Myskina to put lid on volcanic temper

FRENCH Open champion Anastasia Myskina believes keeping the lid on her volcanic temper will be the key to her becoming a consistent Grand Slam winner as she spearheads a new generation of Russian women players. 

Before her crushing 6-1, 6-2 win over compatriot Elena Dementieva at Roland Garros on Saturday, the 22-year-old had gained a reputation for controversy both on and off the court. 

At the Australian Open in January, she was involved in a heated slanging match with her coach while, two years ago, she posed semi-naked for an American men's magazine. 

Now, the new world number three insists those days are behind her as she hopes to spark a Russian revolution in the women's game after becoming the first woman from her country to win a Grand Slam title. 

“It doesn't help if you are yelling at somebody but if you are confident enough you realise how to change,” said Myskina. 

“I was usually yelling at myself more than my coach and, finally, I have become more professional on court.” 

Keeping her emotions in check is paying off. 

“I was crying before I went on court for the final and the physios told me how to breathe because it was really emotional. If you can control yourself, it is much easier to play important matches. 

“Now I believe I can win more Grand Slams and that I can play on all surfaces. 

“Hopefully, this will be the start of a bright future and there will be more and more girl winners from Russia and more titles for me.” 

Two weeks ago, the first round featured 12 Russian girls and the signs are there are more to come. 

Myskina's next test of her title-winning ability will come at Wimbledon in two weeks' time where the Williams sisters, along with Belgian duo Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, if fit, will be amongst the favourites. – AFP  

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