There's interview with Vika on Russian, so I translated it with some help from Google translate. Sorry for my BAD English, but I've tried
Victoria Azarenka: "The most important match of the tournament Ė is not always the final match"
First ever tennis queen of the year, earning a season over seven million dollars prize money and also speaking Russian, told the "SE" the reasons of her spectacular rise and plans for the near future, and in addition, expressed the hope that someday sheíll play doubles with one of the Russians again.
This conversation took place on Saturday, a half hour after the semi-final WTA Championships, where Victoria Azarenka lost the first time since April to Maria Sharapova. Nevertheless, in the eyes of the world #1 fire of happiness was burning so bright, that if you want, you could see the glow of it, perhaps, even from Minsk, located one and a half thousand kilometers from Istanbul.
- Victoria, do you remember all of 79 matches you played between January and October? All 69 victories, including six - in the finals, and ten defeats?
- Of course. And not only these matches, and in general, all my matches, since the juniors. Although, of course, some details will be erased.
- And what are the most important?
- It pretty hard to say. Often happens that the most important match of the tournament is not final or semi-final, but the other, at an earlier stage, which is the most difficult to pass. I donít know about the other players, but for me the best effect has the matches, which I able to win without showing the best game. They temper character. After them I feel more confident and even more eager to win.
- At the end of the last season it was obvious that you improved a lot. Admit, just twelve months ago, after losing in final to Petra Kvitova here in Istanbul, could you imagine that a year later you would be the first in the world?
- I dream about it from the very beginning of my career. Just lately, I probably have more faith in myself. Plus helped a good training in the previous offseason.
- Is it possible to say that you felt the real champion confident after winning the Australian Open?
- Many people think that way, because I won there. But in fact, these things come first with training. In matches you simply show what you have learned there - that's all.
- Can you compare your emotions after winning the Australian Open and now, when you finally managed to secure the first place in the end of the season?
- The feelings is very different, although both of these goals - winning the Grand Slam tournament and be the number one in the world - I wanted most in tennis. I canít rise above the first place in rankings, but I have won not all Grand Slam tournaments and this slightly change my approach to the solution of the following tasks.
- Vera Zvonareva still speaks with great warmth about your current coach Sam Sumyk and seems to regret that parting with him before the 2010 season. What a merit Sumyk has in your current success?
- His role cannot be overstated. Sam for me not only the best coach, but also a mentor in every sense of the word, a man who knows how to listen and give advice in difficult times. We are very different people, but complement each other well. And we have one goal.
- Zvonareva appreciates Symikís human qualities very highly. What the difference between him and other tennis coaches?
- Working with Sam, I changed not only as a player, but as a person. He helped me find myself. Itís difficult to characterize him in a few words. Perhaps the most valuable trait of Samís character is that he always tells the truth, no matter how unpleasant it may be. Incidentally, I also has this feature, and I will not hide, sometimes it does not only work, but also a hindrance.
- But otherwise, you are different?
- Of course. I'm emotional, and Sam much more calm person. But he understands what it means to be 23-year-old girl with such capabilities, as I have. This is his wisdom.
- Do you feel how you grown up the past year and a half?
- Yes. Sometimes I think that I'm not 23 years, but 35 (smiling). You see, tennis life makes to grow much faster than you want. People who do not know me very well, sometimes simply do not believe that I'm actually still so young.
- What rest awaits the queen of tennis after such a successful season?
- First, I'll fly home. My mom and dad came here in Istanbul, but I really want to see my grandmother. And, of course, I want to sleep at home, in my bed (laughs). And then Iíll make decision, where to go to relax.
- And how long will last your vacation?
- Three weeks.
- How much will change your preparation to the next season compared to last year?
- Sam and I will take all the positive things that I achieved this year, and will try to add something new. The most important thing in our job - not to stand still, but to move forward. But globally in my preparation hardly anything will change. I think that at such a high level, all now depends on the details.
- You will be preparing in Monte-Carlo, as a year ago?
- That's what we have not decided yet.
- Last year you played a lot in doubles with Maria Kirilenko, but this had only one tournament - at Indian Wells, and it took off in the second round. When you decided to concentrate on singles?
- At the end of the previous season. We played very well with Masha almost all year, but physically I was not always ready. And we have been had to refuse from our matches. In these situations, I felt very uncomfortable, because I knew: Maria want to play this tournament. So I decided to focus on singles, so I wonít fail no one else.
- Is there any chance to see you again in doubles - for example, with Kirilenko?
- Of course. Maria was my best partner, somehow we surprisingly quick achieved a teamwork. And if once again I will play doubles, I hope, I will make it with her.