Quotable Quotes: All-Access In Sofia

How do they feel about qualifying for Sofia? What was the highlight of their season? What do they think about their round robin group? Check out some of the best quotes from Sofia's All-Access Hour.

Published October 28, 2013 12:02

Quotable Quotes: All-Access In Sofia
Ana Ivanovic

SOFIA, Bulgaria - See what six of the elite eight at the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions had to say at the All-Access Hour on Monday, about everything from the draw to 2013 to 2014...

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Ana Ivanovic
On being in Sofia...

"It's a good feeling. It's near home, so it almost feels like a home tournament. We drove by car, it only took four hours. It was easy, and I did it with my parents, so we had a lot of time to catch up."

On her draw...
"Well, there are no easy opponents here. Everyone can be dangerous. But it's a good challenge. I also think the round robin format is different and more fun for us, and more fun for the spectators."

On her highlight this year...
"For me I really feel like I played well at the US Open. I have a lot of fond memories from there."

On her goals for 2014...
"My main goal is to reach the WTA Championships at the end of the year."

Samantha Stosur
On the draw...
"It's a tough side, but I think the other side is just as hard. I think it was split pretty evenly with all the seeds and all that. To win here you have to play well. Being on the same side as Pironkova is going to be a bit different - the crowd and everything else on her side, that's going to be something a little bit different to contend with - but I'm looking forward to it anyway, and to the whole week too."

On the highlight of her season...
"Probably the last couple of weeks. Going to Osaka and Moscow and winning as many matches as I won, in singles and doubles, it was something I hadn't really had this year. It was nice to have a really successful few weeks at the end. And the waterslide in Carlsbad - that was definitely a highlight!"

Elena Vesnina
On her highlights from the season...
"Of course winning my first title in Hobart - this memory will always be with me, because it was my first title after being in so many finals. And I'm really happy to qualify here in Sofia because of that."

On her draw...
"I think both groups are really tough. Every girl can win the tournament from each group. We have a really tough draw in particular because we have two Grand Slam champions and the home favorite, Tsvetana Pironkova, so this group may be a little more popular group with everyone wishing her luck! But I'm just going to go on court and try to win every match, and really enjoy myself here in Sofia."

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
On qualifying for Sofia...

"It's amazing. When I won Monterrey it was early in the year and I wasn't sure if I'd be in or not, and even close to the end of the year it looked like I wasn't going to qualify. I played this event once in Bali and it was an amazing experience, so I wanted to qualify. And it happened, so I'm really happy."

On her draw...
"It's a really tough group. Especially having Maria in my group, she's Russian and we know each other pretty well, so it's tougher for both of us. But you kind of expected this because it's only eight players, and eight tough players, so whichever side of the draw you're in is going to be a tough one."

On her highlight from the year...
"Playing the final in Brisbane, first tournament of the year, beating two Top 10 players - right away all the work I did in the off-season paid off. And then winning two titles, making the final in Korea, doing well at home in Moscow - and then qualifying here - in general it was a very good year for me!"

Alizé Cornet
On qualifying for Sofia...

"I was very proud when I learned I qualified for this event. It was a goal for me this year - when I won Strasbourg I knew I'd be in the race for Sofia, and it was a big goal for me to be here finally. I was one of the last ones to get in, so I'm really happy and am really going to enjoy the competition."

On her highlight this year...
"My biggest highlight was definitely when I won my tournament in Strasbourg in front of my home crowd. It was a really great moment. And then right after that at Roland Garros I played the third round against Azarenka on center court. It was one of my best periods of the year, playing great on clay.

"Overall the whole year for me was amazing and I hope I can play well again in 2014."

On her goals for 2014...
"For the ranking goals I want to reach the Top 20, for sure. Right now I'm No.27, so I think Top 20 is something I can make next year. And I just want to keep working on things and improving next year."

Tsvetana Pironkova
On if she's looking forward to playing in front of her home crowd again...

"I'm definitely very excited. The matches start tomorrow and I can't wait. Remembering last year, I was very nervous before my first match. The nerves got to me when it started, and it took a long time for them to get better. But I managed to get through them by the end of the first match and I won that one.

"I only have good memories from last year. It was my first time playing in front of my home crowd, which is of course very exciting. And I also did well. I played the semifinals, so good memories."

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