Q:YEC begins on October 23rd. Will Agatha recover physically by then?
Tomasz Wiktorowski: Is she going to fully recover after the entire season - I'd answer no to such a question. But she'll definitely be able to prepare prepare to those 3, at most 5 matches. We know what awaits us there and these 2 weeks [of rest] should be enough to play a good tournament there.
Q: How will you be preparing for YEC?
TW:Up until now Agnieszka had free time. On Tuesday we'll do the first training, a very light one,just an introduction. We're going to practice in Kraków, next Tuesday or Wednesday we're going to Istanbul where we'll continue our preparations.
Q: Do you pay attention to the draw or is it not going to matter on such level?
TW: As far as Istambul is concerned, we've achieved our first goal. Agatha is fourth in the rankings while Serena is third, which means they can't draw each other. [
] But all girls are unpredictable and have had a great season. The American is the most dangerous. If she's prepared mentally, she should be out of reach for other players. Though the Wimbledon final against Agatha was actually close.
Q: The conditions in the Sinan Erdem Dome stadium are not easy.
TW: You have to be careful not not to fall down. The surface is like sand paper. It's campletely different from all other surfaces throughout the year. The stadium is not too big, so during the match it becomes really hot in there. When we practice without the audience, it's not that tough, but when the seats are filled, it's really unbearable.
Q: Rafa has been complaining for a long time about too demanding tournament schedule. Agatha often plays with many tapes. Are you going to play less frequently next year?
TW: This year we found Agatha's limits. We know that 2013 will look differently. The number of tournaments played by Agatha will be smaller for sure. I can't tell you how much at the moment. As a top 10 player she has to play the big tournaments. We'll choose two smaller tournaments and all the other plans we'll be modified
Q: What's you view on Agatha's performance in the Asian swing?
TW: Any final of a tournament such as Tokyo is satisfactory, no matter what happened a week earlier or later. The Beijing performance is overshadowed by the small injury picked up in Asia. Though a third in a row loss against Li gives us stuff to think about. It should be a sign to treat this match-up more seriously. On the other hand I don't thtink she should expect more of herself. Her injury could ecome more serious and force her to withdraw from YEC.
Q:What was the injury?
TW:It's a strain of quadriceps femoris muscle
. The tapes partially cancelled the effect of the injury, but the injury itself was still there. It was risky, particularly when playing at 100%. Knowing that, Agatha could chase everything down.
Q: You said earlier that Agatha is still looking for a balnace between offense and defense. What will her game look like next year?
TW: Our goal is definitely to preserve everything that has been effective for Agatha. If something is a weapon, there's no point in changing that. We can do some tweaks, eg. add some winning shots or shots that force errors from the opponent. But we're not aiming at Agatha hitting many winners in a match at any cost. There's no need or possibility of that. We want to retain what's there and possibly improve it. Agatha is one of players with biggest untapped potential. Girls who are betting on raw pace of their shots are going to hit the wall at some point - they won't be able to hit any harder. We'll be trying to add more winning shots ad improve serve, but it's not crucial to achieve success
Q: Agatha never finished a season with such a high ranking. Aren't you afraid it's going to be more difficult next year?
TW: Definitely. Her opponents will have nothing to lose when playing against her. But Agatha's forte is staying consistent throughout the season with several standout results. Next year there are also going to be standout results. I don't know where and when, but they're definitely going to happen.