A Conversation With Slava...

Yaroslava Shvedova was one of the breakout stories of 2010, in both singles and doubles. How does she feel about it all?

Published December 19, 2010 12:00

A Conversation With Slava...
Yaroslava Shvedova

PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - She was a star on both the singles and doubles scene in 2010 and now in the off-season she is stepping it up a notch, not just on the court, but online too. Yaroslava Shvedova has been working with a new coach for the pre-season and Australian swing, and has also relaunched her official website. Here are her thoughts on everything, in her own words...

On 2010...
"It was the best year of my career so far, with two Grand Slams in doubles and just playing solidly throughout the year. The quarterfinals at Roland Garros and the mixed final were a big step for me and I also had some good results in other WTA tournaments. But when I look back at 2010 I will definitely remember it for winning the doubles at Wimbledon and the US Open with Vania."

On 2011...
"Because of my results in 2010 I have a lot more confidence in my game and in myself, and I'm motivated to practice more and get even better results in 2011. My goal for the year is to break into the Top 20 and to stay there."

On her coaching situation...
"I was looking for a new coach and some ATP player friends told me I should think about an ATP coach because in some ways my game is more like a man's style, quite powerful and aggressive. I think men's tennis is different to women's tennis and I think it's a good idea to try something new. Dimitri Zavialoff was my top choice because of his experience on the ATP. He worked with Stanislas Wawrinka for 15 years and a long and strong relationship like that is a good sign. I am very happy he agreed to work with me for pre-season and Australia. We're already training hard and it's a very different way to practice for me but I'm enjoying it. I know it's making me stronger and better for 2011."

On her new site, designed by fellow WTA player Jasmin Woehr...
"I asked Jaz to do www.yaroslava-shvedova.com because I like her style and ideas. A big bonus is she knows all about what life is like on tour, so she can design a site that fits with tennis. She did my first site a couple of years ago, and because of my good results this year I got a lot of new fans so I wanted to do something for them to get to know me better and keep things interesting for them. The new site has lots of new features and I promise we are going to update it lots so there will always be something new to look at!"

Shvedova, whose season featured her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in singles at the French Open and her first two Grand Slam titles in doubles at Wimbledon and the US Open (with Vania King), as well as the mixed doubles final at the French Open, has definitely begun hitting her prime, her big serve, powerful groundstrokes and all-court prowess coming together at the young age of 23.

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