Jelena Ostapenko believes "it is never boring" when she plays tennis and sees no problem with her occasional antics as she thinks there is nothing bad in being yourself. After stunning seventh-seeded Cori Gauff in the Australian Open round-of-16, Ostapenko was asked if it would be better for tennis if there were more players similar to her.
"With me, it's never boring (laughing) on the court, so I think that's what the fans like. Of course, sometimes I can go a little bit too much, but I'm an emotional person in general. It's always hard to find this balance. As I always said, it's easy to judge from the outside, but when you are on my place, it's a little bit different.
All people are different. Somebody is more calm. Somebody is more emotional. So I try to find a balance, and I'm looking for it now. I feel like this week is a bit better (laughing)," Ostapenko said, per Musab Abid.
Jelena Ostapenko with a nice answer to her lack of ‘politeness’:
“With me it's never boring on the court, so I think that's what the fans like”.
Ostapenko making noise at the Australian Open
Ostapenko, seeded at No 17, ousted 2022 French Open finalist Gauff 7-5 6-3 to progress into her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2018.
Ostapenko has lost just one set through her first four matches and she is putting on a really strong Australian Open run. "I always knew and believed in my game. If I play well, I can beat almost anyone. I was trying to work more on my consistency, especially in the preseason.
Yeah, just to step on the court and play my game. I think I'm doing it quite well this week," Ostapenko said, per the WTA website. In the Australian Open quarterfinal, Ostapenko will be fighting against Elena Rybakina, who knocked out first-seeded Iga Swiatek.
Going into their Australian Open match, Ostapenko owns a 2-0 head-to-head against Rybakina. However, they haven't played since 2021 and Rybakina is a much better player now. It remains to be seen if Ostapenko can beat Rybakina for her first Australian Open semifinal.