May 16, 2004
ROME, ITALY, A. MAURESMO/J. Capriati 3-6, 6-3, 7-6
THE MODERATOR: I'd like to give you two quick facts before we get started. Today's third set was the longest ever in a woman's final at this event. The second thing is Amelie joins only Monica Seles and Steffi Graf to have won the German and Italian Opens back-to-back. And when Graf and Seles did that, they both went on to win the French Open, so... (laughter). Questions for Amelie, please.
Q. Wonderful match.
AMELIE MAURESMO: Thank you.
Q. Congratulations. Did you feel at times you had let it slip away?
AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah, I mean, it was very close. Could have gone either way, like I said on TV on the court. It was so close, you know. When you get to 6-all in the third-set tiebreaker, I think you don't really know what's gonna happen, you just hang in there, go for it if you have the opportunity. And I felt that's what I did. She had matchpoint, so, you know, it could have been her way, again. But I'm very satisfied about the level of this match and hanging in there til the end.
Q. Can you recall coming back from matchpoint down?
AMELIE MAURESMO: Oh, yeah, it happened to me, well, I think against Justine in Amelia Island a couple months ago already. It happened a few times.
AMELIE MAURESMO: Also, yeah, few years ago.
Q. Were you tired at the end or..?
AMELIE MAURESMO: Of course, yeah. We were both a little bit tired, I guess. I felt that I still had some more energy left than she did, but it was very intense match - I mean, very long and very intense from the beginning. The level was unbelievable from the first game. So, yeah, these kind of matches, yeah, you get a little bit tired, of course.
Q. What was the difference?
AMELIE MAURESMO: I don't know (smiling).
Q. Fair enough.
AMELIE MAURESMO: (Laughing).
Q. Two points.
AMELIE MAURESMO: Two points, yeah. One, actually.
Q. Were you stunned by that passing shot she hit?
AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah.
AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah, very impressive. What can you do? I went for it, she made the shot, the perfect shot. Congratulations to her.
Q. You only gave her two games the last time you played. Were you surprised by such an upward improvement in one week?
AMELIE MAURESMO: I was expecting her to be more consistent and, yeah, play some better tennis this week - I mean, today. And, obviously, she beat Serena yesterday, she had some good matches throughout the week, so I could see and I could feel that she was playing better than last week.
Q. How pleased were you with your serve, particularly those two big first serves at 5-4 in the tiebreak?
AMELIE MAURESMO: It's strange, because I wasn't too satisfied about the way I played the whole match. Then I really focused myself on these two points where I put some very good serves in. But just shows that I need really to be maybe more focused and pay more attention on the serve. Yeah, it came at the right time, I guess (smiling).
Q. Those were your two fastest serves of the afternoon.
AMELIE MAURESMO: Oh, really?
Q. In American baseball they say, "I had to reach back and deliver some heat."
AMELIE MAURESMO: Probably, that's what I did.
Q. Did you feel you really had to serve it well?
AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah, again, I really had to focus on these serves. I felt it was important at that time, obviously, to have some good serves. And, yeah, I really focused on that. I don't know what to say.
Q. How happy do you feel winning this final after having lost three finals?
AMELIE MAURESMO: Of course it's great. I didn't want to lose this match, so I was very concentrated. I could have lost it, but...
Q. Do you want to dedicate this victory to somebody?
AMELIE MAURESMO: To my father, who is somewhere watching over me.
Q. How are you going to celebrate this victory?
AMELIE MAURESMO: I have to take the plane, so I would like to go home now. No time for joking this time (smiling)
Q. Some vin on the plane, perhaps?
AMELIE MAURESMO: We'll see (smiling).
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