PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 23, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Can you tell us your evaluation of how the match went
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, I think she played incredibly
well in the first set. Every important ball she hit winner
on the line. It was line on the line, on the line.
Like I had some opportunities. I had one break point then
and she played well. She served very good serves in.
I mean, I was not serving great, but she did me one break
and I was too close to the break. She had outstanding first
set. It's no words. She played better.
But for second set, I felt like more pressure because I had
to go for it a little bit more, and she broke me twice. She
was serving so much better. For her it was so much easier to
win games on her serve than I did on mine.
But I think I've been just not so great, I should be playing
good against her. I played a little bit too much to her
Q. This is your third final this year. Did you approach
this any different than the other finals?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I mean, every final you come another
player also plays. I had different and better chances, like
against Justine. Still it was amazing final. She just played
better in the end, but it is great match.
Against Jelena I had chances. I use my opportunities. But
today, I didn't have that many chances. She just played
better, I think.
Q. Was that painful for you, Svetlana?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah, definitely. It's always painful
to lose, but I prefer to get to the final losing than to
lose in second round. I still played pretty good tournament,
Q. Do you think you're a different player in these finals
than you are in the earlier rounds?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: It's not that it's finals, it's just
she played better than me. That's it. It's not about how
many finals I win or loss. She played better. It's
Q. Do you think she can beat Justine any time soon?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: It's different. We have so different
game, me and Justine, just players play so much in the court
and different with Ana. She has chance, definitely.
Q. Can you talk about the fans? I guess a couple of times
they were making some noise.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don't make any comments, okay? I'm
not even thinking about going to that level.
Q. People are always asking you, it seems, about how you
play in the finals. Does that seem a bit strange to you
since you won seven tournaments last year?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I won nine, no?
Q. Was it nine?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: That's different. At least two more
finals I won, you know, I didn't lose.
Well, no, I know you guys, you have to have something to
write about. Normally you don't write - sorry to say that -
normally you don't write about positive things. You try to
find something interesting for people.
I guess trying to find something about me losing finals, but
that's okay. I'm not going to go down on myself, you know.
She played better. I have to improve some movements. That's
it. I'm just going to face next tournament better I can, and
try to get to the final.
When I get to the final, I'm going to face it again. I'm
going to do my best out there and let's see if I can make
it. I'm not going to get down on myself. But you can ask
whatever you want, guys.
Q. So what do you have to improve?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Today's match I had to be aggressive
and play more backhand and serve a little bit better. But
Ana, she play outstanding set. You cannot her playing better
the first set.
And second set I didn't move well. I felt a little bit more
pressure. I was going too much and not moving well, so it's
hard to win like that.
Q. Looked like you almost turned it around because you
break back and then hold. Seemed like everyone was thinking
maybe you were back in the match. Momentum seemed to go back
and you went back quickly.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: There, I lost it, made a little
mistake. I gave it a little bit to her, because I felt like
I had pressure on me all the time. She wasn't giving me any
free points and she was attacking. It was, like, you feel
like it's her day, like it's goes everything her way.
I was trying to stay calm and play every ball. Doesn't
matter what, many things been disturbing me. But still, I
was trying to be there and play every point, and she just
played better today, you know.
I would like to see her play when it's not her day, you
know. To figure out some different ways to win. That's how I
did today. I couldn't find a way, but it wasn't my great day
of playing, either.
Q. Is there a particular point when you get a sense, this
is starting to get away, when the pressure starts to build?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, you know, in the first set it was
like quick moment 1, 2, you know? First games I was like
holding my serve but tough, and she was holding so easy.
Then I had opportunities to have Love-30. One game I didn't
play so good. And then advantage on her serve, and she
played so unbelievable, like she served so well.
First of all, I have to read better her serve. Then in
second set, where she broke me second time, it was pretty
Q. Svetlana, Radwanska, who you beat in the
quarterfinals, told me it was very different Svetlana this
tournament than at Australian Open when she beat you. That
means you progress. Do you think you can do better in Miami?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I can do better definitely. There is
always room to improve, for sure. I was so different than
when I played her in Australian Open. I lost little bit
myself there during the tournament.
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