By Nicholas McCarvel
2012 was a banner year for Italian Sara Errani, who was a French Open finalist and made the semifinals of the US Open after starting the year ranked No. 53. The 26 year old has never been past the third round at the BNP Paribas Open, but she’s the No. 6 seed here in singles and No. 1 in doubles. Read up on this fun back-and-forth we had with the feisty all-courter here.
BNP Paribas Open: Greetings, Sara! Glad to have you. We’re curious to know what you’re jamming out to music-wise right now.
Sara Errani: I have over 1,000 songs, so I just put it on [shuffle]. But I like very much Beyonce, Rihanna and other music that helps you get energy before your matches.
BNPPO: Do you have a player on tour that you’ve always looked up to?
Errani: I like very much Rafael Nadal. For me, he’s an idol. I like to watch him play to see how he’s doing everything. He’s an amazing person and an amazing player.
Find out what Sara is scared of, whose retweet she covets the most and more AFTER THE JUMP.
BNPPO: Pretty solid choice, that Rafa. What about any phobias. Are you scared of anything?
Errani: I’m scared of many things… [Laughs.] I don’t know if I can name just one. But spiders, for sure I’m scared of spiders.
BNPPO: Yep, spiders are definitely gross. What about a movie that you like to watch whenever you have a free afternoon on tour?
Errani: My Best Friend’s Wedding. In Italian it is Il Matrimonio del Mio Migliore Amico. I know it word by word! I think I’ve watched it 50 times. [Laughs.]
BNPPO: 50?! Wow! So you’ve been on Twitter a lot lately. Who would you be most excited about if they retweeted you?
Errani: Kobe Bryant!
BNPPO: What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
BNPPO: Yum! Sounds delish. If you weren’t a professional tennis player, what would you be doing with your life?
Errani: I would like to play basketball. When I was young I played for three years. But I’m not tall enough. [Laughs.]
BNPPO: What is the biggest match so far in your career?
Errani: The one against Sam Stosur at the French Open last year for sure. It was so important.
BNPPO: How would you celebrate winning a Grand Slam?
Errani: Oh I don’t know. Have dinner, relax, sleep. These kinds of [big celebrations] are not for me.
BNPPO: How very Italian of you! Thanks for your time – good luck!