TALKING WITH... ALEXANDRA PODKOLZINA
August, 2003 continued
Q: There were only two girls that won this (the Girls 18 National Hardcourts) twice -- Tracy Austin and Laura Granville. Everyone is expecting you to be the third. Is that a lot of pressure?
A: "No. That's not what I'm here after. I'm not here, as I read somewhere, 'to make history.' I'm here to play well and that's not happening yet."
Q: You've had some tough matches here.
Q: What made you decide on Cal?
A: "First of all, it's only about 20 minutes from my house. It's near my club. I wanted to stay close to my coach and my house. Plus, it's a very good school academically. That's what I was looking for. We'll have a chance to win NCAAs."
Q: What are you majoring in?
Q: Did you consider not going to college?
A: "That's too hard of a question. I would say winning the 16s Hardcourts two years ago was one of my best wins because it was only two weeks after I got my green card and I had no expectations. It was the first tournament where I showed myself that I can actually make it here."
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