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May 27, 2014
S. STEPHENS/S. Peng
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions in English, please.
Q.¬† Pretty solid start here.¬† Big smile afterwards on court.¬† You seemed pretty happy with that compared especially to the last few matches I've seen you play.¬† This looked better on all fronts.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Yeah, definitely felt a lot better out there today.¬† Obviously tough playing someone that you've never beaten before.¬† Obviously that's good to get that win.
It's always tough the first round of a Grand Slam because you're a little nervous and a lot of things are going through your head.
So definitely pleased with that and happy to get the win.
Q.¬† Just in the second set it was tight there; didn't serve it out at 6‑5 and the breaker was back and forth.¬† You had a bunch of match points.¬† What's going through your head?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Just stay positive and stay composed.¬† Second set was really tight.¬† Could have gone either way.¬† Just tried to stay tough.
Obviously playing someone like her, she plays very, very tough always.¬† She hits the ball very hard, so that makes it a little tough at times.
Bu I just stayed tough, and I was happy to pull it through.
Q.¬† How were the conditions out there to you?¬† A lot of players are saying because of the rain it's kind of slow and sticky.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Yeah, definitely a little slow because the rain.¬† It slowed the courts down.¬† A bit cold as well, which doesn't help.
But it's the same conditions for everyone.¬† Just got to go out there and battle.
Q.¬† Something click for you when you get to slam?¬† You've talk about this before, but you've had tough losses here and coming into other slams, too.¬† You haven't lost in the first week of a slam in quite a while.¬† How does that sort of switch happen?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† I don't know.¬† If I knew what the switch was or what I was supposed to do, I would probably do it every week.¬† Just come in and play and do my best.
I guess fortunately it's at the slams I play well.¬† Not too disappointed with that.
Q.¬† Just talk in general about your feeling about clay court play.¬† I mean, obviously the Americans aren't noted for usually loving it.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Yeah, no, I really like clay.¬† I mean, I've always played really well on it.¬† I think it suits my game pretty well.¬† No problem with it at all.
Definitely different coming from Madrid, Rome, and then here ‑‑ or Strasbourg and then here.¬† They're all a little bit different and play a little bit differently.
In general, it suits my game well.¬† I've always played well on it.
Q.¬† How is the transition going for Paul from coaching men to coaching a woman?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† I think it's definitely a learning experience for all.¬† Definitely there are things that we have to help him understand.
But it's pretty much the same.¬† Tennis is tennis.¬† He knows what he's doing, so that's a good thing.¬† Just have to tweak a few things here and there.
Q.¬† Does he ever say he has to change how he communicates with you?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† No.¬† I don't think ‑‑ it's not about communication.¬† It's about putting his wifi on for him four times a day.¬† It's little things like that that make it a little tough.
Other than that, he's pretty good.¬† He's good at what he does.
Q.¬† You guys were sharing a place at Indian Wells?¬† I can't remember now.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† No, that was in Charleston.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† That was interesting.
SLOANE STEPHENS: ¬†Probably won't happen again, but, yeah, it was an experience.
Q.¬† They often say that obviously the Americans don't do that well here on the clay.¬† First round showing we have six women with three still to play, and I think I about four guys with one left.¬† You see any reason for why it's picking up for us or any surprise on your part on that?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† No, no reason at all.¬† Everyone is playing well, especially the younger ones are playing pretty solid.
It was unfortunate that Taylor and Vania had to play each other, because that would've been another one.¬† Everyone is pushing each other, everyone is playing well, so it's a good thing.
Overall it's good, so I don't know why.
Q.¬† Do you ever say to yourself, Hey, it's pretty cool having the same coach as Sampras and Federer?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† No, I've never said that, but I guess it is kind of, yeah.¬† I mean, if you think about it, it's pretty cool.
Q.¬† Talk about your mom and what kind of degree did she get?¬† What did that mean to you?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Yeah, I'm not sure.¬† (Laughter.)¬† She got her‑‑ wait, she's right here.
She left with Mark.¬† Lindsay said it's organizational leadership, so I hope she's right.¬† I don't know how you're a doctor of that, but you are.¬† She is.
Q.¬† You look pretty proud.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Yeah, I am.¬† It's really cool.
Q.¬† Take a minute and talk about the Carson training center.¬† Have you worked there much at all in L.A.?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Yeah, I used to practice there.¬† When I was working with David Nainkin I was there every day.
Q.¬† Talk about the dynamic there.¬† Is it a strong place to develop your game?¬† Just reflect on that for a minute.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† I mean, yeah, I practiced there every day.¬† It's a good training facility.¬† They have everything you need.
I don't know.¬† I mean, why?¬† I mean, that's so random.
Q.¬† We're doing a piece on it, that's why.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Okay.
Q.¬† Yeah.¬† But did it help your game?¬† I guess it helped your game.¬† You enjoyed working there.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† I mean, the coach I was working with helped my game.¬† It was a good facility to practice.
Q.¬† Good having other Americans around?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Yeah, at the time I was there I was the only girl, so it was a bit tough.
But, I mean, yeah.
Q.¬† Paul was saying you're such a perfectionist that one of the things he emphasized to you is putting struggle or bad shots behind you and moving on.¬† That's a key point or thing for you to adjust to.¬† How would you ‑‑ talk about that.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Yeah, definitely I get really frustrated when things aren't perfect, but I'm learning in life things are never going to be perfect.
It's a lesson to be learned, but I'm working on it.
Q.¬† There were so many expectations last year after the Australian Open.¬† What do you think of those expectations in general, and how do you think things have gone for you?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Expectations, everyone has their opinion of what I should be doing or how I should be doing it or who should be coaching me or my fitness trainer or what have you.
It's definitely tough when there are a lot of people that have a lot of different things to say.¬† I just to have focus on myself and do the best I can.¬† It's a long year of tennis, and you just got to play every week and battle and stay happy and just enjoy yourself.
It's the only thing you can control.¬† That's what I try to do.
Q.¬† I wanted to go back to Paul and his wifi issues.¬† Is it just that he's not tech savvy?
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† He doesn't know what he's doing.¬† I don't know.¬† He had a BlackBerry ‑‑ it's really weird.¬† He had a BlackBerry and he said he could do everything on his BlackBerry.
He switched to an iPhone.¬† If you see the letters on his iPhone, one word is the whole screen.¬† It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen in my life.
He doesn't know how to put on wifi or anything, so in Australia he had like a $2000 phone bill because he was like on Twitter.¬† He had his data roaming on or whatever instead of being on wifi.¬† I'm like, Dude.¬† He's like sending Twitter pictures off his data.¬† I'm like, That is not ideal.
Yeah, he's had some trouble.
Q.¬† He's old.
SLOANE STEPHENS:¬† Yeah, he's old, so it's tough for him.¬† But like here he's pissed at the wifi because it doesn't like automatically sign back on.¬† He's like, What's the password?¬† I'm like, Oh, my God.¬† Andrew, help him.
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