World No 7 doubles player and once world no 25 , Yaroslava Shvedova is a regular at the Tashkent Open. Playing in her favorite event on the WTA tour in Tashkent Shvedova who got married a week ago registered an upset toppling eighth seeded Andrea Mitu of Romania 7-5,6-3
Shvedova who made it who is favorite here with the crowds spoke to the Tashkent Open Media Team after her win.
Q. About the match today ?
A. It was tough for me as I had not played singles for six weeks , I retired from Seoul in the first round and find myself lacking in singles practice , so it was a good match and helped me to regain some confidence.
Q. You were cruising 5-0 and you suddenly lost 3 games in a row in the second set?
A. Mitu is good player and at being 0-5 she had nothing to lose and started playing aggressively swinging balls and hit a few winners and started making mistakes. then I put myself together and finished the match.
Q. You looked rusty today?
A. Yes I have had lot of issues , I have been injured and had many problems mentally too and have not been able to concentrate on my singles as much. I have been playing a lot of doubles and have had good results , and have not been able to play many singles matches. This is actually the first singles match I played after 6 weeks.
Q How difficult is it playing singles and doubles together ?
A. It's quite different . I have some very close doubles matches and have spent loit of time on the court . You have to only cover half the court in doubles and suddenly when you have to play singles it gets tough to cover the entire court . but now that I have made it to Singapore I ould like to concentrate on Singles and try and improve my ranking .
Q Its your first match after your wedding ? How is it to be a married tennis player
A. Actually it's my second event after my marriage I played in Seoul , but playing in Tashkent is like playing at home . It's nothing different except that I'm now playing with a ring in my fingers.
Age:17 (30 Mar 2001)
Birth Place:Saratov, Russia
Plays:Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)
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