All-Access Hour with Jule Niemeier
“There are no easy opponents at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix”
Jule Niemeier, the German No. 1, got off to a mixed start to the season. Her win in the Billie Jean King Cup at the weekend however was good for her self-confidence. At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she has been drawn to face the Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan. She spoke about...
...Porsche Team Germany’s success in the Billie Jean King Cup:
“For me personally, the Billie Jean King Cup weekend was naturally brilliant because I won my singles to contribute a point to the team’s win. Now I naturally hope to take the momentum into this week, or at least into the coming weeks should things don’t go my way this week.”
...her performances so far this season:
“If you don’t play like you expect then a certain amount of pressure builds up within. It’s totally normal. However, I wouldn’t say I’ve come to Stuttgart in a nervous frame of mind. I’m really looking forward to everything. The weekend with the girls is always lots of fun. I’m all the more happy I was able to help the team and to have kicked-off the clay court season with a win.”
...her tough first round opponent Elena Rybakina:
“When you come to Stuttgart then you know what’s awaiting you. There are no easy opponents here. Therefore it doesn’t matter who you are up against – whether it’s Rybakina or any other player for that matter. I’ll simply try to play my game, work on my things and then hope everything will end positively.”
...the world No. 1 Iga Swiatek:
“She played an extremely good and consistent season last year. If I can remember rightly, she won five tournaments in succession. At the start of this year, you could however see that other players are in a position to win Grand Slams. She obviously remains a very dangerous opponent and one that moves extremely well which doesn’t make it easy to play her. You have to play the rally right to the end as she hardly ever makes a unforced error because she’s extremely consistent.”
...her status as the German No. 1:
“I don’t really care about it much. In one week, Tatjana (Maria) is on top and then I’m in front of her again – it doesn’t do me much personally. Every player ultimately plays for themselves. Obviously, it’s nice to be the No. 1 but that’s all really.”
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