ANASTASIJA SEVASTOVA: "I AM READY FOR THE TOURNAMENT"
- How are you feeling about the first WTA tournament in Latvia?

- I feel good, of course. I'm a little bit nervous, but I have practiced and I'm ready.

- Alena [Ostapenko] mentioned, that the surface is rather speedy. What are your first impressions while practicing here?

- Yes, it's not too slow. It's a bit slippery, and the balls are also fast.

- Have you gotten used to this surface after Wimbledon and Bucharest?

- No. (laughter). Well, actually it was a joke, but, of course, switching from one surface to another takes practice. Most of the start of my career I was playing on clay, I just need to practice some movements in a different way and then I'm ready to play.

- It was noticeable that in some previous tournaments you were holding your knee, how is your health and knee now?

- Yes, I was, but it's not really the knee, it's more like a hip, upper leg. I've been doing some treatments here in Latvia and visited a physio. Sometimes it comes and sometimes it goes. In Bucharest we had a match which lasted 3 hours. It was a long, good quality game, but after that , of course, I was in pain. At the moment I'm free of pain and I will continue with the therapy tomorrow. I should be fine.

- What can you say about your tomorrow's opponent? How much do you know about her?

- I watched at some of her matches on YouTube. A year ago I was training with her in Moscow, but I cannot say I know a lot. Yes, I've seen something on YouTube, and I know how she plays, but tomorrow we will actually see.

- There's a visualization of you and Alena on different sides of the court, so public expresses this kind of game as sort of a dessert. Any predictions about how it will turn out?

- I can't predict that. Tomorrow is the first game, and it's a long way to the finals, so we'll just have to see.

- So usually, you are at the position to ask some local girls on Tour where to go and what to try in their home cities. Now you are like a representative of your country, maybe some girls of this tournament message you?

- Oh no, no.

- So what would you advise them to see or to try?

- Just to walk around the town, around Riga or go to the Jurmala beach. I think there are so many places and things to do and see here, for example Old town. I advise just to walk around and explore everything on your own.

- How do you feel being the top seed?

- Well, it's not my first time being seeded as a number one. For instance, I was seeded in Bucharest as number one as well and in some other occasions, too. And I don't really think a lot about this, because all the participants are playing good tennis and you cannot predict how the game will unwind. You have to work really hard to win. There might be some advantage in the Grand Slams when you are seeded, and again in such small tournaments you can play with a player who is higher in ranking, who but had good tournaments before.

- Is there any special motivation considering that in case you win this tournament it will be the first time when you will rank in top 10?

- It is such a long way to go, step by step. I am not thinking about that at this moment. At this point I think, I want to be sure that my leg does not hurt that I will play my first game and then we will see what will be further.

- At Rolland Garros and Bucharest you used drop shots quite well, do you think public will expect this to be seen also on this surface?

- I think so, even though, it is rather speedy surface, but for sure if it is a good timing and it is a place for a drop shot as well, then why not.

- What do you think about international tournaments, do you prefer to participate only in the big ones or others you like the same?

- For example, Mallorca was an International tournament, however, there were a lot of top players 3 or 4, or even more. Some tournamnets are tough. Tournament is a competition, I cannot say that I do not like the International ones. When you go on the championship, you want to win. So every single tournament is important, you cannot be careless.