PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 17, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How did you feel about the match?
MARION BARTOLI: Well, I was feeling good until 6-3, 5-1.
Afterwards, I guess a one-hour match was too quick for me,
and I stayed a bit longer on the court to practice. You
know, it's -- sometimes it happens. Even if you try to close
out in the match it's not happening. She has some luck on a
few shots. She make a dropshot that she will never make on
another match point. It happens.
You have to try to finish out in two sets, what I did. And
even it was going to three set, I still have my chance, of
course, to win, so I was not too worried about it.
Q. How were the conditions out there? Is it difficult in
MARION BARTOLI: Well, it's tough, because, you know, I'm a
little sick in the beginning of the week. I have a little
allergy to some pollens, and with the wind it's not helping
me. So, you know, I'm -- you know, unfortunate I'm not 100%,
so it's hard to deal with it.
So I guess I was the better player on court today, and I try
to figure out, to play more inside the court and go to the
net a little bit more. I was sometimes taking the ball too
late and making her coming back to the rallies and hit some
more shots and more shots and more shots. I have to carry it
out sometimes and go to the net and just try to close out
You know, the conditions out there are a bit windy, sunny,
but it's for both players. We have to just try our best and
play the best as possible.
Q. What is your decision about not playing the Olympics?
MARION BARTOLI: Well, it has been a situation where it was
really hard for me to integrate the Fed Cup team, and with
the situation after Wimbledon when I was in the final, first
Slam, and I didn't play against Italy, and we didn't find a
situation where it's possible for me to integrate the team.
So if I'm not playing the Fed Cup I can't play the Olympics.
It's simple as that.
Q. So if you were playing on Fed Cup -- do you want to
play the Olympics, or you don't care or...
MARION BARTOLI: I don't care about this one much, because I
have to play back to back the French and Wimbledon, and then
going to Montreal and Beijing and then come back to US Open
and go to Tokyo again is really too much traveling. I could
not afford this kind of schedule, so I have to make some
choice. The choice right now is to concentrate on WTA tour,
which is most important for me, to get my ranking up to play
the Sony Ericsson Championship at the end of the year.
And the Olympics is not really helping me on my schedule.
You know, if I want to concentrate on the US Open, I cannot
travel to Beijing and come back to the States. It's really
too much traveling.
What I really want to play is to play Wimbledon 2012, and I
would really commit myself to play this Olympics. I would
find the solution, I am sure, with the French Federation.
Q. With the calendar so packed as it is already, I mean,
do you think that...
MARION BARTOLI: Yeah, it's really hard to integrate this
kind of competition into the calendar, but some players
might decide the Olympics is most important as everything in
the world, even as a Grand Slam, so they really want to play
the Olympics and go for a medal, and this is respectful.
But some other players just deciding Grand Slam is more
important, so it's just depending where is your goal. But
you have to set some goals. Early on in my career I prefer
to play on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Maybe later I will
play for my country and the Fed Cup and Olympics and this
kind of stuff.
Q. You had a lot of trouble closing out the match. Is
that a confidence issue?
MARION BARTOLI: Not really. It's always difficult to close
out a match, no matter if you're confident or not. It
depends how the other player is reacting to the situation,
how you're reacting and you're playing. There is a lot of
issue for closing out the match.
But it's not -- it's not really about my confidence, it's
just about my game. I make some bad choices in some bad
moments and it just turn around. But I've beat her in two
sets, which is not too bad.
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