Interview of the day - Olga Govortsova

25 September 2009

By Sunder Iyer

On behalf of the Tashkent Open Media Team

Seeded Fourth at Tashkent, Govortsova is regular to the Tashkent Open, having started here as a qualifier reaching the semifinals in 2007, and now making it to the semifinals again. Olga spoke to the Media Team after overcoming close friend Darya Kustova

You liking playing at Tashkent Open , don t you?

Yes, this is one of my favorite tournaments, playing here is like playing at home. I started playing here first as a qualifier in 2005. I reached the Semifinals in 2007, but last year I was not well and lost first round. But I m happy to be back and playing well too! I think I ll do better this year .

So tell us about Today s match?

I ve known Darya since the age of 6, and we have played a lot of tennis together, we have represented Belarus in Olympic doubles. I knew her game and know that she is very tough player. I had to give all my best today and finally won the match.

This your fisrt Semifinal on the WTA tour this year ,and also it s not been a good year for you till now?

It is very true that my performances have not been , consistent I was not well at the beginning of the year and have missed quite a bit of tennis, Also I have not done well at the beginning of the year, but I have made my comeback in May this year after a small break , and have been playing well since then.

You will now play Peer in the semifinals, what are your thoughts on tomorrow s match?

Olga : I have played Shahar three times before and have won every time , I know her game well and also know how to handle her game. She s playing well, but I need to play my game and play aggressive like I always do

So you think you are contender for the title?

Smiles, I know they present the national dress of Uzbekistan to the winner, and I ve always wanted it. This year is no different, and I ll go all out for sure.