INTERVIEW: Sorana Cirstea talk to me
Q: So, missCirstea you won your last match, tell me about your feeling about that.
" Yes. In singes. It was my first match in Greece. 1st r. was tough, you know, because of fifferent conditions... but it was good. I'm really happy to be back in Greece, one of my favourite countries."
Q: What was the KEY for today’s match?
" I pleyed my game. I'm playing good, trying just to win every point during the match."
Q: Do you think that there are some points to improve for your next match or tournament?
" Of course, I have to improva a lot of things. My forthand. my bachand, my drop... There is a lot of work to do. they have to be harder and deeper and i think that i should improve them a lot."
Q: What is your favourite tournament?
" I like GS... My last US Open was great... and then Bali. Acapulco was great too. Everything has a special atmosphere... If i could choose some i prefer these ones!"
Q: What has been the biggest win of your career?
" I have wins over girls in Top10 and Top20. I beat Jankovic, Chakvetadze. Also i beat Oennetta and then Kirilenko... I think when i play good and solid I'm doing well! I'm trying always to find that game!"
Q: Who is the toughest player on Tour now?
" One of the toughest are Willimas sisters, because they play peally hard. Somethime the ball goes so fast... Every other player is tough..."
Q: Any players on Tour you do not like to play?
" I thin no one... Whoever i draw, I try to play my best and try to win. I think there is no one special."
Q: Who is your best friend on Tour and why?
" I meet some good girls and some nice! I have good relationship with Romanian girls and then Safina, Pennetta, Szavay... They are really nice girls and lots of other ones!"
Q: How important is sponsors on Tour? What about WTA Tour sponsor Sonny Ericsson?
" Very important! Tournaments are possible due to them. I'm very happy when sponsors come to tennis. They put their money on tennis and i like to play many many years! Sony Ericsson do such a great job! Big company... I feel really lucky to play tennis and want to play many years!"
Q: What has been the key to your success this year?
" My goalat the beginig of 2008 was to be in Top50. Now i'm 45. I would say as the end of the year to be in Top30. I have more confidence now! My serve works pretty well..."
Q: How did you first get involved in tennis?
" When i was 4 years old, my parents get inovolved in tennis. They like tennis and Steffi Graff! She is also my Idol. I just hope have a vareer like her!"
Q: Where were you born and raised?
" I was born in Boucharest and then moved to a small town =. But now i live in Boucharest in Romania. Conditions are much better there..."
Q: Who were your tennis heroes when you were growing up?
" I adore Steffi Greaff... and then Kim Clijsters, she was one of my favourites! I also like Agassi... I start playing tennis because of Steffi Graff!"
Q: What are the good and bad points of being a professional tennis player?
" I think there is only good points. We play a nice sport. It's a nice job, because travel a lot, new places, new people... I'm trying to enjiy every tournament!"
Q: What's your favorite Tour stop and why?
" As i said... it's hard to choose... but i think London is great and... NY... they are very big cities."
Q: What's the strangest thing that's happened to you on the Tour?
" I don't know... Maybe losing many flights! Losing my laggs... I don't know..."
Q: If you could play any tennis player, past or present, who would it be?
" Greaff! She is such a great champion on and off court. I stsrt playing tennis because of her!"
Q: What’s your relationship with the other girls from your country on Tour?
" I have good relationship with them. There are no many girls... We have a good relationship... We play doubles sometime..."
Q: What are your goals for the future?
" My goal is to be in TOP 30. Then Top20 fo sure... We will see... I just take step by step..."
Congratulations for your new career high ranking! You are now World No 45!
Q: What’s your feeling about that?
" It;s nice to be in Top 50! It was my goal for 2008. It;s special to be the first Romanian in Top 50 after 10 years... The last player was te years before..."
Q: Was it so hard as it seems to be? I mean to climb up from No108(07) to No45?
" It's hard. A lot of work must be done till the end of the year. I try to enjoy my every tournament and work hard!"
Q: What’s your plan for the rest of the year?
" I will play next week in Bulgaria, then in Tashkent, in Luxembourg... I have to mplay 5 more tournaments and give my 100% there."
Q: Your fans want to see you play more on Major Tournaments of WTA Tour like Tier I or Tier II events. What you and your coach think about that?
" I will start playing from now... My ranking wasn't so high before to let me play in big tournament... but now my ranking is high and i can play in MD in many tournaments!"
There are 2 Top 100 players representing Romania on WTA Tour. Tell me your opinion about them:
" I think she improved a lot this year. A lott of girls make great job. Hope to see more girls i Top 100.
" She is my doubles partener. We have strong relationship! We making a good team together and hope to go higher and higher together!"
Q: This is your first time in Greece?? Tell me about the hospitality and the whole atmosphere.
" Actually, It's my 4th time! I have been with my parents in Creta and then in Salonica and one more time in Athens. It's nice to be back! I really love Athens! I love people here and the atmpsphere is great!
Q: What to expect from you in this tournament?
" I just try to play my best game... no presure. I enjoy ny sences here! Such a great job here in Athens! The hotel is perfect. the courts are nice and the facilities and in good conditions. I really like to play here! Hope to be here next year!"