An interview with Ruflina Taliamanosoko
What's your best career achievement?
In singles, it is definitely beating Larissa Ferrer for the first time to take the US Open title. That was the best day of my life. As for doubles, it was winning the French Open with Martina Lian and the US Open with Jane Wong. All 3 events hold special memories for me. But overall, my best career achievement are my 2 daughers, Anna Cathleen and Alexandria Des'ree. They are my babies.
What are your goals for 2002?
I have played virtually non-stop since the beginning of the year, and the main reason is to become #1. I am trying my best, and even if I do it for just one week, I will know in my heart, that one week, I was the worlds best. If I don't do that, then hey, I've had a lot of fun while trying.
Who do you most like to play against?
It's funny, because it seems I play well against Selima. I don't know why, but I usually beat her, but she is a good friend.
Who do you least like to play?
Aside from Larissa Ferrer, it would be Tiffini Eggert. For some reason, her style always outplays mine and it aggravates me. Maybe one day I can get the win over her.
What is your favorite tournament?
For Grand Slams, it would be Wimbledon. Just the prestige behind it. After that, then San Diego. It is in my hometown and it is nice to be able to play and go home and sleep in your own bed at night.
Does that make London your favorite city?
No (laughter) too much rain there. I love the people and the culture, but I don't think I could live there. My favorite city is San Diego.
Do you enjoy the travelling you have to do as a tennis player?
I enjoy it personally, but it becomes old on my daughters. I can't wait until after Wimbledon when I will have a 3 week break and go home and just spend time together as a family.
What do you miss the most about being at home when you are travelling?
Just the whole "being a family" idea. Eat supper at the table and sleep in your own beds.
What do you like to do outside tennis?
I love a good game of backyard badmitton. I also enjoy going to the beach and just relaxing.
Who are your best friends on tour?
Well, Jane Wong of course. She is my best friend. Martina Lian travels with me in the states. She babysits my daughters while I'm playing. Other than that, I get along real well with Bryanne, Tiffini, Larissa, Selima, and Sabine. We were like the "originals" of the FWTT, and it's nice to be with the same girls for 2 years now. Happy birthday FWTT!
If you could achieve a "non-tennis" dream, what would that be?
Just being a good mother. My first priority in life is doing that. Second is tennis.