Interview with Daniela Turundzhov
Daniela Turundzhov is one of the most promising stars on the FWTT Tour. The 15 year old has continually improved and despite losing in the first round of Wimbledon, has been touted by many as a future champion.
We managed to meet the bubbly teenager and she had some interesting things to say on certain subjects:
On her tennis and current form:
I've always been an aggressive player, there's simply no other way for me. I've lost a lot of matches with that style, but I've also won a lot of matches playing like that. I'm basically a baseliner, but I have a pretty powerful serve and I am trying to incorporate a net game into my style. I think the Tour's very tough and a few losses are to be expected, especially at a Grand Slam. I was a little disappointed with my form at Wimbledon but I think I can only improve.
I had a happy childhood. I was born in Yugoslavia and we moved to Australia was I was 7 because of the war. It was tough at first in Australia but after a while, we started to really love living there and I love being back home. I had a pretty balanced childhood, I did all the things the other kids did.
On the juniors:
Being in the juniors was tough, the standard was really high. I got to no 1 in the juniors in singles and doubles, which I'm eally proud of. I think it was a little tough, especially back home in Australia when I had to compete with girls who were sometimes 4-5 years older and most of the time I was the better player so there was always a jealousy. Even now I still don't get along with some of the Australian juniors. When we went to tournaments, I always preferred to train with girls from the other countries, if my normal partner Mirjana (Huubere) wasn't available.
On how she began playing:
I began playing tennis when I was 11, because my sister Jelena (Dokic) used to play and I used to follow her to the training. I used to get bored so I would just have a hit and after a while, I became more serious about it. I started to enter tournaments when I was 13, and I was winning quite a lot of them and soon I was selected to go overseas and here I am now!
On her close friends on Tour:
All the girls are really nice, and of course there are going to be a few that spoil the mood with their sourness but I get a long with most of the girls.
I'd have to say Mirjana (Huubere), Ana-Maria (Herrera), Barbara and Lara (Miele), Caroline (Spencer) and Fleur (Delacour) are probably the ones I am closest to on the junior circuit. On the pros, I am close to Marteena (Huubere) and Regla (Torres). I think it's a little harder with the older girls, they aren't accepting at first but I think that everyone gets along pretty well.
On her former homeland:
I love Yugoslavia, I mean it's a big part of who I am. I loe the culture, the people and just the country. I'll go back when I have some time and visit where I came from. I think that's importnat, but I'm Australian.
On her opponent, Jahfson:
She's a terrific player, you can't fault her on the court. She's going to be very tough to beat and she's the favourite. I have nothing to lose, I mean she's a very good player. I have my differences with her off the court, but she's good for the game and a good player so I respect her in that sense.
I have one
, but I keep that private. I think it's important to have part of our lives to ourselves. (laughs)
Daniela Turundzhov reacts during a practise session with Jane Wong today.