Interview of the day - Eleni Daniilidou

13 September 2011

Eleni Daniilidou was truly the player of the day as she knocked out Third seeded Pauline Parmentier on her first ever visit to Tashkent .

Once a top 25 player Eleni was on a high till 2005 in terms of rankings and titles on the tour, a knee injury saw her rankings fluctuate . Having made a comeback playing ITF events in 2009 , she has had a good year so far qualifying for the French open and also registering her first grand Slam victory in four years at Wimbledon before falling to Ana Ivanovic in the second round.

A former mixed doubles finalist at Australian Open Eleni Daniilidou talks to Sunder Iyer of the Tashkent Open Media Team about her win today and Generally about the Sport of Tennis

Q. About the match and the draw at the Tashkent Open?

Actually me and Pauline are great friends and travelled on the same flight here , when we came to the lobby and saw the draw we were a bit surprised , both of us expected a tough battle in the very first round.

Pauline is very experienced and has had a good year so far . All I can say we played a high level first set . The first two games in the second set were close and getting to a 2-0 lead in a match like this very important and I was happy to have raced to a 2-0 lead. and close the match.

Q. How has been the path for you so far in the last couple of years?

I have been in and out of injuries, and in terms of rankings there has been a roller coaster ride , I started the year at 185 , moving into the top 100 to 88 now. I have been able to play major events. I hope that this event can help me move up fast and finish the year higher. I’m happy that I’m fit and enjoy the game.

Q. Future Plans for the year?

I’m going to playing a lot of tennis , after Tashkent I’ll playing events in Asia at Seoul, Beijing and Osaka before coming back to Europe . It is long journey this year.

Q. You have been in tennis for a long time now, what does the Sport mean to you ?

It’s a game which is lonely , a lot of times we players are all alone, it is mentally very hard to be on the circuit , most of the times you play with friends on the circuit , you play them intensely and then have to eat dinner with them , so the mind needs to be very strong.

One has to be physically fit. It is hard work , a lot of support from parents , family and friends , the federation is required . Also lot of luck is needed , Only when everything combines well a good tennis player is produced .

Q. Coming from Greece which does not have much tennis history , you have done very well on the WTA circuit?

Firstly I’m very proud of playing for my country every week , i also played the Olympics for Greece and I enjoyed it. We do have players playing tennis but we don’t have a strong system in place for development of tennis . We lack proper structure. But many other countries are like that too , so we have to find out our own way and live with reality.

I really want to do something for young players and Greek tennis once I retire from active tennis, I have made up my mind for sure.


Birth Place:Bad Segeberg, Germany
Plays:Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)

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