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January 21, 2007

Amelie Mauresmo


THE MODERATOR: Questions in English first.

Q. Amélie how disappointed are you now?

Q. How disappointed are you now after some hours?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, the disappointment is here. I'm just, you know, trying to analyze a little bit, you know, the way I played not only today but also throughout the tournament. I didn't really feel that I was really getting too into the tournament just the way I wish I would.
But, yeah, disappointed. What else can you say.

Q. Did her aggressiveness surprise you at all?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, you I knew that because we talked with my coach a little bit before, even though I never seen her play. He saw her play a couple times. So I knew that she has this type of game. You know, being aggressive, taking the opportunities, and she actually made a very good match with not too many unforced errors.

Q. In Sydney you spoke about some parts of your game that you weren't really happy with, and I think one was shot selection.

Q. Was that present today and also the previous matches?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah. Well, not only the shot selection, but also the deepness of my shots. And really I was not effective enough on every shot I was playing to that hope I would have some opportunities to get in, to hope that I would have some opportunities to really take control of the point and of the match. Even though I was up at the beginning, I really didn't think I was playing that great.

Q. Once you lost your game, you didn't seem able to get it back.

Q. Once you lost momentum and you weren't playing confidently, it didn't return at any stage during the rest of the match?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No. There was not a moment after when I could feel that it was coming back or I could feel that, you know, my shots were coming back. It was so frustrating.

Q. Was there a time in the game when -- you're 4-1 up. Did you -- was there a danger that you were closing there or --

Q. Okay.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Because as I said, I didn't feel in that moment that I was playing great, you know. I was being careful.

Q. What does this do your confidence? Does it knock it at all? Are you used to it after so many years an tour?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah. I'm not completely down or whatever. I'm just disappointed. As I said, it's always disappointing to go out of any tournament, even more in a Grand Slam. But I am going to go back on the court, go back to work, and that's obviously what I need.

Q. Is it like kind an a Czech complex? Like you lost to another Czech girl at Roland Garros.

Q. Is it more difficult to defend a Grand Slam title than to try to win it the first time?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, I don't think so.

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