PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 14, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How do you feel about where your game is at right
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I feel okay. I feel fine about today's
match. It was a little bit difficult to really express
myself the way I wanted to today on the court
considering the conditions.
You know, it was the same for everybody. I guess the win
was just really what I was looking for, and I played --
I was -- I'm playing good in practice, so, yeah, today
didn't reach that level in the match today, but it's
I mean, it's the first match, and you always -- I always
need a little bit of time to get into the rhythm to get
into the tournament and, yeah, hopefully I'll do that as
quick as I can.
Q. How do you feel your level is compared to two
years ago when you played fabulously?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Definitely I'm really, really looking
to find this level again. And, again, in practice it
seems to me that I'm doing really well, but it doesn't
show yet and hasn't shown yet on the court for the last
-- for the last few months.
But I've only been feeling well in practice for the last
few weeks, so we'll see.
Q. You seemed to really dominate the first set, but
in the second set you kind of let Gallovits back into
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I thought I was dominating also second
set until 4-1 and then went back down little bit and let
her come back into the second set. Probably that's the
kind of the things I have to erase from the game and
from the matches I will have to play later. Because
typically you put the opponent back into the match, and
then it's difficult and anything can happen.
Yeah, as I was saying, finding my best level is also to
close a match like this one when I'm one set at 4-1 up,
and say, 6-1 and 6-2 would have been better, of course.
But that's the way it is.
Q. Tell me, what do you think is really the biggest
factor now compared to a couple of years ago? Is it
focus? Is it consistency? Can you actually pinpoint it?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: It's consistency and confidence,
probably. Because when you start losing a few matches
you didn't expect to lose, and that you didn't used to
lose before, I guess the confidence is also running
away. Plus physically -- I'm talking 2007 here -- I
really didn't feel good at all, throughout the whole
season, so it doesn't help to feel confidence, you know.
My game has also been dependent on how I was feeling
physically, and the fact that I wasn't feeling so good
doesn't give me such great confidence that I'm -- that
I'm needing, actually, to play good.
So right now, I think I'm looking -- I'm running after
this confidence a little bit.
Q. You had such a great year in 2006, and then going
through the lows of last year, such a wild roller
coaster. Can you kind of talk about what you went
through last year?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: It was not an easy time for me, and
definitely struggled a lot and a lot of frustrations and
a lot of questions coming up. You know, thinking, Am I
going to be able to find that level again?
And I kind of -- wanted to give myself -- I wanted to
give myself, you know, the best chances to find this
level again by having a big winter season, like
off-season, a lot of practice, a lot of physical
practice, a lot of time on the court, as well. Hopefully
it will pay off this year.
Q. What are your thoughts about the Olympics? Around
here we're all talking about Andy taking a pass on the
Olympics because it's so close to the US Open. What your
thoughts about it?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, to me is one of the big goals for
this year. I mean, it's -- it's really depending on -- I
understand his position, that he wants to be at his best
in the US Open. I mean, he's -- that's his Grand Slam,
and he wants to do as best as he can there. It's his
choice, and, you know, you can, of course, comment on
that or whatever, but that's the way he's been doing it.
But for me it's very different. I think Olympics are,
again, as I said, big goal for me. Yeah, I'll try to do
my best to be ready for this, and we'll see.
Q. You know, there's a show here called Dancing With
the Stars, and Monica Seles is going to compete as a
ballroom dancer. Do you know anything about that?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: A what?
Q. A ballroom dancer.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: What is that?
Q. It's a classical dance with a partner. (Speaking
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Okay.
Q. It's a reality dance show. She has to perform
every week as a dancer.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Like, is she learning to do that?
Q. She's learning with a partner, spending six to
seven hours a day.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Oh, shit. Oh, yeah. She -- yeah.
Q. I was just kind of wondering what your thoughts
are about it. I don't know if you can comment on it, but
your thoughts about Monica competing as a dancer against
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I don't really have a thought about
that. I guess she probably wants to have fun and learn
to dance, which is convenient, sometimes, but...
Yeah. What can I tell you?
Q. Does that interest you?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: We don't have this show in France. Not
Q. Would it interest you to watch her, see how she
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah, why not?
Q. Monday night.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: When?
Q. Monday night.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Okay. I'll try to think about it. What
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Okay. Good. Early night. Good.
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