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Old May 24th, 2010, 12:26 PM   #151
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Aravane Rezai: «Je suis dans ma plus belle période»

ROLAND-GARROS 2010 - La joueuse française a expédié la Canadienne Heidi El Tabakh au premier tour 6-1, 6-1...

De notre envoyé spécial à Roland-Garros

Aravane Rezai, propulsée parmi les belles cotes de ce tournoi après sa victoire à Madrid il y a une semaine, n'a pas succombé à la pression. La très faible Canadienne Heidi El Tabakh l'a bien aidée en sombrant 6-1, 6-1. la Française se confie après cette victoire express en 48 minutes.

Etiez-vous tendue avant votre entrée sur le court?

J'étais très concentrée. J'avais pas mal de stress. Mais ca fait vraiment plaisir de voir le public qui m'attend sur le Central. Mais il ne faut pas tomber dans le piège et se déconcentrer, notamment face à une qualifiée. Il fallait serrer le jeu dès le début. J'ai beaucoup pensé à ce match samedi. J'ai fait une grosse préparation et ça a été la clé de la réussite.
En quoi consiste votre préparation mentale?

Je ne vais pas dire car c'est mon secret à moi et je ne veux pas que les autres joueuses le sachent. On en parle avant avec Patrick (Mouratoglou, son coach). C'est tout un programme.
Auriez-vous préféré vous roder face à une joueuse meilleure?

Non. C'était une belle expérience de jouer un premier tour sur le Philippe Chatrier. Il faut que je m'adapte au statut de tête de série et à jouer des filles moins fortes que moi. J'ai appris beaucoup sur ce match.
Vous sautilliez beaucoup au début du match. Pour évacuer la pression?

Oui et c'est ma façon d'être. C'est une façon de montrer que je suis présente physiquement, que je ne veux pas lâcher. C'est un tout. Ca fait partie du truc pour être dans le match dès le début.
Comment avez-vous géré la semaine entre Madrid et Roland?

J'ai essayé de ne pas lire la presse, de ne pas être au milieu de trop de gens, de rester dans ma bulle. C'est bien d'avoir gagné Madrid mais j'ai déjà oublié. Car à Roland, tout le monde repart de zéro. Je pense surtout à mes prochains matchs. J'essaye de faire abstraction de tout le reste.
L'année dernière vous aviez débuté le tournoi sur un petit court. Aujourd‚hui, on vous réserve le Central. Comment vivez-vous ce nouveau statut?

Très bien. J'aime bien ce nouveau statut. Je mérite ma place. J'ai beaucoup travaillé pour être ici. Je suis à ma place. Je me dis dans ma tête que j'ai tout à gagner. C'est une chance et je veux la saisir. J'essaye de me battre tous les jours pour être parmi les meilleures. Dans la vie d'une joueuse de tennis, il y a des étapes, des périodes hautes et basses et aujourd'hui je suis dans ma plus belle période.


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Good for Aravane! She seems very focused and level-headed about it, not dwelling on Madrid and preparing hard for her matches here. I like the fact that she knows it's important to be mentally "in the match" from the beginning.

People love to talk about her "inconsistency" and "up and down" game, but there's one very simple fact that gets repeatedly ignored--Aravane has never had a dedicated coaching team around her before. It was always her Dad and brother. With a focused team, they can prepare better--better tactics, better fitness, better mental preparation. It has taken a bit of time to shake old habits, but things are starting to pay off now. You can see it coming through in her tennis. Where she would always talk of being more aggressive in matches, now she is actually doing it. I like the changes. I think she can go far.
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Aravane Rezai: Hometown Hero?

PARIS, France - France may have found what it has been looking for. The French didn't stumble upon it either, or take an awkward bounce. It came blasting at them with power, depth and skilled footwork. Now in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's Top 20, Aravane Rezai has lit a fire under the French in what has been for years a dimly lit, flickering flame.

Rezai surfaced with perfect timing as Roland Garros quickly approached, and now the crowd has a hometown hero to stand behind. She powered her way to the third and biggest Tour title of her young career, beating Venus Williams in straight sets in the final of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open. However, it was when Rezai defeated perhaps one of the best clay court champions of all time, Justine Henin, in their Madrid opener, that the French began to take notice - and Rezai hasn't let them look away.

