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Feb 2nd, 2008 04:02 PM
Re: The interviews thread

u must b a massive chanda fan too! where did u get all these transcripts? lol well done i love her soo much!
Apr 5th, 2007 12:12 AM
Re: The interviews thread

I dunno if you've read this's not really about her comeback or anything but i just found it and wanted to share (it's not that old either)
2006 News
Interview with Chanda Rubin

Emily Martin: My name is Emily Martin and I am here interviewing Chanda Rubin for my African American Studies class.

Emily Martin: How do you think your success as an African American tennis player inspires younger generations? Or, do you think that you are a role model for other African Americans?

Chanda Rubin: Well, I think that I am probably a role model for some, I don’t necessarily think about that for any real amount of time. I have definitely had kids come up to me or I have gotten letters and fan mail and different things like that where people are really inspired by some of the things I have done. And I understand it from the perspective that I have been inspired by other people. I think that’s an important aspect and something I appreciate being able to give it to others. I think in terms of my success and the way that it can inspire generations, for me, it is just the ability to always keep fighting. I think that is something that kids need at times. There are always obstacles that are thrown in your way. There are difficulties. There are situations where some people have it easier than you do and you just see that so often. For me, it is important that kids know that you cannot let that stand in your way you have to always go for your dreams and believe in yourself. I have just learned that it is important so for me that’s where I think the inspiration is.

Emily Martin: Who were your role models when you were growing up? for instance Althea Gibson or Arthur Ashe

Chanda Rubin: I was always watching a lot of Zina Garrison and Lori McNeil, who are obviously two African American tennis players that were playing in Wimbledon semi finals and finals. They lived in Huston and trained in Huston, which was not far from where I lived. I had the opportunity before I turned pro drive down there and hit with both of them. For me, they were role models and I watched them, but I was also able to interact so it was more real. They definitely inspired me when I was younger. I also liked watching other players like Ivan Lendl. As a male, it was a little bit of different game, but I liked the way he played the game and his attitude towards the game. You know his hardness about it. He just went out there and did his job and played it as hard as he could. I think that’s always the players and the people that I gravitated to while watching.

Emily Martin: Did those people have an influence on you when you won your Wimbledon junior title at the age of 16?

Chanda Rubin: They definitely had an influence just in me growing up and coming up in the game of tennis. And at that point I had still been playing junior tennis, but I was also playing some pro events so I was kind of mixing back and forth between the two. And I of course got the opportunity to see them play at the grand slam tournaments because I was also in the main draw a few of those times. It was kind of an up close and personal so they were still sort of role models in that way. It was at that time an opportunity for me to go where my game was going to go. That was an important step for me, winning junior Wimbledon and moving on deeper into the pros in that point.

Emily Martin: I know that you are one of the most charitable players in the WTA tour and have won numerous awards for that. Which award are you most proud of and why?

Chanda Rubin: Well, I think, I mean I have gotten a few that were kind of special. One was not necessarily an award, but I was the spokesperson for wheel chair tennis. I did that earlier on and I have appreciated it more as I got a little bit older actually than when I did it. That was something that was really special to me. I did that for just over a year and after that I was still involved just not as the spokesperson. I really got a chance to see other athletes and specifically tennis players that had some handicaps in a way which to them was not a handicap, it was just something that they had to overcome and had to adjust to. The attitude that each player took towards the game was amazing to me. I think that for me was one of the more special experiences in my charitable efforts and giving of my time. I also think winning the Most Caring Athlete award. I got that award one year and it was among other athletes and I was chosen and that was also really special to me because whenever you win an award ort whenever you are recognized among the rest of your peers and recognized above that, it is really a special thing. So I think those are the two most special experiences in terms of my extracurricular activities.

Emily Martin: Have you ever faced any racial barriers in route to your success? Or does race continue to cause any problems that you notice?

Chanda Rubin: Well I would have never really said I experience any barriers because of race. I have always felt that tennis specifically because it is an individual sport and because it is a sport that you basically are out there winning and loosing the match. I have always felt that it was on my racquet and in my hands and I didn’t have to contend with the difficulties that you know come as the result of race or people trying to hold you back because of the color of your skin and all of that. So I have felt like tennis was a little bit removed from that when I was on the court, but definitely the sport itself there are still some barriers and have always been and maybe will be for a while. It is sort of a microcosm of society and of life and there are still barriers that exist in society so its going to exist in these other small areas. I think just being a player of color even just a sponsorship act. I think that is probably the biggest area where there are still barriers where there is not really equality. It is sort of subjective thing anyway. You know, as a player, different companies choose players who they feel that can best represent them or there products or company or what have you. So it is always going to be a little bit subjective, but I think that there are still some barriers in terms of players of color getting basically equal due based on what they have accomplished and it is still not there yet. It is still a ways away from that. I mean if your white and blond hair you are still going to get the bulk of the sponsorships that are out there at that time, regardless of your accomplishments. I think that needs to change and that should not be that way. Like I said it is a microcosm of society. So you know there is only so much that you can do in terms of that, but individually you just have to keep doing your part, you know stepping up when you need to. It still for me doesn’t affect the way I go out everyday and try to represent myself and try to represent my sport, and job and all of that. It doesn’t affect that at all.

Emily Martin: Well, thank you very much for your time I really appreciate it.

Chanda Rubin: You are very welcome and I wish you luck on your project.
Jul 18th, 2005 01:50 AM
Paldias Have you got the one after she beat Novotna coming down from 0-5 and 9 match points?
Jul 16th, 2005 11:23 PM
May 6th, 2003 01:55 PM
Bероника 2003 NASDAQ-100 OPEN

March 28, 2003

6-2, 6-4

An interview with:



Q. It seemed like it took you a while to get into the match. Once you did, you're right there. Is that how you saw it?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, I started off a little bit slow. I mean, I had some opportunities early on in the first set, then, you know, just making a few too many errors and letting her force me a little too much. I definitely got back into the match in the second set, of course, got up a break. You know, was right there. Still just was a little bit short on some big points, wasn't quite as solid as she was. She was hitting the ball really well today. Just wasn't quite as solid off the ground. My attacking game was working really well, but I just wasn't able to impose it enough when I was making errors from the ground, so...

Q. You changed your game in the second set, went to the net more?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I definitely had to. You know, I would have liked to have hit the ball just a little bit better off the ground and match her a little bit better there. As I said, she was hitting the ball really solidly. Sometimes you have to sort of go with a changeup, not really plan B, because I planned to mix in my attacking game. But I felt like I had to do a lot more to really get into it.

Q. Her forehand was particularly brutal today. How did you feel about it? At times, it seemed like you went there when you might have had other options?

CHANDA RUBIN: I mean, her backhand is really solid, you know. I think, bread and butter shot for her. She happened to hit her forehand really well today and, you know, wasn't many places I could go. I think I just needed to pressure her a little bit more, be a little more solid early in the points, then really pressure her more by getting in, attacking, using the volleys. You know, it's a high-tempo game that I needed to play a few times, that there were a few times in the match where it was just lagging a little bit, had some long rallies, real physical way to play. But that's what I have to be able to do and sustain throughout a match from start to finish.

Q. How would you assess how she's playing right now? January was tough for her. She's come back. She said she thought today was probably her best match in a long time?

CHANDA RUBIN: I felt like she played a really, really good match compared to other matches I've seen or parts of other matches I've seen from her this week. She was on the ball. She didn't make a lot of errors. There were times where, you know, she would give a few up, but, yeah, I thought she played a really solid, solid match. She basically will come out and hit the ball from the ground that, I knew that coming into it. I'm a little bit disappointed I didn't play better and wasn't able to raise my game where it needed to be.

Q. Do you feel sometimes she hits the ball so hard the linesmen don't see it?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, well, it's tough, but they're coming really fast sometimes. You know, it's -- just got to be ready, you know. A couple calls here and there, you know, you'd like to think it doesn't make or break a match, but sometimes it's at a really tough time.

Q. You double-faulted on the next play, I think, made it 5-3. Did that affect you at all, that baseline call, mentally, maybe?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I don't think it affected me so much. I mean, she came up, I think the next point, with a really good pass. That was really a tough point, I think, at deuce. You know, just, you know, I didn't quite have it where I needed to have it, and, you know, had some really good opportunities there, I had some good moments where I had a chance just to keep it even and keep it tight, until I could kind of get my nose ahead, and I didn't do it well enough today.

Q. What would be your scouting report on the final tomorrow, Capriati and Serena? How would you see that match?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I think they've had some really good matches in the past that I've seen. Both hitting the ball. You know, I think Serena, you know, would probably want to play a little bit better than she played yesterday. But with that being said, I think it will be a really, really tough match if they both come out playing well, both come out hitting the ball. You'd like to give the edge to Serena, she's confident and hasn't lost a match this year and Jennifer hasn't beaten her, I think, in the last few times they've played, even though they've had some tough matches. But you never know. Who knows? It's not me, so I'm just gonna watch it (smiling).

Q. Talk more about yourself. You're one of the few players that actually did beat Serena. Looking at your future, you're in what they would call "the mid-life of tennis," I've never seen you play better. Do you feel that much -- do you feel your window of opportunity for winning a Grand Slam or beating the Williamses is getting more narrow?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, you never know. I try not to think of it in terms of that. I mean, I definitely feel I have fewer opportunities now than I've had earlier in my career, of course. But I feel like I'm playing some of my best tennis. This is the time where I can really take advantage of it, and where I have all the tools and, you know, mentally and physically, to be able to take advantage the way I didn't have before. So, you know, I feel really good and confident about that. These type of situations, where I feel like it's an opportunity lost, it's tough. Really disappointing. That part, I think is a little more disappointing now. But you just got to come back. I feel like, you know, I really try to concentrate and work on positive things every time I go out into a tournament. I feel more consistent out there, and I feel like I'm giving myself better opportunities like this than I have a lot of other times. So, you know, I just have to go with that and come back, you know, the next week. We've got three Grand Slams left. Those are really the big stages that you want to play well at. So if I get something from this match and from this week, that will propel me in those tournaments, I'll be smiling.

Q. Did you notice a difference in Jennifer? Jennifer said she's even tried, and we've noticed in interviews, she's trying to be more relaxed and not as uptight. Did you notice a difference in her demeanor or anything on the court?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I think definitely you want to come out relaxed. The semifinals of a tournament, she had a tough match the round before, she was able to win that. So I think, you know, from that match, going into here, she definitely felt a little more relaxed and tried to project that. You know, that's the way you want to come out and play. Any time you're in the last few rounds of a week where, you know, you found your form and you just want to keep riding it, so that's definitely the way to go.

Q. What about personally, have you been around her enough to notice a change there?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I mean, we've practiced a few times this week, couple of times. You know, other than that, you know, just around the locker room. I can't say I notice a big change or that I was really looking for it, so it's tough for me to say.

Q. You guys practice together at Saddlebrook?

CHANDA RUBIN: We do. We have occasionally, yes.

