Turundzhov into Italian Open Quallies, despite slight hamstring strain!
14 year old Australian Daniela Turundzhov has entered next week's Tennis Masters Series Event in Rome, despite a cloud around a slight hamstring strain that she suffered in her loss to Barbara Miele at this weeks Citta di Prato junior event.
Turundzhov who received treatment twice in the 2nd set of the match against Miele, teamed up with Catherine Pierce to win their first round doubles match, however Turundzhov seems to have aggravated the injury and seems in doubt to play out the rest of her doubles matches in Firenze.
Il Globo managed to get an interview with the Aussie:
Q: Daniela, how is your hamstring?
A: It's ok at the moment, a little sore.
Q: Will you play your doubles match?
A: Well, we won today and I sort of felt it a lot more than I did in my singles, but I still have tonight to rest and I'll leave it till the morning. I hope I can but we'll see, it's not too bad at the moment.
Q: You entered the qualifications in Rome, how important is it for you to play an event like that?
A: Oh, it's vital I think to play a big event like that. I mean, even the qualifications is very tough, you know, could be the field of a lower Tier event. At the moment, I'm feeling confident and tough mentally so I'm going to take it a match at a time and see what happens, my aim is to make the main draw.
Q: Does that mean you won't play Santa Croce?
A: No, I apologise to the organisers of that event but it's in my best event to gain exposure on a professional level. I think they'll understand.
Q: Katerina Shawfink 1st rnd, how will you approach that?
A: I've seen her around and she can pound the ball with almost no effort, so I expect a tough battle. I have to be patient and move her around, maybe come into the net but I'm keeping a few things secret.
Q: Will you be playing doubles?
A: I'd like to, yeah. I don't have a partner at the momenrt. So if anyone's interested, call me (laughs).
Daniela Turundzhov and Anna Kroulikova