You may well play Simona Halep next. How would you approach that?
Well, we played once in New Haven I think not the last year,
the year before. I lost 6-1, 7-6, something like that. She's one of the
greatest player now, and I'm really looking forward. If she wins today,
depends, yeah. I will want to go forward and forward step by step.
I look really calm, but inside, I'm yelling "What are you doing?" in a couple of languages.
I just want to be perfect on court, but is not possible. The perfect
doesn't exist. So I try to keep my mind very focused for every point
and to forget about the mistakes. I try to be better day by day, match
by match. Maybe that's why I'm a little bit nervous during the matches.
Do you have a favorite Genie Army song?
Yeah, I got asked this I think after my first or second
match. And I said it's the one where they go, Genie is hot, hot, hot.
But since they've been singing a newer one, I think maybe only from
second or third round on. It's based on Ricky Martin's song "Living La
Vida Loca." They changed the words and sing about me. I think that one's
pretty cool. They are creative to come up with such a random song and
talk about forehands and backhands and stuff. It's pretty funny. So that
one is up there.
I don't know how close you still are with her. But did you hear about Maria Kirilenko getting married yesterday?
I did actually. I'm not sure to who. I really don't know. I mean, wonderful actually. Why are people laughing?
People think it's funny we don't know who she married. We know she got married.
What happens in Russia stays in Russia.