Stuttgart. It was a turn up for the books: the world No. 79, Kristina Barrois, who was given a main draw wild card for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, sensationally advanced to the quarterfinals of the long-standing tournament when beating the Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli (No. 12) 6-4, 6-2. It is something no other German has done since Anke Huber reached the last eight in 2001. At the press conference after her shock win, the 30-year-old German, who plays for a local Stuttgart club, spoke about...
… her recipe for success:
“I concentrated on playing with a lot of variety. It helped me stop Marion from pinning me to the base-line. Mats Wilander said here that, with the exception of Francesca Schiavone, there are virtually only boom-boom players on the circuit. I had it in the back of my mind and tried to mix up my shots. I also didn’t look at Marion as she is always fidgeting so that you can lose your concentration.”
…the significance of the win:
“I have never won against a player ranked so high. It obviously gives me a lot of pride. In the quarterfinal, I’ll also try to prove the decision to give me a wild card was the right one. And I’ll try not to disappoint the people who gave it to me.’
…the atmosphere in the Porsche Arena:
“When you go into a match as the rank outsider, it’s great when the crowd supports you like they do here. And it obviously also helps when everybody is right behind you. I hope it’ll be the same way in the quarters.”