Q. This year?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't know if we did this year.

Q. Did you play with a lot of different doubles partners this year? Will you play with one in particular this year?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't have any plans yet. I don't have any one particular partner. I haven't played as much doubles so far this year, I've just been trying to focus on the singles and keep myself healthy for that.

Q. You've become quite a hero for quite a few people. The wheelchair tennis people tell me how much money you've given to their cause, the inner-city kids. You come from Louisiana. Your dad is both black and Jewish?

CHANDA RUBIN: We have a Jewish last name, but we're not really Jewish in terms of... Yeah.

Q. Your dad is Jewish but...

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't know where the name so we've been trying to follow the family true. You know, I mean, in terms of being Jewish, I don't really have any reference for that. But they always encourage me just early on to give back, and certain causes that I really felt were worthwhile and at this point, it's just things that I feel personally that, you know, I just want to give some time to and it's not quite as much as maybe it used to be, but, you know, I definitely feel, you know, just a certain affiliation for certain people, just in terms of tennis and trying to give back, trying to encourage kids, introduce kids to tennis. I mean, I've gotten a lot from the game. I think it's just important to put it out there when you can. At the same time, I'm still trying to follow my career and really focus on that. Hopefully, that's an example as well. You know, I mean, you can do anything if you believe in it and that's just what I try to get across, regardless of what situation I'm helping or I'm going into.

Q. You had a great run here. Do you feel your game is where you need it to be?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I feel like I definitely have gotten a lot from this tournament, from this week and a half. You know, I've played some really good matches. I really built from the first round, and, you know, that's what I want to do. That's what I have to be able to do, especially going into a Grand Slam. This is not quite a two-week event, but it's pretty close. These are the type of matches I'll have to play and win to get over that hump and over that level to be in the semis, finals of Grand Slams. I feel like I got a lot from this week.

Q. In a situation like we had last night, where you're waiting and waiting, waiting and waiting, and you have to go and get yourself back up again, how do you deal with that emotionally? What do you do with your time?

CHANDA RUBIN: It's just part of the game. You've got rain delays that happen. You try to just remain focused until it's time to either pull the plug and come back the next day and, you know, you just try to prepare the same way, you know, get some rest and get back out at the courts, get a good warm-up and just start it all over again. There's nothing really scientific about it.

End of FastScripts….
May 6th, 2003 01:53 PM
Bероника 2003 NASDAQ-100 OPEN

March 26, 2003

C. RUBIN/J. Henin-Hardenne
6-3, 6-2

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Chanda, please.

Q. I'm doing a celebration in the life of Monica Seles. I was wondering, you were playing as a junior, you were about 16, I think, the year she got stabbed.

CHANDA RUBIN: I think I was maybe a little bit older -- maybe a little bit older.

Q. You would remember quite well what happened?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I would remember. I wasn't at the tournament or anything, no.

Q. What happen afterwards was that all the players voted to drop her as No. 1 position and they said that they moved up. Can you remember that situation at all?

CHANDA RUBIN: No, I don't remember.

Q. You can't?

CHANDA RUBIN: At all, no. I mean, I was pretty young. I was probably coming out of high school, '93, so I don't really remember.

Q. Just one other question also. She got held up for grunting at Wimbledon in 1992. She was penalized. Have you ever played her?


Q. Did you find it off-putting?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think when you get into the match, you don't really notice it if you're playing her, but there are times where it gets quite a bit louder and then it's a little bit above what, you know, her normal grunting is. But most of the time, you don't notice it playing her.

Q. Have you played others who have grunted?

CHANDA RUBIN: I have. I don't think I've played anyone who's grunted quite as loud as she does.

Q. Is that so?

CHANDA RUBIN: Probably not. Probably not. I can't remember it anyway.

Q. Not even the Williamses?

CHANDA RUBIN: No, I don't think quite, I mean...Even Serena, who grunts quite a bit.

Q. That's who I was thinking of.

CHANDA RUBIN: From what I read, she modeled herself after Monica a little bit early on, so maybe that's where the grunting came from. I read that, so...

Q. The other thing was she got held up by Martina Navratilova, who used Rule 21 against her.

CHANDA RUBIN: I have no idea what that is.

Q. It's deliberate hinderance against an opponent.

CHANDA RUBIN: Okay. I mean, I can't make any comment because I really have no knowledge, enough knowledge.

Q. How do you feel about reaching the semifinals of the NASDAQ-100?

CHANDA RUBIN: I feel good. I feel really good about the couple matches I've played the last couple rounds. I feel like I've been playing better and better each match. As the opponents get tougher, you really have to really enjoy a win like the one I had tonight and the one I had the other day.

Q. Are you now able to, because you're healthy and playing your best, able to put together a run rather than follow up a great match with a disappointing result?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I feel like I've put together some runs, you know, recently, I mean, in the last year that I've been playing, year and a half. I focus more on just being more consistent each week. It hasn't been anything spectacular - you know, that I would say was just really spectacular. But I feel like I've slowly gotten better, had some really nice tournaments last year, after being injured. So that was really, you know, for me, really exciting. I think now, definitely, I feel like I can play through, you know, to the finals, win any tournament I go into. That's how I want to approach each match. And win or lose, you know, just make somebody beat me.

Q. Could this be the best stretch, the best achievement ever?

CHANDA RUBIN: Maybe so. I don't know. I think the week I had in LA was really a great week for me back-to-back with Serena being No. 1 and playing the tennis that she was playing, following it up also with a Top 10 win with Dokic and then Davenport for the finals. But I would certainly put this maybe a little bit above that to win here, of course, because of the people that I would have to beat and also because of the size of the tournament and everybody that was here. So, definitely, this would be a real crown.

Q. When you talk about the confidence level that you feel like you can walk into any tournament and win it, is it fair to say there's kind of a gulf between players who have had some success against the Williamses and those who haven't? That that's a mental hurdle, once you've done something like beat Serena, you say, "Hey, I can do that," and there's a whole crowd of people out there who are talented that don't realize they can do it or can't do it?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think so much of tennis is mental at this level. Everybody can go out and hit the ball. I mean, you saw a match where, you know, a young player, the young French player actually played a really solid match against her and just came up a little bit short in some games, but it was a competitive match, a little more competitive than the score line. I think when you look at the difference from playing a really good match to being able to win those type of matches is experience, but also confidence, going out, knowing you can win. If you don't win that week, you can still win another week. That's part of, you know, of the game. When you get to the higher and higher levels when you're playing the Top 10 level, then Top 5, and competing for those top spots, very top spots, it's definitely confidence.

Q. Did beating Serena last year change you as a player? Did that give you a boost you're still riding?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think it definitely gave me a boost. Those kind of weeks are a boost for anyone. I felt going into it that I could win. I felt, you know, when I played her at Wimbledon, and played Venus at the French, they were really tough matches, but especially at Wimbledon, I felt like I was in there and just a few games here and there would have changed the match. Instead of being 3-3, it could have been a win in my favor. So it's a fine line that you walk in those type of matches. But, you know, I just knew that I needed to go out and just put it on the line and believe that I could win and, you know, she -- if she had still won that match, it wouldn't have changed the way I felt coming off of the court and the way I'm going to approach the next match. I think that's important, to have that kind of attitude, especially when you've been playing for a lot of years. Everybody knows everybody. You got to believe when you walk out there.

Q. Speaking of everybody knowing everybody, you've had good success against Jennifer, but you haven't played her for a while. How do you feel about that?

CHANDA RUBIN: I haven't played her since she won her Grand Slams, I think, and has been No. 1. It's just gonna be a new match. We've practiced a number of times. We both know each other's style. But it's about how you go out and compete. Every point, you know, each game, how you put the points together. It's just going to be important that I go out and be really solid, but continue to try to raise my level, raise the aggressiveness, you know, within the points, and, you know, see where it is at the end.

Q. You feel like she's at a different level than she was the last time you played her, because it's been so long?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think any time you look at a player who's won three Grand Slams since you last played them, there's going to be a difference in terms of how they see themselves. So, yeah, it will be different but, you know, it's just a match just like any other match that I've been in, where I have to approach it knowing what I need to go out and do, knowing my game. I might fall short a few times, but I still have to keep doing it. I believe, at the end, I'm good enough, you know, to be standing.

Q. Talk about that match with Serena when you beat her, and, generally, Serena and Venus, what are the points you think you can take advantage of when you play them? They obviously don't have very many weaknesses.

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I mean, actually, right now, for me, I mean, my focus is going to be Jennifer and having played Serena and, you know, having beaten her doesn't mean that, you know, there is a secret formula to beating her. For me, I just feel like, you know, with my game, when I'm playing well, I can beat anyone. And obviously, Serena has -- especially this year, she's raised her game, hasn't lost a match. You know, she's followed up last year's three Grand Slams. It's always a tough campaign, you know, to knock a player who has a lot of confidence off. I mean, but you just have to go in, believe that you can do it and, you know, have a game that can force a player like Serena, I think.

Q. It seems like you're going to match up well with Jennifer. You hit the ball hard off of her serves. You're in good position to neutralize a lot of her weapons?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think I just have to start off real quick, I have to start off seeing the ball real well. I know it's going to be coming hard, I know it's going to be coming deep. She hits the ball as well or better than anybody, stroke for stroke. It's going to be a match where I have to start off really seeing the ball and really quick off the ball.

Q. Is it a bit of a handicap to play at night?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't think so. I just played at night here, so I got a real good look and good feel.

Q. It is a different kind of play?

CHANDA RUBIN: It is, it is. You have to deal with different conditions, that's part of the game, you got to be able to adjust to different surfaces, different conditions, night, day. So I'm looking forward. It's a great match for me to have either way and to test myself. That's what I play for.

Q. Justine said she was feeling a bit lethargic around the court tonight. Did you sense that at all?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I felt like, you know, definitely -- I felt quicker and, you know, maybe she didn't seem quite as quick. But I felt like I was playing well and, you know, rushing her a little bit more. You know, it was just important not to let her get too comfortable out there and just take advantage where I could. But, you know, I didn't focus as much on kind of how she might have been feeling.

Q. You raced into that 4-love lead pretty quickly, then she came back again, I think she served out to love and had a breakpoint in the next game. Did you think to yourself, "I need to step back up again"?

CHANDA RUBIN: I thought I started making a few errors there I wasn't making at the beginning of the match. That's going to happen. You have to be able to recover from it and not let it go on too long. I felt like I competed well at like those points, even though I wasn't quite as crisp as I was in the first few games. But you just got to compete there and get it back on track and, you know, get back to the basics first. I felt I did that pretty well.

Q. Thirteen years I think it is on the tour now. Obviously, it's great on nights like this, tournaments like this, when things are going your way. You must have had moments as well when things haven't been quite so good. Can you talk about that and how much self-motivation you need on tour to get yourself through, back to moments like this?

