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Q. So how does it feel to win your first Grand Slam title?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I feel great. What can I say? I just ‑‑ I can't believe still what I've done. Just really, really happy.

Q. You probably expected a tougher match than you got today.

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Probably, yes. But, I mean, I was really emotional. I was really nervous, as well. And I think, uhm, Elena was nervous more. She wasn't play really good.

But I did my best, and, I mean, I won.

Q. How do you go from a person in Australia who is emotional, yelling at the coach, yelling at the parents, even earlier in this tournament doing the same things, to a player who the last three matches was so calm, so cool, so in control of everything that was going on the court?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I was working myself. And I know that it doesn't help if you yell at somebody. I mean, first of all was yelling at myself more than anybody.

You know, it's hard work. And my coach was help me a lot on that part. Been working. And finally, I mean, I become more professional, I think, on the court.

Q. What does it mean to you to win a Grand Slam?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Oh, a lot. Everything. I mean, that's one of the goal. It's one of the dream. When you won, it's something, it's different. I mean, it's a lot of emotions, it's a lot of things going on right now. You know, it's really hard to explain what I'm feel, but I'm still shaking.

Q. You are not considered a clay court specialist, but you have demonstrated you can win indoors, grass. Is there a secret? Is it just work?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Definitely it's a hard work. I mean, if you professional tennis player, you have to play everywhere, and you have to win everywhere, like a lot of players did, like Justine, she was winning a lot everywhere.

I think, I mean, clay courts, it's a little bit slower, but it's still one of the surface where you practice in, where you play tournaments. So I was ready to play here good.

Q. In your origin as a tennis player, you used to play in Moscow with Elena, but then you went to the States. What was the key moment, your first training or then?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I didn't really go anywhere. I was practicing in Moscow, and I still practice there. It's a German coach. But my residence in Moscow.

The key just in hard work, and the key I think I become more professional on the court, off the court, I start believing myself more than in the past.

Q. Your reaction after match point was muted. Can you explain why?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I didn't really remember. I mean, it was out, but then everybody was quiet, and I was quiet. I was like, I don't know, maybe that was double‑fault or something. I don't really remember.

But then in the first couple seconds, you couldn't believe that you won a Grand Slam title. Just after couple seconds, I realized I won the whole match. The chair umpire was quiet, as well, couple seconds. I was like, "Okay, maybe should just keep going."

Q. When did you start to believe you could win?


Q. Yes.

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I didn't believe until I won the last point. My coach was believing me, and he was keep telling me I can do it, I can do it. I'm just like, "Oh, no, it's okay. I played great." But, you know, probably you can't believe until you won the last match point, the last match.

Q. Tactically today it was almost perfect for you. Everything you did seemed to work, which must have surprised you, given how many difficult matches you two have played against each other in the past.

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Like I said before, that was more mental a game. Was nervous. Like Elena was really nervous, I think. I used some weakness that I knew. She not going to serve well when she nervous, and I knew that, so I used that.

And I was serving pretty well today. I didn't do really lot of double‑faults. I knew her game really well. I knew that she's like to play fast tennis, and I took a pace off. I was just running a lot today.

Yeah, I mean, the whole weeks was for me great. Just maybe was a little bit of luck, as well. But I just am really happy.

Q. Have you received some messages from Russia, from family, Boris Yeltsin?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Actually, my phone doesn't work right now (smiling). I just received congratulations from my coach and from my support team who is here.

No, Yeltsin was wishing us good luck before the match, but for both of us. That's pretty much it.

Q. Elena was so nervous. What did you do to control your nerves? You were both in your first Grand Slam final. What did you do today or yesterday to keep yourself calm?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: No, I was crying before the match in the locker room. And the physio really helped me. They just explain what I should do on the court, how I have to breathe, because it's really ‑‑ it was really emotional before. You know, it's really hard to hold emotions.

But if you can control yourself, if you able to do it, it's much, much easier to play these important matches. And I was able to control myself today. Just, you know, I can't really explain how. Just happened.

