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|Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova's loss in the second round of the French Open caught her by surprise.|
I'm really discouraged right now; it's tough to say something positive at the moment. I didn't expect to lose in the second round of the French Open, because I felt pretty good today. My warm-ups went well, and I was able to work on some of the mistakes I made in my first match on Sunday. I did manage to start this match off better, but I think the cloudy weather conditions are a little tough to work with, and the two-and-a-half-day break between matches isn't ideal. But it is how it is. I did what I could, and had a lot of chances, but didn't use them.
|Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova's mom, Marina, and coach, Martina Hingis, at Anastasia's match against Petra Cetkovska.|
My opponent, Petra Cetkovska, stayed very calm, and was consistent throughout the whole match. She didn't show much emotion, and I think it really helped her. I let her calmness bother me, as I was fighting for every point and showing a lot of emotion.
But I have to leave this in the past, forget about it, move on and work harder. When I was a junior, I used to think about a match that I lost for a couple of days or even weeks, and keep replaying it in my head. I would get so down and lose confidence for the next tournament and lose the motivation to work hard. Right now, though, I have great people around me: My mom is very positive, and my coach, Martina Hingis, is too. They believe in me, so they push me forward.
I hate losing but I'm sure my doubles match on Thursday with my partner, Lucie Safarova, will go much better. I was watching Lucie's match today and I felt really bad for her -- she lost a very close match against American Jamie Hampton, and she, like me, had a lot of chances to come back. So I think we will both be very motivated for doubles. We both enjoy playing together, and hopefully our losses will push us even more!