Q: Eva, how does it feel to be qualifying here at Fed Cup first off? A year ago Canada was playing for a spot in the finals, much different atmosphere?
A: Well, obviously this is certainly different in the sense of being closer to being Fed Cup champions, but this is just as important for team Canada as any other match. I think last year we slumped a bit, Caroline and I mentally were tired, and then earlier this year we really struggled with our form, I wasn't playing very well, and Caroline being in university was not too prepared physically or mentally for such a high level of play yet I think. It's nice to be feeling a bit better right now, especially with Anjie now playing under the Canadian flag.
Q: You must be very pleased to be playing here in Canada?
A: Absolutely. I think maybe there is some added pressure playing at home, but I love having the crowd support, it means a lot to us, and we're very appreciative of it.
Q: Can you talk a little about your first tie against Mexico? It was quite close.
A: Yeah, they have a toung talented team for sure. Herrera's had some nice results particularly in juniors, and I think the other two, Torres and Fernandez showed a lot of guts in their matches. It was a well played tie, and I think they just lacked a bit of experience, especially in this sort of competition.
Q: You played earlier today against Brazil's Nicole Lamanke-Huber, wree you surprised with how close it was?
A: No, I wouldn't really say that. I expect everyone I play to give it their all, and Nicole definetly did that out there, so I applaud her for showing a lot of fight out there against me. She was the underdog, and she seemed to be really going for her shots out there, a lot of great shots in the second set to bring it into the third, so I had to try and keep my game level strong out there towards the end.
Q: What were you thinking when it got towards the later stages of the match around 5-5, and 6-6?
A: Basically just to keep staying aggressive, but play within myself. Physically I felt I could hang in there for sure, but mentally I didn't want to have to be the one trying to play catch up, so I wanted to stay on top of more of the rallies, and hopefully get a few of the bigger points. Fortunately it did pay off.
Q: Tomorrow you play Gisele Noventz, and then you will play doubles, what is your mind frame there?
A: I think Anjie and I are feeling good right now, I know Gisele fairly well actually, so I expect a good match from her. as far as the other matches go, I know Anjie's eager to go out there and play. I think maybe she's been a little bit nervous understandably, considering this is her first time playing for Canada. In doubles we'll just try our usual tactics and hopefully we can execute.
Q: Any specific goals overall?
A: Just to keep fighting for everything regardless of the scores, same attitude as we would bring to the table individually really. Hopefully that sort of attitude and some high quality play will get us back into the world group and further by next year.
Q: Thanx Eva.
Eva Sorrenta attacks a backhand against Brazil's Nicole Lamanke-Huber at the Americas world group qualifying hosted in Canada. Sorrenta prevailed in a marathon 3 setter, 6-4, 6-7(3), 8-6.