Interview of the day - Aleksandra Krunic

11 September 2011

Eighteen-year old Aleksandra Krunic was born in Russia , but now plays for Serbia is a Gen Next poster girl . Having won the Russian under-12, under-14 and under-16 National Championships titles in past , she was also a top 10 junior. One of the most promising Serbians and a young WTA prospect is being proclaimed as a "player to watch".

Currently ranked No. 240 , Krunic made her debut winning the first IT event where she was awarded the wildcard at the age of 15 . On 25 April 2009 Krunić debuted for Serbia Fed Cup team in a doubles match versus Spain. She partnered with Ana Jovanović against Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Nuria Llagostera Vives,
She made her WTA Tour debut in 2010 at Banka Koper Slovenia Open, playing doubles with World No. 2 Jelena Janković.

Sunder Iyer of the Tashkent Open 2011 media Team spoke to the young star after she made it to the final round of the qualifying on her debut at the event.

Excerpts;

Q: You have graduated from the juniors to the Tour events , your thoughts
It is a different game altogether, In the Senior level you don’t get presents in matches like I used to get at the junior events, I have to be prepared physically and mentally , as i have to play against older opponents who have been around for quite a long time. There is a lot of difference , the challenge is how does one adapt to the change and how fast

Q: Despite being a junior your WTA Tour ranks are quite impressive…
Honestly, I put in the hard work , I shifted base from Moscow to Serbia, i also have changed my coach of last 10 years, i have a new coach with who my comfort levels are good now, I have changed my forehand and lot of things in my game and things are working for me , as my game is being bulit up. I have had good wins in the ITF events and now trying to make it to the WTA events. I’m currently 240 and want to build from here

Q: Your game is quite different and has much skills than power ?
I’m not strong enough to play tall and stronger opponents. As a youngster I learnt all the strokes in tennis including drops, slice and touch game , I think all this is helping me to survive against stronger and older players

Q: When girls of your age are having fun at school and college , you are sweating it out day in and day out , what are your feelings
It depends on what fun is all about , I am a person who is not a party animal and sleeps early, I miss memories of school. One has to choose the future. At 18 I chose Tennis over Education , but I feel that education is important too and i am taking distance learning courses, I always feel as tennis players one never knows the future whether you will continue to play or you might have to quit due to injuries, so for me education is important too.

Q: You have been playing on the Serbian team with like of Ivanovic , Jankovic and Bojana surely this must have brought a positive change into your young career , and also your decision to leave Russia ?
Yes surely It is great honor to be playing tennis with players like Ivanovic, Jankovic and Bojana , they help me a lot . I talk to them for advice and they always help me. I feel in Serbia they treat the sportsperson with lot of respect . I’m only around 250 but I am respected a lot , if I was in Russia now no one would even have known I exist, here in Serbia they give me a lot of respect and all possible help.

Q: What are your expectations at the Tashkent Open 2011?
I will be trying my best first to make it to the main draw , This event is very important for me as it can give my career a new path and few good wins can raise my confidence and rankings.

Kristyna
Pliskova

Date of Birth: 21 Mar 1992
Birthplace: Louny, Czech Republic
Height: 6’ (1.84 m)
Plays: Left-handed
WTA Singles Ranking: 40 (As of August 14, 2017)



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