March 19, 2002 continued

Bea Bielik

Q: Are you considering a professional career in tennis?
A: "Yes, I am."

Q: Are you thinking at all about turning pro before you finish college?
A: "I don't think so. I have a commitment to Brian (Coach Brian Fleishman) and I'd like to stay here. I've been here for three years and I would like to finish school."

Q: What is your major?
A: "It's Business -- right now."

Q: Do you have any career goals beyond tennis?
A: "I've thought about several things. I really enjoy the sport. I wouldn't mind going into coaching on a high level. I would also be content going home and working in the city (New York)."

Q: What do you find to be the biggest difference between junior tennis and college tennis?
A: "Experience... Experience definitely comes with age. Talent and technicality of the sport is there for kids, juniors, for sure, but with experience and a lot of matches under your belt is when you can see the differences in play during matches with big points and with different opportunities on the court."

"The years you put into juniors are what is going to make you be the better player, but there is definitely a difference (between college and juniors) mentally."

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