“That semi-final that you received was high notch. Can you inform us extra?
It was a troublesome sport. She performed very nicely and was very aggressive. I needed to be affected person and lift my degree as a result of she was enjoying tennis similar to mine. Opportunities ought to not be missed. The third set was loopy. I had match factors that I misplaced. When it got here again to 5-4 I thought I could lose the sport. But the public assist was crucial. And I reminded myself that I could not lose. The distinction is made in the thoughts. I instructed myself that I needed to win. For me and for my nation. I actually needed it. I suppose that was the key to the sport, I actually needed to win.
Once once more, you have been capable of rely on the assist of the public.
Coming right here, I did not count on to have a lot assist from the public. I obtained a great deal of messages of assist. During the matches, I see Ukrainian flags, I hear encouragement in my native language… It helps so much. I need to say thanks to everybody as a result of with out this assist, I most likely would not have had the energy to impose myself. At the finish of the match, I discovered this distinctive feeling of qualifying for a final. It’s been so lengthy… It’s onerous to explain, however it’s very nice.
“I would not say I sleep very nicely. Anyway, I wakened drained. But perhaps I’m displaying my actual psychological energy.”
How do you feel ?
Physically, I feel fine. But mentally, I’m tired. We must hold on, there is only one game left. I hope I will always have the same energy in the final. I read the news a lot, late into the night. I get a lot from my acquaintances. I wouldn’t say I sleep very well. Anyway, I woke up tired. But maybe I’m showing my real mental strength. The Ukrainians are strong, they are showing it now. Maybe I’m strong too…
What is your program after Lyon?
For the rest, I don’t have a precise plan yet. I will not be able to play in the Indian Wells qualifiers which start on Monday. For the wild card, I don’t know yet. Probably Sunday. I will already try to win in Lyon and we will see after.
Last 12 months, due to your suspension, you were not capable of play as a lot as you’d have favored. Do you recognize this good interval in your tennis all the extra?
In phrases of tennis, every thing is okay. But if every thing was higher in my nation, I would undoubtedly be happier. Of course, I’m joyful to seek out the victory and to have the ability to proceed as I hadn’t finished for a very long time. But in comparison with every thing that occurs in my nation, it is not a lot, actually. »