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Quotable Quotes... WTA Players In Tashkent

A random assortment of quotes from Eleni Daniilidou and other players at the Tashkent Open.

Published September 18, 2011 12:00

Quotable Quotes... WTA Players In Tashkent
Eleni Daniilidou

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - The Asian swing kicked off in Tashkent this past week, and not only was the tennis of the highest quality, so were the interviews. Here's a random assortment of quotes from those who made the trip...

Eleni Daniilidou on her last few years...
"I have been in and out with injuries. In terms of ranking, it has been a roller coaster ride. I started this year at No.185, but I've gotten back into the Top 100 and now I'm No.88. I'm happy I've been able to play the majors this year. I hope making the quarterfinals here in Tashkent will help me move up even more and finish the year higher. I'm just happy I'm fit and enjoying the game."

Eleni Daniilidou on what tennis means to her...
"It's hard work. You have to be physically fit. One needs a lot of support from parents, family, friends and your federation. It's a sport that can be lonely - a lot of times we players are all alone. Your mind needs to be very strong too - for instance, you sometimes play against your friends then eat dinner with them! Luck is needed too. When everything comes together, you're a good player."

Eleni Daniilidou on Greece...
"Firstly, I'm very proud of playing for my country every week. When I played the Olympics for Greece I really enjoyed it. But we don't have a strong system in place for the development of tennis. Many other countries are like that too. I really want to do something for young players and Greek tennis once I retire."

Urszula Radwanska on the junior-to-senior transition...
"It has been tough for me in the seniors. I've been struggling with injuries and was on and off the tour because of back problems. I had an operation that kept me out for six months - it troubled me in the first part of the year, but I'm okay now. I'll give it my best shot now - reaching the semifinals here is the first step."

Urszula Radwanska on being compared to sister Agnieszka...
"It's pretty tough for me. Everyone wants me to emulate her, but I'm going a different way - she broke through faster, and I'm a little slow getting there. But our goals are the same. Sometimes I do feel the pressure, but I deal with it."

Urszula Radwanska on playing doubles with Agnieszka...
"We like playing together but we have been playing in different tournaments - it's tough to play at the same tournaments because of our schedules. But once I start playing the tournaments she's in, we'll be playing together more often."

Sorana Cirstea after her first round on returning to Tashkent...
"I came here with a positive frame of mind. Tashkent holds a very special place in my heart, as it is still the only title of my career. Things have not been going my way for the last three years. Hopefully I can get back on track."

Aleksandra Krunic on the junior-to-senior transition...
"It's a different game. In the seniors you don't get any free points like you do at junior events. You also have to play older opponents who have been around for quite some time. The biggest challenge is adapting, and adapting fast."

Aleksandra Krunic on her game...
"I'm not strong enough to match tall and stronger opponents with power. As a youngster I learnt all the strokes including drop shots, slice and touch. I think all of that will help me survive against stronger and older players on the WTA."

Aleksandra Krunic on why tennis is more fun than going to school...
"It all depends on what you find fun. I'm a person who is not a party animal. I sleep early. I miss studying and going to school. One has to choose their future. At 18 I chose tennis over education but I still feel education is important, because you never know when you might have to quit tennis for injuries or some other reason. That's why I'm taking distance courses now."

Aleksandra Krunic, who was born in Russia but plays for Serbia, on how the decision has changed her life and her career...
"I'm only ranked around No.250 but I'm respected a lot in Serbia. If I were in Russia now, no one would even know I exist. In Serbia they give me a lot of respect and all the help I need. And it's a great honor to be playing tennis with players like Ivanovic, Jankovic and Jovanovski. They help me a lot."

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