The world's No.13 women's tennis player Dominika Cibulkova gave some advice to Vietnamese youngsters when she arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday for this week's Heineken Stars tournament.
"I know I am not very tall for the sport, so I spend a lot of time training and improving my physical strength," the 23-year-old Slovak, who stands only 1.61m, said.
Her physical strength has helped her beat the world's current No.1 Victoria Azarenka and the former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Cibulkova advised young Vietnamese tennis players to spend a lot of time improving physical strength and said that physical training is the only road to professional tennis.
Cibulkova said she accepted the invitation to come to Vietnam for the Heineken Stars, which begins Thursday, because she has a few weeks of free time now after finishing some major international competitions.
She also wants to experience new things in Vietnam because she said her friends told her that Vietnamese people are beautiful, friendly and hospitable.
The Heineken Stars 2012 event will see Cilbukova, the world No.1 Belarusian woman player Victoria Azarenka, world No.13 Frenchman Gilles Simon and the world No.31 Spaniard Feliciano Lopez competing at the Ho Chi Minh City's Lan Anh Sports Center.