Re: Les articles sur Aravane
Interview of Aravane - Saturday 29th
Last night you were able to break her serve every time she broke yours. That's what made it such a fierce match. But today she broke yours one more time. What made that difference, do you think?
I think I break her again today. Yeah.
But she broke you twice?
Twice, yeah. You know, it's difficult to say, because she serve pretty well and I serve also well. But on that match, I don't know. I think it's more mentally. I wanted to serve much better, and she put me under pressure. It was very tough to control emotion and all stuff, and I couldn't serve very well.
I knew that serve was very important, because I knew I could break her, so I wanted to do well. I put myself more pressure, and I couldn't serve better than her.
Did the crowd help you?
Yeah, the crowd helped me, of course. Without them, I think last night I will, you know, I will lose easier.
You've been the center of a lot of media and public attention since Madrid and here in Paris. Has that been in general a good experience or difficult experience? More pressure, maybe?
No, no, I think it's very good experience. You know, it's kind of, you know, my work pays, so it's like a gift they give to me.
And to be, you know, more popular for me, it's amazing. I like it a lot. I know it's a chance for me to be more popular here, so I always try my best to play better here in this tournament.
And you go to England next?
Yeah, I go to England next.
Will it be a relief to be back in a more normal situation? Less pressure, less attention?
I think to be more popular, nothing is pressure. It's normal. We have to do with it's part of our life, and pressure is going to be always here before the match, during the match.
To be more popular doesn't mean more pressure. Popular is because you work before and you, you know, it's the gift you get after many work and sacrifice. It's not the pressure.
Petrova said she did not sleep very well last night. How did you sleep?
I think after the match it was tough for me to sleep the three next hours. And I could sleep well, and this morning I wake up early. But I could sleep well, but it was difficult at the beginning because I was exciting a little bit.
But, you know, this morning I was very tired, especially mentally, because yesterday a lot of people, a lot of, you know, emotion and the crowd was amazing. You know, it takes energy. So this morning I was a little bit, you know, without energy.
You said you were not really in the right mindset. Is this what it means, you did not have enough energy?
Yeah, the right mindset, absolutely. When I decided to get on the court it was like yesterday. Yesterday took me time to be really playing this match 5 2. That's when I reacted. It was a bit too late. But then I managed to break her and be back in the match.
Today it was almost like yesterday. I couldn't really find motivation and move around, but there were so many other factors, so much so that I wasn't really into this match immediately. I was tired. I had not slept enough.
It's been two weeks with a lot of emotions like in Madrid, and then after Madrid there was a week of practice, and then I arrived here at Roland. These are great experiences that I've just acquired. To me, I'm still very much learning, and this was all of a sudden, everything at the same time.
I'm happy I could do what I did to start with. But I couldn't go to the very end of it.
Would you say you have any regrets for the three match points you had on her serve? It was not that easy.
Yes. Well, regrets? It's a word that's too strong, I think, "regrets."
I think I fought, and she had as many match points as I had. But it's true. I didn't seize this opportunity at the right time. But it's a tennis match, you know. If you only focus on a match point, then I would have lost a lot earlier.
Regrets? Well, you know, it wouldn't have been one set all yesterday evening, even though there was one match point, two or three. I was still fighting. This is what I did, and I'm proud of what I did.
You said you're very tired. Did you feel like a tank that was emptying little by little as the rounds were passing by?
Well, maybe, but I didn't really want to think about this. If I start thinking, oh, I'm going to be more and more tired as days go by, no, I'll never make progress. Every single day I thought in the morning I have to go for it. I have to be in it. I have to practice physically. I have to move. I have to be present as much as during day No. 1. I'm not the only player, you know. Many players want to do their best.
So I don't think I ever thought I would be tired. But yesterday evening it took a lot of energy away from me. To me, this match I'll remember. This was a big match. These types of matches, you know, will teach me a lot in the future.
For instance, in Sydney I played Serena. I lost. She defeated me. But I learned many things.
In Madrid, as well, the two tournaments, I managed to conclude matches that were tough. Yet I managed to resist.
Yesterday there was a sharing with the crowd. Is that something very intense?
Oh, yes, it was a moment I relished. It was incredible.
I wouldn't have thought the crowd was so much present. It really is something that gives you the shivers, and really, I would like to thank them, those who were sitting in front of their TV sets, the ones on the court or off court. They were all here to support me. What I can tell them is, See you next year, because I will need you next year, as well.
