January 12, 2010
SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
D. CIBULKOVA/S. Kuznetsova
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Not the easiest start at that time year for you.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: (Laughter.) Yeah, very hot start of the year. Well,
I'm used to it. I'm always not play good here. Only once I played final
here with Justine.
But, you know, it's first week. Sometimes you have to accept not to play
good, and I didn't play well.
I think Dominika played really well today, and I didn't do things what I
had to do, and it's well-deserved loss.
Q. You kind of half expected this week not to play your best?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, you cannot ask yourself to play best every
week, but definitely I go in the match and I want to win. I play to win.
But the game didn't go my way.
Q. What is it you need to improve in practice to be ready for the
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, I been practicing unbelievable well. I played
well in the matches, but I still didn't manage to get it in the game. I
guess to play more sets with girls and adjust to the courts more. I
guess it's gonna be different courts. Surface is a little bit different
in Australian Open. Just to play more sets.
Q. Not only yourself, but a number of seeded players have gone out here
early in the week. Is it enough preparation for a Grand Slam tournament?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I mean, I know the other girls -- maybe Jelena did
not play past week. I don't know if she played. Caroline, she played
exhibitions. But all these like exhibitions -- I checked all
possibilities, because I wanted to play first week. I wanted to play
Hong Kong, but it's cold there and hard to play. Very hard change the
climate. Then Hopman Cup, it's indoors, also change.
Then the tournaments, I could not play because I did not complete my
schedule for last year. I missed one tournament because of the injury,
and WTA didn't allowed me to play first week of the year. So of my
possibilities, this is only one to do.
It was not definitely not enough matches, because I didn't play for one
month and a half. The rhythm, it's not easy to find. This is why I guess
everybody is a bit shaken in the matches.
Q. Was it better for a Grand Slam champion like yourself, you've been
there and done it, you can probably come in off a little bit less
preparation and sort of find your rhythm at the Open rather than some of
young are players?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, I think it's not about how much you achieved,
also depends a lot because you have more experience. But it depends on
how you adjust. Some people, they don't need to play a lot. I think I
need to play not a little bit and not a lot, but I need some matches.
I don't like to come to Grand Slams in my best shape. This is what I
hate. Because you think you're playing great and you're confident, and
then you're like not expected and matches get complicated and you get
frustrated, and this doesn't work for me.
I like more to get shape during the tournament, but also I need to be
prepared for first rounds as well.
Q. Svetlana, you don't think this is a setback for your Australian Open
campaign; is that what you're saying?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No. I believe I can do both ways. If I would play
better, I will bring more confidence. I would not get in my best shape
in first week of the year. It's impossible almost.
To play good here it would be nice. But if I didn't, I mean, it's not so
bad thing. Something what I gonna worry too, too much. You know,
definitely I'm very worried about match today, and I have to improve and
practice a lot before Australian Open. But that's not the worse thing in
Q. You were saying that you perhaps considered playing Brisbane ban and
Auckland but the WTA...
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah, yeah. Well, I was asking so much Stacey. I
was asking, Please, let me play. Please let me play.
Look, it's the rules of the tournament. I committed to the rules and I
was not -- I think they've change these rules, or they were supposed to
change for this year. But because I didn't go to L.A. last year, I was
injured and couldn't play so many tournaments before the Open, I
couldn't manage to go.
So only one tournament I missed, and I couldn't play.
Q. Can you understand an organization not letting one of their top
players, a Grand Slam champion, play an event?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah, I know. I was talking to tournament directors
as well. They like me to come. I said, I really want to come play, but
this is the rule.
Q. You've won the Grand Slam on clay and hardcourts. Australian Open
should really suit you. What in the past has been the problems being
able to produce your best in Melbourne?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: If I would say last year, I think I was prepared
well. I had unbelievable match with Serena. I mean, and it's still
frustrating to think about it when they close that roof and I was 5-4 up
and I was serving.
It was exactly the same scenario in French Open, but I could change the
rhythm. I was break down in the third in the French Open, and I could
manage to win that match. It was very similar scenario, but she was
better in the third set.
But I think the closed roof suits her game much more than mine, so I was
a little bit unlucky with that one. Still, I think I had good chances
last year. Other years, I lose just stupid matches.
Q. Do you think that experience in Australia last year actually helped
you to cope with that situation at the French Open better?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Not really. It was more difficult actually, because
knowing that I been set up and serving for the match also in Australia
and French Open, and I lost my opportunity and I was break down again in
the third again. In Australia she killed me in the third set.
I was really shaky in the third in the French Open, but I really
believed I could do it and I played well. It was the most important and
difficult match of the French Open for me.
Q. Do you feel this is the best you've gone into an Australian Open with
all your experiences behind you? Do you think you're ready rake that
step up now?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: This is what I say. Like I'm not coming in the best
shape. Like I'm -- no, not best shape. I'm in good shape, but I'm not
coming with many matches to play for Melbourne. It's gonna depend how I
develop during the tournament. If I can manage to construct every match
well, I may have a good chance.
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