The Paris crowd is exciting, one of the best in tennis - all without a hometown favorite year after year. France's men have not produced a champion in Paris or for any Slam since Yannick Noah in 1983, and Gael Monfils has struggled to find his health and return to peak conditioning. Marion Bartoli, despite being in the Top 20 since October 9, 2006, fell in the first round at the French Open last year and the second round the year before. Moreover, she has dropped her opener twice and only reached the second round at Madrid for each of her clay court tune-ups this year, leaving the French less than hopeful.

Rooting for Rezai may have become their only option, but she has made it well worth their while. Rezai beat two Top 10 players in the same week - Jelena Jankovic, Williams - bringing her career tally to four Top 10 wins. After losing her first two finals on the Tour, she has now won three in a row starting at Strasbourg a year ago and taking the season-ender in Bali last fall.

Rezai defeated Williams in the final at Madrid in straight sets, 62 75. She made her way through as an unseeded player showing a confidence and resolve that put together a string of big wins. Down 2-5 in the second set against Williams, Rezai rallied, saving six set points to take a one-hour, 14-minute second set.

The 23-year-old is proud to be Iranian and speaks several languages including English, Persian and French. She captured two medals at the Muslim Games in Iran, but right now she is as French as it gets. Tennis fans around France will be passionate, all of them hoping that France's flame will continue to burn, and Madrid might have been a preview of what is to come at Roland Garros.

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Nice article!

C'mon, Aravane!
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Aravane Rezaï, au nom du père

Récente vainqueure du tournoi de Madrid, la jeune Française d’origine iranienne porte tous les espoirs tricolores à Roland-Garros. «Sucess story» d’une joueuse qui a d’abord gravi les échelons pour faire plaisir à un géniteur exigeant et colérique

Elle sait d’où elle vient et surtout elle sait où elle va. Propulsée favorite tricolore de Roland-Garros après sa victoire au tournoi de Madrid il y a quinze jours, Aravane Rezaï est plus que jamais courtisée par la cohorte des journalistes français toujours aussi enclins à encenser les espoirs de la nation, et adulée par le public de la Porte-d’Auteuil qui aime se choisir ses héros. De quoi paralyser un talent – Amélie Mauresmo en sait quelque chose –, pas celui d’Aravane Rezaï. La jeune fille, 21 ans, a de l’aplomb. Et de l’ambition. Chez elle la pression serait plutôt du genre galvanisante. «J’aime bien mon nouveau statut. Je le vis très bien. Je pense que je mérite ma place. J’ai beaucoup travaillé pour être ici.»

Son premier tour, lundi, ne fut qu’une formalité. Sautillant sous sa tenue noir et or que lui dessine une amie styliste, la jolie brune a balayé son adversaire, l’anéantissant de cette frappe percutante qui fait sa force. Elle a su maîtriser l’émotion de jouer sur le Central. «J’avais pas mal de stress. Ce n’était pas facile à gérer, mais ça fait vraiment plaisir de voir le public qui m’attendait comme ça au premier match.» Alexia Dechaume, entraîneur de l’équipe de France de Fed Cup, confie: «Elle a un caractère extraordinaire qui va lui permettre de repousser ses limites. Elle est portée par cette conviction qu’elle peut battre toutes les joueuses du monde. Elle a l’état d’esprit de la gagne. On l’a vue bien rentrer dans le tournoi, comme une patronne. Pourtant, elle est attendue et le premier tour n’est jamais simple, ça peut être un piège.» Dechaume poursuit: «Aravane a encore une marge de progression intéressante, aussi bien physiquement que tactiquement. Et elle a surtout une incroyable fraîcheur mentale. Elle adore le jeu, le tennis. On aimerait que toutes les jeunes joueuses aient cette étincelle au fond de l’œil.»

