| 2003 Toray Pan Pacific |
2nd Round Interview
January 29, 2003
Monica Seles defeats Ai Sugiyama 7-5,5-7,6-1
| Q: Just about your ankle, was it really strapped today? Was it bothering you, or was there anything left over to from Melbourne then? |
Monica Seles: Oh, I think right now just once in a while I feel pain and this is such a sticky surface, but it's more than I've done here for the past since really it happen much to the last few days. So obviously I'm not as ready as I would have want to but since this is an important tournament and I wanted to give my best effort to come.
Q: Today was actually the 10th times you've played against Ai. But in total of 31 games that you had on court today, did you notice any changes, differences from the past?
Q: In the beginning of the match, it didn't seem like you had the usual strokes and serves. So want to know what you thought of it. And, second set when you were down 1-3, it seemed like you slowed down the pace a little to take control, that's what it looks like, inspector's side.
Q: You've played many Japanese players in the past and of course as mentioned you've one-ten in row against Ai, and former top Japanese player Date also, you did very well against her. I think one time you were forced out of injury and she might have taken a match. But other than that you have almost perfect record against these players. Do you have a word of advice for Japanese players in general?
Q: Could you say what aspects of their games might have been suited for you?
Q: It's probably quite difficult coming from the Australian weather to here and the differences and everything. Why do you choose this tournament among many that you could be going to after Australian?