What about your faults on your serves? Yesterday you said, I can't serve any longer.
Well, frankly I think I served pretty well. Frankly, I served well. I shouldn't just focus on this match, you see, because sometimes you can't move around that easily. Sometimes you serve with more difficulties, so I have other assets.
I managed to fight back against a girl who serves well. She has a good backhand, as well. The matches I played, like in Madrid and the first matches here against the Canadian and the German, I served well. I wouldn't say my serve is too poor and I'm weak.
Why today? Why didn't it work yesterday?
I don't know. It's a tennis match. You can't always be that fit. I try and be more consistent. This is what I work on during practice, to be more consistent for a longer tournament, longer period of time.
Why did I serve badly? Maybe she put more pressure on her returns. Maybe she served better, and I wanted to confirm my serve, as well. I didn't want to be I didn't want her to break me. That's why I was a bit frightened. I wanted to serve my first serves, but it was difficult for me with my first serves and second serves, as well.
I don't know why today, but I didn't have time to discuss with my coach today. But this is it, you know. I have to work on this, I know.
I wouldn't say this match is very important and therefore my serve is not good. No, on the contrary, it's an excellent serve. Sometimes there are days up, days down. That's all.
What about now? What are you going to do between now or tomorrow and Wimbledon? What's going to happen?
Well, I'll take a few days off, to start with. I'll calm down, because there's a lot of energy at stake. Emotionally speaking, it was very difficult, and I'll try and focus on what is important for me.
I will do other things. Off court I will do something else. I'll prepare the season on grass. Then it's going to be Birmingham, Eastbourne and Wimbledon. I will have two big tournaments. That's going to be good in terms of preparation.
Before the beginning of the tournament, you said you didn't have any calls from the sponsors. Has this changed?
No, not for the time being, but there are people who work for me, you see, and they're looking for them.
What about the longer run? Are there things you think you're going to work on for the clay season? Would you say you have loopholes in your game that you would like to fill before next year before Roland Garros?
I wouldn't say it's the surface. I play well on all types of courts, but next year I will take into account the fact that this is clay, so maybe I'll try and look for other things like dropshots, or I'll try and wrong foot her.
It's going to be something comprehensive. I have to look at different surfaces, not just clay. But I think I play well on clay. It doesn't bother me.
Do you have an objective in terms of ranking before the end of the year?
Not before the end of the year. I think the most important thing to me is to try and be consistent during all tournaments, to win as many matches as I can and gain more confidence. Everything will come with time. It's mainly from practice, so I'll practice an awful lot. This is it.
Any objectives? Well, no. Not really. I think about my next tournament. That's in Birmingham.
Did you regret the fact that yesterday evening you didn't have time to finish the match? Because there was some type of momentum with the crowd. Do you think things would have been different with more time yesterday evening?
Well, you know, it's the third set. If we had had a tiebreak, then the match would have been different. I've rarely lost any tiebreaks, and, well, you know, it's true to say that the crowd was really supporting me. I was really into this match.
Maybe it would have changed; I don't know. I can't say yes; I can't say no. She played extremely well, as well. She fought back, as well.
I don't know. When we stopped, I was very positive, and I thought that this morning it would be okay for me, so I thought it was good for me. I didn't really think it would be bad for me. I never thought, oh, what a pity we stopped. No, I was very, very positive this morning.
Can you tell us how the 2010 Aravane is superior to the Aravane in Roland Garros 2009, even though last year you were at the last 16? Could you tell us more about this?
Well, it's been a year. For a year I've been the challenger. I've been playing women at a very high level for a year now, and these matches are very hard against different players.
Physically I prepared myself. Mentally, as well. I worked on my tennis. Physically I've lost weight. This is very important, physically speaking.
Mentally it's about trust. I have confidence, and confidence comes with the matches you win. Also I'm more mature, I think, in all respects. I have a good team around me, people I can trust.
I know I'm going to move forward. For the time being, last year's player and this year's player are different. I've made considerable progress, a leap forward, I think. That's all. I don't really think about this.
Your questions are too hard for me. I don't want to think about the past. I want to think about the future. I want to move forward, what's up for me next. I have so much to learn, to do and to prove. This is it. It's happiness, only happiness and positive. I have everything to win.