This Week In Tennis
Q. You've had to come back from an injury, and tonight Angelique was the favorite. Did you feel that you've always had to prove people wrong?
DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA: Actually, I don't really fight with this. You know, I don't care what people thinks. I learned to not care, because it will not change. It's just my life. I do what I want to do.
Probably, yes, but when I was younger it was something that motivated me to go forward. You know, a lot of people in the club and around me, they were like, Too small to play tennis. They underestimated me. After I started to play big tennis I didn't care what people thinks.
I just had my goals, and I was -- I think I was -- yeah, that was it. (Smiling.)
Q. You're going to go up to No. 5 on Monday in the rankings. What does it mean to you to be Top 5, and do you believe you're a Top 5 player?
DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA: Yeah, I believe it. You know, right now I don't doubt myself anymore. I mean, I don't doubt myself this year at all.
I always had my coach to motivate me, to put the bigger goals for me. I think that was my -- not problem, but something I was dealing with. I never saw myself as such a great player, you know, consistent player, somebody who could be Top 5.
When my coach -- I think it was after Wimbledon, I don't remember. He said, Domi, you had a great half of the season, but you're able to have a great 'nother half of the season. You just have to still stay focused and work hard. You can be Top 5 in the end of the year.
And I really, really believed him for the first time in my life. I believed, Okay, this is something I can do, I want to do. I'm not saying I was coming to this tournament to win it, but when I was so close before the finals, I was convinced that I can beat Angie today.
Q. Everybody is kind of beating each other both in the red group and the white group. What do you think that says about where the tour is right?
SIMONA HALEP: Kuznetsova is on fire. I saw her match last night. She's incredible. Coming from Moscow and she did a great job there; she's doing here a great job. I see her winning actually. I hope she has enough power to do that. Everyone is playing good tennis......
Q. 81 matches. Are you physically and emotional exhausted at the end of the season?
ANGELIQUE KERBER: You know, in my mind I know that it's now over. Of course I had a lot of the matches, a lot of tough matches, and also a lot of great finals and great memories, yeah, what I received this year.
So of course now I'm ready for the vacation.
Q. Question about respect. In that locker room, how do players earn like the locker room's respect? We talk about slams, winning titles, being nice. I don't know. As a player, how does a player earn your respect?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I mean, for everybody it's different. I see my way very clearly for myself. You know, for every player -- first of all, you got to behave on the court. There is huge respect when you are like fair, fair game. Some players, they don't do that.
One of the best history players for me, they don't have my respect of behaving because they start to know you on the court to do some ugly things, you know, and some things which are not correct. Like doing things on mistakes and stuff like that and just trying to mess up not by tennis; for me you got to win by tennis.
On the court, as they say, everything goes, and they don't judge the champions. Then you just don't talk bad behind somebody, which many players they do like to talk.
Sometimes you can be angry and sometimes you can say things. Okay. And sometimes when you are wrong you got to have balls to go to tell the person, I was wrong and I'm sorry, or whatever it is.
Not many people I see doing that. Things like that people value. Over the years when you have respect from players, you can see that.
Q. You joked in Cincinnati that you didn't want to be known as just the player who beat Serena. How do you see yourself now after a full season and some really great results along the way?
GARBINE MUGURUZA: I consider myself a very dangerous opponent. I don't really care who's in front of me. Obviously the situation and the tournament, it affects me, but I always think I have a chance to win.
I don't know, I have a lot of self-confidence on my game, so I'm aggressive. I go for the matches. Yeah, I think I'm dangerous. (Smiling.)
- ATP: Nishikori (+1 to #4), Federer (-2 to #9), Tsonga (+2 to #13), Ferrer (+3 to #16), del Potro (+4 to #38), Delbonis (+6 to #42), Sousa (-9 to #43), M Zverev (+19 to #53), Khachanov (+9 to #54), Anderson (-6 to #58), Lu (+17 to #65), Berankis (+15 to #76), Young (-10 to #93), Sela (-23 to #94)
- WTA: Cibulkova (+3 to #5), Pliskova (-1 to #6), Muguruza (-1 to #7), Keys (-1 to #8), Niculescu (-2 to #39), Davis (+10 to #62), Dodin (+12 to #71), Parmentier (-4 to #73), Hsieh (-15 to #95), Kozlova (-4 to #96)
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