Daniela Hantuchova: « A satisfying match »

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Tuesday, 10 February 2009 at 22:28
After her 6-2 6-2 win over Russian player Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the 17th Open GDF SUEZ, Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova talks about her match, but not only that.  

Daniela, would you say this was a satisfying first round match for you?

Yes, I'm very happy with how I played today, especially since I only arrived last night. I didn't get to practice on center court and I didn't really know what to expect. So, yes, I'm satisfied it went fine today.

How was the transition between Fed Cup in Bratislava and the Open GDF SUEZ here?

I wasn't sure what the rebound was going to be like and what the balls were going to feel like and I found out that everything was much faster here than it was in Bratislava. But I'm glad I could adapt quite fast. As for the transition, at least the Bratislava - Paris flight is a short one!

You've reached the quarter finals twice here. Do you think you can do better this year?

It's really hard to say, it's difficult to answer that kind of question. This tournament is very open, especially these days, with women's tennis reaching a very high level. So I'm aware it will be a tough week here but yes, I hope I can do better than I did in the past at the Open GDF SUEZ.

The Fed Cup playoffs at the end of April will be against France and in France. How do you feel about that?

It's great, I'm really looking forward to it. Last time we played against France, we had great matches and we won, so it's definitely a good memory. Besides, it was in Bratislava. So let's hope for the best this time, too! (smile)

The swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated has been officially presented and you look stunning in it. How was it to be part of that?

I loved doing it, it's a real honor and it's also every girl's dream to be featured in that issue. We got to do the shooting in the Dominican Republic, which happens to be one of the most beautiful places I've been to so it was definitely amazing.

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