Interview: Magdalena Rybarikova
Q: So, miss Rybarikova you won your QF match, tell me your feeling about that.
" It was a tough match, because she play really good but i was concentrated on my game."
Q: What was the key for your yesterday's match?
"It was my serve and my forthand. I play really agressive. I play my game..."
Q: Do you think that there are some points to improve for your next match?
"It will be a tough match. I will play my game and be cosentrated and will see!"
Q: What's your favourite tournament?
" Wimbledon. I lost in 1st r. but really like it. I like grass."
Q: What has been the biggest win of your career?
" It was over Paszek in US Open. I play very well, it was a good match."
Q: Who is the toughest player on Tour now?
" Serena Willimas. Also, Venus is hard."
Q: Any players on Tour you do not like to play?
" Schnyder. I played with her in US Open. She use a lot of spin... I don't like her..."
Q: Who is your best friend on Tour and why?
" There are no many. I don;t know, no one special, some czech players. You know, I'm rookie there. They don't know me. Maybe in future!"
Q: What has been the key to your success this year?
" I play well. I enjoy every tournament. I think I'm ready to play big tournaments."
Q: Who were your tennis heroes when you were growing up?
" They were Roger Federer and Martina Hingis."
Q: What are the good and bad points of being a professional tennis player?
" I don't know... Hard to say. I enjoy tournaments. Everything is organized and good. No bad points. Only good ones!"
Q: What's the strangest thing that's happened to you on the Tour?
" No, there is nothing strange."
Q: If you could play any tennis player, past or present, who would it be?
" LIndsay Davenport. She is a very good player. I like to play with her."
Q: What’s your relationship with the other girls from your country on Tour?
" Oh... no problem with them. I don't know Daniela Hantuchova, because she is older than me. Cibulkova is OK. We play Fed Cup for Slovakia. No a special relationship with other girls because they play only ITF tournaments..."
Q: What are your goals for the future?
" I want to be in Top 50 as the end of year. I'm 68 now and want to be in Top 50. This is my goal."
Q: What’s your feeling about being World No68?
" I wasn't thinking about that before. It's very nice! It was my dream. I want to be a Top 100 player and now I'm 68. Next step is to be in Top 50 as the end of year."
Q: Was it so hard as it seems to be? I mean to climb up from No231(07) to No68?
" Oh... It was good. I won some tournaments. I start play good. I really play good in RG but lost against Safina..."
You had a great US Open this year and many chances to make really far… You lost to Patty Schnyder in two tough sets…
Q: If you have the chance and turn back the clock, what you would change or do it better?
" Oh... no... SHe play really good, She is older, she is in Top 20 and she's more experienced. Maybe next time I will beat her."
Q: What’s your plan for the rest of the year?
" I will play for sure in Sofia, in Tashkent and in Bratislava."
Q: Your fans want to see you play more on Major Tournaments of WTA Tour like Tier I or Tier II events. What you and your coach think about that?
" I want to play in Moscow tis year too. Next year maybe... Now i play very well. Just Moscow for this year and then some relax!"
There are 2 Top 20 players representing Slovakia on WTA Tour. Tell me your opinion about them:
Yes, we talk only in FED Cup. Hantuchova has a lot of experienced. She is very good player. She was my Idol when I was 12. I like her game."
We are both 19... not best friends but... Husarova, I like her. She's sexperienced and funny!"
Q: How can you learn from them, if you think that there are some things to learn from them?
" Hantuchova is really experienced. Cibulkova is a great fighter ans so Husarova. So, I have to ask them..."
This is your second time in Greece. Tell me about your 1st experience in Patras City, when you capture your best ITF title.
" It was very good tournament for me. It was running in my Final match but... I like the city. I like Greece and greek people.
Q: What to expect from you in this tournament?
" I like clay too. I have my chances!"
Q: Why do you choose to play Athens and not in a WTA Tour tournament in Bali?
" First of all, here in Athens i would be seeded player. Also, I like this city...It's really special here! My coach told me to come and play in Athens..."
IT'S BEEN A LONG WAY MY FRIEND