“Here you are again in the round of 16. Does it bring back memories of the 2018 edition where you reached the final?
2018 was a great year. But even before, the first time I pierced it was here. This is the reason why this is my favorite tournament of the year. It’s always important for me to come back here. There was 2018, yes, but I have always had good results year after year. So it always brings back good memories. But from Charleston, I managed to find my tennis. I haven’t always had the most fantastic results, but little by little I managed to get to the level I was aiming for.
You often talk about mental health. The subject seems very important to you.
Yes, mental health is very important, but also emotions. We went through a pandemic. Life has been difficult and everyone has encountered difficulties. I think it’s very important to be able to talk to someone about our feelings, what we’re going through, because it’s not easy to pretend that everything is fine when it’s not. Many players suffered in silence. It is not fair. It’s not acceptable. We need to have as much support as possible. We live in a world where there is the internet and people who say to you “you act like a child, in a childish way” and that enters your mind, it the parasite. With the other girls, we are adversaries, but also colleagues. It is important to support each other because we see each other all the time, week after week, so that we can face this roller coaster life. Because that’s tennis. “