Zidansek is Slovenia's psychological coach in Paris this week
By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Slovenia Tamara Zidansek enjoyed a Cinderella run at Roland Garros. At 85 in the world, she made a trio of three-set victories a run of her life. The 23-year-old, who has a strong interest in psychology, suddenly became a mental coach for two million Slovenes, says her coach Marjan Cuk.
She wants to become a psychotherapist and mental trainer, ”her coach told reporters on Wednesday.
Cuk said that he and the rest of Zidansek's team went up to her and told her that she can be a great inspiration for her country this week in Paris.
"Look, you are studying that (subject), but now you can be a mental trainer for all of Slovenia," said Cuk. “If you go to court and show strength and show people that I am here to fight, they will follow you. So you're a mental coach for two million people in Slovenia.
“That was our way, wasn't it? She looked and said, Wow, that's the thing. Yes, now I understand a bigger picture, not just a small one. "
Quote of the day courtesy of Marjan Cuk, Tamara Zidansek's trainer.
About the positive, funny atmosphere of the team:
“We enjoy every moment of life. Why not? We are not turtles we live to be 220 years old. Let's enjoy it, come on. ”# RG21 pic.twitter.com/AC7fLy5wbv
– WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) June 9, 2021
Zidansek has placed No. 6 Bianca Andreescu in her first match and went to races from there.
She will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the semi-finals and could become the lowest finalist in Roland-Garros history if they win.
"Winning the first round was a big breakthrough for me," she said. "I gained a lot of self-confidence there." Zidansek is a remarkable story in Paris. In her first eight Grand Slam main draws, she had never made it past the second round.
Her exceptional forehand has fueled her success. In her quarter-final win against Badosa, she cracked 34 forehand winners and a total of 109 forehand winners.
Her trainer agrees the forehand is big, but warned that Zidansek is not a one-trick pony.
"Everyone is talking about their forehand," he said. “I agree, this is a really big weapon. But my opinion as a trainer is that she always has five pistols so she can play forehand, we have improved the backhand a lot, she can do a dropshot, and sometimes she goes into the net. The variety of the serve is also much better than before. "