Q. Your opponent struggled with conditions on court. How did you find them?
So I didn't really feel the heat. You know, I was just trying to get my rhythm out there today. I struggled more with that than the heat today.
Q. Winning Auckland, how is that confidence going into the Australian Open for you?
This is a new week, new challenges. First round is still a first round, so just really happy with the victory.
Q. How do you feel you played today?
But, you know, it's something to improve on to the next match, to get the level. Like I said, first round is never easy, especially playing opponent I haven't faced before. I didn't know much about her.
I'm just thrilled to be through and move on to the next round.
Q. How did you find the pace of the court?
You know, I think it really depends which week you come into here. Yeah, but for me it seems similar.
Q. When you set new goals for the new season, is getting back to the top 10 your biggest goal for 2014?
I had a good start, but still plenty more weeks of tennis. Still many, many matches to come.
But that would be my biggest goal for this season.
Q. Serena Williams is obviously a hot favorite leading into this tournament. Is there belief with you and some of the other girls that someone else can maybe win the Australian Open this year?
It's tennis. It can go either way. I mean, she's definitely hot favorite. She's been playing amazing tennis. She's on top of women's game, there is no doubt about that.
But I think a lot of girls are out for a challenge. I think, you know, you just want to go out there and give your best and you never know what can happen on any given day.