Interview of the Day - Margarita Gasparayan

26 September 2018

Former world No 41 Maragarita Gasparayan  scored one of the biggest win on her comeback trail as she  upset  fifth seeded and 74th ranked Tatjana Maria of Germany 6-2,3-6,7-6(2) after coming back from 0-4 deficit  in the decider and  make it to her first WTA  quarterfinals in nearly 2 years.

Gasparayan  who has won one singles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour, also bettered her record at Tashkent Open  reaching the last eight having fallen in the first round once and the round of 16 twice

Having spent more than 16 months  out due to injury , Gasparayan  came into the tournament with a Protected ranking  . I  have Not played for a  Year now due to injury   ,  but I'm feeling good now , happy to end on the winning  side" said the smiling Russian  speaking to the Tashkent open Media team

Speaking on her match which she came back from 0-4 down in the third set   Gaparayan said " I played aggressively in the first set.  In the second set I made mistakes , in the third set  I  just  got lost and went down 0-4 , but the I  spoke to my coach , he told me be composed and   gather my confidence and then I went for my strokes as I had nothing to lose  . She was playing good in the match and attacking until she missed a volley at a break point at 5-5 and  that got me going  .

"I'm happy to survive  and  looking at  making a solid comeback and making it to the circuit on my own , I  still have two three events with protected ranking and trying to make most of it", said the 24 year old .

On her future plans she said  "I will be looking at the season in Australia in 2019,  and till than all the tournaments I play are important for me".

On asked  how the lay off affected her , She said   " It had   really  been hard.  It's tough physically and mentally , I'm working with my physiologist and trying to ensure that I'm fit to make a comeback and get back into the top 100.

"When you're young you  want to  go  all out , you want to show how brave you are and play attacking   , but as you grow older you get  more experienced  I  know how  to pace the game   , Gaparayan said while talking about  what lessons she learnt from her  long lay off.