“My first goal for this year is keep improving my game, keep competing at this level,” she said.
“It's all new for me. I think I have the level that I need to improve a lot of things so I just try to learn as much as I can. And for my career, I would like to win some tournaments, of course, on the WTA tour and, if I can, in Grand Slams. I have big dreams since I was a child.”
Attitude gets you a long way in tennis and Podoroska said she has tried to look on the bright side during the coronavirus pandemic, happy to simply be out on court, able to do her job, even if the tournament bubbles and restrictions have been tough.
“I really am used to that,” she said. “I understand that it's going to be like this this year, maybe the next one. But I try to think that we are lucky that we are competing and playing, the tournaments are doing a great job for us to keep playing. I think we are lucky and we have to do our best to keep working and playing.”
And did Sabatini – whom Podoroska met in person for the first time on her birthday in 2020 – offer her any tips?
“She said to ‘keep working hard, you have all you need to do that. So just keep working’.”