– Did you pinch yourself?
– Excuse me, what do you mean?
– (translates into Spanish)
– No, I do not want to wake up (smiling).
– You said that you worked a lot before the season resumed. What has changed in your game? When did you feel that your level had increased?
– I trained a lot of my strokes, forward, backhand, serve. But I think I have grown most of all in terms of mentality.
– You are from Rosario, where Messi and Di Maria also come from. In 2008, they won a gold medal at the Olympics. Next year you will participate in the Olympics. Do you think you can bring another gold medal?
– I would like to. It will be very cool. It will be my first Olympiad. I will try to enjoy the participation.
– It was already the eighth match for you in Paris. How do you feel? It seems that today was your first match. What is your physical condition?
– Fortunately, I feel fresh. Nothing hurts me and nothing bothers me. Before Roland Garros I won the tournament. There are five more matches. Fortunately, I am all right.
– I will ask a question that does not concern women’s tennis. Every evening we discuss the possibility of a final between Rafa and Novak. What are your thoughts?
– The question is, who will win?
– Will there be a final between Nadal and Djokovic?
– No, no. I think the final will be Diego Schwartzman (laughs).
– Can you believe that you are the first Argentinean woman in the semi-final since 2004?
– This is a very special moment for me. We don’t have many tennis tournaments in Latin America. It is very hard for girls in tennis. So I think it’s very good that I show such results. Perhaps, it will help young tennis players.
– A few days ago in an interview in Spanish you said that there was a period when you doubted whether to continue playing tennis. When was this period? What was the hardest period in your career?
– It was two or three years ago. I was haunted by injuries. I lost my rating. I had no money to start playing tennis again. It was a very difficult period in my life also because I changed my whole team. I worked with my previous coach for 10 years before we broke up. I was confused and didn’t know what to do.
– How many people are in your team now?
– At the moment I live in Alicante. I am coached by Juan Pablo Guzman and Emiliano Redondi. In Argentina I have a physio Diego Rodriguez. My doctor Martiniano is in Argentina with Diego. He has a good relationship with Juan Cabal. I have a big team. In Alicante, I have another physio, Fernando Nicolau. That is why I have two bases in Argentina and Alicante.
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