March 20, 1995
KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Q. The best day of your career, I suppose?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Yeah. You don't beat the No. 1 player very
often, so I guess it definitely would be.
Q. How does it feel, I mean, what are you feeling now?
W. WERDEL WITMEYER: A little bit -- I mean, I am definitely
incredibly excited. It is a great feeling to go out and play
well and do all the things you have been working on. I think
I would have rather have not won matchpoint on a let cord, but
you take them anyway you can get them.
Q. What is Ron going to say when you tell him?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: I don't know. He will probably hear it
on the message machine before he hears it on TV, before I have
a chance to talk to him. Because he has a game this afternoon,
so he is on a baseball field in the Phoenix area; I am not sure
Q. Does he normally get excited after a big win?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Yeah, very excited. He sat through enough
of the tough ones. He gets very nervous watching them. So it
is easier for him farther away.
Q. Did you expect to come back in the second set?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Come back?
Q. Come back by Arantxa --
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: I was ahead most of the second set. So
I don't know -- you mean, when I was down 5-4? Yeah. I mean,
you always know you are not going to be able to do it if you don't
think you can do it. I just felt like if I concentrated well,
you know, that I could definitely win the game.
Q. What seem to be the reason for a good year; anything that
you can pinpoint that is the difference? You have been around
for a while.
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: I worked a lot harder than I had last year.
I would say from the spring and summer onward, I spent a lot
more hours on the court. I worked on my conditioning a lot, and
worked on coming to the net more. I started playing a lot better
last summer. I would play well for a match or two and I just
wasn't able to string it together. Then last fall was when it
really started to click and I started to play a lot better. So
I ended the year on a good note and just spent all of December
working hard and getting ready for the start of the year.
Q. Did you go out today just thinking I am just going to
hit the ball as hard as I can; as accurately as I can and use
that as a game plan?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Yeah, my game plan was to use my pace and
to try and keep the ball as deep as I could because if I kept
the ball deep then she wouldn't be able to kind of yank me around
the court with all of her different spins, so I felt, you know,
if I kept the ball hard, deep, that with all of her top spin and
with the wind that I was going to get a short ball eventually
that I can do something with.
Q. You took a number of swinging 3/4 volleys up here. Was
that because of the wind making it difficult to overhead?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: The lobs were pretty high, no, so that makes
it pretty difficult to make an overhead. You generally don't
hit an overhead when you are coming from the baseline. It is
a tough shot to move forward as the balls moving backwards to
hit an overhead.
Q. Did you feel particularly aggressive on her second serve;
it seemed like she had maybe even little bit less than normal
because she was hesitant because of the wind?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Yeah, it seemed like she was having problems
with her second serve; serving with the wind keeping it in, I
felt like I could have been a little bit more aggressive than
what I was a couple of times I just-- I let the spin get up to
high and when it got high to my backhand, there wasn't really
as much that I could do. But I didn't make too many second serve
return errors, so I was happy about that and I was still going
Q. You had a really wonderful junior career. I wonder whether
you are just now finding the professional game that you thought
you would have after you turned pro?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Yeah, I mean, I definitely haven't done
as well as I thought I was going to do or as I was expected to
do after my junior career, but it, you know, it is a difficult
transition to make and, you know, just took me a little bit longer,
Q. It is odd when you hear people talking about players being
finished at the age of 21 or 22. You are a little bit resurrected
a little bit later in life?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Yeah, I mean, I guess if you look at the
average age, I am definitely over the hill, but don't feel like
it. You know, I have had my share of injury problems and, you
know, this is the healthiest I have been, the fittest I have been
and I am enjoying it more than I have.
Q. What made you work harder last year, just you decided
you were ready to do that or some outside influence?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Yeah, a little bit outside influence. I
mean, I think as you get older and I am married, you start thinking
about what you are going to do after tennis; you start thinking
about having children and you just get to the point I guess where
it is now or never, and, you know, I just -- before I stopped,
I wanted to make sure that I knew that I had given it everything
that I could give.
Q. Can you remind us of something more about your injuries
that you just mentioned?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Yeah, the second year I played I had an
injury in my upper back and in my neck. Couple of years later
I had a lower back injury and I have had some problems with my
feet in the arches of my feet, so -- and actually the back injuries
helped me in the long run more than they hurt me because I learned
that the stronger your legs are; the better in shape you are in,
the less injuries you will have and the less back injuries you
will have so...
Q. The ball on that matchpoint, sometimes a player can see
the ball to almost teetering on the net before it decides which
side it is going to drop on. Did it teeter? It looked --
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: It looked like it was going to drop over,
but then at the last second I realized I was against the wind
so I wasn't sure if it was going to, but luckily it did.
Q. It finally did plop on the other side?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Relief. You know, it is a tough way to
win a match. You are very excited, but yet you feel kind of lucky
on the last point, but, you know, there wasn't -- it wasn't luck
that got me to that point, so I have to still feel like I earned
Q. It seemed like it hung there.
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Yeah, I think because I had hit the ball
pretty hard so there was a lot of pace on it, and, you know, it
probably would have probably gone back further, but because of
the wind, it just kind of stopped.
Q. What club does your husband play for?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Oakland A's.
Q. What is he hitting right now?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Tell you the truth, I don't know. Hasn't
been going that great for him, though.
Q. Higher than Michael Jordan?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Hopefully.
Q. What is his name?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: Ron Witmeyer. Hopefully this will bring
some good luck into the family.
Q. Opening of the second set there was an overrule. When
did you put that out of your mind?
M. WERDEL WITMEYER: As soon as the point was over. No, I mean,
umpiring out there was fantastic, I mean, some of the other tournaments
that we play, you know, you don't have as experienced umpires
and out there, it is, you know, it is a relief to go out and play
and to know that you have some of the best umpires on the court
and you don't have to worry about that. You just worry about playing.
I thought they did a great job.
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