Sesil Karatantcheva Interview: I still believe in miracles
Sesil Karatantcheva climbed up to 35th in the WTA Sony Ericsson Tour ranking list but a positive doping test took her off the scene for two years.
She appealed to the CAS excusing the high nandrolone levels in her body by a pregnancy she did not even know about. They didn’t believe her and so she was forced to spend two years out of tennis courts … Check out an interview she recently did for The Standart where she won a Wildcard Event…
– Sesil, will you please tell our readers something more about your stay in the USA?
– For now my stay here is nothing special. I mostly stick to practice for I have to go through qualifiers for the tournament in Arizona.
– What’s the feeling of being on the court again?
– It’s an incredible feeling. I’ve been dreaming of this moment for two years now, but what I feel now very much surpasses my dreams.
– How did you feel during your first match after the expiration of your ban?
– Honestly, I was very tense. When I started playing, however, I felt an adrenalin rush and the pleasure came soon after that.
– The US federation did no allow you to participate in the Tampa Bay tournament. Could you please tell us something more about that?
– It was in the very last moment that they told me the organization committee had some financial difficulties. For this reason, the US federation took all wild cards.
– Were you aware that the comeback wouldn’t be easy? What was the greatest difficulty that you had to overcome?
– I’ve never been afraid of difficulties, and that’s why I’ve never found it hard to overcome them. Health is the most important. If we have it, we can overcome and live through just about anything.
– You have signed a contract with German tennis managers. Will they be arranging your future participations?
– We can say so. They are responsible for helping me with the applications for tournaments and my participation in them.
– You have a new tattoo. Is it a sign of a new beginning?
– After they banned me from the court, I needed only two days to make up my mind about the tattoo. I wanted something that was both beautiful and unique. My tattoo represents a fairy. I still believe in miracles.
– I suppose, one of your best memories from your career is your victory over Venus Williams. And what is the memory from the court that you want to erase from your mind for good?
– I cherish good memories of all my wins. Of my bad memories I do not want to erase any, because they serve as earmarks for me.
– Not long ago, a doping control team visited you unexpectedly in Plovdiv. How many times did they test you for doping substances over these two years? Did you expect any special attitude towards you, now?
– They did not visit me in Plovdiv, but at my home. This was the first checkup after the ban. I am not worried about the other’s attitude towards me.
– Not before long you told journalists that you had a German boyfriend. How do you sustain your relationship?
– God bless the mobile phones! I think that all these writings about my personal life are more than enough. I’ll only say that when there is will, there always is a way.
– Is love a helper or an obstacle in a sports career?
– It helps you lose your head over the guy you love and prevents you from finding it again.
– What’s the sharp lesson that you learnt from this ban?
– I learnt I should always use condoms.
– What counsels does you father give you now? In what way do they differ from the ones he used to give you in the past?
– His tips are the same. He is very exacting.
– What are our chances to do well at the Fed Cup?
– We have a strong team and I believe we’ll do well.
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