Q. You stayed so competitive in the first set. Give us an idea what happened in the second.
In first I think I was three games, four games, I was up 30 Love, I didn't manage to win the game. After she won first two games, she just, I would say, relaxed. She was more relaxed and she was going for her shots.
After it was impossible for me to do something and be aggressive because she was just really, really playing well.
Q. How proud are you of yourself right now?
You know, it was my first Grand Slam finals and I'm just proud with the way I handle it. You know, I just went on the court. I wanted to play my best tennis. It wasn't easy against her because she was playing extremely well.
So I'm quite happy.
Q. Of the two players, you seemed the least nervous in the first set. Did you feel that she might have been a little nervous?
So, yeah, but always when it was tight and she played a big point.
Q. In the presentation ceremony, you looked very calm. Was that an act or were you able to think that it was a great moment?
Q. How do you think your life might change?
So, yeah, we'll see.
Q. On the stand there was Chris Evert. Li Na, as well. Do you sense she's a special personality?
It was nice to be there next to her and to Chrissy.
Q. What did you feel was the difference between you and Li?
Then she could push me from the first balls, and I was under pressure all the times. Sometimes I catch myself running one meter behind the baseline. That's not how I play.
This is why she was better.
Q. You have Germany in the Fed Cup. Do you see that as a chance to have a homecoming?
Q. What did you do to prepare for the match today? How did you spend your day?
We came here at like 4:00. I had hit on Rod Laver. I had two hours before the match to be prepared and get ready everything.
Q. When you were walking through the corridors, it looked like you were trying to stop yourself from smiling. How much did you enjoy that moment?
Q. How much confidence does this give you for the future?
Q. Do you feel you can win a Grand Slam?
Q. Is it going to be a challenge, Domi, to keep the tennis at this level so you'll be a force at every Grand Slam and WTA event?
Yeah, this is what the best players are about.
Q. Does this change your expectation leading into something like Roland Garros?
I don't want to see it as a pressure, you know. I want to keep going like that. I already did well before at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, so I can play on every surface.
Q. Chris Evert said she was impressed by your work ethic. What value did you get from spending time at her academy?
But I always put so much into the work, you know, because I need to be fit and I need to practice really a lot to play my best tennis. And as you could see, it pays off.
I really, really work hard I would say more than 100%.
Q. Many great players lose a Grand Slam final before they win one. How much do you think you learned from this two weeks?
Now I know that it's just another match, you know, in your life. That's how you have to take it.
When I played my first semifinals of a Grand Slam I just went on the court. I was 19 years old. I was just like happy I'm already there and I was not fighting for the finals. Now I know how is it to play the finals.
I'm not saying it was the same today, but I think you have to go through some things to learn, you know.
Q. Playing the fourth seed of the tournament, did you get an idea of what you need to do with your own game to get into the top 10?
Q. Have you spoken to your parents yet?
We were text message the whole two weeks. Now I was on the bike so she called me. I was like, Oh, mom. I heard after two weeks. It was nice.
Q. What did she say?
Q. You're famous for your activities after the finals. In San Diego you slid into the water. In Palo Alto …
Q. What are you going to do here?
I'm sure it's going to be a big celebration when I get back home with the people, and then I will have my private celebration.
Q. What's the best way to celebrate in Bratislava?
Q. Will you make sure your parents are here next year just in case?
My dad's always saying it's too far. But we'll see.
Q. Why didn't your parents watch the match?