I've got a little time between trainings, and I want to give you my news. At the moment, I'm happy with my clay court preparations this season. I played less matches than last year, that's for sure! Last year, I had won matches in a very different situation.
This is my transition year. I know that many things will gradually fall into place, but one is certain, and as of May I avoided the major physical problems. This is a big positive, and a point which differs to the previous years. I will try keep this good form until the end of the season. If I could have one consistent season, a good level of tournaments entered, and good results, I would already be very satisfied. There's been consistency from the start this year with two tournament title victories, two finales, two semi-finals, and the two matches for Fed Cup. The only negative match was my exit in round one at Miami. If I maintain this form, with these level of results, and especially if my health enables me to play; it will be a good season. I can't promise a great tournament, with a great final victory everytime, but it's necessary to let things happen gradually. If I can play about 15 tournaments this year, then it's a successful 2006 season.
Recently, I lost very tight matches, one against Schnyder, and another with Petrova. They are very good players, off course, but I didn't lose confidence on clay. I proved it many times before. In Berlin, there was a little disappointment not to be at my best form in the final, but I had a great week of tennis; it was very positive.
Fed Cup was great too! Initially, it was a test, a very interesting experience, but then my tennis level became very high. I found myself in a very good mindset, and place to be, in terms of my level of play.
After Fed Cup, I chose not to play Warsaw, and that was a wise decision. I shouldn't play 15 days prior to Roland Garros because it's such a demanding surface, I needed to recover, and rest after Berlin.
It's important to take the positives from these last weeks. There are many things to retain. I must continue to take my off court responsabilities, and this can only help me before I play a match.
Everyone knows well Roland Garros is special for me, I don't have to paint a picture to explain. As I have said many times, I can play my best or my worst there. In tennis, a defeat is never as serious compared with other things in life; it's important to put it in perspective. I hope to play well. If there's any tournament where I want to play well, it is there (RG), but I don't have a crystal ball. I try to do all the necessary preparations so things go accordingly, but it doesn't always depend on me. The adversary, and my physical condition on a day matters too. It's difficult to say what will occur, I cannot predict, I can just prepare the best possible way.
Roland Garros 2006 is not the final event of my career, it's not an end in itself. It is obviously an objective in my season, I know my stature on clay. I know what I am worth there, but there are girls who exploit this surface better every year; Petrova for example. I have the advantage of playing many girls who are the best on clay these last weeks; it's a very affirmative thing for me.
I cross my fingers for this tournament, and I know you'll be numerous in support behind me. Thank you.
See you soon,