Interview of the day - STEFANIE VOEGELE

22 September 2010

By Sunder Iyer /Micky Aigner
Tashkent Open Media Team.

Twenty-year-old Stefanie Voegele hails from Switzerland, the country that has produced tennis greats like Martina Hingis and Roger Federer. On Wednesday, Stefanie had the distinction of becoming the first player to cause an upset in the Tashkent Open by beating eight seeded Italian Maria Elena Camerine.
Ranked as high as No. 63 in the world, Stefanie’s season so far has not taken off the way it should off owing to injury to her right shoulder which also kept her out of the Fed Cup. Having enjoyed playing in Tashkent last year, Stefanie spoke to the media team .

Excerpts from the Interview

Q: Well done. You are the first player to upset a seeded player at the Tashkent Open 2010. Tell us about the game, did you play her before?
Oh! I never knew that stat. I’ve played her twice and lost. Our last meeting was in Nottingham where she won in the final. Today, I tried to play every point against her. It was tough to work for every point and got tougher.

Q: Was this your biggest win of the year so far?
No, it isn’t I the biggest for I have beaten a Top-50 player Ekaterina Makarova in Birmingham.

Q: You come from a country of greats, how does Switzerland produce so many good players?
I must say I am blessed coming from a country like that. Players like Timea (Bacsinszky), Schnyder (Patty), Federer (Roger) are good. It is good that so many locals play the game back home. How Switzerland produces players is something that lies in the system that the federation has… I don’t know exactly, but yes it is nice overall.

Q: Did you play Fed Cup this year?
No I was injured. I had a shoulder injury which kept me out for a while. I’ve been struggling with the injury the entire season.

Q: Your best rank this season was No. 63, but since it’s been a steady decline?
Yes, during the entire season I have been consistently injured and lost a few close matches, which really did not help me after reaching my career high in March this year. But then it is not like the end of the world.

Q: Have you set your goals for the season. Can you share it with us?
I do set goals like improving my serve, and to be more calm, which in turn automatically helps my game and ranking as well. From Tashkent I proceed to Beijing and hope to coming my good show.

Q: Can you share your views on the Tashkent Open?
I played in Tashkent last year as well and the hotel, the food, and the courts are all really great.

Q: What was the aim of coming back to play in Tashkent again?
It was last year when I began touring Asia to play in tournaments. I’ve played a few tournaments and thus liked it and thus decided to come back.

Q: How do you read the draw from here on?
Honestly I am not looking at it. All I know is after playing a wildcard in the first round and then a seeded player winning is all that matters.