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Anastasia's Post Match Interview

A. CHAKVETADZE/A. Myskina

7-6, 6-3

An interview with:

ANASTASIA MYSKINA

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Anastasia.

Q. That was not a very pretty second set you played. Has it been a long time since you played one that badly before?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, I mean, that was pretty bad match for me, and I'm not happy with that. But I'm human being. I cannot to play good every day, especially I was playing a lot in the past. Every tournament, it was semifinals or San Diego was the final. I'm really empty right now. It's too bad that it happened here, but it's life. It's going to be next year for sure, it's going to be much better.

Q. Has your serve ever gone off like that as it did in the second set?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Today was serve, backhand, forehand. You know, today everything wasn't good, you know. Just, you know, it's the game. And I guess some games you can have like this.

Q. Emotionally, when you went on court today, did you have nothing?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Nothing. Completely nothing. I didn't want to fight. I didn't want to run. I didn't want to do anything. And it's not excuse, and it's not good things. It's not that I take something from her. She's play pretty well today, as well. But it's okay. Some matches can be like this, I guess.

Q. Is this a little bit because of the Olympics, having it so close to the US Open?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah. I mean, my goal was Olympic medal, for sure. That match stays with me forever, that's for sure. But I gave a lot energy. I fought that match and I gave everything that I had. I guess maybe it's took a lot of energy and I'm not really able to recover after the match.

Q. The gold was the goal in Athens. What about No. 1? Is that on your mind at all?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Today it wasn't, for sure. But it is. It is one of my goals. I mean, if I will be able to recover it, then if I'm going to play good end of the year, like we have more tournaments coming, and it's indoor season coming. So if I will play my best there, why not?

Q. So many Russian girls. Here is another one. Most of us know very little about her. Do you know about her?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I don't know her really well, but I know her because we practice in the same club right now. She's one of the good Russian who is coming. Hopefully she's going to have -- I mean, she's going to be good.

Q. When you got to New York, did you say to yourself that maybe you have an opportunity to do better than you did in Athens, maybe you could win this Grand Slam, or were you still saying that that was such a terrible loss to Justine, that you don't have anything left to fight hard?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: You know, when I was here first days, I was still crying about this match against Justine. So it's still in my mind, you know. And when I came here, I was still thinking. But, you know, if you here, you have to think about US Open. Maybe that was my mistake, still thinking about Athens.

Q. Have you sorted out at all what happened? In your own mind, have you figured out what happened against Justine, how you could lose that match?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Just, you know, I start waiting for her mistakes, but Justine start playing unbelievable. I started missing a lot. So that happen, I guess.

Q. You've been very open with us in the past. You say you've wept after defeats. Does that help you deal with the sense of loss?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Not really. You know, I'm not crying today (smiling). Maybe sometimes just, you know, it's too much emotions involved in that game. And sometimes you can handle it, sometimes not. Sometimes you can hold them inside, sometimes not. After Justine match, was hard to hold them because was too tough for me.

Q. It's said for certain players really big losses stay with them for a long time, where some players don't get over losses. Do you think you'll be able to get over the Olympic loss in a while?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I keep saying to me yes, because I really want to forget that because it's so many tournaments ahead of me. But right now I'm still in Athens, I guess. I hope my team going to help me, because I have a great team and great coach. So I'm going to be okay, for sure.

Q. Maybe there's a sort of hangover from Athens. Usually the first match at a Grand Slam is the tough one. You had no trouble with Cervenova whatsoever.

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I guess the girl was really scared of me, so she didn't really play that much. I didn't do anything really, really great. I just played my game. But today girl put fighting. She played better than the first girl. That was enough to beat me today.

Q. When you play against another Russian girl, do you want to remind everyone that you are the No. 1 Russian when you play another Russian?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, for sure. I mean, yeah. But I have a good score against Russian. I just lose couple matches. That's just the third one that I lost this year. I hope it's not going to happen again actually.

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So sad hearing Mysky talk about the Olympics. Such a gracious loser tho, no excuses. I was also looking forward to her possible match with Venus and an opportunity for Vee to get revenge. Better luck next year Nastya.

