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January 25, 2007

Nicole Vaidisova


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. In a tight match like that, what was the difference between you and Serena?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: I think she used her chances definitely much better. You know, she's definitely a great champ. She played the tight points very well. I had my opportunities. I didn't use them. That was the big difference.

Q. Quite a number of unforced errors on your side, but also a lot of winners. What was your pregame plan?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: You know, I think I struggled on that a little bit today. Needed to keep the ball in play much more than I did. I was trying to go for a winner or easy shot too early. I think that was a little mistake.

Q. How does this semifinal compare with the one at Roland Garros last year? Do you feel you're a more mature player?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: I mean, two totally different players. Two totally different occasions, surfaces, everything. I don't think you can really compare it much.

Q. Were you affected by the sun glare at any stage during the match?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: No, didn't notice anything.

Q. You didn't notice any glare coming towards your eyes during the match?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: Not really. It was sunny, of course. But, no, not really crazy that I noticed.

Q. There was a suggestion on the Channel 7 commentary that a member of the Williams box was shining his watch into your eyes.
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: I didn't see that. I tried to focus, not pay attention to anything. I really didn't notice that.

Q. Did your nervous system go on and off, back and forth?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: No. I think I was, you know, calm the whole time. I didn't have anything, no.

Q. There was a point in the tiebreak where Serena's first shot, she screamed incredibly loud. You lost the follow-up one. Did you find that off-putting?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: No. I'm used to it. There's a lot of players who grunt a little too much. But I just, you know, like I said, I try to focus on my game, not really pay attention.
I think after a couple points, you kind of shut it out. No, it didn't distract me.

Q. There was nothing about it that struck you as a bit odd, out of place?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: No. I mean, I've seen her play before. I was ready for it. It's not going to probably be a silent match. I knew it was coming. No, it didn't distract me at all.

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