Do you see pictures of yourself on the covers?
Well... If media are interested, it means that I achieved something, that I am good at my field. However... during those interviews there's often one question - what I do at free time. What I am to answer? I'm in radio or television and I am interviewed 24/7. I cut it fine always. I haven't got much time. That's why I laught that sometimes I walk so fast that noone can catch me.
Do you read articles about yourself?
Sometimes I look through but tabloids exaggerate or look for sensations. I don't want to bother myself.
Do Poles know tennis better now?
In general, they don't know sport too much, in this point that they don't do it. Not many people know what does being a professional mean, that you can't have much time because of that and that you must put your soul into work.
Which question don't you like most?
- Absolutely number 1 is: "What happened in the second game of the third set when you played THIS forehand. Or: "Why you didn't shoot ball at line in third game". I hate such questions because tennis match is a composed thing. Right, single actions decide but you must see the wholeness and not one action. One of tv channels asked: "Who would you never loose to?". My dad stood near and he said that to Jadwiga Jędrzejowska. They didn't get a hanging that she's dead. (!!!)
I am also irritated that sometimes there are journalists who don't know tennis at all! I appreciate that they are interested in me but it would be right to know what's WTA Tour or Grand Slam. One lady didn't know who's Justine Henin (!!!)
. I thrilled.
Will you move to Monte Carlo some day like other tennis players do?
There was such an idea, but I would prefer to stay. I want to live normally in Kraków. My home is here. I always miss it, when I'm long abroad.
Have you got a favourite place?
I love Wedel’s Chocolate Lounges. They are in various place. On marketplace but also in shopping centre.
Did you enjoy your holiday in Egypt?
Thanks, I did. I basked, I swimmed in the sea, I rode a camel. That was fine.
Are you recognized by people?
Mainly by Poles. There was a plenty of compatriots. They recognized me although I was without rackets. It was pleasant, however next time I'll have holiday in such place where noone will recognize me. I want to feel fully relaxed.
You're the master at shopping. Is there any specialization?
How many pairs in wardrobe?
I didn't count but many. Maybe several dozen. I don't fall into extremum but when I see something nice, I buy it.
[B]You told that your soups are favourite christmas food - mushroom soup and borsch [beetroot soup] with ravioli. What does top tennis player eat during whole year?
I like experimenting but without exagerration. I am a fan of italian cuisine: salads, lasagne, pizzas. Hawaian pizza is my favourite.
Oh no! My dad loves it, I hate it.
We can see a movie in internet when you listen to music in the car. You're singing "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base.
It's not my favourite song or band. It wa just in radio. It's classics. I listen to everything - rock, pop, RNB. Generally top songs. I like eg. Justine Timberlake. Dad listens to very hard music, sometimes I can't bear it. System of a down is a lullaby comparing his heavy metal pieces.
Are you interested in other sports?
Usually I don't have time but I try to follow Adam Małysz's performances. I like ski jumping because it's "one moment" sport. You don't have to engage yourself few hours. Małysz hasn't been that good recently but he may reborn. I was in ski jump in Zakopane. Same view down is scaring and they jump. You must be brave.
I hate it. I'm annoyed that it's so terribly overrated. My club courts of Nadwiślan in Krakow are wreck and near they built a pitch for some fifth league which cost 2 millions złotys.
Did you get to know privately most of top tennis players?
Everything changed during last three years. In the past, all were unavailable for me. Now they are friend that I see in changing room. We spend with one another for 10 months a year. I talk a bit with everyone.
Who's nice and who don't you like?
Some Russians are specific. Sharapova is unavailable, she keeps aside and she's friend with nobody. Same is Chakvetadze. However Kuznetsova is great. She's witty, the life and soul of the party. Dementieva is also likeable. Such a normal girl from neighbourhood, she's always with her mother on the tournaments.
Are you a real friend with someone?
We like each other, real friendship is too much. Unfortunately linguistic barrier is big on the tournaments. Apparently everyone speaks english but it's most convenient to stay with compatriots. Eg. Italians are quite noisy because they are always together. I am also mainly with polish group - with my sister Ula and with Marta Domachowska. There are some tennis players who speaks polish - eg. Caroline Wozniacki or Angelique Kerber. Alicia Molik also can speak polish a bit.
Did you expect that this year will be so good?
The best in my hitherho career. Two quarterfinals of Grand Slam were the most important. Surviving the first week on this tournaments is very pleasent feeling.
The best moment in season?
Winning Eastbourne. It's the biggest tournament that I have won. Besides it was just after a hand injury which was in Roland Garros. Quarterfinals of Slam are nice but I didn't win them. In Eastbourne I got a cup. Outside the court passing a driving test was the best. It's great that I found some time for that and that I learn so much to pass it.
Is Kraków a good city to drive?
Somehow I manage to. However the city is horrible to drive. There's much traffic.
Was there any moment of collapse in season?
Each defeats hurt but I try not to think much about them.
So such matches like defeat in II round of Miami to 15-year-old Portugal Larcher de Brito are not in your mind?
