Do you have a feeling that you did everything you could in today’s match?
Yes, I have this feeling, I did everything I could. I missed one ball to go to the third set, and it is always a lottery. It’s a pity, but this is an indicator that I can play at this level against a player from the Top10 or Top5. I can compete with them, and even beat them occasionally. I am moving in the right direction.
You showed great tennis, especially in the second set. What was missing in your game?
I was looking for super cool shots, but this doesn’t work with her. I don’t have enough experience yet. I was told that out of 17 break points, I converted only three. Not because I hit all the balls «into the fence». She played combinations, made me run a lot on the court, and it felt uncomfortable. This shows where I need to move and what to work on.
How do you evaluate your result at this tournament – despite your loss?
I think it is great. Now I will take a short pause, take a little rest, soon I will fly to Acapulco, where I will try to show my level.
Kiki admitted that it was hard and uncomfortable to play against you. What was your tactical game plan?
There was one tactic in the first set, but it turned out that it created no difficulties for her. At the end of the first set and in the second set, I changed it. It began to bring me points. I do not want to reveal all the cards regarding my game.
Tell us how was your duo with Yulia Putintseva?
Positive, fun. Of course, the Japanese top-seeds showed us some kind of a master class. They knew absolutely everything that needed to be done. I hope that we did not play with Yulia for the last time.
How did you like playing in St. Petersburg? Do you understand what you need to add in terms of your tennis?
After this match, yes. I like St. Petersburg because of its home atmosphere. People cheer for me in the stands. We don’t get to play too often at home and in other countries you rarely hear words of support in Russian. It gives strength.
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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”.