Sorana Cirstea, overwhelmed at Wimbledon. He saw what was happening at the tournament

Sorana Cirstea qualified for the second round at Wimbledon after defeating Aleksandra Krunic, score 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1).

Cîrstea, 32 years old, 32nd place in the WTA, won after one hour and 44 minutes. Now in the direct duels with Krunic, the Romanian is 4-1. “Sori” had recently overtaken the Serbian, in Birmingham, in the eighth, score 6-1, 6-1.

For her success, Sorana obtained a check for 78,000 pounds.

Sorana Cirstea, overwhelmed at Wimbledon! The Romanian woman’s reaction, after seeing what was actually happening at the tour: “He wasn’t on TV! I began to understand with maturity “

How the match between Sorana Cirstea and Aleksandra Krunic from Wimbledon.

What Sorana Cîrstea decided just before the Wimbledon tournament regarding the coach Andrei Cociașu.

ProSport: Match with everything, played in picnic conditions even if the famous “Henman’s Hill” was on the other side of the arena.

Sorana Cîrstea: The ground was half in the sun, half in the shade, a lot of people were passing by, everyone was talking. It was a little weird. Lots of waiting until I entered the match (ed. – the rain delayed the matches)… I am part of tennis.

A meeting in which you led to the beginning of the set and dominated their end…

It was a match in which, honestly, I did not feel comfortable on the field. I didn’t manage to play at the best level, but the important thing is that I managed to find a solution to win.

Moments that created the difference or crisis situations caused by their own mistakes assumed as risk?

I think I had 5-3, 40-15, I played well up there and if I didn’t take that set I think it was a bit not easy for me. I’m glad that I managed to win the match with a not great game and, also, the feeling on the field was not great. Good thing I managed to fight and finish in two sets.

Is it motivating that you can win even when you don’t play well?

It’s even more important: when you play well it’s very easy to win! You can beat anyone and beat 6-1: 6-1 without looking back. But, those days when you don’t play very well, when you don’t feel great on the field, when you have to fight, to find solutions.

At work I had a very low percentage, 49 percent. I had to find more variation in two (n.red.- service with the second ball) so that the opponent does not get used to it. That’s what tennis is all about, finding solutions based on what you have in the arsenal that day.

Did the “first return” make a difference? Did it help you a lot because you had 9 extra points?

Yes, especially on this surface, one of my goals is not to give gifts in return. Even though it is quite difficult to score, even on the second return, because it is a fairly fast surface, the ball sits down. The important thing is not to give gifts.

Mathematically on the “return”, the percentages are equal: 42 percent each.

I think it made a difference that I was much more consistent, I always put an extra ball and 9 points, I think it’s huge in a 7-6: 7-6 match.

You said “service.” Did you force the “second ball” because those four “double faults” appeared?

At one point I had three balls in which I did not play with “service 1” and I had to play with “2”. It returned pretty well on “service 2” and then I tried to give a little more, to give a little more effect. Normally there are more mistakes because I took a higher risk.

You were talking about the surface, about this game at a tournament in which, in the first week, the grass is not blunted. The ground is still slow, no longer cutting the grass at 8 millimeters, but at 12 millimeters.

It really makes sense because this year the terrain seemed very slow to me. The ball, at some point, does not go, does not slide as it normally does on the grass, it stops a lot. I thought it was different from Birmingham, it seemed different from the training grounds. Indeed, it seemed slower to me! It makes sense because the taller the grass, the slower the surface. Is there a reason they did that?

No, simply to slow down the game not to win the matches only with “services like cannon”.

Ok, ok I get it! I prefer the grass to be 8 millimeters high. It makes sense because I thought the pitch was much slower.

Is it hard for you to play the “cut ball” on the “lapel” especially when the ball is low?

Honestly I have a pretty good slice and I still have it lucrative in training. I try to work it in the match as well. I don’t feel uncomfortable when the slice comes from the other side because I have solutions: I can sit down, I can turn back and right, I can sound and cut. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but I should use it more, especially since I’ve been training it in these weeks of grass. Normally, it takes a while to implement any adjustments.

“We finished with Adrian Cruciat after Roland Garros, by mutual agreement”

You made changes in your team, I saw Andrei Cociașu with you again. Is it a certainty?

I finished with Adrian Cruciat after Roland Garros, by mutual agreement. I think we had a good time together but I think that after a period of years the routine appears, the monotony appears and at some point you feel the need for change. We were both on the same wavelength, it was no problem to end the collaboration, we both thought the same about the relationship block.

Normally, after 4 years, that monotony appears both in training and in the habit of the match, the way things are presented to you. Many times, when you simply force a change of vision or voice, you suddenly click there. With Andrei (no Cociașu) I had 10 good days of training in Bucharest. I asked him for help and I think I did, I made a good decision. In Birmingham we got along well, it was a week beyond expectations, in the semifinals we were two points away from the final. Not necessarily the result as the way I played, from the first match I did the right thing, solid and I was overwhelmed by the performance. I also have a young team, and a fitness trainer. At the moment I’m happy with how things are going. I take it week after week.

