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July 14, 2007

Vania King


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you chalk up the loss today to never having played Anna before or maybe some opening-match jitters?
VANIA KING: I mean, I guess you can't really blame a loss on, you know, a certain thing. I would think that would be kind of making an excuse.
But, you know, I think I didn't start off very well. I think I started playing better and better towards the end. But, you know, she didn't really give me anything. I mean, she didn't really hit many unforced errors. She hit a lot of winners. She was serving well.
I think all I -- no matter how I played, I was trying my best. I think that's as much as I can ask of myself.

Q. How did you feel right before the match, before you came out?
VANIA KING: I mean, I felt, you know, like, of course, the prematch nerves that every player goes through. I felt pretty good, but I didn't start off so well, like I said.
But, you know, I tried my best.

Q. Can you talk about your pregame strategy with Zina, what you talked about before the match?
VANIA KING: Well, because I had never played her before, basically it was just basics that she had told me, you know, like try to move her, mix up the ball.
Because I never played her, most of it I have to find out on the court. How I play is most important. After that, I can see how I want to play her.

Q. Did Zina say anything to you after the match?
VANIA KING: I mean, she told me little things that she thought I needed to work on. But, you know, she said that I tried my best and next time I'll do better.

Q. Does the team have total faith in Venus to pull you back level?
VANIA KING: I think the team has total faith in the team. No matter how well we do, we're going to be a team.

Q. Considering how the match went, is there anything you can pull out of today's match as kind of a learning experience for tomorrow's match-up with Petrova?
VANIA KING: Well, I think they're quite different playing styles. But I'm sure I have learned a lot for the next time I play her.

Q. How do you think the girl did singing the national anthem compared to yours in Delray?
VANIA KING: I think she did well. She looked pretty young. I don't know where she comes from. I think she's in high school. I mean, for someone that young, she's got an amazing range.

Q. Talk a little bit about your opponent today. What were some of the things she was doing that gave you trouble?
VANIA KING: Well, like I said, I didn't start off so well. But she was not giving me any -- she wasn't giving me any points really. She was moving the ball around well. She was serving well.
You know, like I said, all things considered, I think I did pretty well.

Q. What were some of those things that went well for you? We saw a couple of glimmers of hope, fist pumps. What was going through your mind then?
VANIA KING: Well, whenever I get into a match, I never really count myself out. Zina was there, as well, telling me to play every point, one point at a time. That's what I was trying to do.
No matter where you are in a match, until the match point is done, then the match isn't over. So that's what I was focusing on.

Q. At Delray, when you were called upon, you found out late; you didn't know coming in you were going to necessarily play. Today was a little different. Describe that difference in preparation.
VANIA KING: Well, I mean, I didn't really have a lot of time as well this time. I found out basically yesterday. In every match I think the nerves stay the same.
Because it's Fed Cup, it's a little bit different. I think I was just as nervous then as I was now. I mean, it's a positive nervousness. It's something that you want to go through, that every athlete wants to be in this position.

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