Magda Linette, Poland
ITF ranking: 149
Seeding: No1 in the current tournament
How much importance do you give to this tournament?
This is the last tournament of 2013 and I want to conclude the year by winning it. I lost in semifinals in Pune ITF. So, this tournament is important for me.
How do you rank ITF event keeping in view that you’ve played twice in Wimbledon?
Each and every match is important for me. I played Wimbledon in 2011 and 2013. But the condition and court is different in different tournaments. Though I like to play on grass, I lost the first round in Wimbledon.
You are a top-seeded player with a better ITF ranking in this tournament. Do you see a tough challenge from other players?
Like I said, each and every match is important for me. Even top rank players loses to a new entrant. It all depends on how you play. I like hard court and most of the players around the world prefer hard court. So, there is tough challenge from other players here in this tournament.
What is the difference you see between grass court and hard court?
Wimbledon is the oldest event of tennis and is played in grass court. The ball keeps a little low in grass court and some times there is uneven bounce, which needs very fast reaction. Whereas in hard court, the bounce is similar throughout the match.
How much tennis is popular in Poland?
Though football is more popular in my country, there is substantial number of people who play tennis. Tennis is quite popular and the young generation enjoy the sport the most.
How is the experience of coming and playing in India?
This is my first visit to this country. First, I played in Pune and now in Navi Mumbai. I am surprised to see the enthusiasm for the game here. The match venue is nice and people are very supportive.
Who are your role models?
Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal are my role models.