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French Open: win over Melinda Czink (HUN) in third round

30th May, 2009

 
Moderator: Questions in English, please.

Q: So what did you do very well today? Just talk about the match a little bit.

Svetlana: I never play her before, so it was very unpredictable for me to be there. I was just doing my thing. I was depending on myself and not on her. I saw the court pretty well. I see the empty spots on the court, and I played there. I think I controlled all of the match.

Q: So you've been playing very well now for six weeks, would you say? About six weeks? Since Stuttgart?

Svetlana: Without counting Madrid, yes.

Q: You were probably a little tired there. Just talk about why that's happening and how you feel about your game overall.

Svetlana: I don't know why it's happened. I guess because I was working hard and because I love to play on clay. My game is very effective to play on clay.

Q: So you'll be into the second week. Talk about what your expectations are of yourself. How do you expect to play and maybe what do you think your chances are?

Svetlana: I don't think about my chances. I know I can play great. This is my main thing, to keep focused and to play my game, to depend on myself. As soon as I do this, I have chances. But I don't want to think about it, because you just count on the work day by day and play great in the matches I have to play.

Q: Do you feel at ease with yourself now? "At ease" means not getting too upset. You can just go on court and play without any nerves or anything like that?

Svetlana: Oh, definitely. You have nerves, you know, because you care about this. It's your job, but at the same time I care about it and I want to win. Definitely I have nerves and it's fine. The important thing is accept it and control it. I feel good with myself, because I just go out there and it doesn't matter what happens. I gonna be there and I gonna be playing. This is my main thing. I just keep things simple.

Q: I think you have new coach now, Larisa Savchenko. When did you decide to part with your former coach Morozova? And also, since then what has Savchenko brought into your game?

Svetlana: Well, I stop with Olga in Indian Wells. Then I played Miami and Stuttgart alone and I ask Larisa to come and help me this tournament, French Open also included. I don't know. See what I going to do after French Open. Larisa is great. I have a lot of confidence with her on court and off the court, and I feel very comfortable. It feels great.

Q: Has she changed anything in your game?

Svetlana: I mean, I'm not in this starting position where I change things in my game. She just brings me confidence, give me small tips and small tips that make all difference. Not another, like big changes.

Q: In the past finals you've played and that you've lost, I mean, most of them, sometimes the winner was simply the better player, but sometimes you couldn't play at the best of your abilities. Have you been working since then on those mental struggles to be able to perform at your best?

Svetlana: I think I proved it last week.

Q: Could you say something about your possible rival in the fourth round, Agnieszka Radwanska? You played her seven times. Four won, three lost. Which of these matches do you remember the most, the best, and why?

Svetlana: She plays great. I don't know if it was last match or not, but I was up 4-1 in the third in Wimbledon. I was playing everything great, and I suddenly -- I thought I would change something and do something new, and I started to do something new and I lost the match. This I remember very well.

Q: Something new? What? What something new? What was something new?

Svetlana: Well, I don't remember now,but I remember I start to change something, and I lost, but I was very comfortable, and I know that she's a great player. I have lots of respect for her. I don't have great record against her, but I know if I confident with myself, if I play the right game, the right tactic, I feel okay with her. You know, I'm not like -- I don't know. I have good chances.

Q: Can you say something about her strengths and her weaknesses, Radwanska's tennis?

Svetlana: She moves well. She reads the game well. It's her strength. Weaknesses, I will keep it to myself.

Q: How are you going to spend last hours before the match, before the fourth round?

Svetlana: Same as always. I have all the same routine.

Q: A question about the men's draw. Do you think anybody can beat Nadal, and in this case, who?

Svetlana: You know I'm a big fan of Roger. What can I say? I mean, I don't think -- like Rafa, for now, he looks like machine because he wins everything. He's like so good, you know. I have so much respect, and this guy is great. I don't wish him to lose. I wish him to win. But if somebody will beat him, I wish it would be Roger.

 

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