13th September, 2008
Kuzie, congratulations. You started off very well. Let's just look at that first set. How do you think you were playing in that first set? Pretty happy?
Svetlana: Well, 4-0 I was great. I was playing good. She...I think she didn't feel anything because I was attacking and she didn't find her game. I give her a little bit chances. I started to do some unforced errors and then I lost my serve and it got complicated. But I get back to basics and I won that set and second set I was attacking more and felt much more confident.
Q: So what were you telling yourself? Once that first set was over with and you had to close it out in the second, what were you telling yourself?
Svetlana: Yeah, just improve the things I was working on and just start to play better and better point by point.
Q: And the same sort of thing, I would think, Shamil (Tarpishchev) was also telling you on the change of ends?
Svetlana: Yeah, definitely. He was just telling me small mistakes that I was doing. Just he say everything was great so just keep playing and keep improving.
Q: How much does a match like this give you in confidence?
Svetlana: A lot actually. Playing in Madrid against Spanish is not easy with the crowd but still it's great because I felt like attacking...playing my game all the time. So it was great.
Q: And the altitude? It obviously didn't bother you.
Svetlana: No, not much. I mean the bounce was high and I had so many bad bounces but still I was trying to get used to it and take the ball as soon as I can.
Q: And you've got the first match in the first reverse singles. Your thoughts on that?
Svetlana: Great, you know. Tomorrow's match is gonna be tough. We're 2-Love up but still, you know, it's gonna be very tough. She (Anabel Medina Garrigues) plays good on clay but she lost today. So it's good for me - she's not very confident and I am. So just looking forward for tomorrow.
Q: Kuzie, congratulations and good luck for the second day.
Svetlana: Thank you.
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