Wow terrific stuff Petronius
Do you think you would be even a much better player, if you had attended the Bolletieri academy?
Hard to say, I have never been there. Maybe if I attended the academy, I would be out of tennis now (I think she may be referring to her compatriot Nicole).
I am glad that my path has been different.
Amen Amen Amen Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah!
I'm as glad as you Petra that your path has been different!
Of course, I already felt this was true before reading this interview but I must say it feels good to hear something that have been my "pet peeve" for a long time, is now coming from Petra's own mouth that, indeed the tennis she learned in Europe that focused on real/pure tennis skills is superior than the gimmicky Florida school of "scream tennis" philosophy that in an endless quest to replicate Monica Seles's unexpected success, Bolletieri and others in his slipstream have (in my opinion) degenerated the standing of the SPORT that is womens tennis.
But now that Kvitova is in the process of dismantling that tennis philosophy, hopefully by the time she retires she'd have had enough success to completely discredit the doctrine to the point that future players would follow Petra's footsteps rather than any of the screamers (that would be my definition of "saving the wta").
EXCELSCIOR’S QUESTION (I modified it a bit for Petra): Petra, what are you doing for getting more quickly into form and reducing the number of errors early in tournaments? You have a stellar record in semifinals and finals so you are probably most vulnerable in early rounds when you are not in top shape. Am I right?
It’s true, but this applies to all the favorites, including Federer. (Gotta love the fact that she already regards herself as one of the favorites and compares herself to Federer!)
Not sure what "favorite" is emphasizing in this context, but the more important and joyous point is that Petra picked Fed rather than (God forbid) Nadal or Djoker
VIKAPOWER’S QUESTION: Petra, do you watch other players’ matches (men/women). If yes, which players and do you watch your draw before the start of a tournament?
When I’m at home, I don’t watch tennis at all. When I’m away at tournaments, I sometimes watch tennis during my rest time. Mainly the men’s matches.
Again, it suffices to say that her answer to this question is like music to my ears... and kudos to Vikapower
for initiating the question even though she may or may not have dealt with the subject matter before