June 30, 2003
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.
Q. Congratulations with your win. It was a tight match?
SILVIA FARINA ELIA: It was difficult match, a lot of the emotion today. And, you know, we had - both of us had a lot of chances to go to reach a quarterfinal, so that was why it was difficult match, you know, so... First time for me, so...
Q. Your first time. How does it feel?
SILVIA FARINA ELIA: Great (smiling).
Q. You have the hope of the whole Italian nation on your shoulders. Does it do something for you?
SILVIA FARINA ELIA: Well, no, I feel great - I mean, especially for me, but of course for the Italian generally, Italian tennis. But for me, special moment because is first time. Special moment because it's Wimbledon, that I didn't expect it to be -- to reach a quarterfinal here. So it's more important.
Q. So how come you did this on grass?
SILVIA FARINA ELIA: How come, a lot of good matches, good wining, especially the big one against strong player. And, of course, I'm in good moment for me, good confidence, but I hope to do better again.
Q. You never won from Clijsters?
SILVIA FARINA ELIA: No, but I always play tough matches, so of course -- I don't go on court just to be a loser.
Q. You're playing Kim Clijsters on one of the big courts, Centre Court or Court 1. Does it put all pressure on Clijsters, or is there a lot of pressure on you?
SILVIA FARINA ELIA: Is no pressure, you have just to play the match. I mean, is not -- you are not gonna die, you know? It's just a game. Of course important day, but, well, I hope to be on a show court because today was very terrible for both of us, you know? Like coming back and playing on no show court, was very difficult to play out there. So I hope to be on a good court. Italian, you know, fans can watch me, finally, and enjoy.
Q. It's very late now. Are you not too tired? Because tomorrow, another game.
SILVIA FARINA ELIA: No, I mean, as soon -- I am doing well. I'm not thinking about the -- I had two days to recover from last week, so I don't feel very tired.
Q. You made it tough on Clijsters the previous two matches. Is there a reason for that? Do you like playing her?
SILVIA FARINA ELIA: Well, I see, you know, today everybody's hitting hard the ball, and I'm trying to use more slice on this grass. So it helps a lot, especially when it's new balls. And of course she's another player, comparing last year. But, come on... We'll see (smiling).
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