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Medibank International (Sydney): win over Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) in semifinals

10th January, 2008

Moderator: Questions, please.

Q: Your 18th meeting with Justine tomorrow. You getting sick of this in the final?

Svetlana: No, not at all. You know, the thing is you can count meetings first when we started playing. I think first year I played like five times with Justine and she was in Top 3 players in the world and I was like number 80, so it was pretty clear that she was winning. But we had a few very close matches and I won two matches. She's No. 1 so that's world. It's means it's good. If I play Justine it means I always lose to No. 1. That is fine. But I also have opportunities to beat her. She's going to go the favorite and that's fine with me. I just going to go there and play my game.

Q: It's not intimidating at all?

Svetlana: No, not, not at all. She's No. 1 clearly now. I just have to work for my game to try to improve it so maybe one day I can be where she is.

Q: And you're quite good friends.

Svetlana: Yeah, we're cool. We're cool. We shot a lot. Actually I'm good with everybody on the Tour. I'm not the person going to stay in conflict. I hate that. I like to be friends with everybody. She's not friends with many people, but with me she's good. I have all respect for her. She has an amazing career and I have all respect. I mean, some points I have or I take example of her.

Q: Is it hard playing a good friend?

Svetlana: No. I have everybody play good friends so I have to play almost every day.

Q: How big do you think the gap is between No. 1 and No. 2?

Svetlana: You see points gap, no? In the points it's pretty big gap. I don't know, it's not my thing to deal. It's important I'm No. 2 for me, and I going to see from there. I have only one place to go and I looking forward to improve my game. I still have lots of things to work on.

Q: Without divulging your game plan tomorrow, what one or two things do you need to do to be spot on with Justine?

Svetlana: Just to play every ball. She's No. 1 but she's not perfect, you know, you going to have chances.


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