“What made the difference in this game?
To be completely honest, I was really stressed out. I started to think that I was only one point away from the final (on his match point). I think it’s a rookie mistake at this level. I think if the situation arises again, I will not react in the same way. I thought too much about the final when I got that match point. I will not make this mistake again, I will find a way so that it does not happen again. I was nervous, too wait-and-see. I did not go to get this bullet. I was not aggressive, too defensive. Especially on the important points. I did not know how to make the break at 5-5. It’s human, I’m going to learn from it all.
“Losing today hurts because I was so close”
You can still be proud of your background.
Yes of course. And I am. But it still hurts. Losing today hurts because I was so close. Just a point … But what can we do about it? There are positives and negatives in all of this. I have to accept it and move on to see what I can do next time.
What makes her so difficult to play?
Most players give consistency to the ball, set rhythm. In front of her, it’s up to you to set the pace. And today the earth was quite heavy, which is advantageous. I had the impression that his ball was not advancing and that it was necessary to accelerate all the time. I think that’s why I made a lot of mistakes at the start. But, of course, she has a really good baseline game. She has a very good volley, she serves well. She’s playing really well right now. And when your opponent is on a good dynamic like her, it’s difficult. I should have done differently, but it’s too late now. “