Q. Can you just sum up your feelings being in another Roland Garros final.
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Well, that's pretty amazing. I think after what I live in the last couple of months, it's just the best gift I could get for my 23rd birthday. So it's just amazing. If I would have -- I was telling this to my coach and my husband before coming here, if I would have only one more Grand Slam final, I wish it would be here. I hope I will have many other Grand Slam finals, but this one is very special. It's a lot of memories, so I hope I'll be in my top form in two days.
Q. Physically, how are you?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I have to agree I'm getting tired a little bit, you know. It's been a lot of tennis in this tournament. But today I'm very happy that I could close the match pretty easily, in two sets. But I'm feeling my legs a little bit heavy, and my injury is not getting better, but it's not getting worst (sic) either. So I think I will have to give my best one more time and then take a rest.
Q. The weather was just about perfect today. The courts were fairly quick. You seemed to do a much better job of opening up the court and putting the ball away on the next shot. Did the weather help you a lot that way?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I don't know. The conditions were almost perfect, it's true. Just a little bit of wind. But it was totally different match from Berlin. In Berlin, it was raining. We had to stop three or four times, so it's not easy to play a good tennis in these kind of conditions. But I've been very patient today and just tried to take every opportunity that I had so I could open the court more easily today than I did in Berlin. And I think she did a lot of mistakes because she could feel the pressure. So I've been very consistent from the first point to the end. So very, very good match.
Q. I think Nadia said you played perfect tennis. Do you agree with her? When was the last time you think you played as well as you did today?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Oh, I don't think I've played a perfect tennis. I think I've played my tennis. I think I did some mistakes, but I did a lot of winners, and I've been aggressive and patient when I had to. So I was in the good rhythm. I was feeling very good, very calm on the court.
In the second set, it was getting tight a little bit, at the beginning of the second set, and I was waiting for any opportunity. I got it at 3-All. I played very good at 3-All in the second. Very happy the way I played in the last two matches, and I hope I can keep going for my last match on clay court.
Q. If you're not playing another fast player, someone who runs very well, like Kuznetsova, on clay, how hard is it to beat you, if you're a power player, someone like Petrova, Pierce, someone who can't move with you?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: You better ask them. But anything can happen. You know, I can have a bad day, too. I think I'm in very good condition right now. When I have to go a little bit further from my baseline, I go there. But I take any opportunity to come back in the court and be very aggressive. I have very good feeling on this surface. It's pretty amazing. I grew up on clay and I can slide very good. I think these kind of player, they don't find the solution because they're hitting the ball very hard all the time and I'm always on it, so it's not easy. But I've lost matches on clay court. I'm not -- I can lose also.
Q. So you feel like if you get into rallies where you're running side to side, you must feel pretty good about your chances?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Yeah, I think as soon as the point is getting longer. I have more chances. I can play a lot of rallies on clay. You could see it today. I've been patient where I had to play a few shots waiting for the good one, and then she was doing the mistake or I was in the court. So that's pretty good.
Q. When you say you're going to need a big rest after Saturday, how long? Will you be pulling out of the Eastbourne?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Probably. But right now it's not yet. I didn't decide because I'm still in the French Open and I don't want to take any decision right now. I have to do other exams to see where my injury is right now.
But I have to take a few days for sure. And I will take the rest I need because I want to be ready for Wimbledon. But I think it's too early to talk about that. I have many other things in my head to be focused on.
Q. Mary is on your way to victory. She plays very, very slowly. She also will try to get the points over with very quickly, keep you out of a rhythm. Will you find that disturbing?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: I think she's in great shape right now. And mentally she's very strong because she loves to play here at the French Open. She won it a few years ago, so she has a great motivation to go to the final and then try to win this tournament. So it's going to be a tough mission for myself if it's Mary, because it's not quite sure yet. In this situation, it would be a great atmosphere in the stadium, and I'm sure it's going to be another great day. I will have to be patient, but not playing very long, too, because she's going to try to take every opportunity and go for the winners. She's not going to go for the long rallies, so it's going to be my job to make the points a little bit longer.
Q. You've spoken about your love for the French Open. What is so special? What is the most special aspect of the French Open tradition that is appealing to you?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Oh, I think I spoke a lot about that in the past. First, the surface. The surface is perfect for me here. It's so close from Belgium, so I get a lot of support from my family, my friends, because they cannot come to see me in Australia or in the States. They all come here to Paris. So it's a very special atmosphere. The crowd is very special, too. And, I don't know, I love this place. I feel I'm playing like at home. So it's beautiful. And it's a lot of emotions for me here at the French Open. Everybody knows the story. I'm not going to tell it again. I hope I can win it one more time. That's for sure.
Q. You said to the television you have a very special feeling to be a woman before being a tennis player.
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Well, I will play tennis for another few years, obviously. It's a fantastic experience. But I have a life to carry on after that. When I was not feeling well, I was worried for my tennis career, obviously. But I felt bad for the rest of my life as well. I was too tired. I couldn't even go out with friends to eat in a restaurant. You have all sorts of doubts coming to your mind. Are you ever going to be normal again? Obviously, at one point I would start thinking about my tennis career, but I was thinking about my life being anything else.
Q. Last night your birthday, what did you do?
JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Nothing special. We went to the restaurant with Pierre-Yves, Carlos, his family and a few friends. I had many, many, many presents. But it was a quiet evening. I was very pleased to be surrounded with such fantastic people. They're always backing me up, whether I'm up or down. I hope that this figure of 23 will help me. It's 23 my age, 23 my victories, and 23 the number of tournaments I've played. It's my lucky number. I hope it will keep going.