Interview with Alexa Glatch after her lost
to Serena Williams at the 2009
Q. When you saw the draw and you
were slated to play your opponent, what went through your
ALEXA GLATCH: Um, initially I was a little surprised. Of
course, playing Serena first round isn't the best draw
you could possibly have, but I was excited, looking
forward to the opportunity.
You know, it was a good chance for me, so I wasn't
totally upset. I was pretty excited.
Q. But you'd think you could go
and winning this thing?
ALEXA GLATCH: Sure. Why not?
Q. Were you nervous at all?
ALEXA GLATCH: Yeah, I was nervous, of course.
Q. How did you contain your
ALEXA GLATCH: Well, I mean, you just try not to think
about the occasion. You just kind of pretend it's just
any other court, you're playing against any other
But it's very hard to do, especially probably playing my
first time out in the biggest stadium there is. It was
pretty cool walking out there, I must say. Hopefully I'll
play out there many more times.
Q. What's the status of the Fed
Cup situation? Are you definitely going to play? Is it up
in the air?
ALEXA GLATCH: I don't know. Mary Joe hasn't picked
the team yet. Of course if she asked me to play I'd be
there in a heartbeat. It's her call, and she'll probably
make that decision a few weeks before, just depending on,
you know, who's playing good tennis at the time and who
she wants on that team.
Q. When the match was over, did
Serena offer you encouragement as a fellow not too many
Americans at this point. I don't think many people can
name players whose last name isn't Williams at this
ALEXA GLATCH: Serena is a great competitor. She
didn't say much after the match, but she's always very
nice. You know, I have a lot of respect for her. I like
watching her on TV. She's probably one of my favorite
players. It was pretty cool to get to play against her.
Q. Talk about the force of her
shots, her forehand when she leans into it, and her
ALEXA GLATCH: Yeah, she can really step into a ball,
that's for sure. I mean, out there today it was a little
windy. The ball seemed to be floating a little bit. It
was tricky at times, actually. The wind was blowing one
way, but, I mean, she played well.
I mean, when she steps into it, she can probably hit
bigger than any other girl on the tour.
Q. How does feel on your hand
ALEXA GLATCH: You just got to be ready. Just got to be
got to be ready. That's all.
Q. I don't have the media guide,
but where is home for you? Are you in school and not
ALEXA GLATCH: Home for me is in Newport Beach,
California, so I'm just out here playing full time on the
tour now. Finished high school a couple years ago, two
years ago maybe.
Q. You did well, because the
first set was close: 6 4. It wasn't that bad. You should
feel pretty good about yourself. I would. I mean, facing
Serena, I would feel very good.
ALEXA GLATCH: Yeah, I mean, it's tough. I mean, I didn't
play my best tennis, that's for sure. You know, I thought
I could have done a little better than I did, but, you
know, it's not easy playing on a big stage like that.
You know, I haven't had the best summer so far, so it's
kind of tough.
Q. So how will you improve it?
You said you haven't been playing the best. How would you
improve your game?
ALEXA GLATCH: Well, it's just been kind of tough with
injuries and stuff. I haven't played I've really missed
the whole summer hardcourt season. I haven't played a
match in a couple of weeks, and I haven't been able to
practice as much as I would have liked to, either.
You know, just the preparation wasn't what I would have
liked it to be. But, you know, hopefully in the future,
with a lot of hard work, you know, I can get back here
and, you know, really show everyone what I can do.
Q. And kick some butt?
ALEXA GLATCH: Yeah, exactly.
Q. Back to the OC after this for
a little rest and relaxation?
ALEXA GLATCH: I'm actually scheduled to play an
indoor tournament in Quebec City, and then I'm going to
play a couple tournaments in Asia, maybe one in Moscow.
That's it for the year.
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