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August 31, 1996

Barbara Paulus


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.


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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