Henin-Ivanovic la finale a Parigi.
Due semifinali a senso unico.
Dominate Jankovic e Sharapova, 7 games in due.
Quando Ana si allenava in una piscina vuota…
Santangelo sulle orme della Reggi

7 Giugno 2007 Articolo di Ubaldo Scanagatta
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Justine Henin potrà vincere il suo quarto Roland Garros alla sua quarta finale, e il terzo di fila. sabato, Ana Ivanovic proverà a fermarla, ma giocherà contro pronostico, e non solo perchè a Varsavia nel 2005 la bella serba ha perso l’unico confronto diretto.
Justine ha domato la Jankovic per la sesta volta, e questa senza perdere un set _ di solito il primo _ lasciandole appena 4 games, 6-2,6-2. “Justine è troppo più forte,” ha detto la Jankovic.
“Ho cominciato molto bene, temevo questo match… ad ogni punto guardavo Carlos Rodriguez, il mio allenatore che mi segue da 11 anni…Anche se lui non ha granchè da dirmi . Ero molto aggressiva, ho sentito che lei era rimasta un po’ traumatizzata..è stato importante avere vinto il lunghissimo game del 5-2 nel secondo set…”.
QUI a lato, nelle PAGINE, prime dichiarazioni di Puerta a Sassuolo
Contro Maria Sharapova Ana Ivanovic non ha tremato che sul 5-1, 30-15 del primo set, quando ha commesso un doppio fallo. E ha fatto anche un regalo di dritto, però poi ad una fallosissima Maria Sharapova ha inflitto un memorabile e pesante 6-2 6-1. 1h e 5 minuti e ha chiuso il match con il quinto ace dell’incontro. Per la Ivanovic è la prima finale in uno Slam. Il suo più bel momento era stato due anni fa, quando qui era arrivata nei quarti.
Maria Sharapova: - La Ivanovic ha servito benissimo cercando il rovescio di Maria che ha sbagliato molto ma “ero al mio nono match dopo l’infortunio, tre a Istanbul e sei qui…sono contenta di aver centrato qui la mia prima semifinale e ora di andare sull’erba. Ana può vincere questo torneo, chiunque arriva in finale ad uno Slam può vincere… A Wimbledon c’è il mio cuore…”
L’intervista della Ivanovic (guardate quella risposta su lei che si allenava in una piscina trasformata in un campo da tennis senza i corriodi del doppio e senza gli out, e poteva giocare solo lungo linea…fa capire molte cose; se penso ai nostri coccolatissimi figli che pretendono il coach personale, le migliori condizioni, i genitori che li accompagnano, i club che li spnsorizzano, e danno mille colpe alle loro federazioni…
Nella giornata di venerdì, ricordo, la finale del doppio femminile Santangelo-Molik contro Srebotnik-Sugiyama. Mara potrebbe essere la seconda donna italiana a vincere uno Slam dopo Raffi Reggi nel misto all’US open nell’86.

A. IVANOVIC/M. Sharapova

6-2, 6-1


Q. Some people might say she didn’t play well; others will say you didn’t allow her to play well. Where does the truth lie for you?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think I played pretty good match. She’s a tough player, and I was expecting very tough match. But I knew I had to be aggressive from the beginning. And that’s what I tried to do, and it worked well for me. I didn’t make many unforced errors and trying to put more pressure on her. And my serve worked well.
So I was really happy to get through.

Q. Was there anything about the way she played that surprised you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I played her couple of times before, and we always had very interesting matches. And as I said before, she’s aggressive player and she likes to dominate. And I knew she was not a great mover on the clay, so I tried to play more, yeah, just deep balls and put her under pressure and move her little bit more.
And yeah, sometimes I think she was going for some bigger shots, but, yeah, I was there, so it worked well for me.

Q. Looking ahead to Saturday in the final itself, we don’t know who your opponent is going to be yet. Could you give us an assessment of Justine and Jelena?
ANA IVANOVIC: They’re both great players, and they’ve both won lot of matches lately. And no matter against who I play, it will be an amazingly tough match.
And Justine won this tournament couple times before, so she’s playing good on clay. And Jelena also had some great results this year and have a lot of confidence.
But on the end of the day, I think it’s most important for me to play my game and to move forward, and just to be focusing, I think, too much. Not to get overexcited about the finals. So yeah, just take it step by step.

