I lost first round in everything in seniors, so it wasn't that physically demanding.
What's the biggest danger for you going into the final?
Just putting too much pressure on myself, I think. On paper it looks like I should win. But Vera, I've played her several times; she's beaten some good people. Her last two matches she's been down a set, so she's obviously a fighter. She never gives up.
I believe that next time it will be better for me.
There are many things that I should work, and I will do it with pleasure. Now I have lots of motivation, so I'll be happy to work.
Do you tend to sleep well before a final like this? Do you just ease into it or do you really feel it churning inside?
No, I'm an excellent sleeper. That's something I do really well.
...Do you have any off‑court talents you can tell us about?
...Yeah, I used to play the saxophone. I guess that's an okay talent to have. But I kind of stopped that, as it's hard to travel with a big saxophone.
Like Lisa Simpson?
Well, I would ideally like to be able to play like her, but I wasn't quite that good.
Did you think you were in the final after the first set maybe?
No. No. Not even close. One set is like an eternity, you know.
...I can break the racquet, but it doesn't mean I'm not there in the match. I'm trying all the time.