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Kremlin Cup (Moscow): win over Sara Errani (ITA) in second round

(Translated from Russian to English)

8th October, 2008

Svetlana Kuznetsova: "On Court One it's very difficult to concentrate on tennis."

Svetlana Kuznetsova was victorious with her second win at the Moscow tournament, this time over Sara Errani with the result 7-6 (7-0), 6-1. At the beginning of the press-conference with participant Svetlana, journalists discussed, among other things, the Italian dish the Russian had made of her opponent.

Svetlana: I've never played against Errani. I did not recognise this opponent, like I said and therefore in the first set I was watching her and I tried to understand her strategy. But in the tie-break I gathered my thoughts together and stopped playing risky. So, in the second set everything was already good and it worked out okay.

Q: How did you find not playing on Centre Court?

Svetlana: Not playing on Centre Court was very unfamiliar for me. Court One is different from Central Court. It's very hard playing on one side of the court. Spectators in one of the stands are constantly moving, on the other side somebody's clapping, then somebody's shouting. And so it's very difficult to concentrate on tennis.

Q: Who do want to play in the next match - Safina or Mauresmo?

Svetlana: Amélie and Dinara are my good friends and it will be difficult to play against either of them.

Q: What did your father say?

Svetlana: Dad didn't say much, but everything's very straightforward.

Q: What sort food do you like, or what do you eat?

Svetlana: I love Russian cuisine. I love ravioli, herring, sauerkraut, but of course this is not the only things that I allow myself to eat. I eat more athletic foods, that is not fried, without mayonnaise, without all the extras. I try to eat in portions and not to mix anything together.

Translation by Marc Willems


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