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WTA Montreal – Arantxa Sanchez Vicario: “Many players now have an aggressive game. They play fast. Our game had more variety”

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TENNIS WTA MONTREAL – 4th of August 2014. An interview with Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

 

Q. In the 1990s you dominated the tournament here. You were in three finals and won two. Do you have a favorite of those three? What is your best memory of those three?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, it’s hard to pick only one because, as you said, I played great players at that time. I know they were great finals. Obviously I definitely had to beat Steffi and Monica. They were my biggest rivals at the moment.

I remember the crowd was always behind me. I feel like at home here in Montréal. As I say, was one of my favorite tournaments to come and play.

At that era, I was probably one of the players that was doing really well in this tournament, and I was fighting to win the trophy. I have great memories.

I had big battles in the finals. But it was great tennis. I was very aggressive to win those matches. I played my best matches to win those finals.

I’ll take both because even if I see on TV, I still remember how the match went. It’s nice to be back after so many years, feel welcome again and feel like I’m at home.

 

Q. Are you still involved in tennis, playing, doing TV?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: No. At this moment, no, I have two kids. I’m kind of busy being mother. That takes me very busy at the moment.

I leave the door open. Hopefully if it comes opportunity, I will either do something with tennis. But we’ll see. Maybe the WTA hires me, who knows (laughter).

 

Q. As a Hall of Famer yourself, Serena is approaching 18 Grand Slam titles, you played her sister in her first tournament. Could you talk about what strikes you about Serena compared to the other great champions and yourself. Did you expect her to be here this long?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, first of all, I think that she’s still hungry. As you can see, she still wants to win more and more. Definitely, you know, if the injuries is not going with her, she can stay long enough to be there.

She’s definitely a big champion. She’s close, you know, to win 18 Grand Slams. As long as she’s happy and confident with her game and healthy, I think she will stay as long as her body keep fit with her mind and her game.

She’s dominating for a while. Maybe when she’s injured, there is a door open there with other players willing to win other tournaments and to fight with her. But when she’s in the top, she’s clearly the strongest at the moment.

She definitely will be long enough on the courts, but she will continue winning as much as she’s been doing.

I played both sisters, you know, many times. Definitely, you know, if your body and your mind is all together, you can keep as much as you can. She’s still hungry, so that’s easy to continue.

 

Q. In your opinion, what is the greatest change in women’s tennis since your era?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Many players now have an aggressive game. They play fast. Our game had more variety. But now a new generation is coming with players like Eugenie Bouchard, who plays very well. Of course, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have the experience. But Halep is also coming, and Li Na is a veteran almost.

 

Q. It’s crazy around Eugenie Bouchard here right now. Do you think she can play well in this tournament?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: On one hand it is an advantage to play at home, but she will also have a lot of pressure because she will want to do well here.

I can’t speak for her, of course, but I believe she’s going to play match after match. She’s top seven in the world now and she has a lot of experience winning tournaments and doing very well in Grand Slams like in Australia, the French Open, and Wimbledon too.

Next time she’s going to be in a final like this, she will play even better. It’s good for Canada to have good players like her. I believe she’s a favorite for this tournament.

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Alex De Minaur Learning Patience After Two Month Injury Lay-Off

Alex De Minaur is ready to be patient as he looks to build some momentum in Atlanta this week.

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Alex De Minaur is learning the art of patience after missing less than two months of action earlier this year. 

 

The Australian had a rough start to the 2019 as he was forced to fight off a groin injury despite winning the Sydney title in January.

Then he had a couple of months off before once again struggling on his return at Indian Wells where he lost in his opening round.

But these setbacks haven’t stopped the 20 year-old from being patient as he looks to make his mark in the US hard court swing,“I feel like I’m doing all the right things, putting myself out there,” De Minaur told atptour.com.

“If it doesn’t happen this week, next week or the week after, I’m going to keep doing the same things. I’m going to do all the right things, be mentally strong, physically strong and I’m playing good tennis, so I think it’s just a matter of time.”

After Indian Wells, De Minaur spent a few weeks in his home in Alicante, Spain as he looked to regain match sharpness.

It was a period that proved challenging for the talented Aussie as he loves to compete, “I’m not used to being at home for that long and, I mean, us tennis players, we need to go out there and compete, at least me,” De Minaur explained.

