My ranking slipped from no.4 and I fell as far as where I couldn't hit the ball well but now through traning, I can at least stay in the top 15 and have goals, so I'm happy now.

Q: Today your shots were very solid. Was there anything you had in your mind in the match?

Jelena: My serve as well as my return was working very well, so I could play an aggressive game. Plus, there were few errors, so I really could concentrate on the match. After seeing Tatiana play yesterday, I knew she could run well. That's what I was careful about.

Q: We have yet to know who is your next opponent, but do you have any special plan?

Jelena: Whoever comes through will be a hard hitter, so it's gonna be a tough match. I just hope to carry this momentum to the next match.
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Jelena after SF loss

Q We heard from Davenport that you are injured. Can you tell us about your injury?

A My left food is hurt a bit. I was afraid of playing yesterday as well, but the opponent seems easier so I was fine if I could hit the ball well.  Today, I had to be 100% playing Lindsay. Anyway, I tried my best for a few games. 

Q How do you feel the pain, and does the injury affect your play?
A. Service, shots, all movement on the court, everything.

Q Are you going to withdraw the enxt few tournaments?

A No, just taking a few days off, so I am not thinking of withdrawing any tournaments.

Q You said you are mentally stable finally. Were you disappointed today towards the tournament in Pairs?

A I hit well, and the match itself wasn't that bad. I wasn't just 100%, but compared to 1 1/2yrs before my confidence has been back.

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Lindsay Davenport after SF win

Q Any impressions on this surface?

A There are surfaces I like and don't like, but I like this surface. However, the clay courts where lots of players like is not really my favorite surface. We have to play on various surfaces. Sometimes it takes some time to get used to the surface.

Q What's your personal opinion about AO changes the date a bit later?

A It's hard that there is a big tournament from the beginning of the season.Delaying the start of the season makes us take some off time and not only resting but also training... and that could bring players more levelups. However, changing the date of grandslams might affect other tournaments, so it might not be easy to do so.

Q If you know your opponent is injured, it must be tough. How about today?

A It depends on the match. I just played my tennis today. I kept forcus on my service and returned well. 

Q In that case, you play safer?
A Today, on the second set, if I can break her service game, I thought it'd be safe. On this surface, it's easier to keep service games, if you break the game first, there's a chance to win. When I did that on the second set, I knew it'd be tough for her to come back.

Q You seem to have a confidence about the final. What do you expect in the match?

A If condition isn't good, you wouldn't be here... I've played Maleeve really close matches before. She hits very flat and agressively. I expect we'll attach each other. THe key would be my first service and win, that's my game plan.

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Martina and Lisa after doubles SF loss...

Q Today, you two started playing well on the first set, but seemed to lose some concentrations on the second?

A:Martina: We never lost our concentration. We just made some errors that we were not supposed to, couldn't stick with the plan and it didn't work well.

Q You announced your retirement after this season. Is this your last match in Japan? Did you feel anything special?
A : Martina: That was my last match in Japan. I didn't feel anything special. So far I have just played my best tennis on each match.with managing my schedule in the tour. so I am disappointed about losing the match today. 

Q What did make efforts technically and physically to keep playing with being a top player for the last 30 years?
A :Martina: It's not only for tennis. You could say this to all sports. You just do your best everyday, and keep your motivations, that's it. Physically, including my hard training, many of specialists have supported me. I have enjoyed training and each process of that. I think it's more pleasure to overcome the problems. Of course, there's a time that everything goes well, and not.

Q We heard you went to see the practice of Sumo wrestlers during this tournament?

A:Lisa: On our free time, the tournament organizer took us to the practice of Sumo wrestlers. Also, we could eat with them. That'll be the most memorable experience for me. Besides the tournament, that was the highlight.

Martina: When they practice on the ground, Asashoryu(Yokozuna:Champion) came to the room and gave his students many advice. They offered us to eat Chanko. That was an unbelievable experienece.

Q When you came to Japan for the first time, what did you do, and my second question is, any advice for young Japanese players?

A:Martina: My first visit to Japan was 1975... played doubles here. It was a hard week here. To decide the seeded player, we went to Tokyo and Osaka...and one more city...I forgot where... Chris Evert participated too. I received a watch from Seiko as a gift. I gave it to my mother. It is still working well. Though the week was hard, everything was new, so I was looking around, that I remember.

To your second question, maybe it's not just for Japanese players, but to all of young players, just do love what you do, and do your best. You should enjoy the process of achieving the goal you set. Winning the tournament, jumping up in the ranking, anything you can name of, but if you can't enjoy the process of achiving your goal、it's going to be meanless. That's my advice.