Cet amour du jeu lui a été instillé dès l’âge de 7 ans par son père Arsalan, qui s’est fixé la réussite de sa fille comme une mission commando. Pour le meilleur et pour le pire. Entraînant lui-même sa progéniture avec les maigres moyens que lui offrait sa modeste condition d’immigré iranien de la banlieue de Saint-Etienne. Et n’hésitant pas à se répandre en invectives contre le milieu à plusieurs occasions. L’esclandre le plus célèbre de ce géniteur colérique remonte à février 2007. Au Centre national de Roland-Garros, il en était venu aux mots avec l’entraîneur national de l’époque, le traitant notamment de «violeur de petites filles».

Menacé par la Fédération française (FFT) d’être traîné en justice, le papa flingueur avait retiré ses accusations dès le lendemain, reconnaissant les avoir proférées dans un moment de colère, et avait même poussé l’humilité jusqu’à présenter ses excuses au capitaine de l’équipe française de Fed Cup de l’époque.

Tout cela n’est plus qu’un mauvais souvenir. Au terme d’un feuilleton à rebondissements, Arsalan a finalement accepté de confier sa fille à Patrick Mouratoglou, entraîneur réputé de l’académie du même nom. «Le père d’Aravane a pour seul objectif que sa fille soit la plus forte possible, explique Mouratoglou. Beaucoup de parents ont le même but mais veulent également faire partie de l’histoire. Lui veut juste qu’elle aille au bout, si elle peut.» L’arrivée de ce nouveau coach a permis d’apaiser les rapports avec la FFT, et surtout de tailler ce diamant encore passablement brut. Avec ce spécialiste, elle a enfin pu développer la dimension tactique du jeu, apprendre à construire ses points, à être moins instinctive. Les stigmates d’une enfance forcément difficile et de certains épisodes douloureux, la jeune championne les a convertis en source de motivation supplémentaire, puisant dans son histoire tortueuse cette hargne qui lui permet de gravir les échelons du tennis mondial et de la condition sociale. «Je suis une battante. Dans la vie je préférerai toujours emprunter les chemins de traverse que les routes rectilignes.» Elle reconnaît l’influence tutélaire de celui sans qui elle ne serait pas là, dans tous les sens du terme. «A 7 ans, mon objectif n’était pas d’être numéro 1 mondiale, car à cet âge-là, on n’est pas assez mature pour décider de sa vie, mais que mon père soit fier de moi.» Mais elle affirme jouer pour elle. «Je joue pour être la meilleure. Mais je ne renie pas toutes les personnes qui sont autour de moi. Toutes ces personnes – mon père, ma mère, ma sœur, mon frère, Patrick – sont celles grâce auxquelles je gagne. On est comme une chaîne et chaque maillon est important.»

Très attachée à l’Iran où vit encore toute sa famille – elle porte un pendentif en or à la forme du pays –, elle botte en touche lorsque les questions de la presse dérivent vers des thèmes chauds comme le projet de loi interdisant le port de la burqa ou la répression accrue depuis l’élection présidentielle. Celle qui avait avoué un jour être favorable au port du voile et confié avec ingénuité sa fierté d’avoir serré la main de Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, évite désormais soigneusement d’aborder tout ce qui touche à la politique de son pays d’origine. «Je respecte les deux pays, la France et l’Iran. J’ai ma culture à moi, mon éducation à moi. C’est tout.»

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Henin pas fan de Rezaï
Interrogée sur les favorites potentielles pour le titre cette saison, Justine Henin ne semble pas penser naturellement à Aravane Rezaï : «Elle a ses capacités, comme beaucoup d'autres. Tout peut arriver dans un tel tournoi, surtout avec la confiance qu'elle a acquise à Madrid, mais de là à gagner un Grand Chelem, c'est long, c'est dur, il faut être très complet. C'est difficile à dire. Elle a un potentiel, une grosse frappe, c'est clair, c'est une fille qui peut déstabiliser, c'est évident, sinon, elle n'aurait pas gagné un tournoi comme Madrid. Elle a indéniablement des qualités, mais de là à gagner un Grand Chelem…»

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I probably wouldn't be a fan of anyone who bageled my a** either.
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Interview of Aravane - Wednesday 26th

In terms of pressure, is the third set one of the most difficult you've had to play since the beginning of your career?
No, I wouldn't say that. I'd say this was a very difficult match. I managed to cope with my emotions and come back. It's always difficult to lose the second set 6 2, you know. All of a sudden you get struck, and you feel, I'm on the Lenglen, I want to do my best.
All of a sudden she wins 6 2 and she's not a top seed, and she hits very hard and she hits in all directions. It's not that easy. But I had to react, and I did at the beginning of the third set, and I had to do that. That's what I did. That's all.

