Quotable Quotes: Dominika Cibulkova

Dominika Cibulkova may not have come away with her first Grand Slam title, but she earned a whole new level of respect for her efforts - and reached a whole new level of belief. Here she is...

Published January 25, 2014 12:12

Quotable Quotes: Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova

MELBOURNE, Australia - Dominika Cibulkova may not have come away with her first Grand Slam title, but she earned a whole new level of respect for her efforts - huge upsets, the first player representing Slovakia in a major final... she's still a winner, and she talked to the press after the final...

On how the match turned from the first to second sets...
"I was fighting in the second set as well. I was up in three or four games, 30-0, and didn't manage to win those games. And after she won the first two games she really relaxed. She went for her shots more and it was impossible for me to be aggressive because she was just playing really, really well."

On the difference between her and Li on the day...
"The difference was she was the one who was dictating. I regret my serve was not really there - not because I was nervous, but my serve just wasn't working. Because of that she could push me from the first shot, and I was under pressure all the time. Sometimes I caught myself running a meter behind the baseline, and that's not how I play. I think that was the biggest difference between us tonight."

On Li Na...
"I have to say she's one of the nicest players on tour. I really like her. Everybody likes her sense of humor. She's a great player and a grand champion. It was nice to be there next to her and Chrissie."

On how proud she is of her fortnight...
"I just lost the final, so I need some time, but maybe tomorrow morning I will be 100% proud of myself. Now, it's maybe 50%! But it was my first Grand Slam final and I'm proud with the way I handled it. I wanted to play my best tennis. It wasn't easy; she was playing extremely well. But I'm quite happy."

On how much confidence this gives her moving forward...
"I would say a lot. I would say really, really a lot. Playing a Grand Slam final, it's a big step. I'm ready to take it. I was waiting for this for a long time. Now I want to do 100% to keep it up."

On whether she feels she can win a Grand Slam...
"Yes, yes, I feel that way. I'm just 24. I'm 24 years old and already played a Grand Slam final. I feel like my game is there to challenge the biggest names and to beat them too, so why not?"

On spending time at Chris Evert's academy in the off-season...
"I spent four weeks or four and a half weeks there. It was always nice when she came to see my practice or something like that. She's a very special person. I always put so much work in because I need to be fit and practice a lot to play my best tennis. And as you could see here, it really pays off.

"I work really, really hard. I would say more than 100%."

On whether she's spoken to her parents yet...
"Yeah. I didn't speak to my mom or dad the whole two weeks because we were superstitious. I won my first round and didn't call them, I just text messaged them. We text messaged the whole two weeks. Just now I was on the bike and she called me - I was like, 'Oh mom. It's been two weeks.' It was nice."

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