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Feb 8, Maggie Maleeva after final loss

Sorry to get back to you guys this late...

Q You seemed to hit really hard against Davenport who has been playing well this week. What do you think the reason you lost today?

A The biggest difference was serve. Her service was extremely well. The huge difference between her game and mind was the percentage of service. I had a several break chances. Anyhow, the percentage of my 1st serve was not too bad. During the game, I was thinking to get the number up, and I had chances in rally, but I got pressure from her on my second service. She had a few aces in a game. When it was 3-2, I had a few winners, but I made an error on the big point. That wasn't really good. Today, she played some unbelievable tennis.

Q You don't really have bad head-to-heads against her.

A Actually, it's not really good. The last time I defeated her was in Moscow two years ago. When she's good, her service is good and she has deep shots. Today, I attacked first and I tried everything I wanted to, so I don't have any regrets. I did well.

Q We believe your ranking jumped up again after reaching today's final. Do you have any confidence of reaching top 10?

A I don't really care about ranking. It goes up and down. To me, it's more fun to win more games. In that meaning, I am satisfied to reach this final.

Q Your sister has won the tournament here. Any impressions about this tournament?
A Except for the years I was injured, I always come back here. Including the hotel, I am familiar with this area, so I am looking forward to coming back here. Even though I don't play well in Melbourne, I am happy to be here for this tournament.

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2004 Tokyo-indoor Champion: Lindsay Davenport

Q During the 3rd game of the first set, Maleeva starts her geer up suddenly, and the game changed to even tougher after 30-0 lead. What did you think then?

A I started the set pretty good. When it was 2-0, it was like the first time in this week, I lost my rythm, and lost some games to 2-3, 0-30. However, I was calm and I believed I could win. That was the key for the first set.

Q Your winning percentage at this tournament is over 85% (!!). Do you think this surface suits your game? If there's a GS tournament which has this carpet surface, do you think you could win more GS tournaments?

A (Lol) I think each player has different favorite surfaces. In my case, I like indoors and fast paced surface. The championship has a similar surface, and no matter if it's hard court or grass court, you need to play your game well on any types of surface. If you don't, you wouldn't be a top player.

Q Not only for this tournament... but there are so many injured players. What is necessary to play the whole season constantly?
A Players level is improved and we play for 11 months. We get tired for sure, and that causes us get injured. We need to manage the schedule well, and during the off time, we need to take some time to relax.

Q Including today's final, what effects your service game brought into your game?

A The biggest reason I won here was my serve. If I serve well, stroke and return got easier, and I can play very aggressively. Not sure, but I don't think I wasn't broken til yesterday?

Q You happy about this winning and any meaning?
A It's been a year since the last I won. and It was here. I think it's pretty great to win the same tournament 4 times. I've been on the final 5 times too. It has been a good start of the season. I hope it keeps going this way.

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Rene Stubbs/Cara Black after doubles championship.

Q You win here with different partners. What's your secret and what do you think when you select your partner?

Stubbs: Secret of winning doubles is of course selecting a great doubles player. With Cara, we are great each other, and our play styles are matched. We are also good friends. I like it when we can play, enjoy and win matches. About partner selection, among people, I just try to meet the best player for me. Or, I sometimes try to find a partner whom I don't really want to play against.

Q This question is for Black. Are there any differences playing with Stubbs? What do you learn from her the most?

Black: The main difference is that she's a doubles specialist. She's a serve and volley player. Other players often stand at the baseline, or don't know when to hit volley, or not good at serve and volley... Playing with her makes me learn a lot! She has 44 doubles titles!!!

Stubbs: didn't I give you too much information?

Q What was good at today's game?

Stubbs: Everything. Yesterday's match was very close, so we were on the court for long time. We were both mentally and physically tired. but today, it was very relaxing. We could play well from the beginning. Not much errors, and everything came to our way. It was the best match in the week!

Black: Start was good, and perfect match! 

Q Your pair is really great, but there are many good Japanese doubles players too like Sugiyama. Do you think you want to play with her in the near future? If so, what kind of games can we expect?

Stubbs: It's hard to answer. I have played against her a few times in the past. We both like backhand strokes, so thinking of getting my pair, the person should be good at more forehands. Of course, both of us are very aggressive players, and we both know how to play doubles, so I think we could go at some high points for sure.

Q: For Stubbs, You have won this tournament 4 times! Do you think this record will be expanded?
A I dunno... I have won one tournament three times, but first time in 4 here! I have participated this tournament for 14 years or so. This is one of my favorite tournament. I really like the surface a lot. As much as I could play physically, I'd love to come back here. Winning 5th would be really great!

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