CHANDA RUBIN: Not quite 13, I think, but, you know, who's counting... But I definitely feel like I've been through, you know, a lot of different situations out here. I've had some really great matches. I've had some really tough matches, tough losses, injuries, that whole thing. You know, for me, I just continue to be motivated, you know, every time I -- hopefully, every time I'm coming into a tournament. You know, I just feel like I haven't played my best tennis. I felt, coming back, even from this last injury, that I hadn't played my best tennis yet. So, you know, that's what continues to motivate me and to play it on a consistent basis and to really reach, you know, the maximum potential that I feel like is there for me in terms of my game. And, you know, tournaments, couple matches like I've had here, a tournament like this, it's definitely -- this is where I want to be, this is why I've done all the things that I've done to get back and why I've worked as hard as I have for 11-plus years out here, is to be in the hunt in moments like this. So it's worth it in the end.

End of FastScripts….
May 6th, 2003 01:52 PM
Bероника 2003 NASDAQ-100 OPEN

March 24, 2003

C. RUBIN/A. Mauresmo
6-0, 6-2

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. Can you just talk about, I guess you're back in the Top 10, it's the first time in several years. Can you talk about whether it was difficult to get back, to climb that back up. And how difficult was it, if so?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, it's been, I think, seven years and three surgeries, so I'd say it's definitely been a road for me. I wouldn't have said it's easy by a long shot. But I've worked hard and I've had some minor setbacks along the way. But I feel like I've been playing some really good tennis overall, when I've been able to be healthy and compete. That's what I take to the court with me every day - I try to anyway - regardless of where my ranking has been. So I feel really good to be back right now into the Top 10.

Q. Was there ever a point when you were up there before, ever a time when you took it for granted, you got there and said, "This is always going to be there"? Did you take things for granted at all?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't think so at all, because I got injured probably three or four months after breaking into the Top 10. I had a final here which got me up to 6, which was my highest. Pretty much a couple weeks later, my next tournament, my wrist started hurting me. So I don't think it was ever a point where I was just, you know, complacent about it, or I got a chance to, "Oh, I'm in the Top 10," and play tournaments and what have you. I've pretty much had to, right away, look at surgeries and, you know, career, when I'll be able to come back and all of that. I don't think I ever took it for granted. I didn't have a chance to.

Q. Can you give us a little detail about the injury, what happened?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I had my first wrist surgery in '96, I had a stress fracture which happened in April right after my final here in 1996. I was out for a good six months with that injury total. Then I've had two knee surgeries since then, one last year in January and one the January before, in 2001. So I've had a few rehabbing incidents just in the last couple years where I've had to work to get back from the knee injury.

Q. Same knee, different knee?

CHANDA RUBIN: Same knee.

Q. You won twice last year. Did that signal to yourself that you were getting back to where you wanted to be?

CHANDA RUBIN: Definitely. I mean, my goal this time around, and just, you know, since probably the first surgery, has just been to try to win events, at the end of the week, be the last person standing. So I felt really good winning the first one in Eastbourne after having coming back from the surgery. The second one was definitely sweet because of the players I had to beat in LA. It was definitely, you know, for me an indication of where I was and where I could be. I definitely have to sustain that level, you know, on a week-to-week basis, or try to anyway. I felt good about those wins.

Q. Today, in beating Amelie, somebody who hits the ball as hard as she does, you handled her fairly easily, what does that say about where your game is at?

CHANDA RUBIN: I definitely will take days like this. They don't come often. I felt like I played a really great match. She didn't play quite as well as she would have liked. I felt like I started off from the beginning and really stayed on her for most of the match. So, you know, it's something I can take into the next match. I've just wanted to continue building my next round, try to continue doing the same things but even be a little bit better, be a little more aggressive into the net, taking the play that way. And, you know, see where I am at the end of this thing.

Q. Do you have doubles later?


Q. You're a person who plays doubles a lot, too. Just talk about the balancing act you play in a given tournament if you happen to go far in both singles and doubles?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think this tournament is kind of strange because this is my first doubles match and it's Monday. So I don't know how that will work for the rest of the week, if I continue in both. I think it will be a little bit tough. I haven't played as much doubles as, you know, I played in years previous. But, you know, I always like playing. I think it's always good to, you know, still be in a competitive match but not, you know, be singles. If you're still in singles, I think it's nice on top of it. It just depends how I am feeling going into a tournament now - if I want to play, if I want to do the double-duty thing, you know. We'll see overall how much I play, but here, I'm playing.

Q. Why do you think we see such a disparity between doubles and singles as far as the way it's marketed?

CHANDA RUBIN: In singles, it's the more glamourous part. That's where the main -- everything is, you know, in singles. Your top players, the best players, are going to be playing singles. Doubles is a little more specialized, a very different game. It just doesn't get the same type of recognition. You know, in terms of what doubles requires versus singles, it's a lot of difference in terms of that as well. I think, overall, you put a lot more work into playing singles. Even when you're out there by yourself versus being out there with a partner, it's just a totally different game. I think singles is and probably always will be the more glamourous part compared to doubles.

Q. It's your first match on that court today. All through the tournament Venus and Serena got a lot of publicity, also some of the younger American girls that have done well. Does that affect you at all that you might not have had as much publicity?

CHANDA RUBIN: I'm fine with it. I have no problems with that part of it. I don't play it for publicity. It definitely comes along with doing well and, you know, once you're in the later rounds of the tournament and beating the top players. But in terms of it meaning something to me and it meaning something in terms of how I go out onto the court, it doesn't mean anything at all. I'd rather be in the finals with nobody knowing until the final day than have all the publicity and lose first or second round, so...

Q. Mauresmo has one of the finest backhands on the women's tour. How do you get yourself mentally ready to face that backhand?

CHANDA RUBIN: I mean, I don't look at it as any tougher than a number of other backhands out there. I mean, people can hit the ball. Most of the players you come up against who are in the Top 10 can play well, hit the ball well, you know, off both sides. But you have a number of people who hit the backhands really well. You just have to be ready for it. You know that when they can, they're going to try to be aggressive with it, take it up the line. You've just got to be ready to move and counter. That's the name of the game.

Q. To go back to your injury, what was your motivation during all the times you had surgery and trying to rehab, what brought you back to the sport?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think it was the feeling that I just hadn't reached my level, the highest level that I felt that I could play at. I hadn't played my best tennis. That was what motivated me to get back and try to reach that, try to see where I would end up when it was all said and done. Just feel like I played, you know, up to or at least as close as possible to what my potential is. When it's all said and done, I think I'll be happy with that, but it continues to motivate me.

Q. I think you said you were able to reach high standards but you weren't able to enjoy being there.

CHANDA RUBIN: I think sometimes -- well, the good part, and sometimes the most frustrating part about the game, is every week you have to continue to come out and prove it and continue to, you know, make a stand in terms of where your game is, where you feel your game is. That's what I feel like I can, you know, really do a lot better with and where I really want to reach my, you know, high level in terms of those things. So just getting into the Top 10 is, you know, not enough. I've done that before, of course. It's about maintaining it, going even further - I mean Top 5 - and really maintaining a certain level for however much longer I want to do it and want to compete. But, you know, until that time, every week I want to come out and, you know, put it on the line.

Q. Second set, she's just closed 2-3. You hit a spectacular running forehand cross-court. A lot of players would be jumping up and down, but not Chanda Rubin. Inside, is there some quiet exhilaration when you make a shot like that?

CHANDA RUBIN: Definitely, when you make it, it's clear. It's clear to everybody in the stands and it's definitely clear if you're the player on the court. I had a few shots that were really clutch and that I needed at some really tight times where she could have made more of a stand. I was pretty happy to make a couple of those.

Q. When are you going to show it to us on the court?

CHANDA RUBIN: I can't answer that. I mean, I just go out, playing the way that I play. You know, for me, the whole fist pumping all the time, you know, all of that stuff, I think sometimes it can take away, you know, and maybe the next point you play is a flat next point. Just depends on the player. For me, it's not me usually. But if it's in the finals, if I'm in a Grand Slam, we'll see. Maybe ask me then (laughing).

Q. You put a lot of your own time and money into programs to help promote tennis to young girls. Why do you feel so serious about that or take that role so seriously?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think it's important to give back. I definitely try to balance it out with my schedule and that comes first, what I'm trying to accomplish and what I'm trying to do as a player. There are certain things that I feel I can do that don't necessarily take away from what I'm trying to do personally. I just think it's important to, you know, try to promote, first and foremost, the game of tennis and the opportunities that it can provide for young people, as well as just the confidence that you can use in other areas - not just in tennis, if that's the road you choose to go or not. I think it's just important for me to try to get that across. I mean, tennis has helped me and meant a lot to me, so hopefully it can continue to bring it to more people, more kids.

Q. Growing up in southern Louisiana, a big tennis mecca, what put you into the sport?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, big tennis mecca (smiling)... When I was coming up, we had a really good junior program at my club in Lafayette. My parents played, so that's how I first started, first picked up a racquet. They just played for fun, they started playing tournaments later after college and really loved the game. So I kind of picked it up then. We just would go out, it was family time. For me, it was -- I guess I enjoyed it then, I don't remember much. But from then, I just started taking lessons there. As I said, we had a real good junior program. Got some good fundamentals. So I didn't have it too bad.

Q. How many gators you got swimming around in those bayous?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't count them (smiling).

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May 6th, 2003 01:50 PM

March 11, 2003

C. RUBIN/A. Sugiyama
0-6, 6-4, 6-4

An interview with:


MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. Kind of a tough start to start the match.

CHANDA RUBIN: It just was real erratic today. Definitely at the beginning of the match, I was not making enough balls. You know, she made just enough to make me play. Second set, I just had to, you know, totally turn things around and start making balls into the court first.

Q. Are you okay physically now? Have you been fine since the end of the year?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, I've been feeling pretty good. You know, I didn't play these tournaments actually the last couple years. You know, it's been nice just to be able to play and get my teeth into the tournament. Just trying to definitely be a little bit fitter going into these matches and going into these tournaments. Overall, I feel pretty good about where I am, the fact I'm playing.

Q. Results-wise, it doesn't seem you have the confidence you had last summer, say from the end of the US Open even up till now.

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I think, you know, I had a couple of tough losses after the US Open, indoor season. Definitely it was not quite the same level of tennis that I was playing then. I think now I'm definitely getting back to, you know, just a basic solid level of tennis that I was playing leading up to those tournaments. I think that's what it's going to take. I think now, the first match in a tournament is where I have to be playing my best tennis. These are matches I have to get through, give myself a chance. Later rounds in tournaments, quarters, semis, the finals, give myself a chance to be in there and then let the tennis, you know, unfold. I think that's what I did better over the summer months.

Q. Are you saying since you took those couple tough losses in the fall, I assume you're talking about Kim in the Championships, that mentally in the first matches you're getting a little tighter than you were before?

CHANDA RUBIN: I wouldn't say overall tighter. I think just the flow of playing definitely, you know, it's not going to be there every single week. For a long time I didn't play, so it's about sustaining that flow, that level of play over, you know, week in, week out over a number of given weeks. That's I think where my challenge is and where I want to get better, where I feel that these tournaments at the beginning of the year, it's an opportunity for me to get better with that for the Grand Slams, going into the summer months.

