Few days ago she won the doubles title in Sydney with her partner Timea Babos. Tomorrow Lucie Safarova will play her first round match at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season. While she was still in Sydney, Lucie Safarova has kindly taken a bit of her time to answer some questions for me about her off season, her new partnership with Andrea Hlavackova and her goals for this season.
For the first time of her career Lucie Safarova decided to spend her off season outside Czech Republic. With her coach Rob Steckley, Safarova worked hard for this new season in Florida. Even if it was tough to be far from home during christmas, Safarova believes this choice will help her : « There has been a lot of female players with whom I was able to play games, and there was a similar climate as in Australia, it will definitely help me. It was a different experience. I of course was very homesick. Christmas is not very nice on the plane. That was very sad because my family could only talk via skype, while we sang carols. They sent me a packet of sweets and wishes, it was really great. »
And for this new season Lucie Safarova made another change. After a year playing doubles with success with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, she will now play with her great friend, olympic games’ medalist, and grand slams’ winner, Andrea Hlavackova : « Doubles is important for me too, but I want to enjoy doubles too, and with Andrea I feel it. There is a good connection. We agreed that Andrea adapts her plan and we play doubles together at major tournaments. Slams are the most important in the season. I certainly didn’t want to split up Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. Andrea felt that way, and so she decided… There is nothing negative. Girls had really great results together. »
Another resolution for Lucie Safarova is to be more patient on the court, and mainly to be healthy for the upcoming season : « I still try to play aggressively, and at the same time I want to be patient. I’ve been training it in Florida, I still want to improve this. I mainly want to be healthy, to me in the last few years it completely failed. If I could be at my maximum, that would be great. »