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n It's a dream come true. After winning the French Open, what I wanted to do is try to play my first final at Wimbledon. My goal was to get past the quarter-finals. Now I have nothing to lose. It's every player's dream to win here on Centre Court. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario after overcoming fellow-Spaniard and defending champion, Conchita Martinez.

n My attitude is different. I'm having much more fun on the grass. Sanchez Vicario on the change in her approach.

n Until 5-2 I played with exactly the tactics I wanted. Then I stopped being aggressive, became a little tentative, and let her back in the match and the same thing happened in the tie-break. Sanchez Vicario.

n You just have to play with the pain.

Conchita Martinez, who suffered blisters on both feet.

n I didn't believe enough in myself to win the match. Sometimes you feel great and sometimes you don't. Martinez blaming her semi-final defeat more on mental weakness than physical problems.

n I made too many mistakes and unforced errors. Everything went quite fast in the third set. Martinez.

n Arantxa will lose to a very good serve-volleyer but somebody like me she can beat. Arantxa is so consistent, though, and I think the final is open. Martinez.

n It was great to be in the semi-final. I will try to win it again. I have many more years. Martinez.

n I was definitely not perfect. I wasn't serving as well as I needed to. Inside I thought I could lose the match so I got a lot of pleasure out of turning it around from a set down. Steffi Graf

after overcoming Jana Novotna.

n If I had played like this against anyone else I would have been the winner. Jana Novotna, who has now lost 24 of her 27 matches against Graf.

n I think it was one of the best matches I've ever played against Steffi., I really enjoyed every second of it. I was laughing during the whole match. I was not remembering anything from the past. Novotna.

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