Q. How well do you know Jelena, and how much have you seen of her during the two weeks here?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I know her for a really long time. She’s two years older than me, so we never played much tennis back home against each other. And she lived also in different part of the city, so we never had chance to practice with each other. And then later on she went to America, and I based myself in Switzerland. So, again, we didn’t have much chance to catch up.
And now, these days, we both have our own teams and our own part and ways, which works well for both of us.
Yeah, this week, we played different days, so I didn’t get a chance to see much of her.

Q. Did you know before the match that Novak Djokovic went to visit your match?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I didn’t. I was really focused on my match, and realizing what’s happening on the court, not to look too much around. But that’s very nice of him. And tomorrow, I’m going to try to see some of his match. And, yeah, he’s great player and great friend of mine.

Q. When you served for the first set, did you have a little nerve attack right there, as you had against Kuznetsova?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, well, um, when I was serving for first set, I think my attention dropped a little bit. And on 30-15, when I was serving, I was going for a little bit too much, and then she made couple good points.
But I just tried to focus again, because I know that during the match, you will always have these ups and downs. But it’s very important when you have down, don’t go too far down, and just, yeah, try to stay positive. And I still focused on what I had to do, and what I was doing so far.

Q. Your great love of tennis began when you were very little girl and you saw an advertisement on television. Could you tell us what you think your life would be like now if you hadn’t seen that advertisement?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, definitely a lot different. But since I was kid, I was always interested in sports and I was always very active. I never really played with dolls or anything like this. But my father was a basketball player, and my uncle a football player, so we were really sport country, and I would probably do some other kind of sport or study.
But it’s very hard to imagine, because tennis, it’s my life, and that’s what I’ve been doing for so long, and I love doing it. And I’m really lucky, you know, to do something I like.

Q. What role has Dan Holzmann played in your life?

Q. What role has Dan holes man played in your life?
ANA IVANOVIC: It’s huge. He’s such an important person for my career. Yeah, because it very tough, especially beginning. I was young, I was 14 when he started managing me, and it was important times, because that was just when I had to start competing internationally. And it was tough situation back home. We didn’t have much money. So it was very lucky for me that he was there and he supported me from the first moment. And he always believed in me, that gave me motivation.

Q. How difficult is it going to be not to get too excited between here and playing the final and to try and keep everything in check so you can play your best game?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, to be honest, it’s hard. But, I think it’s very important because, obviously, yeah, it’s hard to play. It’s my first Grand Slam finals, so I’m very excited to be here, and have chance to play against some of the top players.
And it’s hard not to get overexcited. But I think for myself it’s very important to think more about my shots. And once I’m on the court, to think more about moving and placement of shots, shot placement, shot selection, rather than think emotionally, oh, to win this point or a game, yeah.

Q. Three Serbian players in the semifinals. Is there a system in Serbia that’s produced this or is it something else that’s produced three Serbian players in the semifinals?
ANA IVANOVIC: This never happened before, so I’m very lucky to be one of them. But, no, I mean, we have very tough system now back home, because there is no facilities, and it’s very hard for us to practice back home.
But tennis is becoming much more popular sport now. So I hope they will build more facilities and more places where we can practice. Because we are struggling a lot with the hard courts. So it’s very hard for us to base ourselves there.

Q. So you’ve managed it without a system, in other words, you’re saying?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, yeah, I think all three of us, and also other players, we all try to find a place, somewhere elsewhere we could practice where we’d have a perfect club and fitness where we could base ourselves. Because back home was very tough.

Q. Do you have a sense of how excited people are back home about what’s going on here?
ANA IVANOVIC: Probably not. No, not at all. Because I am very excited here, and I don’t spend much time home, so every time I go back, I’m very surprised to see the reaction of people and to realize how much they actually follow us.
But, yeah, I’m very excited to go back there and see again my friends and family. They’re all looking forward to seeing me.

Q. Are you getting messages on your cell phone or Blackberry or anything?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, a lot on my cell phone.

Q. Can you tell us how many?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I still haven’t checked my phone. But the other day was about 15, 20. But after the tournament, there’s usually much more.

SCANAGATTA We can see that you are very excited and beautiful as ever. And we would like to know also, if you always talk like that. You always talk like you are overexcited, without breathing, or, when you talk to your mother, do you relax a little bit more when you talk to your friends?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, I do. But it’s — everything went so fast. And obviously, after a match, I had a little bit time to stretch and to relax and to, yeah, to cool down.
But yeah, it’s very exciting times for me. And I won a lot of matches lately, so it’s a great motivation, great excitement. So it’s a little bit hard to calm down. But probably later today, I’ll be very tired from that.

