April 19, 2002
A POST-MATCH INTERVIEW WITH: PATTY SCHNYDER
QUARTERFINAL WIN OVER SERENA WILLIAMS
2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Q. How do you feel?
PATTY SCHNYDER: Great. I'm very happy, and just great to beat her.
Q. What were you thinking when you tried that drop shot that gave
her the match point? Were you wondering what you were doing there or?
PATTY SCHNYDER: No. I mean I just tried it, and I tried a few things before,
and sometimes it works, sometime not, and I just always kept fighting
and kept believing that I could win. Of course, it was a little bit lucky
at the end, but I'll take it.
Q. But that's a pretty risky shot to try at that point, no?
PATTY SCHNYDER: Yeah. I mean against her, I didn't play a lot because
she's so fast and all over the court, but in the last few matches I played
so many good drop shots and won all the points and I was confident with
Q. You've had two pretty big upsets in this tournament, Mauresmo and
then her. The tournament is coming on that way as well.
PATTY SCHNYDER: Yeah. I think I played very well against Mauresmo, too,
and today was a big fight, and yeah, but now I'm in the semis, and everything
is possible, so yeah. We'll see who I play next, and I'll try my best.
Q. What was going through your mind down the first set 6?2? You lose
that, what were you thinking?
A. Not much. I mean it's always that I lost against her, so I tried to
make longer rallies. I always tried to make her run, and I think, yeah,
that was the turning point, and when I didn't make the break points, that
I still had some more in the next game and I could make it, so that was
really good. And yeah, to save the break points at 5?4 and serving really
well to close out the set. That was, yeah, it was great tennis.
Q. Was believing that you could win the most important part? Was there
any part during today where you didn't think you could win today?
PATTY SCHNYDER: No. Yeah, I played her only on hard courts and I lost
all meetings, so yeah, I was more confident going in the match on clay,
and yeah, I kept believing. I mean otherwise you cannot beat such great
players and such great athletes, and I mean you have to believe.
Q. How do you compare your form now to how it was in '98 and '99 when
you were in the Top 10?
PATTY SCHNYDER: I'm a better player now than I was at that time, and I
mean I just try to improve every week and every day, so I think I play
better. I know that, but for me it's so important that I could win against
the top players again because I lost so many tight matches the last year.
I was playing good also, but I couldn't win it, and it's a great deal
now that it's turned around.
Q. Were you surprised at the amount of crowd support?
PATTY SCHNYDER: I don't know. I mean people, they love me in America.
I don't know. I mean I just try to play good tennis and they appreciate
my way of playing, so yeah, I'm happy that they support me because you
need that also against Serena.
Q. Can you talk about fighting off the match point there?
PATTY SCHNYDER: Yeah. That was a great point. Great serve, great backhand
and that was it.
Q. You followed up with an ace, I think, and then a service winner
ended up winning that set, or winning that game.
PATTY SCHNYDER: Yeah. That was, you know, great shots, and I don't know,
we practice so many serves a year and then when you need it, it's there.
I mean that doesn't happen every day.
Q. If back on Sunday someone had told you that next Saturday you'd
be in the semifinals, would you have been surprised?
PATTY SCHNYDER: With this draw, yes, but otherwise with another draw,
I thought it's possible.
Q. Do you feel like you could win the whole tournament now? Is this
the kind of win that can give you the momentum where you think anything
PATTY SCHNYDER: Yeah. Of course. I think all four players in the semifinals
can go all the way now, and yeah, especially me with those two big wins.
I mean I can do it. I think so.
Q. What was your mindset down 3?0 in the third set?
PATTY SCHNYDER: That was a stupid break I got there, and I was really
upset with myself because, yeah, I mean I really tried to stay at the
serve at least in the beginning, and but just tried to break her, and
yeah, it went my way.
Q. Could you just describe the feeling? You kind of fell back into
the chair there at the end and were applauding to the crowd, just kind
of what was going through your mind at that point?
PATTY SCHNYDER: Yeah. I mean that's the reason why I love playing tennis
also. I mean I love the sport, and I love the feelings you have playing
on center court and being just playing a winner and being really proud
of your performance and yourself, and that's a great feeling. I mean it's
worth all the work you do and all the disappointment you have during the
year. And that's just great to experience that feeling.
Q. Especially with a win over a player like Serena?
PATTY SCHNYDER: Yeah. Of course, I mean for me she's like with so little
tournaments she plays, she's No. 6 in the world. She could be No. 1 or
2, and it's great to beat someone like this.
END OF INTERVIEW