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March 22, 2013
L. DAVIS/M. Keys
6‑1, 7‑5, 7‑6
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† Congratulations.¬† That was very impressive.
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Thank you very much.
Q.¬† Tell us your reactions after winning.
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† I'm so ecstatically happy.¬† I came here this morning with like no hope left that I was going to get in, because I had seen Azarenka practicing and stuff, but I just hoped and I wished and I prayed that I would get in.
And so I got a call at 10:00 a.m. saying I got in.¬† I was just so happy.¬† I didn't care if I won or lost.¬† I just was so grateful for the opportunity to play.
Q.¬† How difficult was it to quickly get ready, or were you ready just knowing you might have a chance?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† No, I was ready.¬† I came prepared, just like the last two days, just hoping I was going to get in.¬† I was ready to go.
Q.¬† This was the last hope, right, pretty much?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Yeah, I think so.¬† (Smiling.)
Q.¬† Have you ever gotten in like that before?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† I have never really signed up for lucky loser.¬† It's my first time.
Q.¬† Is it kind of unbelievable now thinking about it, the way things work out?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† It really is, just because I didn't think there was any chance I was going to get in.
I was so shocked when I got the call, but I was so happy at the same time.
Q.¬† Pretty remarkable match.¬† So many ebbs and flows, twist and turns to it.¬† What was your assessment of how things went?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† I played really well.¬† I had momentum at 6‑1, 3‑1, but I think I started thinking a bit too much and I let her in the door a little bit.
So I just relied on my fighting instincts to pull me through.¬† So I'm just really happy, yeah.
Q.¬† You both trained at the Evert Academy, right?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† She trains at USTA and I training at Evert.¬† She used to train at Evert, though.¬† They're right next to each other.
Q.¬† How well do you know her?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† I know her really well.¬† We're good friends.¬† I have known her for three or four years now.
Q.¬† You guys actually played in a final in Puerto Rico in like 2010, I think it was.¬† What do you recall about that?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† It was a close match, very close.¬† It was two sets, but it was very close.¬† We're always so competitive and the score is always really, really close.
It's the smallest things that make a difference, so...
Q.¬† What are the challenges of playing her?¬† She obviously hits very hard her serves and her returns.
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† We kind of have opposite games.¬† I'm a grinder and good baseliner.¬† She likes to keep the points shorter, big serve, big forehand.¬† She kind of plays like a guy.
So my game plan was just to go out there and I guess exploit her backhand and hit down the line when she tries to run around the forehand and just keep balls in play.
Q.¬† When did you realize this thing is turning?¬† You know, all of a sudden she had ‑‑ I think people thought she had the match won and...
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† In the tiebreaker?
Q.¬† Yeah, in the tiebreaker.¬† Take us through that as you started coming back.
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† I was pretty tired in the third set; I'm sure she was, too.¬† But she played really, really well, really aggressive.¬† She kind of took me out of my comfort zone.
Like I said, I relied on my fighting instincts.¬† I just ‑‑when I was down 6‑3 I had a feeling that I could win it, so I asked God for strength and I ended up winning.
So I'm really happy about that.
Q.¬† Where are you from?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Cleveland, Ohio.
Q.¬† How nerve‑wracking was that tiebreaker?¬† You faced three match points and she had the double fault.¬† Crazy.
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Yeah, it was so stressful, but in a good way.
It was really, really nerve‑wracking, and I'm sure my family and friends were about to have a heart attack, as well.
But I wanted it really, really badly, so I just kept on fighting and never gave up.¬† I persevered and it all paid off.
Q.¬† You said you watched Azarenka practicing?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Yeah, on the TV this morning.¬† And I saw on Twitter she was practicing yesterday, as well.
Q.¬† What were you thinking?¬† Could you tell?¬† Looking for any signs?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† She looked perfectly fine to me.¬† I wasn't paying attention too much because I thought all hope was gone already.
But, yeah, I, like, love her for pulling out, so...¬† (smiling.)
Q.¬† Have you ever talked to her before?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† No, but she's one of my role models.¬† I really, really like how she plays.
Q.¬† Do you know who you play next?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† No.
Q.¬† Do you feel like anything now is just a bonus?¬† You have this opportunity and you made the most of it?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Yeah, for sure.¬† I'm playing really well, so I'm just going to go out there and have fun and make the most out of every opportunity.
Q. ¬†You said your family was here.¬† Who exactly was here from your family today?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Actually my mom just flew in last night, but not to watch the tournament.¬† For spring break actually.¬† I'm really, really happy to see my mom.¬† I had a lot of friends come down because I live in Fort Lauderdale.
Q.¬† So mom and friends?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Yeah.
Q.¬† Is this the best win of your career?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† No.
Q.¬† What was it?¬† What do you think it was?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† I beat Wickmayer when she was like 20 in the world.¬† I never played anybody top 20 other than Stosur, though.
Q.¬† Have you been in this tournament before?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† This is my fourth year.¬† All as wildcards.¬† This is the first year I got in on my own ranking.
Q.¬† I always ask everybody from around here, does it make it more special or make it easier?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† This is for sure one of my favorite tournaments because all my friends get to come watch.¬† Miami, the city is amazing.
It's one of my favorite tournaments, yeah.¬† It's great.
Q.¬† Do you do any schooling in addition to this or no?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† I graduated high school like four months ago.¬† I was going to start some college courses, but I don't really want to do that yet, so...
Q.¬† Where did you graduate from high school?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Keystone Online High School.¬† I went to regular high school up until I was 16.
Q.¬† 11th grade?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† 10th.
Q.¬† You finished 10th grade?
LAUREN DAVIS:¬† Yeah, and then I moved to Florida and did online.
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