Q. So confidence-wise, this tournament has to be pretty good for you because now you're sort of back in the mix?

CHANDA RUBIN: Definitely. I mean, it's just good to really get into the heart of the tournament and still be playing when Wednesday rolls around, still have a chance and a shot at the title. That's what I wanted to do coming into here, you know, why you play the first few rounds, you really fight through those matches. I really feel good about where I am. You know, I think with my game I still have a lot of improvements that I can make and be a little more solid in certain instances, just a little tougher point in and point out. That's what I think it's going to take for me to keep progressing this week and the weeks to come. That's what I'm going to be working on.

Q. Are you pretty confident? The level you showed last summer was pretty much Top 5 level. Are you pretty confident that's coming back and you can really challenge for the top?

CHANDA RUBIN: I definitely feel like I can challenge for the top and for that level. I mean, even the first couple tournaments this year, I had a couple tough losses in Australia at The Open, and also in Tokyo. I feel like even in those tournaments, Tokyo in particular, I was really playing well. That's where I was in the summer. I didn't play every match great, but, you know, I did enough each time to win, and in those bigger matches, that's where you have to step up. That's what it's about, you know, stepping up when you need to. I think a match like today, it's really good in terms of that. Hopefully I can just continue with that and use the upcoming matches that I'm going to have against better players, use that, you know, to be even better with it.

Q. With Venus and Serena not in the field, how wide open is this tournament?

CHANDA RUBIN: You have to say a tournament is wide open when you first hear that neither one of them are in the draw just based on the way things have been going. Percentage-wise, they've won -- one or the other has won most of the tournaments they've played in. Definitely, you know, I think it's anybody's tournament. Certainly, looking at the quarterfinals, it's up for grabs. It's good to have a shot at it, be in the hunt.

Q. Lindsay was saying a few days ago she also thought this was a really good testing ground for who the next couple players are going to be who actually may go to Miami, challenge Venus and Serena.

CHANDA RUBIN: I think that can be the case. I still feel that in terms of, you know, having the challenge to Venus and Serena being the bar for some reason, if you just hypothetically look at it that way, I think the true test is when everybody is playing and when everybody's at a particular tournament. When Venus and Serena, in particular, are at a tournament. This I think is a great week for anyone who's going to step up to really, you know, solidify their game, just the confidence that it takes to win a big event like this one. But, you know, it's a whole new ballgame. Each tournament you go into, you have to be ready to compete, ready to fight. You just don't know in a given week who is going to be ready to step up. I don't think it's necessarily going to be the indication as to who steps up here, but certainly it's a big step on the road, you know, to where I think most of us want to go.

Q. Mauresmo also said she feels now, because Venus and Serena are playing at a higher level, especially physically, that everyone else has to add a couple more elements to their game. Do you agree with that?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think, you know, to beat one or the other, you definitely have to have an extra gear that you can go to. You can't just, you know, sit on the baseline and expect to just get balls back and win. That's always been the way that I've approached it. I don't know how other players have looked at it or what other players' approach has been to playing the Williams sisters. For me, that's the way I've always looked at it. Even the players just below them, that's the way I feel I have to go out and play. You just have to be able to put it on the line, take your chances, try to make something happen in matches, because nobody is giving you matches, everybody is out here competing and fighting.

Q. Don't you have the winner of Kim?


Q. If you happen to play her, she's given you a rough time.


Q. Can you talk about how you're going to approach that differently this time.

CHANDA RUBIN: I haven't really thought so much about it yet after just playing today. I think it's really going to be about, you know, how I start off the match, you know, how I give myself a chance just to get into the match and get into the play. I think the couple times I've played her last, I just hadn't given myself that opportunity. You know, for me, I'm looking at it as a whole new match, a whole new ballgame. Win or lose, I want to go out and play the way I know I can play and compete the way I know I can compete. We'll see who's better.

Q. Can you talk about Dechy?

CHANDA RUBIN: Actually, right, she plays tonight. I'm making assumptions. I think it's actually going to be an interesting match between the two of them because Dechy can make a lot of balls, takes the ball just early enough at times to be able to give Kim problems. For me against a player like her, it would be a similar type of game plan. It's more focused on how I go out, how I hit the ball, give myself the chances for the points to evolve, for me to attack and be able to finish points at the net. That's how I'm going to have to play either way.

Q. With the WTA looking for a new CEO, what are some of the top issues you think should be addressed?

CHANDA RUBIN: In terms of?

Q. Just issues on the tour that you think have to be addressed with the new CEO.

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I think with Kevin kind of going out, things have been on the right track certainly from what I hear and from what I see. I think that is going to be just as important to continue that, to continue to try to move forward, you know, with making the tour more recognizable as a whole, making it stronger just as a product, as a brand. I think that is definitely the first and foremost most important thing. Just letting people -- television-wise, that's where everything is, that's where the strength of sports is right now today. I think that's going to be important for us to tap into that, just to bring it all together.

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May 6th, 2003 01:48 PM

November 6, 2002

Lost to Kim Clijsters, 6-1, 6-2

Q. How was the court playing out there today? Was it fast or slow compared to the other ones?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I mean, it's fairly slow as compared to courts overall, but practice courts are pretty much the same, so it wasn't a big change.

Q. Any rhyme or reason as to what happened out there today?

CHANDA RUGIN: Just didn't start off loose enough. Didn't serve well at all. That was the first thing. I had many chances on her serve, break points that I didn't capitalize on. I didn't play the big points well at all. I didn't give myself a chance to win the match.

Q. How were you feeling going into the match?

CHANDA RUBIN: I was feeling pretty good, hitting the ball pretty well, and even in that match overall I was hitting the ball well. I didn't play smart on the big points. You know, a few shots that you have to make at different times in a match that I probably didn't make any of them, so it was tough to really have a shot, you know, playing the points that I did.

Q. Putting this match behind you, talk about your career. What have you turned around to achieve your success in your career after your injuries? What's happened this year?

CHANDA RUBIN: It's definitely been a fairly good year coming into this tournament. I only had half a year of tournaments, so it was great for me to be here and have a shot out there today. I'm just disappointed at this time that I didn't take better advantage of it and play a better match. I will put it into perspective a little bit later.

Q. What's the most challenging thing about coming back after your injuries?

CHANDA RUBIN: Probably that it was a second injury, and I spent the better part of last year as well injured and trying to come back from the injury. It was tough this year having to do the same thing, and at the beginning of the year, knowing I needed another surgery and have another half a year the way that I did last year. I think that was the toughest part about it. You know, I just had to put that into perspective as well. You do what you can to get back and get healthy and look forward to playing.

Q. Is this a successful year in light of this showing?

CHANDA RUBIN: Fairly. I mean, there is days like today that could have been much better, so I have had a few of those over the course of the year, and I'm just going to try to, at a certain point, look towards next year and, you know, starting out, getting fit and trying to start out the year and be healthy. I just look forward to that.

Q. Did you ever think about retiring in the last couple of years with these injuries?

CHANDA RUBIN: No, I hadn't.

Q. Talk about Kim's play today. What did she -- how she played in the match?

CHANDA RUBIN: She played a pretty good match, pretty clean. It's tough, you know, to say that as well, because I feel like there were some chances I had that I didn't capitalize on. I gave her too many points. She played well enough.

Q. You were the last person to beat Serena. What's the secret to beating her?

CHANDA RUBIN: I wouldn't say there is a secret or anything like that. I don't know that anyone can say that. No one has beaten her consistently this year. She's still won the last three Grand Slams. You have to go out there and feel confident and good and moving well, hitting the ball well. It depends on your game. You have to have a certain amount of confidence going into the match.

Q. Is there something you did in that match that you had to do against her that other players haven't been doing against her?

CHANDA RUBIN: I only played her once before. I hadn't played her before. I had not previously played her and had a lot of experience with her game besides just hitting with her here and there. It's not really something I can say conclusively. It's this, this and that. It's a match where things came together for me at the right time. I felt I had the game to beat her, enough game to match up and win. I think that's the most important thing going onto the court. You have to feel like you can win.

Q. Is it difficult in a tournament like this to have to come out and play Kim Clijsters in the first round?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think first rounds are always a little bit tough. It's tough for everybody. I mean, it's not a whole lot of players that come right out of the gate and play their best tennis in the first round. You have to look at it that way, and I mean, it's a match where, obviously, it's a tough first round, the toughest first round you're going to get. You're in the championships and you expect that when you come here.

Q. When you played at the US Open where there are huge crowds, do you think that makes a difference when you're not playing well, you would fight more when there are a lot of people supporting you or when there is an empty arena?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think a little atmosphere is always good. In this particular arena you didn't have a whole lot of it because it was fairly empty. I mean, we play in different conditions. Sometimes there is a huge crowd. Sometimes the crowd isn't quite so big. As I said in the previous questions, it's the same for both players. You just have to try to find different things to sort of get yourself going. It's not always going to be the crowd. You're not always going to get everything from the crowd.

Q. You still remember the shot you missed versus Venus Williams in the US Open in the third set, or you forgot?

CHANDA RUBIN: At the moment, no. I mean, I'm focused on this match, and so that's what I'm having immediate thoughts about at the moment. I mean, that was a shot that I thought of for probably a couple weeks after the US Open, but you know, I don't think it just comes down to one shot, you know, in a match. There are big points and points you need to win and where you have to play a higher percentage and that type of thing, but I don't think a match comes down to one shot. It was an opportunity on that shot, and then I had another opportunity on the next one. I didn't play quite as relaxed at that point as I needed to. She also came up with a couple shots that she needed to on the next couple of points, so it's a combination of things. You just have to learn from it and get better for the next time.

Q. Your mother is a teacher. If you were to give this year a grade from A to F, what would you give it?

CHANDA RUBIN: At the moment, I don't know. I'm not up to grading it right now. You know, I mean, overall it's been a good year. You try to keep that in perspective. The biggest thing is I'm healthy, at the end of the year I'm healthy. That's something I haven't been in the last couple -- probably the last two years I haven't been healthy at the end. That's the one thing that I think is great.

Q. How much of a factor is your knee still? Is it something you have to take care of very much after a match or, you know, how much does it still figure into your play or not or deciding not to, how often you play?

CHANDA RUBIN: I still take care of it. I still try to get the work that I need on my body after a match to be able to continue, you know, in the tournament. If I have a match the next day or if I have a day off the next day, I try to get a little work on it. It has been fine. It has been feeling good, and the main thing is I've just been trying to get overall fitness and keep everything else strong and make sure I keep focusing on the rest of my body as well. I don't want to have an injury somewhere else as a result of not being balanced, so that's been the most important thing.

Q. Thank you.

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May 6th, 2003 01:47 PM


August 31, 2002

C. RUBIN/L. Raymond
7-6, 6-4

An interview with:


MODERATOR: Questions for Chanda.

Q. Tough conditions today, wind and everything?

CHANDA RUBIN: A little bit tough. A little blustery out there. You know, Lisa also had something to do with that. She has sometimes a difficult game to play, great slice that can really neutralize her opponent. Definitely a little bit difficult, especially early on.