Can you tell us how you managed the two breaks and what Patrick told you then?
I tried to stay in my bubble. I try not to think about other things, so there was a long break at the end of the set, and I thought to myself, You have to start from scratch. We were at deuce, so I thought about it, and it went fine.

Lots of weighted balls during the match. Did you stick to your tactical choices, or did you try and change your game?
No, I'd say well, I don't know how to say that, sorry, but I wanted to stick to my tactics, to my strategy. I didn't want to change it, especially not at the beginning of the third set.
So no change. I wanted to be more aggressive on the backhand side and take her wrong footed more and look at her more, because she was moving quite well, and she could anticipate very well. So I had to look at her and be faster than her in order to win the point.

What was the difference between the Australian Open and today? Do you feel that you really made a big progress?
Well, I want to forget about the Australian Open, because that wasn't a match, really, and when I lost I lost because I made the mistakes, so I don't want to take this match as a baseline. I mean, I was not the same player. I missed a lot of points back then, and today I fought from one end to the other, so I have another mindset, and this is what made the difference today.

Can you give us more details about the rain, the break due to the rain at one set all? Did you talk to Patrick? Did you revisit your strategy? How did it go?
No, I was in the locker room, and I was very focused and I stuck to my strategy, my tactical plan. We didn't talk that much. I did what I had to do.
I think the fact that we had this break because of the rain, it didn't change many things, because I know that I had to react at the beginning of the third set. So, you know, the rain well, the break was not too much of a problem.

In terms of emotions, can we compare this match to the one against Petkovic in Madrid? Is this a springboard for you in the tournament?
The match against Petkovic in Madrid was a very intense match, beautiful points, a big struggle. Today we did struggle, but not that much, but there were far more emotions. There was more stress that I had to manage myself. That was the objective, to be able and manage that.
In my match against Petkovic, I had to struggle, fight, give nothing to my opponent, whereas here I'm working on myself. I don't want to be overexcited on each point. I want to remain calm on each point, to manage my emotions.

But winning and being average, isn't this making one step forward?
Yeah, you're right. The objective is to win, so whether you play well or not that well, if you win, and if even though your game was average, it's good.
It proves that I still have a lot of potential for the next round.

Yesterday Marion Bartoli, after she finished her match, she showed some jealousy against you and the interest we, the press, have for you instead of her. What do you think about it?
Well, Marion is a difficult girl. She already attacked me two years ago when I reached the final in Istanbul. So it's a bit strange she says that, because okay, if she has a problem with me, I don't know, because I did nothing. That's a bit of a shame, but that's her education. I mean, she attacked me many times in the press. I don't have the same education as the one she has. I think I have respect for players. I do what I have to do. I get on with many people. But with Marion, it's very difficult. She has difficulties getting included with the other girls.
But it's a shame she says that, because I'm a French player, just like her. So that kind of behavior is a bit of a shame, because I never had any bad behavior towards her. I always showed respect for the other players, and I think players that deserve to be spoken about in the media, well, it's because they deserve it.
But today I'm on the Fed Cup team, I'm part of many things. I try and get included to many things, and if she's not happy, she is not that much in the media. I guess she has to make efforts just like I did. Then she has to see what she wants to say.

Next round Petrova. She will play with a greater momentum. Don't you think this is a style that's better for you? Don't you think this is going to be your real test on this tournament?
Each match is a fight. Each match is different. Each player has a different game, so I will work on my strategy against Nadia. I know it's going to be a very difficult match. I'll have to fight just like on every match.
She's more intense. She really hits the ball very early, so this is what I work on tomorrow in order to, you know, define my tactics and be aggressive when I play her.

