Q. It's been a long time since you beat her, you've had struggles against her. Seemed like today you had more faith in yourself.
On the other hand, I really have nothing to lose. She was defending the title, not me. I was really trying to play my best tennis, go for every shot I could.
You know, I'm just very happy because I really was playing great tennis.
Q. You're praised with being very intelligent on court with your tactics. How did you break this down, what was your game plan going out there technically?
I think you really have to do everything to beat those kind of players like Vika.
Q. Did you notice at some point that her forehand was off, that she wasn't having her best day?
But I'm just very happy I could really play great, playing much better tennis, because otherwise I wouldn't win that match.
Q. You didn't lose confidence after the second set even though the last game was not great for you. Did you tell yourself something between sets to stay there strong?
I think the key was also the beginning of the third set. Long, tight games. In the end of the games, I had some great shots. The beginning was good for me. Then I was just, you know, keep going.
Q. How good does it feel to reach a semifinal here, having played so many quarterfinals?
I'm very happy that I made my first semifinal here.
Q. You've made it to the semis and a final at Wimbledon. What did you learn from those defeats that will help you this time around in the latter stages of a major like this?
So I think this is the level everybody playing great tennis. Well, it's a bit more pressure. This is the semifinal of a Grand Slam. Especially here, first time for me.
Hopefully I will play the same tennis as today.
Q. What do you think about your opponent for the semifinal and how do you prepare for that?
But, well, I saw her matches here. She was really playing great tennis, especially today.
Going to try my best, for sure.
Q. You seem fairly calm now. You sent a tweet that was just exclamation points after you won.
Q. How excited are you to finally beat her now?
Like I'm saying, she's playing great tennis here. I think, you know, especially the third set was unbelievable. I really cannot complain about anything.
Q. Are you going to go back and watch it a few times?
Q. Keep the DVD for the future?
Q. You hit some pretty incredible shots. There were some good rallies in the third set. What was the favorite one that you hit?
Well, I was really feeling good on court today. I think, you know, I was feeling I could really do everything, trying and fighting for every point, every ball.
You know, finally semifinal (smiling).
Q. You had the very difficult loss to Lisicki at Wimbledon. Talk about the process of putting those big losses behind you and looking to the future.
But I think, you know, you're playing so much tournaments, so much very important matches, that it takes really not much time to forget because so many other matches, other Grand Slams after that.
I think every Grand Slam is different story. I'm trying not to really think about other matches, especially tough matches that I lost.
Q. How important was it for you to use a lot of variety today? In the past when you've lost to her, you would get stuck in a lot of baseline rallies. How important was it to mix it up like you did today?
Q. Do you have any favorite color you wear for success?
Q. Not white, red, black?
Q. You are a great shot maker. You have great anticipation. How do you read your opponent's serve and shots? How is it possible?
Q. You don't show too much emotion on court. Are there more things going on inside you or do you just feel like you need to stay calm or you're not going to play well?
I always trying to really think about the next point.
Q. Can you win the Australian Open?
Q. Do you like the fast courts? Does that help your game?
I remember I think one or two years ago it was so windy every day, playing on a bit smaller court like Show Court 2, 3, it was pretty much impossible to play. Now the heat.
I didn't feel like the courts are different than before.
Q. Do you think you've learned something from Wimbledon last year where, again, the draw kind of blew up, Serena lost early, a bunch of top seeds lost early, it looked like a great opportunity? It seems like a little bit of the same situation here this year. Did you learn from that experience of taking it one match at a time, can't look at the trophy?
Of course, maybe top seeds are players who are more confident, especially in a Grand Slam, they make much more the semis and the finals. But it's still tough.
Q. Do you remember the first time you met and played Cibulkova? Must have been a long time ago.
Q. Do you remember who won or what the match was like?
Q. You were both like this tall (indicating very short)?
For sure, we played so many tournaments together when we were juniors and kids. But first match I have no idea.
Q. Were you still pretty much the same players back then: you with the variety, her short but powerful?
Q. I believe you're always saying you push yourself quite a lot in the off season back in Poland. Don't you have the fear you won't be able to recover in time for the new season? How do you balance that?
I was really practicing and doing a lot of work, a lot of fitness. I think now we can really see that, that I'm feeling good on court, wanting to go for the next one.
Q. You did university in the winter?
Q. How important is mental toughness at this stage of the tournament?