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Oct 3rd, 2017 09:26 PM
rucolo
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

http://tashkentopen.uz/en/interviews/63

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Interview of the Day - Alexandra Krunic

26 September

24 year Alexandra Krunic is enjoying the best phase of her career, her performances in the last three months have propelled her to her career best ranking of 56, Krunic reached her first WTA-level final at Guangzhou last week where she went down, but earlier won the WTA 125K Series Event in Bol.

Sunder Iyer of the Tashkent Media team spoke to Alexandra Krunic about the reasons that have seen her rise rapidly in rankings in the last three months.

Q: First about your match today?

Ans: It was a close and tight first set against Richel Hogenkamp. She came from Seoul and me from Guangzhou and it’s been a long journey for both of us, it was more of a mental match, it was difficult to maintain momentum, but I'm happy I took the first set and she cracked up in the second. The first match is difficult, I find the courts have been resurfaced and to my liking.

Q: You've had a fabulous run in the last 3 months and sure there is something that has got Alexandra going?

Ans: You are right. After French Open I was looking at closing season as was not enjoying tennis was not fun for me anymore. I was struggling, was losing matches and I started hating myself with negative emotions at peak. These feelings were within me since the past year. Practices were no more fun; I was struggling on and off the court.

At the French Open final qualifiers, I hit rock bottom and was on verge of quitting the season and then I decided either I make drastic changes to myself or quit.

Q: Then?

Ans: I spoke to myself and realized I needed to speak to someone, with help from my Psychologist I decided to think in different way. We decided that I should enjoy tennis more and scores and results should not bother me. From then on I have let my body, hands and legs do their job and brains and emotions not getting in their way. I was happy to make right decision and it turned correct, and I can see the results coming. I have found the right way and enjoying tennis again.

Q: You are not big physically big, but how do you get even with the larger girls?

Ans: Definitely speed is my weapon, my speed of legs and arms. It is difficult to overpower bigger girls but I try and play longer points which is my strength. I also accept that there are flaws in my physical appearances, but also there are pluses. The most important strength is to keep myself fresh and my legs fresh to keep running and chasing everything.

Q: Last few weeks have done wonders to your ranking and you will be starting the new season on a high?

Ans: I'm positive with the beginning of the year, as I will be in main draw of Grand Slams which is something new for me. I never had it like this before this, the rankings will definitely help and give a lot of relief and good time to plan my schedule. I will not have too much pressure on me of playing 3 rounds of Qualis before the first round. I will be quite fresh for main draw henceforth on many Tour events.

Played nice matches in the last four months and played good matches week by week, and in the first half don't have to defend points but it's important that I keep enjoying and giving my best and not to judge myself too much.
Sep 27th, 2017 08:55 PM
Shvedbarilescu
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

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Originally Posted by Just Do It View Post
I have mixed feeling about her ending season after Tashkent. I know she must be really tired, but then again she is doing so well, felt like she could have done some major damage in Beijing with this amazing form and earn lots of points, but I guess she knows best
Even before this decision I always suspected she wouldn't play Beijing. The problem is if Aleks went deep this week, playing Beijing would have been pretty much impossible as she would have had to have played the qualies. Okay, perhaps if theoretically she could have played the Tashkent final on Saturday, then played two qualifying matches in Beijing on Sunday. But I don't think that would have been realistic physically at all. Going deep in Tashkent always meant there wasn't going be able to go deep in Beijing and there would have been no point in playing the qualies there at least than 100% physical condition. A tired Aleks in Beijing would never have gotten the ranking points needed to justify the trip there. If Aleks had a direct entry into Beijing maybe the decision might have been different. I don't know.

I suppose once the decision was made to give Beijing a miss, there was the question of whether it was worth staying in Asia for another week in order to play one more tournament there, Hong Kong. I think in the end, Aleks deserves a nice long three month break from tournaments. Staying in Asia for two more weeks to play just one more tournament wasn't good math. Surely as Aleks' form improved this summer the goal for the end of the year must have been to finish in the top 50. There now looks a good chance that will happen as the result of her wins in Tashkent. If Aleks wins Tashkent this week she will wake up Monday ranked in the top 40 even. Since Aleks appears likely to have achieved her goals ranking-wise earlier than anticipated it makes sense that now she deserves a nice long holiday.

Next year Aleks should start the year ranked anywhere from 40 to around 55 depending on how the rest of this week goes. She will start it well rested and in great physical shape and she will start it with a minuscule amount of ranking points to defend in the 1st five months of the year. On top of that she won't have to expend any energy playing qualifying matches. Basically she will start 2018 in dream circumstances and I'd say she will be well placed to be in the top 32 or even the top 24 by the time of Roland Garros. This decision totally makes sense to me, but having said that, I do hope she can give everything in order to win Tashkent. That would be the perfect way to go into her off season. Knowing this is her last week this year, she can now put all her energy into these last few matches this week.
Sep 27th, 2017 07:19 PM
Just Do It
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

I have mixed feeling about her ending season after Tashkent. I know she must be really tired, but then again she is doing so well, felt like she could have done some major damage in Beijing with this amazing form and earn lots of points, but I guess she knows best
Sep 27th, 2017 04:21 PM
Hele.
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

I think 1 win away from top 50!
Sep 27th, 2017 03:51 PM
Shvedbarilescu
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

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Originally Posted by Joana View Post
Tashkent will be her last tournament of the season. She was supposed to play Hong Kong and Beijing, but has pulled out because she's getting too tired and wants to be fully rested and prepared for the next season.
That sounds very reasonable. Aleks has had an amazing few months but she has worked very hard and played a lot of matches these last few weeks. She has totally earned a nice extended break. I hope she has a great off season and has some time to practice her guitar playing, and I'm sure she will be ready to kick ass at the start of 2018.