You played her here in 2008. Which court was it? What are your memories?
It was court No. 3. As for my memories, I try not to look back, because, you know, you make progress every year after each match, so I want to forget about the past and take onboard everything that's positive.
And on that match, there was not much that was positive. I was not present, mentally speaking. It wasn't a good match, so I want to forget about these moments. But I analyzed her match today. I went to watch it a bit, so, you know, I have good starting points to start working.

About the analysis of the game, you get DVDs with all statistics on a Grand Slam tournament like here. Is this something that you use? Is this something that you watch with your coach?
Yes. I do take a look once in a while, because it's important, especially for serves and winning serves. It's important so that you can work on some compartment of your game.
So yes, I do, and I would also watch matches which are important, and I keep my DVDs so if I ever have to play against the same player again, I try and watch how I played the time before not to make the same mistakes.

Is the environment the same since slightly before the tournament at the very beginning of the tournament and now? Or has it changed?
What do you mean? How do you mean it evolved? It changed?

Well, you, you with the press, you with other people, you with people in the stadium.
If I changed something, it means I'm not in my bubble. So, you know, I try and keep a straight line. I try not to change my routine.
Of course, the press is more present and there are more people around me, but that's something I can manage well.

Is there something you also felt for the crowd around the Lenglen court today, their expectations?
Yes, I felt there was more people supporting me than usual, and, well, it's very pleasing. It's very satisfying. That's a lot of emotions. And as I said, I have to work on myself. I have to work to manage my emotions.
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That's beautiful. She seems live a very level headed woman. Whether anyone else believes it, I believe it, and she obviously believes it, that she is a totally different player from that Australian Open. That wasn't Aravane. She rushed through that match like she had to get to a fire or something. Just a bad match from her all around. She knew that. She knows she is capable of so much more. It's wonderful to see a player who knows what she is capable of and then delivers, as opposed to so many that wilt under pressure. She has it going on, for sure.

She scouted Nadia, is confident in herself, and ready to go get her. I love it!

Allez, Aravane!!!
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Interview of Aravane - Saturday 29th

Last night you were able to break her serve every time she broke yours. That's what made it such a fierce match. But today she broke yours one more time. What made that difference, do you think?
I think I break her again today. Yeah.

But she broke you twice?
Twice, yeah. You know, it's difficult to say, because she serve pretty well and I serve also well. But on that match, I don't know. I think it's more mentally. I wanted to serve much better, and she put me under pressure. It was very tough to control emotion and all stuff, and I couldn't serve very well.
I knew that serve was very important, because I knew I could break her, so I wanted to do well. I put myself more pressure, and I couldn't serve better than her.

Did the crowd help you?
Yeah, the crowd helped me, of course. Without them, I think last night I will, you know, I will lose easier.

You've been the center of a lot of media and public attention since Madrid and here in Paris. Has that been in general a good experience or difficult experience? More pressure, maybe?
No, no, I think it's very good experience. You know, it's kind of, you know, my work pays, so it's like a gift they give to me.
And to be, you know, more popular for me, it's amazing. I like it a lot. I know it's a chance for me to be more popular here, so I always try my best to play better here in this tournament.

And you go to England next?
Yeah, I go to England next.

Will it be a relief to be back in a more normal situation? Less pressure, less attention?
I think to be more popular, nothing is pressure. It's normal. We have to do with it's part of our life, and pressure is going to be always here before the match, during the match.
To be more popular doesn't mean more pressure. Popular is because you work before and you, you know, it's the gift you get after many work and sacrifice. It's not the pressure.

Petrova said she did not sleep very well last night. How did you sleep?
I think after the match it was tough for me to sleep the three next hours. And I could sleep well, and this morning I wake up early. But I could sleep well, but it was difficult at the beginning because I was exciting a little bit.
But, you know, this morning I was very tired, especially mentally, because yesterday a lot of people, a lot of, you know, emotion and the crowd was amazing. You know, it takes energy. So this morning I was a little bit, you know, without energy.

