April 18, 2002
A POST-MATCH INTERVIEW WITH: AMANDA COETZER
THIRD ROUND WIN OVER PAOLA SUAREZ
3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Q. Is there a stat for how many times you hit the ball on one particular
AMANDA COETZER: Do I know?
Q. I mean you had such long rallies.
AMANDA COETZER: Yeah. That was probably part of my game plan for a while,
which is I felt like she was really, really hitting the ball so well.
I just couldn't get into the points, and I felt if I could get into it
first, if I maybe can hit at least four or five shots myself, I have much
better chance of winning a point.
Q. How physically taxing is a match like that when it's as hot as
it is outside and the points take as long as they do?
AMANDA COETZER: It's really hot. I have to say I'm in great shape, but
it's very, very difficult to be out there for that long focusing mentally.
In some stages you think ?? maybe even in the first set early on you realize
you might have to be out here for a very long time. You're not always
sure if you're going to make it, but it's amazing if you have a little
bit of stamina, how you somehow get through it.
Q. Can you talk about how you several times when it looked like she'd
take control and you'd take control back, did you ever have to build yourself
back up and think, okay, now I've got it or I've gotta come back? How
mentally difficult is it with those kinds of disparate swings?
AMANDA COETZER: The swings of momentum are really important. It's very
important to be aware of it, know when you probably have an opportunity
to get it back. I think I did that quite well today. I was down in both
sets, I think the second set and also in the third again and just really
be aware. I think she probably made a couple errors after she was ahead,
and I felt like I took the opportunity to get right back.
Q. There were a couple of articles earlier this week about only giants
could win in the game. What was your reaction to that?
AMANDA COETZER: I didn't see it, but you know, I think it's ?? actually
over the last year or so, I get the feeling that even that type of thing
goes in kind of different stages. I think if you look at the men's game,
we've always kind of been a little bit behind, and I think in the men's
game there was a shift again where you see a lot of the smaller guys are
winning a lot of matches. For a while it looked like the serve was going
to dominate and then it turned around a little bit, and I think it could
actually happen in the women's game as well started to serve better, hit
the ball harder, but at the same time for someone like me, you know, I
get to see that ball every single day now. From my first round, people
are serving big. They're hitting the ball hard. So it's not that big of
a shock for me when I do play some of the top players.
Q. Did you notice any difference in Paula after she'd talked to the
trainer, saw the trainer started the third set? Did you notice any difference
in how she was playing after that at all?
AMANDA COETZER: Well, she played quite well after she saw the trainer.
I don't really pay much attention to what's wrong with my opponent. I
just want to play my game. You know, I figured she might be tired at that
stage, so it was important for me to just really hang in there.
Q. When you look up today you were only one of five seeds left in
this event. Does that change your approach or what's your outlook knowing
you're one of only five seeds left in the tournament?
AMANDA COETZER: I didn't really pay too much attention to it because yesterday
I had a tough match as well. I was out there for a long time, and I didn't
really see any results, and again, it's just I have to focus on what I'm
doing before I really notice the others too much.
Q. Do you worry about getting worn down playing two difficult three?set
matches back to back?
AMANDA COETZER: Yeah. I mean it's definitely a factor. It's hard to keep
going out like that and in this type of heat, but you know, at this stage
of the tournament, everyone's had some tough matches. So you know, I hope
that at the end I can last.
Q. Do you deliberately wear the long black pants in practice to build
your tolerance for the heat?
AMANDA COETZER: No. Not really. No. I just ?? I mean I like the feel of
it. I train down in Florida most of the year, so I just ?? I think it
actually absorbs more sweat and you don't get that baggy feel. So I just
like the feel of it.
Q. Do you have any special fitness secrets for keeping yourself able
to play a match like you did today?
AMANDA COETZER: I mean I don't think really any secrets. I've worked pretty
hard most of my career. I think from a young age I was able to play long
matches. I was able to do a lot of sports. I've always had pretty good
lung capacity. So I think it's partly genetic, and also good training.
I think most people are pretty fit right now, just from the way that we've
all been working.
END OF INTERVIEW