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Transcript 20 April 2011

Post match press conference with Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

“I expected a tough match”

Stuttgart. Post match press conference with Vera Zvonareva (RUS) after her 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

win against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) in the second round of the Porsche Tennis

Grand Prix 2011.

Question: How easy was it for you to get used to the surface?

Vera Zvonareva: It was my first match on clay and of course it was a bit difficult. I think I’m

still getting used to the court. The game is a little bit different here. You should play a bit

longer rallies and put a bit more rotation on the ball. So I felt that some decisions I was making

were okay but they were more for the faster surface. Today, I had to be a little more patient.

I felt I was playing pretty good but just sometimes I made the wrong decisions for the

surface. But overall I’m happy with the way I handled the situation. I was set down and I was

trying to hang in there. In the end I’m happy with the way I played.

Question: Were you surprised at the start that it was so hard for you?

Vera Zvonareva: No, I expected a very tough match and I expected she would play well.

She’s a very good player, a tough opponent. She’s young and I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more

of her in the future. So I wasn’t tough on myself because I wasn’t expecting to show my best

clay court tennis in my first match on clay here. I accepted the situation and I was just trying

to figure out what I can do better and what kind of shot selection I should have in order to win

this match.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

PR and Press

Porscheplatz 1

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

70435 Stuttgart Claus-Peter Andorka

Tel. +49 (0) 711 90051-117

e-mail claus-peter.andorka@

kircher-burkhardt.com


Transcript 20 April 2011

Question: What did you do to adjust your game in the second set? Was it instinct? Or

did you have to think about what shot to play?

Vera Zvonareva: Yes I was thinking. It’s too early to get instinct on the clay here. So I was

always finding myself. I was thinking about the shot I had to play from a certain position. I’d

better go for this kind of shot and, sometimes I felt I was making wrong decisions. But I was

just trying to adjust. I kept telling myself, okay, if you’re in this position next time just play

deeper and put more rotation on the ball. Don’t go for a winner because it’s impossible on the

clay court here. So I just kept talking to myself and in the end I managed to play like I should

play on the clay here. It was a bit better in the third set. But it wasn’t perfect. Overall, I was

able to change the momentum of my match and I’m really happy about that.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

PR and Press

Porscheplatz 1

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

70435 Stuttgart Claus-Peter Andorka

Tel. +49 (0) 711 90051-117

e-mail claus-peter.andorka@

kircher-burkhardt.com

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