March 17, 1994
KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Q. Got a little hairy there for a while.
STEFFI GRAF: You mean losing a set?
Q. Just the whole -- just the whole way the match was going
in the second set.
STEFFI GRAF: Yeah, first set was just so quick. She made a
lot of mistakes. And, suddenly, the second set she started playing
much better, more solid, and then I started to make the mistakes.
But when it counted, I was able to get back on.
Q. Were you surprised about that drop shot? She certainly
was. Were you?
STEFFI GRAF: That I did it?
STEFFI GRAF: Well, it was the right time to do it, but it was
a little bit risky, I would have to say. But it was perfect shot
at the moment.
Q. Steff, I know you don't want to lose a set or lose a game
at all at any time, but was it a big deal not to have this streak
of sets broken? When it was set point, were you thinking --
STEFFI GRAF: I was just kidding, I mean, I'm not worried about
that at all.
STEFFI GRAF: No, I'm just trying to do my best out there. I
mean I'm not worried about losing a set.
Q. Did it cross your mind at all the 6-1 lead was the same
one that Aranxta blew in her tiebreaker?
STEFFI GRAF: No, actually, no. I was -- even though it was
close, like 6-1 got to 6-All, I had a good feeling, actually,
about it, and --
Q. I meant the 6-1 in the tiebreaker.
STEFFI GRAF: Yes, I know, I didn't think about it.
Q. Steffi, did you enjoy the match? Did it challenge you?
STEFFI GRAF: I didn't enjoy it that much because I didn't play
very well, the way I wanted to play. I didn't step into the ball,
I think my slice backhand was very weak today, so I wasn't that
happy all around. It's good to be pushed and to know I played
well when it counted.
Q. Lots of players can hit as hard as she can, but maybe
not as consistently as she can. Who else besides perhaps Martina
can hit so consistently, so hard in the course --
STEFFI GRAF: Martina? She's not somebody that's playing that
much baseline. She hits that hard, so one definitely comes to
mind is, Werdel which I played in Delray Beach; I think she is
hardest hitter around. Jennifer used to be able to, Monica; they've
been the ones that always played very tough baseline, but there
aren't that many around.
Q. Steffi, obviously you're one of the most popular players
out there today. The crowd was clearly pulling for the underdog.
Does that-- do you get a little irritated sometimes, because
I remember I saw at the end of the match the ball that was clearly
out and the crowd was groaning and you made little motion, I think
it was out by this far or something, right near the end. Does
the audience sometimes bother you sometimes?
STEFFI GRAF: No, I just responded on that because it was quite
clearly out and just sort of responded that way, but it doesn't
really bother me during the match. Not at all, actually.
Q. Sometimes --
STEFFI GRAF: You kind of get used to it.
Q. Sometimes you get used to people cheering for you then
when they cheer for the other player --
STEFFI GRAF: I think once you are at high ranking and everybody
knows you've been there for so long, sometimes it's -- people
more go for the underdog. I mean, I'm more used to probably cheering
for the other one than for me, so.
STEFFI GRAF: Yes, I think so.
Q. How do you see Lindsay as a future prospect, Top 5, possibly,
as a real threat?
STEFFI GRAF: I definitely think she has all for it. First thing,
she has the height, which is going to be very important in the
future. She's got the aggressive game that she needs. And she's
only 17. I think she still has a lot of room for development,
and I think she knows what she has to do to get better. I think
she's got all of it to do it.
Q. How important has the Lipton become in the big picture
for players on the Tour?
STEFFI GRAF: You see how many play here, so it is very important
to all of us.
Q. How do you feel for Paris; do you feel you're peaking
early or do you feel good?
STEFFI GRAF: Hopefully, I mean, hopefully I'm not peaking too
early. So far I think I couldn't have asked for a better start
of the year, but to get ready to Paris, that means to get ready
on clay courts, which I will start right after this tournament.
Like the years before, I'm trying to play three tournaments on
clay before the Paris, so I think I will be prepared.
Q. Steff, at what point will the monotony of winning get
STEFFI GRAF: The what?
Q. The monotony. When will you get tired winning match after
match, weeks from now, years from now?
STEFFI GRAF: When I will get tired? When will you get tired?
Q. Tired of you winning match after match?
STEFFI GRAF: Right now I'm not getting tired.
Q. Steffi, does she have the type of game that can really
hurt you? Do you expect maybe in three months, the next time
you play her, to come out there and maybe push you deep into the
third set; do you expect that type of improvement from her?
STEFFI GRAF: I think she has -- she's the kind of player who
can get, in a couple of months, better. She hasn't been around
that long, and, I mean, you never know what's going to happen
in couple of months, but I think she has the game and she continues
to work on it, that could give me trouble, that's for sure, the
way she plays; she place aggressive, yeah.
Q. Were you fighting to keep your concentration in the second
set, even though she was playing better, but after that first
set, it went so fast?
STEFFI GRAF: Yeah, I think I played the first two games really
bad. I didn't play them very well, and from then on, she got
back into the match, gave her a kind of confidence, and then I
just played too defensively. I just didn't go in, probably that's
a reason why I won the first set a little too easy. I didn't
want to lay back, but I just didn't concentrate as well.
Q. Does it disappoint you when you see Sabatini and Sanchez
Vicario go down in the same day, kind of takes away for the challenge
in the semifinal or final?
STEFFI GRAF: You mean Gabriela, she lost that day to much better
play, and so it is probably the name that's missing now, but I
think Lindsay just played better this tournament. That's why
she deserved to be here. And Aranxta, I think she didn't have
the best day, so, I mean, it's kind of sad. But there is nothing
to do about it; it happens.
Q. Were you thinking at all third set; was it crossing your
STEFFI GRAF: Maybe little bit, but not -- maybe for once or
so, but not really too much because still in there, I just didn't
return very well. I just knew I had to put a couple of balls
inside and give myself a chance to be able to do something during
a point. So I didn't call myself out even if it was 5-4.
Q. Heinz told us at Delray Beach that one of his jobs is
to emulate your next opponent. Do you think he can hit hard enough
to emulate Brenda Schultz?
STEFFI GRAF: His serve, yeah, that's for sure. That's -- I mean,
whenever I practice with him he can play wherever he wants. I'm
not afraid of that. I think he will do very well.
Q. Have you ever beaten Heinz?
STEFFI GRAF: In a real match?
STEFFI GRAF: We never play real match.
Q. Just playing points?
STEFFI GRAF: Yes, just playing games.
Q. How do you think you'd do in a real match?
STEFFI GRAF: Forget it. You can never say how it would be,
Q. What do you think about tonight semi- final with Zvereva
STEFFI GRAF: That's a difficult one to say, really. It really
depends on how both of them are playing, if Brenda is serving
well and been playing the way she's been playing the tournament,
I think she has a good chance because she is the more aggressive
player; on the other hand, Zvereva knows how to mix it up, she
knows what to do, she is a very clever player. It really depends
how Brenda can serve.
Q. Do you think it will be more interesting final you against
STEFFI GRAF: Probably.
Q. Steffi, how important is it for the popularity of the
women's Tour to see, within the next four or five new players
break into the top ten? Is it important or not, not including
STEFFI GRAF: Yes, it is important.
STEFFI GRAF: Why? I mean, just to seeing new faces on the Tour
is good, it makes it more interesting.
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