Getting To Know... Katarzyna Piter
Published January 31, 2014 12:13
With its Fed and Davis Cup teams on the up, Agnieszka Radwanska flying high at the top of the rankings and a number of promising young talents on the WTA and ATP looking to follow in her footsteps, Polish tennis is currently enjoying a period of unprecedented success.
Hoping to ride the crest of this wave into the Top 100 and beyond is Polish No.3 Katarzyna Piter, who, after finishing 2013 with promising showings in Ningbo, Linz and Luxembourg, began the new season by qualifying for her first Grand Slam, at the Australian Open.
Her Melbourne adventure eventually ended at the hands of No.11 seed Simona Halep, but before heading back home wtatennis.com managed to corner the 22-year-old for a quick chat.
How did you get into tennis?
KP: From an early age, I was playing for fun with my brother. My father introduced us to the sport and he taught us everything. He used to be professional athlete (long jump) but after he finished his career he got to know tennis on his own and then started to coach me and my brother.
Can you tell us about your family?
KP: My father is called Dariusz and my mother's name is Reneta. She was a school teacher - she loved kids very much. My brother, Kuba, used to also be a professional tennis player and we've practiced together all my life. One year ago he stopped playing and became my coach and he now travels and practices with me full-time.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
KP: The biggest influence on my tennis has always been my family. My father used to coach me and now my brother is my coach and we are a great team together. They are always there for me and are my biggest supporters.
How would you describe your playing style and what are your strengths?
KP: I always keep the ball in play and run everything down - this drives my opponents crazy! I also never give up.
Did you have a tennis idol growing up?
KP: I love Rafa!
What has been your best tennis memory so far?
KP: Winning my first WTA title with my very best friend Kristina Mladenovic last year in Palermo. Also getting through qualifying and into the quarterfinals in singles in Luxembourg.
Who has been your toughest opponent to date?
KP: I think Cibulkova.
What are your goals in tennis?
KP: I want to get into the Top 100 now and to be able to play on the main tour and the biggest tournaments regularly. After that we will see how far I can get!
What's your favorite surface, tournament and city?
KP: Surface: any. Tournament: Palermo and Acapulco. City: Poznan - my city!
How far did you go in your education?
KP: I finished high school after passing the final high school exams.
What do you like to do to for fun?
KP: I read, listen to music and meet up with my friends.
Do you have a favorite musician?
KP: Not really - I listen to all kinds of music. It all depends on my mood.
If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
If you could meet anyone in the world who would you like it to be?
KP: My closest family and friends.
If not tennis, what career would you have chosen?
KP: I have no idea!
Is there something else you would like people to know about you?
KP: Maybe that I live for tennis and at the moment it makes me very happy.