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On paper it's a step in the right direction. It's tough to just assess a single tournament. I have to put a lot of things in perspective for the last-four, five weeks since the clay season, coming into this part of the year, I was losing a few first-round matches, matches that I wanted to be winning. But to have had the victories I have had... obviously moving a step in the right direction. But today was not one of those steps.
I haven't set a time table for Maria Sharapova, but I've always said that I would do it on my own terms... i'd love to play in another Olympics, but I don't know if that will happen and at this point in 2018, I don't really want to know. I want to keep going and I want to keep working and see where that takes me.
I was given this medicine by my doctor for several health issues that I was having back in 2006. I was getting sick a lot. I was getting the flu every couple of months. I had irregular EKG results as well as indications of diabetes with a family history of diabetes, (Mildronate) made me healthy, and that's why I continued to take it.
I think The Russian's always a tough player to play against because The Russian's really solid, the Russian's quite powerful. I know The Russian's gone through a few injuries in The Russian career. Having that start-stop type of career is never easy, because sometimes you don't feel like you can actually get a routine and a groove.
I faced Svitolina last year in Beijing for the first time. She's a young girl that's already in the top 30 with a tremendous amount of potential and someone that you'll be seeing in the top very soon, she has a good game, an all-around player. It'll be a tough matchup, but one that I look forward to actually.
It certainly felt good to start, after not playing a match for a couple of months. Despite all the training, it's such a different feeling to go out on the court and play in front of a crowd, you always want to apply the things you work on little by little into match atmosphere. I think I did that quite well. I wanted to start off sharp and try to do the right things.
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