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THE LIPTON CHAMPIONSHIPS


March 24, 1997


Anna Kournikova


Key Biscayne, FL

VERONIQUE MARCHAL: Questions for Anna.

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Q. What's happened today?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: What happened?

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Q. Yes.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I played a match.

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Q. What do you think about Novotna now, today?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: What do you mean today? Before the match, after the match?

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Q. Today. How to play against Novotna, it's hard?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: It's hard to play against anybody who is in Top 10. Basically she played really well. I think I could have done better, but I was a little bit tired, made quite a few mistakes.

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Q. Was it your game plan to mix it as much as possible, to not get her into a rhythm?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, yeah, probably.

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Q. I would like to hear in your opinion once more, because I wasn't in the first press conference, about you being limited to ten tournaments a year, this year.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, it's a little bit hard for me because I can only play ten tournaments, so it means I only have ten chances a year. I have a lot of more pressure on me with that rule because I have to win every match. If I don't, I don't have any other opportunity to play. Also if I get a seed, it's hard to play against a seed, I lose, I have to wait for another tournament another two months. I don't think I'm getting enough experience. I think I can be able to get more experience and learn how to win and lose if I could be playing more.

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Q. At the age of 13, if you said, "I want to be professional," you wouldn't be limited by now, like Hingis did. What sense makes this rule?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I wasn't in a hurry to turn pro.

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Q. You think it's unfair that others in your same age are not limited by now?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Not the same age.

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Q. Martina Hingis is one year older.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, I don't know. What's the question?

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Q. Whether you see that there is a sense in having you limited down to ten tournaments.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Yes, it's unfair.

VERONIQUE MARCHAL: Thank you.

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