Interview of the Day - Sorana Cirstea

26 September, 22:26

Having won her only WTA career title at Tashkent in 2008 and  Once a top 25 player Sorana is hanging on the tour  with top 100 finishes for the last 11 years  . She  is a person on a mission  and today reached the semi-finals  of the  Tashkent Open  .

Sunder  Iyer of the Tashkent Media team met up with Sorana after her win over  giant killer  Danka Kovinic   today .

How do you rate  your match  today ?

" It was good quality match  Kovinic serves well , I found myself   a little tight in the second set , but managed to get back from 2-5 to 5-5  but lost the set , I found my rhythm again in the third and it was quick third set  .

How do you look at your semifinals against Zavatska tomorrow ?

 I have never seen my opponent at other tournaments and have seen her play for the first time in Tashkent , if she's made it to the semifinals means she is great shape and form , will be looking forward to a contest tomorrow.

2008 and 2019 now , you have remained   consistent over the years  , how do you compare  yourself ?

 " I was a kid when I won here in 2008 , however its been ups and downs in the last 11 years   but I'm happy to have remained in the top 100 in spite of the tougher competitors, and aggressive tennis that is played  . Tennis has changed for sure in the last decade and I'm a witness to this change ,  nowadays the competition is tougher, the speed has changed , girls are playing aggressively ,  they travel with teams , but I have survived because its matter of mindset but I have adapted well

What keeps Sorana Going ?

What keeps me going is that  I still feel that I can still achieve a great deal , I still feel I  have lot of tennis in me and can get better , this motivates me to do better and better , the day I will stop being motivated I will retire

You have retired  from the Romanian FED cup team , so you will miss the Tokyo Olympics ?

I have Played two Olympics at Beijing and London , unfortunately  I missed Rio due to injury this year  I have retired from Fed Cup   after playing for  14 years  where I gave everything to my country so I'll   miss Tokyo but I will keep playing as long I feel happy on the court and the tour.