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September 1, 1995

Chanda Rubin


Q. Have you had time to think about playing Steffi?

CHANDA RUBIN: I haven't really thought too much about it. I was just thinking about this round.

Q. If you had to throw out some thoughts on Steffi, what would work?

CHANDA RUBIN: I am just going to go out -- try to play aggressively and do all the things I have been doing; trying to keep a lot of balls in play, but still looking to get in whenever I can.

Q. Other players have said this is a time to get her, that she is struggling with her serve and her mind is distracted. Do you buy into any of that; is there ever a good time to get Steffi?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I just think I have to go out in the match when we play on Sunday - whatever, I think I have to go out, start out tough and try to just play aggressively, play my game. I am not going to really think about what she is not doing well right now or whatever. But I am just going to go out there and do whatever I do well and try to go out and take it.

Q. You talked the other day about what this summer did for you. But I didn't ask you about having a new coach. Has that had any impact on your development?

CHANDA RUBIN: I definitely think it has helped and it has been a good relationship since the beginning of the year. I think I have learned a lot and I have improved quite a bit and definitely have made some improvements in my game so I think it has been good all-around and I am definitely enjoying the game and it has been a real good relationship.

Q. Do you know how many people followed you from Lafayette?

CHANDA RUBIN: Not yet. I mean, there has to be quite a few, just that -- probably looked like there was 20 or 30 out there, but I am not sure exactly. I am sure -- there is some that I don't even know who they are, so I think that is great.

Q. How big of a match is it in your mind to play somebody like Graf here at the Open compared to another tournament?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I mean, it is a Grand Slam. These are the tournaments that you want to get up for and that you always want to play well at and, you know, peak for and so I think it is going to be a big match for me, but it is also just going to still be another tennis match regardless of the occasion. I am still going to have to go out and play like I have been playing the last few months and, you know, just go out and try to play some good competitive tennis, but it is still going to be a nice thing to do and to be a part of just because it is at the U.S. Open, it is one of the biggest Grand Slams of the year. The biggest, I think, and, you know, just it will be a big occasion.

Q. Were you surprised that Mary lost and do you have any thoughts on your draw clearing out a little?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I mean, when I first saw the match start, I mean I hadn't thought about who had won before -- I think it was a good matchup because Amy likes to hit the ball and Mary does the same thing and so I knew it would be kind of a battle. Watching it on television, I wasn't surprised, but, you know, it is kind of nice to see somebody take advantage of a situation like that and just go out and play well, you know, who people maybe don't expect to win, so I think that is always nice. But that was definitely a good match.

Q. Will you go out there when you play Graf in your mind thinking that you can win or that you expect to win?

CHANDA RUBIN: Well, I definitely think I can win. I mean, it is-- I think it is going to be a battle. I am going to have to go out and play well, but, you know, I definitely think it is possible.

Q. Definitely think it is possible?


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