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Raluca OLARU : « Qualifying Feels so Nice! »

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Monday, 08 February 2010 at 16:38
Romania's Raluca Olaru told us about how happy she is to have qualified for the main draw of the 2010 Open GDF SUEZ after defeating Darya Kustova of Belarus 6-3, 7-6.  

Would you say it has been a tough match?
Yes, definitely, it was very tough. I was very tired and I'm glad it was only a two-set match. I had to play two matches yesterday and it's been a tiring week with the Fed Cup so I had to use all my energy to pull it through in two sets. I think I played very well.

What is it like to play two matches on the same day?
I can't complain, it's often like this, if you win the first matches, then the second one is also on the same day. I'm really glad I had enough power left to make good things happen in both matches yesterday and also today.

How does it feel to qualify for the main draw of the 2010 Open GDF SUEZ?
It feels so nice! You know, it was my third time playing here. The first time, I had to withdraw. Then I lost really early, in the first round. So I really felt like I had to do something here this time, especially since this is the Open GDF SUEZ.

Speaking of which, as a member of the GDF SUEZ team, is this a special tournament for you?
Of course it is. It's a lot of things, really. It's Paris, it's GDF SUEZ, a lot of good reasons to have a special feeling here. Besides, the level here is really tough.

Are you in touch with the other players of the GDF SUEZ team?
Not so much, no. Except for Sorana Cirstea, who is also Romanian, so we are close.

Your ranking is higher this year than it was last year. Does that make you confident about the rest of the tournament?
I tend not to think about my ranking too much. Sure it is higher now, but it's also been lower so I am not obsessed with that. I try to stay focused on my next match and on my game regardless of the rankings, mine or my opponent's.  I think that's the best thing I can do.

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