Thanks for posting Amira, except this interview is... longer
. Again, I'm trying to use normal English so some phrases will have changed a bit.
Tuesday the 9th of February 2010, 10:19pm (French time)
Disappointed by her defeat in the first round of the Open GDF SUEZ against Shahar Peer, Alizé Cornet reflects on the encounter. And on the difficult transition from the Fed Cup just last weekend.
Alizé, now that this match is over, what do you want to say about it?
I don't have a lot to say actually. She just played better than me. In the first set, I had a few chances to break which I wasn't able to seize. Peer is full of confidence right now and in any event, she is never easy to play.
When you went onto the court, in what kind of spirits were you in after the Fed Cup defeat just last weekend?
Like everyone else I think: disappointed to have lost in the weekend but with the desire to rebound as quickly as possible. I had already experienced this situation last year and all the same I managed to reach the quarterfinals. It's true that this time, the Fed Cup was on clay. On Sunday afternoon I'm playing on clay and one and a half days later, I find myself on a hard court. My contact point was a little less in front, moving was okay but forehands were really tough after ten days on clay.
How are you going to bounce back?
I have to continue to do what I'm doing. Everyone sees what happens on the court but behind the scenes, people can't imagine how hard I work to try to give my all. I just hope that it will pay off sooner or later. My aims remain the same.
You mentioned the ten days on clay. Afterwards, would you say that might be too long?
Even before it! When I learned at the Australian Open that we would start on Friday, I had to check it three times to be sure it was true. It's really long even if the atmosphere in the team is incredible. Afterwards, for our individual careers, it isn't very good to have ten days on clay before the Open GDF SUEZ and before the upcoming hardcourt season. I always play for the French team. It sometimes works against me but I don't regret anything at all.
If the problem resurfaces again next year, what will be your reaction?
Maybe I would discuss it with the girls but it's difficult to question the word of the captain since we have to put complete trust in him. We follow the rules he tells us. That will serve as a lesson for us, since we can arrive well prepared without wasting our next tournament.
Do you think you will be able to utilise a mental coach in your team?
Maybe. It isn't an option that I've crossed off my list. I'll have experience with this sooner or later. A lot of professional players have used a mental coach to help themselves in their career and to do as much as they can as soon as possible. That might not work but whatever it does, it won't remove anything. At the best, it will bring me something new, a great idea, someone to talk to, at the worst, I'll still have my old bag of tricks. I tell myself that I haven't been doing things too badly these last two years and I'm still the same girl. So why not? I'm not completely against it.
The status that you carry now, did that also cause you to lose the carefree attitude you had in your first years on tour?
My status there you know... (She grimaces). Maybe last year because I wanted to stay at my 2008 level and that was on my mind a little. But I'm turning over a new leaf this season so it's more like a reconstruction after a bad year. It isn't easy when you see all the girls who are in the top 50. To be among the best again, I have to play very well. I am capable of it but it's necessary to do it all throughout the year and that isn't easy. I'm trying to hang in there. It's my trade. It's a wonderful life but on the other hand, there's a lot of work involved.
What is the programme for you now?
I'm going to the clay courts in Acapulco... Yes to return to clay, it's really not a very good programme (laughs). At least I haven't had too much practice on hard courts. I'm going to Acapulco and then I go back to hardcourts in Monterrey before Indian Wells and Miami. Acapulco is an enjoyable transition because it's a very nice tournament. I hope it will give me a bit of extra energy.
That enjoyment, is it always present?
It isn't a question of enjoyment. I push myself to the bursting point again and again when I'm playing and when I'm training, I give everything I have. I don't skimp on work. After the other factors are taken into account when you are on the court the enjoyment is nothing more than one small part of it. There is consistency, the mental part, the game itself, the physical side, there are a lot of things.