Maria Kirilenko beat Samantha Stosur 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Q. How do you feel about winning the championship?
A. I feel good, I feel tired. (laughter) It was two matches, the last two matches were very difficult. Even before, I won 6-3, 6-2, both matches, and also it was long. So you know, now at the end of the week, I feel a little bit tired. Still, I need to go play doubles.
Q. How different does it feel last year compared to last year when you were runner up?
A. Well, I think this year, Iím a much better player, and I also had more difficult wins than last year. From the, I donít know, the first round, I didnít know the girl with whom I played, but anyway, she played quite good. And then from the second round to the final, I had very good players. And Iím really happy that I beat all of them. I feel that Iím improving, you know.
Q. You were having problems with your service game in the first set, and your opponent had a strong kick serve. How did you prepare for it?
A. Yeah, I mean, I did a lot of mistakes. It was unbelievable how many mistakes I did. And she started to play very good and she served so good, and for me it was difficult to return her serve. She always served 192, 189... Then in the second set, I started to be more concentrated, you know, because in the first set I was a little bit out of the game. Also, I felt a little bit tired after yesterday, my doubles and singles. But anyway, I concentrated, and then I decided to play every ball, doesnít matter what happened, and so I just started to fight. It worked, and Iím very happy.
Q. When you started the match, in the first set, your level didnít seem quite 100%. How would you describe your level at the start of the match?
A. What I told before, I started to make a lot of mistakes. I think it was because of a little bit tiredness, you know, after a difficult match yesterday, the day before yesterday. And of course, Iím not a robot, you know. I feel tired. Especially, itís Sunday, and itís normal. And well, I tried to do my best in the first set, but didnít work you know, it happens sometimes. But the game, itís not only one set, itís from three sets. I think my first set was just, you know, 50 or 40%, what I think. And then, I started to play better and better, and then I started to play much better. I started to play more aggressive, you know, do the right things, donít make stupid mistakes.
Q. Maria, it looks like youíve got one of the best return of serves in womenís tennis. Do you see the ball early? I mean, how do you return it so well? And number two, was her second serve has got a lot of kick. Is that hard to return?
A. So Iíll answer the first question. Yes, since small age, my return is quite good. Itís always better than my serve. And I donít know, maybe itís because itís the reaction. My reaction, you know, is not so bad. I donít know, just feel the ball when the ball is coming, I know what to do, like my hand going through the ball. Itís always, you know, quite good. The second question is...
Q. Her second serve. Was it tough, the kick, to return?
A. I knew her second serve. Iíve played against her already and I played doubles against her many times. I knew itís only two possibilities. You go two steps back and return from the defence, or you go just two steps in the court, you know, and just, you return aggressive. Today, I decided to go two steps forward in the court, and my return was perfect. It wasnít really problems for me, but anyway, but she had a few aces from the second serve. Even I went two steps in the court, and anyway, it was aces. (laughter) Itís a really good serve. I think sheís one of the best who is serving so good. Sheís serving so fast like men sometimes.
Q. In the first set, you seemed to be having trouble with your leg. What happened?
A. Just during the point, I just hit my knee with the racquet, and it was so painful. I thought I broke something. (laughter) And I couldnít step on my leg, it was like a little bit shock you know. Just happened, you know, a strange step during the point, and I got trouble. Maybe it was good, you know, to wake me up. (laughter) Then I woke up, and I started to play.
Q. In last yearís and this yearís run to the final, you wore the same outfit for all your singles matches. Is there a reason for it, maybe sponsorship reasons?
A. Yes because Iím playing in Adidas by Stella McCartney, and she makes the clothes for me. And for every tournament, she sends me the clothes... Maybe not for every tournament, but for a couple of tournaments, I have to play in the same dress or the same dress, and thatís how it works.
Q. So thatís part of the agreement?
Q. It seems you control your emotions very well out on the court. What do you do to control your emotions? And secondly, when things are not going well, you sometimes turn around and say some things. What are the things that you say in those times?
A. I donít remember. (laughter) Well, yeah. Usually I try to control myself, and I never throw the racquets and I never do some strange things on court, and sometimes I feel that Iím going asleep, to sleep, you know, during the match, and I need to wake up somehow. Or I start to like, scream something loud, or I donít know, just maybe once hit the racquet to wake me up, then I can be in the game. Because otherwise, Iím getting slow, and no emotion, nothing. And the game doesnít go, so... Actually, I donít even remember what Iím screaming. (laughter)
Q. What do you need to do to win Wimbledon or the US Open? And another quick question, generally you donít like to move forward, you looked a little bit hesitant. Is that a physical thing? Is it hard to move forward? Or is that mental, you just donít want to?
A. What do you mean?
Q. Short balls. Coming into the net on short balls, moving forward rather than sideways.
A. Well, thatís what Iím trying to do some times, you know. You mean not often Iím going to the net, or what do you mean?
A. I donít know. I think itís not of my type of game to come slowly to the net. I always come when I have a chance, and when itís some moments during the match, just to come to the net and surprise my opponent. And the first question, I donít know, I just need to make more physical work, to be ready for two weeks. Also, I need to believe in myself that I can play good, and can beat the good players also. Just this, and then I can win.