This Week In Tennis
Q. Having this great match against Angelique is one big thing. But repeating the same quality day after day until the end, do you feel reassured after that week that your level can go back and be consistent again?
PETRA KVITOVA: Well, I hope so, for sure. I think I played great six matches in six days, which it's unreal for me to just think about. I'm really proud of myself how I did it, how I handle it physically, how everything went.
Even I came late to my hotel room, I couldn't really fall asleep straightaway, so it took me a while to get over it. I was sleepy all day. I really had to start warming up and prepare for the match which always kind of gave me some kind of, you know, like ready to be there.
Especially the match against Angie was really difficult, for sure. The next days, I mean, playing Konta or Halep, they are really great players, Domi today. I was able to play and not have that many unforced errors.
Yeah, I mean, that's the tournament. I need this kind of consistency all year, which to be honest, I don't think I can really do that. I'm probably the player who has up and downs. Of course, I going to try to be better in the downs. But I don't really think that I can be, like, consistent all season. I'm just how I am probably, and I can't really change it.
I'm happy that my ups, they are really high, which I love of course. The downs are very low, but that's how it is.
Q. We were talking to Steve Simon today about many different topics. One of them is about speeding up the game. One of the things he mentioned is in the doubles they put the no-ad scoring and the third set super tiebreak. Do you imagine something drastic like this changing in the WTA for singles?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I think it would be horrible call, though. For doubles they make it so singles players play it. I think this is what gives you drive.
I would take out five sets of men's, that's what I would do for sure. I was thinking about it. The men always say we shouldn't earn that money or whatever it is. But I never watch one match from beginning to end of five sets. They start and you say, I'll come back in fourth, fifth. You turn the channel. It's no point. It's too hard for the guys.
But three sets, deuce, advantage, this is the point of singles game. I think it's very interesting and it's going to be physical and everything. It's not only luck. On doubles, it's so much luck sometimes.
Q. How much does getting back in the top 10 mean for you?
DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA: This is maybe third time in my career coming to top 10. Second time this year. I want to go further. I was top 10 twice, only just No. 10. I want to get the number only on one number, not two numbers anymore.
Q. Your sister yesterday put out an emotional, heartfelt post on Facebook on Black Lives Matter. How important do you think it is for you and your sister and other black athletes to speak out on those issues?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I haven't seen the post. I think all lives matter, so... I can't really comment.
Q. I was speaking to Torben the other day. He said in previous years at this time you were always counting points. How nice is it not to have to do that?
ANGELIQUE KERBER: It's really nice, because I remember every year actually when I played Istanbul or Singapore, I was always like eight or nine. We always like counting points. Actually, he is counting and I try to focusing on the matches.
It's actually nice. It's actually nice to being here and know you are already in Singapore and not to counting, and to win match by match, know you have to win one or two matches to get qualified.
Q. Do you think about the WTA Finals? How significant is it making it there for you?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I think about it. Yes, I think about it. I don't mind. I mean, I just try to play every match. If in the end I get in there, it's good. If not, I'm not going to die from that. My life will still keep moving and everything will be great anyway.
Q. What was the process to finally accept changing? Was it trusting Darren?
SIMONA HALEP: Yeah, because of Darren, because his style is very relaxed. He doesn't think that it's a big deal if you change something. He shows me it's not a big deal if I change something. So now I'm more relaxed to change things and I'm more relaxed to try to do better. Even if next day is not going to work as I want, maybe in the future is going to work how we want, how we wish.
Yeah, now it's much easier for me to change things. It is much easier to listen, to accept things that I have to change and just going forward.
- ATP: Ramos-Vinolas (+4 to #27), Lorenzi (-4 to #39), Anderson (+4 to #41), Delbonis (-6 to #47), Jaziri (+5 to #50), Khachanov (+46 to #55), Pella (-7 to #57), Haase (+4 to #61), Bellucci (+14 to #67), Garcia-Lopez (-16 to #73), Bagnis (+18 to #74), Estrella Burgos (-6 to #82), Herbert (+24 to #83)
- WTA: Kuznetsova (+3 to #7), Cibulkova (+4 to #8), Kvitova (+5 to #11), V. Williams (-6 to #13), Kasatkina (+4 to #24), Ivanovic (-4 to #38), Vandeweghe (-8 to #40), Bouchard (+4 to #47), Siniakova (+5 to #51), Chirico (+11 to #63), Pliskova (+34 to #66), Rogers (-7 to #72), Schiavone (+3 to #99)
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