KATERINA SINIAKOVA: “I ALWAYS LIKE TO PLAY IN RUSSIA”

>KATERINA SINIAKOVA: “I ALWAYS LIKE TO PLAY IN RUSSIA”
29 January 2018

The Czech Katerina Siniakova outplayed the Croat Donna Vekic in three sets 3/6, 6/2, 4/6. After the match she spoke to the press-service of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2018.

  • Katerina, how could you comment on the match?

  • It  was a tough one. She played well, we had long rallies. Donna return perfectly well even when I served well. I wanted to win in straight sets I was trying to fight for every point even when she made a break but I didn’t manage to do that. That’s why I am happy I won this tough match.
  • You beat her easily at “VTB Kremlin Cup 2017”. Now you’ve played in three sets. What made the difference in these two matches?
  • In Moscow she wasn’t playing her best tennis. She had a lot of unforced errors. And after I was up 2-0 in the first everything went smoothly. I could say the surfaces in Moscow and here are different.  And I think we both improved our game from the previous meeting. And from the very beginning I knew it is gonna be a tough match as I felt she was mentally motivated to give me a good fight today.
  • It was not the first season you were playing Shenzhen and you reached the finals again. What is the reason for such a success?  (In 2018 Katerina was runner-up to Simona Halep at Shenzhen).
  • I don’t know why it happens (laughter). I feel myself pretty well there and I am happy I managed to show good results. The conditions suit me well though this year the organizers changed the balls and I spent some time getting used to them.  There is a good tennis club in Shenzhen and people are very helpful. Maybe that is the reason for my success there.
  • This year in Shenzhen you played against the idol of your youth Maria Sharapova and you managed to beat her. What were your emotions after that?
  • It’s difficult to express with words what I was feeling at the moment. It was a big match for me and a big success. I was always dreaming to take on her and when I stepped on court I was overwhelmed and when I won and it was unbelievable!
  • What was your reaction when you’ve learnt the WTA Finals will be held in Shenzhen where you  usually do really well?
  • On the one hand, I was happy as I show good results in Shenzhen. On the other hand, I like to play in Russia as half of my family is Russian. My grandfather and my friends came here to support me. And Russia is closer than Shenzhen. Also I’ve noticed that the tournament in Bostad (which I won) was moved to Moscow.
  • Maybe it’s a good sign! How did you spend your off-season?
  • I have a new physio. She is very positive. I was practicing at home, in Prague and felt myself very well being close to my family and friends. It seemed to me my mental conditions had a positive impact on my fitness level. Everything went well. I was trying to follow some special food regimen. It’s not a diet, it’s just about eating the right food at the right time.
  • You have good results in doubles. How did you manage to play both singles and doubles?
  • I like to play doubles. I started to play singles and doubles from the very beginning of my career. I think I am a very universal player: I can play either volley or on the baseline. The singles are my priority, but as longf as my results in doubles are good I will try to play both.
  • It’s not your first time here in St. Petersburg. Did you manage to do some sightseeing? Or maybe you have some special plans this time around?
  • It’s not my first time in St. Petersburg. Two years ago we went to the Hermitage and St. Isaac Cathedral. I enjoy being there, it’s a beautiful city, I especially admire the architecture. I was thinking about coming here in the summer because during the tournament it’s difficult to appreciate the city especially in winter when there is a lot of snow (though I am not against winter at all), but still it’s not easy.

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