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its too bad what is wierd is all the players who played in the olympics are playing bad justine 3 set struggle, amelie 3 set struggle, molik loses, myskina loses, its hard playing after the olympics, climate, surface, atmosphere everthing is different esp for myskina who lost like the most emotional match in her career. Its really hard, hopefully she will come back strong from this, it has been a great year.
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She's very self-aware which is a good thing and she is disarmingly honest too. Looks like it was Athens. Must be difficult to get over because she was beating Justine convincingly and Momo didn't show up for the final. Perspective might help.The point about all olympics, and this one saw it more than most, is that the best people don't always win (ask Radcliffe, Khorkina or people like Colin Jackson and Gail Devers who dominated their events for decades and never won Olympic gold) and one moment of luck or skill decides all (look at the women's pole vault) Nastya isn't alone in not making it on the day - an awful lot of people feel just as bad.

Perhaps wanting it to much is something you have to learn to control too. Nastya said started thinking about winning at 5-1 in the Olympic SF and you saw the same thing today in Maria Kirilenko's match and in the second set of Masha's. Today Nastya seemed to be too tired to work out what to do but still so keen to win that she hit out to try and overwhelm Anna rather than outlasting her.

Is she playing Bali? A week on the beach might help too.
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Looks like LD did the right thing in skipping the olympics.

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But right now I'm still in Athens, I guess.
That sums it all up. Poor Nastya.

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Yeah, poor girl.

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A. CHAKVETADZE/A. Myskina

7-6, 6-3

An interview with:

ANASTASIA MYSKINA



Q. Emotionally, when you went on court today, did you have nothing?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Nothing. Completely nothing. I didn't want to fight. I didn't want to run. I didn't want to do anything.
Well, why not? She must be tired or something. I agree with the others. Rest would be good. Lots of it, me thinks.
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OMG poor Nastya. She is so classy giving credit to Chakvetadze and Justine. But I definitely feel for her. A loss like that can devastate your world and affect you in your day to day performance. However I look at Myskina and I see a very strong person. She WILL bounce back from this. I have that much faith in her.
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poor girl..... she does need rest .... lots of it..... some parties, some beach.... but i hope she doesn't dwell on the loss to henin. she needs to keep her mind occupied... put the match towards the back of her mind..... (that's when the family and boyfriend can come in handy... treat her well guys! )

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It's so sad to see that interview. But she has got to let that match in Athens go, it was disappointing, but it's life, she just has to make sure that doesn't happen again! And I love how she never says that the other person won because she was horrible! oh Nastya

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What the hell she means she did not want to fight. You come to a tournament to play and you play or withdraw and go home. That's just plain nonsence coming out of her mouth. No one told her to wear herself out playing all those tournament. That's what you get for being dishonest..she left a tournament claiming she had a fake injury and she still lost at the olympics.
I think it's a lot easier said than done than that - Obviously she is not in the right spot mentally coming to New York, and I don't think that's particularly surprising. The Olympics was her goal (and dream) and she missed out on that by the slimmest of margins. She came here probably hoping that once she got here and back into the swing of things she'd be able to refocus herself and concentrate on getting past her disappointment and aiming at the #1 ranking and winning this tournament. That didn't happen - She played a very poor match, and from what I saw of it she looked pretty lethargic, which is not something that I would expect of the normal Anastasia.

I also don't think it's very appropriate to say that she had a fake injury. She has played a lot of tennis, so is it any shock that she too would have lingering injury issues? Perhaps it wasn't anything serious, but when you are playing the week before the biggest tournament of your life, I would think anyone with half a brain would be wise to avoid risking making an injury even more problematic by playing through it anyway. That is just common sense. Maybe no one had a gun to head to play all of these tournaments, but I would say it's a pretty safe guess that she has probably felt quite a bit of pressure to play from the WTA Tour considering they haven't had a whole lot of top players around to consistently play as it is.

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poor myskina. hopefully the athens "trauma" won't affect her result in the future.



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You are right Josh, she is so classy.
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Q. So many Russian girls. Here is another one. Most of us know very little about her. Do you know about her?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I don't know her really well, but I know her because we practice in the same club right now. She's one of the good Russian who is coming. Hopefully she's going to have -- I mean, she's going to be
Kinda struck me......how big is her club in Russia anyways, I heard all the best go there.
Wow....beaten by her own club player, that's interesting.

Anyways, she has to learn not to dwell in the past, obviously she is disappointed not medaling in Athens, but life goes on. Good luck.
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