Russian tennis player Anastasia Myskina explains her successful performance at the Wimbledon Open by support on the part of Russia's first president Boris Yeltsin, as well as by her liking for old Soviet movies. Myskina made this revelation at a press conference, after defeating Hungary's Aniko Kapros in the second round of the Wimbledon Open.
Surely enough, Boris Yeltsin gives us inspiration; and we want to play as best as we can, Myskina noted. (Boris Yeltsin is an avid tennis player - Ed.) Somehow he doesn't get to see my games, Myskina said with regret. Nonetheless, it gives me strength to know that Boris Yeltsin attends the tournament, and that he is an emotional fan, she added. Yeltsin, who arrived at the Wimbledon Open as a guest of honor, watches some matches involving Russian tennis players.
When asked whether she had brought her favorite films to London, Myskina replied that she had taken quite a few movies with her; their list includes "Three Plus Two", Girls", "Tiger Tamer" and "Office Affair". I can watch each one five times in a row, Myskina said.
Commenting on the possible outcome of her bout with Amy Frazier of the United States in the third round, Myskina said that match won't be easy.
Talking about her future rival's style, Myskina noted flat strokes, which don't bounce the ball off the grass-court; that's why I think it will be harder for me to play with her, Myskina told correspondents.
It should be mentioned here that Myskina had lost the first set to Kapros, subsequently pulling herself together and winning the next two sets. I had a hard time defeating my Hungarian rival, Myskina stressed.
I found it pretty hard to play so late today after all those rains, intervals and delays, Myskina went on to say.
When asked about a doctor, who appeared on the court in the middle of the match, Myskina said she had to replace a loose corn plaster on her hand.
Talking about preparations for the next match, Myskina said she won't face any individual rivals today, and that she had a pairs match ahead of her. I want to distract myself from individual matches; and I hope the pairs event will help, Myskina said in conclusion.