I consider myself 100% a product of the Romanian tennis because until February this year I was coached only by Romanians. Definitely my next coach will be Romanian. I want to work again with a Romanian, I feel well and he have similar mentality. From what I’ve realized this year, coaches from abroad have different mentality and I like to have next to me a person who thinks almost like me.
Sometimes if you push yourself more and you stay there to fight for every ball, you can finish it(the match).
It’s very difficult to make predictions, I have just to think about my tennis and game by game.
I’m pretty picky as a player and for a coach it’s difficult sometimes. This year(2016) we didn’t talk much before the matches, I wanted to be alone, I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but I had results.
I play aggressive. I like to open the court. I like to take the ball fast. If I do one step behind the baseline, I am lost. It’s not easy for me to play from there.
I still dream for many things in this life and in this career, because I have many years to go, and so if I lost today, it doesn’t mean that I cannot play anymore or I don’t win any more matches. I just want to take the decision to see what I did wrong, what I have to do better.
For me, it is important a coach to be a good pedagogue, to understand my way of being.
It’s a tricky thing winning so many matches. On one hand, it arms you with immense confidence but on the other, it brings along huge pressure of expectation.
The WTA facilitates us in everything. I try to live it all with laxity and peace of mind, knowing that all this is good for tennis.
In Romania we have one mentality and it’s very tough for a player to understand other mentalities in other countries. So I prefer to stay with my Romanian guys and sometimes when I feel that I need help I can call every coach who is available and to work with them.
Everywhere I go I have many Romanians supporting me. I can say it’s amazing, because, you know, I can hear my name on court. It gives me more power and more, you know, power to fight and to win a match.
The key is always being positive, no matter what happens.
I worked a lot on my serve. I received critics on that and it made me prepare even better. I improved all my shots, my movement on court, I’m trying to play what my body allows, my height.
Many people were telling me that I’m too small, and it’s really tough to be like a professional tennis player.But I didn’t trust them. So I was working very hard, and I had good examples. Justine as well. So I did great, I think.
Before the matches I stay with my team, I’m never alone. Every time I have nerves, but without them I don’t think I would have my fighting spirit. I try to smile, joke, often listen music.
I’m going to enjoy right now as much as I can. Yeah, I missed a few years, and it’s unfortunate. I feel like I missed my best years, for sure. There is nothing I can do right now. Just enjoying right now where I am.
The important thing is to go on the court and give 100% every day, both in the game and in training.