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January 27, 2004

Amelie Mauresmo


THE MODERATOR: Amelie, please...

AMELIE MAURESMO: Yep. Well, as you may have seen on the court this morning, I'm not going to be able to play that quarterfinal match. I pulled a muscle a couple days ago at the beginning of the match against Alicia, and I was able at that time to go to the end because I guess I was warm. But, you know, I wanted to try this morning. I didn't feel very good yesterday. I wanted to try this morning to have a little hit and see how it goes and see how I felt. But, unfortunately, I don't feel good enough to play a match. I have pain, so I have to withdraw from this tournament.

Q. Amelie, how bad is the injury?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, it's a muscle strain in the left side of my back. It's not great. Hopefully, it's not too bad also. But I'm going to see the doctor after the press conference and we'll see how long it's going to take and what I have to do to make sure I'm going to feel better. Yeah, it's such a big disappointment for me. I felt I was playing some good tennis, and I had some opportunities in this tournament. So big disappointment, yeah.

Q. Is the medical advice that you would put yourself at further risk by playing, or is it the pain?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah. It's both, actually. It's the pain, because when I hit some shots, I can feel really strong pain. The other thing is it could get worse, yeah, if I play. So the best thing to do, I guess, is to rest.

Q. You had a hit this morning. In your mind, when were you pretty sure you would not be able to play?

AMELIE MAURESMO: I really was hoping that, you know, maybe I could handle the situation and handle the shots a little bit better. But I realized this morning when I practiced that it was not going to be possible.

Q. Due to the fact that there's so many seeded women already out of this tournament, did you feel this was probably, in terms of winning this tournament, as good a chance to win as it could get?

AMELIE MAURESMO: (Tearing up). Yeah, was probably a good opportunity for me here in Australia since, you know, I always play well here. But that's just the way it is. There's nothing much to do about it.

Q. How long do you think you will be out with the injury?

AMELIE MAURESMO: I don't know. I'll see the doctor after, yeah.

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