Q. Before you went to Switzerland, can you tell us what the facilities were like back home where you practiced?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, to tell you the truth, I grew up playing in a swimming pool. It’s a club where they had olympic swimming pool, and then it was very expensive to keep it warm during the winter, and there was not many people using it. So they emptied the swimming pool, and they put carpet inside, and they placed — (laughing) it’s true. They placed two tennis courts and that’s where I grew up practicing.
And it was impossible to play crosscourt, because it was this far from the wall. So we had to keep playing down the lines. And that was the courts we had during the winter.

In the summer was better situation. We had a lot of other clay courts. But still, these days we have maybe one or two hard court, outdoor. And it’s very — it’s very hard for us to practice there.
But indoor, also we are struggling with the hard courts. But clay, it’s much better, much better courts.

Q. Did you practice after school, weekends or what?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, I used to practice — up until I was 14, I used to practice in a group with another three kids. And we used to practice usually from 4:00 to 6:00. And then we would do conditioning. And school would be in the morning. Or other week, we would go to school in the afternoon, from like 1:00 until 7:00. So we would have to practice from 8:00 to 10:00 in the morning, and it was five times a week.

Q. Three years ago, would you have expected the dream to come true? And who were your inspirational favorite players, male or female?
ANA IVANOVIC: I start playing tennis because of Monica Seles. She was my — she was the woman I always looked up to, and I always wanted to achieve what she did. And also, later on when I start competing and start playing more tournaments, I really admire Roger Federer. He’s a great athlete and great person, so I think we can all learn a lot from him. And he brought so much to tennis.

Q. The fact that you are playing the final, how do you consider that? Is it a big surprise in yourself? Is it the prize for all the results you did until now? It’s what?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, definitely I’m very, very excited. And coming in here, I didn’t expect any of this. I just tried to focus on each match separately. But I put a lot of hard work. Especially lately, I did a lot on my fitness. And on clay, it’s very important. And especially Grand Slam, you have to keep the fitness level for two weeks.
So I was really — and also winning in Berlin helped me a lot. It gave me some confidence beating top players. So those are all little things that helped me focus and helped me get through some of the tough matches I had. And it’s very exciting, because I really didn’t expect this. But obviously, as matches go on, you always try. Every match, you try to do your best. And yeah, I’m really happy to be here.

Q. You came here without a coach. Do you think that’s helped you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, Sven, Sven Groenefeld, he’s helping me. He works for Adidas. Obviously when I play against other Adidas players, it’s impossible for him to coach me or give me any advice. So it’s been a little bit tough on that side. But otherwise, he’s been really helpful, and I learned a lot from him.
And, yeah, as I said also before in Barcelona, I had a coach there which who I worked a couple of times before I was there before French and before Berlin. So those were all important times. Especially leading up to Grand Slam, I had a very good preparation. And then Sven helped me a lot here with the tournament, in Berlin as well. So, it was — it was very good to have him on my side.

Q. Was there a point when you ran out of money when you were in Germany where you thought that you couldn’t play tennis anymore, unless you got a sponsor?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was tough times, especially 1999 during the bombing. It was really tough. I thought it would be impossible to continue, because we didn’t know how long it was going to go on.
And also, after that, we had troubles to travel, because we had problems to get visa to another country. And we didn’t have flights from Serbia. We had to go from Hungary, so we’d take a bus for six, seven hours just to catch a flight.
So it was very tough, and I thought it would be really impossible to succeed. But then, luckily, I got managers, and they helped me to finance my coaches and my travel expenses at that time. And I had opportunity to practice in Switzerland, which opened other doors for me. And I would say, that was important moment of my career.

Q. What is your best memory here before today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Probably three years ago, beating Amelie, it was great experience. And I think that experience, and also reaching quarterfinals that year helped me a lot to get through this year.

Q. Can you just tell us away from tennis what you will be doing tomorrow just to try and relax or just to try and occupy yourself and how you’ll get through the day?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I will, for sure, practice once only, just a little bit to relax and not to get too tough. But otherwise, I will just probably be in the room watching some DVDs or relax, listen to music. And probably I would leave the shopping for after the tournament, or sightseeing for after the tournament. And just, yeah, think little bit about matches and relax. That’s most important to recover for a final.

