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Quotable Quotes... Safarova Into Final

Lucie Safarova met the press after recording her first career double bagel on the WTA.

Published April 07, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes... Safarova Into Final
Lucie Safarova

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Lucie Safarova has powered through the Family Circle Cup draw this week, and she's now one win away from her first Premier-level title - she could also become the second lefty in the 40-year history of the tournament to win the title, after four-time winner Martina Navratilova.

Safarova met the press after her semifinal win on Saturday afternoon...

On beating Polona Hercog in the semifinals, 60 60...
"I would never have expected that going on court because I still remember playing Polona at Roland Garros two years ago and I lost, 62 61. I felt destroyed. This morning I spoke to my coach and was like, 'Okay, I'm better this year, and I should just go for it.' I was really concentrating throughout the match and trying not to let go. And it went 60 60, which was amazing. It's also good for me to save some energy because I'll need it tomorrow for sure."

On the tactical keys to winning her semifinal...
"I knew Polona prefers her forehand, so I was trying to build up the game through the backhand and then attack the forehand. I knew she would slice a lot and try to get me out of my rhythm, so I was trying not to rush my game, just slowly build it up and always keep pressuring her, and it was working."

On her season coming into Charleston...
"I had a quiet start to the season. It was disappointment at the Australian Open, but it was a very windy day and Christina McHale played very well, so that was the only down part of the season. I had a great tournament in Doha, and Indian Wells was good too, so I built my way up. I'll keep doing my best."

On her week so far in Charleston...
"I grew up on clay. And green clay is even faster, so it's even better for me maybe than red clay. It's tough to say it's the best week of my career - I have had some great wins here, but I also played the finals indoors in Paris twice, and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. But it's one of my best weeks, for sure. To play the singles and doubles finals is a player's dream."

On playing Serena in the final...
"To play Serena is always a great challenge. She's a great player. I was watching her match today against Sam, and she was playing very solid, very good. I'm really looking forward to it. I've never beaten her, but we've had some tough matches in the past, and I play well here. I feel good and I'll try to win."

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