This Week In Tennis
Q. You had a lot of points to defend here in Asia. You've played well in Tokyo, Wuhan, now here. What do you think you're doing differently the last three weeks than maybe you had been earlier in the season?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Well, a good question. To be honest, I didn't really change anything. I didn't really play differently. Sometimes it's just that you feel good. Something clicked. I could win this kind of tournament without losing a set.
Well, I think pretty solid, good game. I'm just very happy I could really play my best tennis against top players from the first round.
But, to be honest, I didn't really do anything different.
Q. So many fans call you the Queen of Hot Shot. I want to know what is your opinion of this name?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Well, I'm just very happy with those nicknames. But I saw actually Kirsten Flipkens was also making a nice shot. I think she won last month.
It's always very good to hear that my tennis is very entertaining and fans love my shots, that people love watching my tennis.
Q. Now that you're entering the top 10 for the first time, what are your thoughts about that?
JOHANNA KONTA: Yeah, it's pretty cool. But, yeah -- actually I don't know. I don't know.
I think because I'm so immersed in this tournament still, it's obviously something that's really humbling and really nice to hear. But, you know, I work my hardest to be able to go into the latter stages of every tournament I play. To be able to play on the Sunday here, I think that's what I'm most looking forward to. Yeah, really giving my best tomorrow and see where that takes me.
Q. In terms of the disappointment from the loss today, is it specific to the loss? Is it specific to the tournament? Is it specific to the broader picture of the chase is ongoing?
MADISON KEYS: It kind of all sucks, yeah. Losing is sucky. Then it being a semifinal makes it worse. Then not qualifying for Singapore, just icing on the cake today (smiling).
Q. Through the match, there was a close-up on your notes that you were reading. There were some tactical points on what you have to do against Grigor. Also one thing, Stay calm and breathe. Can you explain how those notes are helping.
ANDY MURRAY: I don't like when they go into my bag to look at it because they're personal notes. I try to keep them covered because I want to keep them for me. They're literally standing right there. I don't like that.
But anyway, yeah, I think obviously sometimes when there's pressure, important moments, it can be easy to think about other things or get distracted. Sometimes just at the end of games or at the change of ends, to look and just have some things that help you concentrate on the things that are going to help you win the match rather than something else. You know, I've found that it helps me a little bit, so that's why I do it.
But I don't like when the camera guys go right into my bag to look because it's personal to me. It's not for everyone else to see otherwise I'd stick them up on the umpire's chair so everyone else could see it.
Q. Although you said you're disappointed right now, you still showed good momentum in this tournament, beating Rafa and coming to the final. Will this motivate you or give you more confidence in the next tournament?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Yeah, I think I'm motivated pretty much every single day to wake up and just get better in whatever I do.
Obviously when you get to a final, the disappointment is a little bit -- I mean, you're a little bit harder on yourself. So obviously right now I can't think really clear about how well I played this week or take the positives. So I'm not very appreciative at the moment, I guess.
Obviously I have to play the day after. There's not that much time to think. I have to put everything on the side or on hold and just focus. As I said, I have to play the day after tomorrow. There's no time to dwell on anything.
- ATP: Nishikori (+1 to #4), Nadal (-1 to #5), Zverev (+3 to #21), Paire (-10 to #47), Edmund (+6 to #48), Fognini (-7 to #50), Marchenko (-13 to #62), Monaco (+19 to #70), Fritz (-13 to #71), Melzer (+15 to #72), Lu (-16 to #79), Struff (+14 to #95), Stepanek (+10 to #96), Tiafoe (+17 to #100)
- WTA: Muguruza (-2 to #6), Konta (+5 to #9), Svitolina (+4 to #15), Zhang (+9 to #27), Shvedova (+7 to #32), Gavrilova (+11 to #38), Errani (-12 to #46), Cornet (+9 to #49), Petkovic (-11 to #55), Ivanovic (-23 to #61), Lucic-Baroni (-10 to #78), Lisicki (+9 to #96)
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