Latest 3 Jan 2013

Vesnina loves magical New Zealand

Vesnina loves magical New Zealand

Her own plans for the past New Year’s Eve in this “magical” place involved eating some dinner, saying happy New Year to her father and then going to bed at 12.10am. Such is the life of a professional athlete.

Vesnina told media when asked about New Zealand: “It’s beautiful, you have great nature here, it’s green all over and I’m really enjoying spending my time here.”

Whether she continues to enjoy her time in Auckland will depend on how she copes with facing top seed and world no.4 Agnieszka Radwanska in today’s quarterfinal. But Vesnina is not daunted by the draw - she is ready for the challenge.

“You always have to believe in yourself. I definitely believe in myself and I think that I can make it. When confidence comes and you’re winning matches, then anything is possible.”

She is aware that Radwanska’s style of play can be very frustrating for her opponents.

“Radwanska is a very smart player. She will make you feel like you are playing cat and mouse on the court and she’ll make you run all over the court. You have to be both very calm and very aggressive with her.”

When quizzed about her game plan for today’s match, the 2009 ASB Classic runner-up stated,” I have to use my power and my serve, she’s not that powerful a player. She just uses pace very well, and changes the direction and power of her ball.”

As well as the Vesnina/Radwanska clash, today’s centre court action features the other two seeds left in the tournament - Mona Barthel and Yanina Wickmayer. Two more seeds were knocked out yesterday including second seed Julia Goerges as well as Kiwi no. 1 Marina Erakovic.