This is one of the more hilarious pressers I've read in quite some time. I don't know if it's the translation or what but it's full of unintentional awesomeness. All the crazy metaphors, references to gypsy tricks, and somehow Dina's been #1 for a while now? Ok, Gypsy.
Q. Well, it's probably quite pleasant to have such a nice match for the first round. It's never obvious.
VIRGINIE RAZZANO: It was not easy. You know, I was really happy with the quality of my style. The match was interesting,and playing her for the first round was not easy, against Daniela Hantuchova.
It's the same for her. I'm not that easy to beat. We thought the match would be really difficult. She was ready and I was ready. We saw it immediately when we started the first rally, the first game, the first set.
She was highly concentrated. I was concentrated. High level of play. We knew we had to go for it at the very high level and play our best from A to Z.
Q. What would you say about your style on clay at present and the near future?
VIRGINIE RAZZANO: Well, quite good, I think. As you can see today, it's really wonderful. It's great. I think I know how to play, and my level is quite good. I'm rather satisfied. I was very happy to win this match today, and as usual, I'll take match after match. I'll play my best level. I'll do the tricks I can do really well.
So I have many tricks on clay, a wide pallet of points I can play.
Q. We thought you were on the ring, boxing. We thought it looked like boxing. Would you say that mentally you were quite ready to win the match?
VIRGINIE RAZZANO: Well, I think, you know, mental preparation is very important, but also your physical condition is very important. Daniela or myself had to be ready for it, and physically, as well. All the points were tough to win, and almost all of them were winning points.
I don't think that we made any unforced errors, or not many unforced errors. Usually they were forced errors. So all in all, we had to go for it. We had to be daring and bold when necessary,when the moment was right and ripe.
We had to choose these moments and seize our opportunities. I did it. She did it. We didn't give many points easily. As you said, it was like boxing. Yes. She would fight; I would fight. She would hit; I would hit. Nice points, interesting, pleasant.
Q. Statistics are really interesting in terms of returns of serve.
VIRGINIE RAZZANO:...We have more or less the same game, the same style. We love that. It was not kicks and it was not like the Spaniards, you know. It was like kicking each other on the ring, you know. The one who physically can defend can be more aggressive. The one who's solid in terms of baseline style, and of course, it's about serving, about returning serves, as well. We've had all sorts of points, the drop balls, the returns of serves.
Q. Would you say that you help each other out?
VIRGINIE RAZZANO: Well, you know, the atmosphere is good. Marion complimented me in the cloak rooms. It was from the bottom of her heart. I found it so cute from her, so nice. She said, You don't like Hantuchova at all, do you?
Hantuchova or another girl, no, I want to do my match. I want to do my job as usual. It's true. I was so happy to win, and that's the way it is.
She congratulated me. I said congratulations, as well, for what she did yesterday, even though it was against a French player. You know, we support each other, and, you know, tennis is not an easy sport compared with other sports. It's quite a difficult sport, and we've seen this at least for the women tournaments.
It's not always easy, not always pink. You have to look at the brightside of sides. If you get support from the other French girls, it's a good thing.
Q. (Off microphone.)
VIRGINIE RAZZANO: Yes, she's really a good player on clay. She's Spanish. On clay, she was born on clay. But today, you know, it doesn't mean much. Anybody can beat anybody else, can win against anybody else.
But for women, tennis has changed so much. It's more and more complicated. We've seen this. If you look at Ivanovic, she's gone down in terms of her ranking, and at present, you know, she's no longer in the top10. Well, it will take time before she's back. It changes all the time, except for Safina. She's still No. 1, and that's been the case for a while now. Anybody can beat anybody else. That's for women.