Q. How important was it to win that first set?

CHANDA RUBIN: It was more important I think just to make a better stand, because even if I had lost the first set, you know, make it where it's tight and where I started feeling my shots a little bit more so that if I had lost the first, going into the second I could have really recovered a lot better. So that was more important to me than actually winning it. You know, winning it definitely was nice in the end.

Q. Winning the tiebreaker kind of handily, how did that affect the second set?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think the first couple games it gave me a lot of momentum, which I tried to capitalize on, really try to run the second set out. Definitely had a couple opportunities, especially off the return, you know, at 5-2, then on my serve. I think winning the tiebreaker handily, it just kind of solidified, you know, and I relaxed a little bit more after winning that set.

Q. Did you feel her deflate after that?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think a little bit. She's up 5-2, served for it one time. You know, all of a sudden you're in the tiebreaker. To lose it 7-2, I think it was, I think definitely deflated her a little bit - for a moment.

Q. Playing Venus in the next round. What do you take out of the French Open match you had against her? I realize it's a different surface. Do you take anything mentally out of that match?

CHANDA RUBIN: I do. I take a bit from a number of the matches that I played, you know, the first match being there because it was against her. But also since then, a few matches that I've had against some top players, Serena a couple of times. There's a lot I take from each match. But I want to first, you know, going into the match just get a better start. That's going to be my biggest focus going into it, starting off well, really keeping the pressure, which is what I didn't do as well at the French when I had an opportunity early on in the match. I want to do that a lot better.

Q. It seems like people have a difficult time getting started against Venus. How much of that is Venus and her game? How difficult does she make that for you?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, she makes it difficult. I mean, she doesn't hand the early games to you. If you don't start off quick, you don't start off really seeing the ball, picking the ball up quickly, you can be a little bit behind the curve on a lot of shots. A lot of it has to do with her, but I've also had some slow starts just in a couple of my matches. For me, in my mind, it has more to do with me than with her going into this match.

Q. Do you feel like you've been playing some of your best tennis in a long time the last few weeks or so? And why is that?

CHANDA RUBIN: I have been. I haven't quite reached my stride here yet. I don't feel like I have. It's gotten better since my first round. Overall, I've been playing really well over the summer. It sort of peaked a little bit at LA with some really top wins. I just feel like coming back and starting to play, having the opportunity to play, I really just tried to, you know, focus on what I need to do going out in a match. You know, the first thing is giving the point a chance to evolve, then my game can sort of open up. I can attack more, I get more opportunities, you know, just to be aggressive, moving forward. A lot of things that can sort of happen in my game, if I'm negotiating those earlier stages of the points, really being a little more solid. I focus a lot on that since coming back. I just want to take advantage of every opportunity I have. I'm a little more focused on that.

Q. After winning LA, you beat Serena, Dokic, Lindsay. You were thought of no longer just a dark horse in this tournament. A lot of people thought you were more in the top group. Do you feel that way or do you feel just going out against Venus and playing her tough for a couple of sets is good enough?

CHANDA RUBIN: No, definitely not. I feel like, you know, I'm up with the top players that have a shot at winning this event. For me, it's been taking one match at a time. I haven't looked too far ahead. If it happens, great. If it doesn't, it's still going to be important for me, you know, to focus on what got me here and how I've been playing, you know, how I want to set up the play once I'm out on the court. That's going to be my focus. I feel like if I don't go out and win this match, I'm going to be very disappointed. It's going to be a tough match. I'm going to have to compete hard. I'm going to have to really raise my level just a little bit more. But that's what this game is about. I mean, it's about putting it on the line. These are the big events. Nobody wants to lose. Nobody wants to go home early. Go out and give it your best shot.

Q. A lot of people look at Venus and Serena as a big psychological hurdle in any draw. You being more of a veteran player, do you look at them as more of an opportunity as opposed to these big hurdles you have to get over?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, they are hurdles, so to speak. You know, when you compare to any other player in the draw, first and foremost, they're two of the biggest players out there, athletic, physical, you know, really great athletes, hitting the ball big. You have the physical aspect, but you also have the fact that they're playing the best tennis right now. They're the players to beat. You know, it's a combination of things. It takes an effort to beat either one of them. It takes an effort to beat a couple of the other top players, as well. You know, it's just where the game is right now. It happens that I'm playing Venus in the Round of 16 instead of someone else. You know, you've got to go out and compete every match, take care of whoever you have in the draw.

Q. It sounds like you sort of relish the challenge. There's some women who come in and sound like they're not relishing the stage that that presents.

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, it is a challenge. I've never, you know, sort of backed down from a challenge. I mean, that's the not the way that I go out there and the way I'm made up and the way I feel about myself. A challenge is just that: something you have to push yourself a little harder to overcome, you have to work a little bit better, be a little bit better. You know, that's important. Otherwise, you know, what are you doing if you're just going to stay at the same level and not push yourself?

Q. What do you mean by "negotiating the point"?

CHANDA RUBIN: Just letting the first few balls -- letting the point sort of, I guess, evolve. That's probably more a word my coach says (laughter). Don't tell him that. Just letting -- you know, making those first few balls from the return. I definitely want to be more aggressive on the return when I have a chance, really attack second serves. But you have to make those first few balls and allow the point, you know, to just play itself out so that you can sort of get into the middle of the point and be looking to really attack, move forward. That's how I've tried to approach playing, approach individual points.

Q. Do you feel like you're better deeper into the point?

CHANDA RUBIN: I feel like I'm pretty good deep into the points. You know, sometimes the early part of the points I'll just try to pull the trigger a little bit too quick, go for something a little too quickly, a little too early when it's not quite there. It's more of just picking the right shots to do it on. You know, once I get into the point, I feel pretty confident. I'm confident about moving forward, I'm confident about volleying, you know, looking to really hit the ball, run around, hit forehands, really be aggressive. You know, it's a question of early on in the points.

Q. Will it be a big factor against Venus if you can get those points extended?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think it will be. She's also very good when points go long. She has a little bit extra, few extra steps on me, a little more reach. You know, it can be a little more difficult against a player like her deep into the points. I'm just going to have to be more aggressive at that time. That doesn't mean go for more, which is what players get into when you're playing someone who gets a lot of balls back, who is strong, who is also hitting the ball. You tend to go for a little too much when they get that extra ball back. For me, I'm going to have to be more aggressive, not go for more, but be more aggressive, putting it away at the net, see where I am at the end.

Q. To have come back from knee surgeries the way you have, do you feel that's made you mentally tougher to the point where maybe challenges don't seem as big to you as they might have before because you've overcome some pretty big ones already?

CHANDA RUBIN: The challenges I've had, I've been able so far to overcome them. There are many greater challenges that people have in life. I try to keep it in perspective, as well. If the worst thing I have to go through is surgery, you know, so I can continue to play tennis, I'm doing pretty well. That's how I look at it now. I don't know what the future is going to hold. Definitely I feel like, you know, I'm strong enough to overcome what I have to deal with.

Q. Is it fair to say you're playing better than you were at Roland Garros or is just a matter of confidence?

CHANDA RUBIN: I do feel like I'm playing better. I do feel more confident. Can't help but feel more confident. I've had a lot more matches. I've had a couple more tournament wins. I'm going to, you know, just continue to use that in my next matches. I didn't have that going into Roland Garros. I didn't have quite as many matches under my belt.

Q. You look at the Round of 16. It's a lot more seeded players. Is there a difference between the third round and the fourth round? Does the intensity pick up? How does that change?

CHANDA RUBIN: It can. Also a lot of it depends on who you're playing. Usually the matches get tougher unless in the second round if you're not seeded or you're not seeded very high, you have the tougher player early on. The matches just get a bit tougher. I played Lisa Raymond today. My next round is a player who is a lot higher, a lot hotter in terms of how she's playing. There is going to be a little more intensity that goes into that match. You know, also because you want to get to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, there's more intensity because of that.

Q. Didn't you meet Venus when she was quite young at a clinic or something?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, the first time we met, yes.

Q. How old was she?

CHANDA RUBIN: Probably 11 maybe.

Q. That was in Houston?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't remember where. I think maybe Philly, something like that. I'm not quite sure where.

Q. Would you mind going over your impressions?

CHANDA RUBIN: It was just sort of, you know, a fun event. It wasn't seeing her play in a tournament or anything like that. She and her sister, at that time they were already tall, but very lean, very thin. It was all arms and legs. You could see that there was going to be some potential. You also could see in terms of Mr. Williams what he felt, already the whole plan that he had put into place for them. At that point, couldn't really know if that was going to come true. I think to a lot of people it was very hard to believe because they didn't play as many junior tournaments, they didn't go through the process that just about every other player has gone through in getting to player play at this level. It was hard to believe, but you could definitely see some potential with it. That's sort of how I look I looked at it.

Q. Did they ask for your autograph?


Q. They already thought they were going to beat you?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yes, yes (smiling).

Q. When you came on the tour, there wasn't this power game. What have you done to adjust your game to deal with the power?

CHANDA RUBIN: Just working on, you know, making my game just a little bit bigger, being more aggressive, trying to move forward into the court, finish off points when I have the chance, when the person is on the defensive. I mean, for me, that's how my game sort of gains a little bit of size. I still like to hit the ball from the ground. I still like to hit my forehand when I have a ball that I can step into a second serve and really pop it. You have to take those opportunities, as well, with the game being so powerful. It's also about, you know, playing a little smarter at times, as well, at the net.

Q. Do you feel like you're hitting harder than you used to?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't know if I'm hitting a lot harder. Hopefully my technique is a little better. I've tried to work on that more than hitting the ball harder. The pace is there. I've always had a bit of that. But my technique continues to improve, I continue to get that more solid under pressure, then the pace is going to continue to be there when it's tight, 5-All in the third set, deuce. You can keep generating the pace you need to generate to stay on even par with these players.

Q. How is returning serve different, more powerful serves?

CHANDA RUBIN: That's probably the biggest difference. You have to be a little bit quicker, see the ball a little earlier. You know, picking it up, giving yourself as much time as possible to move either way. Sometimes it's just too fast. It's something that I'm continuing to work on. I'm going to try to work on a little before this match.

Q. Does Venus have the best backhand you've ever faced?

CHANDA RUBIN: It's difficult to say. I mean, I think a lot of her other skills combined with her backhand. She gets to the ball very quickly, she has a lot of reach, she has a lot of leverage off of that side. She can make gets, actually come up with a shot that's offensive when you feel that you're in an offensive position. She can sort of turn the tables just because of her speed and size combined with it. I think that has -- the overall effect has more of an impact than just the basic backhand.

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May 6th, 2003 01:46 PM
Wimbledon, England

July 1, 2002

6-3, 6-3

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Chanda.

Q. Well, I know you're disappointed, but I thought you played great.


Q. You hit a lot of forcing shots. You won a lot of points on them - your forehand, backhand combination.

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, you know, it was a decent match. Definitely I've been playing well. So it's, you know, I definitely felt that I could go out and I was going to go out and play a good match. But I just had a few instances where I just didn't execute. And, you know, you can't do that, I mean, to win a match like that. So definitely she played better today, I mean, to win.

