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May 28, 2017

Timea Bacsinszky

Paris, France

T. BACSINSZKY/S. Sorribes Tormo

6-1, 6-2

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.

TIMEA BACSINSZKY: Not all together.

Q. Sounded like an easy day. Was that the case on the court?
TIMEA BACSINSZKY: It looked easy, but it was very intense. I'm not quite sure how long it lasted. Well, about an hour 20, an hour 30. But I thought I was trying to be as intense as possible as quickly as possible.

I think she was also quite tense at the start. I was on the right track. And there really weren't many openings for her to put me in a difficult position. She couldn't outpace me. If I needed to defend, I knew I could. When she was serving or not, there was, in fact, nothing that I found particularly worrying. So I actually used the opportunity.

I wouldn't say it was a fantastic game, but intensity and concentration were at a high level for me. And I think I placed my energy where and when it was needed and I've also kept energy for the next round.

Q. Did you use this first game to perhaps fine-tune what you're going to be doing later?
TIMEA BACSINSZKY: I think it's when you win that you build your confidence. I was saying that in yesterday's press conference; when you win a certain number of games, it's better. Passing the first round is of course great. But then of course you need to build that confidence and perhaps in the second round I will need to put new things into place when I see that things aren't working the best.

I think I've managed to adjust the length of my shots. When it was short balls, she was playing better. So 6-1, 6-2, sounds simple, but I would say that most of the time in today's match, the length of my shots was good. There weren't any neutral balls. I just needed, if I shortened a little, she would use that. So I think at least towards the end of the second set I really managed to adjust the length. I perhaps could have continued playing in the same way. I may have lost a couple of games, but I did fine-tune, and in order to do that you need to be very aware.

And I'm very aware of what is happening during a match and I think that today I had the right focus and energy for the fine-tuning precisely, and I hope that it will go on in the following matches.

Q. You say that you never look at the draw, but surely you must have looked.
TIMEA BACSINSZKY: I was just trying to see who I would potentially be playing in the third round. Of course, I'm playing in the first day. I don't know whether it's the top or the bottom who are playing. I'm just waiting for the name of whoever it's going to be. But then, obviously, I know that it will be either going to be Goerges or Brengle. I hope they're still playing. Oh, it's 10-10. Yes. I would like her. I'm rooting for her. I really hope she can beat that record. Great if they're still playing.

So I don't need to answer your question. Great. I don't need to answer that fateful question, what do you think of your next opponent?

Q. Did you look at where Kiki Bertens was?
TIMEA BACSINSZKY: No, I'm just it's already complicated enough to focus on your own opponents. When you're playing in Grand Slam tournaments, most players are very well prepared.

But there's a lot of demand from all directions. In Rabat there weren't that many people. So there are a lot of demands from all sides. So I just try to stay on track and all of the other players take care of themselves.

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