You said you were not really in the right mindset. Is this what it means, you did not have enough energy?
Yeah, the right mindset, absolutely. When I decided to get on the court it was like yesterday. Yesterday took me time to be really playing this match 5 2. That's when I reacted. It was a bit too late. But then I managed to break her and be back in the match.
Today it was almost like yesterday. I couldn't really find motivation and move around, but there were so many other factors, so much so that I wasn't really into this match immediately. I was tired. I had not slept enough.
It's been two weeks with a lot of emotions like in Madrid, and then after Madrid there was a week of practice, and then I arrived here at Roland. These are great experiences that I've just acquired. To me, I'm still very much learning, and this was all of a sudden, everything at the same time.
I'm happy I could do what I did to start with. But I couldn't go to the very end of it.

Would you say you have any regrets for the three match points you had on her serve? It was not that easy.
Yes. Well, regrets? It's a word that's too strong, I think, "regrets."
I think I fought, and she had as many match points as I had. But it's true. I didn't seize this opportunity at the right time. But it's a tennis match, you know. If you only focus on a match point, then I would have lost a lot earlier.
Regrets? Well, you know, it wouldn't have been one set all yesterday evening, even though there was one match point, two or three. I was still fighting. This is what I did, and I'm proud of what I did.

You said you're very tired. Did you feel like a tank that was emptying little by little as the rounds were passing by?
Well, maybe, but I didn't really want to think about this. If I start thinking, oh, I'm going to be more and more tired as days go by, no, I'll never make progress. Every single day I thought in the morning I have to go for it. I have to be in it. I have to practice physically. I have to move. I have to be present as much as during day No. 1. I'm not the only player, you know. Many players want to do their best.
So I don't think I ever thought I would be tired. But yesterday evening it took a lot of energy away from me. To me, this match I'll remember. This was a big match. These types of matches, you know, will teach me a lot in the future.
For instance, in Sydney I played Serena. I lost. She defeated me. But I learned many things.
In Madrid, as well, the two tournaments, I managed to conclude matches that were tough. Yet I managed to resist.

Yesterday there was a sharing with the crowd. Is that something very intense?
Oh, yes, it was a moment I relished. It was incredible.
I wouldn't have thought the crowd was so much present. It really is something that gives you the shivers, and really, I would like to thank them, those who were sitting in front of their TV sets, the ones on the court or off court. They were all here to support me. What I can tell them is, See you next year, because I will need you next year, as well.

What about your faults on your serves? Yesterday you said, I can't serve any longer.
Well, frankly I think I served pretty well. Frankly, I served well. I shouldn't just focus on this match, you see, because sometimes you can't move around that easily. Sometimes you serve with more difficulties, so I have other assets.
I managed to fight back against a girl who serves well. She has a good backhand, as well. The matches I played, like in Madrid and the first matches here against the Canadian and the German, I served well. I wouldn't say my serve is too poor and I'm weak.

Why today? Why didn't it work yesterday?
I don't know. It's a tennis match. You can't always be that fit. I try and be more consistent. This is what I work on during practice, to be more consistent for a longer tournament, longer period of time.
Why did I serve badly? Maybe she put more pressure on her returns. Maybe she served better, and I wanted to confirm my serve, as well. I didn't want to be I didn't want her to break me. That's why I was a bit frightened. I wanted to serve my first serves, but it was difficult for me with my first serves and second serves, as well.
I don't know why today, but I didn't have time to discuss with my coach today. But this is it, you know. I have to work on this, I know.
I wouldn't say this match is very important and therefore my serve is not good. No, on the contrary, it's an excellent serve. Sometimes there are days up, days down. That's all.

What about now? What are you going to do between now or tomorrow and Wimbledon? What's going to happen?
Well, I'll take a few days off, to start with. I'll calm down, because there's a lot of energy at stake. Emotionally speaking, it was very difficult, and I'll try and focus on what is important for me.
I will do other things. Off court I will do something else. I'll prepare the season on grass. Then it's going to be Birmingham, Eastbourne and Wimbledon. I will have two big tournaments. That's going to be good in terms of preparation.