SCANAGATTA. You mentioned the fact that Sven cannot coach you if you have to play another Adidas player. Justine Henin is another Adidas player. Can he help you or not?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, it will be — I’ll be on my own, so, yeah.

SCANAGATTA Q. Then maybe a few times in the morning visiting Dr. Parra, and he told me if you are going to make the final, he is coming back. Why do you need him? What is your physical problem?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, in Berlin, in the final, I injured a little bit my left ankle, so that was bothering me for a while. And so after Berlin, I had to take a week off where I didn’t practice and just did some treatments. And then I had a week preparation before coming here, and he continued to treat that here. And now, I am fully recovered.

Q. This may be silly, but so many teenagers like you, like “Lost” so much. What is so special about that?
ANA IVANOVIC: It’s very exciting. I used to watch “24″ a lot. And then I found “Lost.” It’s something similar and something I really enjoy watching. And it’s very exciting. It’s also a little bit scary. You don’t know what to expect.
And it’s nice in the evening, just turn off the lights and watch and get a little bit scared.

Q. Is this year’s Roland Garros, a little bit like a Year 3 episode on “Lost”?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I mean, no. Almost. No.

J. HENIN/J. Jankovic

6-2, 6-2


Q. Jelena just had a conference, and she said that she was very — that you were very dominant today. What can you tell me about your match today with Jelena Jankovic, and also, what do you expect in the match against another Serbian player, Ana Ivanovic?
JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, I was ready to play a tough match, because all our last meetings were pretty hard, and all my matches in three sets. So I did expect for a tough fight, and I was really ready to play hard on every point. And that worked pretty well from the first point until the end. I’ve been very intense. And tactically, I’ve played pretty heavy also on her forehand. And she didn’t like it that much.
And so it was very good. Very positive today. And on clay, it was the level I played. It’s going to be another tough match on Saturday. I just hope I can keep going. She’s in great shape, Ivanovic. She won Berlin; she’s playing great in this tournament.
So the Grand Slam final is a very special match, and I hope it’s going to be a good match, and that I can go to the end. But it’s going to be tough, and I will have to be at my best level.

Q. What tactic are you planning to use against Ivanovic?
JUSTINE HENIN: Maybe I’m not going to talk about this now, because I’m not really focusing that much yet. It’s going to be time for me to prepare it tomorrow. And also, because I just want to keep that for me.

Q. Some people have commented about how relaxed you look, at ease with things both on the court and off it. Do you feel any more so this year than, say, 12 months ago?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, the pressure is still here. I just try to deal the best I can with it, and that’s working pretty good. I enjoy my game. I love being on the court, and I enjoy every moment of the tournament on and off court. It’s a lot of joy. And it’s just great to be again here in the final. It’s a very nice feeling. And it’s been my goal in the last couple of years, and I just hope the story can keep going now.

Q. You are closing on some very impressive records here. You’re probably the best player here at Roland Garros since Steffi Graf. Does this mean anything to you? Are you conscious of this? Do you think about it?
JUSTINE HENIN: Let’s wait what’s going to happen on Saturday. But it’s an honor that a lot of people are talking about me like that, but that’s not the most important thing for me. It’s just that I love to win here. It’s my favorite event. It’s a long story. That was the tournament I was watching when I was a little girl. And there was a dream for me to win it one time. And then I did it three times. And I have another opportunity. But I still have a lot of things to do to win a fourth time. So we’ll see.

Q. Does it matter to you how much the degree to which you’re appreciated for what you’re doing? I mean, people are — Roger walks on water, basically. And some other players get tremendous respect at certain tournaments. Does this kind of thing matter to you at all?
JUSTINE HENIN: It’s good to feel the respect. And I do have the same respect for a lot of other players, men and women. So, no, it’s great. It’s a very nice feeling. But every time I walk on the court, I try to just enjoy my game. I love being out there. I do it for myself. I do it for people I love, my fans, and a lot of people. So it’s just an amazing human adventure, also.

Q. Just getting back to the match itself. What would you say was the key to your victory today?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I thought I’ve been very aggressive in the beginning of the match. And tactically for me, it was important to open the court a little bit more. She loves to won on the baseline, and that was important for me to play pretty heavy. She likes to play always at the same rhythm. And I did push her a lot on her forehand and then changed the directions pretty often.
And I’ve been very aggressive on her serve. It’s probably on her, you know, weakness. So I just tried to take advantage of that. And I’ve been pretty consistent. And I just showed her I wanted to win this match.