Why is it special for you on the Sunday before the start of the Wimbledon tournament?

It has always been a great feeling for me not to be able to play on Sunday. The base is empty on the Sunday before the tournament, a way before the war starts, the competition starts is a total silence. Personally, I find something special that you can’t find at any other tournament. There is no place in tennis where you can not play on the fields. That view, from above, from the terrace. It is a solemn atmosphere, it fills your soul. I was also excited about the Sunday between the two weeks of the tournament but it will be played for the first time. Sin! I’m a fan of tradition!

“When I think of tennis, I think of white. White means tradition “

The white imposed on clothing, on equipment here at Wimbledon, what does it mean to you? The perfect timing with this shade of tennis?

When I think of tennis, I think of white. White means tradition, for so many years, 135 years, it has been played in white. There are two special weeks in which the rules must be followed. You are happy to respect these rigors, everyone is in white from top to bottom. With that green given the perspective of the countless fields on which the players appear in white is something special. It’s the only tournament where when you get to play you have butterflies in your stomach. It’s something unique that you can’t find anywhere else on the circuit.

Does it affect you that there are no points in the ranking?

Personally, it doesn’t affect me that much because I generally play for results. I’m at a point towards the end of my career, I’m at the end of the road. I want great results and you can get these at Grand Slams. I will succeed well, I will not succeed in changing what I am. I try everything I can and for me the result is paramount. A great result at a big tournament. The points don’t affect me that much. Probably after a certain age you see things differently or at least I don’t play for points, I don’t play for money. Simply play for results, titles and tennis.

You were raised on slag and yet you are fascinated by Wimbledon, the grass. In our country, it says on the signs that you are not allowed to step on the grass. How did you get inoculated with this unique and special feeling as spectacularly unique in tennis?

Unfortunately, in our country, sports leave much to be desired. I am very grateful to the coaches: when I was little, because we don’t have the infrastructure, in the winters I always trained in a high school hall, on the floor after the high school students finished their classes. I came at 8 o’clock in the evening and stayed until 12 at night and played on the floor. My people came, measured the ground, drew some lines and the parquet is an extremely fast surface.

I practically played on the floor for 4-5 months of the year, from November to the beginning of April. That’s how I created an offensive game. I remember it was the bottom line, and a meter and a half behind was the wall. I was forced to sit on the bottom line. I think that helped me a lot: it helped me to stay on the line, to take the ball fast, to play aggressively, to have a fast hand, to coordinate quickly. Out of something less good, not having the necessary training conditions, something very good came out, I think. That’s why I’m a little atypical. Even though I grew up on slag but I have an aggressive game that fits on fast surfaces. Thanks to that prosecutor’s office.

“It’s the most beautiful sporting event in the world!”

Do you still have your first Wimbledon memory? On TV or as a junior?

When I was a kid, Wimbledon wasn’t on TV. I came here as a junior but not when I realized the importance of Wimbledon itself but when I first played in seniors. I was 18, I think, that’s when I started to understand the tradition with maturity. You feel the grass surface differently. You’re starting to like it more and more. You appreciate some things that used to bother you. It is the most beautiful sporting event in the world!

Should your game naturally adapt to the specifics of Wimbledon?

Yes, it is a surface that suits my game. I play pretty straight, I move decently, I sit down. I have good will, I have slice, service as well. Not like it was against Krunic. In the next match, I hope! The game suits me on the grass, especially since I have a quick rocket retreat and take the ball up. The grass clearly suits me.

You’ve done round 3 here at Wimbledon 4 times. Did you feel that you had to adjust something to exceed this threshold as a game, strategy, tactics?

It’s the Grand Slam where it takes a few years for you to understand the playing surface and what you have to do. The season is very short: it’s three weeks, maximum 4. It’s very difficult to come to Wimbledon first and win. I don’t know what the stats are but I think you have to have a certain maturity to win Wimbledon and you have to have played a few times to be able to figure it out. From year to year I feel that I understand the grass better and better. I understand what I have to do and why it jumps so low. I only did lap 3 but I feel I can do more.

I remember a match with Muguruza in which I played impeccably and later I lost because Garbine knew how to reply. Last year I played with pectin rupture. Grass is a surface on which I can make a good result! I started looking at the grass with different eyes, I’m not so scared anymore. I started to like it because I know what I have to play on the grass. If I understand it, I have a different perspective on the game.

What you are saying is a conjugation with what you achieved in Birmingham. You never managed to play a grass semifinal before Wimbledon…

I know it’s hard for people to understand, I don’t keep statistics, but it was the first time I did a grass semifinal. I was a little shocked because I was convinced that over time I played well on the grass. It was a week in Birmingham that could have been much better, but the important thing was the display, favoring preparation for Wimbledon.

Did the semi-final defeat in Birmingham also have good parts?

You live with the feeling that you could win a tournament. it gives you wings, a good match that I lost on my hand and I drove all the time even if, in the important moments, I didn’t take my chances. It gave me confidence that I can do good grass things.