Who Said It? (Answer key included!)
Identify the players from the press-conference excerpts. (No, it isn't very easy, but many of them give clues away.) Some may surprise you!
Hints: all of the players have been in the Top Thirty (most have been Top Ten), and all of the quotes are from the last six years. Only one quote per player.
1) You actually saw a tattoo on my body?
2) No, any other, Sharapova, Justine, Venus, Serena, Lindsay, those are the girls that make you want to work harder, make you want to get stronger, make you want to get healthier and fitter again. That's what it's all about. You sort of pull yourself up when you see other players do well. That's what motivates you to train better, too. I think it's just -- yeah, even when I was injured last year, when I started playing again this year, you get motivated.
3) It's really difficult, yeah. I was so happy. I mean, last night he took the red eye to come here just for Labor Day weekend to see me. You know, he's got to go back to work on Tuesday. That's the way our lives go. But it's extremely difficult, but we couldn't have it any other way. I don't think we'd be together if he just quit his job and carried my bags around the tour. That's our relationship. We're both very motivated, strong-willed people. It takes a huge effort and sacrifice on both our parts to make everything work, and it's always a work in progress and a discussion and everything that goes with that.
4) Like I said two minutes ago, I felt good out there....That's for sure my biggest victory, to be healthy, being on the court. I just enjoy that so much. After that I think the result is not that much important. But I have a lot of success since I arrived here in Australia. Played a lot of matches. That's what I'm here for, get my confidence back. I think I can make conclusions at the end of a whole season. That's what I wish for in 2006, to play a whole season, then we'll see at that point where I will be and how I feel.
5) I play her so many times. I remember my first time playing in New York in Madison Square Garden, first round. When I saw the draw, I was almost like trying. I said, "Ma, I want to go home." I could beat her that time. But every time you play against her, you feel like, you know, it's quite difficult to find this kind of heavy shots because I don't have a hitting partner who can hit as good as she does.
6) I never said that. I said when the Williams sisters are in the tournament, you think, well, it's not as easy. I never said there's no chance to play against them. I actually read that. I was a little bit upset because that's not what I said. You know, I did beat Venus. You know, I'm definitely not going to be the one to say that, you know, they're impossible to beat. And I did say how long it lasts, their power, their dominance, that's a question also. I never said that. I still think even though they're 1 and 2 right now, I think a lot of players still can beat them.
7) Well, I always kind of practiced in Florida. I moved down here after Wimbledon last year. I've been in Bollettieri's for seven years, I spent like a year and a half at Evert's. Florida is kind of like my second home.
8) I try to be an artist on the court, but that sounds really cocky. I used to make those shirts. I used to have the shirts with two flags, the American Flag and the Russian Flag. It said, Save the Planet. I like to do things with my hands. I just like to sew, but I'm not very good at it, but one day I will learn.
9) You know what, my mom asked me the same question today. "How did you feel? When was the last time you actually played your first semifinals? Were you nervous? How did you feel?" I'm like, I was a youngster. It was the US Open when I played semifinals. But I played Steffi Graf there. It was a little different playing Steffi Graf than Emmanuelle Gagliardi. But it was a great event. I was like 15 or 16 at that time. After that, I really had a great career so far. No, other than that, I think first time Hamburg when I made the finals there.
10) Well, I think, you know, I've been asked that question a few times and I've always said that New York is a very busy city, it's very stressful, I guess, for me, you know. There's just a lot going on. There's a lot of cars, a lot of noise. It's just the air doesn't seem as clean as what I'm used to. Smells and pollution. Just all kinds of stuff always going on. I'm really used to just calm, you know, relax, being in, like, country or where it's, you know, not a lot going on. That's kind of things that I like, you know. And so I think in the past it was just kind of difficult for me to just play my best in this environment. And I feel that the difference this year for me is, uhm, you know, obviously with the experience and myself probably of course maturing and learning to deal with things in a different way and knowing myself better. And so just trying to find out how I can be in this city but still have that peace and the quiet and calmness that I need.
11) She calls the trainer. I mean, it's not a secret. I mean, player could be hurt. I'm not saying Mary wasn't hurt. Maybe she was hurt, you know. But you really have to stay focused in this moment and not to think if she's trying to break your rhythm or if she's really painful. You just have to play the same game as you played before.
12) How many times we can talk about this? I have no idea. I mean, come on. I don't care who's gonna be on the team because I might not be there just because the captain decide that I'm not good enough to be on the team.
13) You go first, you won (laughter). Bitch (laughter).
14) We all do a lot of charity. It's just, yeah, your own decision how much you want to help, where you want to help, if you want the public to know everything, or if you just want to donate as a silent donator. I think it's a great thing if like a sportsman or like from the music business, if they get involved and help, yeah, the needed ones.
15) And so, I don't know, maybe they were like -- I guess New Yorkers are trying to be fair. In all fairness she was only 16, so when I was 16, I think I lost in the first round to Ann Miller 6-1, 6-1. I'll never forget that....I think she had a very solid performance. She had a very solid performance. She's really young so she can definitely take this match and build from it.
"If you practice for ten years, you may begin to please yourself, after 20 years you may become a performer and please the audience, after 30 years you may please even your guru, but you must practice for many more years before you finally become a true artist—then you may please even God." --Ali Akbar Khan, 1922-2009
Last edited by Albireo; Aug 2nd, 2006 at 02:15 AM.