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Tennishead Q&A: Marta Domachowska
Twenty-three-year old Polish star Marta Domachowska had a superb 2008, ending the season by breaking back into the top 50. It was also her fourth consecutive year of finishing in the top 100, the highlight of which was a quarter-final finish at Bali where she also reached the doubles final with Nadia Petrova. Domachowska couldn’t quite match the fourth-round finish she achieved at the Aussie Open in 2008, but the friendly Pole remains upbeat for 2009…
Tennishead: Last year was a good season for you…
Marta Domachowska: It was good because at the beginning of the year I was 200 and I came back to the top at the end of the year.
Tennishead: So what are your ambitions for 2009?
MD: Well, it was a bad beginning to the year because I just lost and last year I got to the fourth round so I was defending a lot of points but sure I would like to stay close to the top 50 all the time and try to get into the top 30.
Tennishead: What do you need to work on to achieve that?
MD: In tennis, the mental part is very important so I think that will be good for my game. I am working with my psychologist and I hope this will help. I think for sure there are some things I need to work on and improve to get better.
Tennishead: Do you and fellow Pole Agnieszka Radwanska support each other at events such as these?
MD: Yeah, we’re good friends and we are always supporting each other, and for sure when she is playing I will go watch her and when she has a chance she watches my matches as well.
Tennishead: Do you think Polish tennis is in a good state and are there lots of people coming into the game?
MD: For sure, it is much better than when I was 13 because I was the only player on the tour that was playing at the beginning and now Agnieszka and her sister Urszula are getting better and better every year and I think now much more people are coming to play tennis.
Tennishead: And how important were the Olympics for you?
MD: I think it was an amazing experience for me and I think it’s something I will remember for the rest of my life.
Tennishead: Who else do you travel with on the tour?
MD: To be honest with you I travel by myself, and it’s not easy to be on your own but I will try to find someone to travel with me.
Tennishead: Are you looking for a coach ?
MD: I have a coach in Poland but he can’t travel with me.
Tennishead: So if you are on your own, what do you do to relax?
MD: Well, it’s quite boring to be away from home but I have some friends here – some of the other players.
Tennishead: Who are your friends on the tour?
MD: Well of course there is Agnieszka and all the other Polish players, [Caroline] Wozniacki and Maria Kirilenko.
Tennishead: Where do you find your inspiration, what inspires you when you are playing?
MD: I think just being here and playing all these tournaments, it has always been my dream. That is inspiring.