Martina Hingis 1996 US Open 2nd-Round Interview ( Sports - Women's Tennis )  

USTA 1996 US OPEN at Flushing Meadows, New York on Thursday, August 29, 1996
Martina Hingis defeated Miriam Oremans, 6-4, 6-4

An Interview With MARTINA HINGIS:

Q. How do you feel about the way that you played today? Good match for you?

MARTINA HINGIS:: In the beginning I played really well. After I started to play a little unconcentrate. She hit some pretty good shots. I just couldn't put my serve anymore in.

Q. Your mom is there for every match; she's your coach. Obviously you have a relationship with her. How does that keep your life normal having her with you all the time?

MARTINA HINGIS:: I mean, she started to play with me when I was two years old. I couldn't play without her. She's my best friend and we always travel together from tournament to tournament. She's my coach, my mother, my friend.

Q. Do you guys do a lot of things together? What kind of things do you do to get away from tennis?

MARTINA HINGIS:: In New York, you can do a lot of things, always action, always busy. I try to go to Broadway, some musicals.

Q. Martina, what when you're not competing in tennis, are there other sports you enjoy for fun?

MARTINA HINGIS:: Yeah. I always do sports, horseback riding, soccer, basketball, swimming, all sports.

Q. Martina, what do you feel the keys to your game are as far as being able to advance in this tournament?

MARTINA HINGIS:: Grand Slam, it's a hard time. You are here, you wait for three or four hours sometimes, you never know when you're going to go on the court. You play every second day. That's why I try to play doubles. It makes you keep going. I think I'm not very good physically, older players.

Q. You say you're not as strong physically as some of the older players?

MARTINA HINGIS:: I don't have the power.

Q. You played other events. Do you think you play too much?

MARTINA HINGIS:: I could play only 15 tournaments, so I don't think it's too much. Every tournament in the doubles, I got to the final. In Europe I play Fed Cup, three clay tournaments. It was a little too much. Sometimes you have to do that.

Q. Being younger than many of the women that you compete with, do you feel like there's a difference? Are you into maybe different music than some of the older women on the Tour?

MARTINA HINGIS:: I don't think so.

Q. You don't notice a difference?

MARTINA HINGIS:: I think mentally I'm pretty strong, especially on the court. I have a lot of friends on the Tour, not big friends, but in the locker room the juniors that are coming up, especially when I played the juniors, they play quallies, sometimes they get through. I don't have problems.

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