PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 16, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. When you think back to 2006, two Grand Slams, where
you were in the world rankings, how frustrating has your
start this year been?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Very. I've been -- I've been answering this
question for the last year, so I'm a little bit tired of
doing it. It is obviously very frustrating, and it is
obviously, you know, painful sometimes to go through these
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: What else?
Q. How much does it affect the way you look at the
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: It's always, you know, every time is always
tough to handle, but then you just go back on the court and
go back to work and do the best you can.
The moments are -- these moments are difficult, but then the
career and the year continues.
Q. Is it the memory of the successes you've had that
keeps you coming out and keep trying?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, it's the thing I would like for me and
the thing -- the things I think I can still do on the court,
and that's -- yeah, that's what I'm looking for. I'm just --
I think I can do better than that.
Q. What are your thoughts about what is the difference
between when you were having those successes and right now?
Have you any idea what's not happening for you?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I think I've been spending a lot of time of
my career to -- I have a game where I can choose between
different things to do, whether I stay back, whether I come
in, whether I do a little bit of both and everything.
I felt that I spend most of the time finding how to use
these weapons at the right moments, making the right
choices. I feel that, for example on today's match, I make
70% of the time the wrong choice on the court, so -- for
So it makes it pretty difficult, so I have to -- and the
confidence is probably, the building of these right choices.
Q. Aren't a lot of those choices though - you've been
playing for so long - based on instinct?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: They are, when the confidence is in. When
you've had a tough year like I had, I guess you have to work
on those things and on those choices, unfortunately.
Q. Are you thinking too much then? You're overthinking
what you should be doing?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, because I think -- yeah, I have to
think about it, because it's not coming instinctively
anymore, not until I guess I will have some more confidence.
Q. You're very young and very gifted. Are you buoyed or
encouraged by the fact --
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Buoyed? What is that?
Q. It's a dumb English word. (laughter.) Kept floating.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: (Speaking French.)
Q. That's close enough. Are you encouraged? Let's use
that word. Buoyed is an interesting word. We'll talk about
it another time.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah, another time. Thanks.
Q. That you can and will return? Is that burning within
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: It's something I still believe in.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: But sometimes it's hard.
Q. Yeah, sure, sure.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah, it's not -- yeah, like, for example,
right now after this match I feel a lot of uncertainties are
in my mind, but I know that in one day or two I will go back
to work again, as I said.
Q. You've had to go back to work a number of times in
your career, because you've had injuries, ups and downs. Is
it enjoyable now to have to go back to work again?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: It should be more enjoyable if the work was
paying off right when you step on the court for a match, but
it's difficult when you feel that, you know, the confidence
is not there and that's what's holding you up a little bit.
Q. What was it about her game today that impressed you?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I thought she played a good match overall.
I thought she's -- she's hitting the ball pretty well on
both sides. Not a big server, but good enough that, you
know, you can't do really much on it. Yeah, coming up with
some great shots at the right times. She played a good
Q. Do you give yourself any time scale as to when you
need this to improve to carry on in the sport?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No.
Q. You just take it every week at a time?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yes.
Q. Are you being too hard on yourself now, or are you
trying to be easy on yourself?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, I don't think so. I try to be lucid. I
try to be -- to put things, you know, into perspective a
little bit, step back and see what's happening and what I've
been doing, maybe what I've been doing right and wrong. And,
no, I'm trying to be as lucid as I can.
Q. Have you tried anything like putting in a tape of the
Wimbledon final, something where you can see?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Not yet.
Q. That's coming, huh?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Maybe it's a good idea. Why not?
Q. As far as the big picture, are you happy with the
direction you're going, or do you think maybe you're a
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, because I was talking about the
choices, and I definitely feel that I need to come back to
the right choices I was making very -- very naturally some
Q. Remind me, are you playing the Olympics or not?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: (Nods.)
Q. So the Fed Cup thing this year didn't matter for you?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, I'm going to play the next Fed Cup in
Japan. It was not a big issue.
Q. Can you understand Bartoli's decision not to play Fed
Cup or the Olympics?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I was asked the question about Andy Roddick
a couple days ago. Doesn't really matter if I understand it
or not. That's the choice, and that's her choice.
To put first the WTA circuit or the ranking or the Grand
Slam, because US Open is coming right after the Olympics,
is, you know, something I think you can understand. Not
every player, not every person see the Olympics as, you
know, the greatest event in sports ever. So, yeah.
Q. But for you, you want to have that experience. It's
probably going to be your last time unless you play until
you're 32. But that's the last time, you want the whole
experience? Is it the tennis or is it the Olympics, just
being there at the Olympics with all the other athletes?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, one is being there in the village
with all the other athletes was great in Athens, and I want
to, you know, go through this experience again.
And the other thing is taking a chance to get a medal and to
feel this unbelievable emotion I had in Athens four years
ago. It's worth giving it a try.
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