Getting To Know... Marta Domachowska

The late Pope isn't the only Polish export of note.

Published April 08, 2005 12:00

Getting To Know... Marta Domachowska
Marta Domachowska

AMELIA ISLAND, FL, USA - A short time ago, Marta Domachowska was a young girl from Warsaw, Poland, looking to make a name for herself in professional tennis. Today, the 19-year-old is the top-ranked player from her country and quickly rising on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

In 2003, Domachowska finished the year ranked No.244 in the world. She broke into the Top 100 for the first time the following year and in the first part of 2005 is quickly closing in on the Top 50. Domachowska demonstrated her ability to challenge the finest in the game last week at Amelia Island where she took Venus Williams to three sets in the second round.

How did you get started in tennis?
MD: My father and sister played when I was younger, and one day, I went to the courts with them and was interested in playing. I started playing when I was 8 but I would just practice by myself. That's probably my earliest memory of tennis.

What was the biggest difference you noticed in making the transition from juniors to playing on the Tour?
MD: When I played juniors at the Grand Slams, we would be around the stars on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. We shared the same locker room, and we were in awe of them. It was really exciting for me to see them in person as a junior.

I think being on the Tour is a totally different world from the juniors. There are so many people and the Tour is so organized. They care so much about the players.

What is the best thing about living in your country?
MD: Right now, it's cold and snowing, but I'm always happy to go back home. The biggest thing about Poland is that the Pope was from there. His death really affected me this week.

What has been your most memorable moment on a tennis court?
MD: I was up 3-0 against Venus yesterday in the first set. For me, it was really amazing to play against her because when I was younger, I used to watch all her matches. She is a big star, so it was great to play her.

What has been your most embarrassing moment on a tennis court?
MD: When I played my first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour match. I fell running for a drop shot because I stepped on my own foot. I was so nervous.

If you had one motto to live by, what would it be?
MD: Believe in yourself.

What is the first thing you do when you get home from a long trip (playing tournaments)?
MD: I rest all day and then go shopping with my sister, Magda.

What part of your game have you been working on the most lately?
MD: I need to work on my serve, especially because I had 14 double faults in my match against Venus.

Describe yourself in three words.
MD: Normal... . It's hard to me to say because I don't like to describe myself. I prefer someone else to do that.

Are you well-known in your country? If so, how have you dealt with your fame?
MD: People know me in Poland. I really like it. I think it's nice when people recognize you.

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