Weak matches happen to everyone. When you don't have a forehand you'll manage nothing. I don't know why it happened in Miami. A week before in Indian Wells I play great, I was in QF. Additionally, de Brito is not 15! She and her coach claims so but noone believes it. (!!!)
Olympic games in Beijing?
I had a hand injury and in general I feeled bad there. Somehow I couldn't bear the weather. Courts were different everywhere. Everyone had a different surface a bit, it was difficult to feel it. Olympic Games is untipical tennis tournament, I must get used to it. Maybe next time it'll be better.
You know your 2009 schedule?
WTA has changed the schedule a lot lately. Players from TOP 10 must play in the biggest tournaments. When you add 4 Grand Slams and 10 mandatory events, you don't have a big choice. There was a row in Doha because of it. We had a meeting with WTA authorities. We tried to protest but we didn't manage to do anything. In our opinion, each top player should have a free choice where to play. Argument of WTA was that there are bigger money now, there will be more tournaments with 4 mln $. Sponsors just want to have a guarantee that whole TOP10 will come to their tournament.
In which smaller tournaments will you play?
Surely in Warsaw because it's the only tournament where I can show my game to polish people. I wanted to go to Pattaya where I won last year but I couldn't. Vera Zvonareva wanted to play there. She's ranked higher than me so she has a priority.
In 2008 you played in 25 tournaments. At the end of the year you were tired. Will you play less this year?
Yes, mainly because of the new rules. However, the news about my tiredness are inflated. I'm prepared to played such an amount of tournaments but there must be a weaker moments. Especially if you play well and after finishing one event on Friday or Saturday you must play next tournament on Monday. Being tired of the season is a sign that you played well. You're not tired if you still loose in first rounds. Each tennis player knows it. Really, the season finishes after US Open. It's the last tournament where each girl plays her best and is well prepared. The last tournaments are leftovers. You play because you must defend your points, you have some commitments. However, everyone thinks only about holiday.
How about your health before the new season?
It's all right now. In 2008 I had a hand injury - inflammation of joint. If only it didn't repeat.
If there's an injury, can't you have a rest then?
I can, but only two times a year. If next year I leave some mandatory event, I'll pay a huge fine. In whole year, the ranking of TOP 10 from 2008 will be counted (!!!)
. It won't matter if I'm out in AO in first round or I am ranked second. I can't rest because of each injury. I must keep those two possibilities for really serios injuries.
Will you play less doubles now and concentrate more on singles?
I will surely play in Grand Slams. We want to make a strong couple with Ula.
Last year, it wasn't the best solution - eg. in Paris you had an injury because of it what afterwards influenced your match against Jelena Janković.
In Paris it was a coincidence. We played in doubles against strong Anabel Medina Garigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual, eventural champions [they lost 6:7 7:6 3:6]. Match was close, it began to rain. We finished in the morning. It all lasted four hours, noone knew it would finish so bad. For sure, there will be less doubles, but I won't absolve on Grand Slams. The majority of tennis players play doubles. It is good if you loose in singles. What would I do if I lost sometime in first round? I believe that such a story won't repeat.
What are your aims for 2009?
To play my best on each tournament, especially on Grand Slam. Ranking? Stay in top. It doesn't matter if it is 6 or 12 rank.
Do you feel that you developed this year?
I know now well how WTA Tour works, how you solve the problems on the tournaments. I got to know the style of game of the majority of players. I don't have to watch their matches now.
I meaned rather sport issues eg. serve. I know it's irritable topic...
Nobody is ideal. I serve worse than Serena Williams, but she moves on the court worse than me. I agree with my dad that with my bodyshape I would have to turn into cyborg on the gym. I don't have the strenght or posture of Venus Williams but it doesn't mean I can't serve. I am annoyed with the people who don't know tennis well. My serve is technical, rotating, with "kick". In TV it looks like as if ball was slow hovewer it's not so in reality. Elena Dementieva serves in similar way, she's ranked higher than me and noone asked her everywhere: "Why do you serve so weakly?"
Are you interested in sponsorship issues?
It's a field of my father and our manager Victor Archutowski but I always know about everything.
Do you agree with your father's policy not to connect you with manager agency?
Yes, aggencies arrange the contract but they take your independence. I know a lot of tennis players who signed the contracts on the beginning of their careers and now they regret because they could to it on better conditions. Agencies begin to decide instead of us. Roger Federer is a good example. He signed the contract when he was number 1. There are always pros and cons always. But now we're waiting.
Doesn't 10th racket of the world need a bigger staff of people?
It's the next thing we are persuaded and which I don't really understand. On the tournaments you play, you don't train. You can have a staff of people at home. We have a such one.
General coach wouldn't help?
Sometimes we take someone eg. to Miami. But in general, the specialists from various things are everywhere - physiotherapeutists, masseurs. They are the best, WTA assures so. There are also sparingpartners. The freshness is the most important on the tournaments. There's no need training on the gym or runnin in the forest
When do you go to Australia?
Sydney is my first tournament. I go 5 January so this time I'll spend the beginning of the new year in Kraków. But surely not in the Marketplace. I don't like crowds. We'll find some intimate place.
PS. I was translating it all from polish, in office with no heating, with frozen fingers. So don't pick on me if you find some mistake.