Q. How far away do you think your game is from sort of reaching the level with those girls?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't think it's far. It's just, you know, executing, and a few times where I really needed to keep, you know, keep the pressure in the match. She actually, I thought, played better today and, you know, didn't make quite as many errors. So she forced me a little bit more. But just it's going to be a question of executing at, you know, those few opportunities that you have. And I don't think I'm far off. But, I mean, a match like today, you know, it's 3 and 3. It's not that close, you know, in terms of the score. So I just have to keep working.

Q. You had several deuces in addition to the 3 and 3.

CHANDA RUBIN: Right. I mean, it was a little bit closer than that score. But still, when you walk off, it's still 6-3, 6-3. And, you know, that's just gonna be where I have to clean up and get better and, you know, continue to do what I'm doing, continue to attack. And I think I've gotten definitely a lot more consistent, and that's been my goal as well. I can serve a little bit better, you know, in a match like that. But, you know, there's still a lot of work for me to do and that shows me that.

Q. If you look back to when you were in Charleston and you hadn't even started playing matches yet, would you have dreamed that you could have come so quickly, so fast?

CHANDA RUBIN: I didn't think of it then. You know, I didn't have a set place in mind where I thought I would be, you know, come Wimbledon. But I certainly felt that I was hitting the ball well. You never know how you're going to start off playing. I just wanted to allow myself the chance to, you know, get -- to get there, wherever that was going to be. And, you know, I started off trying to concentrate from Berlin and Rome, you know, which kind of just got my feet into playing tournaments. But from those tournaments on, I really concentrated on trying to really work my way into matches and be consistent and really let my game evolve. And I think that's why I've been playing as well as I have. And at the moment, I still was expecting more. So it's a little bit tough for me.

Q. Do you still leave positive and happy with how you've done here?

CHANDA RUBIN: You know, I'm fairly positive right now. It's just, you know -- just very disappointed, you know, in the result today. But there's a lot that I can build on, and I'm definitely going to have to, you know, move forward. I'm in the next tournaments. I come back tomorrow, I'll play doubles and go through the tournament and see how far I can go in that. Then, you know, set my sites on the next tournaments which are the hardcourts. I'm definitely looking forward, but it's tough at the moment - a tough loss.

Q. She had to bring her A game to beat you, though.

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, that's what you want. You want a player to have to do that - definitely. It's just I feel -- and I know that I had chances. And, you know, I'm kind of focused on that right now. But, you know, as I said, there's a lot for me to build on. You definitely have to take the positives. I mean, I'm not going to start being negative now after everything I've been through. I'm back playing and healthy and playing well, so I'm just going to keep trying to let that come out and get better. I mean, that's the name of the game, is getting better.

Q. There were chances that had to be grabbed because the ball was coming so quickly. They weren't gaping, wide-open chances, were they?

CHANDA RUBIN: No, no. I mean, nothing was just clear-cut - maybe the last game, you know. I think that one was probably the easiest shot that I had that I missed. You can't afford that. But, you know, even just the smallest opportunities, you got to grab them. You got to grab them. That's the difference in the match, in a match like this where a player's playing well. If she wasn't playing quite as well, I might have had a few more. But you have to take those chances, and she was better at it.

Q. How well do you think she is playing?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think she's hitting the ball really, really solidly. I mean, against me, I thought she was more consistent. And, you know, she served pretty well. I mean, I feel like I could have done a bit better on her serve, but I think she served pretty well. And she was pretty tough. She didn't really give me a whole lot in this match. So it's a good sign for her.

Q. Was it your game plan today to have your serves in the 80s at first, to try to give her more trouble with them? You were using a lot of spin.

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah. I mean, I'm definitely trying to, you know, use more spin and get her out of the court right off the bat. Especially once I realized I needed to keep attacking, and that included serving and volleying. So definitely, it was a question -- trying to concentrate more on making good serves, solid serves, not trying to go for too much. And, you know, that's something I'm going to have to do still a lot better. Because the couple games that I lost were, you know, dropoffs, and it's clear what happens when that dropped off for me.

Q. Her big criticism of herself was the ones you were hitting out wide to the forehand.

CHANDA RUBIN: Yes, I'm sure. She missed quite a few of those. She didn't get on it quite as well. The grass, it's a little bit tougher of course. And for me, I just felt that, you know, I was still trying to attack and move forward. Once you get a player out, you just have to get to the next shot because it's an open court. So it's just the maneuvering.

Q. Do you think she's going to win the whole thing?

CHANDA RUBIN: It's tough to say. I mean, I think she definitely can. She's proven that - that she can win a Grand Slam. I think the grass, the way she's playing on it now, is definitely -- I think she can. But we'll see.

Q. You must have been really pleased with your movement, having had two knee surgeries. You were covering the court awfully well.

CHANDA RUBIN: My movement has been good. I've been pretty quick off the ball. It's mainly been a question of seeing it, so you're really working more with my eyes now. But physically, my knee feels really good out there, and I'm not favoring or anything like that. So I'm pleased with that part of it. It will be nice, once this is over, for me to go and get some nice training and really build my fitness and get quicker and, you know, really try to take advantage of that on the hardcourts, the footing.

Q. In terms of your game, do you feel that you have the game to one day win a Slam?

CHANDA RUBIN: I definitely feel that. I've been close once or twice. Now, it's definitely a little bit of a different game, but I think I'm a better player from then. So definitely, I've set my sites on that. The main thing is to go out in a given week and win tournaments. I did that last week, which was really a nice, nice win for me to end up, you know, after the week was over, be the one without having lost a match. So definitely I feel like it's just another step further to win a Grand Slam. But it's going to take, you know, a big effort on my part, and I'm going to have to keep working and just get over that hump. I don't know when that will be, but that's what it's going to take, I think.

Q. Martina Hingis said she felt middle-aged on the tour now. How do you feel?

CHANDA RUBIN: I probably feel a little bit younger than her, which is good (laughing). I feel pretty good. I mean, it's -- you never know; things change so quickly. So, knock on wood... But I feel fit and I feel healthy and I think, you know, when I have that, mentally I'm looking forward and I'm eager to go out and play. So in terms of how I feel, I don't feel quite as old yet, as maybe I did six months ago (laughing). So I take it month by month.

Q. During those injuries, did you ever feel that you were cursed?

CHANDA RUBIN: I tried not to think about that, actually. Because if I did, I probably might have thought that because it's just the timing of the injuries. But, you know, I definitely try not to lament too much on it. There's a whole lot worse things that could be happening to a person. So I was injured, I wasn't able to play this game, you know, that I've played most of my life. There's still a bright, bright sky out there the next morning. So I tried to kind of focus on that instead of the negative parts of it.

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May 6th, 2003 01:45 PM
Wimbledon, England

June 28, 2002

C. RUBIN/T. Panova
6-4, 6-1

An interview with:



Q. What happened in the first set? What do you think caused the shakiness?

CHANDA RUBIN: Just I started off missing, and erratic, and I mean the balls are just sitting up there, and I just felt I could hit them (smiling). Unfortunately, they weren't going in. So I had to kind of pull back and really settle myself. She's a dangerous opponent. She gets a lot of balls back. I think she's -- playing her today, she's gotten the most balls back, and I think has been the quickest person I've played in a while. So definitely I had to change my mindset a little bit.

Q. Being able to out-rally her from the baseline, what kind of message does that send to you?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I felt that I should be able to do that. I feel that as long as I'm in the court with my shots, eventually I can overpower a player like her. And, you know, that's what I set out to do, and that's what -- you know, I'm going to be doing when I'm playing well, so...

Q. Nobody's taken a set from you since....

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, right. That's right. I forgot. Okay (smiling).

Q. You were talking a little bit at the French about your recovery from injury. What stage do you think you're at now? Do you still feel anything?

CHANDA RUBIN: I feel healthy. Physically, everything feels good. I mean, you know, the more matches you play, little things you really have to take care of, of yourself, and get to work after every match. And that's what I've been doing. But everything has been going really well. I feel like I can come back the next day and play and the next day after that, and that's what I wanted to work up to when I came back from injury.

Q. And mentally and rhythm-wise, you're better than even before?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, I definitely feel better - and I can improve still a lot more. I mean, there's more things I definitely have to, you know, get better. But it's -- everything I think is just in front of me, and I'm looking forward to that. This is a great opportunity just for me to play and match up against anybody, and I think that's what I'm going to have to do to get where I want to go.

Q. Are the doubles almost a way to just have a good hit?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, it's still competition and you still have to, you know, put points together. It works on the volleys quite a bit because I serve and volley in doubles. And so it gets me moving forward more, and I think that helps my singles as well. And, you know, you want to go and win every match you play - singles or doubles.

Q. Has it been a real disappointment here these last three years? You lost in the first round all three times but you seem to have a decent grass court game.

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, it's been a very big disappointment. I've actually come into the tournament playing well, having played Eastbourne before and played well I think the last three years. So it's really been a bit frustrating to lose first round. But, you know, I just felt coming in to this year that that was in the past. And I'm playing well. I was going to make sure that I got at least out of the first round (laughter).

Q. What's your approach with Serena?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I haven't really thought about it yet. Just kind of finished this match and gonna go and relax today and rest up. You know, I have tomorrow kind of to really start focusing on it and tomorrow evening. But I think just a bit of the same in terms of my game: just go out and be aggressive. I mean, I have to, you know, attack even more. But I'm going to have to be consistent and match her, you know, match her shot for shot, you know, and points, and just work through, work through the match.

Q. Any difference in the way you approach her to the way you approach Venus?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't know yet. I haven't thought that deeply. You're way ahead of me (smiling).

Q. During the injuries, what kept you motivated or going?

CHANDA RUBIN: Just getting, you know, getting back to playing. I watched a lot of the tournaments on television and, you know, I always saw myself back playing and back in the thick of things, you know, in the mix, so to speak. So that kept me motivated and just, you know, kept me, you know, focused on building slowly back from the injuries.

Q. Did you ever have any doubts?

CHANDA RUBIN: No. Not -- I mean, once I had the surgery, you know, wasn't ever a real, real doubt I think. Because, you know, I felt pretty positive about everything. I mean, you never really know how something's going to turn out. And when you have an operation, you know, and someone goes in and messes around, you never are totally positive how things are going to be when you're back competing. But I always felt positive about it.

Q. Do you ever have envious or jealous thoughts watching Venus and Serena winning Slams while you're not able to play and do what you can do?

CHANDA RUBIN: No, no, definitely. Because I felt like, you know, it's just a matter of me getting healthy. Of course, you know, the injuries, it's not something you can really help a lot of times and, you know, it's unfortunate. Okay, it's unfair and "Why me?" and all of that. But I never looked at, you know, any other players, you know, playing and felt jealousy about it. I just felt that my time is going to come. If I'm going to get healthy, my time will come. And, you know, the health is -- you know, do everything you can and then you just leave it, you know, leave it to whatever's going to happen.

