Is it your first time in St. Petersburg?
Yes, it’s my first time here and I’m really happy to be here.
Did you have any time to watch something around the city? And how do you like St. Petersburg?
I haven’t seen as much as I would like to yet, but everything that I’ve seen, coming through with a car, to the court and back to the hotel was beautiful. And the hotel itself is very nice, as well as the cathedral opposite. It’s a very beautiful city – tidy and clean, just beautiful.
Did someone advise you to come here? How do you plan your calendar? Why did you choose to come to St. Petersburg?
It fits in my schedule – that’s a big part for us, players, scheduling the right way. Coming to St. Petersburg this year for me was a definitely good thing to do. I’m just really happy to be here. I’m looking forward to getting started in the singles.
It’s the fifth edition of this tournament. All players are getting older and more mature. What changes did you have during these 5 years within WTA?
I guess I did get older (laughter). And I’d like to think a little wiser as time goes. I think more than anything when we get older, we mature, we gain more experience. I’d like to think that I keep growing and improving as a player, as a person hopefully as well. As each season goes you gain more experience and that shows we try to keep getting better.
Is there something similar maybe to Great Britain in Russia? You also played in Moscow. So is there is something similar between our countries or they are totally different?
I’d say it’s a very different country, but there are a lot of very good things in both places obviously. I had a good experience in Moscow as well. I was always looking forward to coming to St. Petersburg. I’ve heard so much about it: the history of the city, its beauty. I’m really excited to be here.
Do you know any Russian words or maybe any Russian tradition?
“Spasibo” (“thank you” in Russian) – that’s about it. I keep hearing a lot of Russian girls saying “khorosho” (means “good” in Russian), so you always pick up words from the players on tour, so I’ve probably heard a lot of Russian words, but I have no idea what they mean (laughter).
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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”.