The other thing this means is that Aleks can now approach Tashkent with a very focused mind and put everything she has into it. It would be great for Aleks to finish the year off with her 1st title.

That said, from a selfish point of view that I do love watching her compete, I am still little bit bummed.
Sep 27th, 2017 12:27 PM
Joana
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

Tashkent will be her last tournament of the season. She was supposed to play Hong Kong and Beijing, but has pulled out because she's getting too tired and wants to be fully rested and prepared for the next season.

She was asked about her feelings on being the #1 ranked Serbian and she said it doesn't mean much because she can't compare yet to what Ana and Jelena have achieved in their careers.
Sep 26th, 2017 07:13 PM
Elkwood
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

Happy to see she won today !! Looked like the first set was a tight one.

Its so nice to see Alex settle down and go after it. I really think she got what it
takes to be a top 10 player.
Sep 26th, 2017 11:54 AM
Shvedbarilescu
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

Aleks started the tournament in Tashkent with an excellent performance. Against Hogenkamp, who has been playing very well herself and reached a semifinal last week, Aleks found it hard to break the Dutch players' serve in the 1st set although she threatened to do so frequently and had numerous bps. But as Aleks was absolutely dominant on serve this wasn't really a problem and when it came to the 1st set TB, Aleks played steady and one was always confident she would take her chances there, which she did, although it took her 3 set points to clinch the set. Hogenkamp having hung on in the 1st set to no avail, had nothing left in the second and Aleks was by then in complete control. A bagel was the inevitable result.

The three best things about today's match were: 1) Aleks looks a lot more eager and passionate than she did in the early stages last week. Although she did play well last week, she often looked tired and frustrated. Today she looked a lot more positive. 2) Aleks served extremely well. In 9 service games plus a TB, Aleks lost a total of just 10 points on serve. She won 80% of her service points and was never even remotely threatened on her serve. 3) Aleks' movement today was just insane. She really is covering the court as well as anyone in the game right now. It's a joy to watch.

I wasn't sure what to expect today. Aleks looked tired after her great effort in Guangzhou and the trip to Tashkent is a very long one. It is pretty common for players to lose in the 1st round after a week when they reached a final, and it is particularly common with players who haven't reached a lot of finals. Additionally, Hogenkamp has been playing well of late and looked capable of causing an upset if Aleks was off her game. So it is was great to see Aleks play this match with such determination, focus and eagerness. It was clear watching this match that despite all the success Aleks has had lately, she is still very hungry and wants more. That is really good to see.
Sep 25th, 2017 04:48 AM
Elkwood
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

So excited she made the final and played well. Hoping she has another good tourny this week !!
She is around 56 or so i believe in the live rankings. She is really setting herself up for a nice
run next year!!!!
Sep 23rd, 2017 02:16 PM
RU90
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

Great week for Alex

Too bad she couldn't win it, but let's hope these are the results she'll have more consistently, cementing herself as a top-30 player (I think is realistic), and then surely, she'll put herself in position to win titles.
Sep 23rd, 2017 11:02 AM
Hele.
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

Amazing improvements in game and she seems mentally totally into tennis, dedicated to her progress! So inspiring!
Sep 23rd, 2017 10:24 AM
Shvedbarilescu
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

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Originally Posted by HowardH View Post
She's definitely figured something out. A lot more aggression, her attacks are more consistent.

She always had tremendous athleticism in that little body, and her technique didn't have major flaws, she just couldn't harness it properly.

Forehand in particular, I think, has improved.
100% agree with you on each point. I think a lot of Aleks' improvement has been just figuring out how to utilise her skills better on the court. But there have also been some tangible improvements too. Her serve which has always had it's moments is stronger and more consistent, her court coverage which has always been a strength has been even more so lately but as you say, the biggest improvement has been the forehand. She has turned that shot into an often lethal weapon.
Sep 23rd, 2017 09:29 AM
Bino
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

Alex lost the final 26 63 26

But Serena was just too good in the decider. Both players had pretty good stats though.
Sep 23rd, 2017 07:28 AM
HowardH
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

She's definitely figured something out. A lot more aggression, her attacks are more consistent.

She always had tremendous athleticism in that little body, and her technique didn't have major flaws, she just couldn't harness it properly.

Forehand in particular, I think, has improved.
Sep 22nd, 2017 01:42 PM
Shvedbarilescu
Re: Aleksandra Krunic

Well Aleks is into the final in Guangzhou. It is great that all Aleks' work and effort and all the improvements Aleks has been making the last few months are now bearing some fruit. A win tomorrow will put Aleks in the top 50 where she belongs.

Have to say, I know Aleks has lots of support both in this Serbian forum and in the General messages forum too. But now that Aleks is having her most successful week on the tour virtually everyone seems to have suddenly got very quiet. Strange. I don't now why that is. Maybe posters here are afraid of jinxing her by getting too excited or maybe after years of accepting Aleks as a player ranked around 100 this new improvement is a bit of a shock to the system and it is just a little hard to take in right away.

I do think however the way Aleks is playing is for real, and it is time to accept that Aleks is now a top 50 level player who is getting better and better by the day. And hey, isn't this what we have been waiting for? And isn't a little rejoicing in order?

Honestly, the way Aleks is playing right now, I am already very excited about her prospects for 2018.
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