Interview with Anastasia Myskina (11 October 2000)
am so happy. She has been playing very well the last few months. But
I think itís not the best tennis today. We were nervous because we
are both from Russia, and she is first, I am behind her. And maybe
she didnít want to lose to me, so maybe thatís why she played
not so good today.
did well today, but I know I have to play against her and I just try
to do my best and I win. Backhand, baseline and serve were good, and
sometimes forehand. Important points I won from forehand.
never practice together because we practice at different clubs.
it was one-all, this was a very important game, and afterwards it
was more easy for me. She got more nervous because it was more
advantage for her I think. Iím not sure because she started
getting more nervous and make more mistakes, easy mistakes.
donít think about the next game because for me it was a really
important game today. So I donít want to play tomorrow (giggles).
I am so happy that I donít want to think about the next game.
think now Martina Hingis is the best. I saw her last week in
Filderstadt, and she played like God. She hits so hard and
everything in the court. She is the best now. I will try something.
I donít know what, but Iíll try.
right now there is competition between the Russian girls, because we
are 7 in the top 100, and everybody wants to be first.
Krasnoroutskaya, me, Dementieva, Petrova - well, sheís not here,
but anyway, she fights every time when she plays with us. We are
friends, not on the court, but in life we are friends of course. I
think Likhovtseva is more friends thank Lina, but Lina is a nice
person and I play doubles with her. Larissa, her coach, she helps me
sometimes, which is important to me. I have my coach, and he travels
with me. He is here with me, but usually I travel with my father.
club in Moscow is Spartak. Kournikova started with us , Dementia and
Likhovtseva are at another club, Lina practices outside of Moscow,
and Petrova practices in Poland. At Spartak I started with the
mother of Safin, Rosa, she was my first coach and I practiced with
her for six years. Now she travels with her daughter, which is more
important for her. I found another coach. I want to say thanks to
her. I started with her and what I have now is thanks to her.
Everything she gave me.
grandfather had a grandmother who was called Anastasia, so they
called me it.