Interview of the day - MARIA ELENA CAMERIN

22 September 2010

Maria Elena Camerin seeded eighth at the Tashkent Open and ranked no 106 in the world was ranked as high as 41 in 2004, a regular at Tashkent Open , she spoke to the Media team putting behind her upset win. she spoke about the match, her plans and also playing with her new partner Sania Mirza who has won 9 doubles titles this year.

Q: The loss to Stefanie Voegele was certainly not the result expected?
Yes. I was too tired. The travel from Guangzhao was tiring and my arrival in Tashkent was only on Sunday night. My plane from Beijing to seoul broke down as a result I missed my connecting flight to Tashkent . My main draw opener was very long as I played a three setter against Elena Bovina.I went to the court very tired today but no excuses Stefanie played well and deserved to win.

Q: The Tashkent Open hasn’t been a happy hunting ground in singles?
It’s not the case, I have the memory of making it to the semifinals of the tournament in 2005 only to lose to Agkul Amanmuradova. The second round loss to Stefanie is disappointing, but it is Ok. I can come back.

Q: Your record in doubles at Tashkent has been great. This year you team up with Sania Mirza?
I have happy memories of being a winner in Tashkent with E Loit in 2005 and runners-up partnering E Gagliardi the following year and yes with Sania Mirza I hope to repeat the same performance as both of is a good relationship. She is a very good doubles player, though I must add that this year I’ve won only nine matches and hope to do better.

Q: Are there plans of having a long term partnership with Sania?
Why not we are friends off the court and complement each other games quite often. This will be the first time we are playing together and yes do hope to do well now that my singles campaign has ended. At one point I was ranked as high as No. 35 in doubles.

Q: So how has been the year fo you tenniswise ?
I have done well and no complaints about that. Making it though the US Open qualifiers and then playing two rounds in the main draw was my high point. Then the quarterfinal at Guangzhou helped me earn big ranking points. I feel have picked up enough points that will ensure me a place in the main draw of the Australian Open.

Q: Any reason for the sudden rise in your performance this year?
Yes since July I am back with my first coach Alessandro Bertoldera, who hails from the same city as me but is also a good friend of my parents as well. So far his return has helped me get back points and I hope to continue doing so and get back into the Top-50 where I was 4-5 years ago. My best has been No. 41 in 2004.

Q: With so many tournaments dotting the ITF calendar, what is the reason why Italian Men don’t make it to the top like the women from their country?
There’s no reason to why it has become the case. We have seven women in the Top-100 presently. And I guess the only reason that Italian women are doing well is because we like to go out there and fight it out. The men certainly look good but when they go out they get distracted as much (laughs).

Q: What are your observation of the Tashkent Open , since you have been coming here regularly?
Tashkent Open is getting better every year for sure. The courts are great, the organization only seems to be improving year after year, the hotel accommodation was always at its best and above all the tournament director (S Uthrapathy) has been great in regard in taking care of the players. The tournament welcomes players and one really feels nice to be back year after year