Anna Kournikova 2000 Indian Wells 2nd-Round Interview ( Sports - Women's Tennis )  

2000 Tennis Masters Series at Indian Wells, California, on Saturday, March 11, 2000
Anna Kournikova defeated Denisa Chladkova, 7-5, 6-2

An Interview With Anna Kournikova

BROOKE LAWER: Questions for Anna.

Q. How was it waiting so late to start? Was that a problem at all?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Waiting so late?

Q. Because you had to wait for that men's qualifying match to get over and everything.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: We started eight minutes late. I don't think that was so late. We were scheduled to play at 11:30.

Q. Your service, what changes did you make from last year to this year, if any?


Q. Nothing?


Q. Today you looked more fluid and consistent.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: The motion and everything is the same.

Q. So everything is the same?


Q. You had an early exit last year. Was that something that was on your mind going into this match, into the tournament?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No, not really. I felt that I can gain a lot of points here because I did lose here first round last year. I had a flu last year. I didn't practice a week before this tournament. I wasn't really concerned that I lost just because I was here, just because I wasn't physically a hundred percent.

Q. In the beginning of the match, your backhand was struggling. What was the reason? What was happening?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I think everything was struggling in the beginning. I wasn't like struggling. She was playing really well, solid, very hard. I just had to find the rhythm and find a way to play against her because I've never played against her. I think it was just everything.

Q. What do you think of the new tennis facility? What are your impressions of this place?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: It's huge. It's great for tennis. It's very comfortable, everything. You know, when the facility is new, obviously they build it for a big tournament. It's very comfortable for us.

Q. Does it remind you of anywhere else?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No. It has its own special feeling.

Q. Are you going to play Fed Cup in April in Moscow?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Yeah, definitely, if I'm not like injured or something. For sure. Hopefully, I won't be.

Q. How close are you to being able to beat players like Lindsay?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, I've beaten them before.

Q. But you lost to her last week 6-2, 6-2.


Q. Do you feel like you can consistently play at a high level to be able to beat players like her week-in and week-out, or are you still a little too inconsistent with your game?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I think I'm able to play consistent. I played very consistent this year. Since I came back after my injury, I played very consistent. My ranking shows that you can't be there without playing consistent. It's just that I have to play more consistent during the match when I play against those kind of players.

Q. So you're still happy with your progress as a player, or do you feel like you should have won a title by now?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: It's not like a subject to win a title. For me, the ranking is more important. For me, if I'm ranked in the Top 10, that's what's important for me. That means that I had very good results the whole year, that I'm playing consistent. One title, you can just win a tournament, you know, not play the rest of the year good or the whole year good. For me, it's more important to have the good ranking.

Q. I was watching you practice yesterday. You seemed a bit upset. Is there anything to that?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: When? First practice or second practice?

Q. I only saw one.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I don't know which one you saw.

Q. Can you talk a little about your practice with Eric and what is specific with him, the amount of work? Is there any difference from before?


Q. When you had another coach.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No. I just think that we work very well together. We communicate well. We understand each other. Of course, Eric knows the game. He has a lot of experience. We've just been working on improving my consistency, like I said, working so my game becomes more well-rounded, trying to mature my game. We are very good together, I think. I'm very happy with him.

Q. And any specificity? When you say "to mature my game," what does it mean exactly?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: To play clever shots at the right time, just to use the situation, to use the right shots, like I said, at the right time, to not go for winners, to play smart.

Q. Martina Hingis and her mother were very careful watching all of your match. I was wondering, do you have any comments about that? Is that maybe you're going to play again doubles with her?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: A lot of players watch each other's matches. It's normal. Why not? Maybe in the future we will play. I will see.

Q. Since you were discussing ranking, if you don't get injured this year, do you expect to end the year in the Top 5?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: If I don't, sorry?

Q. If you don't get injured, get to play all the tournaments.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: That would be my goal, yeah.

Q. Do you think you can get there without winning tournaments?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Going to have to wait and see.

BROOKE LAWER: Further questions? Thank you.

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