Lina was suffering from the muscle pain in her legs, it was reported by the Lithuanian media even before her match against Smith. She must have been really tired as the match against Brianti was her 12th match in two weeks (she made a final in Helsinki and had to qualify for Barnstaple right after that). Still, the last two weeks were amazing for Lina!
By the way, for those who are interested, a popular Lithuanian news portal delfi.lt published a nice interview with Lina this week. Her dad/coach and the President of the Lithuanian Tennis Union made some statements, too.
In a nutshell:
- Lina's recent progress (ensuring the WTA ranking of 271 despite playing only 10 tournaments) is mostly due to psychological maturity;
- Last year she entered Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius (which partly explains her restricted schedule);
- For the last two years, she has been playing without any sponsor (just some symbolic contributions from the Olympic Sport Centre and the Lithuanian Tennis Union);
- Lina will once again represent Lithuania in the FedCup next year, she will once again team up with Aurelija Miseviciute;
- Being coached by her father who is stricter to her than to his other players is sometimes an advantage, sometimes a disadvantage;
- Lina admires the game of Jelena Jankovic who plays clever tennis and her matches are always interesting;
- Hearing the talks that the women's tennis is becoming more masculine, Lina explains: "You cannot play slowly, subtly and elegantly against a rival who uses physical force against you. You have to adapt to this kind of tennis, otherwise victories won't come".
The full article (in Lithuanian) is here: