September 7, 2001 continued

by Marcia Frost

Ally Baker

Q: You sound like you are really enjoying being here.

A: "I love New York. They treat you just so well here. I love the courts and the fans and everybody."

Q: Have you been to the Open before?
A: "Only once to watch a couple of years ago. We were only here a couple of days. This is kind of like my first time."

Q: Was there a match during the one of the Open events that you felt you should have won?
A: "Yes, definitely. I should have won my second round in the juniors. The qualifying I lost to a really good player, very badly (No. 4 seed Martina Muller, 6-1,6-3). But here (at the juniors) I felt I really should have won against Dulko. I won the first set 6-2 and then just fell asleep for the beginning of the next, getting down 3-0. I kind of came back, I was on my way back, when we got the rain delay and it was hard after that. I played terrible at the end of the second and in the third."

Q: It was a lot like that in the last doubles match.
A: "Oh, we really should have won that. We (with Bethanie Mattek) were up 5-2, 40-0 and we got a bad call on set point. They played well to come back, but I don't know what happened."

Q: I know you have said that you would like to be a professional tennis player. With all this excitement, does it make you think about turning pro sooner?
A: "Not really. I'd love to, but I'm really just going to keep my options open. The good thing about this world is that you get to see what's happened to the ones that have turned pro and the ones that haven't. I want to keep my options open to be able to maybe go to college. I don't think it's quite my time yet. I've got tons of knowledgeable people around me that will help me figure that out."


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