I’m a very competitive person, and it was tough for me. I had my outlets. I was playing golf a lot. But still, I needed to get back on court. 

“Obviously seeing people go ahead of you and guys are playing these tournaments and seeing the results they were doing and me not being able to actually even be able to be out there and competing, that was very tough.”

Despite losing five of his seven ATP tour matches since returning properly in Estoril, De Minaur is determined to get back to the level that saw him rise to world number 24.

The Next Gen Star thinks it’s a confidence thing and is not easy to regain after an injury, “[It’s] just confidence. Playing matches, playing the big points right,” he explained.

“It’s something that you take for granted when things are going well. But when you have to stop and try to get back into it, it’s tough. Now I’m just keen to go out there and compete and play some good tennis.”

De Minaur continues his comeback surge this week when he competes in Atlanta, where he will face Bradley Klahn or Marius Copil in his first match.

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Nicolas Jarry Aims To Follow In Family Footsteps After Reaching Bastad Final

Nicolas Jarry looks to join his grandfather in winning an ATP title as he reaches the Bastad final.

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Nicolas Jarry will look to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps tomorrow when he takes on Juan Ignacio Londero in the Bastad final. 

 

The Chilean was in fine form today as he beat another Chilean in Federico Delbonis in the semi-finals today, 6-3 6-2 in 64 minutes.

It is Jarry’s third ATP final and his second of the season following his final in Geneva, where he wasted two championship points to lose to Alexander Zverev.

Should the 23 year-old be triumphant on Sunday, he will join his grandfather as an ATP titlist after Jaime Fillol Sr. won six tour titles and finished a high of number 14 in the rankings in 1974.

Next up for Jarry is Cordoba champion Juan Ignacio Londero, who cruised past 2016 Swedish Open champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets.

The 6-3 6-4 victory included the Argentinian winning 73% of his first service points as he dominated the Spaniard in the 1 hour and 21 minute win.

It will be the second final of the season for Londero, who has enjoyed thriving on the clay in 2019 which has helped him reach a career high ranking of 58 in the world in June.

A good sign for Londero, was that en route to winning his lone title in 2019 in Cordoba, he beat Jarry in their only previous ATP World Tour meeting.

Both men will look to cap off an excellent week tomorrow as the final is scheduled for 2pm local time.

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Alexander Bublik Praises Mentality Change Ahead Of Newport Semi-Finals

Alexander Bublik is on the rise after changing his mentality as he looks to win his first ATP title in Newport this weekend.

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Alexander Bublik praises his change in his mental approach to tennis after reaching the semi-finals in Newport. 

 

The 22 year-old from Kazakhstan is arguably having one of the best seasons of his career, having reached a career high ranking of 82 in 2019.

Having won three challenger events in Budapest, Pau and Monterrey, Bublik is full of confidence and is currently trying to transition that form on the ATP tour.

In an interview with the ATP website, Bublik has praised a change in mentality for the improvement in form, “When I was a kid I got in mental troubles a lot because I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to win this match. I want to win this tournament’,” Bublik said to atptour.com.

“Then last year when I broke my ankle is when I realised it’s fine… I’ve got to work hard to make it here, to make more and more, so that’s why I’m working hard every day trying to succeed.”

There is no doubting that Bublik has the talent as he has a unique style, which includes tweeners and during his quarter-final match with Tennys Sandgren in Newport, hit four aces in a game which concluded with an underarm ace.

However the world number 83 has said that he entertains himself first and aims to stand out from the crowd, “I entertain myself first. That’s the most important thing for me,” Bublik explained.

“Always be a leader, not a follower, You just have to be your own leader, make your own decisions,” Bublik said when speaking about one of his tattoos.

Well Bublik’s fate is certainly in his own hands when he faces Marcel Granollers for a spot in his first ever ATP final on Saturday.

The other semi-final will see top seed John Isner take on 4th seed Ugo Humbert as the Frenchman looks to take advantage of an under-par American.

In both of his matches, Isner has needed a third set to overcome both Kamil Majchrzak and Matthew Ebden as he looks to win a 3rd title at the Hall Of Fame Open.

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