This Week In Tennis
Q. So which Volvo are you going to take?
DARIA KASATKINA: The big one, SUV I took. Yeah. You know, in Slovakia not the best roads, not like in USA. So I have to take a big car, big safety car.
Q. Daria, going out there, it was your first final. You said yesterday you had no idea what it was going to be like, what it was going to feel like. So what did it feel like?
DARIA KASATKINA: It was terrible. It's nothing. Yesterday evening and all night I couldn't sleep. I woke up during the whole night like two or three times. I was so nervous, you cannot imagine. I was feeling like I want to just go on the court and everything let's finish, play. I cannot feeling this anymore. And now it was worth it really. Really. I'm very happy.
Q. You said that you would tell your younger self to stick to it. Do you have any regrets for having done what you did?
MIRJANA LUCIC‑BARONI: No, I really don't have any regrets. I really do not. You know, things that have happened have happened. I'm really blessed that I'm mature enough and smart enough and have family around me that I was able to get through everything that happened in my life, everything that stood in my way. And on top of that to be ‑‑ to remain a healthy young adult and to have a successful life, meaning off the court, you know, to have a good marriage, happy family and happy and healthy relationships. That's the most important thing of all. And on top of all that to succeed like I'm doing right now, I am really a very lucky girl.
Q. That's a tough day at the office. Do you want to just talk about how it went?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I mean I tried my best to think this could be the best match she'll ever play in her life, honestly. I basically won the match but still lost. I mean in the service game I really played the best game I could. I pretty much hit winners, but she hit winners back on me. And I just didn't have any answers for that. I tried ‑‑ I don't know much more that I could do. I mean there were some errors I made in the beginning, but when push came to shove, I feel like I did the right things, but somehow inexplicably came up empty.
Q. In the beginning it looked like you were hitting the ball very well in the first couple of games and then she started to throw the slice in a little bit more. How much did that shot bother you?
JELENA OSTAPENKO: I actually knew that she's going to play like that already before the match because I played her a couple of times. But then I was trying just to like put it in the ball, but I think I wasn't moving that well maybe because I played the whole week against such great players, and maybe I also felt a bit tired because I played the semis in doubles yesterday, and that's all together probably, yeah.
Q. You have so much fire power in your game. How would you characterize her game and what she did that made her effective today?
JELENA OSTAPENKO: You mean my opponent?
JELENA OSTAPENKO: Yeah. I mean I'm aggressive player, and I don't think she could like be more aggressive than me, so she was trying to play defensive to change the rhythm, to play slice, to play lobs, to do kick serve, to try everything to make me uncomfortable. And normally I'm fine with that, but today I just didn't feel the ball that well.
Q. Did your injury and your aggravation with how she was playing, did that compound the loss do you think?
LAURA SIEGEMUND: You know what, it's frustrating if you know what you want to do and you know you need six shots for it but you only have energy for four. That's what is frustrating. You know, you want to beat ‑‑ you know, she's a great defensive player, and you can't win on this surface, you can't win the points quick against her.
I was coming to the net a couple times, and then she passed me. I was just a little bit slow. And that was the thing ‑‑ I mean she played great and she did everything right today, you know. And so that's the sport, you know. But of course, if you start to lose, I don't know, eight games in a row because all the rallies, the long rallies, you lose all of them, then, of course, it's frustrating. Doesn't have to do with her, doesn't have to do with, you know, with anything other than you're just losing the points. That's frustrating. And you're trying to work something out and it's just not working for you.
- ATP: Kyrgios (+1 to #15), F. Lopez (-4 to #40), Khachanov (+3 to #52), Bashilashvili (+3 to #57), Jaziri (-6 to #58), Lu (+3 to #62), Dutra Silva (+14 to #69), Bedene (+17 to #76), Coric (-20 to #79), Delbonis (-31 to #82), Escobedo (+4 to #91), Elias (-7 to #97)
- WTA: Keys (+1 to #10), V. Williams (-2 to #12), Kasatkina (+13 to #29), Rogers (+3 to #49), Ostapenko (+16 to #50), Parmentier (-9 to #64), Chirico (-7 to #66), Barthel (+8 to #80), Vekic (+8 to #82), Boserup (+9 to #86), Flipkens (-6 to #90), Giorgi (-22 to #98)
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