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20/9 Davenport After Match Press Conference

http://sports.sina.com.cn 2007年09月20日19:38  China Open

  R: In the second set of today’s match you were 1:3 at first, and then you ended the first match at 6:3. How did you make the change?

  D: I was quite slow at the start. In the second set I felt better even when I was 1:3. Gradually I thought I could get it and I made fewer errors and performed more aggressively.

  R: This is the second match since yesterday. The two matches were both the first match in the day session. Did you tell the tournament to arrange you for that because of your son?

  D: No, I didn’t. I just feel lucky to get this schedule because my baby wakes up early. The match at 12:30 is not better but when you’ve done for the day, you are happy.

  R: There is another great player from Austria who is also a mother-player. Please talk something about that.

  D: I’ve never met her. I heard about her story. What is different is that she was quite younger than me when she became mother. I think it’s an achievable goal for the female athletes to come back after giving birth.

  R: Please comment on Danilidou’s performance.

  D: Lina is a good player. We met last week in Bali and I think today her sides balls and angles on the court were great. She was more competitive today. At the end, I made fewer errors and forced her wildly.

  R: What’s the most difficult thing for you as a mother player?

  D: What I struggled most at the beginning was my anticipation. It is just like the second nature when you play.

  I do feel different physically after giving birth. I’m definitely not in my best physical condition like before and I think it will take months for me. But I feel happy that I still hit the ball well.

  R: You said yesterday that you got the point of balancing the tennis and your son. How do you manage your time to do that?

  D: I’m just learning every day. So far it’s fun to do both. He’s a good baby and my mother and friends are all here to give me back up. At first, I felt guilty when I left him to play for 2 hours. Gradually it goes well. But the main goal is to make him as comfortable as possible because I have to take him between the court and the hotel.

  R: You look so easy now. Please tell us more about it.

  D: I don’t know why it’s going so well. I really like my life on the road. I feel more fulfilled. Every day after the match, I will go and look after him. It helps me to concentrate more on the court. Every day I feel complete and happy and my son enables me to play well on court.

  R: After giving birth to your son, you began to play the tournaments around the world. I guess he has already had many different passports.

  D: Yes. That’s funny. Not only the passports, but also the badges from different tournaments. I’m collecting them for him because I want him to know where he has been. China Open will be my last tournament in Asia. I plan to go home and have a rest. For the rest of the year, I will only play in Canada in the first week of November. I think it’s time for me to get physically rested and my son to be with his father.

  R: Did your goal change before and after you giving birth to your son?

  D: I haven’t decided any specific goals. It’s the challenge for me to come back to the Top list and win the tournament. I will continue working on my body.

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