QUESTION: Did you get frustrated at all in
the second set?
SELES: Definitely. My serve went nowhere,
and my ground strokes also, but they weren't as bad as
my serve just let me down a lot.
QUESTION: Would you answer that question
SELES: Yes. I think mostly my serve let me
down in today's match, especially in the second set.
All the double faults they came at pretty key times,
and a couple of unforced errors that didn't come at the
QUESTION: It seemed like she was able to get
to everything you hit.
SELES: Yes. She's a fast player. She's the
type that she's going to try to run down everything and
hope you miss. That's her style of game.
QUESTION: You took advantage of her
quickness a little bit late in the match when you hit
behind her a couple times.
SELES: Yeah. I had to mix it up a little
bit because I started missing some balls that I'm not
used to missing, and I became frustrated, and I
realized I better not get frustrated. I better do
something because I might lose the second set.
QUESTION: How hard is it to tell yourself
that; slow down; don't get frustrated?
SELES: It's pretty hard. Before it used to
be automatic. That's what I'm trying to get back, not
to get so frustrated like tonight, but it's tough. It
was cold out there, and we started much later. And I
played well in the first set, and she broke me early on
in the second set, and I kind of lost momentum of the
QUESTION: Is it frustrating sometimes to
play players like her who use your power to have the
disadvantage against you?
SELES: Yes. I mean definitely. She's
quick, and you got to be patient that you don't over
hit, but at the same time that you're hitting hard,
too. See, that's the line that you gotta feel in the
match. Learn that day how comfortable you are and how
safe you feel with your ground strokes.
QUESTION: You boomed a couple big serves
there, three aces on key points.
SELES: A couple of key points my serve was
there, but a couple of key points it sure let me down,
too. I mean the one serve at 6-4 the second serve when
it was a let and the other one it was not a serve. I
was very lucky that she missed it.
QUESTION: Some people have made the comment
that during the time you were off the Tour, that the
level of the game has gone up to the point that people
handle your power better. Would you agree with that?
SELES: I really don't think so because when
I look at the numbers that I was serving before and
playing, I was playing a different level. I think my
game is just not there, and that's normal after not
picking the racket up for two and a half years. Now
the last year and a half is three months injured, one
month playing, so for me the key thing this year is
just consistency and hope I can get back to that level.
QUESTION: You talked about her moving back.
She also kept you moving a lot of the second set. Do
you feel like she was trying to wear you down?
SELES: Definitely. That was the only tactic
she could use because she didn't have one big shot that
she could use, so she tried to just run me corner to
corner, a lot of short angles, pull me out wide, and
that's her game. She's a typical clay court player.
QUESTION: This was a good match for you,
though, because it was a lot of competitive points?
SELES: Yeah, there was a lot, and I think
definitely the second set being so close, it's good to
play that, because obviously I need that when it gets
tough how I react to it.
QUESTION: Monica, do you feel comfortable
about playing here now? This is your first time you've
been here. We're glad you're here.
SELES: I loved the stadium from my first day
that I played my first match, really just from the
first day that I practiced a little bit on it, and as I
said yesterday, the crowd is just so supportive, and
that helps, because it's a tough week, and as long as I
take a match at a time, I can just stay focused on the
court would be really good for me.
QUESTION: How is clay conducive to your
SELES: I haven't played much on the clay in
the last five years, so I'm relearning a lot of things,
especially how to move on clay and to be a little more
patient, because in the hard courts I can finish the
points off much faster, and it's I think not just for
me, but that's for a lot of the players who got to the
end part of Lipton, it's really hard to change in a
matter of two days.
QUESTION: Monica, it was a little cool out
there tonight. How did that affect your game?
SELES: Well, for me it's the most effective
because I'm used to warming up, and I warmed up for a
7:00 match and we started at 7:25 and that changed me a
lot because it stiffened my back up, and it was so cold
out there, I just was like -- but once the match
started, there were a couple of long points, I think my
blood started flowing and I felt comfortable out there.
QUESTION: Do you like playing at night or
dislike playing at night?
SELES: It does not matter to me, but I do
believe if you play at night, it should be a little bit
warmer and we should start at 7 or tell us to start at
7:20. It does not matter to me. I play some of my
best matches probably at night. Sometimes it's a lot
better. On a night like tonight it really does not
QUESTION: Do you have to find ways to occupy
yourself during the day or is it just a workout thing?
SELES: I practiced a little bit in the
morning, and then I was on the phone mostly regarding
some things with my dad, and then I got here and
prepared, and that was it. So the day went pretty
QUESTION: I noticed that when you were
walking into the stadium court, there was a crowd that
kind of lined up to watch you walk in. When you saw
them, your face really seemed to light up, and you kind
of appreciated it. Have you always been that way or do
you think that's something you're appreciating more
since you came back?
SELES: I think I appreciate it a little bit
more because when I was young, you never realize quite
a lot of things; you just go. And after I didn't have
that for a couple of years I definitely appreciate it
more, and it kind of changed my mood because I was so
frustrated we didn't start at 7. It was like I walked
by and saw the faces and they're saying really nice
things. That kind of changed my mood quite a lot.
QUESTION: Monica, the green couch, is that
something you want to take with you when you leave
here, add to your home?
SELES: It must be in my home, but I don't
know what the idea is behind it. So I don't know.
QUESTION: Do you think you're as quick now
as you were four or five years ago?
SELES: No. Definitely not. I think I am
not, but I do try to improve on it. Obviously at age
16 I'm much better than age 23, but I do think I can
improve on that aspect quite a lot.
QUESTION: You look like you wouldn't have
come to the net much at all tonight unless she forced
SELES: I never will in my career. I'm fine
with that. That's not my style of game.
QUESTION: Monica, did she do anything
different in that second set when you started having a
little more trouble?
SELES: I really don't think so. I just
think she got up to a 2-0 lead and I had a few chances
to go to 2-1, and I got it back, and I played a
terrible service game. And after that my service game
went I don't know where, and luckily I got it back a
couple of key points in the tiebreaker. That pulled,
in my opinion, the second set out for me.
QUESTION: Monica, what about the Nike spot?
How much fun did you have doing that spot?
SELES: I had a blast. A lot of people asked
me if I got to drive the car, but I did not. That was
the only bad thing, but everything else was really
fun. The one thing at Nike they make it fun, which
nobody else does, so I had a great time.
QUESTION: How does it feel having a day off
tomorrow and everybody else has to play?
SELES: Well, I'm playing doubles, so really
I'm going to be here at the site all day, so it doesn't
make a difference. Some players had a day off today,
so I think at this time day off or not really doesn't