You made a great run at St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2018, reaching QF. Do you remember what’s going on two years ago or you already forgot about it after last months’ great results?
Of course, I remember it. It was a tournament where I beat a Top10 player for the first time. Great memories. I like this tournament. It’s the first place where I showed good result, and it all began here, I started to play more WTA matches after it.
Nowadays you’re higher in rankings than Caroline Garcia whom you defeated two years ago here. Did you expect such a great rise in rankings? Now you’re a Top30 player.
I didn’t expect that it would be so fast, but I found the rigt coach (Strefan Vukov), we practiced a lot and that made the result. We are working together at every tournament. I think it also made the deal.
How did you pre-season preparation change in terms of you great latest results?
We started to work with my coach a year ago. We spent our pre-season in Bratislava. There are many players there, so you can choose hitting partners easily. But I practice there not so often, because of many tournaments in calendar, so we can practice with my coach everywhere. My coach is always with me and it helps me a lot.
What specific part of you game changed with the new coach?
I changed my technique and tactics. He watches all my matches, gives me advices. On court and off court I learn a lot from him.
You made a great run at the beginning of the season. You won a title, reached one final. How does your family perceive these results?
My parents are happy and didn’t expect results to come so quickly. But they saw how hard we work with my coach. I didn’t spend much time at home as I spend so much time on court. My family is really happy for me.
What are your goals for this season?
To reach Top15 or Top20, to stay on these positions would be nice. But I need to continue to work, to correct my errors, there are still quite a few.
Coco Gauff, 15 y.o, is playing great. Could you imagine to play yourself great at this age?
I think, I couldn’t play so well. I went to school and didn’t think that I could play at the high level. As for Coco, she has a big team around her. I saw her practice sessions. She expected herself to be a pro-player from the young ages.
Do you have any hobby now or all your time is dedicated to tennis?
Now it’s tennis time 24 hours a day, I focus on it. There is no time left for anything else. If I have it, I try to spend it with my family.
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The tournament WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2020 takes place at “SIBUR ARENA” from 10 to 16 February. The tournament is supported by the title sponsor “Gazprom export”.