Q. What were your thoughts on the match tonight?
I did what I could out there. Tried to create some scoreboard pressure. Tried to hold court position. But she was really playing well tonight.
Once the night got on, the conditions got a bit slower and it was pretty hard to hurt her where I wanted to.
Yeah, like I said, I'm disappointed to have an opportunity and not to win. But probably the better player won tonight.
Q. What changed after the first set?
Also, like I said, the wind dropped a bit and the conditions, it didn't become an indoor match, but it kind of felt like that a bit. It became hard for me to hurt her where I wanted to. She picked up her game and picked up her level a lot, I felt.
Yeah, that's about it.
Q. Did you come out any more or less nervous than you had in your previous matches?
I know it's different, it's doubles, but we played in big Grand Slam finals last year. I think that puts you in good stead when you play matches like that.
Eugenie, she's a young player. She's a really good hitter of the ball. She's talented. I knew it was going to be tough. I thought she played some pretty good tennis there, especially in the end of the match.
Q. Was the ball coming through harder in the second and third set?
CASEY DELLACQUA: I don't think it was coming through harder. I think the conditions allowed her to have a bit more time on the ball to be able to, yeah, get first hit on the ball.
Like I said, she started to serve better, and she returned really well. I didn't get any free points off my serve. That made it difficult for me.
But, yeah, she's a very good player. She's definitely one to watch.
Q. Do you look at this whole tournament as a launching pad for yourself?
I'm not sure exactly what my ranking will go to. I'm back to kind of where I wanted to be, probably sooner than I thought. I was in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
So in terms of like putting it in perspective of where I'm at and where I want to be, I'm definitely, you know, feeling really good with where my game's at. Even since Brisbane, I've played some really good tennis.
Obviously disappointing to lose tonight. But, you know, I felt Eugenie played really, really well. Where I'm at, I'm actually really looking forward to this year. I'm looking forward to working hard and having hopefully more opportunities to play, you know, matches like that, and in the latter stages of the Grand Slam tournaments.
Q. The conversation with your coach, was quitting singles a serious option at all?
Uhm, yeah, he asked me a lot of questions. I said, Yeah, I really do want to play singles. I don't want to travel on the tour and just be a doubles player. I want to play singles. I had to get physically better if I wanted to play both. I had to spend the time on the court working on my singles game. So that's what I did.
Like I said, I honestly would have been happy to come here and win a match. But, you know, I beat three pretty good players I feel over the last week. Even like I said since Brisbane, I had some good matches there and in Hobart as well. I'm just really looking forward to the rest of the year now knowing my ranking is already inside 100, which I can tick my first goal off, and now I can reassess my goals and hopefully aim for my ranking to go higher and achieve more this year.
I'm definitely more ahead of where I thought I might be. Yeah, I'm really excited for the rest of the year.
Q. Do you have specific goals, numbers?
I think that's what like motivates me to have something to aim for, to have something to work towards. Yeah, I guess we can have some more discussions on where I think I can get to and where my level's at. But I know I'm certainly doing everything I can and heading in the right direction. Yeah, hopefully that produces some more of these results over the coming year.
Q. How do you compare where you're at now compared to after you made the fourth round in 2008?
So, I remember it being a great year, but I also remember it being tough. But now it's about enjoying it. I heard Flavia say it today. As you get older, you enjoy your tennis a lot more, you appreciate what you can do, you're healthy, you get out there and enjoy it.
That's exactly how I feel. I enjoy tennis. I started playing because I love it and I'm motivated. At the end of the day that's all I can do.
I'll be, you know, just working hard throughout the whole year to continue. But I'm definitely in a lot better position now than I was in '08.
Q. You said some nice things about Eugenie's game. People talk about her as the potential next big thing. How good do you think she can be?
She plays some really good tennis. When she's on, her serve is great. She holds court position amazing. She's mentally tough. Somebody her age, she's pretty composed. She didn't seem like she was going to crack too much today. I think that's a really, really positive sign for her.
I've seen her play some great tennis through the juniors. But sometimes translating that into the seniors is tough. She's done it with a breeze.
Yeah, I look forward to watching her career. I think she's going to be an extremely good player.
Q. Do you think the Serena loss changed the dynamics of this match?
Q. What did you make of the crowd tonight?
Yeah, I'm sure for her next round against Ana, that will be tough. Aussies love Ana in Australia. That will be another great match to watch. I look forward to it, too.
Q. If you had to pick one thing, what's the biggest thing you would take from your singles performance at this tournament?
I think that's a really big thing in our sport. So probably if I can take one thing away from the last month of tennis, not even just here, but from Brisbane, Hobart and here, it's that I can beat girls like this and I can compete with them.
I've just got to continue to work hard, which I haven't done anything different except work hard. If I can continue to do that and believe in myself, then hopefully, yeah, things will be all positive for the rest of the year, and stay healthy.
Q. You must be pretty proud of yourself what you've achieved here.
I think, yeah, I'll take a lot from this last month of tennis. Even I played the wild card player. I played two 50,000s in Bendigo to get my ranking up. I've done a lot of hard work since pretty much after US Open. I haven't stopped.
It's hard to sit here now and reflect, but, yeah, I feel proud of where I'm at now. Hopefully that will continue.