Clarisa Fernandez' Interview :-D
C. FERNANDEZ/K. Clijsters 6-4, 6-0
Q. Are you surprised by your win?
CLARISA FERNANDEZ: It was a great surprise for me because I really expected a lot from myself. I had told myself that I had to earn each point. So far I've been very happy. I think she's a great player, but I really believed in my own possibilities, and I think this is what carried me on.
Q. She had two very difficult matches at the beginning with many mistakes. Did you think that this was your chance that she might not have been at the top of her fitness?
CLARISA FERNANDEZ: Yes, I think this might be true. It really took a lot out of her in the beginning, the first two rounds. Perhaps I was able to take advantage of the fact that she'd been playing so hard. Of course, this often happens.
Q. After having won over somebody in the group of the Top-10 players in the world, do you feel more confident? Do you think that will enable you to become one of the 10 best players soon?
CLARISA FERNANDEZ: Well, I think that, as I've been saying all along, I go game by game, at least in Roland Garros. I hope to have a better ranking. I began the year being ranked 148 because I had injuries in February when I began to play. Now my position is 85 or 87, something of the sort. I don't know where I'll be at the end of the year. But my goal now is to belong in the top 150. That has to improve and improve, which is what everybody hopes for.
Q. For those of us who are not too familiar with you and your background, could you tell us a little bit about where you come from, your interests and your hopes?
CLARISA FERNANDEZ: I come from Argentina. I was born in Cordoba. I live there, too. I began to play rather late in life. I began when I was 15 years old. I began to train at that point because I only had two years as a junior player. One of these two years I had many, many injuries because I was growing a lot and I lacked coordination. There were many other factors of this same nature. I began to improve little by little. Now I belong to the Top 100. I hope to improve day after day, which is what really it's all about, by hard work.
Q. If someone said to you a year ago, "At Roland Garros, you will be beating the defending finalist," what would you say to them?
CLARISA FERNANDEZ: What could I have said? I had a lot of confidence in myself, as I said before. Although I didn't really look at her ranking, I knew she was one of the best players around. But on the court, I was playing with just one more tennis player. I think that's the main thing.
Q. I know it's very early, but so often after a great win it's tough to back it up in your next performance. I know it's very early to ask you this question from the great win, but how do you plan to back it up, play as well as you did, get another win?
CLARISA FERNANDEZ: I think I have to play against Dementieva. I played with her when she was a junior player. She plays very well, as everybody else who is around this time here. She's the one who should win because she's one of the best 20 players in the world. I am just going to keep up my confidence. That has been the case so far. I'm going to feel that I'm going to do my best and to see if it's possible. If it's possible, I'll try it, I'll go for it.
Q. I suppose that you've started this match with a certain tactic in mind in order to win over this opponent, that this tactic was based on her weak points. What was it exactly? Can you tell us?
CLARISA FERNANDEZ: I knew she was a very aggressive player, that she really has a lot of strength when she hits the ball. And the main thing here was to make her run, to defend every point, and to play deep. I made many mistakes because of her right-handed play. Today was not really a great day for me as far as the serve goes - at least that's what I think. But let's say that I was able to maintain my serve during the first set. I was less inhibited during the second set. I think this was the main thing.
Q. Before today, if you had to point to your one single greatest moment in tennis before today, what was that?
CLARISA FERNANDEZ: Well, this is really a very great day for me, to have won in a match such as the one I played today. It is very important for any player. As a young girl, I think what was important was to have begun to train with the trainer that I have when I was 15 years old. That was something that really represented something very important for me throughout my tennis career, the fact that I chose this tennis coach.
Good luck against Demented!
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