Q. Carlos said a few minutes ago that this is one of the most beautiful tactical matches he’s ever seen you play. Do you agree, first of all? And second of all, have your tactics improved, perhaps, over your career even more than maybe your actual physical play on the court?
JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, I mean, I think it’s been a tactical match. It was perfect. It’s not very often Carlos is saying good things about me, so I will enjoy this moment for one second, please (laughing). And, no, it’s been — I think it’s been better generally in this tournament. And I just hope I can keep going to the end this way. That all the advice that he gave me, all the things he wanted from me, I did it, generally, pretty good.
So it’s important to remain focused on my goals, you know. If I have to do it, do it from the first point until the end. And it’s not easy. You need a lot of concentration. You need to, you know, expect a lot from yourself on every point, and that’s hard. But it’s been pretty good in this tournament.

Q. There were two very entertaining semifinals today. But there might have been people in the crowd who would have liked to have seen more tennis. Do you think there will ever come a time when, perhaps, this end of the Grand Slam, women will play best of five sets?
JUSTINE HENIN: Oh, oh, I don’t know that. I think women’s tennis is good like it is now. And physically, you know, we’re not maybe that strong. It will be also tough. And I’m not quite sure it would be good for tennis. You wouldn’t see a very good level in a very long match. And it’s important the quality, and to be intense, I think it’s much, much better.
Q. You knew Jankovic because you defeated her five times already. But each time the games were very close in terms of results. So were you confident or did you fear her because it was tough matches each time?
JUSTINE HENIN: No, I was very stressed at the beginning, and then I respect my opponents anyway. But on the other hand, it was also an advantage for me, because I knew that it was a bit of pressure for her that I defeated her five times in a row.
And I was ready both mentally and physically. And I was focusing on my tactics. And it was the first time I was walking on the court, not playing according to my instincts. I had a very well-thought-out tactics, and I managed to use it, and I managed to remain focused.
And in the last time I played her was too irregular, and that made a difference today.

Q. This Roland Garros, as compared to the others you’ve played, what would you say about this specific tournament?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it’s important to me, because I had a difficult beginning of the year, and it’s a great pleasure for me to be back on this Grand Slam tournament. I have far more fun being on the court than in the past. And, you know, I’m just enjoying every moment of it. And I’d like to go until the end, and to get the reward for all the efforts I’ve put into this, this tournament.
But, you know, I realize how fortunate I am to play, and to be able to play, and to be able to make a career with my passion. And I try not to ask myself too many other questions.

Q. It was important for you to win the first game, wasn’t it, to capitalize on your confidence?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I usually receive, that’s not a secret for any of you. But I’m now ready to start serving. And I came to the net, I had this backhand along the line, and I was very present right at the beginning. Physically, it was not easy, because I had to run a lot. There were very long exchanges. I felt at 1-Love in the beginning of the second set, I felt a bit tired at that point. But it was important for me to just gather my energies and win the second set.

Q. In Australia when the girls were playing, was it difficult for you not to be there?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I didn’t follow the games, because there were other important things in my life going on at that moment, and tennis was not a priority at that time. It took a bit of time for tennis to come back on the top list of my priorities. You know, there are times in life when you need to define your priorities, and at that time, it wasn’t.
And then my love for the game came back. I had difficult moments in Paris, during the Gaz de France Open. And then I started moving on, and I had many positive things happen in my life afterwards.
But, you know, tennis is doing it all over again, every time you play, every match you play. And on Saturday, I have to be at the top once again.

Q. If you allow, let’s talk about something else. Today is a beautiful day for Belgium sport with your victory, but it’s also a very sad day, because Frank Vandenbrook, a cyclist champion, is in the hospital because he tried to commit suicide today. So my question is, is sport at this level times too demanding?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it’s difficult. There’s great pressure. Some people are more fragile than others. And then there are sports — well, you know, I don’t want to talk too much about this, but there are pressures coming from outside. And sometimes you can just blow up a fuse. To manage your career, you need to have the right team around you. And it’s a very sad news, because sport should be something in which people can fulfill themselves and should not be something that would destroy people.
So when you talk about doping and things, that makes me feel sad. Because beyond cheating, doping is also a means to put your health at stake. And I don’t think it’s worth it. I think we should use sport as a means to go beyond our limits, but in a good way, not in a negative way.

