En route to the Mickey Mouse championships
Siri Cornetsson appeared in a traditional dirndl in Linz.
Siri Cornetsson has missed to qualify for the Championships in Istanbul but has already booked her singles spot in Bali, the Championships for International winners. Even though her season has been far away from brilliant Siri knows how to play well in these International tournaments as show a Bastad title, a Strasbourg final, semifinals in Palermo, Quebec, Guangzhou and Auckland.
We met Siri for an interview in Linz.
Q: You have lost both opening matches in Tokyo and Beijing. Were you under pressure to qualify for the Championships where you have a final to defend?
Siri: It's not been the season of the big events for me. If you fail to reach the quarterfinal of any grand slam you don't have to wonder of not qualifying for the Championships. I've lost the run to that final tournament months ago. It's a shame really as I usually played very well at the Year-End Championships.
Q: You have qualified for Bali though with a nice home title in Bastad.
Siri: It was a great feeling to win at home. I have played well at most of the International tournaments and I hope to do so in Linz too. Maybe the place for the Mikey Mouse queen of 2011 is still free, so full focus on Linz and Bali.
Q: What is happening to Harper and you in doubles?
Siri: The four lost finals in a row got in our head. It's not an easy situation for us. After the early exit at the US Open and the win of Taliamanosoko/Casanova our chances for the doubles number 1 were gone. That's tennis, one bad tournament and your aims and dreams are destroyed. Then it's very tough to find motivation again. At least we still have the Championships to redeem ourselves.
Q: What about your aims in 2012? You are going into your sixth season already...
Siri: I guess you hint the retirement announcement of Nthamangela Mbangu after the Olympic Games and want to know if I want to give free place to a younger player too? But no, it isn't going to happen anytime soon. I love playing this game and still have major aims on FWTT, even after 5 long years on tour. In 2012 I want to complete my doubles Grand Slam with Harper by winning in Wimbledon and of course finally collect my first singles Grand Slam trophy. My brother Göran has confirmed to play Hopman Cup with me next season, that will be fun.
Q: Good luck for your remaining events Siri.