Interview with Aleksandra Wozniak after her
win over Amelie Mauresmo at the
2009 US Open
Q. How does that rate on your
scale of best matches?
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Well, definitely was exciting to
play on Arthur Ashe stadium. I think I was really trying
to focus, you know, and not get distracted by the crowd
or anything. I think I did pretty well staying composed.
I think I did a pretty good job with everything and I
Q. What was the difference in
the second set? Her level really dropped.
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Yeah, for me it was really to focus
on getting more in try to release more my shots, you
know, swing more freely. Definitely I was a little bit
tight at the beginning of the first set. Then I started
feeling better on the court and everything.
Yeah, I think I was just really not focusing on my game.
For sure sometimes I would hit deep balls and she
couldn't handle really the pace. Probably she was tight
You've got to deal with a lot when you're on this course,
so whoever does better, you know, definitely you've got
to do everything to win.
Q. Are you looking forward to
the Pennetta match next?
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Yeah, I am. I'm really excited to be
in the third round first time here at the US Open. I'm
looking forward to it.
Q. Are you happy with your
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Definitely, because I had a serious
injury, a tear on my shoulder and I had to take a couple
weeks off from the tour.
I went through some changes. Yeah, so so far it's been
some little up and downs, but satisfied with how it's
Q. So the injury wasn't so bad
that you had to take off months like Sharapova did?
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Yeah, I didn't take months, but
it still can affect your game after, like you still
struggle with the weakness with the shoulder on the
serves and a little bit lose confidence, and you need to
play a lot of matches to get into it, find your rhythm,
so it took a while still.
Q. But it's completely healed
and you feel 100%?
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Definitely.
Q. Your strength is all back?
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Yeah. Definitely feel good about
it and I'm healthy, so...
Q. You played a good match in
Cincinnati with Caroline Wozniacki and you lost it. Do
you think you are in better shape at the US Open?
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Oh, definitely. I feel really
good and much better. Yeah, I feel like everything is
coming together. So, yeah, pretty much.
Q. When you play a player like
Mauresmo who has won Grand Slams and has a lot of
experience and variety, how much does strategy come into
play, or is it just a matter of I'm going to play the
ball on my side?
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Yeah, definitely before the match
I focus really on how I would approach her. She plays
really heavy topspin. It's really tough. Not many girls
play that topspin. Usually it's flat.
I really had to today the key was to stay patient and at
the same time be aggressive and move the ball and try and
stay in my rhythm, not get into her game, just keep
hitting, placing the ball well and move her around.
Q. Is that sort of the same case
ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK: Yeah, I think she's a very consistent
player, so definitely she's gonna get a lot of balls
back. I have to be aggressive and just play smart, like