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November 16, 1999

Dominique Van Roost


Q. When did you find out that you were going to play Elena instead of Serena?

DOMINIQUE VAN ROOST: Exactly when I came back from my lunch at 12:30. I saw the coach of Mary Pierce, and he said to me, "You're not playing against Serena," and I started laughing. I said, "It's a bad joke," because I never expected her. I saw her yesterday evening during the practice, so I didn't believe. I had to call the WTA to find out actually I was not playing her, quite late, today.

Q. Do you think that affected the way Elena played, not being prepared?

DOMINIQUE VAN ROOST: I think you should ask her because I don't know how she was prepared or how she reacted.

Q. How do you think that affected you mentally in preparation for the match?

DOMINIQUE VAN ROOST: Well, at that point, I thought: Now I have a good chance, a very good chance to play a quarterfinal, better chance than if I had -- if I was going to play Serena. But it's tough, because you don't know until the last minute, and you find out you play somebody else; so, it's a different opportunity for you. You know that this match you have to win it because it's somebody from my level, for the ranking. It was a completely different situation in the afternoon, not that I was the outsider anymore; I was the one who was supposed to win, of course. But, I mean, I felt good. I said that I have nothing to lose. Even if I have to win this match, it's the best 16 players in the world competing in this tournament. So I just went for it and I played very aggressive and I played very well.

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