-Natalia, first of all, how do you feel right now?
-Even yesterday I felt a bit complaint, and for such kind matches against opponents like Mladenovic you need to be 100 percent healthy. I’m happy I won the 1st set. Then I wasn’t playing well after that. But I hope we would have a lot of matches with Kristina in the future and I would have a chance to beat her.
— Did the medical break help you?
— I really felt bad and thought that they could help me and took a medical time-out. But when it’s virus, it doesn’t leave in 5 minutes. I need to take this situation more carefully.
— If we speak about the whole tournament, what did St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2017 give to you?
— I beat two opponents from top-50. These two wins mean a lot for me. They showed, that I could play at such a high level.
— Sometimes it seemed like you could defeat the opoonent, who gave the chances. What wasn’t enough?
— May be the fact that Halep withdrew affected and Kristina played two matches. I had no matches during two days, it was like the tournament started again.
— Next week you play for team Russia in Fed Cup for the first time. Did you meet with Anastsia Myskina earlier?
— I only watched her matches, Roland Garros victory and others. We got acquainted here on Tuesday. She told me when training sessions start before Fed Cup.
— Do you change your after such a good result here? You can play WTA tournaments right now.
— I don’t guessing. After Fed Cup I’ll come back home, a bit recovery and then continue to play. Everything is going the same schedule. Then may be Indian Wells and Miami, after it come back to Europe.
— Did you feel support of the crowd today?
— It was first time with such a big crowd, people supported me. It’s a shame, that I couldn’t meet their expectations. I hope that UI made them happy with my previous wins and hope that I have chance to make them happy in future.
— What can you say about the organization of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy?
— I played some tournaments, including Grand Slam and I can say that here is the best tournament so far in terms of organization, atmosphere and attitude to the players. I hope the tournament prosper in future and receive rave reviews that it deserves.
- What gift do you take from St. Petersburg? Venus Williams, for example, bought few fur coats.
— I haven’t thought yet. May be I go to shopping. I saw some great pictures with Venus, but I’m only 19-20 years old, so it’s too early for me yet to wear such fur coats, I’ll buy anything else. I’ll joy myself closer to the birthday.