Before the beginning of the tournament, you said you didn't have any calls from the sponsors. Has this changed?
No, not for the time being, but there are people who work for me, you see, and they're looking for them.

What about the longer run? Are there things you think you're going to work on for the clay season? Would you say you have loopholes in your game that you would like to fill before next year before Roland Garros?
I wouldn't say it's the surface. I play well on all types of courts, but next year I will take into account the fact that this is clay, so maybe I'll try and look for other things like dropshots, or I'll try and wrong foot her.
It's going to be something comprehensive. I have to look at different surfaces, not just clay. But I think I play well on clay. It doesn't bother me.

Do you have an objective in terms of ranking before the end of the year?
Not before the end of the year. I think the most important thing to me is to try and be consistent during all tournaments, to win as many matches as I can and gain more confidence. Everything will come with time. It's mainly from practice, so I'll practice an awful lot. This is it.
Any objectives? Well, no. Not really. I think about my next tournament. That's in Birmingham.

Did you regret the fact that yesterday evening you didn't have time to finish the match? Because there was some type of momentum with the crowd. Do you think things would have been different with more time yesterday evening?
Well, you know, it's the third set. If we had had a tiebreak, then the match would have been different. I've rarely lost any tiebreaks, and, well, you know, it's true to say that the crowd was really supporting me. I was really into this match.
Maybe it would have changed; I don't know. I can't say yes; I can't say no. She played extremely well, as well. She fought back, as well.
I don't know. When we stopped, I was very positive, and I thought that this morning it would be okay for me, so I thought it was good for me. I didn't really think it would be bad for me. I never thought, oh, what a pity we stopped. No, I was very, very positive this morning.

Can you tell us how the 2010 Aravane is superior to the Aravane in Roland Garros 2009, even though last year you were at the last 16? Could you tell us more about this?
Well, it's been a year. For a year I've been the challenger. I've been playing women at a very high level for a year now, and these matches are very hard against different players.
Physically I prepared myself. Mentally, as well. I worked on my tennis. Physically I've lost weight. This is very important, physically speaking.
Mentally it's about trust. I have confidence, and confidence comes with the matches you win. Also I'm more mature, I think, in all respects. I have a good team around me, people I can trust.
I know I'm going to move forward. For the time being, last year's player and this year's player are different. I've made considerable progress, a leap forward, I think. That's all. I don't really think about this.
Your questions are too hard for me. I don't want to think about the past. I want to think about the future. I want to move forward, what's up for me next. I have so much to learn, to do and to prove. This is it. It's happiness, only happiness and positive. I have everything to win.
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She's very philosphical. I'm glad that she's not letting this loss get to her though, very wise. I hope she can continue the form on the grass.

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Aravane's post match press conference in Eastbourne

2.50pm A very happy Frenchwoman

Young Aravane has come into press in the happiest of moods, getting across, in endearing broken English, that this is only the beginning.

On today: "I don't think it's unexpected. I have the game to play well and beat big players, I have a big game, and I can play on grass. The first game of the second set I knew I could break her, I lost that opportunity and in my mind I was upset. It was difficult to come back into the game. I called my coach on the court and I tried to calm down and breathe, and serve better, and he gave me a tactic plan and after that I played better."

On Madrid: "Madrid made me realise I can beat some big players and do better and play well regularly during the week. Madrid is one step, but it's not the base of everything. I cannot play the same game on grass and clay. I have to be faster and lower and I am working hard to be ready for Wimbledon."

On support: "I realised at the French Open that I have a lot of support and fans. If you get results, many people support you."

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It's great to hear that she is attacking grass differently, and trying to prepare for Wimbledon by changing her game a bit. And I am glad she is finally believing in herself and her abilities, and understands that she does have support. That can do wonders for a player.
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^You're right. You know, in Birmingham, she was definitely a crowd favourite. Peopel kept shouting "Allez" when she hit good shots, and there were a few in the crowd woh were constantly cheering for her - between points, at the change of ends, when she was coming out to serve etc. She was definitely popular, and it can only help.
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Great to hear!
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