Q. That was a big win over the 18th seed. Where does that rank in your victories?
I certainly believe that I can win those matches and I've done the work. It's always a matter of going out and executing.
Yeah, but I was able to do that today. Yeah, that means a lot. So pretty stoked.
Q. Does that rate high in terms of your best wins?
Yeah, I guess in terms of my career, where I've come, like my second career I kind of call it in a way, it's probably definitely the best career win for me in that sense since my injuries and stuff for sure.
Q. What about the dominant nature in the scoreline?
But in saying that, I felt like I played great. I served really well. Since I knew I was playing Kirsten, I had practiced a lot of slice with my coach. That's all we did for a couple days. So I was very, very well prepared.
When I walked on court, I knew I had done what I could. But, yeah, again, it's always easy to say that, different to execute, but I was happy that I was able to execute today.
Q. Was there a moment where you knew you had broken her spirit?
I knew she couldn't hurt me off the backhand side. It was just a matter of me keep going back in there, just be patient and work the point as best I could, try and be aggressive when I had the chance.
But, uhm, yeah, it was good.
Q. How far can you go? How is the body feeling?
For me, I look at it as another opportunity, another match for me to do really well and work on the things that I've been doing really well at. If that's a win, great. If not, I'll be still really proud of what I've done, just keep working hard.
But, yeah, I don't know. Hopefully I can keep going. Body feels good, so...
Q. You say you like playing in the heat. Are you seriously telling us you're looking forward to playing on Friday?
Well, today I honestly didn't feel like it was that bad. Hisense, once the shadow came over, it was pretty covered. I didn't think the sun was beaming on us. I think today was pretty perfect conditions, to be honest. It was a little bit humid. I've certainly played in worse conditions around the world.
Yeah, I don't mind it. My body feels great when it's warm. I really struggle a bit more probably in cooler conditions just to get the body going.
I don't mind the heat. Obviously there's a point where you have to be sensible. If it gets too hot, it is dangerous. Today it was fine out there.
Q. What point is that? It's going to be 44 tomorrow.
Certainly if the sun's beaming, it's pretty warm temperatures. If it's 44, yeah, I wouldn't mind, but I don't know.
Q. Do you feel like you're playing as well as your first career?
Yeah, probably better in this part of my career. Also, you know, maturity, growing up, getting through those tough years. All that happens. Everyone's got their journey. For me, that was that career. Then I had a couple of surgeries. The last couple years I worked hard to get back.
Yeah, I certainly do feel like I'm playing some of the best tennis I ever played before, so it feels good.
Q. You beat two top 20 players in 2008. Do you feel that same kind of adrenaline kicking in?
I'm really excited. But, yeah, I also look forward to another opportunity to play and to win the next round.
I think you're such a different person when you're 22 to when you're 28. Yeah, I mean, I know I've beaten a quality opponent now. I do believe I can continue to beat players like that. If it's here at the Australian Open, that would be great. But I'll definitely be having a good crack on Friday to continue this run here and hopefully keep that going.
Q. You said you want to get in the top 100. You'll be in the top 100 win or lose. That's a goal?
I'll probably sit down with my coach Stinger and set some other goals to achieve. But I'm not finished here at the Australian Open yet. I'm obviously excited to play again on Friday. Have doubles with Ash. Have mixed as well. I've still got a lot of tennis ahead of me. I'm really stoked with how things are going so far.
Q. Heading into your third round clash, would you say you exceeded your expectations of your running in this tournament?
Yeah, I'm really excited. I guess I'm just really proud that I've put the work in, the hard work's paying off. Hopefully that will continue, yeah, get another win on Friday. But, yeah, we'll see.
Q. Have you looked ahead of Friday?
Whoever wins that match, they're two different players. It will be tough. Every match at the Australian Open is tough. Doesn't matter who it is, where it is. I love playing here in Australia. The crowd out there today were awesome. Hisense Arena for me was awesome. The crowd really got behind me. I love that. Hopefully that works in my favor on Friday, as well.