April 20, 2002
A POST-MATCH INTERVIEW WITH: SANDRINE TESTUD
SEMIFINAL LOSS TO IVA MAJOLI
Q. How is the ankle?
SANDRINE TESTUD: It's fine. No pains.
Q. No problems?
SANDRINE TESTUD: No. It was sore a little bit, but once I warm up, I was
?? it was okay.
Q. Did you think at 4?1 in the second set you were kind of back there?
SANDRINE TESTUD: That's one of the worst match I played in a long time.
I was up ?? I mean it was a bad match for both of us. I think Iva played
bad also. I don't know if ?? we played each other many times and that's
definitely the worst match we played.
Yeah. I was up 4?1. I think she was not even feeling very good on the
court. I don't know what happened with her, but I just thought I could
win the second set, and incidentally, you know, I couldn't put one ball
on the court anymore. It was ?? you know, it was weird. I mean it was
the kind of day that you try but nothing was going in.
Q. Did you struggle with your serve a little bit today?
SANDRINE TESTUD: My serve. Well, no. I struggled with everything, I think.
You know, I was definitely not moving that well, but you know, I mean
just probably didn't really affect me. I just played a bad match, you
know. I was not feeling my ground stroke or my serve or anything, and
it's difficult when it's a day like this that you don't put one ball in,
and it's difficult to win a match.
Q. How difficult is it when you're so close to the championships to
not have a good day?
SANDRINE TESTUD: Well, it's disappointing because I played good the whole
week; and lose, it's part of the game, but lose a match like this, you
know, when I played so bad, it's tough, you know.
I had a good shot. I could go to the final, maybe win, maybe not, you
know, but yeah, it's tough to play a really bad match like this.
Q. It seems like the kind of week it was, no seeded players in the
finals, it's the first time it's ever happened. Does it seem like that
and something that happens, did you think about that this week?
SANDRINE TESTUD: No, not really. But you know, it's tough. It's the first
few tournaments on clay and you need to adjust your game to the clay court.
Definitely Schnyder is a very good clay court player, probably better
than Capriati, you know, if Capriati won the French Open. I think she
needs more time to get used to the clay than somebody else, and that's
it. You know, it can happen and players are playing good, you know, the
other ones. So if you're not at the top, you lose.
Q. Do you think this tournament is an example that maybe there's a
little more depth in the women's game than this tour gets credit for?
SANDRINE TESTUD: Oh, definitely. I think you saw the French girl qualifier
(Foretz), I played yesterday, and she's playing good tennis. I think it's
fun for the people also to see new faces. They're going to see them and
look for them in all the tournaments, and yeah, definitely, you know.
I think it's good.
END OF INTERVIEW