After a less than impressive performance last week in Toronto, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario hopes to prove herself this week.
TKC: Well Arantxa, you are seeded for the first time. ASV:Yes. Pretty nice feeling to receive an automatic trip to the quarterfinals even though that's where I lose more often enough these days, but still, it's good to know that work is paying off.
TKC:What happened last week in Toronto. Going down 0-6 0-6 to Elena (Dementieva) seemed quite shocking. ASV: Yes. I really don't know what happened over that one. Anyways, that was last week and I'm over here now. I hope to change things otherwise.
TKC: Congratulations on your first title with Flavia Pennetta. This was your first time partnering together wasn't it? ASV: Why yes. My old partner.......welllll, I can't really say anything good about that so best not to mention it. But that was a very good feeling winning with Flavia. ~smiling~
TKC: You two are in the same quarter of the draw. How does that make you feel? ASV: Just this: Flavia, let's meet in the semis.
TKC: And Mary Pierce is in the other half of the draw as the top seed. ASV: Yes......isin't it beautiful how things work out?
Iva and Justine both played similar thinking strategies for the first two sets. There was little between them as they worked their way into net behind powerful topspin drives, acute angles, and breath taking dropshots. However, in the third set, Justine showed a bit of nerves as she abandoned her gameplan, became slightly more aggressive, then choked right as she was on the verge of victory. She grew tired at around 4-4, and just allowed Iva to use her superior match experience to prevail.
Ash really played an excellent first set, but, as with so many newbies, fell due to serious lack of experience. Both Chanda and Ashley were very aggressive off the ground today, and both served relatively well. The difference was that Chanda new when to turn her power on, and when to conserve energy and let Harkleroad self-destruct. This comes from basically playing matches, and learning how to win.