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Interview after her match against Nastya!
Q. First time into the fourth round. How does that feel?
JARMILA GROTH: It feels great. Um, I couldn't be any happier. And, also, every year I try to give my dad a good birthday present. I finally made it. It's his birthday tomorrow, so he's very happy that now he got a very nice birthday present.
So it feels great.
Q. Talk us through I get the last minute of that second set. That was pretty interesting.
JARMILA GROTH: Yeah, I got off my second from the frame and still it was a aggressive.
Yeah, look, I thought I played well until then. You know, I made the points right. I play tactically well. Of course I got nervous. I mean, it's my first time fourth round, and I had it very easy a little then, so just in an hour really.
So I got really nervous about it. Match points were played very safely, way too safely for my liking. But I couldn't get myself to hit the ball and play them as I played till then.
So, yeah, then she started playing very well. She got confident after that. She served well. So I lost the second set 7 5; got broke in the first game. But, still, it's just set all.
Um, I got back to my normal game. I thought I moved very well today. My left handed shot worked today as well. Couple lobs and passing shots went well, too.
Yeah, in the end I thought I played well. I hold my nerves somehow. I fought very well, and I thought I played the big points in the end pretty good. Yeah, I can't say much more than that.
Q. Yesterday or day before yesterday you were saying how much you wanted to take the next step and go beyond the third round; you've done it now. When that last point was finished, what did it actually feel like?
JARMILA GROTH: Um, yeah, it was special in some way because it's the first time and, you know, it's here at French as well, so it's on clay. I probably like more to play on a hardcourt and everything else, even I grew up on clay.
And also playing Anastasia, two Australians playing each other is not easy. So there was a lot of nerves going into it as well. But I knew I'm playing well, so I was very happy to finish it in the end. I couldn't be any happier.
You know, I worked very hard and I had my fair share of injuries. I was 50 in the world, but I always wanted to try to get better to it.
So it's great. I can't wish for any better, really.
Q. Looking ahead to the next round, can you look at first possibly playing Kleybanova and then also just look to playing Shvedova?
JARMILA GROTH: Um, well, I think they play pretty similar, so it doesn't really matter. I think Shvedova is up 4 0 in the third anyway even it started to rain right now. So I think they are suspended.
But they play very similar. They are very aggressive players. Kleybanova just beat Ivanovic pretty convincing. She was playing really good.
Shvedova, I mean, she been playing very well for last couple weeks as far as I know. So either way it's gonna be tough. Yeah, I will do my best. I will run as hard as I can, try to play my game, and see if I can beat them.
If I can, I will be probably the happiest person alive. If I don't, I will be still proud of what I've done and achieved. I think I still did pretty well.
Q. You had the crowd well and truly on your side in that match. How did you manage to do that?
JARMILA GROTH: I don't know. I smile a couple times. I really don't know, actually. They were really nice actually, very supportive, which was really nice.
I don't really know. I just try to concentrate on what I had to do, and, yeah, as I said, yeah, I smiled a couple times. They kind of enjoyed it, I guess.
Q. You were both questioning the line calls a bit.
JARMILA GROTH: Questioning, yeah. A couple I questioned were very close. Because the clay, it's very like sort of a hardcourt, so you can't see the mark from far away. So it's hard for me to judge how far or how wide the ball is. So yeah, I question it.
But, I mean, to give it credit, a couple were really wide, so...
Q. Do you think there was a different level of tension with two Aussies playing each other and you both really wanted to win?
JARMILA GROTH: Yeah, I don't think it's easy to play someone who you know and from the same country as well. So it was tough as well.
I mean, we actually played each other once couple years ago, so that doesn't really count because it's been a while ago. She's been playing well. She played well i Fed Cup and she played well to get to third round obviously. She beat good players.
I knew it was gonna be tough. Just a matter of who can play better in the big points when it counts and can mentally stay there longer.
Q. So you gave your father a birthday present. What did the husband have to say?
JARMILA GROTH: I just woke him up. He was real angry in the beginning, but then he was very happy for me. And then he was kind of sad actually that he can't here to watch my success, as it's the first time in the fourth round.
So in a way he was happy; in a way he was sad. But he loves me, so he wish me all the best for the next round, and he'll watch it on TV hopefully.
Q. I saw you defending with your left hand several times.
JARMILA GROTH: Yeah.
Q. Can you play with both?
JARMILA GROTH: Yes, I can, actually. My natural is left handed. I can do everything left or right hand, left or right foot. I'm weird, I know. Kind of it's natural for me to do that.
My parents made me to actually play right handed when I was younger because there's a story behind it. When I was born I couldn't move my right side. I was born early, and so my right side of my body didn't function, right?
So my parents got scared so they keep working with me, you know, and pressing the pressure points so my right sides are functioning. They made me to be a right hander. So even when I eat, my knife and fork is in the opposite side.
I can do anything with left or right. Either way. When I play basketball, I throw left or right, whichever I get to. If I play soccer, I kick left or right, whichever side comes to me. So to play a left handed shot, it's kind of normal for me to do.
Because I'm right handed, my right hand it's stronger than the left. Obviously the ball doesn't go as fast, but I still can sort of judge it, how to lob. I can play overhead, serves. It's not that hard.
Q. How long did your parents have to sort of work out your...
JARMILA GROTH: A while. I was born about almost a month early. I had 1200 grams and I was losing weight. They didn't give me big chance to survive, and now look at me. I'm supposed to be on diet every time, so it kind of sucks.
So they were really scared. Of course my mom and dad, they wanted me to be normal, even I don't think that happened. I'm still weird. But, um, so they worked very hard to do that until I actually become a right hander.
But my backhand, that's why my backhand used to be the better side when I was younger, when I was a junior, just because if you watch my backhand, my left hand is dominating on my backhand side. The right hand is just to hold the racquet, really.
Q. Is you're naturally a left hander and just right handed manufactured through...
JARMILA GROTH: Yeah.
Q. They should be proud of you.
JARMILA GROTH: Thanks.
Q. This is really more for radio so that we've got some preview for the next round. Look at the two players individually as to what you're gonna have to do.
JARMILA GROTH: Well, Kleybanova, very good backhand. Definitely her favorite shot; backhand side is the stronger one; likes to go down the line on it. She's been playing well as far as I've seen. Very good ball striker from both wings. Plays very fast, very hard.
So the natural will be probably to make her run and try to change the pace so I can get her out of rhythm so she doesn't hit the ball in the same you know, around her waist.
Shvedova, as far as I know, good serve, big serve, big forehand. She's a very strong girl. She kind of moves well as well for her height. So similar way. I'll want to get her out of her striking zone and make her run. Couple times go behind so I get her off her feet a little.
I will have to hold my serve either way, and hopefully I'll get a break.