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Warrior
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:19 PM
Transcribed InterviewM. PIERCE/M. Sharapova

4-6, 6-2, 6-3

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria, please.

Q. You said before this tournament that you have a lot of years ahead of you, that you might not win it this year, and that would be okay. Do you feel okay right now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do. I feel fine. Even though, you know, it's a tough loss, even though I was up a break. I mean, these things happen. You can't win all of them. Unfortunately, I didn't win today.

Q. What happened to your serve today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, there was nothing really wrong with my serve. I think I just tried to go for too much at the wrong times. You know, I think on a few balls, she put some pressure on me, and that made me want to hit the ball harder. Those are the things I just have to sort of realize and learn from them.

Q. Has it been a pretty exhausting six or eight weeks since Wimbledon, with everything that's happened, playing in the hot weather here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's tough. I mean, it's not easy, of course. But it's my career. It's my life, you know. If you win something big, then a lot of things will happen. But you've got to move on. You know, I lost today, but I still have to move on. It's not the end of the world. There are a lot more important things in the world going on right now than my loss.

Q. Can you talk about the black ribbon that you wore.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I mean, in Russia, it's terrible what's going on. 1st of September is when so many kids go to school, it's the first day of school back. They go in with the flowers and the whole family. All of the kids and the teachers, you know, have this big party. Unfortunately, the terrorists, you know, decided to do something bad with those families and kids. It just shows that my loss is just -- has, I mean -- what's going on in the world today, my loss, you know, it's a little thing.

Q. How did you decide to wear the black ribbon? Where did that come from?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just to show my support. You know, I came up with the idea last night. I thought, you know, just to show my support for the victims and for the families that were, you know, unfortunately what happened to them. But it was just my decision. You know, some of the other girls in the locker room picked it up, too.

Q. When Pete Sampras won here, he came back the next year, and after he lost, he said it was something of a relief to have all the pressure off. Do you feel now maybe the pressure's off a little bit?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I never really focused on the pressure, first of all. You know, I am that kind of athlete that I love the nerves and I love the pressure because I feel like that's part of the game. It's impossible for somebody to go out and not feel pressure or not to feel nerves. It's just part of the game. You know, I don't really think it was about the nerves, my loss today. But, of course, yeah, you just have to move on. There's so many things I have to work on. That will give me the chance to do so.

Q. Some tough matches in this tournament. Were you tired mentally, you think?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I don't think that was the major problem today concerning why I lost. But, of course, it's difficult to have tough matches. But that's just the way it is. It's what I have to learn, that you're not going to win every match easy. You have to battle some of them out. You know, I battled the first two out, and today I couldn't finish the third.

Q. What was the major problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think the major problem was that I tried to do too much at a certain time when I didn't need to do it. And she's an experienced player and she knows what it takes. I think I've just got to learn those things. Especially on my serve, I just went for too much at the wrong times.

Q. The recent tragedy brought a lot of sorrow. Did you have any indications that your incredible victory at Wimbledon brought a lot of pride, a lot of joy to your people?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I sure hope so. You know, I love playing for my country, getting the support. You know, especially for the kids and everybody, I mean, showing my example of what I can achieve so early. And maybe, you know, they can achieve it, too, just to get that in their minds. Like I said, you know, once you pick up a racquet or you just start playing, it's great to be an inspiration to other young kids back home.

Q. Were there any specific examples at all you could point to from Russia after Wimbledon?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think, you know, not just my success but the success of so many of my country women. I think a lot more younger girls and boys are starting to play tennis now. The clubs are packed. You know, everybody just wants to see if they can make it.

Q. The nine matches that you played since winning Wimbledon, did you come close or approximate the quality you had in the final at Wimbledon against Serena?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, it's hard to say what level you're on because at Wimbledon you're playing on grass. I mean, balls that I hit over there are not going to be, you know, winners here. So, I mean, same thing with the serve. Some serves that I hit on grass would have been aces in here. I can hit another ball and I can make an error, and all of a sudden you think you're not playing that great. I mean, I think grass and hard is a totally different story. It's hard to compare your game.

Q. As far as today's match goes, you had over 30 unforced errors. Did you beat yourself?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think there are a few points where I did go for too much at the wrong times. But that goes to the credit that my opponent had the experience. I mean, even though I made so many unforced errors, I lost in three sets. So some people who make so many unforced errors, they lose 0-0. If I wouldn't have made those unforced errors, I could have won the match easily. So I'm not going to put that much pressure on myself by saying, you know, you've made so many errors. But, I mean, yeah, I still lost, and there's so many things I still got to work on.

Q. I think you got a warning for coaching in the second set. Do you know what that was about?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think my dad was showing something, but I wasn't really looking. I was like, "Whatever."

Q. You've obviously been following the events in Russia. How have you gotten the news?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The Internet and also at night they show a lot of the news. I watch the news on TV. And yesterday accidentally I turned on the channel, and they actually had live news broadcasting from Russia in Russian, so that was good to see.

