You struggled to win the first set and paradoxically enough it helped you to win the match today breaking the resistance of your rival?
Yes, plus yesterday, she played a three-setter (against Marketa Vondrousova), she was tired. Therefore, I knew that it will take its toll on her. At 2/2 in the second set, I seized my chance and won.
The quarterfinals of the Premier series is not an ordinary thing for you. Now you are the first quaterfinalist. Tell us about your feelings.
I’m glad, but I worked for it. I will not say that I am surprised about the quarterfinals. I am in the best form, I continue to fight.
In the next match you will play against Kudermetova or Bertens. How important is it for you that, unlike your next rival, you will have a day of rest?
Whoever I have to play, it will not be easy. I will prepare both mentally and physically. It’s rare when a tournament offers a day of rest. Everyone is already used to the fact that you need to play every day.
After today’s victory, did the chances of your participation in the Fed Cup increase?
Maybe yes, maybe no. It will not depend on me, but on the decision of the Russian Tennis Federation, on the captain. If they call, I will play and try to win.
How do you rate your chances of making it to the Olympics and would you like to play in Tokyo?
Every athlete wants to get to the Olympics. I do not set the task to qualify this year. I set the task to improve my game and have no injuries. I hope to go to the Olympics, and there we will see how it goes.
Veronika Kudermetova yesterday jokingly said that her coach did not help her on the court. How was it with you today?
I requested him to distract me, just talk to me, so I can start playing next game from scratch. I knew everything myself, what needs to be done to win. He said that I was doing everything as it has to be so that I can stay calm. This was important in terms of changing the mood and the emotional background.
The day before you said that the coach advises you to watch men’s matches. What exactly is he asking you to learn from them?
Men are better at self-control. He asked me to learn tactics, asked me to pay attention to how they can remain calm and smart and take something from them in order to use it on the court.
It is interesting that in the doubles match you will again play against Tomljanovich. How simple is it or not from the psychological point of view?
This is not the first time this happened to me. I used to play singles and doubles on the same day and the same rival. It happened so. Doubles tennis is a little different: you play more volleys, you talk with your partner, you support each other. We are friends with Yulia (Putintseva), so we will be able to tune to the right wave.
A lot of people, not only in Russia, talk about your star energy. How difficult is it to deal with all this attention focused on you?
Everyone who works all life will be grateful for such attention. When someone follows you it’s nice. People come up, take pictures. I began to play tennis for this. Someone may say that he is tired of such attention, but this is not about me. I’m glad that I have such life, such role in it, which brings me pleasure.
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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”.