Kaia Kanepi: « I remained confident »

Cécile Verin
Monday, 09 February 2009 at 20:50
Kaia Kanepi of Estonia defeated the seventh seed, Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues (3-6, 6-2, 7-5), in their 2h28 first round battle. Kanepi tells us about the keys to winning the match.  

Kaia, what an impressive match, with a lot of suspense in the end. Did you doubt you were going to win at one point?

No, I didn't, I kept believeing I was going to win, I felt confident, even though the score was close and the match was tough.

So what do you think made the difference in the end?

I think my attitude helped me a lot, I managed to keep playing aggressively and that's what allowed me to win the key points, the ones that were really important and that I couldn't lose.

How are you doing physically, after such a match?

It's true it was a very long match, but right now, I'm sitting down and talking with you, I'm feeling OK and not too tired. Of course, in my next match, that will be a different story, but I'm not playing tomorrow, so that will give me an extra day of rest, and that's very welcome.

Speaking of rest, are you going to do any specific sightseeing while you're in Paris?

Yes, of course. I'm just not sure what I'm going to do and where I'm going to go yet. See, I've been to Paris several times before so I already know the main tourist attractions in the city. I need to find new ideas...

What did you think of the spectators today?

I was actually very pleasantly surprised to see there were several people actually cheering for me, clapping and yelling my name. It's my first time in the Open GDF SUEZ main draw, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But I'm very happy with how things went today out there, let's just hope everything keeps going so well for the rest of the tournament.


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