Hello from Paris! Here is a Q and A about the tournament
Petra, are you looking forward to coming to Paris?
“Of course, I’m really looking forward to coming to Paris. I have always had a great time playing there, especially in 2011 when I won the title there and beat Kim, who was number 1 in the world at the time. I feel comfortable there so hope I can get some good matches.”
What are your favourite things about the tournament and city?
“Well first of all I like to play indoors, so that’s one thing! But I think that it’s very well organized, the people are friendly, and the tournament has a tough field because everyone is competing hard after Australia. Also, the hotel is right near the Champs Elysee and the Arc de Triomphe so you feel like you are right in the middle of the beautiful city and it’s easy to visit a little bit. Usually it’s tough to see the cities where we play.”
Why does your game work indoors?
“I find it easy to play indoors because everything is the same. No sun, no shade, no wind. I feel comfortable there. I played a lot indoors when I was a child because it was so cold in the Czech Republic so my game is suited to it. Plus it can be a fast surface J”
What is your main goal coming here?
“My goal is just to play matches. I want to be relaxed on the court and take a different approach after some tough results in Australia. I am coming with my best friend and my coach David is staying at home, so I hope it will be fun and I can play some good tennis again. I am also hoping to play doubles, which is something rare for me, so I hope that will be fun too!”