PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 18, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Can you talk about the match today? It seemed pretty
routine for you today?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah, much better. I think he was just
more focused when the second set started. I didn't let what
happened in the other match happen, and this is it. Just
being much more consistent.
Q. You feel like you're in you're stride right now?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah, definitely I'm getting better. I
need matches, so it's important to me to keep playing
I have very tough match tomorrow, which I'm hungry for. I
play Radwanska. I lost to her in Australian Open, so I would
love to get this back.
Q. So a revenge match?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I hope so. I'll do my best. It's going
to be a very difficult match, but I'm looking forward to it
Q. Where are you hanging mostly when you're not travel
in? Are you in Spain? Are you in Russia?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I try to go back as much as I can to
Moscow, and then Monte-Carlo.
Q. When did you change your residence to Monte-Carlo?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: In June last year. June, July. Summer
is much better in Monte-Carlo than in Spain, but I also have
to come to Spain to train.
Q. Do you live near any other tennis players in
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don't know exactly. I been there a
few times and I seen only tennis players on the courts and
stuff. But I know like so many of them that live there.
I don't know exactly the map, I just know where my apartment
is and a few other hotels and a few supermarkets and that's
it, and few tennis clubs. So I need to get better in that.
Q. Did you run into the other players like grocery
shopping things like that?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No, not yet, because I'm hanging on the
beach most of the time, and players are work.
Q. Can you just talk about the Australian Open match
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, it was pretty destructive match.
I didn't play well at all. I had so many opportunities and I
didn't use any of them.
I played my -- not good game, I would say so, and she played
too well. It was the roof closed, and I was not kind of
there mentally, you know. I didn't get that point. It was
the Grand Slam. It was so many things which maybe distracted
So now I'm different mood and I'm playing different. I know
it was Grand Slam, so it was very disappointing loss for me.
It was also pretty much pressure also going there. And,
yeah, that's it.
Q. Do you handle the pressure now better than you used
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Some days. (Laughter). It's never like
every day is perfect, you know. I try. I go out there. Every
day it's a new day, so every day you need to face the same
thing. One day you do it better and one day you do it worse
and one day you do it perfect and one day it's not coming.
Q. Are there more good than bad days than there used to
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, so far, if you watch my results
this year, there is some that is very good and some that is
pretty disgusting. So it's half and half.
Q. There are so many good Russian players. Do you have
any idea who will be on the Olympic team at this point?
Probably you and Maria and Chakvetadke.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: And I would say Dementieva. I think so.
Q. Where is the Olympics as a priority for you? For some
players it's different. Obviously Andy is not playing.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: For me it's very important. It's like a
Grand Slam or even maybe more important than.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah, for sure. My family is all
cyclists. In Russia, for Russian people, it's so big. It's
Q. So if you could have a Wimbledon title or the Olympic
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Olympic gold medal.
Q. No question?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No question.
Q. Wow. What about the French?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: It would come very close, you know. I
hope I don't need to choose this one.
Q. The French?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don't know. I hope I don't have to
choose this one, but...
Q. But it's that important to you?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, if I have one Grand Slam and I
would have one Olympic medal it would be good. I have
chances to win next year, you know? There is no Olympics.
Q. But it is tough. It ends right before the US Open, and
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I'm strong. I train hard, so I think I
should be fine.
Q. Maybe you should enter in cycling in the Olympics?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don't like it. It's so boring.
Q. Do you say that in front of your parents?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah. They're fine. That's my opinion,
you know. I'm a ball player, I'm not cycling.
Q. Will they go to the Olympics, do you think, your
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No, I don't think so. My dad if he gets
a team, but I don't think he gets a team.
Q. Do your parents travel with you at all? I don't think
I've ever seen them.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No, they're not. My dad has never saw
me play, you know. You would not believe that one.
Q. In your life?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Life?
Q. In your life he's seen you play.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No, he see me play on TV every time I
play. He never saw me play live on the tournament. You say
you never saw him, so he never been there. He saw me play
when I was like 14 in St. Petersburg when I play
championship of the city.
He wanted to come like in 2005, 2004 in Kremlin Cup in
Moscow. I'm like, Dad, you know, I play tennis already since
I been seven. I was like nineteen. Twelve years, thirteen
years. I'm fine. Just don't bother.
My mom, she was traveling with me when I was younger. But
for me, it's tough, because I see people, players with
parents around, and it's huge support to you, but then in
the same time the parents, what they care for you, it's more
You know, they do it with so much heart and sometimes they
don't -- I'm not saying about my parents, but they don't see
Q. So it's not healthy.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yes. For me it's not healthy. Everybody
has their own routine and people, the parents, most of the
parents go like, Oh, what this one is doing and this one is
doing. I want you to be --
Sometimes I feel it's negative vibe coming from parents
because they're overwhelm people. They don't want only to do
-- the daughter to do well or the son to do well, they want
others to do not so good.
So this is not healthy. You know, you need to concentrate on
yourself, and that's it. Sometimes it's just difficult.
Q. But your mother has never come when, like when you're
in the French Open final or the US Open final?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No. US Open, no. But why? You know,
it's a bit -- this is a bit comes to superstitious for me,
because if you have the same team, why you need somebody
else? If you go with this team to the final, why do I
Q. Right. I won't come sit in your box if you're winning,
Sveta. I promise you.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No, you can see different people in my
box. I'm not superstitious person. For me, I am winning.
It's not the some grip or shower or towel or the line win
it, you know? This is me.
If I do something, I like the routine. So if I don't string
two racquets I string three, I'm not going to...
Q. But your mother doesn't say, Oh, I'd like to see you
play in a tournament?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: She gets so nervous. She gets so
nervous, my mom. Like sometimes I remember I was playing and
she would start jumping up and down and I would like miss
easy ball and go like that.
For me it's like the worst. Like my box, I'm so mad I
missed, and my mom goes, (gasping.) I'm going, Oh, my God.
Like you know I feel it, the support of them so much because
they care so much.
Q. Right. But just to be clear, your father and your
mother have never come to watch a professional match?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: My father. My father. My mother, yes,
she been traveling with me. She was traveling with me maybe
until age seventeen. And from seventeen until twenty,
nineteen and a half, she was living with me all the time.
Q. But your father is too nervous, or he's not interested
or you don't want him there?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Like there was one time -- first of
all, he's very busy. He is obsessed about his team all his
life. Like, I mean, obsessed in a good way. He's too
professional. He needs to control everybody, how they train,
how they do.
And then he has his own schedule. He's building track in
St., Petersburg, and then he has to control his team. I've
always been on my own with my mom. My dad always called my
mom every day and check how much I was training. He was
still there, you know. He a not there, but he's there.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: After this day that he said, I'm
coming, I'm like, Oh, no. That's fine.
Q. That was the Kremlin Cup?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah.
Q. In what year?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: 2005 maybe, or 2004 maybe. Probably
Q. You're not saying that he's banned from watching you
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No. He's not banned. Once he come, and
since that time we didn't discuss that topic at all.
Q. Do you care about the dancing thing that Monica Seles
is doing tonight, Dancing with the Stars?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah, she is doing? I will try to watch
it. What time is it?
Q. I think 8:00.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I think that would be fun to watch. I
think Alicia Molik did it one year. I didn't watch it. She
promised to give me a video, but she never did, so... I
would love to watch it.
Q. Did she do bad and that's why she didn't give you the
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: She was a bit shy. But I said look, all
of Australia saw you doing that, so why you don't want me to
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