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alexia1huff
Aug 27th, 2007, 12:55 PM
http://www.sport.pl/tenis/1,64987,4435709.html

Jakub Ciastoń: Co możesz powiedzieć o Akiko Morigami, rywalce z pierwszej rundy?

Agnieszka Radwańska, najlepsza polska tenisistka: Niewiele, bo nigdy z nią nie grałam. Znam ją tylko z widzenia z innych turniejów. Gra oburęczny forhend, co nie zdarza się często. Na początku trudno się przyzwyczaić. Na pewno Japonka nie jest słabą zawodniczką. Czeka mnie trudny mecz.

W trzeciej rundzie możesz trafić na Szarapową.

- W ogóle o tym nie myślę. W tej chwili ważny jest dla mnie tylko mecz z Morigami i nic więcej. A przed trzecią rundą jest jeszcze druga.

To powiedz chociaż, jak ewentualnie odpowiesz na słynną już czerwoną sukienkę, w której zagra Rosjanka?

- Czerwona sukienka? Nie wiem, o co chodzi. Nie interesują mnie takie rzeczy.

Czy to, że jesteś w tym roku rozstawiona, zmieniło w jakiś sposób podejście organizatorów? Czy zawodniczka z drugiej setki jest traktowana tak samo jak rozstawiona?

- Tak. Lexusem do hotelu na Manhattan odwieziona jest każda dziewczyna, bez względu na miejsce. Różnica jest może taka, że szafkę mam w innym miejscu szatni, razem z rozstawionymi, i noszę jeden identyfikator więcej. Specjalne traktowanie ma w Nowym Jorku dopiero pierwsza trójka i może siostry Williams. Zmieniło się też to, że jestem teraz zapraszana na specjalne spotkania dla zawodniczek z czołówki rankingu, gdzie omawiane są takie kwestie jak pula nagród, ale też np. jak planować kalendarz, by nie łapać kontuzji. Poza tym panuje pełna demokracja. Nawet takie sławy jak Marat Safin nie mają przywilejów. Jeśli nie ma miejsca na kortach treningowych, przydzielają mu kogoś i musi trenować na pół kortu. W Londynie byłoby to nie do pomyślenia.

Lubisz grać w USA? Atmosfera turnieju z przelatującymi co dwie minuty samolotami [startują z pobliskiego lotniska LaGuardia] i zapachem hamburgerów ci nie przeszkadza?

- To już mój siódmy wyjazd do USA. Początkowo było ciężko, ale przyzwyczaiłam się. Największy szok w Stanach można przeżyć, idąc coś zjeść lub np. prosząc o dużą colę. To, co przyniosą, jest po prostu monstrualnych rozmiarów, a cola jest w wiadrze, a nie w kubku. A tenis? Tenis zawsze taki sam, czy w USA, czy w Europie. Bez różnicy.

W zeszłym roku przedzierałaś się przez eliminacje do drugiej rundy, teraz jesteś rozstawiona. Na co liczysz?

- Dobrze, że nie muszę już grać eliminacji. Bo trzy dodatkowe mecze na twardym korcie zostają w nogach i potem brakuje sił. Tak było ze mną w zeszłym roku. Teraz jestem wypoczęta, nie narzekam na żadne urazy, więc powinno być lepiej. Mój główny cel to obronić punkty wywalczone w poprzednim roku. Jeśli zagram tak jak w New Haven, gdzie toczyłam wyrównany mecz z czwartą na świecie Swietłaną Kuzniecową, powinno być dobrze.

Po treningach masz jeszcze czas na zwiedzanie Nowego Jorku?

- Moje ulubione zajęcie to zwiedzanie Macy's [ogromny dom handlowy - proporcje do polskich takie same jak w przypadku coli] i kupiłam sobie parę fajnych ciuchów. Zakupy to moja druga specjalność. Potrafimy z siostrą Ulą spędzić po półtorej godziny w jednym sklepie.

Jakub Ciastoń: What can you say about Akiko Morigami, your opponent from the first round?

Agnieszka Radwańska, the best polish tennis player: Not much, because I never played against her. I only know her from seeing her in other tournaments.She plays a double-handed forehand which is unusual. It's hard to adjust at the beginning. I'm sure the japanese is not an easy player. A tough match awaits me.

You can meet Sharapova in the 3rd round.

