Interview of the day - ELENA VESNINA

24 September 2010

ELENA VESNINA THE HIGHEST RANKED SURVIVING PLAYER AT THE EVENT MADE IT TO THE FINALS, AFTER A CLOSE MATCH. A LOCAL FAVOURITE HERE , SHE HAS MANAGED TO SET UP A GOODFAN FOLLOWING AT THE TASHKENT OPEN.

THE MEDIA TEAM SPOKE TO HER ON WIN AND OTHER SUBJECTS TOO
BY MICKY AIGNER/ SUNDER IYER
TASHKENT OPEN MEDIA TEAM


Q: It must be great reaching the second final of your season. Is there any pressure playing a ‘final’?
Yes it is good indeed, but there is no pressure since this is the second one. It’s great to finish the year on good note, so basically I am just looking at match ahead as ‘playing a final’.

Q: You are playing Alla Kudeyavtseva in the final, have you played her before?
I think we have played a few times before…maybe in the Russian Championship. I don’t even remember who won it back then… it was like one time I won, then she won one. I have no idea about anything. I have a bad memory about that.

Q: How do you view the fact that two Russians will contest the final?
It is always good to have two Russians in a final. It is always good for the country, it works as a good record. I must say that it will be a tough match to play particularly against a player of your own country. And I am certain it will be tough for both of us.

Q: Were you under pressure particularly in the third set?
She (Niculescu) was up 4-1 and was playing well. She had so many blisters on her hand, on her feet and it wasn’t bothering her at all. She was moving really well and was doing everything, I think she (Niculescu) put it all and was fighting till the end. I was think how to close the match.

Q: Niculescu plays in a very unorthodox way, does that bother you?
I know that she is the only one on tour who plays unothodix, and you are always expecting that it is gonna be tough match. she was slicing and I just needed to go back and do some good polacement so that she can be at least on a run and thus not allow her to have easy balls.

Q: If you did not play tennis what would Vesnina be?
When I was small I used practice ballet dancing. I was also a good student in school, I used to get good marks and my master used to tell me that if it was not tennis then I could certainly go to the university and then do a job. Right now, apart from playing I am a student as well. I am studying sports psychology, but then honestly I am doing nothing about it. Whenever I have an off season I will continue doing it, but right now I have no time and energy.

Q: So do you say completing your education is a must?
Yes it is. And I must also say that sports psychology is an interesting subject. By the end of my career I have it in my mind to learn more about it and complete what I have started. Moreover the subject helps me a lot while playing.

Q: You have played here quite few times and you had a crowd to cheer you..
Yes there were quite a few cheering me and nice to see them do so. It helped me to come back when they cheer. Tashkent for me is being lucky city, and I played one of my first wta tournaments and reached qf. I don’t remember. Yes I feel good, does that answer the que.

Q: Do you feel u are playing at home?
Yes I do feel like I am playing at home, whenever I am in Tashkent. The weather is so pleasent

Q: Can you take us through your singles performance this season?
The beginning of the year was like a nightmare for me I was [playing really bad in mandatory tournaments. In Grand Slams I have bad record this yeaar, I think in all I played just the first round. That’s why my ranking dropped so much because I did not have a single win in a Slam. I think only in Miami or something like that I played well, before injuries put me down.

Q: Your year barring the Wimbledon doubles final was not as per expectations?
You know it was always going to be tough. I have been working really hard, practicing hard as well. I was doing it all, had a few injuries then I lost the rhythm of the game, had few bad losses in the tour, so maybe it got me a little pushed back. But all the way I still believed in myself. The final at Wimbledon was something amazing because I was always dreaming to be in the final there. And maybe that final gave me some positive energy for the future, that’s why my next tournament I began playing good. I don’t care that I lost 7 matches in a line (row) for I know if I am going to play well I am going to be back. That’s the way I play all time. I believe if your game is going to be like… aggressive, there will also be the opportunity to get back to where you are in the Top-50. If you have been there before you can get back.

Q: How do you view the WTA Tour when you compare your performance. Are there areas in your game that you need to work on?
There are so many good players on the Tour. It’s a challenge to compete with each other in every tournament. In Beijing for example it’s a big tournament, with so many big players coming. It is like a second Grand Slam for which I first need to work with my serve. I was a bit upset today when in the second set I had three double faults, but then I am not thinking about it for now and am trying to focus on every point before final

Nao
Hibino

Date of Birth: 28 NOV 1994
Birthplace: Aichi, Japan
Height: 5’ 4" (1.63 m)
Plays: Right-handed
WTA Singles Ranking – 77 (As of August 14, 2017)



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