Q. Was that a distraction at all? Were you thinking about that at all?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it's not a distraction. It's just an example of what can happen in life and that this sort of doesn't really mean anything. I mean, a lot more things are happening in the world right now than my loss.

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SilK
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:28 PM
Q. Can you talk about the black ribbon that you wore.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I mean, in Russia, it's terrible what's going on. 1st of September is when so many kids go to school, it's the first day of school back. They go in with the flowers and the whole family. All of the kids and the teachers, you know, have this big party. Unfortunately, the terrorists, you know, decided to do something bad with those families and kids. It just shows that my loss is just -- has, I mean -- what's going on in the world today, my loss, you know, it's a little thing.

Q. How did you decide to wear the black ribbon? Where did that come from?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just to show my support. You know, I came up with the idea last night. I thought, you know, just to show my support for the victims and for the families that were, you know, unfortunately what happened to them. But it was just my decision. You know, some of the other girls in the locker room picked it up, too.


I was really impressed by that! I already knew why she wore it, I mean, it was like connect the dots... I think this is really good of her. Esspecially for those who say she does not care for Russia anymore (:

ali
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:33 PM
A nice interview from Maria. I'm so glad that Mary won the match but for all you Maria bashers out there, give the girl a break! I'm sure you'll be able to find fault with her interview somewhere but I'm impressed that she hasn't made excuses and has given Mary credit (despite the comment about her UEs!).


Watching the match I was impressed with Maria's attitude, she's very confident in her own ability and reminds me a bit of Serena with that self belief.

Sportfan
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:36 PM
Well said by Maria her loss was a little thing when compared to the tragedy that took place in Russia and the black ribbon was a very thoughtful empathic gesture. Glad to see she has that kind of perspective.

decemberlove
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:39 PM
it seems most people that live in america for too long have a problem with "you know".

Frank
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:40 PM
This is such a wonderful interview...What she said about Russia is beautiful...:angel:

RainyDays
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:41 PM
Yanno I never really cared for her, but i don't know why. I guess it's the hype and the 'best player ever' label thats been placed on her since she won Wimbledon. But the hype and shit really isnt her fault, i was just not too fond of Maria. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT a Masha-Hater, I'm just not really a fan. But the more I read what SHE has to say, she's becoming alright. She seems very mature and i like that.
mad props to her for the black band thing. thats the most supportive thing anyone could do, is represent and support their sad country on one of sports' biggest stages. She is not immature at all, and i like how she ALWAYS defends the fact that she is Russian. She trained in America, yes, but genetically, she is Russian, and its good to see that she still LOVES HER HOME COUNTRY even though she's lived in America for so long.
So yes, I'm actually warming up to her, but the hype is still really annoying. But Maria as a person seems very respectable, and thats all that really matters.

hablo
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:42 PM
it seems most people that live in america for too long have a problem with "you know".

you don't have to live in America : Juan Carlos Ferrero, Kim Clijsters, among others, say it alot ;) :lol: :lol:

SilK
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:47 PM
it seems most people that live in america for too long have a problem with "you know".

you know, that is so like, not true, you know... :rolleyes:

Masharapova
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:50 PM
maria :hearts: I still love you :worship:

SWP
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:51 PM
Maria is a really really nice person.

Tratree
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:54 PM
She is mature beyond her years. Nice job, Maria. She just needs to settle down now and not let the hype overcome her.

Frank
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:58 PM
Yanno I never really cared for her, but i don't know why. I guess it's the hype and the 'best player ever' label thats been placed on her since she won Wimbledon. But the hype and shit really isnt her fault, i was just not too fond of Maria. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT a Masha-Hater, I'm just not really a fan. But the more I read what SHE has to say, she's becoming alright. She seems very mature and i like that.
mad props to her for the black band thing. thats the most supportive thing anyone could do, is represent and support their sad country on one of sports' biggest stages. She is not immature at all, and i like how she ALWAYS defends the fact that she is Russian. She trained in America, yes, but genetically, she is Russian, and its good to see that she still LOVES HER HOME COUNTRY even though she's lived in America for so long.
So yes, I'm actually warming up to her, but the hype is still really annoying. But Maria as a person seems very respectable, and thats all that really matters. And you just put a smile on my face...:)

RainyDays
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:00 PM
And you just put a smile on my face...:)

:) Glad to hear it.

I Love Sharapova
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:03 PM
Maria truly is a sweetheart. Maria,I am sorry you lost today,babe,but you will have your time. Just hang in there ,sweetie. :)

SilK
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:05 PM
And you just put a smile on my face...:)

on mine as well... so a good rep was the least i could do!

no1mariafan
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:06 PM
So yes, I'm actually warming up to her, but the hype is still really annoying.

Remember, its not her fault she has all this hype. She didnt ask for it! And not many people are branding her 'Best ever player'

Maria showed her maturity in that interview. Should gain a lot of respect from a lot of people.

bandabou
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:09 PM
nice interview.

