January 14, 2010
SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
E. DEMENTIEVA/V. Azarenka
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You had late night last, but clearly didn't affect you today. You
seemed to get through this match fairly comfortably.
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah, we had a very late last night. You know, I was
trying to be very aggressive from the beginning of the match. I didn't
want it to go three sets, because I need to save some energy for the
You know, especially with the weather forecast, I was expecting to go on
the court a little bit later, but we were right on time. So I'm just
glad that I was very focused from the beginning until the end and
playing two sets today.
Q. You now face Serena.
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah.
Q. How do you feel about that match?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I'm sure it's gonna be tough one. I think playing her
in early rounds it's completely different game. So to play her in the
final, it's gonna be a tough challenge for me.
Looks like she's in the very good shape right now. You know, it's gonna
be tough battle.
Q. You beat her in the semifinal last year, though.
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah, it was a quarterfinal or semifinal, yeah.
Q. Semi, yeah. Does that...
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Like I said, it's a different match and different
Serena every year, so I just want to, you know, go on the court and try
to play my best. I know that she has a great serve. That's probably the
biggest weapon in her game. Trying to break her or, you know, just stay
aggressive on her serve.
Q. Does she become an even more formidable opponent when she's in sight
of the trophy? I guess you don't play her very early in tournaments at
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah, I have never played her, yeah, but I'm sure when
you get to the final you just feel very comfortable. You've got your
confidence and rhythm of the game, so it's all about your mental
preparation, you know, and how well you know handle the conditions.
Q. You said last night that you were happier with your serve. Obviously
in that condition, you hoped to take that into daytime conditions. Do
you feel like you did that today?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, still needs to be improved. I think yesterday
was probably the best day for me. You know, I had some practice after
the match just trying to work on my rhythm again.
Hopefully it's gonna be good tomorrow.
Q. So you had some practice this afternoon?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Just a little bit. Just a little bit.
Q. How are you feeling going into the Aussie Open? You seem relaxed.
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, I think it was great to have all these matches
this week. It was a tough draw. Playing against such good players really
gives you some confidence, and you feel like you've got all the match
experience you need before coming to the Australian Open.
Yeah, we'll see.
Q. Is it a Grand Slam that you feel like you've got a good chance of
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I'm not thinking about my chances. I'm just trying to
get the best preparation ever and trying to, you know, be focused and
improve every day. We'll see how it goes.
Q. Why do you think you have played here so well the last couple of
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, I just like to play here. It is a very special
place for me because of the Olympic Games. I come here every year. I
just like the tournament. I like the atmosphere, and I like to play on
Q. Ticks all the boxes.
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yeah.
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