Serena & Masha- Post Match Player Interviews (excerpts)
Maria Sharapova Interview:
Q: Maria, just the match overall and then that third set in particular.
Maria: Well, I thought the first two sets were pretty good quality of tennis. Youknow, there were a few key points in the match which I think could have obviously made the score line a little bit different and a couple in the beginning, in the middle of the first set where I had more chances to make it a couple of breaks, didn't take those and obviously the chance in the end of the first set. When you don't take your chances-- that's what I was talking about the yesterday, when you don't take your chance against a player like her, you know, it's very difficult to keep that intensity up for three sets. And in the third set, I just, you know, I gave it all I had in the first two sets and in the third I think I ran a little bit short.
Q:You were talking about taking chances, and yesterday you predicted it would be a match with a lot of big shot making. Would you have preferred to take any more chances or big shots, or do you think maybe you took too many or are you pretty satisfied with the strategy today?
Maria: Look, if a few points went my way, like I said, the score line could have been different and we wouldn't be talking about taking those chances because I would have taken them, but obviously you can't turn back time, and you know, I can only take the positives out of this match. I think going into this match, considering the success she's had on clay court, she's obviously the favorite today, and you know what, if I did take that set point or if I did take a couple of those important points and I would have won the second, the match would have been over in two. Instead I lost in three sets, so you know, that's the way it goes. That's the beauty of tennis.
Q: Serena said that your playing great tennis on clay. Can you at least leave here knowing that your game's improving on clay?
Maria: Absolutely. I've been saying it for a while now. I think with every year I'm improving. One reason is because I'm physically stronger with every passing year. My body is adjusting to the clay faster. I'm moving on clay a lot better than I used to, and that all takes time. It's not just-- I'm not saying I'm perfect at it. There's still a lot of room for improvement and maybe that's not going to happen this year, but hopefully the work that you put in throughout the year, not just on clay courts, the experience as well will help you for future years. And at the end of the day, I mean when you win or lose a match, you want to take the learning experience from it, and I think from today's match I will only take the positives.
Q: How are you going to celebrate it (birthday)?
Maria: I'm going to be with my friends and my parents tomorrow.
Q: In the 3rd set when she went on that run and started screaming and cheering and getting emotional, how tough was that for you? Is it possible to kind of come back when she really had the emotions going?
Maria: No, because i have my emotions going as well. Yeah, we're both pretty expressive on the court. I think that's what makes it so entertaining is we never let down. We keep fight and we keep trying, and I mean that's why our matches are so entertaining. But no, I just try to take care of my side of the net and not worry about what's going on across the net or around me and so fourth.
Excerpts from Serena's interview:
Q: What was it that didn't start you off right emotionally, in the first two sets?
Serena: I should have ate some hot tamales to get my feet moving, anything, but definitely in the third set I just became more focused and I just knew what I wanted to do, not just here, but mostly what I want to do in the Grand Slams.
Q: Do you know that you're sending her home for her 21st birthday?
Serena: Is today her birthday?
Serena: Well good for her. I mean that's awesome, now she gets to go have her 21st birthday and she doesn't have to play a tennis match in the hot sun.
Parts of Alize Cornet's Interview:
Q: What do you think about playing Serena?
Alize Cornet: I just thing about tomorrow, about Serena and it's so exciting for me. No. I've never played her before, but I saw her match, before my match, against Sharapova, and the hit so very hard. And I said, "Oh, my God, if I win, if I play Serena tomorrow, I hope not to look ridiculous," you know. But I think I will take my chance and I will try my best. So it's big chance on this clay, it's like a dream for me, so I will only take pleasure from the match. That's the most important.
Q: What do you do against all of Serena's power?
Alize Cornet: I thin I will do like I usually, you know. I will use my topspin forehand. I will run everywhere I can, and I just will do my very best and fight for every point. I think that's the key tomorrow.
Q: Is clay your best surface and does your success here give you confidence going into the French?
Alize Cornet: Yeah, for sure. - last week I was in semi in Amelia Island, this week in semi of this big tournament, so I think I can do something very good in Roland Garros, and it depends on the draw, but you know, with this match, I think I will be a seed, so that's great news for me! I'm not sure actually, but we will see in Roland Garros.
Q: Do you think you can beat Serena?
Alize Cornet: Oh, if I don't think that, I don't have to enter the court and fight. Yeah, a little part of me says that I can win, but you know, the most important thing is the pleasure. And I thin she will be nervous, too, because she doesn't want to lose against a young (player) like me, so we'll see.
Q: How do you beat her?
Alize Cornet: Like I said before, just fight and just run be aggressive, because if I let her play, I'm dead because she hits the ball so hard and I have to make pressure on her.
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