Tired Turundzhov advances after disappointing end to Yucatan Cup!
Australian junior Daniela Turundzhov has managed to fight her way through to the 2nd rnd of the Grade 1 junior event in Mexico today, with a 3 set win over Germany's Diana mahler.
After losing the final of the Yucatan Cup in 2 tight sets to Natalya Dholpocova, Turundzhov left straight for the Casablanca, just managing to make her match.
Here is an interview with Turundzhov:
Q: Daniela, a really good fighting win out there, still disappointed after losing the Yucatan Cup final?
A: Yeah, well, it was a tough loss and I was a little disappointed but I knew I had to get it together quick because Diana's just such a good player. You can't play her without being fully concentrated so I just put the loss behind me straight away and just did what I had to do.
Q: When did you find out you had to play today?
A: Well, with Team Champion, we have a group of 20 split into 4. So there were 5 of us in a group, Barbara (Miele), Lara (Miele), Ana Maria (Herrera) and Catherine (Pierce). They had already left and we have 2 coaches, trainers and managers. So 1 coach, trainer and manager stayed back with me, for the final. Oleksandr (Klemesch), our coach was with me and he knew yesterday but he didn't tell me anything because he didn't want to take my mind off the final. Once I finished, he said, Daniela, you must hurry, you are playing Mahler and 6pm, and I was like Oh no, not again! (laughs)
Q: You won your matches, but Natalya lost hers, what do you think is the difference between you two?
A: I think she was really happy she won the Yucatan and I don't think she was prepared mentally for Elena, who's a really good player.
Q: You're in the top 10 now, are you satisifed with the way you're playing?
A: Yeah for sure but I want to aim for top 5 at the end of the year, that's my aim. I think I can do it (laughs). We'll see how it goes.
<br />Thanks Daniela
Thanks (yay, I can get some rest!)
Daniela Turundzhov thumps a forehand in her 7-5 3-6 6-4 win over Diana Mahler.