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September 8, 1996

Jana Novotna

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario


Q. What kind of rivalry is that now when you play those two? I mean, how intense is it, the whole thing?

JANA NOVOTNA: It is always very intense and always I must say that as a gentlemen said off the court, we play always the exciting matches, I felt today that we started the match really well. We had a really good chance and unfortunately, I played a couple of bad points there at the end of the third set and I think that was really - they got really lucky there on a few points that is why they won, but otherwise, I thought it was a really good doubles and we played very well, very steady and unfortunately they were lucky enough to win the third set.

Q. After you won the first set so easily, did you think you might be able to bolt through or what do you think turned it around at the beginning of the second?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, I think that like Jana said, the first set started really strong and we made our shots. Second, there were a few points that were very long and they come, you know, on her side, we lost the second set and, you know, and then the third set, we have our chances and, you know, you should take those opportunities, otherwise they are a good team and, you know, they get lucky on a few points and they come back winning the match, but I think that, you know, it was a good match and we always have kind of like a tough, you know, three set matches and we always, you know, doing good tennis, and unfortunately, you know, they always at the end, they were a lot more lucky.

Q. Five of the six set scores were 6-1 previous match, they were all 6-1?

JANA NOVOTNA: We are specializing in that now because everybody were like you are winning too closely the first set, so, we decide why don't we go from it right from the beginning. That is what we are doing now. That is in fashion now.

Q. Are you going to keep playing together or has too much been made?

JANA NOVOTNA: We do have with Arantxa. We have a commitment 'til the end of the year then, of course, we have to sit down and because as, you know, the ranking system will probably change, so, there will be a different schedule, so, we will have to sit down and talk about what is going to happen next year.

Q. How are you getting along?

JANA NOVOTNA: Did you watch the match?

Q. No.

JANA NOVOTNA: Did you like it?

Q. I meant aside from the match, I meant in here.

JANA NOVOTNA: I think we are getting along really well. I hope it showed on the court. I think whoever watches our matches, they can tell what is happening.

Q. Will you guys play together next year?

JANA NOVOTNA: I just answered that question. We said that we will finish the end of the year. That is what we have and we will sit down and decide what is happening next year for both of us.

Q. Why do you think you two have done so well together? What do you think you bring as a team?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, I think that we have kind of different games that we are trying to put everything together and we have been playing better every year and I guess we communicate pretty good and we are doing very well and I guess that we are a good team. That is what counts, to play good doubles.

Q. You are going to play the Corel, you are going to play?

JANA NOVOTNA: Championship and probably one or two indoor tournaments, whatever.

Q. We will see you in November. See you back in New York.

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