August 27, 1997
UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION, Flushing Meadows, New York
Q. How was the experience playing on the big court?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, certainly it was exciting playing on it. It felt real big and I
mean, it is a great stadium. It was fun.
Q. It seemed that you played pretty well overall?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Yeah, I did play pretty well, yeah.
Q. How disappointing is going out in the second round? You played in maybe a tough
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, you know, you can't really blame it on the draw, because you get
a seed anyway sooner or later. I really wish that I had more experience playing, but I
felt that I played pretty good. I got a little bit to a late start and played well second
set. And then at the end she started off good and so -- it is just another learning match
Q. Were you bothered at all by the article in one of the local papers about your
relationship with Sergei Fedorov?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I learned my lesson at Wimbledon that I don't read any papers, because
they distract you. So I haven't read anything.
Q. Does it bother you that people focus on that instead of the tennis?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I mean, nobody talks to me about it, so I don't really know what is
Q. Your opponent said that, you know, she seems to get motivated to play because you
get a lot of attention and do you sense that?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Definitely against -- like if I would play against Steffi, I would be
really going on because really have nothing to lose. So, I am sure they are ready to play
me more than like anybody else.
Q. Were you hurting out there, any muscle pains?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No.
Q. Do you just, in general, feel maybe less sharp than during Wimbledon, just because
you haven't played a lot of matches?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Yeah, definitely I haven't played anything so I just felt a little bit
new kind of on the court. But it didn't -- I mean, I played the first round match, but it
was like I played very well. So I didn't get much practice for my second round. So, it was
kind of new.
Q. You hinted the other day about the rule, you know, for women in tournaments. Is that
something that you feel strongly about, the amount of tournaments that you are allowed to
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I didn't have a warmup tournament here before the Open, so I couldn't
have gotten any matches. That was pretty hard. I had to play just practice, practice,
Q. Spirlea, Anna, said that some of the women players resent the fact that you get so
much publicity. Do you sense that there is this feeling toward you from some of the other
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, it is not my fault, you know, that people write about me, so, I
mean, I don't want them to think that I am doing it on purpose or something like that. I
am just trying to play tennis and play for the fans. And I really enjoy being on the
Q. You mentioned that no one talks to you about it. I assume you are talking about your
private life. If they did talk to you, what would you tell them?
ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, they never talk to me, so I don't know what I would tell them.
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