Q. Were "the sisters" an inspiration to you when you were coming back?

CHANDA RUBIN: Definitely. I mean, I thought it was just great to see them, you know, I mean basically stepping up. And Serena this year, you know, has really stepped up and stepped her game up. I think she's always had the ability. And I'm sure she has felt that as well, and you're just seeing the results of that. Yeah, it is an inspiration. They believe they can do it and that's why they're going out and putting it on the line every day. You have to admire that.

Q. I'd like to ask you about Anna. Her ranking is in the mid 50s or thereabouts. In terms of her game, do you see her coming back, being a Top 10 player? Does she have the game for that or not really?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, she was already Top 10, so obviously, you know, she has the game for it. And she's still one of the most talented players out here - and people tend to forget that. You know, you never know how someone is going to progress and what road they're going to take, especially after being injured. I know that firsthand. But the talent is there. I don't think anybody would deny that.

Q. Do you think she's misunderstood as a person?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think, you know, it would be a little presumptious of me to say , to answer that, because I don't really know. I know her pretty well, and we play doubles now, and you get to know a person better as you kind of interact with them more. And we've always had a good relationship. You know, but her life is very different from mine, so... (smiling).

Q. If I could put it a different way, how is Anna as a person?

CHANDA RUBIN: I've always enjoyed her. I mean, we've practiced together numerous times and we actually -- hadn't actually played together but we played against each other. You know, you go out, you compete. I have a lot of respect for her talent and, you know, for her game. She's always a person where you have to go out and have your game, you know, to beat her. So that's really all I take it as. I take face value. And, you know, that works.

Q. Did your father ever try to steer you into a legal career?


Q. Was he one of those dads that was "Whatever you want to do is what you want to do"?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah. I think he was more into tennis (laughter). He still plays every day. Sometimes he was playing more than me. So, you know, I had to kind of get myself going to match him. But he's always enjoyed the game. My whole family's always enjoyed the game. They encourage me to do what I wanted to do and follow that and, you know, wasn't ever any kind of tug or anything like that.

Q. Did you feel an inclination to teach?

CHANDA RUBIN: I did for a little while when I was younger. I went and spent some time with my mom when she went to work a few times, you know, Career Day and all that. And I did for a minute, and then I realized how hard it is. So no (smiling). So, you know, I'm doing what I want to be doing definitely.

Q. Did you ever watch your dad swing the gavel?

CHANDA RUBIN: Once or twice, but it was boring. It was boring, yeah.

Q. What kind of a judge is he, tough or soft?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, tough. No, no, he's tough.

Q. Tougher than he is at home?

CHANDA RUBIN: Probably about the same. No, maybe a little bit tougher. You know, he has his courtroom demeanor for sure.

Q. You had that amazing match with Aranxta at the Australian Open. Is that the highest level you were ever at, do you think? Have you been able to get back to that?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, ranking-wise, yes. And I think at that period of time, yes, it was definitely, you know, the highest level that I had been playing -- that I played at. And, you know, you have to in order to break into the Top 10 and, you know, get solidly into the Top 10. But I feel now I'm actually, you know, a better player. And, you know, overall I feel that I'm playing better. I understand the game a lot more. And, you know, just a bit more thoughtful out there and, you know, still trying to be aggressive and still trying to have that game that I came out with and that I've always -- the way that I've always loved to play, which is, you know, hitting the ball, but kind of tempered a little bit when you need to. I feel I'm doing that better and better.

Q. You hit the ball great off the forehand side. What about your movement, do you feel it's at 100 percent right now or do you think you have a ways to go on that?

CHANDA RUBIN: I actually think my movement is really good. I mean, definitely, you know, I can continue to work on more on my fitness and get quicker. You know, that's always been a priority to me, is to really train off the court when you have the time. But overall, I think my movement is good. I feel comfortable on the court. And, you know, I feel pretty quick when I'm seeing the ball. I think the biggest thing is my eyes at this point. So when that's working, you know, my movement's there.

Q. (Question regarding volleying.)

CHANDA RUBIN: Not too bad. I could hit a few more next time.

Q. Your game with Venus at the French Open, what have you taken from that, lessons you've learned from that match?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, it was a match where, you know, you have a few opportunities, you know, to really keep the pressure there and, you know, to really, you know, set the stage to sort of get on top. I didn't take advantage of those opportunities. That's something I'm going to have to take advantage of, you know, in the next match. And that's what I got from playing.

Q. Women's tennis is often not about tennis; it's on personality, looks, in terms of the way it's marketed and talked about in the world. You had a chance to be away from the game now. How do you view that now? Do you view it differently? Do you think it's as it should be? Did you want to do anything differently when you came back to play full-time?

CHANDA RUBIN: Personally, there wasn't anything that I would have said I would do differently or things like that. I think in terms of the game, how it's marketed, I think it's just a microcosm of, you know, people in general, society in general. I mean, you know, looks are there, you know. People focus on that. You see that on the cover of magazines. And, you know, the whole sex appeal, and, you know, that is what people focus on a lot of times. And so you can't expect tennis to be any different. But definitely for me, it was about coming out and really having my game speak for itself and everything else, you know, whatever comes from that will or won't come, that's fine. But it's just having the tennis speak for itself. I think for the most part, that's how as athletes we approach it. And, you know, it's the best way.

Q. You don't see it as more of a circus when you're on the outside looking in?

CHANDA RUBIN: Sometimes, definitely. It definitely can be. But I think it's up to the individual to dictate how they want their surroundings to go, how they want that to be. And, you know, how they want to pursue, you know, their craft. And everybody's a little bit different. Some people like a little more the show, and that's okay. Some people like to just go about their business and not have any of that extra stuff, and that's okay too. It's just individuals. It kind of makes it more interesting.

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May 6th, 2003 01:40 PM

November 14, 2000

6-2, 6-1

An Interview With:


Q. How much did your knee come into play?

CHANDA RUBIN: I didn't really feel it so much out there, as bad as it has been, but definitely my movement wasn't there. It was just really frustrating, because I have to have that part of my game in order for me to be as aggressive as I need to be. I have to be moving better, and I just wasn't nearly as good as I needed to be.

Q. Did the knee injury throw into your game plan or do you feel you executed your game plan?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I definitely didn't execute my game plan as well as I can, because, as I mentioned, movement is a big part of that, and being able to be a little bit more explosive from the ground and also, going into the net, because she hits a lot of balls back and I just wasn't where I needed to be in that area.

Q. Did it bother you especially on the serve?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I've probably been favoring it a little more on that. You know, it was tough coming into here, because I didn't have quite the training that I would have liked to have had. But I felt good in terms of just the discomfort and trying to minimize the pain, and that was okay going into this match.

Q. Do you still plan to play doubles tomorrow?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yes. Yes. I mean, everything -- I felt pretty good physically, in terms of, as I said, just the discomfort and kind of the pain that was there before, from last week. That was much better. The toughest thing in singles was the movement, and just playing the points and being able to do those things that I need to do in the point. Doubles, hopefully, that will be a little bit easier. And it's only half court, and it is mainly volleys and things like that. So, definitely, you know, I'm looking forward to the doubles.

Q. Is that psychological as far as the movement goes or physical? Is it that you are afraid to test it too much or that it is inhibiting from movement?

CHANDA RUBIN: It is not as strong as it could be, or the other leg, for sure. But, also, I just haven't been able to do as much on it and I haven't played -- my first points were today. I haven't really been able to do any movements or the normal type of play that you would have on it during the course of a match. And as I mentioned, for my game, you know, I needed to do that even more against Amanda, and it just wasn't quite there. Rusty a little bit.

Q. When did you hurt your knee?

CHANDA RUBIN: It was last week. I pulled out of Philadelphia after the second round.

Q. What exactly is wrong with it?

CHANDA RUBIN: It's just a bit of tendonitis I think.

Q. When you say minimized pain, do you mean you are hitting first, second serve, not going for full power serves?

CHANDA RUBIN: Not consciously. It is just basically trying to, you know, go after the serve normally. You know, it is in the back of your head, but that wasn't the main thing that was in my mind when I went up to hit the serve. I was playing, you know, hitting the serve normally at full speed pretty much.

Q. Did playing early in the morning affect you at all?

CHANDA RUBIN: It's not my favorite time to play, but I expect it here, certainly. But it's hard to schedule it.

Q. Do you have possibilities of playing next week at the Federation Cup?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't know yet. I'm not sure what I'll be able to do.

Q. In general, the year 2000 has been good for you, apart from this match today?

CHANDA RUBIN: It has been good. It's disappointing to end singles with this kind of match, especially, you know, a match that I feel like I have an opportunity to get into it at any given day. Amanda played a good match today. Very solid. I wasn't quite up to par. So the combination, you know, ended up being the result that you saw out there. Overall, I've had a very good year, and, you know, it was my goal to make it here, and to be able to play and be 100%.

Q. Do you feel that you can go farther? You are still 24; more tournaments, more victories, do you feel that?

CHANDA RUBIN: Definitely. Definitely. I don't feel that I've played the best tennis that I can play yet. So, hopefully that will happen.

Q. What do you think you need to work on in order for you to play your best tennis?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think consistently, week-in, week-out, I have been more consistent. I think that is a big thing. But also, just in the bigger matches, so to speak, against top players, Top-5 players in the world, just getting over that hump. And I've had some opportunities. You know, I'm getting there most of the tournaments, and that's really where I want to be, having a shot at those kind of matches pushing my game up to the next level, because those matches become a lot more mental. You know, you have to execute your game plan, and for me, that means being more aggressive, using the whole court, and really using kind of my movement in being able to be more aggressive, because these are bigger, stronger players, Venus and Serena in particular. But it is just getting those opportunities and capitalizing them, to pick my game up to the next level.

Q. Speaking of Venus and Serena, did you happen to see the story today about their father talking about revenue sharing on the Tour?

CHANDA RUBIN: I glanced at it this morning.

Q. Do you have any reaction to that?

CHANDA RUBIN: Not really. Not yet. I think Mr. Williams always has his opinions, and, you know, that's basically what they are at this point. So I really couldn't comment on any specifics, because I really don't have a good enough idea.

Q. How about the ranking system? Do you think that's fair?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I think it's fair, because everyone is under the same system. I mean, it is constantly being looked at to make it better for all the players, and you know, beneficial to all of the players, because that -- it's beneficial to the Tour and to the fans and to everyone who comes out to see us week-in and week-out. I think it is constantly being looked at, to see what the best scenario is; that it's fair and everyone has the opportunity to play under the same system.