RainyDays
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:10 PM
So yes, I'm actually warming up to her, but the hype is still really annoying.

Remember, its not her fault she has all this hype. She didnt ask for it! And not many people are branding her 'Best ever player'

Maria showed her maturity in that interview. Should gain a lot of respect from a lot of people.


I stated that the hype was not Maria's fault.

silverwhite
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:11 PM
Very mature. :worship:

no1mariafan
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:12 PM
I stated that the hype was not Maria's fault.


Ooops, :sad: only read last sentence.

RainyDays
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:15 PM
Ooops, :sad: only read last sentence.


Lol its ok. I do that too sometimes. :)

Freewoman33
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:25 PM
How could anybody hate her? I don't like the fact that she took a lot of air time from my girl, but it wasn't her fault. Better luck next time, Maria.

Black Mamba.
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:31 PM
How could anybody hate her? I don't like the fact that she took a lot of air time from my girl, but it wasn't her fault. Better luck next time, Maria.


Some people hate her because they have a hard time separating the player from some of their fans on this board.

Frank
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:35 PM
Some people hate her because they have a hard time separating the player from their fans on this board. I almost agree with that...

If you would add an "some of" between "from" and "their" I would be happy...:)

Edward.
Sep 4th, 2004, 11:49 PM
A wonderful interview. Full of maturity.

Lady
Sep 5th, 2004, 12:13 AM
Very nice interview Maria!
I noticed the ribbon, and Sveta wore one as well!

But I thought she got a warning for racquet abuse, not for coaching... :confused: Can somebody help to clarify that?

pixy75
Sep 5th, 2004, 01:29 AM
Masha, as I thought, you are so nice girl!
So I like you...
Not only for masha, but also another russian players must be sad, like Elena, Vera:sad:
I wish they keep on playing US open well.

I strongly hate terrorists!:fiery:

ali
Sep 5th, 2004, 01:35 AM
Very nice interview Maria!
I noticed the ribbon, and Sveta wore one as well!

But I thought she got a warning for racquet abuse, not for coaching... :confused: Can somebody help to clarify that?
No, it was definately for coaching.

Lemonskin.
Sep 5th, 2004, 01:39 AM
Yeah she kept on looking at her dad and making hand gestures.

She was so sweet with the ribbon and all. I wonder if that was weighing on her mind in the match?

Geez, the UE and DF count was ugly though...

10nisfanofruz
Sep 5th, 2004, 02:23 AM
Masha is a very smart girl. :) She knew how to deal with the press and gave the proper answers. :worship: Basically,she's just being herself. She is such a nice person. The Black ribbon showed that she cared about what's going on in her country. This is the real russian! :worship:

Crazy Canuck
Sep 5th, 2004, 02:29 AM
The ribbon bit is nice. Youzhny has been doing that this tournament as well.

Andy T
Sep 5th, 2004, 10:04 AM
Even though she was never asked to talk about Mary (in fact most of the questions were not related to the match at all, just the result or her career or Russia -f**king media) she gave Pierce credit for her using her experience and for applying the pressure to force her into going for too much. She believes in herself but there is a sense of humility that she still has a lot to learn and improve. That, and her perspective on the importance of a tennis match compared to what is happening in Russia, is a sign of the woman's intelligence.

Dan23
Sep 5th, 2004, 10:52 AM
Even though she was never asked to talk about Mary (in fact most of the questions were not related to the match at all, just the result or her career or Russia -f**king media) she gave Pierce credit for her using her experience and for applying the pressure to force her into going for too much. She believes in herself but there is a sense of humility that she still has a lot to learn and improve. That, and her perspective on the importance of a tennis match compared to what is happening in Russia, is a sign of the woman's intelligence.
Very true Andy, well said. :)
I always like reading/watching Maria's interviews for those reasons.

Frank
Sep 5th, 2004, 10:59 AM
Even though she was never asked to talk about Mary (in fact most of the questions were not related to the match at all, just the result or her career or Russia -f**king media) she gave Pierce credit for her using her experience and for applying the pressure to force her into going for too much. She believes in herself but there is a sense of humility that she still has a lot to learn and improve. That, and her perspective on the importance of a tennis match compared to what is happening in Russia, is a sign of the woman's intelligence. Another smile put on my face...:) :wavey:

gmak
Sep 5th, 2004, 11:22 AM
masha :worship: :hug: :hearts:
very nice interview indeed :)

it's good to see some posters finally realizing that masha is a nice girl and not a primadonna.... compare this interview to hingis and serena's interviews when they were 17 ;)

Greenout
Sep 5th, 2004, 11:27 AM
No. She's a great girl. I just dislike the hype machine around her, and
the bandwagon hopping glory hunting media types. I'm sure as with
Andy Roddick, they'll try to edit down people she associates with and
what things she will do in public.