- I don't think about this at all. At this moment the most important is the match against Morigami, and nothing else. And there's second round between 3rd and 1st.

So can you at least say something about the famous red dress, in which the Russian will play.

- A red dress? I don't know what you're talking about. I'm not interested in these things.

Did the fact that you are seeded change the behaviour of the organizers? Is a player from top200 treated the same way as a seed?

-Yes. Each girl is taken to the hotel in manhattan in a lexus, no matter what her ranking is. The difference may be only that the locker I have is with in another possition, with the other seeds and I have one more ID. A special treatment in NY may have the top 3 player and maybe the Williams sisters. Another difference is that I am invited to special meeting with the top players, where there are discussed issues as prize money and how to plan a calendar without getting injured. Apart from this there is complete democracy. Even such celebrities like Marat Safin don't have any priviliges. If there are no places on the courts, the person is assigned someone else and has to play on half court. In London this would be impossible.

Do you like to play in the US? Does the atmosphere of planes flighing over head every two minutes and the smell of hamburgers doesn't disturb you?

-It's my seventh time in the US. At first it was tough, but now i got used to it. The biggest shock you can have is when you go to eat something or asking for a big coke. What they bring is of a giantic size, and the coke is not in a cup, but in a bucket.And the tennis? It's the same in USA and in Europe. There's no difference.

Last year you had to get through qualies to reach the second round, now you're seeded what are your expectations?

-It's good I don't have to play qualies anymore. Because the extra 3 matches stay in your legs and later you're missing the strength. That's what happened to me last year. Now, I'm rested, don't have any health issues, it should be better. My main goal is to defend the points from last year. if I will play the way I did in New Haven, where I battled with Svetlana Kuznetsova, ranked 4 in the world, then everything should be good.

Do you have time to visit NY after your trainings?

-My favourite activity is to go to Macy's ( huge shopping centre - with the proportion to polish ones same as with the coke) and I bought some nice clothes. Shopping is my second speciality. With my sis Ula we can spend an 1h30 in a single shop.


Enjoy!



What they bring is of a giantic size, and the coke is not in a cup, but in a bucket! :help: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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goldenlox
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:02 PM
I didn't realize Marat was such a celebrity.

tennis_fanno
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:11 PM
I didn't realize Marat was such a celebrity.
u r russian and didn't realize?:confused: weird:tape:

polishprodigy
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:14 PM
Go Aga!

"I'm not interested in these things." Haha. wow, how direct ;)

alexia1huff
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:20 PM
It seems a bit strange that she says: "I'm not interested in these things." and then she says that shopping is her speciality.

tennis_fanno
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:23 PM
It seems a bit strange that she says: "I'm not interested in these things." and then she says that shopping is her speciality. of course she knows, but it's ok to keep distance with her possible 3rd round encounter I suppose:rolleyes:

Bulgaria
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:32 PM
I didn't realize Marat was such a celebrity.

Safin not a celebrity. Are you kiddin me.

DutchieGirl
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:36 PM
:awww: Cute interview!

tennis_fanno
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:41 PM
Safin not a celebrity. Are you kiddin me.
he sure is! everyone knows his name, even the non-tennis fans

goldenlox
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:51 PM
I figure at the US Open, Roddick and Federer are the celebrities.

kseniaPL
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:57 PM
I'm sorry but for me, Aga accepts too much. She should say "I am disappointed that I didn't beat Swieta in that match" not "I did so great to challenge Swieta, that she is no. 4 in the world." She should expect more from herself and she will gain more results!

DutchieGirl
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:59 PM
I'm sorry but for me, Aga accepts too much. She should say "I am disappointed that I didn't beat Swieta in that match" not "I did so great to challenge Swieta, that she is no. 4 in the world." She should expect more from herself and she will gain more results!

Maybe she is disappointed but doesn't want to say it. DOn't forget that these girls have to have media training and stuff - so most of the time they don't say what they actually think. ;)

goldenlox
Aug 27th, 2007, 02:10 PM
This is a very tough section of the draw. Morigami beat Safina at Wimbledon and played really well vs Venus.
Round 2 is Razzano, who is in great form now.
They're asking her about round 3, but this is a difficult section to get to round 3.

Kworb
Aug 27th, 2007, 02:26 PM
The biggest shock you can have is when you go to eat something or asking for a big coke. What they bring is of a giantic size, and the coke is not in a cup, but in a bucket.
:haha: I can't breathe