Sam was Sam. And I don't mean that as a slight at all. From the minute she sat down and put her leg up to retie her shoes, she was pretty relaxed, answering questions about the FO final (she though Franny played fantastic and that she played good enough to win most matches, just not that one), why she sucks on grass (contrary to popular belief, she didn't grow up playing on grass in Australia), and her newfound popularity in Australia.
And she and dropped this awesome nugget: She's planning to play doubles at the USO with Franny. The partnership came about via text message.
I, of course, sacked up and finally asked a question or three:
Q: How was the reception when you got back?
A: Oh it was good. Had a bit of a party at home. Had some a bunch of friends over and had a really good afternoon. That was a good opportunity for me to catch up with everyone all at once. Yeah, just saw some other friends. It was good. It was really nice to get home.
Q: Did you feel that when you were walking around, were people recognizing you more now, after your clay success and everything like that at the French Open?
A: Yeah for sure. I noticed that a lot more than other times, yeah. In the supermarket line, buying a thing of milk and somebody comes up to you and starts talking to you and stuff like that. It definitely happened a lot more, yeah.
Q: Freak you out a little bit or do you get used to it?
A: Yeah, I guess it's just kind of one of those things. I happened occasionally but seeing that every time I went outside somebody else would talk to me or say "well done" or whatever. But it's pretty cool, too, because everyone told me that Australia was really behind me at the French and that kind of proved that no matter who they were that, pretty much they all were watching and that was great.
Woot. Totally got to ask her the ultimate Corgi question.
Watch Sam fawn over Rafa:
I was totally waiting for her to just stop and say "He's so dreamy!" But, you know, she wouldn't.