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June 28, 2000

Anke Huber


MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone. Anke Huber.

Q. What were you thinking at the end of the first set?

ANKE HUBER: I don't know how I lost the game at 6-5. I was 40-Love up. Then it went so quick, every point, I don't know. I was just thinking, "Just keep playing, yeah, try to win the second." I was upset. I mean, it was not necessary that I lost it, the first set.

Q. Were you pleased with your overall game today, Anke?

ANKE HUBER: I played two, three very good games always, and then I had two which I didn't play so good, so it was up-and-down. It was okay. Maybe I should have come to the net a little bit more, don't make so many errors. I made a lot of easy mistakes in some important moments, on break points, which I shouldn't have done. It's okay. I won and that's the most important thing.

Q. You seemed to be getting slightly frustrated.

ANKE HUBER: For me it was quiet. I was okay. Sure you get frustrated if you have a few break points and you don't make them or if you miss a few shots which you shouldn't. Still, for me, I felt okay. I just tried to play every point.

Q. Did you feel at any stage that you could lose that match?

ANKE HUBER: It's hard to say. You never think about it when you are not really, really down. I never thought about losing it. I just tried to play every point, every game. I still had a good feeling even when I lost the first set. I was up 2-Love immediately. I didn't really think that I could lose it because I wasn't down that much. She played well and it was always tough for me.

Q. That is the best of British female tennis. Are you surprised that British women aren't better?

ANKE HUBER: What should I say to that (laughter)? Well, like I said, she played very well today. She played good grass court tennis and it was very tough for me. Her backhand slice, she hit the forehand well, she really hit some great shots. But I don't know what I should say if it's the best. She played good today. I don't know what she's going to do in the future. For sure, she could do well.

Q. Steffi is not here this year. Does that make any difference to the other German players or not? Was she a role model, or you have to do your own thing?

ANKE HUBER: Yeah, everybody has to do their own thing. She's missing in German tennis, especially on the women's side. There is not really anybody who maybe has a chance to win Wimbledon right now. But, like I said, everybody's doing their own thing. I guess we don't think much about it.

Q. Next match you're playing against Tina Pisnik, who you know from some practise sessions. What are your thoughts about this match?

ANKE HUBER: It's not going to be easy like today. She also has a good slice, a good serve. On grass, everything is possible. It's going to be a tough match, but I'm looking forward to it.

Q. Are you a football follower?

ANKE HUBER: Football?

Q. Yes.

ANKE HUBER: I followed until the Germans went out. Right now I'm not really into it.

Q. I wondered how you felt about your team's abysmal performance?

ANKE HUBER: How should I feel? Not very good, disappointing. It's the same as in tennis. It's possible in sports, so next time.

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