5 Minutes with… Varvara Lepchenko

We sat down with American Varvara Lepchenko after her first-round win against Daniela Hantuchova at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open. The World No. 51 reveals what sport she would play other than tennis, her pre-match routine, and who she would pick to portray her in a biopic. Read on:

BNP Paribas Open: If you could have a superpower, what would that be?
Varvara Lepchenko: I would be Catwoman! She’s so nimble and jumpy and always trying to do good things in the world.

BNP Paribas Open: If you didn’t play tennis, what other sport would you play?
Lepchenko: I love figure skating. It’s so beautiful, artistic and elegant, with the nice outfits and difficult jumps. I love it, but I don’t know if I could do that [Laughter]. But in my imagination, I could be a figure skater.

BNPPO: The perfect day for you — what would that look like?
Lepchenko: It would probably be 12 hours of sleep! I would watch lots of movies on the Netflix, and do some sort of activity. In Doha, I did a ride in the Dunes, which was really fun. We were riding along the seaside. It was a bit extreme, but you get an adrenaline rush.

BNPPO: How many tennis shoes do you go through in a year?
 I probably go through three pairs a month, so I would say 36 per year.

BNPPO: If a movie were made about your life, what actress would play your part?
Lepchenko: I would say Scarlett Johansson.

BNPPO: Good choice! Would the movie be a comedy, drama, maybe even a thriller?
Lepchenko: It would be a little bit of everything, because you never know with me. It changes every day [Laughter]. One day it’s a comedy and another day it’s a drama.

BNPPO: Do you have any pre-match superstitions or routines?
Lepchenko: Yes, I do. Before my match, I need to have everything in my room in order, no mess. I started putting everything in order. All of my t-shirts are neatly put together. I also try to stay relaxed and get some peace and quiet. I just really like having everything in order.

BNPPO: You turned pro back in 2001. What sort of advice do you have for younger players just making their way into the game?
Lepchenko: Believe in yourself and just stay determined.

BNPPO: Any goals for the year? Do you set them?
Lepchenko: I try to work on a lot of things. On the court, I just want to improve. I don’t have any set rankings I want to achieve or any number of wins.  I just try to get better every day.