Q. Well done. How nice is it to be back in the second round again?
Q. What was your game plan?
So I knew that I was match fit and ready to go, so pretty much to focus on my game and do the things that I do well, and, yeah, I was able to do that today.
Q. Is that part of the game plan, just to move her around the court? You said she hadn't had as much match fitness as you had over the last few months.
She's obviously not at the level that she probably was when she was No. 2 in the world. She's a quality opponent still. Yeah, part of my game plan was just to serve well, do the things that I do really well, and take all the confidence that I have had over the last few months into that match. I think that really helped me today.
Q. Is this as fit as you have ever been? And if so, how important is it in conditions like we are having here this week?
I have worked really, really hard every day to get in the best possible shape I can get in. The hotter, the better for me. I know it's going to be really hot all week.
Yeah, I'm prepared, and I'm ready for whatever conditions come. But, yeah, I think obviously when you've been training in this type of heat it's definitely an advantage, and, yeah, if it's 40 on the day that I play, I'll be happy.
Q. You think a Perth girl is used to this kind of heat, gives you a little bit of an edge?
Q. The cricket test match when it was 40 degrees every single day in Perth, were you training pretty hard during that period?
Q. Three weeks ago.
Physically, yeah, I was in the gym. I'd play a match, and I'd go and train and do all my off court stuff. I was pretty buggered, and especially after the playoff, I was pretty exhausted, but it certainly put me in good stead for the last month of tennis and for the rest of the year and for the rest of my career, you know, however long I play for.
Q. It's a good start. Obviously a lot of matches. You have a new coach and you're injury free. Anything I'm forgetting?
I know what I want to gain from the game. I know when I walk out on the court how I want to play. He's been fantastic getting me to this point. I had a lot of matches. Physically great, no injuries. So now it's just about going out on the court competing hard and seeing what I've got, and I will be doing that again on Wednesday.
Q. Making that first round victory, Grand Slam of all the tournaments, does it lift the confidence even more than just a regular tournament?
Gives me a lot of confidence, you know, going into the rest of the year, as well. Yeah, it's all good.
Q. Can you talk specifically about Flipkens, your history with her, and what you're expecting?
And I do know that my fellow lefty West Australian Storm played her last week in Hobart and lost 7 6 in the third. I know I can gain a lot from her and take that into the match.
I have seen a lot of her play. So taking that one into consideration, you know, it will be a tough match. She's a seeded player here. But I also believe that if I do all the right things and I compete hard and I can execute well, I certainly have a good shot.
Yeah, I will just recover well today and have a nice day tomorrow. Yeah, get ready for Wednesday.
Q. The match today, marathon third game in the second set, couple of break points, you were very successful in your line call challenges. Was that the turning point? Do you think you broke her spirit then?
So, yeah, that was a really good I'm glad I challenged and stayed in that game. I think that was a big turning point in terms of the second set, and, yeah, I was quite nervous there in the end serving it out. Match point is a bit of a blur, but at the end of the day I got the win and that was kind of all that mattered.
Q. You won the match point, by the way.
Q. Do you have shoulder problem? Were you out with a shoulder problem for a period of time?
Q. What was the shoulder problem?
Q. 41 degrees tomorrow. It's your day off. How do you spend it? Just relaxing or a little bit of court work?
I feel like the schedule has worked in my favor to be able to get in on a Monday, get my match done. Now I can go back and sit in the air con and have a massage and watch everyone else sweat it out.
Yeah, tomorrow for me will be just about having a little bit of a hit, freshen up, and probably stay out of the heat, I would imagine.