Q. But with the rash of injuries that we're seeing in this particular season, and this particular tournament, do you think that that is at all related to how much tennis you all are playing?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, definitely I think players are playing a lot. We're playing a lot more, and that can contribute to it, among other things. I think just looking at even different tournaments, using different balls week-in and week-out, that's something that could easily be, you know, more of a standard in regards to that, because you see a lot of wrist injuries. Of course, the game is more powerful, the equipment, the whole line. That contributes to it, as well. You just can't say it is one thing. You just try to do the things necessary to minimize those types of injuries. And playing less, certainly that would probably help. But I think just in regards to the ranking system, you look at the best of 18, but a lot of the players who are getting injured are playing 25, 26 tournaments in a year, and that's way above even 18. So it's really a personal choice, as well, and every player has to make that choice and decide what is best for them and how they can, you know, have longevity, but still play enough to where they are comfortable.

Q. What's your thoughts on this tournament leaving New York?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think it's a bit sad, for us American players, especially, because it's nice to be here in New York, and it's now going to be even fewer tournaments in the States, nothing after the US Open. It will be all in Europe. It is a bit sad. But I think that tennis is really on a high right now, especially women's tennis. We get a lot of support week-in and week-out. People really enjoy watching it, and I think it is really tough in this city, because of this time of year and there's so much going on and having it here at the Garden and the facilities and the whole nine, I think that will be a little bit better.

Q. What about the other players? How do they feel about this tournament?

CHANDA RUBIN: I'm sure Europeans don't mind. They are staying in Europe. You know there are a lot of tournaments already there. I think it is a lot easier traveling and if you live in Europe and you're going week-in and week-out to these tournaments, you can drive, it's not too far from home. I'm sure they don't mind. But I'm sure the American players feel it is a bit sad.

Q. How popular is tennis in Lafayette, Louisiana?

CHANDA RUBIN: People don't get to see a lot of tennis, and certainly not the world-class tennis that a tournament would bring to any area, and it's kind of unfortunate. But definitely, I mean, people really enjoy it. And when it is available, it's gotten a really good turnout. I had an event there last year at the end of the year and brought in some players, Venus, Mary Pierce, a couple of the guys, the Jensen brothers, Mary Joe Fernandez, and we had a great turnout. It was like 5,000 plus people. And Lafayette, Louisiana, it is not a huge town, but the people had a great time, and it would have been even more if they had even believed that the players would come. A lot of people didn't even think that I would be able to have players come and play, of that caliber. It was really a nice thing, and I would love to do something like that again. But to answer your question, it is very popular.

Q. When will you decide about Fed Cup?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, after the next few days. I'm going to speak to Billie Jean and go from there. I'm taking it one day at a time, basically.

Q. You mentioned something about playing with different balls. For the average tennis player who gets out on the court maybe once a week or something, hey, any ball that you can get that still bounces is good enough. So what does this changing balls do?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I mean, you know, we play week-in and week-out, practice twice a day. We notice little things, whether it is the tension on your racquet, a stiffer racquet versus a more flexible racquet. Definitely at this level you notice those little things, and they make a difference. You know, different balls are heavier versus lighter balls. Different company -- the balls from different companies are different. Some balls have less pressure, depending on whether you are playing in Europe. It is just their variations. When you're playing one week with a lighter ball and the next week you go and it is a heavier ball; you also have different court surfaces. The ball is really the main thing that you could make more uniform, and it would at least, you know, allow players to get the same -- closer to the same feel. And you're not making adjustments or allowances for so many different factors week-in and week-out. And, you know, I think it is something that really should be looked at, because wrist injuries are a bit prevalent for players, and they will be, but it's just trying to minimize them. And that's the first thing that hits your racquet is the ball.

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May 6th, 2003 01:35 PM


March 21, 1999


2-6, 7-5, 6-4

An interview with:


VERONIQUE MARCHAL: First question for Chanda.

Q. Obviously you entered Lipton on a major roll, playing great. Hingis and Coetzer last week. Had you some good success here about three years ago. Got to be disappointing to you, losing? She's a good player, qualified.

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, it's definitely disappointing. I played her early in the year and beat her in Australia. Today had the same kind of roll over the first set, you know, 6-2. Just had a mental lapse. Made the second set tough. Still had chances to come back in the second. That slipped, and still was up in the third. It was just not a great match for me. She played well, I mean, I'm giving her credit. It just wasn't a good match for me at all.

Q. Got to be disappointed in yourself because at this point in your career, you feel like you shouldn't let these get away?

CHANDA RUBIN: It's disappointing because I've been playing very well. I feel I've been playing pretty well since the beginning of the year, steadily improving. This feels like a bit of a setback because it just wasn't a good match. But that happens. I've been on the Tour long enough. I mean, I've had quite a few of those, you know, where you just don't play your tennis. You know, coming off a good week, it's tougher to take. Just move on and, you know, continue in the doubles, you know, look to the next tournaments.

Q. I want to get my facts right. When you reached the finals here three years ago, right after that you got the hand surgery in April. Did you hurt your hand during that final run or was it after Lipton? Was it cumulative?

CHANDA RUBIN: It was a cumulative thing, yeah. I'm sure the Lipton, you know, added to it. I felt it a little bit, but, just one of those things.

Q. After all those matches at the Lipton, maybe exacerbated it?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think so.

Q. Still you're like 16-4 this season, great wins. You have to feel good about where you are compared to '97?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, I feel good. I felt good coming to this tournament. You know, like I said, it's a bit disappointing way to go out in the singles. But, you know, I'm going to stay positive about it. You know, after tonight, go out and have a good dinner. Come into tomorrow and finish the tournament out. You know, definitely I feel like I've taken a lot of, you know, confidence, a lot of positives from just the whole start of the year, the last few weeks. I'm going to try to continue that.

Q. Become No. 1 in the world?

CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah. You've got to do it more consistently.

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May 6th, 2003 01:34 PM


March 19, 1999

C. RUBIN./E. Wagner

6-4, 6-1

An interview with:


BROOKE LAWER: Questions for Chanda.

Q. How did it go today?

CHANDA RUBIN: It was okay. I played -- started off all right, but at bit shaky towards the end of the first set. I got better, much better, in the second set, and closed it out well. I'm happy with it. I get to play another day, keep working.

Q. Do you feel any ill effects whatsoever from the wrist, from your surgery?

CHANDA RUBIN: No. I'm healthy, feeling good.

Q. Do you do anything to even take care of it? Is it just exactly as it was before?

CHANDA RUBIN: I do smaller things, make sure I get massaged, keep the strength up, kind of basic things that you would do for any other part of your body. You know, nothing major.

Q. How long did that linger for?

CHANDA RUBIN: I mean, in the year after, there were occasional times where it would kind of feel a little bit bad. But overall, the surgery was successful. Once you go through the rehabbing, that's just a continuous process. Some days were better than others. But overall, I mean, the surgery went well. I didn't feel any lasting effects, I guess, besides some stiffness.

Q. Could you talk about beating Martina Hingis, the Evert Cup, what that did for your confidence?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, it was really a good win for me, one of the best if not the best win, with her being No. 1. I played a really good match. I played well all week. It's nice to play well, feel like you're playing well, and actually get the wins and beat the top players. That's definitely where I want to be. Those are the players that I have to beat week-in and week-out. I feel good. It definitely boosted my confidence.

Q. You're one of the few players that has a head-to-head edge over Martina. I'm wondering what you do or what it is about your play or her play that makes that so?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think the last time we played was last year here. She beat me pretty easily. Before that, I think we hadn't played in quite awhile, around when she first turned pro. I was supposed to win. I mean, I was better at the time. I just played a really good match. Since then, we hadn't really played in a while till last year. I felt like this past week I was just really playing well, played well enough to win.

Q. Does coming off an injury like that sort of undermine your confidence? Did it take a while to get it back after even physically you got the wrist feeling good again? Does a win over Martina like that tell you, "I can get back to where I was before"?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't think about it before the injury, after the injury. It happened; it's over; I'm playing. I'm happy to be playing again, just trying to stay healthy. There are other little things that creep up health-wise. The wrist is not my main concern. I don't even really think about it. Right now, I feel like I'm a better player. I feel like I'm improving, learning a bit more about the game, understanding it better. That's what it's all about. Injury just kind of puts a -- dampens it a little bit, your growth. Everybody has to kind of rebound from it at some point.

Q. Do you feel you were a better player than when you were sixth?

CHANDA RUBIN: I feel like I am.

Q. What about your game makes you feel that way?

CHANDA RUBIN: Like I said, I have a better understanding of it, smarter out there. I'm still working on the shots, being able to hit the ball wherever I want to, hit it. Being smarter at times when you need to. Just a better understanding overall of the game. I'm working more on being aggressive. I feel better about that. I feel like I'm doing that a lot better. It feels more natural. The more I do it, the better I think I get at it. I think it's a combination of those things.

Q. How hard do you think it will be to get back up as high as you were? How long might that take?

CHANDA RUBIN: I'm not thinking about time frame. I think the game is better now. I think players are better, stronger. There are more players who can come up with a win week-in and week-out. There's more depth. I think it's a bit tougher than it was two or three years ago. You know, I feel good, just setting goals, looking to win events, just keep improving week-in and week-out.

Q. Who is your coach now?

CHANDA RUBIN: I'm working with Benny Simms.

Q. At the Evert Cup, you played Graf.


Q. You were leading that one pretty well. What happened there?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think she raised her game a bit. I dropped mine a little bit. I started forcing it a little too much. Kind of got off of my game plan a little bit. I mean, she's a top player, a great competitor, champion. She's going to raise her game a little bit. I think I got into just forcing a little too much, had some tight games in there. You know, she kind of went on a run towards the end. You just can't let that happen.

Q. Who did you play in the (inaudible)final?


Q. Any difference between her now and after she came back from all the injuries? Do you see any difference in her game?

CHANDA RUBIN: I think she's pretty much right now playing the same game. Like I said, I think players are better now. I think maybe her confidence is not quite what it used to be. That makes a difference. She's pretty much playing the same game.

Q. What would you like to work on more as far as your game goes?

CHANDA RUBIN: I'm continuing to work on my serve, being aggressive, being patient off the ground, a little bit more consistent when I need to be. I'm just trying to take more play at the net.

Q. What do you feel is working really well for you now?

CHANDA RUBIN: Those things (laughter).

Q. The same things you want to work on?


Q. What about tomorrow's match?

CHANDA RUBIN: I don't know when I play. I don't know who.

Q. If it's Testud.

CHANDA RUBIN: I'm not sure who she plays. I haven't looked that far ahead.

Q. If you do play her, any comments? Have you played her recently?

CHANDA RUBIN: I haven't played her recently, no. We played last year, maybe a year ago, something like that. Just take it like any other match. I'm going to go out and do the same things, play my game. If it's her, she's very consistent. She plays smart. I'm just going to have to go out and match her in that area, try to be aggressive when I can and win the points.

Q. I interviewed Steve Campbell earlier this week. We were talking about the number of African Americans on the men's Tour. He said sometimes he feels a little lonely to have people to relate to. Do you ever feel that way among the women?


Q. The superstition thing I read about. That still holds true?

CHANDA RUBIN: No. It was quite a few years ago. I haven't really -- it wasn't really major. It was kind of a little thing that I get into at times. Right now, I haven't done that in a year or two. It kind of is a little bit old. I'm going to have to erase it.

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