September 1, 2003
NEW YORK CITY
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. Can you take us through what happened when the referee came out? Did he actually tell you he was calling it off?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: No. I mean, he said we were going to wait a little bit more, and they knew it was going to stop. It was a little bit frustrating, two or three times I had to stop. But it's okay. We finally played. It's late. It's okay.
Q. Did you have to argue with him and say no?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I said to him, "Just take a decision." It was late already. It was almost 10:30 when we started the match. But they knew the rain was going to stop. So, I mean, we just had to wait a few more minutes. The crowd was great, so it was a fun experience.
Q. Did you have fun watching?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Yeah, it was fun. Before the match, it was good. I was very relaxed. You could see the way I played, so that's good.
Q. Later on when she started winning games .
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Yeah, she served well to come back at 5-1, and then the crowd was getting excited a little bit, was behind her 100 percent. They wanted more tennis. It wasn't so easy, but finally, yeah, I lost a bit my aggressivity at the end of the match. But finally I came through, so that's good news.
Q. Your first time through to the quarters here?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: First time, yeah.
Q. How do you feel about that?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I'm happy. You know, I want to just try to play my best tennis and we will see. I'm in the quarters, that's great, but I want more. I just do my best and we will see.
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