FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Brazil’s Bruno Soares won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title by defeating fourth-seeded Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-7, Â 6-1, 12-10 on Thursday.
Makarova and Soares decided to play the tournament at the last minute.
Here is there post-match interview:
An interview with: EKATERINA MAKAROVA and BRUNO SOARES
THE MODERATOR:Â Questions, please.
Q.Â How you both are feeling right now?
BRUNO SOARES:Â I’m very, very happy. Â Katia?
EKATERINA MAKAROVA:Â Â Me, too.Â I have,Â I don’t know, have something different feeling.Â (Laughter.)
BRUNO SOARES:Â Best feeling.Â It’s good.
Q.Â Can you tell us a little bit more about how you two ended up actually been playing together at the tournament this time?
BRUNO SOARES:Â We played twice, couple times.Â We know each other.Â I was actually sad to play with Gajdosova, Australian girl, that I have been playing with her. Â Katia actually asked me and I was sad.Â I told her that unfortunately I couldn’t do it and she decide not to play. Â But couple minutes before the signâ€‘in, I thought I was out with Gajdosova, and I started like being for Katia, because with her I would be in. Â Five minutes to go, I’m here in the referee’s office and I find out Katia is practicing in the park. Â So I had to run â€‘â€‘Â actually, my coach did that.Â He went running all the way over there and talked to her and called me like 30 seconds to go and said, You can sign. Â So very last minute, 11:59, I signed us in.Â I guess it work out.
Q.Â You seemed much more relaxed on court than Bruno.Â The end of the first set seemed a little bit nervous, and also at the match tiebreak.Â You hold things much better than him.Â Did you feel that?
BRUNO SOARES:Â The whole tournament.
EKATERINA MAKAROVA:Â Actually, no, I didn’t feel that.Â I think I was more nervous than Bruno in this match, for sure. Â The tiebreak first set and the final tiebreak, I don’t know, maybe I seem like too good, but inside I was really nervous.Â Like when it was 8â€‘4 for sure I started to be tight.
Q.Â Did you expect that you can win such hard player as won Raymond who had brothers Bryan?
BRUNO SOARES:Â Yeah, we knew we were pretty good team.Â When we saw the draw, they made very tough for us.Â We didn’t know really what to expect against Mike and Lisa Raymond. Â Katia played them at Wimbledon.Â It wasn’t that good, but it was grass.Â It was different surface.Â We just came to play, tried to do our best. Â After the first match we played really good, and we talked to each other and said, If we keep playing like this, for sure we’re going to have a chance to win the title. Â That’s what happened.Â We had an amazing second round, and after that we knew it was just a matter of keep playing good.Â We knew we were gonna have a chance.
Q.Â Bruno, what’s her best shots, the best things she has on court?
BRUNO SOARES:Â Well, I think, I mean, overall she’s very solid.Â She serves well; she’s lefty; she’s got good hands; good volleys. Â But in mixed, one thing that really helps us is because she returns really well.Â So I think we managed to keep putting pressure even when the guy is serving.Â That’s very important in mixed. Â I mean, give us more room to work on our serve because we don’t serve that big.Â I’m not a huge server, so I have to work a lot on my serve, as well, and Katia, too. Â So when we’re returning good I think it adds a lot to our service game.Â That’s for me the best thing because she keep putting pressure, I move forward the net, and that works well for both of us.
Q.Â Same question for you, too.
BRUNO SOARES:Â What do I do good?
EKATERINA MAKAROVA:Â Volleys, it’s definitely volleys.Â Because I just returning, and then Bruno did everything else, like close all the court.Â (Laughter.) Â So I think in mixed for sure, like moving when the guy is moving really good and volleys.Â I’m like I’m just standing there on the baseline.Â (Laughter.)