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Myskina trying to keep it cool at Australian Open

The French Open champion is renowned for a tempestuous streak that has often led to eruptions both on and off the court.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Melbourne
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2005 11:55 AM IST

Fiery Russian third seed Anastasia Myskina says she will try to keep a lid on her emotions at the Australian Open.

The French Open champion is renowned for a tempestuous streak that has often led to eruptions both on and off the court.

Last year she raged at her coach during a fourth round match at Melbourne Park, accusing him of not giving her enough encouragement from the stands.

And at the end of the season she courted controversy after warning that she would pull out of Russia's Fed Cup team this year if teenage starlet Maria Sharapova was picked for the squad.

But Myskina said she wants to keep her temper in check.

"I try to change because I think for me it's really doesn't help on the court to be really emotional," said Myskina, who opens against Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

"Sometimes when it's good emotions, people like it. When sometimes it's bad emotions, people don't like it," said Myskina, who reached the quarter-finals here last year.

"Sometimes I think you have to express yourself — not really bad, but sometimes it helps, sometimes not."

Myskina, who last week played down reports of a rift with Sharapova, meanwhile said that relations between the crop of Russian players currently battling each other for supremacy in the women's game were cordial.

"We're still good friends, we still respect each other, I think," said Myskina.

"We all do the same thing. We all do the same job. We fight on the court. But I think off the court you still have to be normal person and be friendly — because tennis is not forever.

"You still want to have a friend when you finish your tennis career."

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