So we meet again. And apparently my iPod is just as enamored with Sam as I am because it completely fritzed out and I lost the audio from the session. So the following is based on memory, which...take it for what you will.
Sam' AAH was 80% consumed with questions about her arm, which she says was fine after she started hitting a few days ago in Tampa. The true test will be when she gets some match play. The pain in her arm has been reoccurring and she's played through the pain in the past. She noted that she's probably played as many matches this year as she had for the entire 2009 season so even though the doctors told her she couldn't injure the arm more by playing, she took the time off to rest the arm, knowing that it didn't make sense to keep going into tournaments with a curbed practice/preparation schedule. The only treatment for the arm is complete rest so she's pulling out of doubles with Franny at the Open, presumably so she can rest the arm on off days.
She also talked about the reception in Australia, relaying the same story she told in Stanford with a bit more detail. She said she went for a hit with her brother and went to a court down the street as opposed to the club, thinking no one would notice. She was wrong. A family on holiday stopped her for pictures and a chat. You're big time now, Sammy. Get used to it.
All in all a positive presser from Sam. Glad to hear that the arm is pain-free at the moment and that the doctors have told her it can't get worse. At least that means skipping Cincy and Montreal will yield some positive results. Hopefully she can get a few matches under her belt here in New Haven (she'll have to hit the ground running with a tough projected 2R match against Jay-Z) and finally get past the second round at the Open. Time to grab some points, Corgi.