Q. Coming back to your match and to your tactics, on your previous matches on clay, during which you defeated her, but these were very tight matches, maybe you’d not applied the proper tactics. What made you identify these proper tactics?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, because it’s a Grand Slam, so I mean, you want everything to be perfect. I don’t mean that you don’t — you’re not focused enough on the other tournaments, but, you know, Carlos in Berlin saw many things in the match against Jankovic, and he identified her weak points on her forehand, for instance. And when you hit very heavy shots on her forehand, on the baseline, I had more time to organize my game.
And then running to the net, that’s something I should do against all players. It was more clear in my head today. It means I need to continue and develop my tactics.

Q. In final, you will play Ivanovic. Do you know her?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I know her a bit. I’ve seen what she has done. She’s played an exceptional tournament this year, and she’s in great shape. She’s won in Berlin. She’s very confident. Saturday will be a Grand Slam final, so it’s going to be a great — put pressure on both of us. And I think the most fighting of the two of us will win. And I think it’s the one who will manage to control the game better that will win.
She has matured quite a lot over the last years, so this is a match I’m going to work on very seriously. And it’s a final, so I need to be ready and to play my best level of tennis if I want to win.

Q. You apparently feel more confident after this quarterfinal against Serena. Do you feel more confident after the first week?
JUSTINE HENIN: I don’t like first weeks anyway, because I have to win, because I need to do everything. And I find it difficult to remain focused and concentrated. So I don’t have that much fun during the first week matches than in matches like the one I played against Serena, or like the one I played today.
But obviously, you have to play the first week, and get through the first week, before you can reach this level. Then I also had this very long conversation with Carlos after this. We talked for an hour and a half, two hours on Sunday, and that helped me quite a lot.

Q. Did you hear that guy who shouted “I love you”?
JUSTINE HENIN: Yes, I sort of heard that. Oh, that’s fine. That’s fine (laughing). It’s far better than “I hate you.”

Q. Can you tell us about this happiness of yours, and how that gives you such a strength?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I feel very peaceful. I hope I feel peaceful in two days’ time, but this is something you have to work on. And I think that’s the key to my victories. I still feel the stress. I couldn’t sleep well last night, and quite rightly so. The day I sleep well before an important match in a Grand Slam tournament, maybe that’s the time I should think about quitting the tournament.
But I think more peaceful, and that’s a great happiness, and that helps me play my best tennis on the courts, so it’s very positive.

Q. This tournament is almost over. What would you say after this tournament? Did everything go very fast?
JUSTINE HENIN: No, you know, when you arrive on a Grand Slam tournament, you feel, whoa, seven matches, that’s a lot. And then you come to the end, because you played each match after the other, and you don’t want to think about anything else. But it’s difficult, because you need to build everything, every day. You need to be very rigorous. It’s not easy. And that’s how time flies.
I mean, it was a wonderful tournament for me. It’s not over yet, and I’ll be very happy to wake up on Saturday and be there and meet people’s expectations during the final. I’ve worked very hard to reach this level, and I hope everything is fine for me in the final.
Thank you.

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Santangelo sulle orme della Reggi”

  1. Matteo scrive:

    sinceramente mi aspettavo di più dalla Jankovic e dalla Sharapova…hanno perso come una tennista numero 100 può perdere ad un primo turno da una top 10…speriamo che la finale duri più di 1 ora e 5 minuti!

  2. Ubaldo Scanagatta scrive:


  3. vincenzo torzillo scrive:

    sono O.T. ma vorrei comunicare una brutta notizia.
    daniele Bracciali si ferma,settimana prossima avrebbe dovuto giocare Halle ma per un problema alla schiena non giocherà,spera di recuperare per wimbledon,una vera disdetta!!!!fonte Vittorio Campanile

  4. Stefan scrive:

    Comunque questa Ivanovic ha veramente dei numeri! gran dritto, gran servizio, bella testa (in tutti i sensi). Vediamo dove arriverà …

  5. marcos scrive:

    sharapova non ha mai giocato bene in questo torneo…prima o poi la stesa sarebbe arrivata.

    coraggio mara!

  6. Daniele, Roma scrive:

    Sorpreso in negativo dalla Jankovic che avrebbe dovuto perlomeno giocare alla pari e fino alla fine. Ha sbagliato l’approccio mentale alla partita e con la Henin lo paghi sonoramente. Forse avrà influito i dieci game consecutivi alla semi degli Us Open quando la serba stava avanti di un set e aveva una palla del 5-2 nel secondo.

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