Question: You have already won a lot of doubles titles, even Grand Slam ones, and now it is your maiden WTA title. Can you compare your feelings?
Kristina Mladenovic: Grand Slam titles are amazing titles for sure. But it is my first WTA title, especially Premier title. You know I have already had three finals and I lost. To win one here in St. Petersburg is really something special. I fell in love with the city and the tournament. It’s amazing. I think it is the best WTA title of the year, honestly. I am not saying it cause I am a winner today. If people asked me which tournament I’d like to win it’d be this one. As it is my first time I will remember it for all my life.
Q.: Can you say a couple of words about the finals and do you think you will keep these memories for a long time?
K.M.: Yes, definitely. I think we had a lot of tough matches but today was the toughest one for both of us. I think we showed a great battle especially mentally and physically. The game was up and down from both of us. Of course I had some nerves I can’t deny. It was really tough for me as I had three loss before. So I meant for me. All cresit to Yulia she kept fighting until the last point. She didn’t give me anything for free I really had to go with it myself. Mentally it was very difficult especially in the second set I was a little bit down she came back. It was my time to wait, I stayed calm. I am sure she is also close to her first title. But this title is really amazing for me.
Q.: You promised us and you promised on court that the next time you will speak Russian with us. Who would be your teacher maybe some Russian players?
K.M.: I put myself in trouble to speak a lot. I promised you, guys, to speak in Russia it was the first pressure I put on myself. I am not afraid of that if I have a lot of Russian friends: Vesnina, Makarova, Pavlyuchenkova, Bublik was here, Yulia Putinseva, she speaks Russian as well. Sasha Zverev is also a good friend. I mean I have many friends who surely will help me.
Q: Both you and your opponent Putintseva are noted as very strong character with fighting spirit. What prevent you from giving up?
K.M.: Trust me it was very-very difficult on court. On those match points… I can’t think I did something wrong. Actually she came up with some winners, this overhead smash and these returns down the line. She came up so strong mentally. She is a big fighter. I know myself I would die for everything on court and I am just happy it worked today. I somehow pasted over these nerves and showed the game.