ANASTASIJA SEVASTOVA: "I'D LIKE TO SHOW SUPERTENNIS AT HOME"
- Why was the first set so tough? For some time you couldn't serve well, let your opponent lead, and afterwards you had to work to even the game?

- I think she played the first set very well – had a good start and did only few mistakes. My drops hots were not working out. She plays tennis in a way, that's uncomfortabe for her opponent, so the start was tough – she was holding me back there.

- You saved 12 out of 16 brake points overall. In the second set you got tired, how did you manage to win the match?

- I played more agressively – the first set gave me confidence about doing it. After playing tie-brake well, I figured I should continue playing agressively and shouldn't let her play my game. After that happened the first brake, then the serves turned out well.

- Were you nervous, when you broke six times in first set?

- Of course, I was nervous (laughter). It was obvious, that the first set was nerve wracking, but I accepted the way I was playing. After that I already did better. I have to admit that it's not easy playing against a player like her – she doesn't let you find her rhythm. At one point she's playing high lifting the ball, but at another she's hitting hard. She also won a lot with drop shots. I wasn't ready for that – I needed time to get used to her game.

- When the score was 3-0 in the second set, did you feel like you were going to win?

- I've already played with her once when I was taking over, so I knew she can break me. It was also clear in the first set. I just needed to play more agressively until the end, and I did that.

- There are two very important games in front of you? Will you have a chance to get ready for them?

- I feel good and my physical problems are under control. I'm glad I'm in the semifinals – now I just have to get ready for the next game.

- What can you say about the crowd in this tournament, because it's the first time something like this is happening in Latvia. How is it playing with this huge support on these clay courts?

- It's cool to play at home. People are coming to watch the games, but there could be more. I can feel the support. Of course, I am nervous, but it's always like that. The crowd can be very helpful at important rallies.

- Is the tournament important to you and children, that come to watch tennis? When you were a child, did you participate in a tournament that you were proud of?

- Yes, there was Davis Cup, supertournament and festival happening in Liepaja sometimes. We were ballboys and ballgirls. It wasn't as big of a deal as this, but of course it's also important, no matter if in Russia, Latvia or France. It's good when people can see a tournament like this and watch it, because it's the first time it's happening here. It's important for us, that young children start playing tennis, so they can continue what we've started.

- It's also your first experience with a tournament like this in Latvia. Has that changed your pre-match routine?

- It hasn't. Yes, the tournament is at home, but I do the same things as I do in every tournament. Of course, I have to take in consideration the traffic, because it's a 40 minute ride from Riga, but routine stays. It can change a little bit, but nothing major. A game is still a game.

- Are you ready to give 150% to stand up to spectator hopes?

- I think 150% is too much, 100% should be enough. Of course, I want to show super tennis and win, so I can show my best game at home. Some can't do it, some do really well. It's actually really hard, but somehow I'm doing it. We will see how it goes tomorrow – how I'll feel and who's going to face me.