Martina Hingis 2000 Wimbledon 2nd-Round Interview ( Sports - Women's Tennis )

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2000 The Championships at Wimbledon, England, on Wednesday, June 28, 2000
Martina Hingis defeated Jing-Qian Yi, 6-4, 6-1

An Interview With MARTINA HINGIS

Q. Two wins today. How do you feel?

MARTINA HINGIS: Pretty good. Tired, though. Didn't have that much time from singles into the doubles. It was like two sets to one and 3-1 when I came back from my court. I'm like, "Okay, I'm warm. I just want to keep going." I'm definitely tired now, yes. I'm happy. It was a good day at the office.

Q. Next match, you are going to play against Silvija Talaja. You played her before. She said you might remember her from last match.

MARTINA HINGIS: I definitely do, yeah. She had a couple set points against me in Berlin when we played. I think I play much better here now on grass. I really like it. The girl today played very well. I mean, it was a good match, playing on Centre Court. Now I just take it round by round. I guess she won easy, 6-2, 6-2. I only saw the match point, result. Another match in two days.

Q. Serena Williams said today a lighthearted comment that if you get involved in a relationship with another player, your game tends to go down. Do you agree with that?

MARTINA HINGIS: I don't know if she had any experiences, so how can she talk about that? I don't think my game went down so far, so I'm doing pretty good. I'm happy with my relationship.

Q. At what point in the tournament do you start sizing up some of your opponents that you're likely to meet in following rounds?

MARTINA HINGIS: Well, definitely Talaja is not one you should overlook. As you said, I might remember her. I definitely do. She had some good wins over Top-10 players. Against me also she had two set points. It was a close first set. Then maybe it was a little easier. Definitely have to take her serious. Just anybody at a Grand Slam, even the girl today, I never played her before. She was quite tough. She was lucky, too. I couldn't count the let calls, how many she had today. They have nothing to lose basically, these girls which play me. If they're good enough, they step it up and they play their best match of their life.

Q. Were you aware of the fact that Magnus Norman was having a difficult time today while you were playing?

MARTINA HINGIS: Yeah, but I didn't want to watch too much. I get too nervous. You don't want to have that before you have to go on court yourself. Definitely I knew what was happening. I knew that he won the fourth set before I had to go on to play my doubles again. It was going to be quicker. Unfortunately, he lost. I had a good day at the office. It's going to make it up.

Q. What will you say to him after a match like that?

MARTINA HINGIS: I didn't see everything, so I don't know. He had a great French Open, obviously, two different surfaces. Usually those players who do well at the French Open, they don't do as well here maybe at Wimbledon. Got more tournaments to come.

Q. Do you feel under pressure at all?

MARTINA HINGIS: I just put pressure on myself because I want to do well here. I love to win a Grand Slam this year. I feel very good playing here on grass. I like this tournament. I won it before. I'd like to do it again.

Q. Chris Evert is your mentor, am I right?

MARTINA HINGIS: (Nodding head.)

Q. She obviously was married to a tennis player at one point and talked often about how difficult it was to balance it. Has she ever spoken to you about that?

MARTINA HINGIS: Oh, yeah. Well, not specifically about Magnus right now. I mean, I had relationships with tennis players before. I think you learn a lot from that. I think it's just the most important thing is the respect, responsibility, trust, just understanding for each other. Then I don't think it matters who it is. I think two players have pretty much, you know, the same schedule. At least you can see each other sometimes. It's bad timing always pretty much at Grand Slams when it's really important. I think we have so much time in front of us, so it's nothing to hurry. I think you can tell more what you want when you get older, when you made a few things through already.

Q. I could see on your hand something red. Did you hurt yourself?

MARTINA HINGIS: It was from signing autographs.



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