Interview of the day : Anastasia Potapova, former world No 1 Junior

25 September, 16:43

Focusing on Game , not rankings : Potapova

Tashkent , September 25 :  "  I'm trying to focus on  improving my game and  not on  my rankings ", said former World No 1 . junior  Anastasia  Potopova  while speaking to the Tashkent Media Team

The 17 year old  Russian  who is creating waves  on the WTA tour  upset fourth seeded  and 73 ranked Stefanie Voegele  to move into the second round of singles and then combined with country mate Margarita Gasparyan to move into the quarterfinals of  the doubles here.

Potapova  who  played her  second WTA main draw match  this year at the St. Petersburg  falling to Caroline Wozniacki easily  , she  reached  her first professional clay final in Rome losing to  Dayana Yastremska  . Entering the Moscow River Cup as a  wildcard , Potapova  defeated two top-100 players and came out of nowhere to make her maiden WTA final   faltering  at the last hurdle going down to  fellow 17-year-old Olga Danilović    thus managing to make her top-150 debut  .

 It's a tough journey for one  to move from juniors to seniors , I think  the entire focus that my team has is to improve my game , rather than running after points , she said

When asked on how she is focused on the game when other children age are having fun  , the young Potapova said "  My family and team   help me a lot  , my  grandmother  and my mother Julia and my coach    keep me focused on the game and they keep pushing me .

I'm really happy that my coach Irina is currently travelling with me  " Kind as a mom and tough as a coach " , this has helped me to reach where I'm , sometimes it's difficult to take important decisions but she helps me , it helps to keep me balanced . 

On managing her studies and Tennis Potapova said " I have no choice  I have to study , I carry my books on the tour and try and make use of my time to keep up with the studies , sometimes I have my teachers helping me on Skype to help me understand and complete assignments . I  love to study and will continue to study , she said smiling

When questioned about her outlook on her future the 17 year old Russian said " I want to be the best on the WTA  tour . I'm  so happy to compete on the higher level , I did my best and hope to be regular in the tour and keep Competing at higher level events in the coming months" .

Asked on her impressions of the Tashkent Open , she said "  It's my first time here  and I'm loving it  and the organization  And  I hope to stay here for longer time winning my matches "