María José Vargas: “I want to be number one in the world”
This time the logic prevailed, something that the sport is not nearly. María José Vargas, the Bolivian playing for Argentina, was the favorite to take the title of the Raquet Panamericano, which ended last Saturday, and confirmed all the odds winning the gold medal. She tells the details and the future that has.
How do you feel after winning the Pan American?
M.J.V: Well, very happy. The fact that I say that I was sure he was going to win, because you never know in the game, but yes I say that it was with confidence, because it had enough trained in the United States, played many tournaments on the professional tour that help me for my experience. The truth, an unforgettable experience for me winning the Pan American, my first major gold medal, because he had already won in a Pan American in 14 and 16 years, but this category was missing me.
Is this the largest, the greatest personal achievement according to your criteria?
M.J.V: Well I don’t know, the Pan American Games, unique to Bolivia bronze medals, and this, they are one of my greatest accomplishments.
Do I have to look ahead, what’s your goal?
M.J.V: My goal is to be number one at the professional level, I am now number three in the rankings, I’m very close to the number two, but my goal now in the short term, is to win the World Cup in Toronto, Canada, which is from June 15, that is my goal, to win the gold medal.
What must you do, improve, polishing to achieve that goal?
M.J.V: Well I think that in general throughout the game, because it’s never enough, never is one perfect, always has something to improve and that we will do right now, with my coach Cliff Swain in United States, which was seven years the best in the world. He saw all my videos, now come and see what else I must improve.
The time remaining for this Championship, you will reach to arrive at better level?
M.J.V: I think I have time, but as I have been playing I think I’m ready, but as I say, you always have to improve things. I hope that from now until June I give time for that and win the gold medal in the World Cup.
Something specific what would be, because you have a strong which is your take?
M.J.V: Something specific, I don’t know… maybe my choice of shot, my backhand or my right, but the truth is that I’m playing very well, I have all the shots, I’m quick, I have the kick, but just with my coach Cliff Swain I will see some defects and improve them.
Turning to the Panamericano in Santa Cruz, how you felt with your arrival and during the course of the Championship?
M.J.V: During the tournament, was very nervous, because I didn’t know the public’s reaction would be, because I was playing my first tournament representing Argentina and well, I wanted to win it and… something uncomfortable playing against a Bolivian, Jenny Daza in the first round that I won it with a big advantage, then I had to play in the quarterfinals against, also against Bolivia and desclasifiqué it also.
But you did well, because you have a significant public support, no?
M.J.V: Supported Me enough, I felt much encouragement from the public, in semifinal and final, very happy about that, and also the support of my family I was very important.
Speaking of rivals, which was the hardest, most difficult?
M.J.V: The most difficult was the semi-final against Samantha rooms, that was the only one that plugged me a jet in the tournament.
What is your itinerary anytime soon?
M.J.V: Tomorrow (today) I’m going. On Friday I have a stop on the professional tour in Texas.
M.J.V: After Texas, I have a tournament in Virginia and then I’m going to Argentina to train with my double partner, and already then, I’m from Argentina to Canada direct.
After winning the Pan-American, people from the Federation, congratulated you, you spoke?
M.J.V: Do Federation?, nothing. The President of the Federation, nothing. She is surely wanted to put under the world, do not. For me I won the gold medal and didn’t want me to put on the team before.
He won four times the Golden winged victory of journalism
The successes achieved by María José Vargas in the international racquetball are not now, they date from, several years ago.
He won World Junior from the 12, 14, 16 and 18, bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Mexico in 2011, as well as the world youth (18 years) in the United States.
This earned him to be distinguished, during four opportunities, as the best by the circle of sports journalists of Santa Cruz with the Golden winged victory, something that very few athletes, they get it.
At the age of eight, he started the raquet and at age 13, had their first participation international. / AW.
‘I feel that I’m playing very well, I’m quick, I have the throw-in, but same, I have to improve.’
Translated and posted from https://eju.tv/2014/04/mara-jos-vargas-quiero-ser-la-nmero-1-del-mundo/