Q. You were crying before the match?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, I was really crying.

Q. About what?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: About, I don't know. When you hold your emotions during the 2 weeks, you know, hard matches, I won from one match point against Kuznetsova. Just came out before the match.

It's good that not during (smiling).

Q. How hard or how difficult is it to play against and to beat a good friend as Elena is to you?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: It's hard. It just ‑‑ I mean, when you on the court, you don't really think about against who you play, you just think how to win. Doesn't matter who is in that side of the court.

But after the match, it's hard to see how your friend crying or how your friend upset, because especially in that match, it was really important match for both of us. That's pretty much...

Q. I read in a French magazine that Paris was a good inspiration for you because you consider it the "love city." Do you think this personal appreciation has influence, or it was just...

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: In the past 6 years, I won one match here. So I always doing shopping here. I was going to visit some nice places here. So this year, you know, nowhere to go except tennis court. You know, I was practicing hard this year. That's why, I think.

Q. How special was it to hear the Russian anthem in the end of the ceremony?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, you know, of course, it's really nice, and I'm really proud to be Russian. I think it's a great country. It's improving lot in the past years. I wasn't not crying, but was really nice to hear the music.

Q. Obviously you know each other perfectly, so probably the way of your tactic, if you wanted a safe and must‑win point, you played on her backhand. Am I correct?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yes. Like I said, I know her really well. I know her forehand, it's unbelievable. And she make winners from her forehand side.

The backhand, it's a little bit weaker, so I decide to play to backhand a lot. And especially when the person nervous, she will do more mistake from the weakness side. So I was playing through the backhand.

Q. There is a kind of unwritten law that if a final is played by players from the same country, even the highest representatives should be present here. It happened here in the past with the Spanish and even Belgian. Do you feel your former President Yeltsin was fond of tennis, and in that direction maybe Mr. Putin should be present here and he missed a great chance?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I don't know what to say, not really.

Q. You agree Yeltsin was very much crazy about tennis?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: He is still. He support us, he send us a paper before the match. He wish us good luck. If Putin doesn't like tennis, like you said, he like more skiing, I mean, it's his business. We don't really care. We still play. We still represent our country. He still happy for us that we represent our country in the final of the French Open.

For sure, he will celebrate that.

Q. Your coach said that he thought your win over Venus was the most important one for you mentally because you played two great sets in a row. Was it that match for you that made you believe you could win the title or maybe the Kuznetsova match when you fought off the match point and had to fight so hard just to win it?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: I think the key was Molik match for me because I lost Alicia a couple just months ago, something, the Fed Cup in Moscow. And when I came here, I was just like thinking to go and play against Alicia.

And then, of course, after this match I get a lot of confidence in myself. Then just Kuznetsova gave me little bit more, and Venus give me even more.

But I think the key was Alicia during this tournament.

Q. We're used to the Williams sisters coming in with all the fashion and everything, the accessories. Does the No. 6 on your blouse mean anything significant?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Oh, here (laughter). No, I just like this T‑shirt.

Q. So how does it come you have a German coach?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: That's long story.

Q. Tell us.

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: He was my sparring partner in the beginning. Then I used to travel with my father. But, you know, it's hard to travel with your parents. You don't really listen them. So we decide to stop traveling with my father, and he become my coach. That's pretty much it. Nothing interesting about it.

Q. Have you spoke to Elena already? What do you say to her?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: After the match, I saw her. Just said, I mean, still she had a great week, two weeks. Just said, "Congratulations." I think we both should be happy that we reaching to the final. We are the best Russians, so we should be really happy.

Q. Do you think it's still possible to celebrate having a pizza with her?

ANASTASIA MYSKINA: Yeah, definitely. Maybe not tonight, but when we will be back home, we should go somewhere, for sure. was created and is maintaned by Pierre Cantin and may not be reproduced in any form without my written consent. If ever you find material here which you beleive is yours and would like either to get credit for it or simply for me to put it down, please e-mail me.