Q. Sort of an odd up and down match. Talk about it overall.
She obviously played amazing defense today, getting a lot of balls. So I think that what was happen in the second set. But I'm glad I could just turn it around in the end and really get back into it and play the way I was playing in the first set.
Q. It's not often that you face players that come into net that much. Talk about that.
Yeah, she went for her shots. Sometimes it was surprising, but then I realized that I just have to be alert on every point because you don't really know what's going to come.
So I had to adapt and try to refocus my game, trying to control and move her around myself.
Q. How were the conditions inside?
Q. Did you get to practice in the morning outside?
Q. What was the day like for you? There was heat, thunder, lightning, all that.
Q. Did you watch any of the other matches?
Q. How do you feel you're playing overall? Sometimes it takes you a little while to get into Grand Slam tournaments.
I think you can always improve there and there, just try to lift your game up. But it's just important trying to find that little bit to get better with every single match you play.
Q. Have you changed what you want to do with your serve now? I know you go for placement more than power. Were you consistently hitting it harder the first part of the year? Have there been changes at all?
I think it takes time, you know, to get that. I think it's one of the toughest shots technically to manage. You know, adjusting my body with a different type of fitness, it takes time to have that perfect timing.
But I feel I'm in the right way of working with the things and get better.
Q. So is the intention service winners, aces on the first serve, or just a good serve so you can get a first ball that you can control the point with?
Q. Why the change with the fitness?
So all this I adjust. It really takes time.
Q. In your mind, what would be a successful 2014, aside from improving your skills?
The most important for me is try to stay as healthy as possible, and that will be a successful year for me, just to make sure I can play every tournament I go and finish that.
Q. Did you help design Red Foo's shirts and his group? Do you get approval over those at all?
So I wanted to do those shorts and some other ones, the designs they will make in the next couple days. I just want to share it with my fans. They're my biggest fans, so they were wearing those.
Q. Victoria, what is the story of your name?
So I really like that name because it is very international, but I still feel my roots as Belorussian.
Q. Is that the same grandmother that kicked your butt?
Q. So you owe a fair amount to her?
She came to see me in L.A. for the first time. She never travels anywhere. I said, Well, if you're going to fly somewhere, why don't you make it a long trip?
She was so happy she came. I spent some time with her during my off season. It was great. She said she'll be coming a lot more.
Q. So L.A. is a long ways away. What were her impressions of all that?
She loved being on the beach. Walking around. I think the most she just loved to spend time with me.
Q. Did you take her to Disneyland?
Q. Name of the steak place in Los Angeles?
Q. Are you feeling any pressure because Novak has won three times?
Of course, I know that I won here twice before, but this is completely new year for me and I always take it one at a time. I know it's a long road where I only just played the second round. I just really want to focus on one game at a time.