August 31, 1996
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Q. Did you expect her to be that good?
BARBARA PAULUS: No, I didn't expect her to be that good. I tried to play topspin. It was too short with my balls. If I get too short, she makes points everywhere. Sometimes she played serve and volleys when I didn't expect that. But she had nothing to lose.
Q. Had you seen her before?
BARBARA PAULUS: No, never. In the locker room.
Q. After playing her, what do you think of her game? She's only 15 years old.
BARBARA PAULUS: She's playing very well. She has a different game than Martina Hingis. They're about the same age. She is playing very aggressive. She comes a lot to the net. She has a good volley. She's very cool on the court.
Q. What about her power, is she very hard at her strokes, very powerful?
BARBARA PAULUS: Yes. I mean, I think you saw it.
Q. Tomorrow is your birthday, right?
BARBARA PAULUS: Tomorrow, yes.
Q. Happy birthday.
BARBARA PAULUS: Thanks.
Q. When you say she's cool on the court, she plays with more poise than you would expect for somebody that age? What do you mean "cool"?
BARBARA PAULUS: She has nothing to lose and she doesn't get worried when she makes a mistake; she just plays. She doesn't take much time between the points. She's always in a hurry.
Q. Does she have a chance against Graf?
BARBARA PAULUS: Yes. I mean, Steffi Graf is playing very well. If you want to beat her, you have to play really very good. But, I mean, a everybody has a chance. I think it's very difficult to beat her.
Q. Looking back, would you have done anything different in that match, knowing what you know now?
BARBARA PAULUS: What do you mean?
Q. Do you think you should have played the match a little more differently?
BARBARA PAULUS: I don't know. That's hard to say now. I mean, I try to play topspin, but the balls were too short. It's very difficult because she plays very flat. It's hard to go under the ball.
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